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Top new models for SA

From Renault's new Alaskan bakkie to the latest models at the Frankfurt motor show bound for SA.

Electric cars in SA

The debate on whether or not Electric Vehicles (EV) are viable in South Africa rages on.

Nissan's 'Rocket' for Geneva

2008-02-08 12:53
It's official - Nissan's new Murano will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, where it will share the stage with its piping-hot twin-turbo V6 GT-R sibling.

Set to continue the style trends set by its predecessor, all-new Murano is new from the ground up and sports new body panels.

It will also be the first model in the European line-up to feature new paint technology with a highly elastic resin that "repairs" superficial scratches and marks and prevents damage to the paint's base layer.

Inside the cabin, Nissan promises higher levels of comfort and refinement, as well as better equipment levels.

However, as far as the power supply goes, Nissan sticks with the proven 3.5-litre V6 motor. The 24-valve, twin cam V6 has been tweaked to produce 198 kW and 325 Nm. It currently develops 172 kW at 6 000 r/min and peak torque of 318 Nm at 3 600 r/min.

Apparently, Nissan's XTronic CVT transmission has been "extensively re-engineered". There is said to be a 20% reduction in friction losses. The revised CVT promises better fuel economy, too, as well as quicker shifts and more responsiveness.

The next generation Murano is expected to arrive in South Africa towards the end of 2008.

GT-Racer

Also making its European debut at the show is the very quick GT-R.

Producing 353 kW and 588 Nm from an all new twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6, this supercar promises to be legendary.

Power is fed to an advanced all-wheel drive system via a transaxle mounted dual clutch, paddle shift gearbox.

The GT-R can be set to appeal to a particular driving style or even driving conditions with an adjustable suspension, gearbox and stability control settings.

It also boasts one of the fastest times ever recorded at the Nordschleife circuit of the Nürburgring - a lap time of 7:38.

Performance aficionados may be pleased to know that Nissan SA is reportedly investigating the possibility of launching this car in the local market. Fingers crossed!

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