Entries in Nissan (15)
What is a "Benniss" its the Mercedes-Benz / Nissan pick up.
When you reflect on the possibility of this pick up being sold in North America it will make a ton of sense.
Think of this M-B is relocating its head office to Atlanta, and Nissan is in Franklin, TN both locations are auspicious to pick ups.
Nissan has the Titan and has been an outlier in the pick up business for some time now.
Now think of the Mercedes-Benz senior executive commuting from Buckhead to head office in the "L350 Benniss" it needs an L as a model designator....L=Lastwagen=truck in German.
For cost saving purposes it will be built on a modified Sprinter platform...not really. Perhaps a modified Nissan Titan platform with distinctive Mercedes styling cues.
To compete with the Ford Ecoboost it will have a twin turbo V6 from AMG specifically engineered for truck duty to generate massive torque from the get go. The transmission will not be double clutch, paddle shift, but a good ole torque converter, and a valve body tuned by AMG for optimum shifts.
The transfer case will be from Unimog with a simple F (forward) and R (reverse) to faciliate snow plowing applications. For the Benniss the transfer case will have an overdrive, direct, and low range an industry first to offer OD gears, as well as accommodating 2 PTO openings.
The brakes are from Brembo with ceramic discs and 2 yellow calipers per wheel on the front, to provide awesome braking power.
The trailer towing version will have a light duty Mercedes diesel engine sourced from Freightliner, coupled to an Allison automatic, a 10,000 lbs rear axle with dual rear wheels (a duelie). Ideal to move the polo ponies in a fifth wheel trailer from one field to another.
Needless to mention...the full AMG version is just around the corner.
In Japan, the term takumi is used to describe a master craftsman who has perfected his skills over years of painstaking work and dedication. It is reserved for those who are at the very top of their profession. At Nissan's expansive engine factory in Yokohama, four men have been designated as takumi. They are the sole assemblers of the engines that power one of the most heralded sports cars in automotive history.
The four takumi of Nissan's Yokohama plant are Takumi Kurosawa, Tsunemi Ooyama, Izumi Shioya and Nobumitsu Gozu. Collectively, they share over 100 years of exceptional work in their chosen field. These engine craftsmen are responsible for hand-building every awe-inspiring 545-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 engines found beneath the hood of the Nissan GT-R, production vehicles and the racecars alike. Each engine is assembled with care and precision by one of these four individuals.
Once an engine is completed, the takumi craftsman proudly mounts a plaque bearing his name upon the completed masterpiece, serving as a timeless reminder of the high level of craftsmanship and expertise that went into each work.
Yes...another Friday, and another Vroom Room, come in we have cappuccino and biscotti, join the conversation, leave a comment if you wish.
Do you remember the launch of the Nissan Cube a few years ago, and the hypercube, with a variety of ambassadors across Canada. Mercedes-Benz is emulating a similar launch for the B Class, with B-The Face in this instance you have to be on Tumbler to enter the contest. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds, and develops. especially that its not a frictionless undertaking.
The other day we on a road trip, we still keep our eyes out for interesting trucks. Its a long standing habit of always checking out trucks on th road. Especially the ones that catch your attention from a distance.
We start coming up to this trailer with numerous lights instinctively we conclude that a Pete is most probably pulling the trailer, yes the mitre cut stacks are a dead give away that its a Pete. Sometimes you just get lucky to get an unobstructed shot of the Pete 379 probably a long nose too. On that same trip we saw a truck from Reliable Transport and wondered what cars it was hauling.
From a different perspective, if you ever owned a Chevrolet, any knid of Chevrolet with a 327 and a Duntov cam, this article from Super Chevy on building an old school 327 will resonate. You certainly remember how fast that 327 revved up, and spinning that engine to get performance. Agreed...back in the day you had to be "hard core" to run and over cammed, over carburated engine on the street in a daily driver.
At some point we will catch The Colonel and have him tell us about his 327, we have a feeling it will be a compelling story.
Impressive photo gallery of The Dakar rallye that concluded last Sunday.
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