Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country

Nissan To Host Electric Vehicle (EV) Information Events

Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country
Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles across its dealer network

Nissan will host a series of information events across its Irish dealer network to provide car buyers and local businesses with everything they need to know to make the switch to zero emissions EV driving.

Sales of electric vehicles are now at a record high in Ireland with sales up 308% to 1,731 units so far this year. Nissan has organised the Nissan Electric Dealer Event between June 4th to 16th .

“We are at an inflection point for EV sales and motorists clearly understand the environmental benefits of switching to EV driving, although the decision to switch often comes with many questions around cost savings, battery life, range and charging,” explained Neil O’Sullivan, Head of Sales and Business Development at Nissan Ireland.

“We have organised The Nissan Electric Dealer Event across our dealer network to share our expertise as EV pioneers and to provide customers with a wider opportunity to meet their local Nissan dealer, to put any and all questions that they may have about driving electric to them and to test drive the 100% electric Nissan LEAF,” he added.

Nissan’s EV experts will be on hand to explain the Government incentives that are currently available to EV drivers, including the SEAI purchase grant of €5,000, the additional €7,000 SEAI grant for taxi drivers, reduced road tolls and the convenience of free on-street parking.

In addition, business owners can find out about the introduction of 0% BIK, accelerated capital allowances and other advantages of switching to an electric vehicle.


The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment

Nissan Ireland Pioneers Move To Online New Car Sales

The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment
The Nissan Leaf

Nissan has become the first car distributor in Ireland to make it possible for consumers to buy their passenger car range online.

Nissan relaunched the www.nissan.ie website this week and it now
features a “Buy Now” button which enables motorists to buy any new Nissan car
whenever and from wherever they choose, including from the comfort of their
home.

The new feature is designed for Irish car buyers who have already made up their mind on which new car to buy and who want to complete the sales process online.

The move comes after Nissan successfully trialled the online sales model with the 2018 launch of the 40kWh zero emissions Nissan LEAF. Over 200 customers put down online deposits for the car without visiting a showroom to see or test drive the car, while 2,500 online users registered their interest in the car.

“We were selling the car before it hit the showroom floor.
It proved how the market has changed and we have built upon that. We are
expecting a similar experience ahead of the launch of the new 62kWh Nissan LEAF
in June and we are certain that customers will fully embrace the option to buy
from the full range of Nissan cars online,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan
Ireland.

“Buying a new Nissan is now only a click away. Car
buyers are already researching which car to buy online and can now take the
next step and buy any new Nissan passenger car from any location at www.nissan.ie,” he
explained.

Online payment is processed through Stripe and car buyers
are only required to pay a fully refundable deposit of €200 once they have
selected the specification and the model of the new Nissan passenger car that
they want to buy.

"That is enough to secure their new car online and to automatically place an order with their nearest Nissan dealer. Online buyers can also use the new website to book a test drive and to complete a finance application before engaging with their local Nissan dealer to complete the process of securing finance approval for their new Nissan," said Mr. McCarthy. 

The new online initiative is also designed to ensure
that Nissan dealers remain at the heart of the sales process, utilising their
experience and expertise in providing customers with excellent sales, delivery
and after sales service.

“We are providing Nissan customers with the best of
both worlds. Digital is re-shaping the future of car sales and the car showroom
and we are moving with the times,” said Mr. McCarthy.

“Most buyers conduct their online research during
their free time in the evenings. The ‘Book a Test-Drive’, ‘Buy Now’ and finance
application harness the convenience of online to provide a welcome solution for
customers and dealers alike,” he added.


The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin's Q102 FM Switches To The Nissan Leaf

The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!
The Blue Crew will be using a fleet of electric Nissan Leafs!

Dublin’ Q102 is going green by becoming the first radio station in the city to make the switch to driving the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Listeners to the popular radio station are amongst the most environmentally conscious and the decision to go all electric demonstrates Q102’s determination to lead by example when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

The station has taken delivery of three new Nissan LEAFs and all three cars will be used by its Blue Crew, who are a familiar sight on the streets of the city.

“I am delighted to partner with Nissan for Q102’s new street fleet. The zero emissions Nissan LEAF is a perfect fit, reflecting our commitment and that of our listeners to reduce carbon emissions and to protect our environment for future generations,” said Margaret Nelson, Dublin Q102’s Station Director.

“Our typical Q102 listener is a mother of two who values the importance of protecting the environment and who aspires to create a greener and cleaner world for her children. The Nissan LEAF is such a perfect fit for anyone who wants to contribute to achieving that goal,” she added.

With a range of over 300 kilometres on a single charge the Nissan LEAF is set to greatly reduce the radio station’s carbon footprint while also saving it up to €6,000 a year in car running costs. 

Nissan has applauded Q102 for its green credentials and for making the switch to zero emissions driving.

“The Nissan LEAF is the world and Ireland’s best-selling EV. The Q102 Blue Crew travel the length and breadth of the city each day and we are delighted that they will now do so in the 100% electric, zero emissions Nissan LEAF,” said Jeanne McGann, Marketing and Communications Director at Nissan Ireland.

“Q102 is to be applauded for leading by example and for taking such a positive step to reduce its own carbon footprint. Their decision to drive Nissan LEAF is certain to inspire listeners to make the switch to 100% electric driving and to join Q102 in doing all they can to protect our environment and to help create a greener Dublin,” she added.

“The Nissan LEAF is an ideal city car with its ePedal function making it easy to start, accelerate, brake and to bring the car to a stop with the throttle pedal.  We are certain that the Blue Crew will enjoy all that it has to offer and that their new EVs will receive even more attention as they make their way to events throughout the city”.


2018 Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai Is Ireland's Bestselling Car So Far In 2018

2018 Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is Ireland's bestselling car!

The Nissan Qashqai was Ireland’s bestselling car for the first six months of 2018 with 3,045 sales registered. It was also the bestselling car in its segment.

The Nisan Qashqai has been very popular in Ireland since its launch back in 2007 with over 50,000 units sold here.

According to Nissan Ireland, it's the choice of petrol engines that is available across the Qashqai range that is driving demand for the car. There has been a 63% year-on-year increase in new Qashqai petrol car sales, as the trend of drivers switching back to petrol continues.

The Nissan Qashqai was updated in 2017. You can read my review of the Qashqai 1.2-litre Petrol here.


The 2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf 40kWh Review

The 2018 Nissan Leaf
The 2018 Nissan Leaf

Caroline drives the 2018 Nissan Leaf.

Since its launch in Europe in 2011, the Nissan Leaf has done a lot to make electric vehicles more mainstream. The Leaf’s blend of compact, practical size, affordable pricing and zero emissions, all-electric powertrain has made it the most ubiquitous electric vehicle on Irish roads.

With the second generation of the new Nissan Leaf launched on the Irish market earlier in 2018, Nissan looks set to continue its strong position as a maker of smart electric vehicles for the masses.

Priced from €26,290 (including the €5,000 Government grant for electric vehicles), the 2018 Nissan Leaf offers a significant update over the previous model with new styling, more technology and a higher capacity 40kWh battery.

How far will the new Nissan Leaf get me on a full charge?

The range has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres on the NEDC cycle, which translates to between 250 and 270km in real world terms on 100% battery power. In my experience of driving the car, this makes the Nissan Leaf very convenient in day-to-day driving. Nissan Ireland cites that most buyers will make use of overnight home charging, so having 250km of range each day means a lot of anxiety-free driving.

The new Nissan Leaf now has more power and more range!
The new Nissan Leaf now has more power and more range!

It looks better too

The styling of the new Nissan Leaf is much cooler and more conventional than the outgoing model. The Leaf sports its own version of Nissan's 'V-motion' grille that sits well with the other cars in the Nissan range like the Micra, Pulsar and Qashqai. The grille has a blue colour, which is a new signature feature for Nissan’s electric vehicles. The floating roof and sleek headlamps add more style to what is a good-looking car.

Inside there is a new interior with smart soft touch materials, signature blue stitching and new switchgear. There is a touchscreen for infotainment on all but the entry model with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This system also gives information on active charging, eco-routing, driving range, and nearby charging stations. The driver information screen shows data on the EV system like range and battery power.

Being a five door hatchback, the Nissan Leaf is also a practical electric vehicle. The rear bench will seat three and the boot has a capacity of 435 litres.

Standard equipment includes air con, cruise control, Nissan Intelligent Key, push button start, lane departure warning, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, intelligent lane intervention, cross traffic alert and high-beam assist.

The interior of the new Nissan Leaf
The interior of the new Nissan Leaf

There’s also a 6.6 kW on-board charger and 50kW ChaDeMo rapid charge port as standard, the latter which can give an 80% charge in as little as 40 minutes!

There are other trim levels for the 2018 Nissan Leaf including SV from €28,690, SV Premium from €29,940 and SVE from €32,600.

The model tested was SVE Premium and it has a very impressive list of equipment including a BOSE stereo, parking aids, leather heated front and rear seats, full LED intelligent auto headlights and the ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system.

What's the Nissan Leaf like to drive?

On the road the Nissan Leaf is nippy – power is now up to 150hp – and refined and comfortable across a variety of roads. You soon adjust to this silent motoring and the ritual of plugging in the car at charging stations for a top up where convenient. The Nissan e-Pedal is now a standard feature in the new Leaf and allows the driver to start from a standstill, accelerate, brake and even bring the car to a stop using just the throttle pedal. It’s very useful in traffic and intuitive to use.

The new Nissan Leaf range starts from €26,290 in Ireland
The new Nissan Leaf range starts from €26,290 in Ireland

Driving dynamics have been improved and while the Leaf could not be described as a sporty drive, it does handle itself confidently through corners.

Nissan has obvious expertise in building electric cars with mainstream appeal and pricing, and the new Leaf is the embodiment of that. This is a well-rounded electric vehicle that offers good accommodation in a smart conventional package, yet under the skin the Leaf's electric powertrain is anything but conventional! With more power and more range, there’s never been a better time to check out the new Nissan Leaf.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan Leaf 40kWh SVE Premium
Price: 
€32,600 (Available from €26,290)
Power: 
150hp
Torque: 320Nm
0-100km/h: 
7.9 seconds
Top speed: 144km/h
CO2 emissions:  
0g/km
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


Nissan Leaf

Irish Pricing For New 2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf will arrive in Ireland in March 2018, priced from €26,290 for the entry grade XE.

Pricing includes the €5,000 Government Grant for electric vehicles.

SV models are available from €28,690, Launch Edition from €29,590, SV Premium from €29,940 and SVE from €32,600.

What's new for the 2018 Nissan Leaf?

The new Nissan Leaf offers a significant update over the previous model with new styling, more technology and a higher capacity 40kwh battery.

The range has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres on the NEDC cycle.

Power is up by 38% to 150hp compared to the outgoing model.

Nissan e-Pedal is a standard feature. The e-Pedal allows the driver to start from a standstill, accelerate, brake and even bring the car to a stop using just the throttle pedal.

Standard safety features include lane departure warning, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, intelligent lane intervention, cross traffic alert and high-beam assist.

The entry model also comes with Nissan Intelligent Key and push button start, 6.6 kW on-board charger and 50kW ChaDeMo rapid charge port as standard.

The Nissan Leaf SV adds Nissan Connect EV 7" touchscreen telematics system. It includes active charging, eco-routing, driving range, and nearby charging stations. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available as standard on SV.

SV Premium adds features such as heated seats, around-view monitor, electric folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, moving object detection and 17” alloy wheels. There's also the option of ProPILOT.

We're told by Nissan Ireland that the launch edition is sold out. For the record these models feature ProPILOT, a driver assistance technology designed for motorway use in single-lane traffic. It helps the driver in heavy motorway traffic and long commutes due to steering assist, acceleration and braking.

Finally, top of the range SVE grade includes ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system and Bose premium audio with 7 speakers. There's also leather heated front and rear seats on this model, and full LED intelligent auto headlights.

For more information visit www.nissan.ie


Trainee Nissan apprentices learning about electric vehicle technology as part of the Nissan Apprentice Academy

Nissan Apprentice Academy Introduces Electric Vehicle Technology Training

The Nissan Apprentice Academy was established in 2015 to develop the ‘technicians of tomorrow’.

Recently, Nissan Ireland included all Apprentice Academy delegates on their introduction to Electric Vehicle technology training.

Allowing younger apprentices to attend this type of training offers the next generation of Nissan technicians the opportunity to work with the newest and most advanced motoring technologies early in their career in the motor industry.

With the Nissan “Intelligent Mobility” systems becoming standard across the range, from the “Safety Shield” systems to the more advanced systems such as e-Pedal, Pro Pilot and Pro Pilot Park, Nissan recognises the importance of educating these Academy Apprentices on the latest technologies to ensure they have a foundation of knowledge on what to expect for the future.

Applications for the 2018 Nissan Academy Apprentice Program will open in the summer.

For more information visit: https://www.nissan.ie/experience-nissan/apprentice-academy.html


Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Ireland 181 Pre-Sales Reveal More Customers Choosing Petrol

Nissan has revealed 2018 pre-sales figures to the Irish motoring media that show that Irish motorists are switching to petrol cars at a much faster rate than the car industry or market analysts predicted.

The number of new car buyers who have opted to buy the petrol version of the Nissan Qashqai has increased from 29% in 2017 to 54% for 2018.

The numbers buying the diesel model have fallen from 71% to 46%.

At a press briefing James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan Ireland, pointed out that the Nissan Qashqai is a good barometer of what is happening in the market because it's a high volume seller and customers have a choice of petrol or diesel when buying a new Qashqai.

“Our 181 pre-sales figures have swung in favour of petrol for the first time, heralding a return towards the natural market position of 70:30 that existed in 2007.”

“The rate of change is far more accelerated than predicted and the trend from our 181 pre-sales figures provides very real evidence that the split between petrol and diesel car sales is well on track to being close to equal by the end of next year,” he added.

McCarthy said that drivers are taking a much harder look at their mileage and whether the cost benefits of running a diesel car will be ultimately outweighed by the higher entry costs of owning a diesel car and potential lower residual values.

Nissan Ireland is also predicting that cumulative electric vehicle (EV) sales will increase from 3,500 to 14,000 units by 2020. McCarthy said that the Government’s target of having 20,000 EVs on Irish roads by that time can be achieved, but only with significant investment in the country’s EV re-charging infrastructure.

Nissan is Ireland's bestselling car brand of petrol cars with over 4800 new petrol cars sold by the brand in 2017.

Caroline Kidd


2017 Nissan Micra review ireland

Nissan Micra 0.9-litre Review

The Nissan Micra has always been a dependable small car that has endeared itself well to the Irish public, but it’s never been desirable among the young and trendy.

For sure a lot of young drivers have started off in a Nissan Micra, but that was probably more about convenience and affordability than any great grá for the diminutive supermini from Japan.

The thing with the Micra is that at least in this part of the world, it’s always been viewed as a bit elderly, like shopping trolleys with wheels and fleece bed jackets.

Now Nissan has completely changed the design to launch generation 5 of the Micra and it’s been designed with Europe as a target and ‘styled to turn heads’.

The new Nissan Micra is sporty with presence derived from an angular and aggressive design that is light years away from previous models. The 2017 Nissan Micra’s transformation is nothing short of dramatic, but this is now one of the coolest looking superminis around. I can’t believe I’m writing this.

2017 Nissan Micra review ireland
The interior of the new Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra always had quite an exotic colour palette and there is a range of ten colours to choose from including the ‘much better than in photos’ Energy Orange of my test car. Customisation is also a feature and there are two styling packs in four different colours to inject more attitude into your Micra.

Inside, the interior of the Micra has been thoroughly modernised and there is a good mix of materials to break up the drab grey plastic look bestowed to some rivals. Hard plastics feature but the car feels more upmarket than cheap. If you avoid the base model, there is a 7” display audio system in the centre of the dash, while the top two trims have Nissan Connect infotainment integrating a 7” touchscreen.

In terms of interior space, the new Nissan Micra is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor so roomier inside. It will carry four adult passengers in reasonable comfort, though the rear is noticeably dark because of the high window line and headroom is not overly generous back there either. At 300 litres, the boot is a good size for a supermini though the load lip is high.

2017 Nissan Micra review ireland
The new Nissan Micra has a radical new design and is much better to drive now too

Standard specification on entry XE models includes LED daytime running lights, electric door mirrors and front windows, Hill Start Assist, and air con. It’s worth upgrading to SV for 16-inch alloys, 7” display audio system, and cruise control. SV Premium adds leather steering wheel, privacy glass, front fog lamps, LED ambient lighting, auto air conditioning, rain sensors, and Nissan Connect. The top spec SVE trim adds 17-inch alloys, engine start button, rear view camera with rear parking sensors, BOSE Personal audio system with six speakers, and a Safety Pack including lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition.

In Ireland, the new Nissan Micra is offered with a 0.9 litre turbo petrol (90hp), a 1.0-litre petrol (71hp) and a 1.5-litre diesel (90hp). The range starts at a competitive €16,650 for the base 1.0-litre XE. Turbo petrol models start from €17,650, and diesels start from €18,650.

So what’s new Micra like on the road? First impressions are good in that new Micra is agile with a pleasant light feeling to the steering and a willingness to be tipped into corners without feeling like the whole thing might give up on the way to the retirement home. New Micra is not perfect: that light steering is great at low speeds around town but out on the twistier stuff, there is an inert feeling that misses a trick for a car that looks the business.

There is a firm edge to the suspension that’s not really an issue when driving around town but on the motorway leads to a restless feeling underneath you. Still, there is fun to be had in this new Micra especially with the 0.9-litre turbo petrol engine that has a lovely shove of torque low in the rev range making it super nippy around town. It can bop along with the best of them on the motorway too and overtaking requires a few gear changes but the turbo means you will never be left wanting once you learn where to have the revs in the right place.

2017 Nissan Micra review ireland
The Nissan Micra is available now in Ireland priced from €16,650

For those of us who buy cars with our eyes, the new Nissan Micra ticks all the right boxes for a stylish and desirable supermini. It’s hard not to be impressed by the brave new direction the Nissan Micra has taken. The Micra has undergone a radical transformation and now has all the assets it needs to be name checked among the titans of the supermini class. And no one need ever be embarrassed again to say they drive a Nissan Micra.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Nissan Micra 0.9 SVE
Price: 
€20,650 (Range starts at €16,650)
Engine: 0.9-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
90hp
Torque: 140Nm
0-100km/h:  
12.1 seconds
Top speed: 175km/h
Economy: 
61mpg
CO2 emissions:  
104g/km
Motor tax: 
€190 per year

If you are looking for a new supermini, you might also like this review of the Citroen C3.


2017 Nissan Qashqai

2017 Nissan Qashqai Arrives In Ireland

A revised Nissan Qashqai has arrived in Ireland, and the 2017 version of the popular crossover goes on sale priced from €26,070.

The Qashqai's SUV styling has been tweaked slightly with most noticeable changes being to the grille, front bumper and fog lamps.  The boomerang shaped daytime running lights are also new and the LED light motif has been extended across the whole lamp at the rear.

Inside there is a new D-shaped steering wheel and redesigned seats in cloth or leather.

There have been a few changes under the skin to improve comfort and driving performance including the addition of Active Return Control, which allows the steering wheel to return to centre more naturally, improving precision during driving.

There are also significant improvements to noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance in the new Qashqai.

Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Intelligent Park Assist with New Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Still Assist have been added to the Nissan Qashqai range for the first time.

The Qashqai will be available with ProPILOT, Nissan’s autonomous drive technology in 2018.

New Qashqai comes in four grades in Ireland: XE, SV, SV Premium and SVE.

The new Nissan Qashqai is in dealers now.

Caroline Kidd