Nissan is Still the Taxi of Tomorrow

Though the Nissan NV200 had seemed like a promising Taxi of Tomorrow, politics and public expectations are making it difficult for the minivan to become the widespread, official cab of the Big Apple.

The taxi has been struggling to take off because of political blockage and the public’s reluctance to move on from the yellow Crown Victoria it has been so accustomed to. A state Supreme Court judge recently made a third adverse ruling to prevent the city from going ahead with the Taxi of Tomorrow plan, and though the Bloomberg Administration said it planned to appeal immediately, the mayor is due to leave office on Dec. 31 and none of the candidates looking to succeed him in 2014 are in favor of the project.

But Nissan still believes in the potential of the NV200. It’s got sliding doors on both sides for easy access and a flat floor for better legroom, as well as a panoramic sunroof to let passengers enjoy the skyline. Along with the improved fuel economy and reduced carbon emissions, the minivan was and remains a flat improvement over its New York predecessor.

“From a volume and brand promotion standpoint, we believe the Taxi of Tomorrow program was and continues to be a very successful opportunity for Nissan,” said Joe Castelli, Nissan’s VP of commercial fleets and vehicles in North America. “But it is not our only opportunity, as we intend for the NV200 Taxi to show up in many cities throughout the country.”

Nissan is also developing a hybrid version of the NV200 to better help establish it as a taxi of the future, so all hope is definitely not lost. With a bit of luck, Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow will soon be the Taxi of Today.

NissanConnect In-Car Infotainment System Keeps Drivers in Touch

We’ve been following the 2014 Nissan Rogue since the Japanese automaker teased us with an image of its headlight before its September 10th unveiling, and now we’re learning just what will be on the interior of the all-new CUV.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue promises to be loaded with advanced technologies, including the NissanConnect in-car infotainment system.  NissanConnect connects drivers to their favorite entertainment through a touch-screen, as well as hands-free technology by connecting with their smartphones.

By using NissanConnect in the 2014 Rogue, everything important to drivers from the outside world will be brought seamlessly into their vehicle, including their favorite social networks, weather, traffic, available navigation and so much more.  You can look for the NissanConnect in-car infotainment system to continue to make its way into more Nissan vehicles.

“As demand for in-vehicle connectivity systems continues to grow, Nissan is taking the lead in providing affordable, use-friendly technology under the NissanConnect banner with critical core vehicles such as the 2014 Nissan Rogue, Altima, Sentra and Versa Note,” said Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan North America, in a press release.

“We expect more than 1.5 million Nissan vehicles will be connected by 2015, with our cloud-based model allowing for periodic updates and the launch of new apps throughout ownership of the vehicles.”

What do you think of the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue?  Be sure to keep checking back for the most up-to-date information!

Nissan Foundation Continues Its Mission to Support Neighboring Communities

Nissan doesn’t just produce quality cars; the company also has a reputation for positively impacting its surrounding communities. Currently, the Nissan Foundation is calling for Letters of Intent from non-profit organizations seeking grant funding to continue serving their communities.

Non-profit organizations with 501 (c)(3) status and which are located in Nissan’s neighboring communities are eligible to submit grant requests. Those communities include Southern California, Middle Tennessee, South Central Mississippi, Eastern Michigan and the New York and Atlanta Metros.

“The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people’s lives in the neighborhoods where Nissan operates,” said Vicki Smith, the Foundation’s executive director. “We are looking for educational programs that foster a greater appreciation for diversity while creating a positive influence in the community.”

Founded in 1992, the Nissan Foundation has provided grant funding in excess of $7 million. This year’s applicants will have until Nov. 15 to submit grant proposals. Recipients will be awarded in July.

Of course, in an effort to save trees and maintain environmental consciousness, you will find the application online.

Nissan’s Autonomous LEAF Forges New Roads into the Future

We may not be flying like the Jetsons’ in their futuristic space car, but the car of the future is certainly here in the form of Nissan’s autonomous LEAF.

At the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies show (CEATEC), Nissan became “one of the very first public demonstrations of autonomous drive technology in Japan” according to a correspondent for Nissan Global Media Center.

Nissan showed off the capabilities of the autonomous LEAF, offering test drives to experience the car in action. Even Toyota’s CEO, Akio Toyodo, took a peek at the technologies it boasted.

Nissan’s Autonomous LEAF is equipped with five cameras and a sensory system that gather and process data from the world surrounding the car. With its zero emissions and the ability to carefully maneuver obstructions and other vehicles in its path, this revolutionary LEAF provides the best in safety and environmental responsibility.

After test driving the autonomous LEAF himself, Nissan’s CEO, Charles Ghosn, is “very encouraged” by the amount of technology the car encompasses compared to just two years prior.

Ghosn said in an interview, “The public senses that this is something of the future, something that they need and they will use. So now the pressure is on us, because we have launched this wave of attention on the technology. . . to make sure that we are going to be bringing the first cars on the market.”

The market introduction of Nissan’s autonomous car is, likely, not too far away. It’s hard to believe the future is here.