Nissan GT-R could get race tech before going hybrid

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Nissan will add the mighty GT-R to its range of electrified cars, if a rumor coming out of Japan is accurate. It will drag the coupe into hybrid territory before consigning it to the automotive attic about halfway through the 2020s.

Electrifying the GT-R is challenging, because the model was launched in 2007 and not developed with gasoline-electric (or pure electric) technology in mind. Making it a hybrid is a must, however. Japanese magazine Best Car learned the firm isn’t worried about its fleet-wide CO2 emissions, it sells enough EVs to avoid hefty fines, but it needs to make sure the GT-R complies with strict new noise regulations coming into effect in the coming years.

In other words, the GT-R needs to go hybrid or (loudly) retire, and Nissan wants to keep it around for at least a few more years. It will give the

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Fire at Renesas chip plant will cause problems for Toyota, Honda and Nissan

TOKYO — Toyota, Nissan, Honda and other Japanese automakers scrambled on Monday to assess the production impact of a fire at a Renesas Electronics automotive chip plant on Friday that could aggravate a global semiconductor shortage.

“We are gathering information and trying to see if this will affect us or not,” a Honda spokesman said. Other carmakers including Toyota and Nissan said they too were assessing the situation.

The effect on automakers could spread beyond Japan to other car companies in Europe and the United States because Renesas has around a 30% global share of microcontroller unit chips used in cars.

Renesas said it will take at least a month to restart production on a 300mm wafer line at its Naka plant in northeast Japan after an electrical fault caused machinery to catch fire on Friday and poured smoke into the sensitive clean room.

Two-thirds of production at

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2023 Porsche Cayenne, 2022 Nissan Frontier, Apple car: Today’s Car News

A prototype for an updated version of the Porsche Cayenne has been spotted. It looks like the popular performance SUV is about to take on a whole new look.

Another vehicle that has taken on a new look is the Nissan Frontier. The mid-size pickup truck has been redesigned but still shares a lot mechanically with its predecessor.

Apple is thought to be working on a self-driving electric vehicle, and the tech giant may just end up tapping Hyundai Motor Group to build it. The latest rumors point to the vehicle being a driverless shuttle or delivery van.

You’ll find these stories and more in today’s car news, right here at Motor Authority.

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2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-X and Pro-4X: Features, Design, and Details

You’ve got a first look at Nissan’s new 2022 Frontier, which takes the powertrain just introduced in the twilight days of the current truck and wraps it in some very striking new sheet metal. And while the return of the Pro-4X trim—an off-road-oriented trim level that doesn’t skimp on convenience and style aspects—is no surprise, the appearance of the two-wheel-drive Pro-X is.

We’re going to dive into the details we have on these two models, and as more emerge we’ll update this post.

2022 Nissan Frontier Pro-X: Prerunner Style

You might remember the Toyota Tacoma PreRunner, which incorporated some of the features of the four-wheel-drive Tacoma (like six-lug axles, raised suspension, and even a TRD Off-Road package with a rear locker). It offered some extra clearance and capability, without the weight or complexity of the four-wheel-drive system, and was perfectly suited for some light off-road recon—exactly what prerunners are used

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