Nissan LEAF joins the ranks of Sydneysiders

The City of Sydney has taken delivery of 10 Nissan LEAF electric cars, the single largest order of the award-winning electric vehicles in Australia.

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The order replaces its former fleet of 10 Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid cars, and will be used by a range of City employees, including building and health inspectors, town planners and engineers.

“They represent the first mass-produced, zero tail-pipe-emissions vehicles on the planet. We are the number one provider of that. Really, there is no emission from this vehicle as it is going down the road,” said William F. Peffer Jr., Managing Director and CEO of Nissan Australia after handing the cars over to City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The City of Sydney became the first council in Australia to achieve formal certification as carbon-neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard in November 2011, as a result of its benchmark greenhouse gas reduction programs.

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“The advantage of a car like this is, in terms of parking, it’s a real issue in the city, and reducing congestion. Congestion is currently costing us AUD$4 billion (USD $4.1 billion) a year, so we have to look at every possible way of reducing it,” said Moore.

The City has installed seven electric charging stations at its public parking stations in Kings Cross and Goulburn Street.

“The zero emissions technology, alternate fuel technology is here to stay and we are at the leading forefront of it. This represents not only our vision but the visions of other municipalities seeing the way we do it and trying to provide for a better future,” added Peffer Jr..

Carbon emissions from charging the electric vehicles will be offset by zero-carbon electricity produced by solar panels installed on City buildings.

The City is installing 5,500 solar panels on 30 of its buildings, including Town Hall House, public buildings, major depots and additional solar panels for electric vehicle charging offsets, the largest building-mounted solar installation in Australia.

“The other thing I hope it will do is to set an example to tiers of government, I’d like to see the federal government fleet in Canberra, I’d like to see the state government fleet in Macquarie Street using sustainable vehicles,” said Moore.

The LEAF’s 24kWh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in seven to eight hours using a normal charger or in around 30 minutes using a quick charger. A trickle charge will replenish the battery in 16 hours.

The Nissan LEAF comes equipped with a variety of advanced technologies, including the use of an in-built solar panel to assist in maintaining battery charge.

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Words from Soichiro Honda

“I work in R&D. What’s the subject of my research? It’s not technology. Rather, I research what pleases people.” These are the words of Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda.

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What pleases people? Soichiro aimed to make things that made people feel good, things that earned people’s affections. Utility and convenience are also an important aspect, but Soichiro’s primary concern was, “What makes people fall in love with a product?”

It’s with this question that all creative activity starts at Honda. Design, of course, is no different. Honda Design is about understanding what it takes to be loved.

All-New Honda Compact SUV Concept Model “URBAN SUV CONCEPT”

Honda exhibited the world premiere of an all-new compact SUV concept model, the “URBAN SUV CONCEPT,” at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan

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The URBAN SUV CONCEPT is a concept vehicle for a global model. This model features sporty and dynamic design unique to an SUV, while also offering a spacious cabin realized by the Honda-original center-tank layout with high functionality. The exterior design was developed featuring the sharp and sporty character lines of a coupe while maintaining the dynamism of a crossover model to express an emotional and sensual design.

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The all-new compact SUV model based on this concept will go on sale in Japan by the end of 2013, followed by sequential introductions in other countries around the world. In North America, Honda plans to begin production of the compact SUV at the new plant in Mexico, which will become operational in spring 2014, and begin sales in the U.S. before the end of 2014.

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Featuring Earth Dreams Technology, Honda’s next generation powertrain series that greatly enhances both driving performance and fuel efficiency at a high level, the all-new compact SUV will be available with three types of powertrains – gasoline, hybrid and diesel – evolving a product lineup which accommodates the unique characteristics of each region on a global basis.

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Honda plans to sell more than 1.5 million units annually of the three “Global Compact Series” models, namely the Fit, the City and the all-new compact SUV, which utilize the Honda-original center-tank layout, by the end of 2016. Starting with the Global Compact Series, Honda will pursue a transformation of its global operations to promptly respond to the needs of customers around the world and evolve models with the best specifications for each region at affordable prices.

Nismo is harder than ever

Nissan Motor Company’s Nismo arm began a new era Tuesday, unveiling its global headquarters and enhanced performance-car and motorsports roles.

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Building on Nismo versions of the Juke and 370Z, the brand will launch at least one new model a year during Nissan’s current midterm business plan, including a new take on the flagship GT-R, said Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

“It’s already a superior car, in terms of performance cars, but the GT-R Nismo is going to be the lion of the jungle,” he said. “It’s going to be really on top of everything we’ve offered so far. I’m very excited to see it coming to the market.”

The special GT-R will be available within 12 months, he added, while on the track, Nismo will take on global responsibility for managing Nissan’s motorsport program.

 

That includes top-level competition in every region from Australia’s V8 Supercars to Super GT in Japan.

From 2014, Nismo will return to the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race with a new car now under development.

Creating Nismo’s new home in Yokohama involved redeveloping a former production site and giving it resources to go beyond the brand’s historical strengths, said Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani.

“This is going to be the center hub of activities in future,” he said.

For road cars, Nismo promises that every modification will be functional and targeted at improving on-road performance, from small models to the halo GT-R Nismo.

Garage Mak’s Varietta

I always thought Garage Mak was one of the best Nissan tuners, a very fine tuning that defines each models, such as the Z34, S15 and 180SX.

It’s like a mix of drift and time attack on it’s models, like a perfect combo. Look at this Silvia, is a very beautiful car, isn’t?

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What about these two?

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Well, today, visiting Internet I found and if I’m not wrong, what would be his last car. I’m talking about a Nissan Silvia Varietta, for those who are not familiar with this version, I have to say is the Silvia S15 that we all know, but the open sky version, which the stock model have the same engine as the Silvia Spec S.

Okay guys, no more story, here you got the pictures!

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If we open the roof and the hood, thats how it looks, and what we find in the interior:

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More pictures

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Simply beautiful.

SPECS: Garage Mak Type II bodykit, carbon hood, rear wing, riveted overfenders adapted to Silvia Varietta, carbon dashboard, Bride kevlar seats, BBS LM in 19″, Nardi steering wheel, Brembo brakes, full hard pipe, intercooler, direct intake piper with HKS filter, ECU remap.

SOURCE: Doriftuh, Speedhunters, Garage Mak

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