Nissan Makes Biggest Gains in Fuel Efficiency

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual fuel efficiency report and Nissan has made the biggest gains in fuel efficiency. The report compares model years 2012 and 2013. Nissan’s 2013 lineup hit an average fuel efficiency of 26.2 mph, a gain of 2.1 mpg over the previous year.

gains in fuel efficiency

While Nissan’s average fuel efficiency doesn’t give it the most fuel-efficient lineup, it did make the biggest improvements when compared to other automakers. The report does not include electric cars, like the popular Nissan LEAF. If it did, Nissan’s average fuel efficiency would surely be even higher.

“Achieving good fuel economy is not a miracle,” says Pierre Loing, vice president of Nissan product planning, in a statement. “You need to work on weight reduction, aerodynamic and frictions [and] powertrain.”

The biggest change in fuel efficiency came from the Nissan Pathfinder, which increased its miles per gallon by 30 percent. The Altima also made big improvements with fuel efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway—a gain of 15%.

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Nissan Hits 60,000 EV Sales during National Drive Electric Week

The third annual National Drive Electric Week has only just ended and for Nissan, it was on a high note. This week was not only host to over 130 of the brand’s funded gassroots events across the country, but it also marked their announcement of reaching 60,000 electric car sales in the United States. This makes Nissan one of the top runners in EV sales in the US and, with its partnership in Europe with Renault, one of the top sellers of EVs in the world. EV News Report states that Nissan’s electric car sales are up 34% this year and marks August as a record-making month: 3,186 cars sold. That’s 3,186 cleaner cars on the highway thanks to Nissan and LEAF drivers alike. “LEAF owners have become our most effective marketers. Their enthusiasm for their LEAF and its benefits drives family, friends and co-workers to consider and purchase one for themselves,” said Nissan’s director of EV marketing, Toby Perry.

With the help of loyal LEAF owners, Nissan will be sure to see continued sales jumps as the months continue, making the road cleaner with every sale. At Nissan of Charles Lake, you know your dollar is going toward a better world and a better car. For more information on Nissan’s EV developments and their other hot releases for 2015, be sure to stop in!


Nissan Increases Hybrid Production

Nissan Motor Co. has always been more interested in the developing electric vehicle technology and has left the production of hybrid vehicles to other car manufacturers, but that as hybrid become increasingly popular, Nissan has changed its stance.

Nissan has begun developing its first in-house front-wheel-drive hybrid powertrain and it will debut next year.  The Hybrid technology Nissan will develop will not be applied to hybrid-only vehicles like other car makers have done (i.e. Toyota Prius and Honda Insight), instead Nissan plans to apply the hybrid technology across its lineup.

Our aim is not how can we apply it to just a single vehicle, but extend it across the lineup as much as possible, as soon as possible,” said Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president for global research and development.

Nissan plans to roll out at least one new Hybrid vehicle a year for the foreseeable future, and with them will come roughly a 30 percent increase in fuel economy.  With stricter emission regulations coming in the near future and a heighten consumer demand, Nissan realizes the need to develop hybrid technology.

“All vehicles need some form of electrification,” Yamashita said. “Motor assistance is really key. Otherwise they can’t meet fuel economy requirements beyond 2015.”

Nissan Unveils Self-Driving Car

Nissan recently unveiled its first self-driving vehicle at the CEATEC ( electronics show in Japan.  Dubbed the NSC-2015, the vehicle is able to drive through city streets or highways without the assistance of a driver.

A driver doesn’t even need to be in the car when the vehicle is in motion.  New integrative smartphone technology allows the owner of the NSC-2015 to control everything wirelessly.  The NSC-2015 can even drop the driver and his/her passengers off at the door, find a parking space and pick them up after they’ve finished a meal or completed their shopping trip.

“The vehicle looks for a vacant parking space while identifying its surroundings; once it detects an open parking space automated parking begins. The driver can also use smartphone commands to make the NSC-2015 vehicle leave the parking space and return to the place where he or she is,” says a Nissan spokesperson.

Although consumers won’t see self-driving cars on the road anytime soon, there are some technologies in the NSC-2015 that could be applied to other vehicles sooner.

An anti-theft system utilized panoramic cameras that are able to give the driver a live feed of what is going on outside their car.  If something or someone approaches the vehicle, the driver will be notified on their smartphone and they can then view the live feed and sound the alarm if necessary.

Nissan Taxi’s Find the ‘Perfect Yellow’

More work goes into yellow than people might think.  In fact, once Nissan won the bid to create New York’s new line of taxis it took the auto manufacturer about a year to find the perfect shade.

The 2014 Nissan NV200 Taxi will soon be hitting New York as the City’s new taxi, and with 600,000 New Yorkers using taxis each day, it will soon become one of the most recognizable symbols of the city.  Nissan knew this and understood that selecting the right color would be paramount.

Initially, there was talk of going with a different color completely. “We actually started first to check and see if there was a chance to change from yellow to something else,” said Francois Farion, senior manager of color and design for Nissan, but the message from the “big apple” was clear- remain yellow.

The task then became to find the perfect shade.  Nissan’s team looked toward everyday objects like handbags, coffee mugs, umbrellas, etc… for inspiration, and soon the perfect shade was discovered.

“You have all of these yellows currently on New York taxis,” said Farion.  “We wanted to make it look slightly lighter and slightly fresher.”

After a year of yellow research, Nissan has found the shade they believe is “icon-worthy”.


Juke-R to be world’s fastest crossover

Nissan has released new specs regarding the Juke-R, a ramped-up version of the Juke that will be made available to buy in a very limited run on build-to-order basis in Europe.

The Juke-R does a 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.7-seconds with a top speed of 160-mph. Those numbers make the Juke-R the world’s fastest crossover.The vehicle boasts Nissan’s GT-R’s 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant into the body, packing 480-hp. The Juke-R also has the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive system, gearbox and suspension.

Nissan adds 1,000 workers in Mississippi

Nissan will begin manufacturing the 2013 Nissan Sentra, at the Japanese car maker’s Canton, Miss. plant.  The rise in production will require Nissan to hire 1,000 additional workers, bringing the total number of workers at the plant near 5,000.

“The addition of Sentra production is a testament to our dedicated Canton workforce and the high level of production quality that they deliver each and every day,” said the vice chairman of Nissan Americas, Bill Krueger. “The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale, and it is due to this that we are adding three vehicles to our production roster in Mississippi.”

Nissan will invest $20 million in addition to hiring the entire new workforce, and the state of Mississippi will also invest $7.5 million to aid in training new workers and infrastructure.

“Nissan’s trust in Mississippi’s workforce is evident, and I am proud that this company is creating 1,000 additional jobs for hard-working Mississippians,” said Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant.

Nissan is the ranked as the number six automaker in the United States, and believes that plants, such as the one in Canton, give them a distinct advantage.

“We’ve really got a luxury of having competitive plants across the region,” Krueger said.

The Canton plant already produces six other Nissan models, including: the Altima, Frontier, Titan, Xterra, Armada, and the NV van.

The 2013 Sentra will be the latest of a fresh-looking Nissan line-up, and production of the compact sedan is set to begin in December at the Canton plant.  Although much has yet to be unveiled about the 2013 Nissan Sentra, many consumers are excited about the redesigned exterior and larger body style.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra will likely be powered by a 1.8-liter engine with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission.  If this is the engine released with the 2013 Sentra, drivers will experience greater fuel efficiency than what was delivered in previous years.

Nissan Unveils Juke Nismo

Nissan unveiled the all-new Juke Nismo at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.  The Nismo is a sportier version of the Juke that will hit the market in Europe next year and in the United States a little later.

The public got its first glimpse of the Nissan Juke Nismo at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show where it debuted as a concept vehicle, but the vehicle is now set for production.

Inspired by the freakishly powerful Juke-R, the Juke Nismo is a performance model.  The Juke Nismo is equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, but performance upgrades don’t stop there.

The Juke Nismo flaunts a body kit designed to reduce lift at high speeds by utilizing lower front and rear bumpers and wider wings and side skirts.  The Nismo receives a stiffened suspension, unique 18-inch wheels and special torque vectoring system which will increase handling and agility.

The interior of the Nissan Juke Nismo is also race-inspired.  The cabin is adorned with a custom sports steering wheel, Nismo gauges, unique dash trim, and special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching.


Nissan Altima named best sedan for used buyers

2006 Nissan Altima

Right now, dealer demand for the pre-owned Altima might be best expressed by that old Van Halen song: everybody wants some. The Nissan Altima has been named the best midsized sedan for used car buyers, and demand for the affordable-but-fun car is up. The 2005 through 2010 models received the best marks from Edmunds.

The Nissan Altima is well-known for reliability, and its fuel-efficient-but-stylish design make it fun and family-friendly. Interior ergonomic design and comfort, as well as ultra-smooth operation, make it great to drive.

And, while demand for the Altima is up, now may be the best time for buyers to look for used cars. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reported in April that we could see the price of used cars decrease this summer, and they have recently confirmed that report.  In fact, some models’ value could drop by $900 in only one month.


Nissan Pioneers “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” on All New Models

Nissan has confirmed plans to make its “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” system available on all upcoming 2013 models.  The safety feature makes filling tires with air a simple process, and it already available on the 2013 Nissan Altima, 2012 Nissan LEAF and 2012 Nissan Quest models.

Many vehicles on the market have tire pressure monitoring systems, but Nissan has taken it a step further. Not only will the Easy-Fill Tire Alert” system alert drivers when their tire pressure is low, but it will also assist them in filling it up.

First, the vehicle will alert the driver of low pressure and some models are able to display the specific tire and pressure on the center display.  This is where things get really impressive.

Once the driver begins to fill the tire with air, the vehicles hazards blink to confirm that the process has begun.  When tire is inflated to proper pressure the horn with sound to alert the driver and if they continue to inflate the tire the horn with sound more aggressively until they stop.  If the tire is over-inflated, the horn will sound once enough air is let out.

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