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Could Nissan BladeGlider and IDx Be the Future of Racing?

It’s no secret than Nissan has been focusing most of its research and development efforts on fuel economy, electric vehicles, and autonomous driving technologies, but don’t let that fool you. Nissan’s passion for race cars, motors sports and performance vehicles isn’t taking a backseat, either.

Besides the automaker’s focus on expanding their lineup of mass-market sedans and crossovers, Andy Palmer, Nissan EVP and head of product planning insists that the futuristic IDx and the BladeGlider are a part of Nissan’s midterm plan that extends into 2018.

“Does that guarantee absolutely that we’ll do the cars? It doesn’t,” he says in a recent Forbes article. “But basically, it’s in the plan. The technology exists, we know who the customer is, we’ve essentially laid out the R&D budget that allows it to happen. Now, basically, it’s about making the economics work.”

Race cars like the 370Z sports car and the GT-R are at the forefront of Nismo, but Palmer sees the importance of focusing more broadly, particularly when it comes to future performance models. Nissan’s aim continues to be the creation of performance cars that anyone can afford, and they hope to be at the forefront of changing the way we look at racing.

“Nissan’s mantra, brand position, whatever textbook expression you want to use, is ‘Innovation and excitement for everyone,’” Palmer says. “And it’s those three words basically that capture everything.”

Whether you are in the market for a performance car, an electric car, or a fuel-efficient car, Blackburn Nissan can help you find the right fit. Stop by today!

New Nissan Versa Note Nismo Adds Some Pep to the Little Car Lineup

Nissan Versa Note Nismo
2015 Nissan Versa Note SR

If you’re a fan of either small cars, super fast cars, or perhaps even both, you’re in for a treat with the new Nissan Versa Note Nismo. The Versa Note Nismo, the latest in the Nissan lineup to receive the special and souped-up Nismo treatment, brings some much-needed extra power to the Versa Note’s small segment. The Versa Note Nismo will make its first appearance this fall in Japan, where both a Nismo and Nismo S version will premiere.

According to Jalopnik, the new “package includes upgraded tires, custom sports seats or optional Recaros, a new aero and appearance package,” and so on. While no exact powertrain or performance specs have been released just yet, we’ve already seen what a red-striped Versa Note looks like—and it’s hot. So hot, in fact, that it just has to be fast—nothing less would be acceptable.

Of course, after seeing what a Nismo upgrade did to vehicles like the Juke and the Sentra, we’re not worried about performance here at Blackburn Nissan. We just want to make sure we get a chance to see this baby in our own showrooms some day. There are no plans to bring it to the U.S. right now, so start getting your appeals written right now! Come see us at Blackburn if you need any help with the wording—or if you just want to check out some awesome Nissan vehicles.