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Old 12-05-2005, 09:39 PM
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Oh HELL YEAH! I want some of that too, and it better be just as shiny as standard clear coat.
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How does it work? I think Mercedes developed something similar a year or two called nanotech paint.
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“Scratch Guard Coat” will be applied for the first time on an SUV model that is scheduled for a partial makeover in the near future. The paint will be applied to the car’s chassis, bumpers, door mirrors, among other parts.
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Originally Posted by Yumchah
A vehicle painted with “Scratch Guard Coat” will have only one-fifth the abrasions caused by a car-washing machine compared with a car covered with conventional clear paint. Scratches from car-washing machines account for the majority of scratches to painted car surfaces.
thats awesome!

and thats also why ive NEVER taken any of my cars through a car wash!
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No. The FX will get it first, I think. I wish they'd just do all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, ASAP; give it different names, if it'll make the marketing people happy, but get it out there! I want this on my next car. I wonder when the next G will get it...
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:37 PM
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thats awesome.
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i wonder what it will look like after the 3 years?
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Old 12-06-2005, 05:10 PM
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that is just awesome
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:49 PM
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Must have for my next car..
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well...good to see nissan doing something about their crappy a$$ paint....but this doesn't look like it'll help with the paint chips

anyway, to nissan
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Old 12-07-2005, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by MaximaPower
well...good to see nissan doing something about their crappy a$$ paint....but this doesn't look like it'll help with the paint chips

anyway, to nissan
who's next? Honda?
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:55 AM
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Nice. Technology like this is long over due. I would enjoy my car even more if I wasn't so worried about getting chips etc....
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Hahaha, go to autoblog and read the comments there is a guy complaining about "hard working americans" ie detailers who will go hungry because nissan invented this. I'm gonna go find it...
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hat do you think this will do to teh detailing industry. There are many people, myself included, who make some or all of their living off of removing scratches and other defects from the vehicles of others. I guess after 3 years it would be back to normal but this could be a big blow for a lot of good, hardworking people.

Ok, maybe I sensationalized it a bit
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:04 AM
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^ That's hilarious. It's just scratches, and it's just Nissan. It's not like this paint will wash the car and vacum the inside for the customer, lol. Detailing isn't going anywhere.
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i think they switched the pictures around...
j/k...this would be a miracle!
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Old 12-07-2005, 11:43 PM
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If this new paint does what it says it would, it will be very useful, if it holds up to the test of time, it will be very good...but, until I beleive it 100% I need to see it first hand and up close...
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pix must have been taken at the same time of the day....the reflection of the sun and the shadow on the hood look exactly identical
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Originally Posted by MaximaPower
pix must have been taken at the same time of the day....the reflection of the sun and the shadow on the hood look exactly identical
or its just
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and if its taken with the sun and shadow in same place.. that means the clear coat paint wouldve cleaned itself up in a split second. but the article says it takes from a day to a week..

they musta taken the bottom pic first, scratched up the paint and then take the top pic
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Old 12-09-2005, 01:12 AM
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All the would have had to do was take a pic of the scratched car, and then take another pic of it during the same time of day whenever the paint finished working (albeit a day or a week). Then, you have the same sun and same shadow.
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Nissan Going Gearless - - Source: The Car Connection

CEO Ghosn said that the automaker plans to soon replace conventional automatic transmissions with continuously variable transmission (CVT) units for all of its front-wheel-drive North American models except the Quest minivan. In addition to advantages in packaging, performance, and initial cost, Ghosn said every million vehicles equipped with CVTs rather than standard automatics reduces carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to putting 200,000 hybrid-electric vehicles on the road.
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<----- still trying to get used to the CVT in the Murano.
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Nissan to lose 20% of top managers - - Christine Tierney / The Detroit News

A fifth of Nissan Motor Corp.’s top North American managers will leave the company when it moves its U.S. headquarters to Tennessee this summer, including the senior executive for product planning and the chief product spokesman.

Jack Collins, vice president for product planning, and Kurt von Zumwalt, director for product and consumer public relations, are among 12 managers ranked director, vice president or higher who told the company they would resign or retire.

Nissan announced on Nov. 10 that it was relocating its headquarters to Nashville from Gardena, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, despite intense lobbying from U.S. executives opposed to the move.

Nissan gave its 60 highest-ranking executives until Feb. 1 to decide whether they would head east with the company. The other roughly 1,240 employees have until April.

The list of departing executives includes Joy Crose, vice president for legal, and John Rinek, director of media and agency management.

Nissan spokeswoman Frederique Le Greves said that, excluding managers who will retire, only 15 percent will not make the move.

Collins and von Zumwalt both plan to retire. The company has not yet announced replacements.

“If it’s 80 percent” who are moving, “it’s a sign to middle management that loyalty at the top is running high,” said Jim Sanfilippo, executive vice president for business development at marketing firm AMCI in Bloomfield Hills.

“But I’m wondering how solid these statistics are,” he said. “It may be preliminary intent on the part of these guys. It’s unconfirmed until they make the move.”

Nissan expects to save money by relocating to Nashville, which has a lower cost of living than California and is near the company’s U.S. manufacturing operations.

As part of a plan to cut administrative costs worldwide, Nissan also is relocating its Japanese headquarters from downtown Tokyo to Yokohama, an hour away.

But auto industry experts say the company may lose some of the edginess in its North American corporate culture by uprooting the headquarters from the trend-setting California market. Nissan generates more than half of its total profit in the United States.

The company will relocate employees in June and July. They will work in downtown Nashville for two years until a new headquarters in nearby Franklin, Tenn., is complete.Nissan’s North American design and advance product planning operations will stay in California.
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Nissan studying possibility of building full-size van for U.S. market

Nissan studying possibility of building full-size van for U.S. market

AutoWeek | Published 03/06/06, 2:06 pm et

GENEVA -- Nissan Motor Co. is studying the possibility of assembling a full-sized van in North America off its full-sized truck platform.

That platform is shared by the Titan pickup and two SUVs, the Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56, all built in Canton, Miss. Nissan is re-engineering the platform for 2008, along with adding commercial versions of the Titan pickup.

Nissan said its research shows that owners of full-sized vans are unhappy with their vehicles and would be willing to switch to another brand if the van were competitively priced. General Motors and Ford Motor Co. account for 94.5 percent of the U.S. market.

"A lot of van owners told us, 'Ford, Chrysler and GM betrayed us; they don't consider our expectations, our needs,'" said Francois Bancon, Nissan's head of product planning and development.

Additionally, Bancon said in an interview at the Geneva auto show, van owners said the quality of those products is disappointing and "the driving position is horrible."

If produced, the van would debut after 2008.

Last year, 361,876 full-sized vans were sold in the United States. Ford's E-series van and Club Wagon were the leaders with 179,543 combined sales, accounting for 49.6 percent of the market.

The Chevrolet Express/G van was second with 127,585 sales, followed by the GMC Savana at 34,765 and the Dodge Sprinter at 19,578, according to the Automotive News Data Center.

"We have not made a decision to produce the van, but I think it could be a possibility," Bancon said. "We will have (opportunities with) the next-generation Titan platform."

A Nissan full-sized van would be priced to compete with the Ford and GM entries, not the Sprinter, he said. Because the Dodge Sprinter is a modified version of the Mercedes-Benz van sold in Europe, it "is very expensive in the U.S.," he said.

Nissan announced in January that it would create a division to sell light commercial vehicles in North America, a market segment where it is not present. Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Division began operating Feb. 1, headed by Mike Hobson, a 15-year Nissan veteran.
Nissan Econoline?!?
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Old 03-07-2006, 04:09 PM
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Hell, go for it. It'll probably be cooler than the Chevy Express and the Econoline.
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If Nissan makes the NA Nissan full-size van look something like the Elgrand below I think it would do well here.






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^ Yep. Bring the Elgrand over largely as is, and the Econoline and Express 's gooses are cooked.
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If Nissan makes the NA Nissan full-size van look something like the Elgrand below I think it would do well here.






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If Nissan makes the NA Nissan full-size van look something like the Elgrand below I think it would do well here.








i want that
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^ Yep. Bring the Elgrand over largely as is, and the Econoline and Express 's gooses are cooked.
yeah but i am sure the elgrand is not at the same price point as the econoline and express.
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can you imagine the system you could put in it!!?!?!!?!

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Think that would do the trick.
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How much bigger is it over our "mini" vans? I think it's considered full-size in Japan and Europe, but over here, it'll be about the size of the minivans (which aren't so mini anymore). The interior seating shot appears that the advantage is in length, cause there's ample legroom in the third row, as well as cargo space after it. But otherwise, it's got the dimensions of a Sienna or Odyssey.
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The econoline seems like a schoolbus in comparison... The style would do the trick considering its on a Titan platform, not a minivan platform...

Econoline interior
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Nissan hires British firm to help with interior design

Brit design house helps shape Japanese maker’s interiors - - By DINO DALLE CARBONARE - - Source: Autoweek

Nissan has enjoyed its share of kudos for handsome and crisp exterior styling, but the Japanese automaker knows its interiors haven’t kept pace. The company plans to change all that by teaming with London-based design house Conran & Partners to create fresh and unique Nissan interiors.

Conran, which espouses a clutter-free design ideology, first collaborated with Nissan in 2003 on the Cube+Conran concept for the Tokyo Motor Show. The production Cube+Conran went on sale shortly after and all 1000 units sold out within two weeks.

Getting the Conran treatment this year are the Cube, March and LaFesta, which all sport specifically designed seats upholstered in bright, modern fabrics or leather.

“We have great respect for Conran’s simple, modern, warm designs, and I believe Conran appreciates Nissan’s distinctive design approach and Japanese DNA,” says Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief creative officer.

Conran’s treatment includes seat fabric with “patterns inspired by romantic shadows of spring leaves and flowers” in the March+Conran city car, and plush red seating in the LaFesta+Conran minivan, with a panoramic roof shade overhead that sports bright multicolored stripes “inspired by the colorful parasols and lawn chairs of an English picnic.”

Promo-speak aside, what Nissan is trying to say is that it is trying hard to emphasize the importance of clean and modern interior design. It remains unclear whether Nissan plans Conran touches for its entire lineup.
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