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Don't call it a grille; Nissan's Ariya Concept has a sensor shield

Nissan has designed a new technology shield that replaces the traditional grille.

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Gasoline and diesel engines need to breathe air to live. They get that air through various means, but most often it's the grille at the front of the car. Electric vehicles require no such accommodation. What then will become of the grille?

Nissan's design team is innovating the look and function of the typical grille area. In the company's Airya Concept the area typically reserved for the grille has been turned into a hotbed for sensors.

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Utilizing an aesthetic called Timeless Japanese Futurism the model has a a face that looks traditional yet advanced - not too outside the norm for the buying audience. The Concept utilizes Nissan's signature v-motion design to create a "shield" that hides advanced technology behind its interface.

"By replacing the conventional grille with the tech shield – with innovative 3-D texture within that goes beyond aesthetics – we wanted a way to highlight the technology within the vehicle, just behind the surfaces," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan. "In this case, its advanced technology that helps the Ariya Concept read the road and visualize things the driver can't see making what is invisible, visible."

Changins from a grille to a shield was a challenge for the design team. They had to not just sketch the idea, but also test the thickness of the material used, amount of metallic flake in the paint, and pattern. The shield uses the same polycarbonate material found on the car's headlamps transformed into a single piece with a geometric traditional Japanese pattern.

"The surface has no gaps," said Giovanny Arroba, Program Design Director, Nissan. "It's smooth like a sheet of silent water, with the kumiko pattern sitting just underneath the surface."

The Ariya Concept isn't just for show. It's a showcase of the true future of Nissan. GottaBeMobile's Josh Smith recently took the Nissan e-4orce, a vehicle that rides on the same platform as the Ariya, for a ride with Savannah Peterson, founder, Savvy Millennial.

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New electric SUV

The Genesis GV60 is on sale now

The GV60 is on sale in the U.S. now.

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Today, Genesis announced that its newest vehicle, the electric GV60, is on sale in the United States. The vehicle brings a load of new tech and innovations, and features the brand's distinctive, attractive styling.

The GV60 will be offered in two configurations in the United States. The GV60 Advanced AWD starts at $58,890 and features a facial unlocking system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GV60 Performance AWD starts at $67,890 and brings more power, leather upholstery, a massaging driver's seat, and more.

2023 Genesis GV60Buyers get three years of free charging. Genesis

The Advanced model comes with a 74-kW front and 160-kW rear electric motor for a total of 314 horsepower. A 77.4-kWh battery provides juice for the operation, and returns a range of 248 miles. The Performance AWD model features a 160-kW front and 160-kW rear motor for a combined 429 horsepower, with up to 483 ponies available with a temporary boost mode.

Genesis partnered with Electrify America to provide GV60 owners with three years of free 30-minute charging sessions. Owners can charge anywhere in the United States, and can locate charging stations using their vehicle's navigation system. The GV60 is also the first Genesis to feature Connected Care, which includes several connected services such as enhanced roadside assistance, an SOS emergency notification feature, vehicle health reports, and more.

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The new Z starts at under $40,000.

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The new Nissan Z is finally here, and the 400-horsepower sports car is hitting the market with a reasonable price. The car starts at just $39,990 before a $1,025 destination charge. That's significantly cheaper than the least expensive Toyota Supra for a car with impressive specs and great style.

2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

Nissan says the new Z will go on sale in summer 2022. Pricing starts at $39,990 for the base Sport trim, $49,990 for the mid-range Performance trim, and $52,990 for the limited-edition range-topping Proto Spec trim.

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