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Nissan First Drives

Nissan is a full-line automaker headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Founded in 1934, the automaker marketed vehicles under its original name, Datsun, at various times. Under financial pressure, Nissan entered into an alliance with French automaker Renault in 1999 that is run by CEO Carlos Ghosn. Nissan was also the first import brand to offer a full-size truck, the Titan, in the US.

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    First Drive: 2014 Nissan Rogue
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    When I first started in this whole automotive journalism biz, I held a sort of hodgepodge receptionist/gopher/production assistant role, and each morning as the staff filed in, I'd ask them how they liked whatever car they were assigned to drive the previous night. Most of my colleagues would regale me with anecdotes about how good or bad a vehicle was, ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Nissan Versa Note
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    Incredible Value Has Trouble Winning Hearts How important is vehicle sticker price? How imperative is fuel economy? What about passenger room and technology? Nissan is hoping that consumers find all four objective measurements significant, because the all-new 2014 Versa Note excels in each of those areas. Not only does the five-door deliver the most ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Leaf [w/video]
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    If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It Look at the 2013 Nissan Leaf – even one parked next to a 2012 model – and you'll be hard-pressed to spot the differences. Changes and updates have been made, but you have to know the details to tell. It's sort of like listening to a hipster tell you why Interpol and The National have completely different ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo
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    Scratching All The Right Itches Say what you will about the unconventional aesthetics that Nissan employed on the company's Juke. I love the thing. The universe has no shortage of ambiguously styled CUVs, and while I can't exactly say I would have turned to the amphibian world for design inspiration had it been me with the charcoal in my hand, I can ...

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    First Drive: Nissan Juke-R [w/video]
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    The Other Brother The handler strapped into the carbon fiber race bucket next to me is the only other person outside of yours truly who looks like he thinks this is a bad idea. I've just finished situating myself in the cabin of the very first Nissan Juke-R ever constructed. There are literally thousands of man hours in this single prototype and only ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Sentra
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    Nissan Brings A Subtle All-Arounder To The Toughest Block In Town Creating a competitive new compact sedan in the US is perhaps the hardest chore that big automakers face today. Shoppers in this slice of the market really do require a single vehicle that will do just about everything for them: get great fuel economy, give a comfortable and confident ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
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    Finding A New Path To Success Despite the fact that the term "crossover" has proliferated throughout the automotive market, there still isn't a clear definition of what, exactly, makes such a vehicle. And perhaps that's by the very definition of the word itself – a crossover can refer to anything that blends various elements of well-established ...

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    First Drive: AMS Alpha 12 GT-R [w/video]
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    How About a Spin in the World's Quickest Street-Legal Tuner Automobile? Horsepower is highly addictive. As automotive enthusiasts, we crave it insatiably. Each time we place ourselves behind the wheel of a vehicle, a brief moment arrives when we wish for just a little more potency. Whether driving a 138-horsepower Kia Rio or a 638-horsepower Chevrolet ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima
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    38 Special 2,500 rpm in a family sedan generally isn't a whole lot to get excited about. In fact, it's traditionally closer to idle speed than anything offering the possibility of real entertainment. But each and every one of those 2,500 revolutions in this 2013 Nissan Altima offers a frisson of excitement when whirling away in concert. Why? Because they ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Nissan Versa
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    America's Cheapest Car Returns With More V is for Versa, and Nissan would like you to believe that its 2012 Versa also stands for volume, value, virtues, versatility and, since we're out of Vs, sophistication. While other automakers have been out to redefine the idea of the compact car as something hip and sporty – no longer the moped of cardom ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Nissan NV
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    Building A Better Box For Your Budding Business Nissan has been a player in the world's commercial vehicle market for a long time. In fact, 2011 marks the company's 75th year in the industry, and these workhorses represent 20 percent of Nissan's total annual sales volume. Nissan's commerical trucks and vans are used around the world, with over 700,000 ...

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    First Drive: 2012 Nissan GT-R
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    Japan's Supercar Killer Comes Back Even Stronger Invincible. According to Webster's, the word means "incapable of being conquered, overcome or subdued." The adjective is often used to describe something so superior that it's nearly impossible to overthrow. Want to know what invincibility feels like? Strap yourself into the driver's seat of the 2012 ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Nissan Quest
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    Nissan Emerges From The Kitchen With Something New You can get vanilla ice cream in an array of varieties. There's New York Vanilla (the classic flavor), French Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Homestyle Vanilla, Creamy Vanilla and Country Vanilla. Regardless of the subtle differences, each frozen delight is only a mild modification of the same mixture of milk, ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Nissan Juke
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    Unlikely Baby Crossover Confounds and Delights Remember the Nissan NX of the mid-'90s? The tiny, econobox-based sportster was as cute as a bug and spent its brief lifespan mixing it up with other long-gone, sporty front-wheel drive affordables like the Mazda MX-3, Honda Civic CRX, Toyota Paseo and even the Hyundai Scoupe. While there were a lot of ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Nissan Leaf doesn't change the game, just the players
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    We've met the Nissan Leaf before. First at its coming-out party in Japan, followed by an all-too-brief stint behind the wheel of a Versa-based prototype late last year. Now we've had a chance to sample Nissan's first foray into the world of electric vehicles in production form and the automaker picked one of its most important markets – the heart ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Infiniti QX56 overcomes the odds
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    Ask any braniac elementary school student what happened to the dinosaurs, and they'll tell you they turned into birds. While the mechanics are a bit more complicated than a momma T-Rex hatching a brood of yellow finches, modern science would seem to agree with the concept. When we were in school, the common perception was that those massive lizards ...

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    Quick Spin: 2010 Nissan Altima a well-mannered sedan without surprises
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    As the company's number-one global volume vehicle, the Altima is instrumental in keeping the lights on at Nissan HQ. Now in its fourth-generation (last redesigned for the 2007 model year), the made-in-the-USA model is sold in both sedan and coupe variants with a choice of two gasoline engines or one hybrid powerplant. Nissan offers four sedans for the ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Nissan 370Z Nismo simply rocks
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    There's no safe way to say it: this blogger just doesn't like the 2010 Nissan 370Z very much. Sure, it's a fine sporty car that goes about its business quickly and competently, but it just leaves me cold. Yes, it can hit 60 mph in 5 seconds, hold 0.99 g on a skid pad and get around a track faster than a Porsche Cayman, but it doesn't rocket to 60 mph in ...

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    First Drive: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster shrugs off the convertible stigma
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    The first and possibly most important thing you need to know about the new 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster is that Nissan knew it'd be building a convertible from day one. Over beers and some yummy Asian food with Bruce Campbell, Nissan's VP of design, we learned that the 350Z Roadster was an afterthought – at least from a design standpoint. In other ...

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    First Drive: 2009 Nissan 370Z
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    Stand on any corner in any city, close your eyes and open your ears. Eventually you'll hear the telltale swell of an engine as someone blips the throttle while braking before the bend. This secret auditory handshake among gearheads signals the arrival of a driver schooled in the art of heel-and-toe. And when the 2009 Nissan 370Z goes on sale in January, ...

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