Nissan LEAF Earns Second Consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award

2016 Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has earned its second consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award, proving that customers still can’t get enough of the all-electric Nissan car.

The LEAF was honored during the Automotive News World Congress held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which speaks even further to the award’s prestige.

Throughout the year, IHS Automotive analyzes loyalty among automotive consumers, determined when a household that already owns a new vehicle returns to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make, model, or manufacturer.

“We know that Nissan LEAF drivers love the benefits of driving electric—zero spending on gas, quick acceleration and the feeling of driving an environmentally friendly vehicle, to name a few—which is why so many LEAF owners come back and buy another LEAF,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.

With more than 89,000 U.S. sales and 200,000 global sales, the Nissan LEAF is by far and away the best-selling all-electric car in the world. At Nissan of Lake Charles, its EPA-rated range of 107 miles on a single charge has given customers a taste of efficiency that has them constantly coming back.  What do you think of the Nissan LEAF?  Is it your number one choice for electric vehicle?

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Should Get 310 Miles on a Single Charge

 

Nissan LEAFThe Nissan LEAF has now surpassed the Prius as the most popular and ubiquitous nameplate in the hybrid/electric vehicle market. With tons of technology, standard features, and—of course—incredible efficiency, it’s no wonder customers and critics alike both love the LEAF. Now, the next-generation LEAF will take that formula to an all-new level with a range that allows the electric car to go 310 miles on a single charge.

While the Next-Generation Nissan LEAF will come farther in the future, the 2016 model currently gets 110 miles on a single charge, thanks to a new, more powerful battery. This increase is already an improvement on the 2015 model, which had a range of 84 miles. While the 110-mile range is impressive, the next-generation LEAF is sure to knock the socks off of the industry.

Nissan just premiered a prototype of the vehicle, which comes with a new electric powertrain to push that range up over 300 miles on a single charge. Obviously, an electric vehicle with the same range as a gas-powered vehicle would be quite a welcome innovation to the new car market. For more information about the future of the LEAF electric car, make sure you stop by Nissan Lake of Charles in the future.

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.

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!

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.

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:

 

Nissan Leaf Takes on the Chevy Volt in 2015

When the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt were first introduced in 2010, the two electric cars were fierce rivals. Though the two cars have been laying low for a few years, they are both facing complete redesigns for next year, and we’re expecting things to heat up again.

The Volt will bring with it some serious competition, but we aren’t scared. Bring it on, Volt – show us what you’ve got. The Nissan LEAF is rearing and ready to roll. The 2015 LEAF has taken a page from the Tesla Model S, and will offer a choice of battery pack sizes.

According to a recent Yahoo Autos article, “Nissan product chief Andy Palmer told Green Car Reports that he could envision two or even three battery choices, which could give the next-gen Leaf more driving range than the current car’s 84 miles. How far? Possibly between 120 and 150 miles.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. That even puts the Toyota Prius Plug In with only 15 miles electric driving to shame.

The Volt will likely be installing a smaller, more affordable (or profitable) battery pack, but doing so won’t increase the electric driving range much past its current 38 miles.

We’ll keep the boxing gloves off for now – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right? Although we can’t say for sure when the Nissan LEAF will be available in dealerships, we are pretty darn excited to see the electric car hold its own!

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles to check out the LEAFs we have in stock today!

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!

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 LEAF Owner Clocks 100,000 Electric Miles

Washington state driver, Steve Marsh reached 100,000 miles driven in his all-electric LEAF earlier this week. Governor Jay Islee and state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson were on hand to congratulate him.

Marsh attributed this milestone to his long commute to work and easy access to charging facilities provided by both the state and his workplace.

“With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF,” said Marsh. “With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute.”

With the LEAF’s 75-mile electric driving range, Marsh only had to recharge twice a day. He also had fewer maintenance costs with the electric vehicle since he purchased it in 2011than he would have accrued with a gasoline car.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles are excited about this milestone. If you haven’t started recording your electric miles, stop by today. Start clocking your way to 100,000 miles in a new LEAF and enjoy all the savings that come with it.