The Nissan Juke may be the most appropriately named car on the market. Contemplate the lines, stance and attitude of the Juke and you may find yourself wondering if the design engineers wanted this Nissan crossover to appear a little…wicked. That’s exactly the dictionary definition of “juke.”
CarScoops says of the Juke, “some love it, some loathe it.” We have to admit that those of here at Nissan of Lake Charles fall decidedly in the love category. Look at the numbers and they suggest the loathing is the far weaker of the two sentiments. Nissan has pushed 420,000 units in the three-and-a-half years since the Juke’s inception.
The Nissan Juke is scheduled to be succeeded in the next two or three years, according to CarScoops. One has to wonder, will its Nissan Juke successor be an “equally divisive and standout design” as the original has been? Or will its successor receive “a more conventional and easily digestible styling”?
Production of the 2015 Nissan Murano is underway at Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, but the automaker is still looking ahead to the future of its latest global production hub.
Nissan says it wants to produce around 507,000 vehicles annually at the plant by 2017, which would require adding around 1,000 new hourly jobs to the already sizeable staff of 6,000 in order to add capacity for more than 55,000 additional units on a yearly basis.
In order to make Canton Vehicle Assembly capable of handling the load of building the new Murano for 100 global markets, Nissan added 1,300 jobs to the plant and invested about $2.8 billion in total.
Nissan has said that it intends to produce 85 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States at its North American facilities by 2015.
The new Murano is the eighth model being built at the Canton plant alongside the Altima, Armada, Titan King and Crew Cab, Frontier King and Crew Cab, Xterra, NV Cargo, and NV Passenger. To check out these and more of Nissan’s latest and greatest, stop in and see us at Nissan of Lake Charles!
While the Chevrolet Volt stagnated, the Nissan LEAF surged, setting yet another new monthly sales record. It has now sold more EVs in a single year than anyone ever in the United States, and shows no signs of slowing down.
Last October, Nissan LEAF sales in October 2014 were up 29.3% over October 2013, marking the 20th consecutive month of increasing year-over-year sales. It also helped reassert itself as the best-selling EV in the country, though we doubt anyone questioned that in the first place. So far this year, the LEAF has sold a record 24,411 units, up 35% year-to-date.
This doesn’t bode well for its closest competitor, the Chevy Volt, which has been stagnating this year. The Volt was down 28.8 percent in October and is down 14.9% so far this year.
At Nissan of Lake Charles, we expect the LEAF to keep riding that momentum, with a little help from a new TV ad that was recently launched. It encourages consumers to “kick gas” by saving money on fuel. A good tip, as the LEAF doesn’t use any fuel at all! Check it out below:
2014 Nissan Pathfinder
With a slogan encouraging drivers to “Go Further,” the all-new 2015 Nissan Pathfinder offers an array of upgraded features to take you anywhere. With a restyled design, tweaking under the hood, and a more comfortable interior, the Pathfinder is sure to put a grin on any driver’s face.
So, what’s new? The 2015 Pathfinder design is one of the most notable features. Although some may only notice subtle styling changes, the new model has been redesigned to be incredibly aerodynamic. Lightweight components and an advanced transmission help the 2015 Pathfinder retain 27 highway mpg, better than most competitors.
The Car Connection gave the all-new Pathfinder a thumbs-up, saying, “Two years after its transition from SUV-dom into the realm of true crossovers, the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder finds itself at home in its new segment–offering a competitive package that fits the whole family comfortably.”
While many automakers have been advocating radical new changes, the Pathfinder takes a different route. By “light-weighting,” Nissan has used aluminum and other lightweight materials where possible, and removed unnecessary weight. This means better efficiency without overhauling your typical driving experience.
Still curious about the all-new Pathfinder? Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today!