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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.

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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.


“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.

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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.


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.

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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!

Keen to stay in the loop? Register here and we’ll update you when we have more information.


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.

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2017 Nissan GT-R on the track

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Current Nissan GT-R models

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition

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2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Interior

Nissan Unveils Compact Crossover Model – Nissan Kicks

  • Design taken from Kicks concept, unveiled at 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show
  • Designed to benefit those who live in the city
  • Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation
  • Features Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which is a step on the road to Nissan Intelligent Mobility
  • Futuristic design
  • To be launched in more than 80 countries, worldwide


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (3 May 2016) – Nissan’s global leadership in the crossover segment will be further strengthened by the arrival of the all-new Nissan Kicks.

The production Nissan Kicks retains the basic design cues taken from the Kicks Concept – first shown at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in 2014 – and is a stylish crossover built for busy city-dwellers to tackle everything the city can throw at it.

Kicks features established design signatures, such as Nissan’s V-motion grille, boomerang head and taillights, and the floating roof with a “wrap-around visor” look to the windscreen and side glass.

During the engineering process, much attention was paid to the car’s overall aerodynamic performance – not only to benefit its dynamic performance, but also its overall refinement by reducing wind noise.

Inside, the story is one of quality and futuristic design in a cabin full of innovative features expected by a target audience who are technology hungry. The interior promises best-in-class passenger space in the rear – despite the coupé-like roofline – as well as one of the largest load areas in its class.

Front seat occupants face the latest version of Nissan’s modern and simple Gliding Wing dashboard design, which is dominated by a centrally mounted seven-inch full colour display housing a comprehensive infotainment system with Smartphone connectivity.

Among the other technologies on-board, Kicks will feature Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection, which use four on-board cameras to present a bird’s-eye view of the car and to warn the driver of any unseen hazards. This is a segment first in the region and, taken together, offers a step on the road to Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

A sporting flavour is provided by the flat-bottom steering wheel, while the crossover stance provides a high eye point to give the driver an empowering viewpoint of the road ahead.

“With Kicks, we have developed a compact crossover in the best Nissan tradition, and thanks to the unmatched experience, we have in creating vehicles to meet the needs of car-buyers around the world,” said Keno Kato, Corporate Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

“Kicks will offer best-in-class design, convenience and technological innovation. And, it will demonstrate Nissan’s commitment to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Kicks is a car to confidently take on the city.”

Nissan Kicks sales will begin first in Brazil in August, followed by Latin American left-hand drive markets later in fiscal year 2016. And ultimately, it will be introduced in more than 80 global markets.

The Nissan Kicks is not confirmed for the New Zealand market at this time.

Be the first to know any more information about the Nissan Kicks and sign up to our email list, or like our Facebook page. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a similar vehicle to suit your current needs, be sure to check out the Nissan Juke which is another popular compact crossover.



Juke Personalisation: Special Edition

Our favourite compact sports crossover – the Nissan Juke – is now better than ever, with the Juke Personalisation: Special Edition now in New Zealand, and packed with even more attitude and style. Its distinctive design, high ride visibility and funky interior set it aside from the pack. Packed with personality inside and out, the Juke Personalisation is ready to bring some fun to your everyday driving.

With only six models available at Cockram Nissan, the 2016 Juke Personalisation is available in either Force Red or Bumblebee Yellow (three available in each colour). The Force Red Juke comes with a white-styled interior, a white cloth seat and door trim, a white centre console, white steering wheel stitching and a white gear shift.

Alternatively, the Bumblebee Yellow Juke continues the exterior colour theme, with yellow cloth seat and door trim, a yellow centre console, yellow steering wheel stitching and yellow gear shift. These special editions are designed to allow you to stand out while whizzing around the city streets while adding some fun to your everyday driving.Juke-Personalisation---Yellow-interior-web-833x390px

The Juke Personalisation: Special Edition comes with the same audio and navigation as found in the Juke Turbo.

  • 5.8″ LCD Display screen
  • 1CD (Mp3, WMA, CD audio)
  • Aux in and USB/iPod Audio Connectivity
  • FM/AM Radio, DAB+, RDS
  • Meter Integrations
  • Rear camera with distance guidelines

If you’ve been searching for a one-of-a-kind car, the Nissan Juke Personalisation is the one you’ve been waiting for. With just six models available at Cockram Nissan, the Juke Personalisation: Special Edition will only be available to purchase for a limited time.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on one of these extra special editions, contact our team today to ensure you don’t miss out.

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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.