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The Welsh Knight Rises


Night. Cats’ eyes flicker in the alleyways. The Bat-Tumbler rolls and growls through the mean and darkened streets. A menacing, matt-black, yet strangely familiar vehicle follows. Where are we? Is it Gotham City? Who is driving – could it be The Bat Man himself?!

No. Because this is downtown Carmarthen in West Wales and the driver is a local baker called Adam Williams. Trouble is, everyone in Wales is called Williams but you’ll know this one because he is driving a Batman inspired  Nissan Juke NISMO. Mr Williams won his one-off ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Juke in a Nissan competition and the car was delivered – accompanied by the Tumbler – beneath the historic walls of Carmarthen Castle much to the amazement of the locals who don’t get a lot of Super Hero action in their neck of the woods.

The special edition was created to celebrate Nissan’s partnership with Warner Brothers and the release of the most recent Batman movie. The Nismo can best be described as a ‘hot crossover’. It has a 1.6L turbo engine driving the front wheels with a unique body kit and tuned suspension. It’s quick and by all accounts engaging to drive, satisfying the needs of the family man who wants a decent driving experience.

Adam William’s new car is matt-black and – crucially – is loaded with groovy Dark Knight stuff. Aluminium Bat badges adorn the front grill and tailgate whilst the unique gloss black 18” alloys have bespoke red detailing. Open the door and you’re greeted by Bat logos on the kick plates and reflective Bat badges nestle on the headrests of the suede-trimmed NISMO sports seats.

Saving the best until last, the real kicker, which will make Adam the envy of the masculine world, is that there are down-lighters mounted under the door mirrors to project the Bat-signal on the ground around the doors. Wait! That isn’t the best bit! There’s an up-lighter inside that projects the Bat-signal onto the black headlining! Seriously, it just doesn’t get any better than that!NIS2 The Welsh Knight Rises

It is bound to have an effect on Baker Williams. Welsh miscreants will tremble at the sight of the Dark Avengers car, lightly covered by a dusting of flour, approaching at high speed through the gloom of criminality. It’s about time we had our own super hero. Fortunately, Adam is a good bloke and a genuine Bat-fan who is over the moon with his win. Let’s hope he enjoys his new car. The rest of us will have to make do with the regular model but it’s OK – the Juke Nismo is a good car and at around £20k, something of a bargain.

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News From Nissan


Camera technology has been featuring on cars for some time now and Nissan has carried the science forward to perfection with a new Qashqai model, the 360.  As the name suggests this version of the popular crossover uses four separate wide angled cameras situated at the front, back and sides (in the wing mirrors) to give a 360° view all around the car. This is translated rather cleverly onto the 5” touch screen as a bird’s eye view of the car.

This is a brilliant visual aid to the driver who can see how the car is orientated in a parking space and where the lines and obstacles are. The system is called ‘Around View Monitor’ and is standard equipment on the 360. Additionally, it helps the driver locate kerbs. This will help to ensure that the standard fit 18” Onyx alloy wheels remain unblemished by sloppy wheel-to-kerb alignment.

It seems that the average cost of simple and slow car park collisions resulting in mechanical and bodywork damage is around £1500. Investing in the Qashqai 360 should mean a bit more peace of mind when it comes to avoiding parallel and parking space accidents and higher premiums. All the usual extras are there as you’d expect and the best news of all is that this car is available at around a very creditable £20,000.

Also just announced is a new concept from Nissan called the Resonance (pictured). The company state that this boldly futuristic design is a statement for the future direction of Nissan crossovers. Described by the company in motor-speak as edgy and sophisticated, it signals the Nissan commitment to an environmentally sensitive power train coupled with intelligent utility. Roughly translated this means that the car will be clean and frugal with the added benefit of the very latest techno gadgets.

The Resonance has advanced aerodynamics (V-Motion) and is powered by a  new hybrid-electric power train. Inside, it has been described by Nissan as a ‘VIP Lounge’. Passengers will be welcomed by sequential interior lighting which, the company insists, will add warmth and drama. And you thought this was just a new car.

Nissan are scoring highly in the crossover sector with the Qashqai and the Juke and with this concept they are showing the way forward to the next generation. It is fair to say that in today’s market the need for power and speed is giving way to the car as a lifestyle statement where fashion and design take the place of brake horse power and adrenalin fuelled rides. If the cars of the future look as good as this then most of us won’t mind a bit. Just make sure you don’t kerb those 22” aluminium-alloy chromed wheels!

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