The Nissan Qashqai To Get Autonomous Technology In 2017

 

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The Nissan Qashqai is to become the first Autonomous vehicle produced by Renault-Nissan, in 2017. Renault-Nissan have already confirmed there is to be 10+ autonomous cars by the year 2020.

The system is to be called ‘Piloted-Drive 1.0’ and will be the first self-driving technology that the giant car company will roll out in a production car. Thanks to the addition of ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ the Nissan Qashqai will be able to travel autonomously on the single lane of a motorway, including when the car is driving in traffic.

Renault-Nissan has said that, autonomous technology will be “installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices”, and in 2018 – they’re set to release a ‘multi-lane control’ system, which will allow vehicles to automatically change lanes and avoid hazards when driving autonomously whilst on the motorway. It doesn’t end there, in 2020, a new function will arrive called ‘Intersection Autonomy’ which will allow vehicles to navigate junctions and heavy traffic in urban areas.

The first Qashqai’s equipped with ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ will go on sale this year in Japan, with the technology set to be showcased in Europe with a demonstration. The autonomous technology will be at the option of the driver, who will be able to take back control at any time.

The chairman of Nissan Europe, Paul Wilcox has said “The introduction of Piloted Drive technologies will be an evolution not a revolution as the building blocks for this are already in place in many of our cars today through our Safety Shield Technology.

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How Does 4×4 Work

Because cars have evolved to become very complicated beings, there are many different ways cars now work. You have cars ranging from 8 seats to 1, being powered by petrol, diesel, LPG, electric and so on. But one of the questions we hear the most is, how does 4×4 work? There are a whole range of different four-wheel-drive systems out there,  and this is because every manufacturer wants to be unique and come up with the very best 4wd system.

Firstly, What Does 4×4 Mean?

4×4 is a term used when a manufacturer labels their car as 4 wheel drive. 4×4 – not to be confused with AWD (which we will come to later) – is a part-time system that is designed to be used in low traction conditions, such as off-road, snow and ice. But, how does 4×4 work? We refer to this system as 4×4 because it simply means all four wheels have power sent to them. For example, many not so powerful hatchbacks with around 100bhp will be given a 2wd system (front 2 wheels get all the power) meaning each wheel has 50bhp to deal with – where as if the same car had the same power but had 4 wheel drive, the wheels would only have to deal with 25bhp each, meaning less chance of wheel spin, and more chance of better grip.

The common layout for most road cars include an engine that is mounted in the front of the car, designed to power just the front wheels. The engine’s power will then be sent through the gearbox and onto the differential. Torque is applied to the differential and is sent along two drive shafts, which are joined to each wheel, causing them to rate in the direction you’re travelling.

All wheel drive systems are a little different, in AWD vehicles the power is sent through the gearbox to a centre differential. This then splits the power to the front and back axles where it meets differentials at the front and rear. These differentials distribute power between the rear wheels as well as the front wheels, equalling all wheel drive.

Difference Between 4 Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive

4 wheel drive and all wheel drive might sound the same, but there are slight differences for example;

AWD cars – All wheel drive cars have constant power going to all wheels at all times.
4WD cars – 4 wheel drive systems have a temporary system that operates as two-wheel drive until a loss of traction is detected. The computers on board will detect the loss of traction and send power to all wheels to regain the loss of traction.

Different types of all-wheel drive

All wheel drive cars permanently send power to all four wheels, while four wheel drive vehicles only power all four wheels on occasion. An example of a 4WD car is the Skoda Yeti, while the Land Rover Defender is a typical all-wheel-drive car.

AWD cars tend to be for more specialised uses – for example – having all four wheels being powered at the same time is perfect for the avid off roader, this is because when you’re off roading you can’t be sure which wheels are going to be able to get any grip, meaning an AWD system will force all four wheels to spin, so you’re more than likely to get yourself out of an inevitable rut.

It is worth mentioning that many AWD cars this day in age, allow the drive to switch between two- and all-wheel drive – typically using another controller next to the gear stick.

Why Isn’t Every Car Four-Wheel Drive?

2 reasons: cost and efficiency. When a car is 4WD it will have extra drive shafts, differentials and electrical systems to keep everything under control – which adds more weight, while the losses through rotating these extra masses makes the vehicle less efficient, burning more fuel.

Nissan Qashqai Officially The UK’s Best Selling Family Car

Nissan-qashqaiFor the first time ever in Britain, the most popular family car is a crossover – according to new industry figures. For at least the past 5 years, the best selling family car’s have either been a Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, or the Vauxhall Astra – which are all hatchbacks – however, last month the 3 cars mentioned were all beaten by the Nissan Qashqai, not surprising as the Qashqai has a wide array of perks for families in Britain. The society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed that it’s the first time a crossover has outsold every other family car.

4,839 Qashqais were registered in January with the next most popular family car, the Focus, recording 4,285 registrations. This is an improvement of 2,731 compared to January of 2011 for the Qashqai. The Nissan Qashqai is even starting to rival the UK’s most popular supermini – the Ford Fiesta.

Data released by Jato Dynamics, which analyses the motor industry, showed SUVs and Crossovers were the most popular type of vehicle sold in Europe last year.

If you have a Nissan Qashqai and are in need for some new, reliable Nissan Qashqai parts, then please don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call today on +441629 734411.

New Universal Parts Section

Milner Off Road are proud to announce a brand new section of our website called “Universal Parts”.

The new Universal Parts category will feature parts that are available for pretty much every 4×4 on the planet. This will include the following array of products and accessories:

  • Car Cleaning Products
  • Car Oil
  • Gifts & Merchandise
  • LED Light Bars
  • Seat Covers
  • Spot Lamps & Lights
  • Towing Accessories
  • Work Lamps

We feel this is just one of the very few steps needed to make the website better, and easier for you 4×4 enthusiasts to use.

Tell us what you think about the new Universal Parts category on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to hearing from you.

How To Replace Nissan Qashqai Brake Pads

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How To Replace Nissan Qashqai Brake Pads.

Before we begin, there are a few things you need before you can replace the Nissan Qashqai brake pads, and they are;

  • Front Wheel Nut – 21mm
  • Brake Caliper Bolt – 14mm
  • Nissan Qashqai front brake pads or rear brake pads

Now that you have located the parts you need, you will need to remove your wheel using the wheel nut. Once you have removed your wheel, the brake disk and caliper will now be exposed and will look like this;

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Now you have the brake disks and calipers exposed, you will now need to use your brake caliper bolt and loosen and remove the bolt at the bottom of the caliper (make sure you only remove the bottom bolt, YouTube video below will help). Once you have loosened the bolt, you will be able to lift the caliper up, exposing the brake pads. Now, simply remove your old brake pads.

Before you put your new brake pads on, remove the cap from the brake fluid reservoir. The reason for doing this is because when you push the pistons back, it will cause the brake fluid to rise up. The reason you need to push the pistons in the brake calipers back is to make room for the new brake pads to fit.

Now you have pushed the pistons back, make sure you remove any brake bust that maybe on your brakes. Dust is the main cause of brake squeak and can also make brakes stick.

Apply copper grease to your new brake pads, this will prevent brake squeel and other noises.

You are now ready to fit your brake pads to your Nissan Qashqai. Simply fit the new ones where the old ones used to be.

Now you have fitted your new brake pads, simply pull the caliper back down covering the brake pads – tighten the bolt back onto the brake caliper with the 14mm brake caliper bolt.

You have now successfully fitted your new brake pads. Simply put your tyre back on and you’re good to go!

For all you visual learners, simply follow the video below;

You can buy front discs and front pads for Nissan Qashqai, along with rear Nissan Qashqai brake pads, sets, and other Nissan Qashqai parts from our website.

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(Make sure you test your brakes and ease them in gradually before travelling long distances, going off-roading, and braking sharply. Stay safe!)

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

4×4 LED Light Bars

4×4 LED light bars are fast becoming the must have essential for all 4×4 owners across the world. They’re seen as the most effective lighting solution for any 4×4. LED lights are revolutionising the lighting industry thanks to their outstanding energy efficiency, intense bright light and brilliant lifespan, when compared to a normal incandescent bulb. All of the LED lights we have at Milner Off Road offer incredible visibility. See the images below to see and off road light bar in action.

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To order your 4×4 LED Light bar from Milner, simply give us a call today on +44 (0)1629 734 411. Prices on all of our LED light bars start from just £48 + VAT.

Winter Driving Tips

Driving in winter can put even the best drivers to the test.

Driving in winter conditions such as snow & ice should be treated with respect. All types of vehicles can get stuck in the winter conditions even on familiar roads to the driver, leading to delay in traffic and potentially accidents.

Below is our advice on how to prepare your vehicle before you leave your home in winter.

Battery

Checking your battery before winter comes round is vital. This is because of batteries very rarely last longer than five years, and thanks to winter, a higher demand is put on them with lights, wipers, and heating being turned on for longer than before. If you don’t travel far or often, it will be worth carrying out a trickle charge overnight.

Engine

Whilst modern engines are more robust and can handle the winter conditions better than old engines, it’s still worth taking as much stress off the engine when starting up. To do this, depress the clutch when starting the vehicle, this will reduce drag on the engine when starting it up, also preserving the battery.

Tyres

When it comes to the winter month’s, it’s worth considering having winter tyres added to your vehicle. Winter tyres are designed to grip to roads better in wet, snowy and icy conditions. If you don’t have the money or don’t want winter tyres, then ensure your current tyres are inflated correctly and have at least 3mm of tread on your tyres.

Screenwash

Ensure you keep your screenwash full to the brim. Your windscreen is more prone to dirt in the winter, and keeping your windscreen clean is a big part of being safe in your vehicle.

Here are a few extra tips to take into consideration before you set off:

  • Allow for extra travel time in the winter.
  • Wake up earlier just in case you have to de-ice your vehicle.
  • Ensure you have at least half a tank of fuel in case of unexpected delay.
  • Don’t drive off until your windscreen is clear.
  • Plan your routes ahead.

How To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the snow is not as daunting as you think, as long as you know how to drive in these conditions.

The Insitute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Recommends.

When you’re driving in snow, to get your vehicles speed right. Don’t drive too fast, otherwise, you risk losing control, but not slow in case you risk losing momentum when you need it most, such as going uphill – and to brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.

If your vehicle is able to, pull off in second gear. This should help prevent your wheels from spinning in the snowy conditions.

Ensure you avoid high-revs and stay in a higher gear for better control.

When driving in snowy conditions, try to evaluate the stopping distance you have in front of you. The less you slam on your brakes in icy conditions the better. Judge your distance and let your vehicle come to a halt on its own as much as possible.

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Don’t rely on ABS in slippy conditions. Your wheels can still lock up even with ABS.

When descending downhill, lower your speed before you start the descent, and try your best to not let the speed build up.

Have any tips for driving in the snow? Let us know in the comments below.

When driving in snow what gear should I use?

When you’re driving in the snow, try to use the highest gears possible.

Set off in second gear, and avoid high revs. This, in theory, should help you from spinning your wheels and losing control.

If your car has a winter driving mode, make sure you apply it for added grip.

How to drive in snow in an automatic car

Driving in the snow in an automatic car isn’t that much different to a manual vehicle.

Just as much care and attention need to be paid. However, there are slight differences as your automatic vehicle might try and gear up and gear down when you don’t want them to.

The same rules apply as a manual vehicle, set off in second gear and avoid high revs if possible.

When driving in falling snow you should

Gradually lower the speed you’re travelling at, and steadily develop a safe distance between you and the cars around you.

When you come to stop, brake gently and in plenty of time.

Our 4 step guide on how to keep safe this winter can be seen below. We know there are much more ways to keep safe on the roads this winter, and that’s where you come in. Simply give your advice on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page. Stay safe!

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Which Nissan Qashqai Is A 4×4

Here at Milner Off Road, we often get asked which Nissan Qashqai is a 4×4. So we thought we would answer that very question here.

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The older generations of the Nissan Qashqai have 3 modes – 2WD, AUTO and LOCK. In 2WD drive the Qashqai is essentially FWD until a tyre slips, and when that happens the 4WD will kick in and the rear wheels help out, where traction has been lost. In AUTO mode the car is in 4WD all the time, and will attempt to “vector” torque to whatever wheel slips. In LOCK mode all the wheels turn together – just like a conventional 4×4 system with the Diff Locks engaged, meaning none of the wheels can turn faster than the others, so they can’t spin individually. In this mode, the Nissan Qashqai seems to be able to drive over anything in its path. If you exceed certain conditions (eg exceed 30mph road speed, or use too much steering lock) then the LOCK mode returns to AUTO automatically.

Unlike many conventional 4×4 systems, the system that the Qashqai has makes it possible to swap between 2WD and AUTO at any speed.

The latest generation of the Qashqai also comes with 4×4 and front wheel drive versions, which has surely gone done well with all the Qashqai fans out there. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the most satisfying engine according to AutoExpress, and it’s the only unit to be offered with the Qashqai’s All Mode 4×4 set-up. So if you want to take your Qashqai on some off-road adventures, it’s the only choice to buy. If you don’t want to take your Qashqai off roading, then the 2WD 1.5dci model should do the trick for everyday life.

View our wide array of Nissan Qashqai Parts and accessories.

How Budget 2015 Affects UK Motorists

Chancellor George Osbourne has announced the Summer 2015 budget, and has pledged to overhaul the UK’s car taxation system. This will include a ‘premium’ car tax to vehicles worth over £40,000. With modern cars emissions falling all the time, the existing CO2-based set-up which has existed for the last decade grows increasingly out of date, meaning many cars these days either pay no road tax or very little.

A new set up will be launched n April 2017 to combat these changes, and make sure that nearly every car on the road has to pay tax.

Osborne has claimed that over three quarters of new cars would pay no VED at all in their first year if the current system continued by 2017, and his new system will change that. Put simply, first year’s tax for vehicles registered after April 2017 will still follow the CO2 guidelines, but after the first year there will be just three rates: zero-emissions (free), standard (£140 applying to 95% of cars on the roads today) and ‘premium’ car tax (a supplement of £310 a year for cars over £40,000 list price new). These changes apply only to vehicles registered after 2017: all existing cars on the roads will pay at today’s rate.

The UK's new car tax system from April 2017

Company car tax rates for 2019-20 will continue to be based on a percentage of list price, but the tax will increase by 3% for cars emitting more than 75g/km of CO2 from 2019-20 – up to a maximum rate of 37%. The cleanest company cars will have to emit 0-50g/km of CO2, with further bands at 51-75g/km and 76-94g/km.

However, there is some better news to come from this, as the government will extend the deadline for the first MOT of new cars from three years to four years, subject to consultation. The government believes this will save UK motorists £100 million annually.

So to sum up;

New tax disc system from April 2017 for new cars
Existing cars will use today’s CO2 brackets
From 2017 new cars pay ‘standard’ or ‘premium’ tax
95% of motorists will pay £140 a year ‘standard rate’
‘Premium’ cars over £40,000 will carry a £310 supplement for five years
Cars that emit the over 225g/km to pay £2000 in first year
New ‘premium car tax’ for vehicles over £40,000
MOT tests only applicable after four years

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