covered losses incurred through foreign exchanges with Nissan’s funds between 2008 and 2012. Those losses add up to $16.6 million, according to the prosecution. He’s also cited for misrepresenting his income. However, Ghosn doesn’t see things that way. On Wednesday, he told the Nikkei business daily that he believed the charges against him were motivated by Nissan executives opposed to further integration with its French alliance partner, Renault SA. “All the evidence is with Nissan and Nissan forbids all employees to talk to me,” he elaborated. Whether or not his claim is accurate, Alliance automakers are picking sides. Mitsubishi, the Alliance’s junior partner, is siding with Nissan. Its CEO, Osamu Masuko, said converting the Japanese pair into a holding company with alliance partner Renault is not something that should be on the table — especially with the scandal hanging over their heads. “I don’t even consider it as one of … [Read more...] about Mitsubishi Sides With Nissan in Merger Backlash, Ghosn Claims He Was Set Up
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In August 1989, Nissan revived the 'GT-R' name with the BNR32 Skyline GT-R - a car which quickly began building a reputation for being one of the quickest on the road. This was in part thanks to its battery of driver-assisting technology. Under its taut, muscular exterior sat an all-wheel-drive system, featuring a computer-controlled hydraulic centre differential and a limited-slip rear differential, called 'ATTESA E-TS' - and the Nissan also packed a four-wheel steering system. The result was a car that could corner at almost comical rates, carrying speed and putting its power down where others would simply disappear off into the hedgerow. It had the punch to match its sports car and supercar-worrying cornering speed, too. Its 2.6-litre straight-six engine benefitted from parallel twin turbochargers and put out a claimed 280hp and 260lb ft. This, in conjunction with its all-wheel-drive system, granted a 0-62mph time of just 5.6sec. Flat out, the 1,430kg coupe could clip 155mph. It … [Read more...] about Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32): PH Used Buying Guide
I saw Britain’s most popular SUV in its natural habitat the other day; parked in a bus stop outside a school, hazard lights on and doors open, with a harassed mum haranguing two pre-teen lads about football kit. One of them was proclaiming his innocence waving his breakfast pop tart, before a golden Labrador leant out of the boot and gently eased it out of his grasp. Anti-dog theft tech is one thing they haven’t developed for the Nissan Qashqai at the company’s technical centre at Cranfield. It has, however, done just about everything else for this school-run champion, which regularly features in the UK top 10 best-sellers list. It’s had 360-degree cameras for years before the opposition, it was predominately front-wheel drive at a time when rivals were still sweating over driving all four wheels and it’s been sold pretty much round the world in largely the same form. Yet somehow the opposition, even when markedly superior, hasn’t been able to … [Read more...] about Nissan Qashqai review – Britain’s favourite SUV gets a mid-life facelift, but is it enough to keep it on top?
The 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid represents a bit of a revival for the Nissan brand in Malaysia. It’s the first model to be launched by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) since the Navara pick-up made its debut here in 2015, its arrival lending the local Nissan line-up a much needed boost in terms of product freshness. It has however taken a while for the fifth-gen MPV to reach these shores – two full years, if anyone’s counting. That’s because the C27 was unveiled in Japan in mid-2016. Nonetheless, it’s finally here, in locally-assembled CKD form, and joins the Nissan model range here as the replacement for the C26 Serena. The Serena is, without a doubt, ETCM’s most important launch in years, so it’s absolutely crucial that it’s a good one. Well, is it? We put the people mover through the paces to find out. The C27 Serena is an all-new model, but you’d be forgiven if you think it’s more of an extensive facelift. After all, it does … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: 2018 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid
The compact SUV segment is booming. The segment is filled with products from various manufacturers, and there are powerful choices for the enthusiasts too. However, what if you want to add more juice to the engine? Here are five remapped examples in the compact SUV segment to give you some ideas. Maruti Vitara Brezza The best selling UV in India has many examples of visual modifications, however, the car powered by 1.3-litre diesel engine may feel less on power for a few. To overcome that, many go for remaps. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine of the Brezza produces a maximum of 89 Bhp – 200 Nm. Pete’s, a well-known provider of tuning chips in India offers a remap that takes the output to 115 Bhp – 255 Nm. It is 25% bumper over the stock output and makes the compact SUV much more fun to drive. Hyundai Creta The Creta diesel quite powerful even in the stock form. But there are a few enthusiasts who love more power under the bonnet. The stock 1.6-litre diesel engine in … [Read more...] about High performance mods of compact SUVs: Maruti Suzuki Brezza to Hyundai Creta!