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The Nissan Note with custom 'self-cleaning' paint job  (Source: Nissan)
Nissan is testing a self-cleaning car prototype that uses a custom paint that repels dirt, debris and oil.

Carmaker Nissan demonstrated a new nano-paint coating, dubbed Ultra-Ever Dry, which keeps dirt and debris from actually sticking to the paint.  Instead, the custom super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint can repel everything from mud, rain, dirt and oil, so the car effectively cleans itself without the driver needing to break out the car soap, sponge and bucket.
 
Nissan is now attempting to determine if the material is durable for long-term use on vehicles -- and if it will hold up in different weather conditions around the globe.  The Japanese automaker plans to test its custom technology this summer in Europe, with researchers based in its England technical facility using a Versa Note for testing. 

 

Currently marketed and sold by UltraTech International, Nissan is the first company to use Ultra-Ever Dry on vehicle bodywork.  If made available to consumers, Nissan plans to use Ultra-Ever Dry as an aftermarket feature.
 
Nissan’s application of Ultra-Ever Dry would join its recent use of self-healing paints in its Infiniti line of vehicles.

Source: Nissan



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It's interesting
By Samus on 4/26/2014 3:23:17 AM , Rating: 1
Nissan's paint engineering and push for advanced paint technology far outweighs their vehicles other assets.

I'd say half the stuff I read about Nissan is related to their paints, coatings and application technologies. The last non-paint technical innovations I've ready about from Nissan over the years were Nissan Leaf-related and CVT-related, both of which aren't very high tech, and the later of which has proven fairly unreliable and expensive to maintain.

Let's be honest here, Nissan's are among the cheapest cars out of Japan (in price and quality.) They are the most successful import brand in China because they are so cheap. Even in the United States, one generally pays as much as 30% under MSRP on Nissan vehicles (Rogue, for example, can be had for well under $20k, making it the cheapest crossover on the market) when Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru will command near-sticker price with higher initial list prices and little wiggle room.

They are just incredibly cheap cars. One practically has to consider an Infiniti to get an above average quality vehicle, even if its the same platform.

Case in point, the Nissan Murano is so crappy the front seat brackets snap and the seat falls to the floor. The Infiniti FX35, the same vehicle, doesn't have this problem. Unfortunately neither vehicles 7-speed CVT is known to last more than 100k if you don't have the 30k-interval $500 fluid changes.




RE: It's interesting
By hectorsm on 4/26/2014 8:33:24 PM , Rating: 3
I just got my transmission fluid changed this past Monday. It cost $99.90 which included parts, labor, and tax. Also the recommended change interval is 60,000 miles unless the car is under sever duty.

I've heard the initial CVTs hard longevity issues, but that has been long resolved. There are many Nissan CVTs out there with over 100,000 miles and even > 200,000 with no problems. The standard powertrain warrantee is 100,000 miles which includes the transmission. Which mean Nissan has confidence in there transmissions.

I like the CVT on my 08 Altima. It drives and accelerates very smoothly without the jumpiness of the regular transmissions. My Altima has 88,000 miles.


RE: It's interesting
By FITCamaro on 4/28/2014 12:41:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm only at just under 15k miles on my 2013 Altima SV (since late August). No complaints so far. I might need to take it in because I think a fan in the dash might be misaligned as I hear it brushing against something when I brake and the AC is on.


RE: It's interesting
By DiscoWade on 4/26/2014 10:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
My dad had a 1994 Nissan Altima with 250,000 miles on it when he sold it. I know the person he sold it to, and it still runs well with no major mechanical problems outside of normal wear-and-tear. It has close to 275,000 miles on it now.

Because that Altima ran so well, he bought a 2011 Altima with a CVT transmission in it for my mother. It has about 80,000 miles on it with no major mechanical problems outside of normal wear-and-tear.

I have a 2004 Nissan 350Z roadster 6-speed manual. I fell in love with it December 2005 and using persistence I bought the car for invoice price. I currently have 96,000 miles on it. The only issues I have with it are the paint is peeling and the tires. The tires are uber-expensive and the front sizes are different than the rear making it impossible to rotate the tires. Other than that, the thing is solid as a rock and people still talk about my car.

It has been my experience that Nissan has a wide range of reliability. With the more expensive models you can run them into the ground. The budget models, much poorer quality. Every vehicle requires good maintenance.

Before you ask, our family has no Nissan loyalty. My dad also owns a Honda and a Ford truck. I myself did consider trading in my 350Z for a Mazda Miata convertible. I really want a Corvette, but they are out of my price range.


RE: It's interesting
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/27/2014 11:07:08 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Let's be honest here, Nissan's are among the cheapest cars out of Japan (in price and quality.) They are the most successful import brand in China because they are so cheap. Even in the United States, one generally pays as much as 30% under MSRP on Nissan vehicles (Rogue, for example, can be had for well under $20k, making it the cheapest crossover on the market) when Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Subaru will command near-sticker price with higher initial list prices and little wiggle room.
Sounds like you haven't looked at or bought a Nissan in some time. That's not true at all.


RE: It's interesting
By aliasfox on 4/28/2014 9:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
The Murano and the FX aren't the same cars. The Murano is based on the FWD Altima platform, so it's the same bones as the Altima and Maxima. The FX is based on the RWD platform of the Nissan 370Z, so it shares basic architectural features with the Z and Infiniti G37/Q50 models. Aside from the JX/Q70 (I think that's what it morphed into?), no Infiniti has a CVT as far as I'm aware.

Rented a Nissan Sentra with a CVT this past weekend. No complaints for a basic econobox - it drove acceptably, had a basic aux-input (no stupid in-car UIs to fight), and got 38 MPG, calculated by hand. It wasn't too happy taking turns at the same speed my old GTI could, but for $10-12k less it seems like a reasonable compromise. The CVT was interesting - not bad for highway cruising, just different.


Car Wash business will not be happy...
By BubbaJoe TBoneMalone on 4/25/2014 9:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
...if this technology spreads to other automobile companies. I wonder how much extra it will cost and how long it will last.




By shabby on 4/26/2014 8:58:17 PM , Rating: 4
The Carwash Association of American will lobby congress to have this banned from cars...


By marvdmartian on 4/28/2014 7:43:19 AM , Rating: 3
Perhaps, but think of how much less happy they'll be, when Nissan designs automobile carpet that helps clean up the french fries you dropped in between the seat and the center console. Now they can't even give you a vacuuming!


technology
By w8gaming on 4/26/2014 2:31:45 AM , Rating: 2
this looks like paint technology instead of auto tech. While they are at all, how about self cleaning paint for house? gate? fence etc? So that our houses can all be shiny and new all the time. Self cleaning toilet bowl too, now that will be something everyone wants.




RE: technology
By heffeque on 4/27/2014 3:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
The thing is that this paint wares off, so you have to apply a new coating again and again each time the paint "gets old".


Would love to have this
By Nightbird321 on 4/25/2014 5:59:03 PM , Rating: 2
For my car




20 yr old nissan
By ssobol on 4/26/2014 1:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
I had a 1991 Nissan NX2000 for about 18 years. Never had any problems with it and it only required replacement of consumable parts (e.g. brake pads, tires). I sold it about 6 years ago, but I still occasionally see it driving around. That Nissan was less trouble and less expensive to maintain than the 2 Toyotas I have now. One has been recalled twice.




Nissan
By nozupelesos on 4/27/2014 8:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
Nissan owner here!

Let me just say - Bravo Nissan - that is truly awesome. This is the kind of innovation I can get excited about. I would be willing to pay a hefty premium for this option!

It actually looks like a super hydrophobic coating, as seen on some plungers and sprays (neverwet). Looks like a great application. Hopefully we see this coating as a standard option at auto paint shops.

Leave it to Nissan to keep innovating. I love my Nissan Versa. I traded in an SUV that was getting 17mpg for this great car. OH yeah, and the insurance dropped from $70 month to just $24/month (from Insurance Panda… woohoo!) There is plenty of room for everyone. I wouldn't go back to my SUV for anything.

Nissan is an amazing company with remarkable cars. Amazing interiors, awesome engines, supreme body styling. Why can’t American auto companies be like them??




By jklauderdale on 4/28/2014 12:00:19 AM , Rating: 2
I have no problem with my truck having a bit of grunge on it. I take it to a detailer every 6wks but I'm not looking to recover the ding in my bumper or rear fender.

The last thing I want is to make the vehicle I depend upon desirable. I bike to my shop, grocer and beach but there are some things that bicycles just aren't capable of (or else I'm unwilling to attempt due to common sense). If I'm heading out on my kayak, picking up my shop's water jugs or welding gasses then I'm going to be taking my truck.

I DO NOT WANT my truck to look spotless. I don't want it to be a target. I keep it running flawlessly but, as to the exterior... So long as the paint matches in order to not look bad at misc job sites, I'm good




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