Nissan upgrades Patrol

Nissan has upgraded its Patrol SUV model with new V8 engines, a 7-speed automatic transmission and a

The new upgraded Patrol offers a VK56VD' 5.6-litre V8 engine with VVEL (variable valve event and lift) and DIG (direct injection gasoline) technology which generates 400hp and 560Nm of torque. The components have been redesigned to improve performance and response, the addition of a new 7-speed automatic transmission with a range of gear ratios helps to deliver more efficient power.

According to Nissan, the new Patrol deploys a hydraulic body motion control system (HBMC), which keeps the car flatter with less body roll during lane-changing and cornering as well as stability on rugged and sandy tracks. It also offers a new suspension system, a 4-wheel independent suspension, upgraded from the previous rigid axle setup. The combination of HBMC and suspension system delivers improved handling and stability both on and off road terrain.

In addition, the Patrol version also features a new ALL MODE 4x4 system which allows driver to switch between four drive modes including sand, on-road, snow and rock, a new hill start assist and hill descent control, a revised tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS) with tyre inflation indicator and new brake system with new hydraulic brake booster and 4-piston opposed front caliper setup with larger 358mm front discs.

Takashi Fukui, chief vehicle engineer of Nissan, said: "By the time we came around to adding the new body and interior, we had virtually completed our reliability and durability testing and perfected all of the new technologies."

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Is anyone prepared to solve the NHS funding crisis?

As long as the political taboo on raising taxes endures, the service will be in financial peril. 

It has long been clear that the NHS is in financial ill-health. But today's figures, conveniently delayed until after the Conservative conference, are still stunningly bad. The service ran a deficit of £930m between April and June (greater than the £820m recorded for the whole of the 2014/15 financial year) and is on course for a shortfall of at least £2bn this year - its worst position for a generation. 

Though often described as having been shielded from austerity, owing to its ring-fenced budget, the NHS is enduring the toughest spending settlement in its history. Since 1950, health spending has grown at an average annual rate of 4 per cent, but over the last parliament it rose by just 0.5 per cent. An ageing population, rising treatment costs and the social care crisis all mean that the NHS has to run merely to stand still. The Tories have pledged to provide £10bn more for the service but this still leaves £20bn of efficiency savings required. 

Speculation is now turning to whether George Osborne will provide an emergency injection of funds in the Autumn Statement on 25 November. But the long-term question is whether anyone is prepared to offer a sustainable solution to the crisis. Health experts argue that only a rise in general taxation (income tax, VAT, national insurance), patient charges or a hypothecated "health tax" will secure the future of a universal, high-quality service. But the political taboo against increasing taxes on all but the richest means no politician has ventured into this territory. Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has today called for the government to "find money urgently to get through the coming winter months". But the bigger question is whether, under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is prepared to go beyond sticking-plaster solutions. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.