Want an oil-burning little box? Europeans can. They are able to get the boxy Nissan Cube with a Renault-sourced 110 hp 1.5 liter diesel engine, thanks to the underpinnings that are related to the Nissan Micra and the Renault Clio. The engine is only Euro-IV compliant, but regulations in Germany are pushing the the company to introduce a new 1.5-liter diesel Euro-V compliant engine for next October. The best news comes at the pump: the current diesel Cube burns 5.2 l/100 km in the Euro mixed cycl
The latest Japanese automaker to announce their intent to participate in the Environmental Showcase that will be taking place in Hokkaido, Japan in conjunction with the G8 summit in July. Environmental and energy issues are expected to be the main topic of discussion at the meeting. Nissan will be demonstrating the first of its new clean diesel vehicles. The X-Trail diesel will use a new four cylinder turbo diesel co-developed with French partner Renault. As with most other new diesels the M9R u
Nissan is going head-first into the diesel market. After the announcement about the company's new clean diesel technology that might pave the way for Nissan diesels in America, Nissan announced today it will launch a diesel version of the X-Trail SUV in Japan some time in fall 2008.
It looks like Honda won't be the only Japanese manufacturer producing new clean diesel engines that don't require urea injection to meet Tier II Bin 5 emission standards here in the US. Honda announced the new catalyst technology that they've developed last fall and now Nissan has devised a system of their own.
The world's second-largest truck company, Volvo AB, has agreed to buy Nissan Diesel Motor Co. for $1.1 billion in a bid to gain a greater foothold in the booming Asian market. Asia has been a weak spot for Volvo thus far, comprising just seven percent of its sales in 2006. By buying Japan's fourth largest truck producer, Volvo should be able to establish a far more secure position through Nissan's regional brand name and production capabilities.