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2016 GT Academy – Highlights and Results

Our racers may not have bagged the championship, but it definitely was an eventful GT Academy run for Nissan Philippines.

If you hadn’t had the opportunity to keep abreast of what happened during the 2016 GT Academy, then you’ll certainly be glad you came across this article. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what went down during this year’s round of competitions.

First, the live events controversy…

After the first two live events of this year’s Nissan GT Academy (staged in SM MOA and Trinoma), Nissan Philippines got word that there were disparities in the lap times when compared to the results of the other live events held across the country.

So the company and Sony Interactive Entertainment Asia (SIEA), who supplied the test kits during the events, conducted an investigation and found that the only difference between those two events and the other live events is the type of PS4 used for the pods. In the first two live events, the test kits were used; in all other live events, standard PS4 consoles were used.

Nissan Philippines and SIEA then decided to invalidate the results of the first two live events and invited those who participated in them to set new lap times at another event where only standard PS4 consoles were used. Problem solved!

And our Top 6 were…

After the live recruitment events that were held in various locations all over the country, the top 20 players finally met each other and battled it out at the national finals last September. And when all the challenges and tests were done, the top 6 Filipino players for GT Academy 2016 were finally revealed. They are:

  • Elysse Menorca
  • Francisco Adriano IV
  • Jan Millard Lacuna
  • Kim Jigger Chong
  • Mervin John Mallen
  • Richard Dean Jose

The Philippines’ Top 6 finalists to the GT Academy

Their Silverstone Experience

On October 19, the Philippines team arrived at the Silverstone Racing Circuit in the United Kingdom for the third stage of the competition. This time, they had to battle it out with the best GT racers of Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, and Thailand.

Known as the Race Camp Week, this stage truly tested not only the respective teams’ driving skills, but also their mental agility, stamina, and strength. On the last day of the grueling week, October 26, Adriano IV and Jose raced against the top two drivers of the other teams in a 16-lap race.

Jose had the best performance among the Pinoy racers, but he was unable to topple the eventual winner, Mexico’s Johnny Guindi Hamui.

Johnny Guindi Hamui of Mexico is the 2016 Nissan GT Academy champion!

Johnny Guindi Hamui of Mexico is the 2016 Nissan GT Academy champion!

What’s Next?

We may have failed to bag the top prize this year, but if you think our GT Academy story ends there, think again. Filipinos have always been resilient, and we’re pretty sure that on the next round of competitions, our GT enthusiasts will be raring to go again!

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A Look into the Limited Edition Nissan Juke N-Sport

The Nissan Juke is one stylish sub-compact sport crossover.


But somehow, Nissan Philippines believes it may not be enough of a standout for some people. Hence, they are introducing a jazzed up version, which features both exterior and interior tweaks.

Read on for a quick run-down of the features of the new Nissan Juke N-Sport.


Enjoy the Sportier Exterior

The most obvious difference between the original Juke and the N-Sport version is the black racing stripes design found at the back of the car as well as on the hood. There are also added decals on the sides of the Juke N-Sport. These added visuals render a sportier look to the already attractive vehicle.

The latest version of the Juke also has a rear spoiler that perfectly complements the vehicle’s sloping roofline as well as silver under protector on the front and rear that completes the look. And as if you need further evidence that this is a different version of the car, it also features an “N-Sport” badge at the back. You may also notice that the vehicle has a new exhaust pipe.


Revel in the More Convenient Interior

Although there isn’t much of a difference in the interior of the two versions of the Juke, it is quite noticeable that the N-Sport has door plates that light up every time you open the vehicle’s door. And you’ll be sure to appreciate the new armrest center console, which not only makes the ride more comfortable, but also offers more storage space.


Where the car’s engine is concerned, the N-Sport is powered by the same 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine that churns out 116 horsepower and 154 Nm of torque. The engine is also mated to the same Nissan Xtronic CVT that is found in the original Juke.


How Much Do You Need to Shell Out?


Since the N-Sport version is being marketed as an “improved version” of the Nissan Juke, one would expect it to come with a heftier price tag than the original Juke, which sells for PHP 980,000. That expectation would indeed be on the money (pun intended), as the Juke N-Sport is priced at PHP 1,039,000

Is it worth the higher price?

We set out to answer that all-important question for you.


The Verdict


First off, allow us to give you fair warning.

Do not go to a Nissan dealer for a closer look at the vehicle unless you are prepared to be utterly mesmerized. We can’t quite put a finger on it, but there is something about the Juke (both versions) that just grabs your attention and once it has you riveted, you’ll find it almost impossible to turn away, much less walk away without signing a check for a brand-new Juke.

This isn’t to say that the vehicle is perfect. In fact, we will be straight with you and tell you outright that it isn’t. Its most notable imperfection is the transmission, which definitely leaves a lot to be desired. Somehow, the CVT in this crossover isn’t at par with some CVTs we’ve tested in other vehicles.

If you’re an extremely observant driver, you would also notice that when you floor the Juke’s accelerator, there is a slight pause before power is transferred to the car’s wheels. The pause becomes less noticeable if you set the vehicle in “sport” mode, but it’s still there. It would certainly be a smart move to give go for a test drive before making a purchase decision so you can determine if this pause bothers you or not.


Are the above imperfections enough to make the Juke N-Sport a turn-off?

Not in the least. Despite these imperfections, the Juke N-Sport is still an impressive vehicle, just like the original Juke. Its overall compact feel and short wheelbase enables it to handle even the tightest corners remarkably. And although it is a sporty car, it is still highly comfortable to drive, even with the sorry state of our roads.

With the difference between the two Jukes limited to the exterior look, illuminated door plates, and new armrest center console, is it really worth paying PHP 50,000 more for the N-Sport edition?

The decision, of course, is all yours to make.


The thing is:

A vehicle purchase is very rarely decided in rational fashion. More often, the decision is driven by pure gut feel and emotional connection. This could very well be one of those incidences. Make no mistake about it, it will be almost impossible not to feel an instant attachment to the Nissan Juke N-Sport.


2017 Nissan GT-R: Godzilla Has Arrived!

Nissan has always prided itself in innovation, and in recent years, they have indeed shown that they are serious in improving their vehicles and introducing new things to their target market. If you’ve been paying attention, then you would have noticed how the company has been launching one new vehicle (or a new version of an existing model) after another during these past few years. Well, it certainly looks like they have no plans of stopping.


A Showstopper at PIMS 2016

During the 2016 Philippine International Motoring Show (PIMS), Nissan Philippines showcased the 2017 Nissan GT-R, which is given a well-deserved “Godzilla” moniker. The design and engineering of the vehicle definitely makes it a monster of a car. And while this model has been around for some time, this is the first time it is actually introduced to the Philippine market. So, Filipino car and racing enthusiasts, rejoice! Godzilla is here!

The estimated price: A hefty PHP 7.35 million.

Is it worth that price? Let’s see…

The Look


The new GT-R is not designed according to the demands of aerodynamics. Rather, it is designed to sculpt the air according to its needs. The makers extended that car’s rear fascia at the sides so that air is pushed away from the back of the bumper, thereby helping cool the exhaust. The side skirts and C-Pillar have also been redesigned and refined so as to keep air away from the underside of the vehicle and reduce turbulence.


Furthermore, there are larger grille openings at the front to let more cool air enter key components of the vehicle. And the new shape of the front fascia directs the air in such a way that drag is significantly reduced. When you drive this vehicle, you really need to be prepared for the attention it is sure to draw.

And as the onlookers marvel at the car’s amazing exterior, you will be sure to fall in love with its equally breathtaking interior. It has semi-aniline leather appointments on the door panels, center console, the shift lever, and the seats. You will also notice that the attention to detail where the air vents and switches are concerned is almost obsessive.


The Engine

Who wouldn’t appreciate the fact that every single GT-R engine (a 570-horsepower, 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine) is hand-assembled by one of five master craftsmen and carries the name and signature of that craftsman on a plaque? These craftsmen are known as Takumi, and true to the spirit of the Takumi, they think of the mind, body, and spirit of those who will someday use their products while they are creating said product. This is the part of Japanese tradition that injects humanity in the Nissan GT-R.

It is also worth noting that the engines are assembled in a clean room that’s dust-free and temperature-controlled, much like the clean rooms used for assembling Formula One racing engines. Top development drivers were then brought together to test the vehicle and make sure that when it is finally launched, it will excel in any track, regardless of the weather, and no matter what level the driver is.

The engine and transmission were repositioned farther back so as to lessen the weight at the front of the car. This is said to have a notably positive effect on the handling, cooling, barking, and traction of the car. The car also features an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive system, which maximizes the driver’s control over the car by evenly distributing power among the four wheels; the driver may also send all power to the rear wheels to get more of a racecar feel.

The new Nissan GT-R is indeed a pricey toy for the big boys. What it means to sports car enthusiasts is perhaps equivalent to what the latest iPhone means to the gadget-crazy. The answer to the question of whether it is worth its hefty price tag depends on how much of a sports car addict you are. For the average car buyer, it probably isn’t worth the time. But for the true enthusiast, it certainly is worth a closer look.

It is definitely a standout when it comes to design, and the technology of the 2017 GT-R isn’t something to scoff at, either. If you’re interested in giving it a closer look and perhaps adding it to your car collection, you’d want to find the nearest Autohub Group because their Nissan dealership is the exclusive GT-R badge representative in the country. The vehicle is available in Gun Metallic, Katsura Orange, Pearl Blue, Pearl White, Ultimate Silver, and Vibrant Red.



Nissan GT Academy: A Unique Racing Experience

Last year, the Philippines joined Nissan’s GT Academy for the first time. The results made joining the contest a decision worth making, as the country’s very own Joward Policarpio was declared Asian Leg Champion. Policarpio also went on to graduate from the Nissan Driver Development Program at the Silverstone Racing Circuit, UK, which qualified him for the Dubai 24-hour Race.

This year, the country is aiming for another GT win as it begins the first phase of the 2016 Nissan GT Academy. Here in Cagayan de Oro, First Gear (Recruitment) has been happening at the Ayala Centrio Mall for the past three days (August 5-7). Hundreds of Gran Turismo gamers have registered, hoping to become the next Filipino professional racer to make it big in national and international tracks.

If you, too, are gearing up to become a professional car racer, or even if you’re simply a racing enthusiast who’s interested in all things racing, then you would certainly want to learn more about the Nissan GT Academy.

Nissan GT Academy: A Unique Racing Experience

The Contest

The GT Academy competition is the first of its kind not only in the Philippines, but across the globe. It aims to assist players of the game Gran Turismo (hence, the GT) in becoming full-fledged professional car racers. Each phase of the competition is referred to as a “gear.” First Gear is Recruitment, which is what just took place at Centrio Mall. At the end of this phase, the 20 players with the best time will move on to Second Gear.

Second Gear is the National Finals, where the top 20 gamers from recruitment will be further trimmed down to the top 6. These six players will be the country’s official representatives for the next phase of the competition. Third Gear is the Race Camp Week, where our six racers will compete with players from Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, and Thailand. Only one player will move on to the next phase.

Fourth Gear is the Driver Development Program, where the GT Academy Champions of all legs will undergo rigorous training at Silverstone. At the end of the program, those who successfully prove that they have what it takes to race professionally will be given an International C License and earn a slot in Nissan’s team for the Dubai 24-hour Race.

Who Qualifies?

The Nissan GT Academy is open to all Filipino citizens who fulfill the following entry criteria:

  • Must be 18 years old or above on the scheduled date of the National Finals
  • Must hold a valid Philippine passport and have the capability to obtain the appropriate visa for the Race Camp Week and Driver Development Program
  • Must hold a Non-professional or Professional driver’s license with a restriction code that qualifies the individual to drive a 4-wheel vehicle
  • Must have no convictions for any criminal offense; also, must not be the subject of any criminal, administrative, or civil proceeding as litigant
  • Must be in good health, without existing medical conditions, disability, or sickness that can limit the individual’s ability to drive a 4-wheel vehicle (should comply with Motor Sports Association’s (MSA) medical requirements)
  • Must not have an existing contract for competition driving with any team, agent, body, or management company that could possibly be in conflict with the individual’s ability to accept Race Camp Prize
  • Must not have previously held a superior MSA or National A license, or any equivalent license
  • Must not have competed in 4-wheeled motorsport at any city, provincial, or national level for one season
  • Must not have competed at the GT Academy Race Camp Week in previous GT Academy competitions or in a GT Academy competition in another country

Nissan GT Academy: A Unique Racing Experience

Agents, employees, contractors, and consultants of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), Omnicom Media Group, TBWA/Santiago Mangada Puno, A+B Expedio, and Adspin Advertising as well as their families, affiliates, subsidiaries, and associated companies, or anyone who is professionally linked to the competition are not qualified to join the GT Academy.

It may too late now to join the competition (unless you can make your way to SM Pampanga, where recruitment happens on August 12-14), but there is always next year. If you’re currently hooked on Gran Turismo and you have dreams of someday being able to compete in a real-life race, then it’s best to spend the next 11 months preparing for the 2017 GT Academy to hit Cagayan de Oro.

In the meantime, let’s wait for the National Finals and cheer for the 6-man Philippine team who will move on to Race Camp Week. Hopefully, one of them will succeed in giving the country a back-to-back win.

Nissan as a Brand in Europe and North America

2015 saw a growing demand for cars in the United States and Europe, allowing Japanese automobile giant Nissan to report a marked surge in their profits. In the nine months leading up to the end of 2015, Nissan’s operating profit rose by 41pc and went beyond market forecasts. And at 8.94 trillion yen, their revenue over that same period was up by 11pc. According to Nissan President Carlos Ghosn, it was most likely their new car models that helped boost their sales, particularly in markets where consumers’ confidence in the brand was strong.

Such a strong performance in the US and Europe successfully offset the negative impact of challenging market conditions and unfavorable exchange rates on the company. Their performance in the US and Europe markets also led the company to retain its forecasts—an operating profit of 730 billion yen and revenues of 12.3 trillion yen—for the 2015 fiscal year. Considering the slump in consumer spending in the company’s home market, which was brought about by an increase in sales tax, a healthy growth in the US and European markets is certainly a welcome development.

Nissan as a Brand in Europe and North America

Top Rankings

The popularity of Nissan in the US and Europe can be seen not only by actual observation—you’ll see a lot of Nissan cars when you go to Europe and the US—but also by doing some research on the best-selling car brands in these markets. Here are some statistics you may find interesting as regards Nissan’s performance in the US and Europe markets:

  • According to, Nissan is the third best-selling car brand in the United States in 2015, selling almost 75,000 units last year.
  • The same website indicates that Nissan has two car models—Nissan Sentra and Nissan Altima—on the list of 10 best-selling cars in the US in 2015. The company sold 333,398 units of the Altima and 203,509 units of the Sentra in the US last year.
  • ranks the Nissan Altima #4 on their list of the best-selling cars in America in 2015.
  • ranks Nissan Motor Company #5 in their list of top-selling car manufacturers in January of 2016, with a market share of 9.2%. Nissan is ranked #4 in the best-selling brands category, with a market share of 8.5%.
  • In the best-selling car category (Top 20), the Nissan Altima is ranked #4, the Nissan Sentra #7, and the Nissan Versa #18.
  • In the best-selling SUV category (Top 20), the Nissan Rogue is ranked #2, with 19,762 units sold.
  • In the best-selling truck category (Top 11), the Nissan Frontier is ranked #7 and the Nissan Titan #10, with 6,363 units and 937 units sold, respectively.
  • In the best-selling vehicle category (Top 30), the Nissan Altima is ranked #7, the Nissan Rogue #11, and the Nissan Sentra #16.
  • Among the top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in 2015, the Nissan Qashqai is ranked #6. Down the line, the Nissan Juke is ranked #38, the Nissan X-Trail #68, and the Nissan Micra #74 on the Top 100 list.
  • On a list of the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars so far in 2016 compiled by Top Gear, Nissan has two models included—Nissan Juke at #6 and Nissan Qashqai at #2.
  • Nissan Group is ranked #11 in the list of best-selling car manufacturers in the European Union and EFTA combined for the first quarter of 2016, as reflected on
  • On the list of best-selling car models in Europe for the first quarter of 2016 posted on the same website, the Nissan Qashqai is ranked #7.

Other than Europe and the United States, China has also become a key market for the company, as it has also registered a steady increase in sales—a trend that analysts expect to continue at least for the next few months. Nissan is also banking on the continued growth in the demand for electric vehicles, as they are currently working on a new version of their top-selling LEAF model, which will feature a longer range.

Nissan has expressed its commitment to innovation, and the company has definitely shown such a commitment in the way it introduced the world to one new vehicle after another. They’ve created better versions of their classic vehicles as well as all-new vehicles that specifically suit the needs of the market where they are now being sold. It is no wonder, then, that despite some challenging conditions in their home market (Japan) and other markets, they have managed to remain on top where global competition is concerned. Things are definitely looking up for Nissan.



Top 5 Nissan Cars for the Family

Shopping for a family car can be quite challenging. You’ll want a vehicle that can keep your family safe, regardless of whether you’ll just be driving around town or going on a road trip. At the same time, you’ll want a car that offers fuel economy and will last for several years. And if you can get one that also looks stylish, then that would be great, wouldn’t it?

Well, here’s good news for you: Automakers have recently become quite adept at combining all these features in their latest car models. This means you now have a good number of vehicles to choose from that every member of your family will be sure to appreciate.

Nissan Family Cars

In Cagayan de Oro, one company that is committed to giving you a good number of options when it comes to quality vehicles for your family is Nissan Cagayan de Oro Distributors Inc. And to make it easier for you to decide which car to get for your family, here are the top Nissan units that are ideal as a family car:

1. Nissan X-Trail


This is a 4×4 vehicle that seats a maximum of seven people. You’ll be happy to know that from the boxy car that was a bit crude to drive and not really that attractive, the X-Trail has recently become a lot more stylish and so much easier to drive. It is a very stable and secure vehicle, and you’ll be sure to love the fact that fuel consumption is highly economical, especially if you use it in automatic form. The X-Trail also comes in a five-seater version.

2. Nissan Altima


If you’re looking for a sedan, then you’ll love the dramatic style and upscale vibe of this unit. It has a spacious and comfortable cabin, which makes it ideal for both downtown errands and longer road trips. It also has an admirable active-safety bundle, which includes automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The safety features and spacious cabin make it easy to understand why this unit is deemed ideal for family use.

3. Nissan Patrol Royale


This large SUV is another Nissan unit that has recently undergone a few changes both in looks and features. The Patrol Royale is a more stylish version of the old Patrol unit, with a bolder V-Motion grille and built-in LED headlights as well as bigger fog light housing with a chrome trim. For your family’s safety, the unit is equipped with full curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, and traction and stability control. If your family loves to go camping once in a while, then you’ll appreciate the Patrol Royale’s electronic 4-wheel drive system, which allows for a smooth off-road ride.

4. Nissan Patrol Super Safari


This all-wheel drive SUV is another unit that could be the ideal family vehicle for those who love to bond in the great outdoors. It rides very smoothly on city roads and doesn’t disappoint even when you go off-road. It can seat a maximum of seven people and will keep your kids entertained via the headrest rear monitors and a total of six speakers in the interior. Not only does the automatic climate control keep you comfortable throughout your journey, but features such as ABS with brake assist, airbags, parking sensors, and immobilizers also keep you and your loved ones safe.

5. Nissan NP300 Navara


More and more people are now choosing to use a pickup truck as a family car, and for good reason. After all, a pickup truck has excellent loading capabilities, perfect for out-of-town trips with the family. If you want to go this route, then the NP300 Navara could indeed be the ideal vehicle for you. Not only is this truck’s exterior and interior very appealing, but it also gives you a very comfortable ride, whether you’re just dropping your kids off to school on your way to work or going on an off-road adventure with the family. Nissan has also thrown in a host of driver assist systems and safety features, so you can be sure your family is safe as you travel to your destination.

It has indeed become a lot easier to find a family vehicle that successfully combines utility, comfort, safety, and economy. Perhaps the most difficult thing for you right now is making the choice as to which particular unit to buy for your family. It may be a good idea to start with a visit to your nearest dealership and check out the five Nissan units discussed above. The good news is, any of them would be a wise choice.

A Quick Look at the All-New Nissan Navara Sport Edition

Many car critics, car dealers, and car enthusiasts have already expressed their admiration for the Nissan Navara. This truck has been tested countless times on several types of terrain, and it has proven worthy of praise. But if you think Nissan is done making changes and improvements to the Navara, think again.

The auto industry was in for a pleasant surprise this year, as Nissan Philippines unveiled a brand new variant of their popular pickup truck—the Nissan Navara Sport Edition. And while no one really pointed out any problems with the look of previous Navara variants, the cosmetic improvements seen in the Navara Sport definitely add to its overall appeal.

NP300 Navara vs. Navara Sport

To better appreciate the recent changes to the Navara, perhaps a quick comparison with the 2015 NP300 Navara is in order.

2015 NP300 Navara 2016 Navara Sport
2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT 2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre 2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT 2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre
Code YD25 DDTi YD25 DDTi
Displacement (cc) 2,488 2,488
Type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler
Transmission Type 7-speed AT with manual mode 7-speed AT
Maximum Power (hp/rpm) 187/3,600 161/3,600 190/3,600 163/3,600
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 450/2,000 403/2,000 450/2,000 403/2,000
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity (liters) 80 80
Compression Ratio 15 15
Fuel System Common-rail direct injection Common-rail direct injection
4WD System Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch None Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch None
Dimensions and Weight    
Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795
Wheelbase (mm) 3,150 3,150
Ground Clearance (mm) 245 243 245 238
Curb Weight (kg) 1,946 1,831 1,946 1,831
Gross Weight (kg) 2,910 2,910
Bed Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 1,503 x 1,560 x 474 1,503 x 1,560 x 474
Seating Capacity 5 5

As you can see, there isn’t that much difference between the 2015 NP300 Navara and the 2016 Navara Sport where the engine/transmission as well as the dimensions and weight are concerned. As mentioned earlier, most of the changes made to the model have to do with the way it looks.

Navara Sport Edition



 For one thing, it has a bolder honeycomb grille supported by a new front skirt as well as very attractive fog lamps in dark-chrome finish, side steps, and rear bumper. The Navara Sport also has a new roll bar with LED lamp and a protective bed-liner. But the one improvement on the Navara’s exterior that not only makes it look better, but also makes it perform better are the model’s new 18-inch alloy wheels; handling is so much better because of these new wheels!

Inside the cabin, you’ll see a few more tweaks, all of which are meant to add to your comfort and bring the vehicle into a class of its own. Cabin features such as the steering wheel, the door trim, the shift knob, and the arm rests are now all wrapped in leather, giving the entire cabin interior an ultra-sleek appeal. You’ll be sure to feel the luxury the moment you get into this new Navara variant.

Of course, true to Nissan’s commitment to giving their riders the best road experience at all times, the 2016 Navara Sport still boasts of a 5-link coil rear suspension with stabilizer as well as zero-gravity seats. This means you’ll experience the same seamless ride you get from previous Navara variants, no matter how rough the road gets. The perk is that you can now get that kind of comfort in a much better-looking truck!

A Quick Look at the All-New Nissan Navara Sport Edition

Still owing to the fact that the recent changes to the Navara are mostly cosmetic, the 2016 variant is available in only two colors: Riptide Blue and Aspen White, as compared to the 2015 NP300, which is available in four colors: Savannah Orange, Alpine White, Galaxy Black, and Brilliant Silver. As for the price, here is a quick comparison:

2015 NP300 4×4 VL 7AT                                  – PHP 1,536,000

2015 NP300 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre                    – PHP 1,146,000

2016 Navara Sport 4×4 VL 7AT                     – PHP 1,656,000

2016 Navara Sport 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre      – PHP 1,275,000

You can see that the Sport Edition is just a little bit more expensive than its predecessor, but that’s just to be expected, right? After all, it is a new and improved version. In fact, it’s a very pleasant surprise that the difference in price isn’t that big! And when you come face-to-face with the new Navara Sport, you’ll be sure to agree that the higher price is definitely worth it.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail: Built for Confidence

On the Nissan Philippines website, the 2016 X-Trail is marketed as a confidence-boosting, testosterone-driven sport utility vehicle. But, that’s not to say that this compact SUV is designed mainly for guys who demand respect on the road. The new X-Trail’s sleeker design and much larger seating capacity makes it more of a family car with an attitude, rather than a testosterone-filled pony that only attracts cowboys and muscle-bound car enthusiasts.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is a collaborative effort between Renault and Nissan. According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the X-Trail will go by another name in North America—the Nissan Rogue. And unlike its predecessors, the new X-Trail will don a variety of changes, making it a completely redesigned model. One of the most prominent changes is its 7-seater capacity. With the increased seating, you’d think that it would be uncomfortable to cram in seven adult passengers. Well, you’re wrong.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is actually very comfortable, with a decent amount of leg room. This is why many car enthusiasts see it as an excellent family car.

The Exterior of the 2016 Nissan X-Trail


One of the design aspects that resulted from the collaborative efforts of Renault and Nissan is the CMF or Common Module Family platform incorporated into the design of the new X-Trail. This particular platform enables the use of very lightweight materials like aluminum, thus resulting in an ultra lightweight vehicle with reduced fuel consumption. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that weight has a significant effect on fuel efficiency. The lighter the car, the less effort the engine exerts to move it. And lesser engine exertion usually translates to fuel economy.

Additionally, the designers at Nissan and Renault have given the SUV a more muscular and sleeker appearance compared to its predecessor. It features higher mudguards and taillight designs that resemble a boomerang. The headlights are equipped with LED daytime running lights, while the roof rack features two additional headlight reflectors for night driving.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is available in three models; S, SV, and SL. The SL model comes with the standard 2-row seats, while the S and SV trims comes with the optional third row seats. And depending on the trim, the 2016 X-Trail will feature either 17″ or 18″ alloy wheels. The ground clearance is around 210 mm, while its angle of departure is about 24°.

The Interior


The new Nissan X-Trail offers both 2-row and 3-row seating, with the latter option comfortably seating seven adult passengers. This option, however, is only for the S and SV models. The SL trim will only have the standard 2-row seats. So for a family of five, the X-Trail S or SV will certainly make for a very spacious, comfortable, and stylish vehicle.

The 2016 X-Trail’s cockpit features a new navigation system and LCD touch screen. The standard models will also include a Bose audio system, power steering, electric mirrors, a new and improved Nissan Connect system, manually operated air conditioning, and a keyless entry system with central locking features.

The optional features available include a rear-view camera, glass roof, stylish leather interior, automatic air conditioner, power front seats, navigation system, and a top-of-the-line entertainment system and touch screen console. For safety, all models will include front and side air bags, electronic brake distribution with ABS braking, brake assist, and a blind spot detection system, among others.

Performance under the Hood

Nissan X-Trail

The 2015 X-Trail was one of the best 2015 vehicles for rough road driving and long distance trips. The 2016 X-Trail is just as comfortable and exciting to drive in the same conditions. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 2016 X-Trail is a practical choice for a family car.

Although the 2016 model has the 2015 model’s 2.5 liter inline-4 supercharged engine, it will be paired with a 6-speed Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox. Manual transmission is not available for this model though. Estimated power output is around 170 horse power, with about 175 foot-pounds of torque. It’s not the most powerful engine, but it does the job quite efficiently. And the fuel economy is excellent at about 19 km/L at highway speeds.

The 2016 model will have a front-wheel or all-wheel drive.




Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

Upon hearing the words “car care,” most people would automatically think of car wash, waxes, and other cleaning products. But, there’s a lot more to car care than maintaining the outward appearances of your vehicle.

Car care includes maintaining the performance of your engine, making sure that your tires are well balanced, ensuring that all the fluids in your car are clean and filled to the right levels, interior maintenance, air conditioning, windshield wipers, and so on. All these different aspects should be covered when you talk about car care.

The Common Misconceptions about Car Care

When it comes to car care products and cleaning practices, there are many misconceptions and mistakes that most car owners fall victim to. These myths and misconceptions may not seem like much, but in the long run, they can significantly reduce the aesthetic value and quality of your vehicle, which is the exact opposite of what proper car care practices are supposed to do.

Dishwashing detergent makes good car wash substitute

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

If you like to compare your car to that fancy china you got from your wedding, then by all means use detergents to wash your car. You need to understand, however, that detergents are formulated to remove everything from the surface, which is why your plates are so squeaky clean after every wash. This means waxes, silicones, and polymers; everything that is in your car’s paint finish. Use detergents several times in washing your car and you will have achieved nothing but expedite the oxidation process.

For the best results, especially when you consider the hot weather in the Philippines, you need a car wash product with the proper pH balance and conditioners that are specially formulated to not only bring out the shine in your car’s finish, but enhances the protective qualities of the automotive paint finish as well.

Washing and cleaning are one and the same procedures

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

This is where most car owners often get confused. Despite washing and cleaning sounding very similar, they are actually two very different processes. Washing, or the use of a car wash product, only removes loose dirt and grime from the surface of your paint finish. It is basically the initial stage of the cleaning process. If you want to remove stubborn contaminants, stains, blemishes, and oxidation, you’re going to need an effective cleaning agent, such as a clear coat-safe paint cleaner. These types of cleaners will remove contaminants that simple washing can’t.

Polishing and waxing have no difference whatsoever

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

You can blame modern-day marketers for having caused this much confusion about the difference between polishing and waxing. By naively misusing these terms, some people now believe that polishing and waxing are interchangeable. They are not.

Polishing is entirely different from waxing, not just in the process but the purpose as well. The sole purpose of polishing is to bring out a high gloss from the car’s paint finish. This is what car show enthusiasts use to bring out the shine, or the bling, from their showroom cars.

Waxing, on the other hand, is more of adding protection to your car’s finish. Wax, resin, polymer, sand silicone are some of the most common ingredients in waxing agents that provide superior protection for your car’s finish, especially against harsh elements.

Other Car Care Products and Tips You’ll Find Useful in Hot Weather Driving

Always monitor the level and efficiency of your engine coolant. Driving in a tropical country like the Philippines, you can expect vehicles to get really hot, especially under the hood. If the coolant isn’t effective or if the coolant reservoir isn’t filled to the proper level, the engine could overheat, which is exactly what you don’t want to happen when travelling long distances on a hot day.

Monitor refrigerant levels and check for leaks in the AC system. Although Nissan cars are already known for great quality air conditioning systems, you still need to apply proper maintenance to keep that smooth flow of cooled air going during extremely hot weather. Make sure that the refrigerant charge is at the right level, and remember to check for leaks in the system before adding refrigerant.

Nissan CDO

Here at Nissan CDO dealership, you can find all kinds of car care products to help you keep your vehicle in tiptop shape, both in performance and in appearance. From windshield wipers of all shapes and sizes, to top quality car batteries and motor oil, everything you need is but a stone’s throw away at your local Nissan dealership.