Datsun coming back…just not here?

I know what Nissan is saying now but will Datsun eventually make it back to the US? Datsun is a great brand of the past which still has a loyal following so keep your eyes on this over the next decade.

From the Detroit Free Press:

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan’s revival of the Datsun name won’t include developed markets, CEO Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday, outlining a strategy to target the revamped brand at emerging nations where the biggest growth is expected for affordable, stylish vehicles.

The offerings will be tailored for each market, including price and engine size, targeting the burgeoning market of first-time car buyers in countries such as India, Indonesia and Russia, where Datsun will be introduced in 2014, he said.

Executives gave few details, including specifics of Datsun models they had in the works.

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Nissan Announces Project 370Z

Fans have been modifying Nissan’s Z car in garages around the world for going on 40 years. Now, Nissan is making it possible to modify a 370Z over the internet with their new Facebook campaign, and you don’t even need to own the car to participate.

“Project 370Z” works like this. Log onto facebook.com/nissanperformance. From there, vote for a variety of performance parts as they become available. Turbos, Superchargers, bigger brakes, or wings, the choices are all yours. The votes will then be tallied and the winning parts will be added to the car.

The final car will then be debuted at the annual Z car meeting “Z Dayz” event in North Carolina. You get all the rewards of customizing your own Z, and you don’t even get your hands dirty. Maybe the event will give you enough inspiration to modify your own Z car though.

  

2012 Nissan Pathfinder review on Bullz-Eye

The Nissan Pathfinder has been one of the mainstays in the SUV category for many years, so we were looking forward to testing the 2012 Pathfinder LE 4X4. The Brilliant Silver exterior paint looked nice and clean when we first took the test model, but that changed quickly during January while driving in the Midwest.

Exterior
There is no mistaking a Pathfinder on the road with its iconic exterior design and the combination of the unique combination of sophistication and rugged go-anywhere looks. The angled strut-style grille with her large headlamps lets you know the Pathfinder is coming well in advance. Our test model included fog lights, dual-power heated side-view mirrors, chrome-surround mesh grille, roof rails with crossbars, side-running boards and splash guards. We agree with Nissan that “a sweeping hood hints at the power underneath, while Pathfinder’s broad shoulder line, large integrated fender flares covering purposeful wheel and tire combinations and distinctive C-pillar with high-mounted rear door handles reinforce the distinctive Pathfinder appearance.”

Read the full review.

  

Nissan GTR Fans Unite

Do you like Nissan GTR’s? The Tokyo Auto Salon provided a GTR fan with a ton of tuner trends and some crazy fast race cars. There’s no doubt that the Nissan GTR is working it’s way into the hearts and minds of many car fans around the globe. Enjoy this awesome gallery!

From Auto Guide.com:

Love Nissan GT-Rs? Then you most certainly would love the Tokyo Auto Salon. Featuring the latest tuning trends and most amazing race cars, much of the content on the show floor was GT-R related this year – although to be honest, the show is GT-R heavy every year.

On display were plenty of modified GT-Rs from tuners like Kansai Service, JUN and even Tommy Kaira. And let’s not forget the race car content, with the outrageous Kondo Advan GT-R GT500 race car, as well as the Motul Autech GT-R (above), which won five of the eight races in Japan’s Super GT series last year.

Check out the full gallery.

  

20 Cars to Look for in 2012

With the New Year brings new sheet metal and Bullz-Eye has identified 20 Cars to Look for in 2012!

Dodge Dart
Following the daft Dodge Caliber, Dodge is looking to redeem itself in the small car segment with the Dart. The Dart also marks the first fruit of Chrysler’s merger with Fiat, because underneath the Dodge skin lies Italian bones. And not just any bones either, but the platform of the Alfa Romeo Guilietta. The Dart will be powered by a host of new engines and transmission choices, also supplied by Fiat. No hatchback version will be offered, unfortunately, but the Dart is shaping up to be a serious contender in the small car marketplace.

Check out the rest of the 20!

  

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