The Tokyo Motor Show ended Sunday, but this Backstage Pass has all the before and after excitement at Nissan's booth.
This week, we tour Tokyo Motor Show 2013 with Nissan's Francois Bancon; new NISMO models also premiere at the LA Auto Show; and Nissan's AD vehicle takes to a highway in Japan.
This week, The Dashboard On The Road comes to you from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show at Tokyo BIg Sight, where we experience the best and brightest of technological innovation among 180 automotive brands.
Marking the debut of Nissan BladeGlider at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013, check out a first look at the narrow front track electric vehicle in motion.
This week, Nissan's autonomous drive vehicle chauffeurs Japan's Prime Minister; a glimpse of the Nissan BladeGlider; and six-second storytelling with Vine.
The new Nissan Qashqai is brought to life in a film by the people who created it.
The Nissan BladeGlider will debut at Tokyo Motor Show: Enjoy a sneak peek.
Nissan experts explain how they designed the new Nissan X-Trail's innovative new luggage space.
Former GT1 Champion Michael Krumm offers more on driving the Nissan ZEOD RC.
This week, the ZEOD, RC racer debuts at Fuji Speedway; the Director of Motorsport Innovation on the electric challenge; and former GT1 Champion Michael Krumm discusses the ZEOD's first run.
This week, Nissan reveals its all-electric ZEOD racer, Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel talks about the Suzuka Circuit; and Yokohama City launches a new EV-sharing program.
ZEOD RC begins its ascent towards Le Mans with a second run at Fuji Speedway.
Nissan Director of Motorsport Innovation Ben Bowlby explains the first seven months of ZEOD RC, the next generation of electric racing.
Highlights from Nissan's exhibit at the Motorsport Japan Festival held in Odaiba, Tokyo.
This week, Nissan's debuts its demo of autonomous driving; we catch up with the very first Nissan LEAF owner; and Nissan in Myanmar.
The team behind the all-new Nissan X-Trail discuss the style and functionality of the crossover SUV, which debuted recently at the Frankfurt auto show.
This week, Nissan sets its sights on Myanmar; Infiniti reveals runway-ready Q50s; and the first Nissan Art Award.
This week, Chrysler's IPO; Apple partners with Nissan for iTunes Radio; and Honda's drive for drive-in theaters.
Nissan took delivery of Japan’s first license plate for a car equipped with highly-advanced driver assist systems, clearing the way for testing on Japan's public roads.
This week, the new models from Nissan unveiled around the world: Datsun Go+, third-generation X-Trail, and the 2014 Rogue.
This week, we discuss conditions in the European market, the presence of Nissan and Infiniti at the show, and what Frankfurt suggests about the EV market.
This week from Nissan 360, we talk with journalists about new safety technology from tier-one supplier Continental and vehicle self-checks.
This week, we come to you from California at Nissan 360, a showcase of global products and technologies, featuring endurance racer Keiko Ihara and introducing a little device called NED.
This week, Nissan announces autonomous drive vehicles by 2020 and a boom in export markets by 2015.
This week, 80 years of manufacture culminates in the showcase at Nissan 360; a more powerful Titan; and Nismo's global driver exchange program.
This week, Tesla's Model S gets high marks for safety; Google ties up with Volkswagen for a new driving app on Android; and Dutch designers take hemp to the road.
This week, Nissan helps provide free books to children; autonomous driving research in Silicon Valley; and a look inside the Nissan Engine Museum.
This week, BMW's new i3 EV; a charging standard for Japan; and hackers take on cars.
This week, the master craftsmen behind Nissan GT-R engines; production milestones in Mexico; Busan readies for the Rogue; and winning tips from racing driver Lucas Ordonez.
In this program we take a closer look at the master craftsmen who hand build GT-R engines, as well as visit the Nissan Engine Museum, home to 80 years of monozukuri heritage.
Nissan Motor Company launched Datsun on July 15, 2013, at the Kingdom of Dreams theater in Delhi, India. Watch the highlights.
Join a rare on-board lap at the legendary Suzuka circuit in Japan with GT Academy champion and driver Lucas Ordoñez, ahead of an upcoming 1000-km race in Super GT.
This week, we focus on the launch of Datsun - Nissan's third marque - in New Delhi, India.
This week, a £19.6-million car sold at Goodwood; Daimler in hot water over a coolant in France; and what could be the transport tube of the future: Hyperloop.
Nissan Motor CEO Carlos Ghosn says the relaunch of Datsun in India will be a cornerstone to expansion in the country.
Datsun unveiled the Datsun GO at the brand's world premiere in India, which will be launched in 2014 in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.
The Dashboard this week takes a closer look at the return of Datsun next week in India, as well as a safety driving forum in the nation of 1.2 billion.
Take a visit to Togliatti, home to top Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ and a crossroads for the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Datsun has unveiled first car sketches and a new global website ahead of the July 15 brand launch.
This week, the tragic loss of a star driver at Le Mans; car camouflage; and Nigeria's Lady Mechanics.
This week, Nissan rewards innovative thinkers; Nismo's CALSONIC IMPUL champions at the Sepang Circuit; and the world's fastest electric racing car unveiled for 2014 Le Mans.
This week, Tesla's Elon Musk demonstrates battery swapping; the U.S. Department of Energy calculates savings for EV owners; and look out for Rolls-Royce on the streets of Manila.
This week, Interbrand's top five Best Global Green Brands 2013 reveal a changed auto industry. Nissan's anti-aging secrets, and New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow debuts this fall.
This week, we take a look at the mood created by Renault's Twin'Z concept electric car, Apple's announcement of a new iOS for automakers, and one U.S. state's bid for electronic license plates.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Nissan would return to Le Mans next year in Garage 56 with a car that focused on innovation and excitement, and a reveal is coming soon.
This week, Indian NGO says no honking please, Chrysler declines recall of Jeep models, and a "painful" race car.
In this Special Edition, we cover the making of the Nissan DAYZ timed to its sales launch, and look at where minicars are headed, as the evolution of Japan's kei-car market continues.
This week, problems for Israeli company Better Place, Ford plans to end production in Australia, and Chinese automaker FAW has big plans for Hongqi Red Flag sedans at home.
On the Dashboard Digest this week Nissan and Mitsubishi collaborate to produce a new minicar for Japan. Plus why Nissan Mexicana is still numero uno, and we talk to Michael Krumm about driving the Nurburgring, the track known as the Green Hell.
This week, imports on the rise in the Japan's car market, endurance race car driver Keiko Ihara is the new face of electric vehicles, and Honda's new light jet prepares to take off.
This week, we highlight the new Nissan DAYZ at the Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima Plant. The new kei car model and DAYZ Highway STAR join Mitsubishi's eK Wagon and eK Custom as the newest minicars to compete in a category that comprises 40% of Japan's auto sales.
The Nissan DAYZ minicar is now a reality after two years of collaboration with Mitsubishi, and Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga say the partnership is an advantage for Nissan.
This week we see the first Infiniti Q50 roll off the production line at Tochigi in Japan, plus sprinter Usain Bolt receives a Gold GT-R to match his Olympic medals, and how Nissan is working to encourage motorists in India to buckle up.
This week on The Dashboard On the Road marks a milestone for Infiniti with the new Q50 luxury sports sedan, now offline and ready for roads.
Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn give their impressions on the new Q50, after test drives at the Tochigi Proving Ground and the launch of production.
This week, the greener highlights of the Shanghai Auto Show, GM's vision for growth in China, and Formula One's Sebastian Vettel as the first to tread the Russian Grand Prix circuit at Sochi.
The Nissan Global Media Center presents The Dashboard On the Road: Auto Shanghai 2013, featuring a special look at the cars and trends driving the world's biggest market.
Auto Shanghai 2013 features 1,300 exhibitors, and to check out what's trending at some, Nissan's Francois Bancon takes a walk around the huge halls of the Expo Center.
Enjoy these highlights of the first days of Auto Shanghai 2013, featuring the booths and cars of Nissan, Infiniti and Dongfeng Nissan.
From the sidelines of Auto Shanghai 2013, Nissan Motor Company's Shiro Nakamura explains how collaboration between the company's global design centers helps to meet the needs of customers locally.
Watch Nissan's full press conference at Auto Shanghai 2013, including the debut of the Friend-ME concept car.
China's one-child families have the auto industry tailoring products for the 240-million strong generation, with Nissan's Friend-ME concept debuting in Shanghai.
Nissan unveiled its Friend-ME concept at the Shanghai Motor Show today. Check out our video.
F1 Triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel began preparations for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, taking a break to enjoy the local culture of Shanghai.
Russian race driver Roman Rusinov and journalist Andrey Leontjev took the Nissan GT-R to a new national ice speed record for a production car on a frozen Lake Baikal.
This week, we take a look at clay modeling, a history of the Tama electric car, and a blessing for Nismo to start the Super GT season.
This week, March sales in the U.S. market shows the Nissan Altima taking the No. 1 spot from Toyota's Camry; carmakers have a little fun on April Fool's Day, April 1st; and Kia and Hyundai at the Seoul Motor Show.
This week a special on the art and engineering of clay modeling. We meet the skilled craftsmen who turn designer's sketches into cars familiar on roads around the world.
Nissan's 2013 GT-R is a monster on pavement, but how does it handle on snow? At the Nissan testing ground in Rikubetsu, northern Japan, we find out.
This week, 007 makes a cameo for the New York International Auto Show; Infiniti Red Bull Racing wins Malaysia 1-2, but controversy reigns; and Ford is in hot water in India over controversial ad mockups.
The last 12 months have been hugely eventful for Nissan Motor Company with a host of new vehicle launches, sporting successes on the track and expansion in fast-growing markets from India to Brazil.
This week we look at how the LEAF plays a special role for employees at Evernote in California; the new LEAF in production in Sunderland, UK; and LCVs for Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
The Infiniti Red Bull Formula One team looks back on the Australian GP, which netted three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel a podium third result and Mark Webber a sixth.
This week, Volvo's external airbags, F1's Infiniti Red Bull Racing team in Australia, and the EVs of Tesla and Tony Stark.
The Dashboard Digest this week highlights the Geneva Motor Show, the Taxi of Tomorrow, and the upcoming Super GT season.
This week we come to you from on the water at the 2013 Japan International Boat Show, where we take the pulse of the industry and tour the show with Nissan Marine.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn tours the NISMO HQ and factory in Tsurumi, Japan.
The all-electric Nissan Leaf recently passed a sales landmark of 50,000 cars, but Nissan Vice President Billy Hayes says the company wants to build and sell more.
This week's episode comes from the new Nismo headquarters, where we talk to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and Super GT racing driver Michael Krumm.
Nissan EVP Andy Palmer talks about the importance of the all-new Teana for China and expectations for the world's biggest auto market.
Nissan Motor Company unveiled performance arm Nismo's new headquarters Feb. 26. Watch the video of the new site's creation.
On Tuesday, February 26, Nissan and Nismo will unveil the next generation of performance. Please join us.
This week on The Dashboard a trial of the New Mobility Concept vehicles and the LEAF working for the city of Sydney, Australia.
This week on The Dashboard, Mexico City goes electric with taxis, supercars in Australia, and the making of the Infiniti Red Bull RB9 Formula 1 racecar.
Watch how the Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB9 is made in this behind-the-scenes video taken at the team HQ in Milton Keynes, UK.
This week on the Dashboard mileage of Note and the factories are alive with the sound of music -- from the robots.
The Dashboard comes to you from Nissan's Oppama Plant, a pioneer in flexible manufacturing and the production site of the Nissan Juke, Sylphy, Cube and 100%-electric LEAF. We report on Oppama's 3-millionth visitor, a prestigious award for Nissan's Resonance concept crossover hybrid, and take a look at optical wireless technology for cars.
With a well established reputation for motorsport innovation in Japan, Nissan is bringing its performance heritage to the road in Europe for the first time.
Enjoy this time-lapse record of the building of Nissan's interactive stand at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen details the new products and technologies changing the game for the premium brand.
At Tokyo Auto Salon 2013, NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani talks with the Global Media Center on the new strategy to bring greater customization and performance to cars.
The Nissan Global Media Center presents the first episode of The Dashboard in 2013, our program on cars, people, technologies, motorsports and relationships that are changing the industry.
The Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 concluded Sunday, and here's a before-and-after look at what went into the Nissan and NISMO events at the show during the salon's three-day run.
Tune in to this link from the North American International Auto Show to watch a livestream of the Infiniti Q50 debut Monday in Detroit.
Nissan Motor Co., Autech Japan and Nismo will present a variety of unique vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 from January 11. Here's a taster of what to expect.
The Nissan Global Media Center presents The Dashboard, our program on cars, people, technologies, motorsports and relationships that are changing the industry.
On the eve of the Nissan LEAF's second birthday, some overseas owners visited Japanese factories to see where the batteries and electric vehicles were produced.
The largest gathering of EV owners in Japanese history was a perfect chance to speak with Nissan's s Corporate Vice President of Zero Emissions Hideaki Watanabe.
Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga talks about the new 2013 Nissan Sylphy and how it gives the carmaker an edge in the crowded and highly-competitive global C-segment market.
This week we look at Infiniti and Red Bull Racing deepening their relationship after a successful F1 season, the challenges ahead in China, growth prospects in Mexico and how Nissan helped a couple celebrate their wedding anniversary with an all-singing all-dancing Happy Surprise".
The Nissan Global Media Center presents this week’s episode of The Dashboard, its program on cars, people, technologies, motorsports and relationships changing the industry.
Things are cooking in Brazil for Nissan - from auto shows with concept cars to new manufacturing plants, as market share grows.
A conventional steering system directs tire movements by transmitting steering inputs to the tires via a mechanical link. Nissan's next-generation steering technology reads the driver's intentions from steering inputs and controls the vehicle's tire movements via electronic signals.
Nissan is developing “fatigue-free seats” to cut driver and passenger fatigue and make long periods of driving a pleasant experience.
The Nissan Global Media Center launches The Dashboard, its first program on the cars, people, technologies, motorsports, and relationships that are changing the industry.
Driver Gunnar Jeannette offers details on the Nissan DeltaWing crash in Wednesday's practice, ahead of Petit Le Mans endurance race.
A unique Nissan program tests child car seats for fit, and helps parents with child safety.
It seems that most people think an electric vehicle is a funny looking thing, a bit of an oddball. Electric vehicles specialists from Renault and Nissan say that's not the case.
Comedian Jay Leno took a GT-R for a Tokyo night drive, as well as visited the Japanese factory producing the supercar's engines.
TV comedian and car-lover Jay Leno on a recent visit to Japan had a sneak preview of the TeRRA SUV concept, a fuel-cell electric vehicle, now on display at the Paris Motor Show.
It's still officially a concept vehicle, but the e-NV200 panel van had its electrifying world premiere at the Hanover Motor Show.
The Moscow auto salon reflects the nation's rising economic fortunes, and Nissan's Francois Bancon offers insights on what it means for Russia ahead.
Nissan Chief Vehicle Engineer Kenichi Miyoshi explains the engineering that underpins new Nissan Note.
Product Chief Designer Atsushi Maeda discusses the new Nissan Note hatchback.
Takamasa Ueda, expert leader, and Takeshi Sato, manager, of Nissan's Powertrain Engineering Division discuss the downsized, supercharged engine used in the new Note hatchback.
Nissan Chief Product Specialist Mie Minakuchi discusses the new Note hatchback ahead of the Japan start of sales this fall.
The U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, better known as the Blue Angels, likes to go faster than most people will ever go. That's why a group of product planners and designers from the global car company, Nissan, arranged to meet the Blue Angels at their hanger in Pensacola, Fla.
Nissan DeltaWing driver Satoshi Motoyama tries to revive the car at Le Mans, before its eventual retirement.
Nissan DeltaWing during the first four hours of the legendary endurance race.
Three days of peace, love and racing await a quarter of a million of fans at Le Mans 24 Hours in its 80th anniversary year.
Infiniti's EMERG-E sports car concept debuts at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel's FX Vettel Edition also graces the driveway ahead of next year's deliveries.
Nissan EVP Andy Palmer discusses Nissan's plans for the taxi business after displaying New York City's Taxi Tomorrow in Yokohama.
At a recent CHAdeMO event, Nissan Senior Manager Junichi Kobayashi of the EV Component Development Group, EV System Engineering Department and EV Technology Development Division, spoke with Media Center's Dan Sloan about the rapid pace of development of CHAdeMO's quick-charging technology.
Nissan and NISMO name Super GT champion Satoshi Motoyama as the third and final driver of Nissan DeltaWing, as the team gears up for Le Mans 24 Hours 2012 this June.
In the second of our interviews looking at the development of Nissan's all-new global sedan, unveiled as Sylphy at the Beijing auto show, we discuss the vehicle with chief designer Kinichi Saito.
Ahead of the unveiling of Nissan's all-new global sedan at the Beijing auto show, we discussed the new model with Toru Komizo, Chief Product Specialist.
With European testing due to kick off next week for the Nissan DeltaWing, a new series highlights the development of the revolutionary Le Mans 24 Hours entry.
Infiniti's luxury electric sportscar concept, EMERG-E, debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and Jerry Hardcastle - Vice President of Vehicle Design & Development, Nissan Technical Centre Europe - explained NTCE's role in bringing the right mix of engineering and innovation together to make the racy Concept a much-anticipated reality.
Francois Bancon, deputy division general manager for product strategy and planning, took the Global Media Center for a walk around the stands at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Highlights included the Ford B-Max, Peugeot 208, Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Fiat 500L, and the Audi A3.
Following the announcement of Nissan Common Family Module prototype on February 27, Hideyuki Sakamoto, CVP for Alliance common platform and components, discussed the new system with the Global Media Center.
Carla Bailo, senior vice president for research and development at Nissan Americas, recalls her impressions of the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
You'll never see your Nissan in quite the same way again after this sculpture by Dutch artist Paul Veroude. To make the "Journey In Motion" installation, Veroude and his team disassembled a Nissan Teana down to the very last nut and bolt, then painstakingly suspended the thousands of parts by wire from the ceiling.
Nissan Americas product planning chief, Pierre Loing, highlights the main design and engineering trends coming from the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and says it’s a “new type of American Dream.”
Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan's largest customized car show, came to a successful end on Sunday. For Nissan, this year's event was an opportunity to showcase 11 sporty models, including the March Nismo Concept, while the LEAF Nismo Concept won the Tokyo International Custom Car Contest.
Nissan Executives Andy Palmer and Hideto Murakami discuss the Evalia at the Delhi Auto Expo 2012 I'm just back at Nissan's Yokohama headquarters after a fascinating few days in Delhi for the Auto Expo 2012, where Nissan is making a first-ever appearance. If you're in India's capital, the show runs until Jan. 12 and is well worth a visit.
A Media Center Walk Through Nissan Concept Cars with Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura Q1. We’re standing in front of the PIVO 3, but a number of models are debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, can you tell us about them and the special features? CCO: Let’s start with the PIVO 3. This is the [...]
Nismo President Shoichi Miyatani spoke to the Global Media Center at Tokyo Motor Show 2011 after the first unveiling of the Nismo-tuned Juke concept car. The Juke concept, which could be the first of many Nismo versions of Nissan vehicles, is being displayed at the Tokyo show after a record-breaking year for the automaker’s racing [...]
When the Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public early next month, Nissan will display a host of futuristic models, with the PIVO 3, futuristic vision of electric motoring, set for center stage. Against the backdrop of eye-catching models, the Tokyo show also will provide Japan’s automakers an opportunity to explain their vision for the [...]
Interesting tidbit on the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Version, the new Formula 1 double world champion’s take on the FX crossover, which raised a stir at the Frankfurt motor show last month. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, speaking in an interview with the Global Media Center (see above), confirmed that the Vettel-inspired vehicle will enter [...]
The tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March highlighted the importance of stable supplies of electricity in the aftermath of a natural disaster, encouraging Nissan to press ahead with a technology that enables its LEAF electric vehicles to act as emergency stores of energy for homes. Today, at CEATEC, Japan’s annual exhibition of [...]