Who Knew? – Nissan Expanding NISMO Products

Nissan Motorsport International Limited “NISMO” is the in-house tuning, motorsports and performance division of Nissan. NISMO cars business department is part of Autech Japan, a Nissan group company that makes performance converted vehicles. Combining talent from Nissan, Autech, NISMO, and other companies a new unit will spearhead the development of an expanded line of vehicles and performance products.

There are currently seven models of NISMO vehicles being offered. The US is receiving four of these modified models:


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Who Knew? – Mazda Engine Cuts Fuel Use by a Third

Mazda will soon introduce a new engine that uses technology that will increase fuel economy by 30 percent. The technology called homogeneous charge compression ignition has been studied by many manufacturers, but Mazda will be the first to overcome the quirks and put it into production.



The SkyActiv-G direct injection gasoline engine uses compression ignition to boast efficiency combining the advantages of gasoline and diesel technologies. Most production gas engines have a compression ratio of 10:1 to 12:1. This engine has an exceptionally high 14:1 ratio, allowing it to squeeze more energy from every drop of fuel.

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Who Knew? – Volvo Offers Eye Protection

For the upcoming solar eclipse NASA warns that except during the brief total phase of the solar eclipse that the only safe way to view the event is through a special-purpose solar filter. Volvo being passionate about safety has produced a custom eclipse viewer for XC60.


The viewer is essentially a large shade made of ISO-certified 12312-2 material that clips onto the panoramic moonroof and allows occupants to view the eclipse without risk to their eyes, effectively turning the XC60 into a tiny observatory.

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Do You Need It? – Fog Light Kit

Do you really need fog lights? Well, fog lights are only needed or effective in uncommon driving conditions. They are designed to cut down on the glare that is reflected back at you in bad weather. When there are suspended particles in the air from fog, snow, or dust normal headlights and high beams can cause blinding glare resulting in very poor visibility.


Fog lights are typically located in or below the front bumper of your vehicle. They are angled down to illuminate the ground directly in front of your vehicle. The goal is to provide illumination that will not reflect back into your eyes. What actually achieves this is the pattern of light that the fog light lenses produces.


Your normal headlights and especially your high beams create a blanket of light over a large area at a high enough angle to see far down the roadway. Fog lights create a distinct bar of light that illuminates down and to the sides. Good fog lights will have a sharp cutoff line on top that allows little light to show over it, preventing reflective glare from any particles above that.

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Who Knew? – Ionic First Generation Mazda Miata Revival

Hard not to love a car that is referred to as a roadster. Sometimes even harder to get original parts and keep it maintained. To help with this Mazda is going to be offering a factory restoration service for the NA MX-5 Miata. With over 400,000 sold in the US from 1989 to 1997, this little sports car still has a huge fan base.


Usually a service only offered by a manufacturer of very premium brands like Ferrari or Lamborghini, this program from Mazda plans to fully restore these cars to factory-spec using genuine OEM parts. A current drawback is these “classic centers” doing the restoration are only located in Japan.

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Who Knew? – Good Neighbor Exhaust Sound Mode

Who doesn’t love the sound of a throaty V8 exhaust? That is just part of the joy of having a muscle car. Well, turns out that early morning departures and late night arrivals to your home may have your neighbors thinking poorly of your joy of this sound.

Surveys reveal that along with power tools, barking dogs, and band practice, loud engine noise is among the most annoying. Seems early morning lawn mowing wins, but that throaty exhaust sound is right up there on the annoying factor for some.


What to do to save face with your neighbors? Ford has introduced a solution on the 2018 Mustang. An industry first development called “Quiet Exhaust” Mode. Match that up with the new ”Quiet Start” and you have the ability to lower the exhaust sound by 10 decibels and be able to program what time of day it functions.

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Do You Need It? – Interior Accent Lighting

Wouldn’t it be nice to have more control over your surroundings? To be able to adjust the ambiance and set the mood to match your every whim. You may be able to get a little of this feeling of empowerment by adding interior accent lighting to your Nissan vehicle.

There are a few different types of genuine Nissan accent lighting kits available based on the year and model you have. They can vary from the use of LED lighting that is white or red or blue or up to twenty different per-programmed color options controlled by a single switch. With the twenty colors you can chose any one of the colors or allow it to switch between colors every 3 seconds in demo mode.

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