Nissan Ambition 2030 Plans 23 Electrified Models In 5 Years

Nissan Ambition 2030 plans 23 electrified models in 5 years

In May last year, Nissan unveiled its Nissan Next plan to get its operations in line with sustainable goals. That meant cutting capacity and operations to match what it considered rational, sustainable goals of around 5 million sales per year and 6% global market share. In January of this year, Nissan laid out plans to electrify every all-new model in key markets by the early 2030s, as well as develop more efficient EV manufacturing, powertrains, and technologies. Today the Japanese automaker has expanded on the goals with a product and technology roadmap it calls Ambition 2030.

The headline numbers are a 2 trillion yen ($17.7 billion U.S.) investment over the next five years, part of which will pay for launching 23 new electrified models, 15 of those being pure electric. The others will likely use the company's e-Power system, which adds a gasoline range-extender engine to an EV powertrain. Nissan wants its lineup and the Infiniti range to be 50% electrified globally by 2030, with goals differing for various markets. Europe is targeted for 75% electrified sales in the next five years; the aim for the U.S. and China is 40%.

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2022 Nissan Versa Starts At $16,062, A $100 Increase

2022 Nissan Versa starts at $16,062, a $100 increase

Nissan deemed the 2021 Versa so well prepared for 2022 that the automaker has only made one change to the subcompact sedan: plumping the price a bit. All Versas here are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 122 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque pushing that output to the front wheels. There are three trims, the entry-level S offered with a five-speed manual transmission and Nissan's continuously variable Xtronic transmission, the SV and SR sold with the CVT alone. The S with the five-speed starts at $15,087 plus a $975 destination fee, for $16,062 total. That's $107 more than the 2021 version. Upgrading to the Xtronic, which improves fuel economy from 27 city, 35 highway, 30 combined to 32 city, 40 highway, 35 combined, costs $17,725, a $100 increase over 2021.

The Versa SV starts at $18,865, the Versa SR at $19,465, both of those prices representing a $100 bump over 2021.

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2022 Nissan Maxima Gets A Trio Of Changes

2022 Nissan Maxima gets a trio of changes

The 2022 Nissan Maxima heads into the 2022 model year with scant few changes from the 2021 model year. The Platinum trim gets heated rear seats standard for next year, and Scarlet Timber Tintcoat replaces Carnelian Red Tintcoat on the exterior palette. And that's all she wrote for material alterations. Otherwise, nothing's budged but the price of the flagship sedan, which has gone up a touch. The entry-level 2021 Maxima SV starts at $37,240 which is $150 more than the same trim in 2021. Add the $975 destination, and you're at $38,395.

The Maxima SR starts at $43,375 after destination, also up by $150. The Platinum goes for $43,525, which is $230 more than the 2021 version. Power for all trims still comes from a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. All of that is sent to the front wheels through an Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

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Acura Integra Race Plans Hinge On Honda Marketing

Acura Integra race plans hinge on Honda marketing

The 2023 Integra has mostly failed to create the stir from long-time enthusiasts that Acura had hoped it would. However, all is not lost; Acura could perhaps regain some street cred if they took the Integra racing, like they did with the Integras of the 80s and 90s. Brand head Jon Ikeda wants to take the 'Teg to the track, but it all depends on whether the leadership at the American Honda mothership permits it.

"We want to race this thing, but maybe the Honda PR and marketing guys might have different ideas," Ikeda told Road & Track. That's because the Integra is largely a 2022 Civic Si with a hatchback form factor and new sheetmetal. Honda already sells a Civic Type R race car in several tunes for various classes in the TC America touring car series. That was based on previous-generation Civic, but in all likelihood will continue the program with the latest gen. A racing Integra, then, would seem redundant.

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2022 Yamaha Xsr900 Gets More Power And A 1980s - Inspired Design

2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets more power and a 1980s-inspired design

Yamaha's big news for the 2022 model year is the new MT-10, but the Japanese firm isn't forgetting about the rest of its range. It also unveiled a new version of the XSR900 with a more powerful three-cylinder engine, updated electronics, and a heritage-laced design.

Like most motorcycles in the Yamaha line-up, the XSR900 was shaped by a unique philosophy; this one is called Faster Sons, and it aims to blend iconic style with modern technology, according to the company. Its design isn't retro in the same way that the Volkswagen New Beetle was, but look closely and you'll find several styling cues that subtly echo some of the Grand Prix motorcycles that raced in the 1980s. The aluminum frame is exposed, and elements like the shape of the fuel tank and the overall silhouette are a tribute to older models.

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2022 Toyota Mirai Starts At $50,525

2022 Toyota Mirai starts at $50,525

The second-generation Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is heading into its second year on the California market, that being the only state where the sedan can be purchased for the moment. Toyota didn't raise the prices of the two trims for next year, but has increased the destination fee by $30, from $995 to $1,025. The entry-level Mirai XLE starts at $50,525 after destination, the Mirai Limited at a gulp-worthy $67,025, though perhaps that's not bad for a rear-wheel drive sedan with near 50-50 weight distribution, standard LED headlights and 19-inch wheels. The only spec that runs afoul of the equation is output, at 182 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

Every Mirai comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ standard. Safety Sense 2.5+ installs automatic high beams; pre-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, intersection support, and emergency steering assist; adaptive cruiser control; lane departure alert; lane tracing assist — which keeps the Mirai centered in the lane — and road sign assist.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 300 - Series Gets Life - Size Lego Build

Toyota Land Cruiser 300-series gets life-size Lego build

Whenever a hot car debuts nowadays, the inevitable life-size Lego build follows soon after. Like Nürburgring lap times for supercars, it's practically an expected part of the vehicle launch routine. The latest vehicle to get the treatment is the not-for-America 300-series Toyota Land Cruiser.

The build was commissioned by Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive Toyota importer for the the United Arab Emirates. According to a short video about the project, it took a team of 12 individuals 2,688 hours to complete the 1:1 scale sculpture. A total of 440,000 Lego bricks were used in the build, and the finished Cruiser weighs approximately 4,520 pounds, or about 1,000 lighter than the actual 5,600-pound truck.

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Yomper Pickup Like A Suzuki Jimny Mixed With A Defender And A Brat

Yomper pickup like a Suzuki Jimny mixed with a Defender and a Brat

In the UK and many other parts of the world, there's still a decent market for an workhorse farm vehicle that's low on cost and high on reliability. Samson Engineering in Yorkshire, England decided to step into the breach. CEO Giles Walker said, "When I heard from a lot of people in my local community — many of whom are farmers — about the lack of a suitable small utility SUV on the market, I decided it would be a great opportunity to create one." The result is the Yomper, a pickup built in five standard guises, based on the third-generation Suzuki Jimny that ended production in 2017.

As for the name, it comes from the British Marines sent to fight the Falklands war in 1982. They "yomped" overland, strapped down with wood-frame backpacks called bergans, to Port Stanley to fight the Argentinians who'd taken the port.

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Scammers Hack Mazda Usa's Official Instagram Page On Thanksgiving

Scammers Hack Mazda USA's Official Instagram Page On Thanksgiving

In our days, it is common to come across trolls and fake accounts liking and commenting on social media, but the pinnacle of attention-grabbing strategy is hacking. This is what happened today to the official Instagram page of MazdaUSA, judging from their unconventional most recent post.

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