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Nissan GT-R NISMO Arrives in New Zealand

The awesome new Nissan GT-R NISMO has now arrived in New Zealand and it brings a wide range of exceptional features.

  • New extreme version of Nissan GT-R super sports car joins GT-R Premium Edition and GT-R Track Edition in New Zealand.
  • 2017 GT-R NISMO sets new performance standard for legendary Nissan super sports car with 441kW / 652Nm high-capacity turbocharged 3.8L V6 engine, motorsport-inspired body, chassis and suspension developed by NISMO.
  • First NISMO-developed vehicle in Nissan New Zealand’s lineup, additional NISMO models planned.

Auckland, New Zealand (10 February, 2017) – If ever there was a vehicle designed to explore the upper limits of performance, the Nissan GT-R has always been it. While by its very nature evolution never stops, the advancement of Nissan’s iconic super sports car has established a new high point in the form of the 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO.

Bearing the name of Nissan’s legendary motorsports and performance group – NISMO, an abbreviation of NISsan MOtorports – the GT-R NISMO is without question the flagship of both the GT-R and NISMO, as well as the entire Nissan brand. Now available in New Zealand, the 441kW GT-R NISMO joins the established 2017 GT-R Premium and GT-R Track Edition vehicles as the pinnacle of the revered GT-R model range.

Drawing on Nissan’s long history of sports car design, the GT-R NISMO model itself was inspired by a NISMO-prepped GT-R racecar that competed successfully at the 2012 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race in near-production form. As proof of concept, on 30 September 2013, a “time attack” GT-R NISMO was driven to a new volume production car and Nissan GT-R Nurburgring lap record of 7 minutes, 8.679 seconds around the famed German road course. On the 19th of November 2013, the GT-R NISMO was officially unveiled on the eve of the Tokyo Motor Show.

Not surprisingly then, while the extensive refinements made to the GT-R for 2017 place an emphasis on balancing speed with the total driving experience, the new GT-R NISMO, which is based upon the MY17 GT-R, places a stronger emphasis on the “R” – as in racing – of the GT-R name. A quick glance at the GT-R NISMO specs shows:

  • An additional 22kW of power and 20Nm of torque compared to the GT-R Premium Edition and GT-R Track Edition
  • A NISMO-tuned suspension with additional roll stiffness
  • The addition of adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) for increased body shell rigidity
  • NISMO-tuned aerodynamic exterior elements designed to increase downforce, including carbon fibre bootlid and spoiler, carbon fibre front and rear bumpers and lower front undercover
  • Ergonomically sculpted Alcantara®-trimmed Recaro® front bucket seats
  • NISMO racing-style Alcantara®-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel with red centre mark, designed to provide the best combination of feedback, grip and comfort.

“The GT-R NISMO is a concentrated dose of NISMO’s long-standing expertise in the form of an ultra-high-performance car,” said Takao Katagiri, President and CEO of Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd., President and CEO of Autech Japan Inc. and Head of NISMO Business Office in Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

“The inspiration for this extraordinary vehicle can be found in our long and successful history in developing cars for motor racing and it’s this extensive experience we have gathered from the track that has resulted in this focused version of an already special car.”

“The Nissan GT-R NISMO is arguably the most complete transfer of motor racing know-how into a production sports car, as done by a car-maker, not a tuner,” he said.

Read on for a more detailed look at the specifications of the GT-R NISMO or jump to:

Innovative, Uncompromising Engineering

The 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO employs innovation, uncompromising engineering and motorsports-inspired technologies to achieve extraordinary levels of power, speed and handling. Under the bonnet, the 3.8-litre V6 VR38DETT engine benefits from the expertise that NISMO has gained from participating in motorsports events around the globe. Engine power has been increased (versus standard GT-R models) and is rated at 441kW at 6,800rpm and 652 Nm of torque from 3,600rpm-5,600rpm. High-flow, large diameter turbochargers, used in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 racing car, improve breathing, while optimised individual ignition timing control for each cylinder and upgraded fuel pump improve combustion.


As with all 2017 GT-R models, each GT-R NISMO engine is hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminium plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the “Takumi” engine craftsman, of which there are fewer than 10.

The engine features innovative plasma-sprayed bores (versus cast iron liners) for reduced friction, lighter weight, enhanced cooling, power output and fuel efficiency; a symmetrical independent intake and exhaust manifold system featuring twin NISMO-specific high-performance turbochargers; a secondary air management system for improved cold-start emissions performance; a thermostatically controlled oil-cooling system; an oil scavenger pump to maintain oil flowing to the turbochargers; and a lateral wet and dry sump oiling system. The GT-R NISMO’s rate of fuel consumption is 11.7 litres per 100km* (combined cycle). Recommended fuel type is 98 RON premium unleaded petrol and the fuel tank capacity is 74 litres.

As with all MY17 GT-R models, a special factory tuned Titanium exhaust system is fitted to the 2017 GT-R NISMO. The system is made of Formula One race-car-grade titanium (Ti-1Cu), with its alloy construction generating a high strength-to-weight ratio and delivering a weight savings over the stock exhaust unit – along with a clear sound that is unique to titanium. The system offers reduced thickness, integrated fins and undercover ducts, allowing it to endure high temperatures without affecting performance under extreme driving conditions.


The VR38DETT V6 is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (wet clutch system, not dry), which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. The sequential-shifting trans-axle features separate wet clutches for the odd (1, 3, 5) and even (2, 4, 6) gears and pre-selects the next highest and next lowest gear for quick shifts.

It also features Hill Start Assist for easy starts on uphill inclines. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard. Along with Nissan GT-R’s unique Premium Midship platform, the GT-R NISMO utilises an independent rear trans-axle ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for all Terrain with Electronic Torque Split) all-wheel drive system, which optimises weight distribution and handling capability. The rear-drive-biased all-wheel drive system can vary torque split depending on speed, lateral acceleration, steering angles, tyre slip, road surface and yaw rate. Of note is a special GT-R-specific yaw-rate feedback control, which measures the differences between the target yaw rate calculated from steering angle and actual yaw rate detected by the yaw-rate sensor and G sensor to adjust torque bias.

The Premium Midship Platform layout places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, without the use of traditional torque tubes, allowing the suspension to operate independently and optimising tyre grip at each corner. Contributing to overall vehicle balance and low centre of gravity, the unique offset input and reaction shaft design of the rear trans-axle enables a shorter design profile versus a typical manual transmission, moving the concentration of powertrain weight lower in the vehicle.


The GT-R NISMO’s suspension set-up has been developed using NISMO’s racing experience and technologies and tuned for stunning agility, road holding and handling finesse, without compromising refinement. The springs and custom-developed Bilstein DampTronic dampers in the front and rear suspension are specially tuned to deliver exceptional grip levels and progressive handling response at the limit. Three suspension modes can be selected: Comfort, Normal and R, for circuit applications.

Specially developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension increase castor trail to optimise wheel position during high-G cornering and improve straight-line and cornering stability.

Additionally, large high-rigidity bolts are used to increase stiffness of the wheel-hub attachment area. To minimise body-roll during cornering and changes of direction, the Nissan GT-R NISMO features a 17.3mm hollow rear anti-roll bar (15,9mm in other GT-R models), which raises roll stiffness.


Stopping power is provided by Brembo® monoblock six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with 390mm diameter front and 380mm diameter rear Brembo® full-floating, cross-drilled two-piece rotors and low-steel, high-stiffness brake pads that minimise fade and provide intense stopping performance. The calipers use a race car-style radial mounting to minimise caliper flex during extreme braking.

For the GT-R NISMO there are additional front and rear brake air ducts made from carbon fibre to aid brake cooling in extreme driving conditions.

Wheels and Tyres

The rigid forged metallic black 6-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight aluminium 20-inch wheels, manufactured by RAYS®, are inspired by Nissan’s legendary GT500 racecar from Japan’s Super GT racing series. Both light in weight as well as strong, much of their strength comes from their H-pattern spoke design, an I-beam-like sectional layout similar to that used in an engine connecting rod. This wheel design feature is new for the 2017 model year and further reduces weight while retaining the necessary stiffness. These wheels also feature knurling inside the bead lip to help keep the tyres from slipping around the wheels under heavy acceleration or braking.

The GT-R NISMO’s wheel dimensions are 20 x 10J (front) and 20 x 10.5J (rear), 0.5-inches wider than the GT-R Premium Edition. As such, the GT-R NISMO’s front fenders are wider compared to the standard GT-R model variants.

The GT-R NISMO’s tyres – developed by Dunlop with a NISMO-specific compound – exhibit outstanding grip and handling characteristics. The front tyres are 255/40 ZRF20, with 285/35 ZRF20 in the rear. These tyres bear the unique product identifier of ‘NR1’.

Exclusive Styling with Improved Aerodynamics

Using the latest Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulation techniques to analyse airflow, NISMO developed an aero package for the GT-R NISMO that improves road holding and minimises the negative impact of drag, while giving the car a more menacing and muscular appearance.

Together, the front bumper, engine undercover and carbon rear spoiler increase downforce and lower the car’s centre of gravity compared to the standard GT-R models. The car’s aerodynamic characteristics are tuned to ensure the downforce is equally spread front to rear at all speeds for progressive handling characteristics. A widened front bumper configuration and elongated yet tapered rear bumper design keep the drag to Cd 0.26, same as that of standard Nissan GT-R.

The GT-R NISMO’s hand-made dry carbon rear spoiler features a special coating that allows carbon fibre “weave” to be felt by touch. The lightweight dry carbon fibre material is also incredibly strong.

The GT-R NISMO creates frontal visual impact with efficient multi-LED headlights that provide a distinctive GT-R “lightning” motif, generating a bold exterior visual signature. The four LED units are configured with new LED high beam and three different low beams, including long distance illumination and wide illumination.

At the rear, GT-R’s distinctive four-ring tail light signature forms coherent circles of illumination, giving the GT-R an equally distinctive rear appearance. Upon start-up, the full lighting signature is illuminated, creating a dramatic start-up procedure.

The Nissan GT-R NISMO is available in five body colours: Jet Black, Solid Red, Pearl White, and Super Silver. As expected, GT-R’s advanced technology is present even in the vehicle’s paint, which utilises a durable anti-chip finish and “double clear coat” process. Matte Gray is also available.

A Racing-Inspired Cockpit

The Nissan GT-R NISMO cockpit inspires driver confidence through both its craftsmanship and optimised driving position. Ergonomically sculpted Recaro seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara, comfortably – yet firmly – support the driver and front-seat passenger.

NISMO racers influenced the design of the steering wheel, which is dressed in Alcantara®, with three spokes, red centre mark and red stitching to give the best combination of grip, feedback and comfort. The combi meter has a carbon-like finish, and the NISMO tachometer features a red design. The instrument hood is also dressed with Alcantara®. Interior trim features include discreet red stitching on the seats, centre console, door trim and steering wheel.

As with all 2017 GT-R models, the GT-R NISMO’s instrument panel is dominated by a video game-inspired, multi-function display that was created in collaboration with Polyphony Digital, makers of the Gran Turismo electronic game. Eleven pages of information are available on this system, including mechanical and driving information, acceleration, brake pedal pressure, steering angle and a recording function with playback. Additional on-screen information includes a Navigation system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

The NissanConnect NISMO feature is also available to GT-R NISMO owners. This app-based system provides live performance meters and a data-logger that can be shown on a suitable mobile device. The NissanConnect NISMO app can be downloaded to a suitable mobile device from the relevant app store and connected to the car via Bluetooth.

All 2017 GT-R models include a specially designed, 11-speaker Bose® audio system that features two forward-facing woofers in the rear centre armrest area. Rigid aluminium die cast panel mounting of all speakers allowed Bose® engineers to perfect the acoustic performance of the GT-R sound system. Streaming Audio via Bluetooth® is also standard. The BOSE audio system also incorporates Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which uses the speakers to cancel unpleasant sound frequencies should they enter the cabin, as well as Active Sound Control (ASC), which allows more desired frequencies in.

The exclusive GT-R Nismo is only available at Cockram Nissan by special order. If you’d like to enquire about purchasing one or have any questions, please get in touch with our team.

New Nissan GT-R on the track

Behind the Scenes at the Nissan GT-R Dealer Launch

As an organisation, Nissan invest a lot in the training of their salespeople. When talking with potential buyers, it’s important for our teams to not only know how a vehicle looks on paper, but how it performs in the real world. While this typically means driving a new vehicle on the open-road, for one particular car, we needed to take things to the next level. That’s why our Sales Manager was recently invited to a track in Melbourne to sample one of Nissan’s most exciting vehicles ahead of its launch… the Nissan GT-R.

After an introductory morning with Nissan’s team – including a walk-around of the GT-R Track Edition, attendees were led out to the track where five new Premium GT-Rs were waiting, alongside two examples of the current model.

The outgoing Nissan GT-R is an incredible vehicle. For the new model, we expected something along the same lines but with a few small improvements. We left the event having been blown away by just how hot the new Nissan GT-R really is, not to mention the incredible upgrades available. More on those soon!

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Nissan GT-R Video

Watch Mathew’s video of the GT-R on the track – with a demonstration of launch control – as well as a quick introduction to the new GT-R Track Edition.

Photos of the 2017 Nissan GT-R

2017 Nissan GT-R in White

2017 Nissan GT-R on the track

Nissan GT-R track car and matt black

Current Nissan GT-R models

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Rear

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Interior

2016 Nissan GT-R

Arrival of our 2016 Nissan GT-R

We’ve long been Christchurch’s authorised Nissan GT-R agent, but it’s been a while since we saw a GT-R in our showroom. New General Manager, Jacob Wilson, decided to change this and secure a brand new GT-R ‘Godzilla’ in black for our dealership.

The arrival created quite a stir, with all of the sales team leaving their desks to check out the new arrival as the transport pulled up outside. The driver must have been quite nervous as he unloaded this $200,000 supercar with 4 Nissan Sales Consultants, our Sales Manager, and our General Manager all waiting excitedly at the roadside!

Nissan GT-R Rear

Our intention was to host the new GT-R at our showroom, keeping it on display for a while as the flagship of our range, but the car was so hot that we effectively sold it before the dust had a chance to settle! We’ve handed over the keys to its very proud, and very excited, new owner and we’re sure that he’s already clocked up some seriously thrill-filled kilometres!

While the GT-R is a rare vehicle in New Zealand, we look forward to securing another model in the future. To stay informed, sign-up to our email database.

The GT-R: Handbuilt in Japan

The engine and transmission of the Nissan GT-R are built one at a time, by one takumi (the highest skilled of all Japan’s craftspeople), working in a dust-free clean room and each engine has a nameplate of the takumi that hand built the engine.

Nissan GT-R Engine

Although some other supercars have engines built by hand, no other mass manufactured supercar approaches it the way we do. This is the kind of dedication to precision and attention to detail normally reserved for F1 vehicles.

News from Nissan suggests that there are just four takumi who are sanctioned to put their name on this halo vehicle. Our particular model was built by Izumi Shioya. Izumi Shioya has built many engines in his two decades, but still aims for perfection.

“What I consider a ‘perfect engine’ is one that I am convinced will have the highest performance,” Shioya says.

Making supercar engines is only part of the story, as Yokohama plant chief Nobuhiro Ozawa says owners want to meet their GT-R’s builder.

“We sometimes receive comments from GT-R owners such as ‘Who built this engine?’ Some even come to the Yokohama plant wishing to meet the actual engine-maker. When they met, he said, ‘Thank you for building my GT-R engine.”


  • Handbuilt 3.8 Litre Twin Turbo V6 Engine (404kW/628Nm)
  • Asymmetrical Suspension System
  • High Capacity Braking
  • High Performance 4WD
  • 0-100km/h in 2.7 Seconds

Advanced Information Displays

The Multi Function Meter uses a 7-inch monitor in the centre display to help you gauge your ultimate driving performance.

Nissan GT-R Dashboard and Instrument Panel

Choose one of four displays:

  1. Vehicle mechanical info like water temperature, oil temperature and oil pressure.
  2. Accelerator, brake, steering and G-forces.
  3. Optimum gear selection for fuel economy.
  4. Trip distance info.

The design of the cockpit is centred around the driver, to concentrate on what matters most – pure driving exhilaration. Start button, paddle shift, Multi Function Meter, stripped back dashboard gauges, tachometer and shift indicator – all pointed right at you to get the most from your driving performance.

Refined Engineering

The best place to test a supercar’s speed and safety is incredibly dangerous – the Nürburgring, one of the fastest and most notorious circuits in the world of motor racing. And every time we shave a second or two off the car’s lap time, using exactly the same type of tyres, suspension and specification you buy we get a little bit closer to making the safest supercar available.

Nissan GT-R Interior

Nissan NZ took a GT-R for a spin on Germany’s Autobahn. But there was a twist. They set a goal of talking with someone in the passenger seat while driving at 300km/h, and didn’t miss a word. Although there are no roads in New Zealand that allow that kind of speed, you’ll know that if it’s possible at 300km/h, you’ll be able to do it at 100km/h.

See yourself behind the wheel?

Nissan GT-R Steering Wheel

If this is the view you want to see on your daily commute, winding through the Port Hills, or along the coast of Kaikoura, get in touch with our team.


Qashqai Best Small SUV Awards

Nissan Qashqai Wins Best Small SUV & Crossover of the Year 2016

We’re proud to say that the Nissan Qashqai has been well recognised at recent vehicle industry awards. It has won the title of Car of the Year 2016 in the highly contested category of Best Small SUV in the What Car? awards for the third year running. Just weeks after this announcement, the Qashqai was also named the Crossover of the Year in the BusinessCar awards.

“It’s one of the most economical and least-polluting vehicles in this category, and its high-quality interior keeps wind, engine and road noise at bay.” – What Car?

For the What Car? awards, they consider a number of factors in the Best Small SUV category:

  • Interiors must be comfortable and spacious, and must be well assembled from quality materials.
  • A competitive purchase price helps but running costs and depreciation are very much under the microscope.
  • The car should be stable and capable on all roads, no matter whether they are city streets, motorways or anything in between.
  • Practicality is vital; these are family cars first and foremost.

For the BusinessCar Awards, the Qashqai was judged by an expert panel from across the fleet industry. It was the Qashqai’s high driving position, good looks, excellent residual values, decent equipment and very tidy handling that combined to allow the model to take the title of BusinessCar’s Crossover of the Year.

Find out more about the awards below, or view the Nissan Qashqai along with our new SUV range here.


Press Release on the Qashqai Car of the Year Award

LONDON (20 January 2016) – For the third year in a row, Nissan’s Qashqai has triumphed in the Best Small SUV category at the prestigious What Car? Awards.

At the annual ceremony in London, the Qashqai was not only named ‘Best Buy’ in the £15,000-£25,000 price point, but it also went on to be crowned overall winner in the ‘Small SUV’ category, beating sixteen other shortlisted models.

What Car?’s pick of the Qashqai line-up was the 1.5dCi 110 n-tec with the judges praising the model’s efficiency and economy, refined diesel power plant, smooth suspension and interior quality as well as generous equipment levels.

Jim Holder, Editorial Director for Haymarket, which publishes What Car?, said; “The Qashqai makes it a hat trick with yet another win in this hotly contested category. Despite strong opposition, the SUV from Sunderland possesses all the necessary talents for victory.

Not only is it one of the most economical and least-polluting vehicles in this category, it also has a high-quality interior that keeps wind, engine and road noise at bay.

Excellent practicality, a chassis that is well suited to British roads and impressive engine refinement are the icing on the cake.”

James Wright, Managing Director, Nissan Motor GB, said; “We’re delighted that the Qashqai’s charm has won over the What Car? judges yet again.

It’s also a winner with the car buying public who have made the Nissan Qashqai the best-selling crossover in the UK.”

A real success story for Nissan, in September 2015 the new Qashqai became the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to smash the half million production mark. Since production began in 2014, a new Qashqai has been built every 62 seconds, or 58 per hour, at the Sunderland plant’s Line 1.

The Qashqai’s impressive quality, styling and technology continue to make it the best-selling crossover in Europe.

Press Release on the Qashqai Crossover of the Year award

LONDON (27 January 2016) – BusinessCar – one of the UK’s leading publications for company car drivers and operators – has named the Nissan Qashqai its Crossover of the Year.

The British-built model took the title – the nation’s fifth best-selling car –in the face of increased competition in the crossover segment.

The award, announced this morning, is particularly significant as it was decided by an expert panel of readers recruited from across the fleet industry.

They chose the Qashqai as their winner for its outstanding all-round appeal, singling out the popular model’s strong residual values, running costs, practicality, efficiency and quality.

Making the announcement, BusinessCar editor, Paul Barker, said: “The model that established the increasingly important crossover sector is still at its forefront despite increasing competition.
“In fact, it continues to go from strength-to-strength, which is all the more impressive given the level of success it has achieved over the last few years.”

The award came just weeks after the Qashqai was named Best Small SUV in the What Car? magazine awards for the third year running. The model was also named by What Car? as the ‘Best
Buy’ between £15,000 and £25,000 in the UK.

Barry Beeston, Corporate Sales Director at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see the Qashqai – a model which has proved a massive hit with company car drivers and fleet operators – honoured in this way.

“Awards like these that are voted for by real fleet drivers and operators are particularly special as they mean the decision makers who have added the Qashqai to their fleet, and the people who
drive it every day, are happy.

2015 Nissan Navara

The All-New Nissan Navara in New Zealand

The highly-anticipated 2015 Nissan Navara has now arrived at Cockram Nissan, it is an exciting addition to our current new vehicle range.

Nissan have a long history of building strong, dependable pickups. With each new model the boundaries of innovation have been pushed, providing you with everything you need to get the job done. And now it’s time to experience the next generation Navara. It combines a tough, working pedigree, with premium ride comfort, smart technologies, and sleek, modern styling. All of which means you can step from a day on the job to a night on the town without missing a beat.

Devours Roads, Sips Fuel.

The sign of a truly modern pickup? One that shows how power, acceleration and fuel efficiency cannot just co-exist, but thrive. The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara offers three engines that do just that, thanks to advanced technology that helps squeeze top performance out of every drop of fuel.

The ST and ST-X variants are powered by an advanced 140kW twin-turbo diesel engine. With a small turbo to get you moving and a larger one to keep you going strong, the diesel engine gives you best in class fuel economy.


Ride first class every day.

Load up your family or grab a few friends and experience the smooth and comfortable ride of the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara.

With 5-link rear suspension it is as capable and comfortable off-road as it is on road. In the front, the fatigue-reducing all day comfort seats create a neutral posture that improves blood flow to make long rides considerably more pleasant.

In the back, passengers will enjoy plenty of legroom plus their own air conditioning. And if you’d rather opt for a little fresh air, there’s the press button sunroof and a rear power sliding window.


3.5 Tonne Braked Towing Capacity.

Whether you’re looking to pull a heavy load at work, or for a weekend away, the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara makes it easy. All of our diesel engine models can muster up the grunt to pull a massive 3,500kg braked towing capacity.

Towing capacity is subject to towbar/towball capacity. The capacity may be reduced if a non-genuine Nissan towbar is fitted.


Connect to more than the road

With NissanConnect, your all-new Nissan NP300 Navara becomes your smartphone’s best friend. Because now, your own hand-picked music, Pandora®, and more all come along for the ride, working seamlessly together through your smartphone and the 7-inch colour touch-screen on your dash.

Your NP300 Navara also keeps you in the loop with the Nissan Navigation System, Bluetooth® handsfree calling plus Bluetooth® audio streaming, an iPod/USB input and a lot more.


Safer. Smarter.

Tackling hilly terrain? Now you can do it with more confidence and control. On an incline, Hill Start Assist can help keep you from rolling backwards when you’re accelerating up a hill from a stop. And Hill Descent Control helps you maintain steady speed and braking, so you get down a steep grade more safely.

The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara also has a host of safety features standard across the range: 7 airbags including driver knee airbag, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

Some features outlined above are only available on certain Navara models. Contact the team for more details.

To find out more about the history of the iconic Nissan Navara through the years, you can view our poster (PDF download)

For more information on the all new 2015 Navara, feel free to contact us on (03) 366 2644, or make an enquiry via our online form.


Nissan X-Trail

Nissan X-Trail Wins Car of the Year Award: $45k-60k Class

2014 X-TrailWe’re excited to announce that the new Nissan X-Trail has won the 2014 AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year award for the $45k-60k class! With some really tough competition in this segment for 2014, this is an awesome achievement and one that makes us even more proud to represent Nissan in Christchurch.

The 2014 release saw some significant changes to the Nissan X-Trail, particularly in terms of design. These changes were well-received by motoring journalists in New Zealand, with Damien O’Carroll summarising the new vehicle in his article for the NZ Herald as:

“… comfortable, extremely competent and largely unfussed by whatever atrocities local roading contractors care to throw at it. The X-Trail may not have its quirky square ways going for it anymore, but there is still certainly more than enough to make it a very strong competitor in a super-competitive segment.”

Dave Moore, for Motoring also penned a fantastic review for the new X-Trail in his article: Nissan family favourite revamped.

The X-Trail has long been a favourite of our own team, and it’s great to see that this fine vehicle has now been recognised with this prestigious award.

If you’d like to experience the X-Trail for yourself, be sure to get in touch with our team or view more information on the Nissan NZ website.



Spotlight on the Nissan Altima

Having already proven itself around the world, the Nissan Altima is now making itself right at home here in New Zealand. Exhibiting outstanding technology and refinement levels, the all new Nissan Altima is well positioned with its mid-size sedan class and holds its own with confidence against competitors such as the Toyota Camry, Mazda6 and Ford Mondeo.

Boasting a 2.5L petrol engine that offers you a you a whole new level of incredible fuel-efficient power, the Altima is capable of producing 127kW of power and 230Nm of torque while still keeping it frugal with a fuel economy of 7.5L/100km. The Altima is available in two model grades; the ST (RRP from $43,990+ORC) and the Ti (RRP from $53,290), with both models offering Nissan’s Next Generation Xtronic CVT transmission which is available in three different modes.

Innovation for all

The all new Altima is loaded with advanced technologies designed to excel when it comes to comfort, convenience and safety.

> Breathtaking Exterior

The Nissan Altima is right at home on the open road or when navigating the city streets and with its sleek lines and superb aerodynamics, it’s designed to stand out from the crowd.

> Luxurious Interior

The spacious and luxurious interior of the all new Nissan Altima provides out-of-this-world comfort and features Zero Gravity inspired front seats designed to provide a feeling of weightlessness and reduce driver restlessness and fatigue.

> Advanced Driver Assist Display

The Advanced Driver Assist Display, positioned conveniently between the tachometer and speedometer, ensures you’re up to speed various aspects of the Altima’s performance and features. Caller ID, navigation, fuel economy, and much more are all available right from the Altima’s ADAD.

> Safety That Surrounds You

Safety is a priority with the all new Altima. With intelligent features such as the Around View Monitor and Rear View Camera*, making navigating tight spaces, and exercises such as parking, a stress-free experience; and Moving Object Detection and Blind Spot Warning systems*, driving the Altima is like driving with a second set of eyes that are always on the look-out for your safety.

Nissan Altima Standard Features

The following features are available as standard on the Nissan Altima range:

Altima STAltima Ti
  • Xtronic CVT Automatic transmission
  • 16″ Alloys
  • 60/40 Split Folding Rear Seats
  • Advanced Dreiver Assist Display
  • Dual Zone CLimate Control
  • Speed Sensing Power Steering
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth Connectivity with Handsfree
  • AM/FM Stereo CD Player with Aux & USB Input and 6 Speakers
  • Intelligent Key
  • Push Button Start
  • Automatic Headlights with washers
  • Zero Gravity inspired Front Seats with Spinal Support
  • Dual Front, Side and Curtain Airbags
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • Active Understeer Control (AUC)
  • ABS, EBD and BA Braking Systems
  • All ST features, plus
  • 18″ Alloys
  • Xenon Headlamps with Auto Levelling
  • Leather Accented Seat Trim and Steering Wheel
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • 8-Way Power Adjust Driver’s Seat with Lumbar Support & Memory Settings
  • 4-Way Power Adjust Front Passenger Seat
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Automatic Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Sattelite Navigation
  • 7″ Touchsreen BOSE Audio System with Bluetooth & Audio Streaming
  • 9 BOSE Speakers
  • Nissan Connect Smartphone Integration
  • Around View Monitor (AVM) with Rear View Camera
  • Front & Rear Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Moving Object Detection (MOD)

Ready for the next step?

For more information on the all new Nissan Altima, feel free to contact us on (03) 366 2644, make an enquiry via our online form, or book a test drive.

*Not all features are available across the Altima range. Imagery used for illustrative purposes only, and may include overseas models and optional extras.

Review of the 2014 Nissan Qashqai

Our staff have always loved the Nissan Qashqai – with many choosing to drive it as their own car – but it’s always reassuring to hear that others echo our fondness for this SUV/passenger car cross-over.

Popular motoring journalist, Dave Moore, has written a fantastic review for the new Nissan Qashqai and, if you’re in the market, it’s well worth a read:

Hot: Crisp styling; flexible, frugal diesel engine; massive safety specification, particularly on Ti; good equipment list; great family package.

Not: Potential punters could turn to the seven-seat X-Trail, which is no problem.

Verdict: Stunningly effective family car with modern look and complete comfort, connectivity and safety specification is a compelling buy and the diesel is brilliant.

Read Dave Moore’s article for yourself; Nissan family favourite revamped, or drop by the showroom to view this vehicle for yourself (if you’d also like to test drive this model, it might pay to contact us in advance as this is a popular vehicle!).

Prior to the launch, we asked our fans on Facebook whether they thought of the Qashqai as an ‘SUV’ or ‘passenger’ vehicle. The results were pretty interesting and included some sage advice from Dave Moore himself for those looking for a used vehicle.



Introducing the All-New 2014 Nissan Qashqai

The next generation Nissan Qashqai is here. It is the ultimate package, comprised of daring and defiant design and enhanced by advanced, intuitive technology with state-of-the-art connected services. The Nissan Qashqai not only looks slick, it delivers dynamic ride and handling that puts you in complete control.

Bold, capable and commanding all at once, the all-new Nissan Qashqai is designed with street smarts in mind. With razor sharp reactions, a playful and a provocative profile, it’s an SUV like no other.

Innovation for all

  • Intelligent Park Assist
  • Around View® Monitor & Satellite Navigation
  • Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning & Moving Object Detection
  • NissanConnect™ smartphone integration
  • Panoramic Glass Roof

Available on Nissan Qashqai Ti. View full features and more.


Empowered and enriched by Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield®, using cameras and sensors the all-new Nissan Qashqai delivers six different safety systems (available on Ti model), which work together to build your confidence and keep you on top of every situation: Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Around View® Monitor (AVM), High Beam Assist and Intelligent Park Assist.

Advanced Drive-Assist Display

Advanced Drive-Assist Display (ADAD) is a full-colour 5” display, that sits between the speedometer and tachometer, to help you stay on track and on top of things when you are on the go in your all-new Nissan Qashqai. From turn-by-turn directions* to caller ID and so much more, ADAD gives you all the information you need directly in front of you, keeping you focused on the road ahead.

Intelligent Park Assist*

Size up the spot and if your Nissan Qashqai Intelligent Park Assist+ system says ‘OK’, the Nissan Qashqai will help you complete the perfect park. Combine that with the Around View® Monitor** and there’s no reason to struggle in car parks any longer!

Connect to more than the road

Standard across the range, NissanConnect™* uses hands-free technology together with your smartphone to help you stay in touch with the outside world. NissanConnect™ is loaded with features and comes with apps such as Pandora®^, Online search powered by Google® and Facebook®.

Clever Storage

When the rear seats are folded, the all-new Nissan Qashqai converts to a flat luggage floor that makes it easy to load and unload long items, and features clever under-floor storage in the ST-L, TS and Ti models allows you to to keep valuables out of sight.


How do you pronounce Qashqai?

Having trouble pronouncing Qashqai? Nissan have made this excellent video to help you out!

For more information…

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Imagery shown for illustrative purposes only and may be of overseas vehicles and include optional extras and accessories. +Available on Nissan QASHQAI Ti/TL only. Intelligent Park Assist is a driver’s aid only and driver intervention is required to control accelerator and brake vehicle operation. **Available on Nissan QASHQAI Ti/TL only. Around View® Monitor is a driver’s aid only and may not cover all blind spots. Moving object detection may not detect every object. Always check surroundings before moving vehicle. *Features and functions may vary by grade. Pandora® and Facebook® apps may not be fully operational on ST and TS models at launch. ^Pandora is currently only supported on Android™ platform.