Compare the all new Nissan X-Trail

The all new Nissan X-Trail has landed and it’s itching to show you just how much of a joy every day driving can be. Available in three model grades, the X-Trail ST (from $39,990), X-Trail ST-L (from $47,290) and X-Trail Ti (from $53,290) are now available from Cockram Nissan.

Packed full of practical features, it’s a whole new school of thought in family proof, launching a more stylish era for the X-Trail. With robust capability for the practical and its new bold design the all-new Nissan X-TRAIL is set to impress!

Available in three model grades and in 2WD or 4WD, the all new X-Trail includes a refined 2.5L petrol engine that offers an impressive 126kW of power, 226Nm of torque and 1500kg braked towing capacity.

The all new X-Trail is just as at home off-road as it is navigating the city streets with the 4WD range, with the intuitive All-Mode 4×4-i system to constantly control the balance of power between front and rear wheels. Hill Start Assist is standard on the 4WD models and helps prevent rollback when starting on an incline, so you can get moving with confidence.


Cleverly designed tiered, theatre style seating means everyone onboard can always see the road ahead, while gloss black trim with metallic accents, the atmospheric LED front passenger interior lighting add to the theatrical mood. More than a few in your family? You’ll be pleased to hear that the ST model is also available with a 7-seat configuration.

When it comes to technology, X-Trail is jam-packed with advanced features. From the 5″ Advanced Driver Assist Display (ADAD) – which keeps you updated with navigation, phone calls and vehicle performance and much more while you’re on the go – to NissanConnectTM (available in ST-L and Ti) X-Trail doesn’t disappoint.

This latest X-Trail has been designed with not only comfort, but safety in mind. Starting with the innovative Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection on the Ti grade, and the Around View® Monitor on the ST-L and Ti grades, the vehicle keeps its eyes open for you. The all new Nissan X-TRAIL also has a host of safety features as standard across the range including: 6 airbags, rear view camera, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Compare the X-Trail with other models in its class

Keen to see how the al new X-Trail measures up against other similar vehicles? Nissan have put together a comparison of all four models. Click the images below to view the full table as a PDF.

X-Trail ST 4WD 5 Seater

X-Trail Comparison ST 4WD 5 Seat

X-Trail ST 2WD 7 Seater

X-Trail Comparison ST 2WD 7 Seat

X-Trail ST-L 4WD 5 Seater

2014 X-Trail comparison - ST-L 4WD

X-Trail Ti 4WD 5 Seater

X-Trail Comparison Ti 4WD 5 Seat

Compare the New Nissan Altima

The new Nissan Altima ST (from $43,990) and Altima Ti ($53,290) are available from our showroom right now after what was an incredibly exciting and at times nail biting first year back on the V8 Supercar series.

The Altima race car featured a modified 5.6L V8 engine borrowed out of the all new Nissan Patrol which actually had to be stepped down a notch to comply with series regulations. The number one selling Nissan model in the United States for many years the all new Altima is now available in New Zealand for the very first time.

Available in two grades featuring a 2.5L petrol engine producing 127kW of power and 230Nm of torque and mated to Nissan’s latest Xtronic CVT automatic transmission with reduced friction by up to 30% on previous generations, the all new Altima has improved acceleration response and boasts impressive fuel economy, all with a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

Intelligent key, push button start, zero gravity seats, advanced driver assist display and dual zone climate air are all standard specification. The high grade adds a whole host of technology and safety features including Nissan Connect smartphone integration that allows access to online apps like Google Maps which then work in conjunction with the in car satellite Navigation system. The Around View Monitor system provides a bird’s eye view of your surroundings and makes parking or manoeuvring around in tight spaces a breeze.

Add the Blind Spot and Lane Departure warning systems, as well as a rear view camera with Moving Object Detection, and the all new Altima really is the whole package.


Despite all this, the styling is where it’s really turning heads. If you’d like to have a closer look for yourself, drop by our dealership on Moorhouse Ave in Christchurch or contact us now to arrange a test drive.

Compare the Altima with Other Models in its Class

Interested in seeing how well the Altima stacks up against the competition? Nissan have put together a comparison of both the ST and Ti models. Click the images below to view the full table as a PDF.

Nissan Altima ST

2014 nNssan Altima ST Comparison

Nissan Altima Ti

2014 Nissan Altima Ti Comparison



2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

As a demonstration of Nissan’s expertise in design and future vehicle development, Nissan have produced a concept car simply called the Sport Sedan. Displayed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the Sport Sedan went on to win Autoweek’s coveted title of “Best Concept” at the show, beating stiff competition in the form of the Kia G4 Stiner and Toyota FT-1.

“The Sport Sedan Concept is an extremely important vehicle for Nissan because it demonstrates a new and energetic design direction that builds on Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan. To receive this recognition reinforces that Nissan is headed full speed in the right direction, and this is only a sign of good things to come. We are elated to take home Autoweek’s ‘Best Concept’ award from the 2014 NAIAS.” – Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Shiro Nakamura.

Each year, Autoweek editors select Best in Show, Most Significant, Most Fun and Best Concept at the auto show in Detroit. Editors pointed to the Sport Sedan Concept’s forward-looking design themes, including a flow-over “V-Motion” grille, a “floating” roof, boomerang light clusters and diamond-shaped seat graphics, as notable qualities that helped earn the award.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

The Sport Sedan Concept was created by Nissan Design America and developed at the Nissan Global Design Center in Japan. It is the third vehicle displaying signature design aspects that will be adapted to all future Nissans following the previously-revealed Nissan Resonance and Friend-ME concepts. The “V-Motion” movement of the front end flows from the dramatic chromed grille up through the hood. The front of the Sport Sedan Concept also incorporates the large LED boomerang headlights, a deeply scooped front fascia and wide, sloped windshield.

The profile of the vehicle is equally powerful, with its dynamic bodyside lines adding a strong sculptural feel and connecting the wheels and tires – which are pushed out to the four corners.

The unique “floating” roof adds a sense of openness and lightness in contrast to traditional sedans’ heavy cabin appearance. The design is meant to evoke youth and adventurousness, intended as a reward to customers for their hard work and success.

The concept is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine capable of 300-plus horsepower. At this stage, the Sport Sedan Concept is a design study created to explore future design cues for Nissan’s sports sedans and is not directly affiliated with any current or future production models.

2015 Nissan GT-R

The New Nissan GT-R And Nismo GT-R. A feast for your senses!

The awesome new Nissan GT-R and GT-R NISMO actually made their debut back in 2013 at various motor shows.

The 2015 Nissan GT-R

Evolution never stops for the Nissan GT-R. Nissan’s iconic sports car brings a refreshed vision of “innovation that excites” with the introduction of the 2015 (in the U.S.) model offering a new level of sophistication, yet with no compromise in performance.

2015 Nissan GT-R Interior

The 2015 Nissan GT-R offers smoother ride comfort, more refinement and benchmark fit and finish, in the spirit of a great “GT,” while delivering breathtaking performance and road-holding. Its “multi-dimensional performance” means the driver can enjoy the full depth of the GT-R’s capabilities, whether navigating corners of a winding mountain road, cruising on the highway or even in an urban environment.

Nissan GT-R Driving Performance

With outstanding adhesion from its tires, the GT-R is capable of stunning confident acceleration and braking performance. The suspension was fine-tuned to reduced load fluctuation between the four wheels, giving better stability and more consistent grip. More constant tire contact is achieved by optimized electronic control of the shock-absorber valves, as well as modified front stabilizer spring rates and updated bush link.


The tuning of these parts, which makes best use of the suspension strokes and enhances road-holding capability, gives a poised, confident ride and outstanding traction on rough roads.

Advanced Body Construction

To achieve the project’s ambitious targets for high-speed handling and ride comfort, Nissan enhanced the level of precision-constructed body elements and advanced assembly methods to create the 2015 Nissan GT-R.

Each part is made of materials selected for optimum performance: Precision-constructed, multi-material hybrid body combines steel, carbon fiber and die-cast aluminum to achieve high stiffness and light weight.

View AutoGuide’s overview of the Nissan GT-R and GT-R NISMO at the 2013 Toyota Motor Show.


The 2015 GT-R NISMO

The Nismo is the fastest factory GT-R ever made and was unveiled by Nissan’s ‘Director of Excitement’, Usain Bolt at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Watch this unveiling on the video below.

The GT-R NISMO features a race-inspired 600-horsepower engine and becomes the fourth model in the GT-R supercar line-up, taking its place alongside the GT-R Premium, Black Edition, and Track Edition.

With extensive engine, suspension, exterior and interior enhancements, the GT-R NISMO is set to be a real crowd pleaser.

Nissan Navara Offroad Videos

Video of the Nissan Navara Offroad

We recently held another of our 4x4xFUN events in Christchurch. At these events, we take a couple of Nissan Navara utes to a location near Christchurch and treat our guests to a personal demonstration of the vehicle’s features and offroad handling, care of New Zealand 4WD professional, Pete Ritchie.

After the demonstration, it’s our guest’s turn to take the wheel under the careful supervision of Pete’s wife, Deb.

Check out the videos below!

Navara Video from November 2013

Navara Offroad Videos from Earlier This Year

Nissan Pulsar Hatch

Return of the Pulsar Hatch

Seven years has passed since the Pulsar Hatch was last on sale in New Zealand, but Nissan has today announced full details on local launch, pricing and equipment for the eagerly anticipated Pulsar Hatch range.
Scheduled for local release early in June, Nissan has given its all-new hatchback line-up a starting price of $29,990 (plus on-road costs) and packed each model grade with generous standard equipment inclusions.
Today’s announcement positions the all-new Nissan Pulsar Hatch on a competitive footing in the marketplace.

Assigning the stylish hatchback an entry price below $30,000 (Nissan Pulsar Hatch ST, Recommended Retail Price) prepares the Pulsar Hatch for a strong start in the hotly contested Small Car market. The recently released Nissan Pulsar Sedan has been popular since its local arrival in March and the addition of the all-new Pulsar Hatch range is sure to advance Nissan’s Small Car success.

Nissan Pulsar Hatch Information

Three model grades, two engine choices

New Zealand customers will be able to choose from three model grades when the Pulsar Hatch range goes on sale in June. The Pulsar Hatch ST is powered by the same smooth and efficient 96kW 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine fitted to the popular Pulsar Sedan range. Drivers seeking more spice can opt for the Pulsar ST-S or SSS, both powered by Nissan’s responsive 140kW turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine.

Standard fitment on all grades is Nissan’s next-generation X-TRONIC CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission), with the Pulsar SSS featuring a Manual-Mode override.

Pulsar SSS

Nissan Pulsar SSSThe arrival of the Pulsar Hatch range will see the return of the much-loved Pulsar SSS, a name that won a generation of buyers with its sports styling and fun driving dynamics. The 140kW Pulsar SSS has been instilled with the same value strategy applied to all other grades in the Pulsar line-up. And to ensure more Small Car buyers can access the same driving excitement offered by the Pulsar SSS, Nissan is offering the Pulsar Hatch ST-S, powered by the same 140kW 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine.

The Pulsar SSS has been absent from New Zealand since 1998, when the 105kW 2.0 litre hatch was the flagship of the N15 Pulsar range. Well-regarded for its SR20 engine, the N15 Pulsar SSS hatch was one of the most performance orientated and well specified vehicles in its class.

Standard Equipment

Example standard equipment inclusions for each grade of the Nissan Pulsar Hatch range are summarised below.

Pulsar Hatch ST:

  • 1.8-litre petrol engine with 96kW of power and 174Nm of torque
  • X-TRONIC CVT transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Four-speaker audio with MP3 capability and AUX-IN
  • Bluetooth hands-free telephone system
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Power windows
  • Central locking with remote keyless entry
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA)

Pulsar Hatch ST-S

All of the features of the Pulsar Hatch ST plus/or:

  • 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with 140kW of power 240Nm of torque
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Six-speaker audio with MP3 capability, AUX-IN and USB/iPod connectivity
  • 4.3-inch QVGA colour display
  • Leather-accented steering wheel
  • Premium cloth seat trim
  • Rear Centre armrest

Pulsar Hatch SSS

All of the features of the Pulsar Hatch ST-S plus/or:

  • Xenon headlights with automatic levelling and washers and dusk-sensing function
  • Front spoiler, side skirts, rear lower spoiler
  • 5.8-inch integrated colour display with touch screen and steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Satellite navigation with 3D mapping, six-speaker audio with MP3 capability, AUX-IN, USB/iPod connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Rear-view camera with distance guidelines
  • Leather-accented seat trim
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Intelligent Key keyless entry system
  • Push-button engine start function

2015 Pulsar Hatch Pricing

Recommended Retail Price:

Pulsar ST Hatch 1.8 CVT

Pulsar ST-S Hatch 1.6 Turbo CVT

Pulsar SSS Hatch 1.6 Turbo CVT

2015 Pulsar Sedan Pricing

Recommended Retail Price:

Pulsar ST Sedan 1.8 CVT

Pulsar Ti Sedan 1.8 CVT

Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara 4×4 Off-Road with Pete Ritchie (Video and Photos)

4x4 Drive DayWith more and more tradespeople coming to Christchurch, and the existing trade guys starting to build their fleet and company branding, we thought it was appropriate that we took a group of our customers out to a muddy hill in Christchurch so that they could experience the Nissan Navara at its finest.

The Nissan Navara has really excelled over the years and has become the work-horse of choice for any builder, plasterer, painter, or farmer looking for a vehicle that not only performs when it needs to while keeping its occupants safe and comfortable, but also stands out on the road. If you’re looking at putting sign-writing on a vehicle – a vehicle with some road presence is exactly what you need to help your branding stand out.

Test-driving the Nissan Navara around Christchurch streets can only reveal so much about a vehicle such as this – one that’s been designed to transport the team around a city but also make its way across un-finished roads, bumpy building sites and rugged farm land with ease. So that’s why we put together the 4x4xFUN event.

The 4x4xFUN Off-Road Event in Christchurch

4x4xFUN was created a few years ago by Cockram Nissan, and it was held most recently last weekend at a muddy and steep hill in Christchurch in very wet conditions! We took along a group of Nissan owners and fans and introduced them to Pete Ritchie and his wife Deb of Natural Instincts.

Pete has over 30 years’ experience in 4WDing, including a long history as a truck mechanic. These days he spends his time demonstrating the off-road capabilities of 4WD vehicles in terms of vehicle features and off-road technique. Basically, the man really knows his stuff.
Nissan Navara 4x4 Event
As guests arrived, Pete took them on a long course over the hills and down steep muddy slopes in a Nissan Navara ST-X 450 while talking about the vehicle’s handling.  Following that, passengers transferred to a white ST where they sat in the driver’s seat while Deb guided them over another course so they could put into practice everything that Pete had taught them.

Obviously, while we would love for hundreds of Nissan fans to join us at these events, we like to keep the numbers down so that everyone gets some quality time with the vehicle and is free to ask questions of Pete and Deb. However, so that anyone can get a sense of how the day pans out, we’ve put together a couple of videos for you to enjoy!

4×4 Video of the Nissan Navara

Pete Ritchie talks about the electronic features of the Nissan Navara

Commercial Nissan Navaras in Christchurch

We’ll finish by showing you a couple of fine examples of sign-written and modified Nissan Navara utes in Christchurch right now.

This one is the proud property of Glenn Chisholm of GRC Car Audio. It’s a real head-turner and we have no doubt that it helps to give his business plenty of presence on Christchurch roads.

Sign-written Nissan Navara

And Gas Installation Specialists have been more subtle with their sign-writing and yet their branding still stands out really well. Especially with the extra accessories on their Navara.

Nissan Navara with Accessories


Nissan Patrol 2013 4WD Controls

Press Reaction to the New Nissan Patrol

The all-new Nissan Patrol 2013 SUV has been launched and is ‘in the flesh’ in our showroom right now. It’s an incredible vehicle – enter the showroom and you can almost feel its presence!

Nissan have really changed the ‘Patrol’ brand with his launch – it’s now a far more luxurious vehicle than its predecessors and with a lot of technology that helps to give the SUV amazing ride comfort.

Motoring journalists from and the NZ Herald have already written some excellent reviews for new Patrol.

Nissan Patrol 2013 Profile in Alpine White

In Rob Maetzig’s article for, titled Rugged Nissan Patrol gets V8 refinement, Rob mentions the many features of the Patrol and sums up with:

“It all adds up to a new Nissan Patrol that appeals as something special for the $114,000 price. Last week, the Nissan Australia people described it as “rugged meets refined”, and that’s not a bad description at all”

Nissan Patrol Off-RoadPhil Hanson for the New Zealand Herald titled his article, New Patrol rides high road. In this, he compares the Nissan Patrol with the Toyota Land Cruiser and highlights Nissan’s plan to “bring the Patrol further on to the road, while equipping it with good off-road ability, should it be needed”.

Priced from $114,000, Phil believes that “the new Patrol represents good buying in an expensive segment. A base Land Cruiser VX costs $125,790 and the super-luxury Lexus LX570 starts from $196,900.” He also states:

“The new Patrol gives most buyers with six figures to spend all they want in an SUV: style, room, good performance and top towing.”

Interested in seeing the Nissan Patrol for yourself? Be sure to drop-by our showroom on the corner of Manchester Street and Moorhouse Ave.

Nissan Pulsar ST

The Nissan Pulsar Returns with More for Less

The much-loved Nissan Pulsar name is returning to New Zealand from March 2013. With more space, more performance, and more value than ever before.

Powered by an advanced and highly efficient 1.8-litre engine, the Pulsar sedan launches first, with the all-new hatchback following in June 2013.

Pulsar sedan will be available in two trim levels: ST and Ti. While both grades feature a stylish 16-inch alloy wheel design, the Ti sedan is differentiated with a boot-lid spoiler, front fog lights and LED accent lights, and indicator repeaters within the exterior mirrors.

On the interior, Ti features luxurious leather upholstery, and leather steering wheel, plus a colour display for the audio system. Both ST and Ti have the added convenience of steering-wheel mounted controls for cruise control, audio system and Bluetooth handsfree phone.

The new Pulsar sedan has a longer cabin than any of its key market rivals and many mid-sized family vehicles, combined with an exceptional 510 litres of boot space.

Nissan Pulsar Rear

The Pulsar’s long-stroke 1,798cc four-cylinder engine is equipped with twin continuously variable valve timing control (C-VTC) and develops 96kW of power and 174Nm of torque.

The Pulsar sedan is available with Nissan’s new Xtronic CVT transmission, which offers much smoother acceleration and a broader gear ratio range than a conventional automatic.

Considerable efforts have been made to reduce friction in both its engine and CVT transmission in the interest of greater fuel saving and driving comfort. Fuel economy is rated at 6.7 litres per 100km, on the ADR combined cycle.

Despite its larger size, the new Pulsar sedan matches the best vehicles in its class for aerodynamic efficiency, with an impressive drag coefficient value of 0.30.

Considerable attention has been paid to sculpting the underside of the vehicle, with air flow controlled by the large front spoiler past the front and rear wheels by strategically-placed deflectors.

The front of the new Pulsar sedan immediately stamps its authority as a beautifully designed small car and includes distinctive styled headlamps.
Chrome exterior door handles and accent mouldings complete Pulsar’s upmarket presence and elegance.

With exceptional rear seat room, the Pulsar sedan matches and in some dimensions surpasses the interior dimension of many larger ‘family’ cars.

Modern and ergonomically correct, the Pulsar’s interior immediately identifies it as a class above comparative models in its segment.

Soft-feel coverings are employed for the dashboard, door and centre armrests, combined with low gloss finishes to minimise dashboard reflection, enhance the vehicle’s inviting, high quality feel and ambience.

The new Pulsar sedan bristles with safety features including four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, Traction Control and Vehicle Dynamic Control, front, side and curtain airbags and three-point seat belts for all occupants.

Pricing is as equally attractive as the Pulsar itself. The ST sedan model has a recommended retail price of $29,990 plus onroad costs, and $33,490 plus onroad costs for the Ti sedan. At these aggressive retail price points the all new Nissan Pulsar really does deliver on its promise of More for Less.

– Press Release 30th January 2013 – Nissan New Zealand

Nissan Pulsar Photo Gallery

Nissan Patrol 2013

The Nissan Patrol 2013

Nissan Patrol 2013

Arriving early next year, the 2013 Nissan Patrol is, please excuse the cliché, set to be a real game changer. The new Patrol has the heart of the new Nissan V8 Supercar and a class-leading 3,500kg braked tow rating.

Nissan Patrol 2013 Profile in Alpine White

Never one to be shy of demonstrating its power, the powerful 5.6L V8 petrol engine will boast a massive 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque. This massive power will be handled by a surprisingly smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

Interior of the Nissan Patrol 2013

Nissan Patrol 2013 Dashboard

A first for the commercial market, the Nissan Patrol will feature a Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HMBC) suspension system to ensure the on-road and off-road ride is effortless.

In terms of looks, the new bold grille and stunning light clusters are a real head-turner. The luxury continues through to the black leather interior, making the new Patrol 2013’s civilised SUV.


Features of the Nissan Patrol 2013 include:

  • 5.6L V8 Petrol Engine producing 298kW and 560Nm of torque
  • 7-Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
  • Hydraulic Motion Control System (HBMC)
  • All Mode 4×4
  • 3,500kg Braked Towing
  • Luxury Interior
  • 8 Leather Seats

Nissan Patrol 2013 Off Road

If you’d like to receive more news of this fantastic SUV as it becomes available, stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook Page, or leave your details with one of our team.