As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, we want to let everyone know we will be closed on Thursday, November 28, 2013 so we can celebrate the holiday with our families. However, we will be reopening Friday morning for normal business hours.
Nissan announced yesterday their intentions to have the all-electric Leaf production increased in the Tennessee factory.
Earlier in the year, Nissan announced a price cut for buyers interested in the Leaf which created a substantial boost in demand for this vehicle, and the demand is calling for bigger production numbers. Nissan executive Jose Munoz said he expects to see an increased number of Leafs available to dealerships starting as early as next month.
The Leaf is currently the least expensive five-seat plug-in vehicle in the country, starting at $28,800 and since January sales have more than doubled. In October alone, Nissan saw a 27 percent rise from sales in 2012 and in 2012 Nissan sold 9,819 Leafs in the US.
To test drive a Nissan Leaf, stop into Bates Nissan today and see what all the hype is about.
Bates Nissan is sponsoring the 3rd annual Veteran’s Day Golf Tournament at the Rotary Club of Copperas Cove. The event will be held on November 9, 2013, beginning at 8 a.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club’s mission is to invest all its resources into its top priorities, such as promoting and establishing peace and eradicating polio. In addition, with funding, the club tackles global issues such as malnutrition, illiteracy, and poverty.
Fifty to sixty golfers are expected to participate in the tournament. In addition to competing in the golf tournament, these participants will also have the chance to win a 2014 Nissan Sentra (donated by Bates Nissan) in a hole-in-one contest.
For more information on the event, please contact John Hunt at (254) 501-3079. To learn more about the Bates Nissan sponsorship or the Nissan Sentra, please contact John Johnston (254) 699-7181.
The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality. The program has already helped to fulfill the dreams of many gamers who are now professional drivers with Nissan, including Lucas Ordonez, who is now expected to compete in the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours race.
The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality.
The competition began with over 400,000 racing enthusiasts all doing their best to best each other in the latest iteration of the long-standing PlayStation Gran Turismo franchise. The top 32 contenders were be sent to New York City to participate in the National Finals. Only 12 remained after a series of virtual, media, and real-life driving challenges; the dozen finalists will then be tested at the legendary Silverstone race track in the U.K. In the end, only one driver will be selected to race for Nissan after passing a series of physical, psychological, and athletic challenges and logging an extensive amount of track time in the Nissan 370z, Nissan GT-R, and Nissan JUKE NISMO.
The first episode of Season 3 of Nissan GT Academy will air on SPIKE TV at 10:30 ET on November 11th. If you just want to drive a regular Nissan without having to go through the trouble of hours of competitive training, just stop by Bates Nissan! We’ll hook you up.
The next vehicle you can expect to see on Bates Nissan’s lot is the 2014 JUKE; but we are also excited about the JUKE NISMO.
Before heading to visit us though, take a sneak peak at the price tag you can expect to see on our newest additions. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for the 2014 Nissan JUKE include:
2014 JUKE MSRP: Front Wheel Drive Models
2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $18,990
2014 Nissan JUKE SV MT – $20,990
2014 Nissan JUKE VS CVT – $22,040
2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO MT – $22,990
2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $24,290
2014 JUKE MSRP: All Wheel Drive Models
2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $20,990
2014 Nissan JUKE SV CVT – $23,740
2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO CVT – $25,290
2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $25,990
According to Nissan’s official press release, the 2014 JUKE is offered with two different custom packages: the special Midnight Edition and Sport Package. “The Midnight Edition features unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire Black mirror caps and privacy glass. The Sport Package includes a body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and stainless steel exhaust finisher. A Navigation Package is also available.”
Keep an eye out for the first sighting of the 2014 JUKE to hit Bates Nissan’s lot and be sure to come test drive one ASAP.
In case you don’t remember, the contest asked you to make a six-to-15 second video using Instagram or Vine to show the Versa Note doing something you’re passionate about. Six winners were picked to win $1,000 Amazon.com gift cards and “the top three winners would have their videos featured in a Nissan TV ad to promote the Versa Note.”
“There are a lot of really creative people using Vine and Instagram,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marking, Nissan North America. “We’re still trying to figure out the smoke and mirrors used to create several of the videos. This was a good social media experiment and a great way for Nissan to promote the all-new Versa Note.”
Make sure you check out the winning videos below, and then stop in to Bates Nissan to test drive one today!
Make sure you never put off necessary routine maintenance on your vehicle and take advantage of Nissan’s Car Care Event in October.
On October 1, Nissan announced their “October Car Care” service event which is intended to help car owners prepare for the approaching winter weather.
Nissan’s Car Care event features a complimentary multi-point inspection covering 100 points on the vehicles for all Nissan owners. On top of this inspection, Nissan will be awarding three lucky winners with “Maintenance for Life,” which will include regular recommended service for the life of a customer’s vehicle. This event will run through the end of October and can be entered at www.nissancarcareevent.com.
“With the focus on maintaining the value of your vehicle during Car Care Month, we felt it was a great time to reinforce our commitment to Nissan owners by offering complimentary inspections at their local dealership,” said John Spoon, vice president, Aftersales. “We’re also excited to share dealer offerings such as Express Service with our customers. With Express Service, Nissan owners can have oil changes and other basic maintenance completed without appointments in less than 30 minutes.”
No purchase is necessary to enter Nissan’s “Maintenance for Life” event, so head over to their site and enter for your chance to win. Make sure to stop in or call Bates Nissan’s Service Department for any routine or other maintenance needs for your vehicle.
Nissan announced a recall of 908,900 vehicles worldwide, with nearly 100,000 models being affected in the United States.
This recall has been announced due to the lack of acceleration in Japanese models like the Serena, X-Trail, Lafesta and Fuga, and the United States model the Infiniti M sedan. At this time, no official recall notice has been released; however Nissan did confirm the recall with Reuters.
“The accelerator pedal’s sensor could become unstable, potentially resulting in less-than-intended acceleration and in worst case, a stalled engine,” said spokesman Chris Keeffe. No accidents or injuries have been reported to Nissan.
If your vehicle is affected by this Nissan recall, bring it into Bates Nissan and our service department will replace the accelerator pedals and the engine control program will be fixed to address the problem. Total repairs will take about 90 minutes.
We all know buying a car can be difficult and buying a used car can sometimes be worse, but Edmunds released their “best of the best” used cars on the market right now, and we’re lucky enough to have three on the Bates Nissan lot.
These vehicles were picked based on the reliability, safety, value and availability and these were based largely on consumer reports. All models picked were between the model years of 2006-2011.
The Hyundai Elantra was named the best compact sedan. The Elantra “offers solid build quality, reliability and operating economy” according to Edmunds. We believe the 2011 model to be the best though because of the roomier interior and luxury features such as keyless ignition/entry and heated rear seats.
2011 Ford Mustang GT
The Toyota Prius was named the best hybrid vehicle on the market currently. This vehicle will offer excellent fuel economy, no matter which year you consider. The 2010 model was redesigned with the driver and passengers in mind by providing a roomier interior with height-adjustable seats and a telescoping steering wheel adjustment.
The Ford Mustang GT was named the best used performance car. These “modern Mustangs provide plenty of fun along with a measure of practicality,” according to Edmunds and the acceleration and handling are both worth taking a look at.
Stop in to see our vehicles that we have in stock and we’ll gladly help you to find the best fit. To see the full list of best used vehicles, visit Edmunds.com.
We all might joke about our cars driving themselves when we get tired or really just don’t want to drive, but is this really a possibility? With Nissan, it is. They have pledged that by the year 2020, there will be an affordable self-driving car available to the public.
Can you imagine not having to worry about controlling your car?
This push comes as an effort to help reduce the number of accidents caused by driver error. But how exactly? How is a car going to know when to stop or when to slow down to avoid the traffic jam in front of it? Nissan believes that’s simple by using vehicle-to-vehicle communication or V2V for short.
The V2V technology will allow vehicles to broadcast their speed and direction and can even send an alert to other vehicles when it is switching lanes or skidding on a certain part of the road to warn of a slippery surface.
We currently see the V2V technology in some models that have the ability to parallel park themselves or those that have lane departure alert. However, Nissan won’t be testing the fully autonomous-driving vehicles just anywhere. They plan to build a testing facility in Japan where they can test their computer cars.
V2V technology is predicted to minimize 80% of crashes involving sober drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
What are your thoughts on Nissan‘s autonomous cars? We want to her what you think in the comments section below.