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The new Nissan Pulsar – brings technology and sector-leading space to the C-segment


Nissan’s passion for innovation and technology has seen it transform the family car landscape over the course of the last seven years. Now, using the same design approach and original thinking that produced the Qashqai, X-Trail and Note, Nissan is expanding its product portfolio once more with an exciting all-new family hatchback challenger – the Pulsar.  


Combining bold design, technical innovations and interior space, the new Pulsar brings a new dimension to the C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.   The Pulsar’s introduction highlights Nissan’s ambition and to deliver intelligent design and technical innovations to a wider audience.  


As Nissan drivers have come to expect, the new Pulsar is packed with a range of accessible and useful technologies designed to make drivers feel more confident and comfortable. Nissan’s reputation for introducing new-to-sector technologies has been strengthened with a wide number of features usually reserved for premium or luxury models.  


Nissan’s advanced Safety Shield – a suite of systems and technologies that combine to offer a fully comprehensive ‘safety net’ for drivers – is also fully integrated into the Pulsar’s design.    This advanced network of usable yet highly advanced technologies help drivers to fully enjoy the potential of the new Pulsar with complete confidence. Among the systems offered in the new Pulsar are Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning. Nissan’s ongoing drive to deliver sector-first technologies mean that the Pulsar is the only car in its sector to offer Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Blind Spot Warning as standard on at least one model in the range.  


The Pulsar also features Nissan’s second-generation NissanConnect system – that comes with a range of innovative features including full smartphone integration, Google® Send-to-Car and access to a wide variety of useful and informative apps.    


Another advanced technology integrated into the Pulsar’s design are LED headlamps. First introduced to the Nissan range on the Qashqai and X-Trail, the Pulsar’s distinctive LED front lights produce a crisp, white light and have the added advantage of using 50 per cent less power than conventional bulbs.   In keeping with Nissan’s approach to innovation and reduced costs for owners, the Pulsar’s engine all-turbocharged engine range delivers the perfect combination of performance and efficiency. The 1.2-litre DIG-T petrol unit punches above its weight with an output of 115PS, while the 1.5-litre dCi generates 110PS and 260Nm of torque. An even more powerful 190PS 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine will join the range early in 2015.  


Continuing Nissan’s successful downsizing philosophy, the new Pulsar’s engines are high on performance and low on emissions, with CO2 outputs below 95g/km*. The Pulsar is also offered with Nissan’s advanced XTronic automatic transmission. Engineered to deliver the best of both worlds for drivers it features ultra-smooth power delivery at low engine speeds and positive, direct shifts under heavier loads.  


Thanks to the longest wheelbase in the class (2,700mm) and clever packaging, the Pulsar offers considerably more rear legroom and shoulder room than its sector rivals. Indeed, with 692mm of rear kneeroom, the Pulsar is more spacious than many D-segment offerings. Yet despite this it retains a compact footprint (length 4,385mm), making it easy to park in tight urban environments.   Instantly recognisable thanks to its trademark Nissan V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped lighting signature with bold and energetic curves on the body side, the Pulsar was designed and engineered for Europe and will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona production facility.  


Embedded with the same design DNA that gives the Qashqai and X-Trail such powerful road presence, the Pulsar combines strong lines with immaculate detailing to create an elegant, athletic form. Like its crossover stablemates, the Pulsar is characterised by bold wheel volumes, a tapered waistline and a flowing profile.   The confident, premium approach continues inside, where high quality materials and clear design are perfectly integrated with Pulsar’s unusually high equipment levels.



Mazda6 wins again at the 2014 Fleet Car Awards


For the second year in a row, Mazda6 has scooped the top award at the annual Fleet Car Awards. The sixth generation Mazda flagship model beat tough competition in the D segment category including; Hyundai i40, Opel Insignia, Peugeot 508, Toyota Avensis and Ford Mondeo.


Not alone was Mazda6 crowned winner in the D segment category but the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 Tourer and CX-5 were also shortlisted for C segment, Estate and Crossover categories respectively. Tony Howarth, Mazda Motor Ireland Managing Director, was delighted to collect the award on behalf of the innovative automaker at yesterday’s (12th May 2014) glittering awards presentation at the Carton House Hotel, Maynooth, County Kildare. is Ireland’s most comprehensive used-car history resource, specialising in vehicle data and intelligence. The panel of nine motoring experts put each of the shortlisted cars through their paces at a two-day review at Carton House. The judges marked the vehicles on a range of criteria, including driving performance and fuel economy, quality feel and finish, equipment levels, residual values and aftersales packages. Explaining their selection of the sixth generation Mazda6 as segment winner once again, the expert adjudication panel said some of the key factors in crowning the Mazda6 winner once again were its “exciting driveability and dynamic looks together with driver comfort and an ultra-efficient drivetrain”.


Tony Howarth added: “The Mazda6 is the perfect blend of style, driving dynamics and efficiency, three attributes which are of utmost important to fleet buyers and operators. We’re proud even to be shortlisted for the prestigious Fleet Car awards; it underlines the industry’s trust in the quality, reliability and desirability of our products.”


The Mazda6 was also recently awarded ‘Best Family Car’ at the Irish Car of the Year awards 2014, voted for by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), as well as being crowned ‘Best large family car’ by Winning this award for a second year in a row was yet another accolade for the flagship Mazda model which has won over 200 awards globally to date.


The Mazda6 2.2D 150PS Executive model is affordably priced from €29,495 (from €365 per month via Mazda Choices Finance package) and offers a high level of specification with 17” alloy wheels, a Multimedia system featuring a 5.8” touch screen display, Bluetooth with voice control, cruise control, fog lights and start/stop functionality to name just some of the features. With CO2 emissions from just 104g/km and combined fuel consumption from 3.9L/100KM (annual road tax from €190), it is also one of the most efficient yet powerful models in its class



Nissan’s Second 100% Electric Vehicle Starts Production


Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle – the e-NV200 – which will be available as both a passenger vehicle and light commercial van.


The ceremony was attended by Spanish Ministry of Industry, José Manuel Soria, Catalan President, Artur Mas; and the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, who were welcomed by Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer, Andy Palmer.


The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for this ground-breaking zero-emission vehicle, which will be available as a light commercial van, passenger vehicle and electric taxi. Representing an investment of €100 million in Nissan’s Barcelona Plant, as part of a wider €431 million investment in its Spanish operations, the e-NV200 will initially be exported to around 20 international markets, including Japan. Just as with the Nissan LEAF introduction, the number of markets will grow after the initial launch, to continue the company’s sustained electric vehicle expansion.


Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer hosted the VIP guests at the event, adding: “This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle. This is at a time when EV’s are now recognized as mainstream technology, many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV and where Nissan has clear first mover advantage. We’re proud that the Nissan LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with more than 110,000 delighted customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV.”


Barcelona will be the first city in the world to introduce the e-NV200 as a 100% electric taxi, an initiative Palmer believes is vital for the city, continuing: “This e-NV200 taxi has renewed significance in the wake of record levels of air pollution in London and Paris. Bringing a significant number of zero emission vehicles to Barcelona’s streets will ensure cleaner air for every citizen, visitor and tourist, and we’re confident that forward-thinking councils everywhere will be clamoring to bring these benefits to their municipalities in the coming years.”


For the Mayor of Barcelona, the start of production of new all-electric van and the partnership between Nissan and Barcelona “is part of a strategy in Barcelona and its metropolitan area in order to consolidate Barcelona as the centre of a new urban economy model, based on innovation, technology and sustainability. In our city, we are strategically targeting sectors that are essential for the future, and electric vehicles are one of them.Furthermore, we are working to generate wealth in our city, strengthening our economy and the industrial sector; thus making a very important step ahead that will improve the quality of life for residents”.


Frank Torres, managing director and vice president of Nissan Spain Industrial Operations said: “Barcelona has the honour of producing Nissan’s second 100% electric vehicle, and this is a result of many years of hard work and quality improvements from the team here. This will be only the second time we have produced a model in Spain for export back to Nissan’s home market in Japan and that is a fantastic achievement by my colleagues at the plant.”


Barcelona is the only Nissan plant in the world producing the electric version of e-NV200, which means that it will be exported to all over the world, Japan included. The first vehicles exported to these markets will set sail in June. 



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