Nissan unveiled the March Nismo Concept at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon on Friday, hinting that the tuned version of the car may be headed for production.
“This is still under discussion, but if we get a good reaction at this show, we should consider it for production,” said Shinji Sasaki, Nissan chief designer in a statement.
Nissan has hinted it would produce the Juke Nismo, but has not yet confirmed its plans for that Nismo model.
Nissan has embarked on a new strategy for its high-performance Nismo arm, expanding its lineup of Nismo models, parts and accessories and moving to a new global headquarters here in 2013
The March Nismo Concept gets a lower stance, an aero kit, a high-performance suspension, larger wheels, a modified front grille and a rear lip spoiler. The concept gets the traditional Nismo colors of pearl white exterior paint with red highlights, similar to the Juke Nismo Concept that was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.
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Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown, NJ is Happy to Announce The 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise!
Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor for the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise, a grassroots event that each August draws some 1.5 million car enthusiasts to Michigan’s legendary Woodward Avenue. This year’s Dream Cruise on August 20, the first in the three-year sponsorship agreement, will help mark Chevrolet’s Centennial.
“Chevrolet has always had a strong presence as part of the Woodward Dream Cruise, and we’re honored to have them become the presenting sponsor of the event,” said Greg Rassel, president of the Woodward Dream Cruise. “We are looking forward to what lies ahead for the Dream Cruise, as this partnership will help the growth of our event over the next several years.”
Chevrolet is showcasing its past, present, and future at the Dream Cruise, including:
- Historic Chevrolets owned and driven by fans, employees, and retirees
- A showcase of current Chevrolets, including Equinox, Cruze, Camaro, Corvette, and Volt
- A chance for fans to see future Chevys, including the new Sonic small car, which will be built in Michigan, and the ZL1 Camaro
- Performance vehicles and powertrains on display in Memorial Park in Royal Oak
- Chevrolet Volt owners will participate in the Dream Cruise and related events, making this the first year that a significant number of electrically driven cars will participate in the Cruise.
“Chevrolet and the Woodward Dream Cruise are a natural partnership,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. “Chevrolet, as a global brand, is celebrating its centennial with locally focused events that recognize the passion people have for their Chevrolets.”
“The Woodward Dream Cruise is the ultimate grassroots automotive event,” said Scheidt. “It is open to everyone. It’s free to attend. You can drive, or just watch. You can bring the family. It is a true celebration of automotive passion and performance, and we are pleased that Chevrolet can help make it possible.”
In NAIAS show, almost carmakers pin their hopes for recovery on small cars with big aspirations.
About hundreds of cars on display this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit none has more riding on it than the little Ford Focus. Redesigned for the 2012 model year, it’s the flagship of Ford Motor’s new small-car lineup in the U.S. and a crucial test of Chief Executive Alan R. Mulally’s strategy to develop vehicles that will sell in every market of the world.
Along with the recently introduced Ford Fiesta subcompact, and a new portfolio of small cars from General Motors, the Focus is also a test of whether American carmakers can finally build great small cars profitably. Ford got an early lift Monday as its Fusion Hybrid sedan was named car of the year and its versatile Transit Connect compact van snagged truck of the year at the Detroit auto show.
Four new cars in particular–the Focus, Fiesta, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Aveo–“will spell the future profitability of the American industry,” predicts IHS Global Insight analyst John Wolkonowicz. “They are premium small cars. As the market is downsizing to comply with new fuel-economy rules, it’s going to be necessary for the car companies.
Both GM and Ford say they’ll make money on small cars by selling them in huge volumes around the world. Likewise, GM’s small-car strategy is built around global volume. The Cruze, introduced last month, is already a hot seller in Europe, Asia and Australia. GM says it offers midsize interior space in a compact car, and its new Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged engine will get 40 miles per gallon. U.S. sales begin this fall.
GM’s aggressively styled Chevy Aveo RS concept argues that the days of the bare-bones econo-box are gone. The Aveo show car strongly hints at what the next-generation Aveo will look like: a huge, open-mouthed grille, wide stance and low roofline. The small cars on display in Detroit represent a critical battleground for U.S. automakers around the world.
But the most significant hybrid introduction might be Toyota’s concept, smaller than the popular Toyota Prius hybrid, and signaling the Japanese automaker’s intention to roll out a full family of Prius hybrid vehicles. The Prius has become a universal icon for hybrid technology, Toyota said it will begin marketing Prius as a brand.
Chevrolet, as noted, is focused on small, fuel-efficient cars and crossovers, with Cruze and Aveo taking center stage alongside the hot-selling Equinox crossover. Buick continues its rebuilding effort with the sporty new Regal mid-sized sedan. GM hopes it will attract younger buyers to the struggling brand, as the Buick Enclave crossover and Lacrosse sedan have done. GMC is also going for younger professional buyers with its Granite “urban utility” concept vehicle.
Cadillac’s big news is the XTS Platinum concept, a top-of-the-line Caddy that will replace the STS and DTS sedans. It will compete with luxury standard-bearers like the Mercedes S-class and BMW 7-series.
Over 40 vehicles expected to debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.
The DETROIT will glow in lights on behalf of International Auto Show. We are in few days before the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens to the media on Jan 11. Workers are on the final touch on the displays inside the Cobo Center. The staffs are working 24/7 to complete to meet the deadline of the Show. The glitz and glamour is coming to America.
Some hot new cars to be revelaed at NAIAS which include the Think City Electric Vehicle, MINI Beach Comber, BMW Active Concept, a Toyota dedicated hybrid concept, the Chevrolet Orlando MPV concept, the Volvo C30 electric vehicle, the Buick Regal GS concept and a Chrysler 300 remake, among many others. Some hot new production models will be on display at NAIAS which includes include the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide, the 2011 Honda CR-Z, the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, the 2010 Cadillac CTS sport wagon, the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, the 2011 BMW 740i and 740Li, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe and the Chevrolet Spark, among many others. It’s going to be an exciting show for all Americans and all around the world. We actually have more brands this year than last year said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts. We’re up to 60 this year. A lot of small companies, emerging companies but what’s all about with the NEW alternative fuel and lithium batteries. I guess people are going to find brands like the Electric Avenue we have. We gonna hear the awards going for alternative fuel and also the EcoXperience where you can actually ride and drive the cars with no emission. So for sure, it’s going to be a full fun show.”
The focus on Electric Vehicles will be large, also solar powered vehicles, hydrogen powered vehicles that run on energies other than gasoline. There are new Electric avenue display area for feature vehicles that run on batteries.
The news is Seven new automakers will display their vehicles at Cobo Centre for the very first time. CT&T United, Commuter Cars, Saba Motors, Edison2, EV Innovations, SSI Racing and Zap will display their automobiles on the main floor of the auto show. “We’re just happy to just stage it at the show,” For the Award winners, it will be announced on Monday Jan 11 at 8a.m. during the first day of press days of NAIAS.
The EcoXperience returns for its second year in Michigan Hall, which allows attendees to go on a ride-and-drive of new electric vehicles. The NAIAS is expanding its floor space to include the MGM Grand Casino-Hotel. Luxury vehicles will be on display in a private setting known as “The Gallery.” It will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 12. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at naias.com. It includes a one-day entry to the NAIAS public show. AmericaJR.com is proud to be the ONLY website in the world with FREE tickets to the Auto Show. All winners will also receive two toasty combos from Quizno’s Sub.
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The North American International Auto Show opens to the media on Jan. 11 and 12. The industry preview will take place on Jan. 13 and 14. Don’t forget about the charity preview, which is scheduled for Jan. 15. You’ll have your chance to see the auto show during the public show days, which run from Jan. 16 to 24.