SPCA support kicks off

As part of our committment to supporting the SPCA, Cockram Nissan were proud to present a cheque to the team to be able to help them continue their essential work in the community.

SPCA Supporters

Proud to Support the SPCA

Cockram Nissan and Cockram Kia are immensely proud to support the SPCA, helping to drive a better future for the pets of Canterbury. As pet lovers ourselves, we have a mutual interest in furthering the care and protection of animals in need so we worked with the SPCA’s team to put together a fleet they could be proud of.

Nissan Information

Compulsory Recall on Takata Alpha-type Airbags

A compulsory recall has been issued for vehicles fitted with alpha-type Takata airbags. These includes a number of Nissan models. Find out how you can check your own Nissan vehicle here.

2018 Nissan LEAF in red, parked in front of hills

2018 Nissan LEAF takes ‘World Green Car’ and ‘Must Test Drive’ Awards

The all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been awarded the titles of ‘World Green Car’ at the New York International Auto Show, and ‘Must Test Drive’ by Autotrader.

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Nissan honored at the 2018 Classic Motorsports Mitty

ROAD ATLANTA, Braselton, Georgia – Nissan Press Release

Big news in the Nissan motorsports world: Nissan/Datsun has been selected as the featured marque for the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Speedfest vintage races at the upcoming Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage festival, where legendary Datsun/Nissan race driver John Morton will serve as the grand marshal.

Now in its 41st year, the Mitty festival – the longest-running vintage and historic race in the U.S. – returns to the celebrated Road Atlanta road course the weekend of April 26-29.

The bespectacled Morton is best known best for driving a BRE Datsun 510 to a pair of Sports Car Club of America titles in the Under 2.5-liter Trans-Am series, and also winning a pair of two SCCA C-Production championships in a BRE Datsun 240Z. These early racing successes in 1970, 1971 and 1972 put Nissan on the U.S. racing map, proving to the world that the 510 and 240Z were capable of defeating highly regarded European makes like Alfa Romeo and BMW. And of course, Morton’s Datsuns wore the Brock Racing Enterprises red, white and blue livery, a classic paint scheme that has spawned countless numbers of tribute BRE 510s around the country.

The popular and talented Morton’s success with Nissan went far beyond BRE. Some 15 years later, he joined Nissan’s IMSA-dominating GTP ZX-Turbo program, sharing a car with Geoff Brabham in 1988 that defeated the mighty Porsche 962s and won at challenging circuits such as Road America and Watkins Glen. Later, in 1994, Morton bolstered his competitive legacy by teaming with Steve Millen and Johnny O’Connell to win the 12 Hours of Sebring in a GTS-class Nissan 300ZX, which was followed by a class victory (and a fifth-overall finish) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“I’m excited to be going to Atlanta,” remarked Morton, who said Road Atlanta is particularly special to him because it’s the track where the Nissan IMSA GTP team started an eight-race win streak back in 1988.

“It’s a real honor to be named grand marshal,” said Morton. “Road Atlanta is right up there with the best road racing tracks in the country, so I’m pleased to be honored in this way. Nissan has a tremendous racing heritage that goes back even before BRE, but it really blossomed under BRE in 1970 and continued through the GTP era. Nissan has a tremendous amount of racing credibility. An awful lot of people still support Nissan and Datsun in racing today, and most of that enthusiasm goes back 50 years.”

A member of multiple motorsport halls of fame, Morton is a regular on the vintage race circuit and has competed often with HSR, the sanctioning body for the Mitty. As grand marshal, Morton will sign autographs in the Classic Motorsports tent, but he also will race an exact replica of his No. 46 BRE 240Z. Morton said the Z, beautifully built by Georgian Randy Jaffe, is a faithful recreation of the original Z he drove to two SCCA titles, but unfortunately no longer exists.

Celebrating its status as the featured marque, Nissan North America is bringing several historic cars to the event, highlighted by the original No. 46 Datsun 510 that Morton drove to the 1971 and 1972 SCCA Under 2.5-liter Trans-Am titles. Other classic Nissans on display will include the No. 83 GTP ZX-Turbo, nicknamed “Elvis” for its on-track dominance in 1988, and a 1990 PPG Indy series pace car, plus a 1971 240Z and a 1995 300ZX twin turbo, an SMZ special edition from Steve Millen’s shops.

To whet your appetite for the Mitty (and see why so many fans are crazy about BRE Datsuns) check out the above vintage promotional video; it’s a fun look back at Morton’s 1971 championship season in which he battled Horst Kwech in the Alfa Romeo all the way until the last race of the season at Laguna Seca. Sure, the film’s a bit grainy, but that only adds to its charm as it beautifully captures the spirit and feel of this significant chapter in Nissan motorsports history.

Source Nissan USA

Coast to Coast Rangers selfie

Supporting the Coast to Coast Rangers

We are proud to be able to support the Coast to Coast Rangers (view their Facebook Page) this year with the use of two Nissan vehicles that will help them to accomplish the 2018 Coast to Coast. Jess de Bont heads the team and spoke to us about why she founded the team and how the team benefits Christchurch today.

The Sound Nissan Navara Blackout Edition

The Sound Nissan Navara Blackout Edition

We’re teamed up with The Sound and put together this awesome Blackout Edition Nissan Navara, coming to a smoko break near you! Ditch the boring smoko and win over the boss with a work-shout cheers to Cockram Nissan!

Nissan X-Trail

X-Trail. The world’s most popular SUV.

From the Nissan Global Newsroom: Buyers across the globe have spoken and made the Nissan X-Trail the most popular SUV in the world.

According to global new vehicle sales statistics for 2016, the Nissan X-Trail was the fifth most popular vehicle in the world last year and the most popular SUV by a margin of almost 59,000 units.

The statistics, supplied by the international automotive consultancy JATO Dynamics, show that 766,729 people took ownership of a new X-Trail last year. This number is based on data from JATO’s database of 52 countries, which shows that while most markets performed well, the X-Trail is particularly popular in Europe, China, Australasia and the USA (where it is known as the Nissan Rogue).

More than 795,000 X-Trail were sold across all the countries where the model is available, making it not just its best-selling SUV, but also Nissan’s overall best-selling vehicle.

Nissan is also “well ahead of the curve” in preparing for a market in which SUVs are the most popular body shape, JATO Dynamics noted in its analysis of global car sales. In 2016, SUVs of all sizes represented 28.8% or 24.2 million vehicles of the global market of 84.24 million vehicles. JATO Dynamics also reports that while SUVs have become the most popular vehicle type, the X-Trail is one of just two SUVs which have both grown even faster than the segment as a whole and faster than the global average in vehicle sales.

X-Trail

“Nissan pioneered the crossover segment, and the X-Trail is our flagship vehicle in this increasingly popular and competitive part of the market. The X-Trail stands out from the crowd thanks to its unmatched combination of striking crossover styling, practicality, engaging driving dynamics and its wealth of technological and premium features,” says Hirofumi Yojo, the Global Chief Product Specialist for the Nissan X-Trail.

The X-Trail first entered the global market in 2000, and it has since been a perennial best-seller for the SUV segment. The second generation, which was launched globally in 2007, cemented its popularity, but it was the third and current generation, which rapidly accelerated this model’s success and has made it the world’s most-loved SUV. This version of the Nissan X-Trail was launched globally in 2013 and landed on local shores in 2014. This model introduced a range of new engines and technologies, as well as the new Nissan design language that can also be seen on other models such as the Nissan Qashqai.

Darren Kelly Nissan GT-R

Nissan NZ and Darren Kelly Drift

Nissan New Zealand are delighted to announce a new partnership with Darren Kelly Drift. Darren is a two-time national drift champion, and last held the D1NZ (NZ National Drifting Championship) title in 2014, with the hopes of taking it out again this year!

Over the next year, with the support of Nissan NZ, Darren will be driving a brand new custom built R35 GTR, which is believed to be only the second R35 drift car in existence. Darren will be campaigning his new GTR in the D1NZ National Drifting Championship (commencing in Dunedin on 2nd December 2016), then crossing the ditch to take on the best Australia has to offer.

Nissan has a passion and heritage in Motorsport and with the recent arrival of the new 2017 Nissan GTR, along with the impending arrival of the Nismo brand, we see this as a terrific partnership.

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Nissan NZ have also supplied Darren with a black Navara ST-X, which he will be using to tow his R35 GTR around the country for the D1NZ National Drifting Championship, so look out for his R35 on the road, and keep an eye on Nissan NZ’s Facebook page for the latest information on the whereabouts of Darren and his R35 GTR!

In the meantime, you can keep up with the latest on Darren Kelly through his website and Facebook page.

Navara Recall

Takata Airbag Recall for Selected Nissan Navara

The Takata Corporation is undergoing a worldwide recall of selected parts as part of the largest automobile recall in history, potentially affecting up to 100 million vehicles around the globe. As part of this, a selected number of Nissan Navara models here in New Zealand are affected.

New Zealand’s Motor Industry Association have produced the following update.


Update on the Takata Airbag Recall

Takata Corporation is an automotive parts company based in Japan. The company has production facilities on four continents, with its European headquarters located in Germany, where it also has nine production facilities.

The worldwide recall, which involves a number of vehicle manufacturers in Japan, Europe and the USA, is the largest automobile recall in history and may affect up to 100 million vehicles worldwide and possibly around 300,000 or more vehicles in New Zealand.

Due to the scale of the worldwide recall, supply of replacement airbag inflators is logistically challenging and will take time. Takata is supplying replacement parts to manufacturers in batches. This means that for those vehicles subject to a recall New Zealand distributors are supplied with replacement parts as they are produced. This also determines parts for all affected vehicles are not available simultaneously. This is not under the motor vehicle distributor’s control, however it is deemed the most effective and efficient manner to expedite the global vehicle recall.

Consequently, New Zealand Distributors are responding to the recall as parts become available. Distributors are recalling vehicles that are New Zealand new and for used imported vehicles (even though under New Zealand law the importer of the used vehicle is required to manage the recall or ensure the recall is undertaken prior to importing the vehicle).

Below is some important for potentially affected vehicle owners:

  • There have been no known cases of faulty airbag inflators in the New Zealand or Australian markets.
  • However, because it is not possible to 100 percent guarantee the safe operation of these inflators, manufacturers have decided to widen the recall to ensure all risk is removed.
  • Owners of affected vehicles can expect to receive a letter advising that their vehicle is subject to a recall. We advise owners to take their vehicle to a franchise dealer to have the airbag inflator replaced with the distributor advises you to do so.
  • The cost of the parts and labour is met by the Distributor. The only cost to you is your time to take your vehicle to a franchised dealer to have the work undertaken.

Information for you and your Nissan Navara

Information on all open and closed recalls can be found on the NZ Transport Agency website. If your vehicle is affected by the recall, and your address details are up to date, you will receive (or may have already received) a letter from Nissan New Zealand, informing you of the process to rectify the issue.

Here are some frequently asked questions for those affected:

Q: When will my car be rectified?
A: If your vehicle is to be rectified you will receive advice in writing from Nissan New Zealand. This advice will be sent to you as soon as the parts become available.

Q: Have there been or will there be any costs to the customer?
A: No repair costs to the customer. The customer will simply need to deliver and collect their vehicle from their Nissan dealership.

Q: Do you distinguish between NZ-new vehicles and used imports?
A: No differentiation. All customers will be contacted as parts become available.

Q: How safe is the vehicle to operate before the airbag has been replaced?
A: There have been no reported incidents involving abnormal deployment of Takata airbags in Nissan vehicles in NZ.

Q: Has your company had any incidents with the part.
A: No incidents regarding any Takata airbag component have been reported to Nissan in New Zealand.

At a personal level, the team at Cockram Nissan would like you to know that we are here to make this process as easy as possible for you. For those who have affected Nissan Navara models, we have reserved new NP300 Nissan Navara loan vehicles for your use while work is being carried out on your vehicle (bookings essential).

What happens next?

If you believe your vehicle is affected, simply ensure your address details are up to date with the NZTA and you’ll receive a letter in the post from Nissan New Zealand with the next steps, as parts become available. You’ll then simply need to make a booking with us and we’ll take care of the rest. We aim to carry out this process with the minimum of disruption to you and your vehicle needs.

If there’s anything else we can help you with in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact our service department.

Jacob Wilson
Jacob Wilson
General Manager
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Jodie Tait
Service Manager