2023 Nissan ARIYA electric crossover, 2023 Nissan Z, and 2 concepts take centre stage at 2023 Canadian International Auto Show

“We are excited to be back at the Canadian International Auto Show with a full lineup of new and reimagined vehicles,” said Ken Hearn, Marketing Director, Nissan Canada Inc. “From the all-electric ARIYA to the iconic Nissan Z and not to forget some favourites, including the Sentra, Rogue, Pathfinder, Frontier and more, our ‘A to Z’ lineup continues to tell the thrilling story of our brand and will be on full display at the show, ready for families, sport car lovers and EV enthusiasts alike.”

Getting creative with EVs

As Nissan continues to pursue accessible electric mobility for all, Nissan Canada will display the Nissan ARIYA Surfwagon concept, providing inspiration as to how car enthusiasm can thrive in a future of electric vehicles. The Nissan ARIYA Surfwagon concept combines retro design with modern technology, reimagining the all-new 2023 ARIYA all-electric crossover as a beach-style surf wagon, complete with a wood panel-style wrap and other accessories.

2023 Nissan Versa pricing starts at $18,298

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Featuring additional available technology and refreshed front-end styling, the 2023 Nissan Versa goes on sale this month with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $18,298.

The 2023 Nissan Versa builds on its already impressive customer value with the addition of new available features including a class-exclusive wireless phone charging pad2 and an 8-inch touchscreen. The SV trim includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, 16-inch alloy wheels and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat

The 2023 Versa also receives a redesigned front fascia and grille, new Nissan brand logos inside and out, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design on Versa SR and a new available Grey Sky Pearl paint colour.

Versa continues to reset expectations around compact sedans by including the most standard safety technologies in its class3, with standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist. Available technologies include Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Nissan Z named as finalist for North American Car of the Year

LOS ANGELES  The Nissan Z is one of three finalists for the 2023 North American Car of the Year award, announced at Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA. The winner, elected by a jury of 50 leading independent U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists, will be announced on January 11, 2023.

Developed by a passionate team of designers and engineers, the 2023 Z represents an approachable sports car for the modern age – with an unmatched 50-plus-year heritage and global fan base. The all-new Z boasts a fresh and sleek exterior design with a silhouette that communicates respect to its lineage with its long hood and short deck.

“As the latest version of Nissan’s icon, the 2023 Z makes sports car design, performance and excitement accessible for a wide range of customers,” said Michael Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. Marketing and Sales. “The all-new Z delivers on Nissan’s long-time promise of an ‘attainable dream car,’ bringing passion and enthusiasm to the marketplace for a new generation of fans.”

Refreshed 2023 Nissan Versa to debut at Miami Auto Show

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Starting this weekend and through the 23rd, 2022 Miami Auto Show visitors will be the first ones to see the new sedan in person.

Featuring a restyled front fascia and grille, the 2023 Versa also has additional available technology features, including a wireless device charging pad and 8-inch touchscreen. The sedan’s compelling value story is even more impressive for the 2023 model year, with fuel economy ratings1 of up to 5.9L/100 km highway (Xtronic models) making Versa economical to own.

Versa also provides peace of mind with: Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist. Available technologies include: Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Valérie Limoges makes history in Canadian Motorsport!

Mississauga – The Nissan Sentra Cup hosted its final two races of 2022 this weekend at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Québec. This thrilling racing season celebrated a new champion, Valérie Limoges, who makes history by becoming the first female racer to clinch an all-category title in Canadian road racing. Simon Charbonneau claimed victory in both races held this weekend.

“This is a big day for me. I’m delighted to have won the title and to have been so consistent all year long. That was key to my success,” said Valérie Limoges after the race. “I hope my title will encourage other female drivers to join this series and to get involved in motorsport in general. I’m certainly hoping to be back in the Cup next year and to carry No. 1 on my Groupe Gabriel/Total Quartz Sentra.”

It was under clear skies but in cool weather that the qualifying session started Saturday’s track activities, Simon Charbonneau captured pole position ahead of Éric Chaput, Valérie Limoges, Sylvain Ouellet, Alexandre Fortin and Normand Boyer.

The race turned into an epic battle for the lead involving the three most serious contenders for this year’s overall title. However, Simon Charbonneau stayed ahead of the pack during the entire incident-free, 40-minute race. Charbonneau captured a victory in front of Valérie Limoges who battled it out with Alexandre Fortin at the beginning of the race. Valérie moved into second place when Fortin was forced to retire. Éric Chaput completed the podium but taking third ahead of Nicolas Barrette and Normand Boyer who had the most exciting of the battle of the race.

However, Boyer was disqualified, therefore promoting Sylvain Ouellet to fifth place, thus losing his last chances for the title. André Lapointe, Daniel Fortin, Paul Dargis (who took his maiden start in the Sentra class) and Frédéric Chaput followed in order.

Simon Vincent dominated the qualifying session and the race in the Micra category, taking his third consecutive win of the season. Rookie Charles-Étienne Boucher and Raphaël St-Pierre completed the podium.

The second race of the weekend held on Sunday was to decide the 2022 titles. This was a fantastic confrontation ahead of an impressive crowd at Circuit Mont-Tremblant bathed in fall colours. Charbonneau again set the fastest time in the morning’s qualifying session, beating Alexandre Fortin, Éric Chaput, Valérie Limoges and Nicolas Barrette.

Charbonneau led all laps of this ultimate race of the season with Alexandre Fortin glued to his rear bumper. They crossed the line in that order with Valérie Limoges taking third and claiming the overall title by three points over Charbonneau. Éric Chaput, Nicolas Barrette, Frédéric Chaput, André Lapointe, Daniel Fortin, Sylvain Ouellet and Paul Dargis completed the Top 10.

Simon Vincent enjoyed a perfect day in the Micra class, taking pole position, the race victory and the fastest lap of the race. Vincent won the race from Charles-Étienne Boucher, rookie Nicolas Lévesque and Raphaël St-Pierre who claims the Micra title ahead of Marie-Soleil Labelle.

In the final standings of the overall drivers’ championship, Valérie Limoges captures the title with 482 points. Simon Charbonneau is second with 479 points and Alexandre Fortin is third with 417. Fourth in the final standings, Sylvain Ouellet also takes the title in the Senior category ahead of Éric Chaput, Normand Boyer and André Lapointe.

In the Micra class, Raphaël St-Pierre becomes the 2022 champion and wins the poleposition.ca trophy ahead of Marie-Soleil Labelle and Max Poirier who also takes the Rookie of the Year honours.

The 2023 Nissan Sentra Cup season will start on Canadian race tracks next May.

All-new 2023 Nissan Z MSRP to start at CA$46,498

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Nissan today revealed pricing1 for the latest iteration of its “attainable dream car,” the 2023 Nissan Z – $46,498 for the Z Sport 6MT and $58,498 for the Z Performance 6MT. Both grades are scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealerships nationwide in Summer 2022.

“The Nissan Z is our company’s heart and soul, bringing sports car design, performance and excitement to a broad range of buyers, starting with the introduction of the first generation more than 50 years ago,” said Ken Hearn, Director of Marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “With a starting MSRP of $46,498 CAD, this latest version is ready to create a whole new generation of Nissan Z fans when it comes to market this summer.”

The 2023 Nissan Z is offered in Sport and Performance grade levels, along with a special “Proto Spec” edition. This limited Proto Spec edition will feature a limited edition plaque and exclusive interior and exterior features all paying homage to the Z Proto launched in 2020. All grades are equipped with a 400-horsepower 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo engine and choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a new 9-speed automatic transmission with aluminum paddle shifters.

2023 Nissan Z Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices1:

Z Coupe Sport 6MT$46,498 CAD
Z Coupe Sport 9AT$47,998 CAD
Z Coupe Performance 6MT$58,498 CAD
Z Coupe Performance 9AT$59,998 CAD
Z Coupe Proto Spec 6MT*$64,248 CAD
Z Coupe Proto Spec 9AT*$65,748 CAD

Destination and Handling CA$1,950. *Limited production.

The 2023 Z boasts a fresh and sleek exterior design with a silhouette that communicates respect to its lineage with its long hood and short deck. Inside, the driver-centric cockpit takes inspiration from past Z generations with its traditional three analog pod gauges while including modern amenities like a 12.3-inch customizable racing-inspired TFT metre and standard 8.0-inch touchscreen audio display.

First edition of the 2022 Nissan Sentra Cup Magazine is out now

This first issue highlights a successful inaugural race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The first edition of the 2022 Sentra Cup Magazine is out now, featuring highlights from Nissan Sentra Cup’s inaugural weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

The action-packed weekend saw Alexandre Fortin and Simon Charbonneau each take a victory. The first race started with a severe thunderstorm brewing in the region. Justin Arseneau, Alexandre Fortin and Simon Charbonneau fought hard for the lead but after just a few laps of racing, a violent storm and extreme winds stuck hard. Rain welcomed again the competitors on Sunday for Race 2. Simon Charbonneau started the 40-minute race in third place and powered into the lead in Corner 1 ahead of Arseneau and Fortin. Fighting to find some grip on the very slippery tarmac, the Nissan Sentra Cup drivers put on a terrific show for the fans.

Fans can tune in to read all the race weekend highlights in this edition of the Nissan Sentra Cup Magazine (attached). The magazine includes an interview with Alexandre Fortin, the driver of the Ste-Foy / Beauport Nissan team who looks back on this feat that already positions him as one of the favourites for the title.

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race weekend is the first of six events, in what is shaping up to be a successful first season of the Nissan Sentra Cup. The next event in the 2022 Nissan Sentra Cup series will be the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.