Category Archives: Nissan

Venucia Viwa EV Concept: Shanghai Motor Show in Pics

officials of dongfeng nissan on stage with venucia viwa

Venucia, Dongfeng-Nissan’s local brand, brought four models to Shanghai: R50 (a re-badged Nissan Tiida/Versa), D50 (a notchback version of Nissan Tiida), E30 (a re-badged Nissan Leaf), and the Viwa pure-electric concept. The last-mentioned was launched on April 20 as a key part of the "V-Blue Strategy," Venucia’s plan to develop and promote a green product […]

GAC Gonow’s New Van: Another Clone of Nissan NV200?

gonow copycat car nissan nv200

Fuel-efficient, comfortable, and spacious inside, the Nissan NV200 has earned worldwide admiration. In China, its followers are many, among both consumers and carmakers. BYD, Brilliance, SGMW all have been exposed copying the popular CDV. Last year, we also saw images, from a file of patent application, of a lookalike from the lesser-known Gonow Auto, a […]

Nissan Teana Drops V6 Engines

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The revamped Teana from Dongfeng-Nissan hit the market on Monday in a price range of 177,800-244,800 Yuan. The Chinese variant of the Altima sedan abandoned two V6 engines, the VQ25DE 2.5L and VQ35DE 3.5L, opting for the 2.0L and 2.5L L4. With more efficient powertrains and a lowered price range, the mid-size effectively withdraws from […]

Nissan Leaf Taxi Service Launched in Dalian, Preparing for Local EV Production

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Five Nissan Leafs began serving passengers in the city of Dalian on Monday in a pilot program designed to support a plan for local production of the pure electric. According to an agreement signed last year between the Dalian government and Dongfeng-Nissan, the electric taxi fleet will be expanded to 1,000 units in the coming […]

Venucia E30, A Re-badged Nissan Leaf, Makes Its Debut: 2012 Guangzhou Auto Show in Pics (3)

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The joint venture of Dongfeng-Nissan unwrapped today Venucia E30, a re-badged Nissan Leaf. The production version of the Venucia E-Concept showcased earlier this year, the E30 won’t be released until 2015. Sharing all essential features with the Leaf, the Venucia EV has a 2700mm wheelbase and is 4488mm long, 1770mm wide, and 1550mm high. Venucia […]

Dongfeng-Nissan Paid for J.D. Power Rating?


Xinhua exposed on Wednesday two internal documents from Dongfeng-Nissan billing one of its dealers for J.D. Power (JDP) surveys, setting off speculation that the joint venture had tried to influence the Customer Service Index (CSI) study with money. Entitled "Inter-communication sheet" and addressed to the same Nissan dealership in Suzhou, the two documents sent a […]

Renault Has Applied to Build Vehicle Plant in China

Renault COO Carlos Tavares told the media at the Paris Motor Show that the French carmaker had applied to create a vehicle production capacity in the world’s largest auto market. The requests "were made at the beginning of September to Chinese authorities to grant us manufacturing licences," he said. "We hope that by the end […]

Nissan March to Be Rebadged as Venucia R30

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The March supermini, called Micra in Europe, is Nissan’s biggest flop in China. For most Chinese, it is neither practical nor fashionable, an oddity in the Nissan product line. Responding to low local demand, Dongfeng-Nissan has mostly halted production of it in recent months, and decided lately to re-launch it in near future under the […]

Nissan Leaf Joins Shanghai EV Demonstration Program

nissan leaf in shanghai china

Misaki Masami, Vice General Manager of Nissan China, handed the key of a Nissan Leaf to officials of Shanghai International Automobile City (SIAC) on August 21, offering free test rides of the all-electric to the public in a designated EV demonstration zone. In the pilot program operated in Anting in the Jiading district of Shanghai, […]

Zhengzhou Nissan NV200 Will Get CVT

zhengzhou nissan nv200

Zhengzhou Nissan, the LCV division of Dongfeng Nissan, plans to launch CVT versions of the NV200 in 2013, hoping to boost its share of the MPV market. Launched in June 2010, the Chinese-made NV200 is currently available in six 1.6L trim levels, all equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Sharing platform with Dongfeng Nissan Tiida […]

Venucia E-Concept, Re-badged Nissan Leaf: Beijing Auto Show in Pictures (2)

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As the Chinese government demands Sino-foreign joint ventures to be more localized and increase sales of alternative fuel vehicles, Dongfeng Nissan has decided to introduce the all-electric Leaf under the Venucia brand, which was launched in 2010 specifically for the Chinese market. Venucia showcases two models at the Beijing auto show: the D50, a sedan […]

BYD Models the C6 Van on Nissan NV200


To break into the commercial vehicle market, BYD Auto has been developing two light vans, coded C3 and C6, since 2009. While the C3 microvan, which is to be released later this year, has been exposed testing several times, the C6 remains elusive–we have yet to see any rendering or photos of it. When we […]