Infiniti To Adopt 'nissan-plus' Strategy For Future Vehicles

Infiniti to adopt 'Nissan-plus' strategy for future vehicles

Sales at Infiniti in 2019 were down in the dumps. While the market as a whole fell 1.2%, Infiniti brand sales were down 21%. Nissan wasn't too far behind, with its sales sliding 9.9% year-to-year. None of those numbers look great, but Nissan COO Ashwani Gupta still sees a path forward for Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti.

"We will bring back Infiniti as Nissan-plus, in terms of product and technology," Gupta told Automotive News. "Infiniti will be great again."

2021 Toyota Supra: Relationship With Bmw, Timing And Future Versions

2021 Toyota Supra: Relationship with BMW, timing and future versions

Toyota held a news briefing today on the 2021 Toyota Supra for the press. It threw a bunch of information out, including details on how it intends to keep the model fresh every year, the company's ongoing relationship with BMW, and when we should expect to see the refreshed 2021 Supra models hit dealerships.

Jack Hollis, Toyota Group VP and GM, bolstered our learning about new Supra versions and changes coming down the road. The goal is to avoid sales hitting a wall and falling off over time.

Nissan E-4orce Awd Will Make Future Dual-motor Nissan Evs Dual Threats

Nissan e-4ORCE AWD will make future dual-motor Nissan EVs dual threats

Compromise used to be the unfortunate truth in auto manufacturing. The hardware needed to build an enthusiast-pleasing machine wasn't necessarily compatible with producing a comfortable, safe vehicle. With the advent of modern electric vehicles, this situation is changing, and our recent drive of Nissan's e-4ORCE prototype all-wheel drive system shows how. The vehicle in question is a regular Nissan Leaf Plus that's been outfitted with two Leaf Plus motors (one in front and one in back) and Nissan's e-4ORCE all-wheel drive system. A variety of tests were laid out for us at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway during CES last week to let us try out Nissan's new dual-motor EV system. Turns out, e-4ORCE offers more than just increased traction. All the proof is in the driving. Our first test was a straight-line acceleration run. Two Leaf Plus motors combine for a system output of 304 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. To put it lightly, the e-4ORCE test car made the regular Leaf Plus feel as though it was hardly moving. The quick response from the go-pedal was just as impressive — Nissan claims its powertrain responds quicker than any other dual-motor EV system that it benchmarked. Next up, Nissan had us experience the benefit of rear motor regenerative braking. Instead of a swift nosedive when lifting off the accelerator pedal in the single front-motor Leaf Plus, the e-4ORCE keeps its nose steady and close to level with where we started from after lifting off the accelerator. It's able to accomplish this by using the rear motor instead of the front motor for regenerative braking, significantly reducing head-toss and squat. This will make a huge difference for folks who get carsick easily.

Ces Starts 2020 With A Look Into The Future Of Technology

CES starts 2020 with a look into the future of technology

LAS VEGAS — It's January, and that means CES! Associate Editor Zac Palmer and Associate Producer Alexander Malburg attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and highlight some of the best automotive tech showcased this year. There are concept cars from Mercedes-Benz and Sony (yes, Sony), wet-track driving in a Nissan Leaf, and much more. 

Behind the Wheel is a video series that shows you a bit of what it's like to work at Autoblog. The editors and video producers will show you the cars we have in our fleet, and you'll get a behind the scenes look at some of the personalities who help make the site run. 

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Environment Minister Mum On Future Coal Policy

Environment minister mum on future coal policy

Japan's environment minister has addressed a key UN climate change conference in Spain. Shinjiro Koizumi once again acknowledged international criticism about the country's continuing reliance on coal. But he stopped short of announcing any policy changes.

Koizumi said, "I am aware of global criticism including on our coal-relating policies. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for stopping our addiction to coal. I took this as a message to Japan."

Future Of Imperial Succession To Be Discussed

Future of Imperial succession to be discussed

The Japanese government will consider how to ensure the stability of Imperial succession once the series of ceremonies to mark Emperor Naruhito's accession this autumn has been completed.

The government plans to hear from experts individually rather than set up a panel. It wants to create a non-confrontational environment in which it can consider all opinions.

Japan, Russia Agree On Future-oriented Talks

Japan, Russia agree on future-oriented talks

Japan and Russia have confirmed that they will advance negotiations on a peace treaty, including a territorial issue, in a future-oriented manner.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin also agreed in their meeting on Thursday to push ahead with joint economic activities on the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.

Spider-man's Future In The Mcu Is In Jeopardy As Sony And Marvel Can't Reach An Agreement

Spider-Man's Future In The MCU Is In Jeopardy As Sony And Marvel Can't Reach An Agreement

Following the success of Spider-Man: Far From Home and with the way the movie ended, it was largely assumed that there would be a third Spider-Man movie in the works. While there still might be, it seems that Marvel/Disney’s involvement with the movie could be at an end, at least according to a report from Deadline.

The publication claims that due to Disney wanting a 50/50 co-financing stake in future Spider-Man movies, Sony has ultimately decided to walk away from the partnership, putting Spider-Man’s future in the MCU at jeopardy. For those unfamiliar, Sony still owns the rights to Spider-Man’s appearances in movies, which meant that while the films were produced by Marvel, Sony would still have the right to pull out the character whenever they wanted.

Future Toyota Cars Will Have Automatic Engine Shut Off And Automatic Parking

Future Toyota Cars Will Have Automatic Engine Shut Off And Automatic Parking

Leaving your car idling is probably one of the worst things you could do as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Perhaps in a bid to help improve on energy efficiency, Toyota has announced that future Toyota vehicles are expected to come with an automatic engine shut off feature.

According to Toyota, “The Auto Shut Off feature will automatically shut off the engine after a pre-determined period of time in the event the vehicle is left running. Future enhancements will include smartphone App capabilities as an added reminder.” Toyota notes that they already offer a similar feature in its older cars, where they will notify the driver if they are idling for extended periods of time and reminds them to turn their engines off, but this will actually go ahead and do it on behalf of the driver.