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Old 01-10-2020, 10:32 AM   #26
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AWD Leaf. You had me at hello.
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AWD Leaf. You had me at hello.
wish the production model was going to be a hatch and not a CUV though.
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Old 01-10-2020, 10:56 AM   #28
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I'd like to see an AWD Leaf and an CUV so the platform benefits from the sales.
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Old 01-10-2020, 01:52 PM   #29
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Interesting. Would much rather see this as a car, as noted above, but I totally understand making their first awd EV a CUV. The average consumer thinks that you need to buy a CUV in order to get awd, I can't even count the number of times average folks have been astounded that my wrx and R are awd.

I think there's little chance I'd go for something like this, but the chance isn't 0.
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:32 AM   #30
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Styling the 'Leaf SUV': Nissan design boss details bold Ariya concept

Giovanny Arroba gives us an in-depth tour of the precursor to Nissan's debut electric SUV

The Nissan Ariya concept previews the long-mooted ‘Leaf SUV’, which is expected to arrive by 2022. Revealed at the Tokyo motor show late last year, the Ariya was described by chief designer Giovanny Arroba as a “realistic vision of our future”. He added: “It’s not a blue-sky concept car, so everything there is tangible to bring to the market in the hopefully near future.”

Explaining that Nissan had pioneered the crossover segment, first with the Qashqai and then with the Juke, Arroba said: “We’ve always been on the cutting edge of introducing new segments. In this case, we wanted to have an electric crossover which is beautiful, functional and realistic for now.”

We discussed some highlights of the Ariya with Arroba below.

Brand name on tailgate, rather than logo



Nissan has followed its rivals by spelling its brand name across the tailgate rather than using its logo. The word is integrated into the horizontal light blade, which Arroba described as “very simple yet very iconic”. Expect to see it on a Nissan production car soon.



The Ariya’s roomy interior is thanks to Nissan’s new EVP platform; for example, it has allowed the air-con unit to be moved from in the centre console to under the bonnet. It’s a dramatic step up from the Leaf, but Arroba said none of it is unattainable for production. While there’s a glass panel that leads from the digital instruments to the touchscreen, switches and haptic touch-sensitive icons remain.“Everything we have done is for approachability,” said Arroba.

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The Ariya represents a new design direction for Nissan overall. Arroba explained: “The front is a vision of our brand identity electrified. We have super-thin LED projector headlamps and there’s no traditional grille; instead, we have a shield that packages radar and cameras. We want to represent electric as beautiful. We don’t want to, through certain shapes or form, say ‘hey look!’. It’s not meant to walk into a room blaring to be different.”

21in wheels

Arroba admits that the 21in wheels are there for design purposes so are unlikely to make production. “We wanted to have a strong proportion and stance,” he said. However, the aerodynamic design could well make it to the final model. The five-spoke wheels have milled-and-machined lightweight alloys beneath and aerodynamic blades shielding the wheels and bolts to allow air to pass by without too much disruption.

Side mirrors, not cameras

One might expect to see rear-view cameras in place of side mirrors here, as is becoming common on the latest EVs, such as the Audi E-tron and Honda E. However, Arroba remains unconvinced. “We wanted to showcase a tangible reality that’s coming upon us quickly,” he said. “We didn’t want to showcase technology which isn’t fully regulated in all regions. I’ve experienced cars with camera mirrors and the usability isn’t as seamless as with a mirror.”
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What comforting mix of industrial design and plastics define you, as a person?
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Season 8 of Nissan: They're unceremoniously killing off Datsun, a beloved character from Season 1, and they expect us to believe that Ariya is now going to kill the ICE king? It should have been the AWD leaf...

(super timely pop culture reference as usual)
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Old 05-19-2020, 03:54 PM   #34
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'Ariya' sounds like saying 'wtf?' in Japanese.
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TOKYO – Nissan will unveil its Ariya electric crossover on July 15, CEO Makoto Uchida said at a contentious annual shareholders’ meeting on Monday where investors criticized everything from the automaker's handling of the Carlos Ghosn scandal to the compensation of its board members.

The production-version Ariya will debut with Nissan's latest ProPilot 2.0 hands-off automated driving system and a new all-electric powertrain, Uchida said. The vehicle will go on sale first in Japan before being introduced to overseas markets, he added.

The EV will eventually be available in the U.S., Europe and China.

The Ariya, which debuted as a concept at last autumn’s Tokyo Motor Show, is expected to be manufactured at Nissan’s Tochigi assembly plant, which is being converted to an EV factory. The Ariya will likely get Nissan’s new e-4ORCE all-wheel drive electric powertrain.

The ProPilot 2.0 system, introduced last year in Japan, allows hands-free auto-navigating highway driving from on-ramp to off-ramp. Nissan hasn’t detailed plans for deploying the 2.0 version to other markets. But it plans to introduce ProPilot systems in more than 20 models in 20 markets worldwide as part of its midterm business plan ending in March 31, 2024.

“The highlight of the new Ariya is the fusion of electrification and advanced driver-assist technologies that is expected to develop into self-driving cars in the future,” Uchida said. “We expect the all-new Ariya to play a key role as a brand driver and face of Nissan for the new era.”

The EV will help spearhead a renewal of Nissan’s global lineup, Uchida said. Nissan will introduce eight full-electric vehicles under midterm plan, and 12 new models globally in the next 18 months.

Nissan hosted a slimmed down version of its annual shareholders’ meeting, which usually draws thousands of people to a cavernous convention center in Yokohama.

This year, as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nissan allotted only 400 seats in its headquarters’ auditorium. Attendees were required to wear masks, and Nissan skipped the post-meeting lunch reception.

Last year, 2,814 people attended, and the meeting ran nearly three-and-a-half hours. Only 295 turned out for this year’s gathering on June 29, and the event lasted just under two hours.

Shareholders voiced discontent with a range of issues, from compensation and the revival plan to business to relations with partner Renault and the legacy of former chairman Ghosn.

Earlier this year, Nissan issued pay cuts to executives and scrubbed the year-end dividend to investors, as the company struggles to rebound from its first full-year net loss in 11 years.

But one shareholder criticized the board’s decision not to cut the compensation of outside, non-operational directors. Their pay stays the same. Keiko Ihara, the outside independent director who chairs the compensation committee, defended keeping their pay steady as way to separate the responsibility of those charged with executing the business plan and those who oversee it.

Another shareholder slammed French partner Renault, which owns 43.4 percent of Nissan, as deadweight in the alliance because French people “excel at art” but are “weak” in technology.

Other shareholders expressed veiled sympathies for Ghosn, or at least his management style.

One said Nissan still suffers from a credibility problem, more than a year after the arrest and ouster of Ghosn for alleged financial misconduct, because of the way the scandal was handled.

The attendee said Nissan still hasn’t shaken the impression that Ghosn’s arrest was a conspiracy between prosecutors and the Japanese government’s powerful Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “That’s the theory, which is understood as a convincing theory among the public.”

Another said that Nissan’s recovery from slumping sales and plunging profits has been too slow because the new management is fragmented, indecisive and uninspiring.

“What you need now is top-down strong leadership. You shouldn’t just spend time on democratic discussion. We need dictatorship,” the shareholder said. “Ironically, when Mr. Ghosn arrived at Nissan, in five or six years, he made it [recovery] a reality. That’s what Nissan needs.”

Uchida insisted that the midterm plan he unveiled in May plots a path to achievable recovering within four years. The plan calls for restoring operating profit margin to 5 percent and increasing global sales about 9 percent to 5.38 million vehicles for a 6 percent world market share.

“What we showed you, as a forecast, is the level that is feasible, achievable, a level that we can deliver,” Uchida said of the plan. “We are seeing better results, but it will take time.”
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Expect the Ariya to go on sale in the U.S. late next year, possibly as a 2022 model.
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