Mitsubishi Sold to Nissan

Carlos Ghosn – Mitsubishi’s Savior Or Ruthless Businessman?

CEO of Renault and Nissan, Chairman of AvtoVAZ and Renault-Nissan Alliance has come to Japan, yet again, to cut some costs. This time he hasn’t come to Japan to have anything with Renault (which he helped save in 1990’s) or Nissan (which he rose from ashes in 2000’s) but, as we can all assume, to copy paste his strategy in a town called Mizushima.

Road So Far

Mitsubishi is in a great pile of trouble. The company made a huge mistake and lied to their customers about the fuel consumption in a number of models, including two it made for Nissan and together with those models it reached the number of over 600,000 cars. Fortunately, those cars were sold only in Japan, so it wasn’t a international scandal like in some other cases (VW). That scandal came to surface in April and since then, their share price has fallen about 40%.

The savior appeared and everyone in Mitsubishi cheered, until they found out the name of the savior.

Nissan made a dill and paid 1.5 billion pounds for 34% share, which gave the partial control over their smaller Japanese rival. That was fine, but the man they sent was not a good news for people living in industrial towns, dependent of Mitsubishi. Everyone in that area knows of Carlos Ghosn. They know about thousands of unemployed in the streets, after the intervention of Carlos Ghosn. His revival plan from 1999 included the closing of five Nissan’s factories, cutting approximately 14% of employees and shrinking their supplier ranks by half. But that had to be done.

Mitsubishi had some other scandals in the past, (early 2000’s, covering of safety defects – caused some fatal crashes) and people already know what to do, and to do that in time. For example, a little city of Soja, has already courted food companies to build factories in their town, just as a backup plan, in case that automobile industry fails.

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Common People Suffers The Most

Ever since the “scandal” the shops related or connected to Mitsubishi are closing down and that caused the economic avalanche in that area. For example, in “the good times” there were shops with uniforms for the workers and fast food restaurants, but they don’t have any customers now, so they had to be closed. As a domino effect sea food, knitting and sewing, children’s toys and futons suppliers had to close too. Even karaoke bars are empty and ready to be rented.

Citizens of Mizushima and surrounding area are scared, and that is natural.

Suppliers are going to feel it first. Even now, at the beginning of everything, one of the suppliers, who asked to be anonymous, said that he cannot bring his finished components to Mitsubishi for the review like he did in the past. Nissan asked him to submit CAD renderings in advance. (computer assisted design). But he didn’t have that kind of a system, and even if he wanted to implement that kind of a system, he would have to spend additional 30 million yens and a couple of years to train his workers which is impossible. Instead he had to reform his company as a second tier company, which means that they would not be able to provide parts directly to the company, which again means that they will earn a lot less because of the “middle man”.

That is only one of the problems, and there will be lots more in the future. We could only take a look at the countries which went through all those cost savings, and people had to endure. There is place for fear, but not for any panic. Mitsubishi is in good hands, judging by the past.

Is The Fear Necessary?

I believe, and that is my own opinion, that Nissan is not going to hurt Mitsubishi. Those two companies were rivals, but I think that Ghosn doesn’t care about that at all. He is a true businessman and he actually knows what to do in problematic situations just like this one is. He is going to cut some unnecessary costs, sure, but he is not going to destroy Mitsubishi, but revive it in the best way he knows. Why? Because true businessmen doesn’t have emotions, but just smell of money running through their veins. Ghosn is going to order the sharing of platforms, engineering, engines, production facilities and parts. Ghosn himself has said that he sees billions of dollars in cooperation and purchasing, common platforms, cooperation in development and joint plant utilization but he was clear that Mitsubishi has total autonomy and that it won’t be controlled but rather supported by Nissan.

In the end Nissan and Mitsubishi are the main source of “mini cars” and that is the sort of a car that sells the most. So, sleep peacefully, Mizushima – Mitsubishi is going to shine yet again.

New 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Release Date and Info

Known as one of the most challenging and longest race tracks in the world, the Nurburgring race course is the location where the new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo made its debut. This same location is the place where the GTR’s potent performance was tuned, honed, and developed. Just like the “normal” GT-R, the Nismo also features a new bumper that gives the front fascia a freshened look. Other changes include an enlarged V-motion grille with dark accents, a much reinforced hood, and redesigned canards. Want to get more news? The following review will keep you apprised with the least information regarding the new GT-R Nismo including its likely release date, and its pricing estimates.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo exterior, side angle, white color, alloy wheels

Introduced nine years ago, the GT-R rewrote the conventional idea about sports cars that we’ve grown up to know. Relative to its peers, the GT-R is a distinct sports car that is built on a dedicated design and platform to reflect the Japanese culture at a more favorable price. In 2015, the Japanese marque included the GT-R Nismo in the existing lineup. It was more powerful and was offered with a revised aerodynamic package enabling it zoom from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots rear angle

As already mentioned, several changes have been offered for the 2017 GT-R Nismo. The exterior has received mild updates on the bumper, grille, aerodynamics, and on the canards. The result is more downforce, better efficiency, and exceptional high-speed stability. Five different exterior colors are available. The interior also hasn’t been left out in the raft of changes Nissan has offered its supercar. The cabin is more premium than before. High-quality Alcantara leather covers up the surfaces of the center armrest, steering wheel, and dashboard. The number of switches has been reduced to 11 from 27 for the previous model via redesigns to the center dash layout.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo exterior,rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

The 8-inch panel monitor has been enlarged and now features large display icons and is simple to use. Nissan also thought it wise to provide a new Display control on the carbon fiber center console that comes in handy when travelling at high speeds. This feature enables drivers to operate the Display command control without touching the eight-inch touch-panel monitor. Red Alcantara inserts on the Recaro carbon bucket seats make the GT-R Nismo unique relative to the rest of the lineup.

Nissan also didn’t forget about the performance of the AWD. The all-wheel-drive GT-R Nismo has been upgraded as well. The new model now handles better thanks to the added downforce that has been made possible by the refined stabilizers, springs, and shock absorbers of the GT-R Nismo. The performance updates are evidenced by the car’s superior cornering performance and enhanced slalom times.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo exterior, alloy wheels

According to the Chef Product Specialist of the GT-R Nismo – Hiroshi Tamura, “The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo provides the highest levels of exhilaration and excitement even for the most experienced driver. This has been achieved through relentless engineering and witty designs that have made the GT-R Nismo emphasize the “R” in its nomenclature.”

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Release Date & Price

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo release date

Pricing is under wraps for now, but we expect the new changes to cause a slight increase in the existing model’s $154,000 MSRP. The slight increase in question should be around four grand according to our estimates. The release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Exterior

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo front angle, headlights and grille

Changes on the front fascia are minimal, which means it is largely identical to the outgoing model. The V-motion grille accented in dark chrome accents gives the fascia an assertive stance. The headlights, grille, and the engine hood, by and large, remain unchanged over the existing model. While the grille’s design remains unchanged, it comes with “Nismo” inserts with red and chrome letters as evidenced by the photos.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Coupe Interior

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo interior, steering wheel and dashboard

The changes available in the cabin mirror those offered for the standard 2017 GT-R. features include a three-spoke steering wheel, a redesigned dashboard, a new Display Command control, a bigger 8.0-inch TFT screen, and high-quality Alcantara and Recaro sport seats.

Available Trims

The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is one among three trim models that belong to the larger Nissan GT-R family that consists of Premium, and Black Edition models. The Nismo version is the high-performance version.

Engine Specs

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo engine

Like the previous model, the new model makes 600 horsepower @6,800 rpm and 481 pounds-feet of torque @3,600 – 5,600 rpm via the powerful 3.8L V6 DOHC engine beneath its hood. Top speed stands at 191 mph, while the 0-60 mph takes a blistering 2.9 seconds.

Safety

Standard safety features available include full-length side curtain and front-seat side airbags, traction and stability control, and antilock disc brakes. A host of optional ones should be available too, but the contents should be expected on its release date, as shall the NHTSA-provided crash-impact safety ratings’ results.

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2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo interior, lcd screen and gear shioft knob

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo interior, gear shift knob

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots front angle

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots side view

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots front view

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots rear view

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo spy shots front view, engine

2019 Nissan Altima

Emerging 2019 Nissan Altima Release Date

The 2019 Nissan Altima has received an exceptional new design. Actually, we rarely see the big change of a facelift. But the Altima has actually gone through more changes that you would think possible for a vehicle like this. Nevertheless, Nissan promised big things out of its new vehicles. And they are keeping the promise by offering a new Altima. All in all, the mid-live update for this car is something that we are happy to see. And we think that they did it in on a very high level.

The news about the release date for the 2019 Nissan Altima have been gaining momentum recently. Everybody thinks that this model is going to be released for the 2019 model year. While this is true, there is also a great possibility that this car might come out much earlier.

In fact, the 2019 model year Altima is probably going to hit the market sometime by the end of 2018. All in all this is an exciting time for the Nissan lineup and their new models.

2019 Nissan Altima Price Details

It is surprising that the company already announced the price of the 2019 Nissan Altima. Nissan already gave some details about how much they are going to sell the newest model for . Surprisingly, even with a larger than expected update this car is not going to get an enormous price boost. We expect it to sell for $22,500 for the entry level vehicles.

The same trim levels are going to appear this time as well so the S trim will be sold for $22,900. Next in line is the SR model which is selling for $24,470. The SV is available for a figure of $25,460 and the SL at $28,570. They offer bigger engine only under the hood of the SR and SL vehicle. These come with the price of $27,990 and $32,690 respectively.

2019 Nissan Altima Rumors

Once all the rumors about the 2019 Nissan Altima started emerging, many of them seemed unbelievable. There was no sense for them to update the car so much. This is by some standards a too extensive of an update to give a car as it features more changes than you would expect to see.

But since Nissan already announced that they are supposed to so something special, it was not such a surprise anymore. Additionally, the real reason behind the rumors was revealed once the car reached its final stages of development. In fact, rivals have been receiving more and more changes and the closest one particularly, Toyota Camry, is a completely different car.

This prompted the rivaling Japanese manufacturer to do the same for their one car. Thus we see the vehicle before us with the stacked update and changes that are given here.

Many Exterior Changes for the 2019 Nissan Altima

There are a lot of innovations for the exterior of the 2019 Nissan Altima. Almost everything but the hood has been changed. So now, there is a V-shaped grille in the front end of the car. The headlamps are replaced by some longer and slimmer ones. The bumper has gain new elements with different fog lamps. The center section bellow the grille also follows the V-shape design and manages to update the entire front side.

The rear end of the car actually does not have such big changes made for it. But it is still worthy of the changes that were made. The taillights are similar to before but come with new graphics. The trunk part received some new chrome elements and also a new spoiler. There are a couple of new creases added for the bumper and it helps it look a lot more crisper compared to last time.

The profile is completely intact. But this is not at all surprising as the current fifth-generation model has probably the finest profile out of all the recent Altima models. The belt line is very nice and the roof line is sporty and these are your basic elements of the vehicle’s profile. The changes that have been established here will help with the vehicle aerodynamics as it will reduce the drag coefficient from 0.29 to 0.26 Cd.

2019 Nissan Altima Dimension Changes

With all of the changes the 2019 Nissan Altima has received, the size is not one of them. They have firmly decided to keep the size of the car the same. There was no need to enlarge to car further and the D platform, which Nissan introduced for its fifth generation vehicles.

All in all, the full length of the car will still be 191.9 Inches while the wheelbase goes to 109.3 Inches. Overall width is 72.0 Inches and the height is 57.8 Inches. This still allows pretty convenient and more than acceptable interior numbers where the vehicle allows great interior comfort.

Newest Color Addition for the 2019 Nissan Altima

When it comes to new colors, the 2019 Nisan Altima is also going to provide some innovations in that department. But do not expect to get a slew of colors as we only have only one new one to look forward to. Besides the already featured colors which we saw before and with the previous car, the newly added one is Deep Blue Pearl. It sounds like a fabulous new addition which will update the vehicle more prominently and allow it a different new and attractive look.

What About the 2019 Nissan Altima Interior?

The interior of the 2019 Nissan Altima has received its fair share of updates. Although there were actually none needed. This car had one of the better interior ever seen in this segment. But the other models are not standing around with their hands folded, so this new face lifted model still needed to introduce some changes for the interior.

So now we have a completely redesigned center stack with added cup holders and a new steering wheel. The car also has the Zero Gravity seats which are now standard and have added softer new materials.

The SR trim actually expands with new gadgets such as added blue accents. You can see those on the steering wheel, seats, door panels and the leather on the steering wheel. Also offered is the a five- or seven-inch display that you can operate your NissanConnect SM with and also combine it with Mobile Apps such as NissanConnect Navigation with Mobile Apps.

Engine Specs of the 2019 Nissan Altima

Although much of the 2019 Nissan Altima has changed, the engine choices have not. They have decided to go for a reliable solution and did not really tamper with the choices of the engine. There are two ways that you can go, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6.

The first one produces 182 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque while the V-6 model makes 270 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Now added is a Xtronic CVT transmission which a better feel when shifting and greatly helps to improve the performance of this sedan vehicle.

0-60 mph and Top Speed Rates

With the engines of the 2019 Nissan Altima remaining the same, the specs have not changed drastically as well. This includes the acceleration from 0-60 mph and its top speed. The time needed to reach 60 mph from a standstill is estimated to still be at 7.5 seconds.

On the other hand, the top speed of the car is about 130 mph. We do not require anything more from this vehicle and it firmly shows where the vehicle is in the market based on its ability and specs. We feel that the newest engines and different capability is only going to be possible with the new generation which we are still not sure when it will come out.

Fuel Economy of the 2019 Nissan Altima

With a familiar set of engines available for the 2019 Nissan Altima, there are no changes this car needs for the fuel consumption. But with the use of new active grille shutters and also due to the higher compression ratio, the four cylinder engine is able to consume 39 mpg on the highway, improved form the 38 mpg the last time around. The city consumption still remains at 27 mpg and is much more favorable if we compare it to the highway stats. The combined rating is 26 mpg still and has not improved this year.