Nissan Motor Company now finds itself in a curious position after modern electric cars have been slow to gain any real steam on the new car market. With demand increasingly drastically in the U.S., especially in markets like Atlanta, Houston and Raleigh not thought of as havens for the environmentally conscious, the maker of the newly improved 2013 Nissan LEAF all-electric hatchback now cannot build the things fast enough.
Nissan Motor Company’s Datsun brand was officially retired more than 30 years ago, when Nissan execs made the decision to start selling cars in the U.S. and other world markets exclusively under the carmaker’s namesake brand. As we reported some time ago, Datsun is poised to make a return, this time as a new low-cost sub-brand targeting emerging markets. The Datsun Go will be the first of several new affordable models, Automotive News reports, and will go on sale in India early in 2014.
The Nissan GT-R is wholly unique among modern supercars in that its builders continue to make noticeable performance improvements with every single model year. For 2014, the GT-R sees a host of updates focused on making Nissan’s “budget supercar” even more of a beast on the track, as well as more comfortable to live with on a daily basis.
Thanks to a 545-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine and the world’s best launch control system, the 2014 Nissan GT-R is wicked-fast in the quarter-mile in completely stock form. But what happens when the drag racing-obsessed gearheads at Switzer Performance of Oberlin, Ohio more than double that power output to a cool 1,300 horsepower?
The U.S. auto industry continued its surprisingly strong upward climb last month (May 2013) as automakers moved 1.44 million cars and trucks for an 8.2% increase over the same month in 2012. Strong pickup truck sales came as small businesses and construction firms replaced aging fleets, and nearly every major automaker was in the green compared with last year. Nissan and GM’s Cadillac brand saw extremely strong increases to pace the field.