DIG-T R Proves Big Things Can Come in Small Packages

As the saying goes; big things can come in small packages… Nissan’s new DIG-T R, a
1.5-liter, 400 horsepower engine is no exception. Weighing an astonishing 88
pounds the engine can produce 280 pound-feet of torque, a power-to-weight ratio
that is suitable for a racecar – So that is just where Nissan plans to use it.

Nissan’s ZEOD RC will use the new engine in the historic 24 Hours Le Mans June
2014. Check out this Autoblog.com article for more information. The ZEOD RC is no stranger to making waves however, as it was one of the few hybrid racecars on the track. That’s right, a race car that can run at least one full lap exclusively on electric power before relying on its new and improved 3-clyinger engine. You can watch the
promo video with more details on the engine or read a Nissan press release here.

In a quote from that press release, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director Darren
Cox, said “our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal
combustion engine.” Although the fuel efficient little engines are not yet available
in consumer vehicles and nothing will likely match the thrill of driving a race
car, Nissan of Lake Charles offers a full line of similarly efficient and fun
to drive cars that you could drive off the lot today.

Nissan Delivers Versa Note in Giant Amazon Box

You may recall that last fall Amazon was selling the Nissan Versa Note. Well, sort of. When customers placed orders online, Amazon would connect them with local dealers to complete the process. This was a short-term promotion that Amazon and Nissan worked on together.

For the first 100 people who placed their orders on Amazon, they received $1,000 Amazon gift cards and one of them got an extra surprise. They would have their Versa Note delivered in the biggest Amazon box ever.

With the exception of the actual customer, Nissan was planning on making the delivery a big surprise with a video and press release. But not too surprisingly, someone took a picture of the giant Amazon box strapped to the back of a truck and posted it on Reddit.

With the internet doing what it does best, the picture quickly spread and Nissan’s surprise was spoiled, but not completely. We still don’t know who the actual recipient of the car was. Nissan is planning on releasing that information in its originally planned video later this month.

If you had the option, would you want your new Nissan car delivered in a giant Amazon box?

Nissan’s Taxi for London Surprises Current Drivers With Affordability

To those of us living on the other side of the pond, London triggers a number of defining images (we at Nissan of Lake Charles often find ourselves thinking of foggy
cobblestone streets, but we may have also read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde one too many times).  One of the more iconic aspects of the city is its public transportation: from the London Underground and double-decker busses all the way down to police call boxes that are much more spacious on the inside.  Nissan has announced that London’s cabs will be getting a new look soon with the reveal of their Taxi for London.  These slick black cabs are based upon the automaker’s NV200 compact-van platform, which has already taken its place as the Taxi of Tomorrow in New York.

Wall Street Journal’s Marietta Cauchi took to the streets of London (where, contrary to what Morrisey asserts, there seems to be absolutely no panic).  What she did find was a number of grizzled old cabbies who, despite the competition presented by Nissan’s Taxi for London, seemed impressed with the new rival’s looks.

One driver says, “The public generally like the iconic shape of the current taxi that I’m using.  I think the drivers, long term, if they had a vehicle that was cheaper to run…that’d be a good thing for the taxi drivers.”

Another, who suspiciously and awesomely resembles Ernest Borgnine’s Cabbie from Escape from New York, says, “Well, it looks very smart from the outside.  It’s whether, of course, it’s practical on the inside and functional regarding passengers, wheelchair accessibility and, most importantly, has the driver got all the facilities in the front to make his long working day comfortable?”

The £30,000 ($45,291 USD) Taxi for London is remodeled to more closely resemble the iconic London cab shape, featuring a remodeled grille, LED lighting, and new front bumper panels; the Taxi for London also conforms to London’s licensing rules while managing to run more cleanly (and at less cost) than standard cabs.

“Having already overcome the unique technical challenges presented by the development of a new Hackney Carriage for London ahead of our launch of the vehicle in August 2012, we turned our attention to making the vehicle look the part,” Darryl Scriven, Design Excellence Manager at Nissan Design Europe said in the automaker’s official press release.  “The Mayor’s office and taxi drivers were very keen that we maintain the character of the Hackney Carriage, making it something that people in the city can be proud of.”

“The main challenges were concerned with making sure customers can easily recognise it as a taxi. Being in London, we were able to go out and talk to cabbies about what was important to them as well as look at the vehicle from a customer’s viewpoint. It’s unusual for us to be able to work on something as bespoke as this, specifically for one location in the world and we are very proud to have been asked to do so.”

Nissan Teases Information on New Sport Sedan Concept

Come Jan. 13, we’ll finally have all the details on Nissan’s new Sport Sedan Concept. Until then, we’ll have to content ourselves with the teaser image and sparse details we currently have.

Nissan hasn’t even told us which sedan the the new concept is. We do know it takes styling cues from the 2014 Rogue, the 2015 Murano (which is yet to be released), and the famous GT-R. However, our friends at Motor Authority have a pretty strong argument that leads us to believe it is Nissan’s new 2015 Maxima.

Nissan did offer this information: “The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan.”

All will be revealed at the concept’s world reveal at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show where Nissan will also present the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts for their North America debuts.

A press conference will be held on Monday, Jan. 13 at 3:50 pm.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles will just have to exercise a little patience as we wait for full disclosure on Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. Come to think of it, maybe that should be our New Year’s resolution.