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.



Nissan LEAF at EVolocity

EVolocity in Christchurch with Cockram Nissan

On 30th November, we had the pleasure of attending the EVolocity event at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, in Christchurch. This event was New Zealand’s ‘first ever day of electric motorsport’ and featured a range of electric vehicles and events.

EVolocity is a motor sport event with an environmental twist – demonstrating electric vehicle performance and efficiency. EVolocity aims to promote the use of electric vehicles while also encouraging New Zealanders to innovate, invent and become involved in the future of transport.

Nathan and Brian with the Nissan LEAFNathan and Brian with the Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF at EVolocityCCC’s Nissan LEAF for ‘Target Sustainability‘ and Orion‘s LEAF

As well as our own Nissan LEAF – and those of the Christchurch City Council, Orion, and a few private owners – the event was host to Killacycle – the world’s fastest electric drag motor bike (0 to 100km/h in just 1 second!) along with the fastest woman on a motorcycle in the world, Eva Hakansson, 16 Canterbury high school teams and their own electric vehicles, and a variety of privately owned electric vehicles, such as this amazing solar powered vehicle!

Solar Powered Vehicle

A highlight of the event for us was when we were visited by Craig. Craig is currently travelling from Cape Reinga to Bluff in his black Nissan LEAF and documenting his travel on his blog, ‘A Kiwi EVenture‘.

Craig on his EVenture

We asked Craig how he was enjoying such a long journey in his LEAF – a 100% electric vehicle – and his response was that he couldn’t be happier! He has attended a number of events and shows along the way and stops at caravan parks to charge his LEAF before moving onto the next destination. In his words, he’ll never go back to a combustion engine again!

Craig's Nissan LEAF

Good luck with the rest of your journey, Craig. We look forward to seeing the photos!

We’ll be putting together a video showing a few highlights from the day, so watch this space!

If you’d like to find out more about the Nissan LEAF, contact our team or visit the Nissan LEAF website.



Nissan 300ZX

Legend, Steve Millen, Takes his Nissan 300ZX to the Track

Nissan 300ZX

Legendary racer Steve Millen and his No. 75 Nissan 300ZX

For race car driver Steve Millen, anniversary gifts don’t get any sweeter than this.

To mark the 20th anniversary of his – and Nissan’s – win at the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans, Millen brought his legendary No. 75 Nissan 300ZX twin turbo racer out of retirement at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in California.

“This Monterey historic reunion is the biggest and best of the classic car races in America,” said Millen. “I’ve always come up here as a spectator thinking I’d like to do that one day. This time we decided to come to compete and celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring and championship wins. We had so much success for this car in 1994 that we had to come and celebrate our 20th anniversary.”

The 800-horsepower No. 75 Nissan 300ZX twin turbo was one of 550 vehicles invited to compete in what has become the cornerstone of the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Classic Car Week. Cars are selected based on each vehicle’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. In fact, this car – chassis No. 7 – still has its inspection sticker from Le Mans 20 years ago. 

“We had a lot of success with this car. But, the car sat dormant for 20 years essentially. So when we decided to come to this event here in Monterey we ran right through the car from front to stern. Mark Honsowetz rebuilt the engine and freshened that up for us. We put on new shock absorbers. We put on new AP Racing brakes. So we had to restore the car back and get it to where we could run it hard like we are doing this weekend,” said Millen.

Millen retired from racing in 1996 after an accident at Road Atlanta. He stays connected with Nissan through his performance parts company that specializes in Nissans. “I like doing tarmac rallying, and I’ve done quite a few Targa rallies in the GT-R, which is really the best car you can have for something like that,” said Millen. “I really haven’t done very much racing, so to come back here for the first time, it was quite daunting initially on the weekend. On Thursday I thought heck do we really have to go this fast? But now I am really enjoying it.” At the race event, Nissan had a special Laguna Seca garage area for spectators. The new 370Z NISMO and GT-R NISMO were also there for guests to enjoy.

“We have much racing history with Nissans in the past 50 years,” said Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Design and Brand Management, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “So NISMO is Nissan Motorsport company, which really had its heyday taken from our motorsports assets. So now we have a 370Z NISMO and we have GT-R NISMO, and we will have much more NISMO coming to the market. I’ve been here almost 10 years. Always, people come to enjoy the motor race. I think it is very important to have Nissan present here.”

As for Millen and the No. 75 Nissan in the race? “The cars are working great, and it is just so much fun to out there racing against other competitors,” said Millen.

– A Press Release from Nissan New Zealand

Nissan develops first ‘self-cleaning’ car prototype

Washing the car can be a chore – and a costly one at that! If you’re anything like us, you’ve had your fair share of day dreams, imagining that one day there will be a car that cleans itself. That day could be here sooner than you thought!

Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.


80 Years

Nissan Celebrates 80 Years

80 YearsWe are very pleased to announce that Nissan Motor Company is now celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Below is a bulletin from Nissan New Zealand. You can expect to see more celerations for this momentous occasion over the coming months!

80 Years of Moving People

Creating the kinds of cars that move people’s hearts is what Nissan is all about. In our pursuit of this ideal, we have always challenged the limits of what is possible by rejecting conventional assumptions and turning conventional wisdom on its head. The last eight decades have seen us take on an endless series of challenges. Looking back over those years, one can see that the challenges we have taken on have centred on 4 main areas.

Nissan Sustainability

We have never lost sight of the importance of our relationship with society at large, and have always remained focused on the effects we have on people’s lives. Thanks to this stance, the innovations that we have made along the way have sometimes transcended the realm of auto-making and have brought about wide-ranging societal changes; Zero emission vehicles, for example. Nissan’s development of electric vehicles began with the Tama Electric Car and that work lead on to today’s Nissan Leaf and the zero emission racing car ZEOD RC.

Nissan Accessibility

Ever since Nissan’s founding, we have placed importance on bringing the fun and convenience of automobiles to all. With Datsun brand cars, for example, we aimed to enable each household to own their car by creating Japan’s first mass-produced automobile, and these cars are now symbolic of that age. With the Nissan Z-car series we also made owning a sports car something everyone could achieve. This same stance is what is driving the scheduled re-launch of the Datsun brand in 2014.

Nissan history

Nissan Diversity

Learning from overseas engineers, collaborating with companies with differing areas of strength, and increasing Nissan’s organisational and cultural diversity have all contributed greatly to our auto-making capabilities. 80 years have now passed since our founding – a time when we were striving hard to learn from the cutting-edge technologies of overseas companies as quickly as we could.

Nowadays we have R&D bases located around the globe, and are therefore able to reflect the culture and preferences of local people in the cars we create. Today, right at this very minute, we are carrying on our conversation with our customers worldwide.

Nissan Passion

We are very passionate about driving experience, not only with cars like the Skyline and Nissan GT-R, but with all of the cars we produce. And this passion is growing more intense with the passing of time. Through our long years of experience in motorsports, we have learned a great deal about making cars that are faster, more beautiful, safer, more responsive, and simply more fun to drive.

Our passion is to create ever better cars for our customers, and this will always be the case. We will continue to refuse to be beholden to conventional wisdom. We are driven by the goal of moving people, moving their hearts, and changing the history and we will never rest in our efforts.


Shannon Weir and Alistair Hazeldine

Giving Back

In business, it’s one thing to state your support of the local community, and another to actually show it. Recently we had an opportunity to do just that.

As a Christchurch business – and one that’s been here for a good few years – we feel a certain responsibility towards presenting our city as the fantastic place that we all know it to be. So when we heard that a young couple had their car stolen, along with the baby gear that it contained, from outside the Christchurch hospital just as they were going through a very difficult birth, we – as a business as well as a team of Christchurch residents – decided to find a way to help out.

“When we saw Nathan and Shannon’s story in the NZ Herald, it really connected with our team on a personal level. As automotive enthusiasts, car crime particularly strikes a chord with us, and not only that but the couple were also fellow Nissan fans! That sealed the deal and we made it our duty to offer support.” – Alistair Hazeldine, Dealer Principal

Nathan and Shannon, we sincerely hope that our donation goes some way towards restoring your faith in our awesome city and its people.

From all of the team at Cockram Nissan, we wish you and your new family all of the very best for the future.

You can read their story on here.

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 Ruapuna Drive Day

Nissan Pathfinder and Pulsar on the Track at Ruapuna

Nissan Ruapuna Drive Day

Following the recent launch of the all-new Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Pulsar, we thought October would be a great time to take a number of our customers to the Ruapuna raceway, along with the very latest line-up of new Nissan vehicles.

This was followed by a V8 hot laps with some professional racing drivers to complete the ‘wow’ factor. Take a look at the video below.