Nissan Ready to Race All-Electric LEAF NISMO RC This Weekend

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the first all-electric race car—not just made by Honda, but in the whole world—is set to rock the Clipsal 500 racetrack this weekend in Adelaide, South Australia. The LEAF NISMO RC, which will take part in the “Nissan Time Attack” this weekend, racing against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car, will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly. The all-electric race car, powered only by lithium-ion batteries, is specifically customized and streamlined for racing.

“The Nissan LEAF is changing the way we drive on the roads, with more than 100,000 zero-emission LEAF vehicles already sold worldwide,” said Jeff Fisher, Nissan Motorsport’s General Manager in Australia. “And the LEAF RC is NISMO’s translation of that innovation to the race track – demonstrating high levels of torque and grip – all without the direct use of fossil fuel energy.”

The LEAF NISMO RC will make a loud statement this weekend in its racing debut, despite the fact that you’ll barely here it whooshing around the track. Check out the race and then come check out the road-ready version of the LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Rogue, Altima, and Pathfinder Named Best Family Cars

In their infinite wisdom, the editors at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) have included three Nissan models in a list of the 12 very best vehicles for families. To represent 25 percent of the best family cars on the road this year is quite a feat for Nissan, and we at Nissan of Lake Charles are pleased to offer all three award-winning models: the 2014 Rogue, the 2014 Altima, and the 2014 Pathfinder.

In determining the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014, KBB editors originally selected 21 representative models across 11 different automakers. Each of these models had received top ranks in the website’s Expert Ratings for different family-friendly vehicle aspects. These aspects included safety, comfort, driving performance, rear-seat entertainment, room for child seats, and cargo space, among others.

Once these 21 vehicles were chosen, the editors relied on real families who drove these cars to offer their feedback. Based on their stories and opinions, the editors chose the top 12 victors, and the rest is history.

“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” explained Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “From Pathfinder’s more conventional family profile to Rogue’s wealth of amenities and clever cargo solutions to Altima’s ideal fusion of sportiness and practicality, the mainstream appeal of these vehicles’ designs has been borne out in robust sales numbers and third-party accolades such as these most recent awards from KBB.com.”

Currently shopping for a new model for your family? Be sure to stop by Nissan of Lake Charles and check out our top-rated family vehicles today!

Nissan LEAF Set Sales Record In Europe for 2013

2013 was a big year for the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF around the world, especially in Europe. That’s where Nissan sold LEAF number 100,000. And, the company sold 105 percent more LEAF cars there in 2013 than it did in 2012.

Nissan reported European sales of 11,120 all-electric LEAFs—a new sales record. It also increased its share of the European EV market to about 33 percent, and sold 25 percent more LEAFs than the next best-selling EV model, the Renault ZOE.

In 2013, the LEAF was the best-selling electric vehicle in the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and Finland.

And, 2014 is starting off with a bang, too. Nissan says January sales were up dramatically in Norway, the UK, and France. Year-over-year, those countries reported increases of 145 percent, 1,000 percent, and 240 percent, respectively.

And, the Nissan LEAF is having success here in the U.S. as well. In fact, in January, the LEAF nearly doubled its sales from last year.

Join with us in congratulating Nissan on its great success both in Europe and here in the U.S.

Nissan works to restore 1996 Nissan Maxima

Not
too long ago, we wrote about how Nissan purchased a used 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE
off Craigslist from a rather creative seller by the name of Luke Aker. In case
you didn’t catch our last article, Mr. Aker created a rather marvelous YouTube
video about just how amazing his 1996 Nissan Maxima was, and why for the low
low price of $1,400…it was a great bargain that no one would pass up. Well,
Nissan agreed and decided to purchase the car and later teamed up with
MotorAuthority to decide what fate now laid ahead for the infamous 1996 Nissan
Maxima. And what was their decision you ask? Well, the winning idea was to not
only restore the car to its “brand new” condition and put it on display in no other
than the Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, TN. On top of that, Mr.
Aker’s original YouTube video will be playing on loop nearby. Although
restoration on the car hasn’t quite started yet, we couldn’t think of a more
fitting resting place for such an iconic car; and its very own viral video
which you can check out below! Let us know what you think of the video, or, if
you own or have owned a 1996 Nissan Maxima we here at Nissan of Lake Charles
would love to hear your favorite stories about it!