Nissan Put Tracks On Yet Another Vehicle
I have to give it to Nissan: it knows how to make sharp and futuristic concept cars. Its project cars aren’t too bad (I still want one of the Star Wars vehicles to fly through snow with), but we’re definitely seeing a theme emerging. If it’s winter and a cold part of North America is hosting an auto show, Nissan will put tank-style tracks on one of its cars.*
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This time around, Nissan swapped the wheels off of the all-new Nissan Altima to promote its new AWD capability. Of course, it couldn’t just leave it there, so the new car was dubbed the “Altima-te AWD” project vehicle. The News Wheel’s office is full of punsters, so I’m used to humor like this. On the scale of light chuckle to yelled expletive, the name of this amped-up car falls squarely in the middle with an eye roll. Not bad, Nissan!
Punny name aside, the Altima-te AWD is a pretty powerful sedan. The team at Canada’s Motorsports in Action, who are also responsible for the Rogue Warrior, built out this Altima for the Montreal International Auto Show in Canada. While the Rogue with tracks didn’t require much modification beyond the wheels, the Altima needed a bit more help to reach its ultimate status because of its smaller footprint. For example, this Altima got some very exaggerated fenders to accommodate the track system. It also needed some upgrades to the chassis to raise it higher up from the ground.
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I might poke fun, but it’s cool to see a sedan conquer the snow with Nissan’s SUV fleet. If you want to see this car in person, it is on display at the Montreal International Auto Show before it moves to the Canadian International Auto Show in February.
*Sometimes it will also do it in warmer weather. See the Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior Project.
A Dayton native, Rebecca got her start blogging at the curiously named Harlac’s Tongue while studying abroad in the UK. She loves tooling around town with her Ford Focus named Jerome to the song they’re playing on the radio. On any given weekend, you can find her with her camera at area festivals, concerts, and car shows, shopping at flea markets, or taking an adventure on the open road. See more articles by Rebecca.