Nathan’s Road Trip

One of our Sales Team members, Nathan Barr went on a wee road trip to the West Coast over the weekend. Our Nissan X-Trail vehicle was still on the coast from the West Coast Road Show that Nissan was a part of in March. Nathan decided to make a day of it and had a road trip with his family. They drove the Qashqai over and came back with the X-Trail.

“We left a cloudy grey Christchurch at 9am and found a gorgeous clear sky at Arthur’s Pass where the packed picnic lunch was brought out, the wind was very cold! We then headed over to Greymouth to pick up the car around 1pm and then drove to Hokitika to check out the beach and go to the National Kiwi Centre. Got fish and chips on the way home and used the old Christchurch Road to head back to the state highway and found a quiet spot on the way back to put the blanket out and eat them. We got back home to Christchurch around 8:30pm.”

“The X-Trail was fantastic. Despite all the family being on board and with plenty of gear in the back, everyone still had heaps of space and were able to enjoy the long journey in absolute comfort. The car drove beautifully on the open road. Fuel economy was excellent and all around it was an great day out.”

Some beautiful New Zealand scenery on the way to the Coast.

The Qashqai has now been swapped over for the X-Trail.

A great wee spot for a fish and chip dinner.

What an awesome day out, finishing up with a beautiful sunset.

 

 

Nissan Skyline 2000GT

Nissan Skyline and GT-R History Poster

Can you believe there have been so many Skylines and GT-R models? They’ve come a long way since the Skyline Deluxe of 1957. Which one is your favourite? I’m leaning towards the ’69-’73 Skyline 2000GT-R. There’s an awesome video of these on Vimeo.

If you’d like your own poster of the Nissan Skyline and GT-R history, you can sign-up for our emails and we’ll send you a link to download your own PDF version as a free gift! Your local print shop may be able to give you a good price on printing this onto quality poster stock.

 

Nissan Skyline and GT-R History

200GT photo credit: Miki Yoshihito

Nissan Patrol Towing Record

Nissan Patrol Pulls a 170 Ton Aircraft to Take the World Record

A Nissan Patrol V8 has towed a 170 ton aircraft to take the Guinnes World Record of “heaviest aircraft pulled by a production vehicle”!

The record was set at an airfield in Dubai and involved pulling a 170 ton Ilyushin Il-76 over 50 metres! The video shows the Patrol making this look easy as a crowd of onlookers snap photographs.

Impressive stuff.

 

Classic Nissan Skyline Video

Classic Nissan/Datsun Skylines

Happy New Year! To get started with 2013, I was planning on writing a post that looks back on 2012, but then I came across this video and decided to look back a little further. Right back to 1969 in fact.

This video, produced by Petrolicious in the San Francisco Bay Area, features two classic Skylines owned by Ivan Jaramillo; the Hakosuka and the Kenmeri.

True Nissan/Datsun enthusiasts will know that the Hakosuka (as named by fans but officially called the less catchy PGC-10 and KPGC-10) was the first GT-R Skyline, making its appearance in February 1969. The Kenmeri (C110 and GC100) was produced from 1972 through to 1977 and featured the circular rear tail and brake lights that the Skyline is so well known for today.

Classic Nissan Skyline Video

This beautiful video steers clear of the technical talk found in many automotive videos and instead focuses on the pure experience of owning these two legendary vehicles, as told by the owner himself.

Turn your speakers up, sit back, and enjoy.

You can also view the video here >

Batman Nissan Juke Nismo Badge

Batman-Inspired Nissan Juke. The Next Batmobile?

Batman's Nissan Juke Nismo

To celebrate the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-Ray and DVD, Nissan have built a one-off Batman-inspired Nissan Juke Nismo.

Dubbed The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo (catchy), this matt black car features aluminium Batman badges (or are they removable bat-shaped morning-stars?) as well as unique gloss black 18-inch alloy wheels with bespoke red detailing.

Nissan Juke Batmobile Badge

The Batman logos continue through to the interior, with the emblem embroidered into the Nismo sports seats. A shark fin aerial replaces the standard aerial and is capable of picking up police transmissions and calls of distress from Gotham citizens (probably).

Batman Nissan Juke Nismo Rear

One of the more unique features, which we unfortunately don’t have a photo of, is the downlight mounted under the wing mirror. Usually, this feature conveniently lights the floor area next to the door. In this version, however, the light projects the famous bat signal onto the floor instead. Another light projects the same signal onto the ceiling space of the interior. Quite a head-turner and a great conversation piece when arriving at events! Imagine dropping your kids off at their first school ball in this!

Batman Nissan Juke Nismo Badge

Of course, let’s not forget that this is a Nismo-spec vehicle. That means features include a Nismo bodykit, red pinstriping along the bumpers and sills, Nismo badging, uprated suspension, and a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine that delivers 147kW to the front wheels.

The Nissan Juke isn’t the first vehicle to under-go the modern Batman treatment. Our brothers-from-another-mother, Cockram Kia, have a few photos of the Batman-inspired Kia Optima over in their Facebook Photo Album.

This Juke is a one-off but we’re pretty sure there are others who have modified their Nissan to look a bit more Batman-esque. Perhaps even just the matt-black paint treatment. If you have any photos, let us know below!