Nissan Pulls Some Pranks with #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF

With its zero-emissions electric technology, the Nissan LEAF is already a pretty clean car, but earlier this year, Nissan showed us how it was getting even cleaner with a prototype nano-paint technology that repels dirt, oil, and water.

Now, Nissan is taking the #WorldsCleanestCar to social media with fun videos, games and interactions. In the first installment, Nissan has released “The Nissan Paint Prank” where innocent bystanders witness a paint crew “accidentally” spill paint all over the

LEAF. Lucky for them, the paint just rolls right off.

Viewers can then turn to Instagram for a fun “Guess the Mess” challenge. There, fans try to guess what liquid is being poured on the LEAF. Next, they can participate in the “Will It Stick?” game where fans can suggest things they’d like to see dumped on the LEAF and then Nissan will choose a few suggestions and try them out.

Fans can follow along with all the fun on Instagram with the hashtag #WorldsCleanestCar.

Nissan doesn’t have any plans to use this high-tech coating on production models, but is still considering it for an aftermarket option.

Will you be playing along in the #WorldsCleanestCar LEAF games?

Adam Levine in Nissan GT-R Test Drive Video

Here’s the story: Nissan challenged Adam Levine, lead singer of pop band Maroon 5. The automaker said Levine couldn’t sing while being driven around at breakneck speeds in the Nissan GT-R.  He took them up on the offer.

In the Nissan GT-R test drive video that resulted, Adam starts out sounding good, singing the first few lines to Maroon 5’s hit single, “Sugar.” He maintains control during the first burnout. However, as soon as the GT-R gets into motion, Adam can’t help but yelp a little.

For the first half of the ride, Adam manages to stay focused, though his vocal performance is peppered with nervous laughter and also the occasional howl of delight. Pretty soon, the speed and tight handling of the GT-R immobilizes his voice and he can only utter a lyric here or there. Eventually, he explicitly concedes, “I don’t even care about singing anymore. I’m just going to enjoy this!” His face is lit up with delight. At the end of the ride, he says, “I want to do it again!”

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are sure this is what you would say if you test drive any of the great new Nissan models on our lot.

2015 Murano Production Begins, Nissan Plans Expansion

2015 Murano

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!

Nissan LEAF Sales in October Continue to Set Records

2015 Nissan Leaf

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:

 

The Innovative 2015 Pathfinder Design Increases Efficiency

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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!

2015 Nissan GT-R Rumored to get 7-Speed Transmission

Rumors are circulating that the 2015 Nissan GT -R will receive an upgraded seven speed dual clutch transmission instead of the standard six speed dual clutch. As stated these are simply rumors as of right now, but an “inside source” at Nissan revealed the new Nissan GT-R concept to a GT channel early last week.

Despite the far off release date, increased speed transmissions are becoming the new trend for new models. Models like the Range Rover Evoque recently debuted with a ZF 9-Speed transmission. Also, Chrysler will be introducing the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the New York Auto Show later this week which will sport the first ever nine speed automatic transmission in the US market.

Will the new transmission, Nissan is hoping the new 2015 Nissan GT-R will top off at 2.7 seconds going from zero to 60 miles per hour. Many of the top engineers are also expecting to top their old lap time at the Nurburgring, hoping for a 7 min 15 sec start to finish time.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are excited for the new changes coming to the Nissan GT-R. With new changes come stronger competition and a continued effort to make Nissan cars the best cars out there! Check out our website for more information on any of our fantastic Nissan models!