Nissan’s Glow in the Dark LEAF Lights Up Smart Highway

If you didn’t know there was such-a-thing as a glow in the dark car, now you do thanks to Nissan! The automaker was the first one to bring the eye-popping, neon color to life. Nissan’s glow in the dark LEAF recently made its way down the luminous Smart Highway in the Netherlands, and it was pretty amazing.

With the innovative glow in the dark paint developed by Nissan in Europe, the LEAF is definitely one of the most recognizable cars there is right now! The special paint technology was created in efforts to encourage people to convert solar energy at home. The glow in the dark paint actually absorbs UV energy during the day and then glows for 8-10 hours after the sun goes down.

The Smart Highway that the LEAF was displayed on was developed by Daan Roosegaarde in order to help drivers see better in the dark, while also saving energy that would have been used in street lights. Roosegaarde said, “To have the world’s first glow in the dark car on our road is a privilege, and it mirrors goals that we want to achieve with our Smart Highway.”

Nissan has been a key leader in creating innovative products like the 100% organic glow in the dark park coating the LEAF, which is used to help inspire other products and people to think and act more efficiently.

For more information about the glow in the dark LEAF or Smart Highway, please visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Redesigned Nissan Juke Arrives in 2015

2015 Nissan JukeNissan is continuing to refresh its models, giving drivers something eye catching year after year. For 2015, we’re getting a redesigned Nissan Juke. Along with this redesign are pricing changes, new styling, more cargo capacity, and a new model range.

The new Juke is coming out with some blinding LEDs. In addition, daytime running lights, mirror turn signals, and taillights all received the upgrade, already making the vehicle flashier than ever. The grille has also been revised and there is a more noticeable trim around the front bumper.

With a new Juke come a few new colors, as well. Options include magnetic red, ink blue, and bumblebee yellow. All models also sit on 17 inch alloy wheels. Speaking of models…

Nissan has dropped the ST-S model altogether. Remaining are the Ti-S and ST models. The entry model ST features a 1.2L four cylinder turbo engine, which is only available in a six speed manual. For an automatic, you’ll have to jump up to the ST 1.6L non-turbo four cylinder with a CVT. Front wheel drive only on the ST.

The Ti-S is the bombshell of the Juke. There are two models, both with a 1.6L four cylinder turbo engine. In the less expensive model you get the engine, front wheel drive, and a six speed manual. In the more expensive one, you can expect a CVT with all-wheel drive. No matter which of the two you choose, Nissan delivers. Included in the Ti-S is the “Safety Shield” technology suite (lane departure, blind spot, and moving object detection, just to name a few), 5.8 inch touchscreen with internet app connectivity, satellite navigation,Bluetooth connectivity, and audio streaming.

So what’s this going to cost you? Car Advice has that answer with a nice little comparison to the Nissan Juke’s previous pricing.  We at Nissan of Lake Charles can’t wait to see the changes in person!

New Nissan Rebate Program Started in Atlanta

Nissan Zero EmissionsIf you’re a business based in Atlanta, Nissan has some good news for you—and some incentive for you to help continue Atlanta’s green car revolution. From now until June 30, 2015, Nissan and Georgia Power EV will both offer $500 to businesses for each 240V, Level 2 charger installed at their businesses. The total rebate of $1,000 is a huge boost to businesses—and helps grow the culture of green driving in Atlanta.

In fact, Nissan sells more LEAFs in the city of Atlanta than anywhere else in America, and that trend should continue with this great new Nissan rebate program. “We believe this innovation represents a significant development for Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 customers,” said Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe. Furthermore, he states that, “Every Nissan electric vehicle battery contains a power storage capability that will prove useful in contributing towards smarter and responsible management of the power demand & supply of local power grids, thus reducing our EV total cost of ownership.”

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re hopeful that this program will succeed in Atlanta and hopefully spread to many more cities in America and around the world. Of course, that will help Nissan sales with the LEAF, but we’re also excited just to see the environmental impact we can have together through all this green driving. Come see us today to learn more about how the LEAF can save you money and save the earth all at once!

Nissan Sway Concept Car Shatters Expectations of Hatchback Segment

In the car industry, each segment has a specific set of unwritten expectations. For the hatchback segment, this means a sporty, roomy vehicle that offers both versatility and performance. Nissan is looking to shatter these expectations, though, with the brand-new Nissan Sway Concept Car. With an innovative design and sleeker silhouette, the Sway Concept offers something completely unexpected in the hatchback segment, making it obvious that the future of Nissan’s hatchback lineup is sure to shake things up.

The Sway Concept Car debuts a new, bolder design that has never been seen before from a Nissan car. Sharp angles, edgy bodylines, and a slim silhouette give the hatchback vehicle a sophisticated air. This is enhanced even more so by the Nissan’s floating roof design, which uses a panoramic glass roof and a special window design to give the illusion of 360 views.

Hidden behind this stylish exterior is an interior that combines elegance and simplicity. There is no doubt that we’re excited to see where the Nissan Sway Concept Car will take the carmaker’s lineup. For more information on the future of the Nissan brand, make sure you check back with Nissan of Lake Charles in the future!

Nissan’s Mr. K Has Died at 105

In September of 1909, a legend was born. Yutaka Katayama was the first president of Nissan and would later become known as Mr. K. Mr. K passed away on February 19, 2015 at the age of 105.

Nissan released the following statement following the news of Katayama’s passing, “Yutaka Katayama (Mr. ‘K’) was a passionate ambassador for the Datsun and Nissan brands and our condolences go out to his family and friends. His more than 80 years in the car business included an induction into both the American and Japanese Automotive Hall of Fames. He was a pioneer on both sides of the Pacific, and we are grateful for his service to Nissan and his passion for our brands.”

Katayama was an important part of the automotive industry for nearly 80 years. He first started with Nissan in 1935 and was part of the Administration Department handling publicity and advertising. He then spent part of his career filming motor sport races around the world and played a pivotal role in building the Datsun brand here in the United States.

One of his most hailed achievements was creating the key concepts for the Z-car, one of the most exceptional sports cars on the road.

He retired from the company in 1977 and was inducted into the American Automotive Hall of Fame in 1998.

To learn more about Katayama’s legacy in the automotive industry, watch these three short videos where he discusses his life with cars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-gh6pnYXGQ#t=90

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrPTeKf6k1E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFtOetr2FuU