Redesigned Nissan Maxima: Not Just a Big Altima

If we had asked you what Nissan’s flagship model was last year, odds are your answer would have been the Nissan Altima. By all logic, you’re right. The Altima sold 336,000 units in 2014. Reviews are fantastic and they’re easily recognizable on the road. So you probably wouldn’t have believed us if we had told you the Maxima was the real flagship.

Nissan agreed with this sentiment, after the Maxima sold only 50,000 units in 2014. The engineers did their part and made sure to bring the Maxima and a certain logo out of an early retirement. Headlining next year, the redesigned Nissan Maxima: Four Door Sports Car.

The all-new Maxima has five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The base model, S, comes fully loaded with plenty of convenience features many other automakers consider optional, like navigation and remote start. The “4DSC” logo is hidden away in the headlight and taillight lenses.

The interior of the Maxima looks and feels like an airplane cockpit, just as you’d expect from a sports car. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine that can hit 300 hp with a press of the gas pedal. Fuel economy hasn’t been forgotten: 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city.

You can find the Tennessee-built 2016 Nissan Maxima on lots this summer. Starting price: $32,410, a bargain if we’ve ever seen one.

Nissan hits Production Milestone at Mexican Assembly Plant

Nissan Sentra

Nissan production is healthier than ever right now—and, in fact, the brand’s Mexican assembly plant in Aguascalientes recently hit a production milestone of 200,000 vehicles. The A2 manufacturing complex recently shipped a Nissan Sentra SR to Chicago—the 200,000th vehicle to roll off the line. There’s actually two plants in the complex, and each of them can produce a Sentra in under a minute.

With that sort of efficiency and production, it’s no wonder that the Aguascalientes plant posts such impressive numbers now. It’s also a subset of Nissan’s overall production health right now. “Nissan Mexicana is considered the benchmark for the brand in the world,” Airton Cousseau, head of Nissan’s Mexican operations, said. “It’s No. 1 in production [in Mexico] and the first in exports, more than in Japan.”

In fact, the brand hopes to make up to 1 million vehicles per year in Mexico once 2017 rolls around. Fortunately, much of that production feeds into the American market, so come see us at Bates Nissan today to learn more about all these great vehicles!

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition Celebrates Brand Milestone

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

If you are looking for a vehicle that has a bit of flash and a lot of speed, look no more—Bates Nissan can get the perfect vehicle for you! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition combines the power of the legendary supercar with a brand-new golden paint color that highlights just how precious of a vehicle the GT-R is.

The 45th anniversary vehicle takes the original GT-R’s premium level and adds a big boost of luxury to the already luxurious vehicle. This new, golden shade, which is called Silica Brass, easily turns heads left and right. Even the vehicle’s VIN plates are a similar hue! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition also has a commemorative plaque located on the center console, in case you ever forget that you’re driving a gold-colored car while driving.

Nissan is only selling 30 of these golden cars in the United States market, so if you’re interested, you need to get your order in soon. Because the color is so precious—it is based on a precious metal, after all—Nissan is adding an additional $1,000 charge to the Premium trim level’s $101,770 sticker price. For more information on the special edition supercar, contact Bates Nissan today.

Award-Winning 2015 Rogue Handling: Best in Safety and Performance

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The new Nissan Rogue was recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) “10 Best AWD Vehicles under $25,000.” Featuring available third row seating, the latest driver assist technologies, and incredible performance, it’s easy to see why the Rogue was named among the best cars on the market.

According to Nissan, the 2015 Rogue handling is one of the major features KBB editors were most impressed with. Aside from state-of-the-art AWD, the new model also has Advanced Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine braking among other things.

“Featuring Advanced Ride Control, Active Trace Control, and Active Engine Braking among many other features, with a premium look and feel, Rogue is a solid entry in the marketplace. We are ecstatic that the Rogue has been recognized by Kelley Blue Book,” said Dan Mohnke, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager.

The Rogue also comes with premium seating and extra cargo room. EZ Flex Seating helps drivers and passengers stay comfortable – something you might not realize is important until you have it. All things considered, it’s no wonder KBB chose the Rogue as a top pick.

Mass Market Nissan V2G System in Production

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For many consumers, one of the biggest problems holding them back from purchasing an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is having to find a charging station away from the home.

One solution to this issue is vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems, which is a feature that allows electric cars to work with a power grid to send electricity from the power lines to the car, and back, if desired.

According to a recent statement, Nissan is teaming up with Endesa in Madrid, Spain to develop the first ever “mass market” V2G system, which could absolutely change the future of electric vehicles.

Their plan is for electric car owners to be able to use the V2G system during low-demand charge periods, when costs are lower, and also to be able to store that cheaper charge for another time.

It’s no surprise that Nissan, who leads the automotive industry in electric vehicles, is championing this pursuit. What do you think about the Nissan V2G system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

No Question about the Nissan Sentra’s Safety

The 2015 Nissan Sentra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award, thanks to a number of structural improvements made this year along with a robust suite of advanced safety features.

IIHS’s Top Safety Pick Award recognizes vehicles that do exceptionally well in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraint tests. It also requires that the vehicle earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap frontal test. The Nissan Sentra earned the best-possible score of “Good” on all five tests.

Nissan has modified the Sentra’s front structure, including the A-pillar and doorsill, helping the compact car to achieve its “Good” rating in the new and difficult small overlap frontal test. In addition, standard features include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, Anti-lock Braking System, Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist, front and rear crumple zones, energy absorbing steering column, among others.

“Nissan is committed to safety and innovation, and Nissan is proud to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating for the 2015 Sentra,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America in a statement. “As a compact sedan, Sentra is a critically important vehicle in Nissan’s lineup and with its standard safety features we’re bringing a high level of safety and security to a growing consumer segment.”

Here at Bates Nissan, we think the Nissan Sentra’s safety scores are a testament to Nissan’s continued commitment to building safe vehicles. Stop by today to learn more about the incredibly safe Nissan Sentra!

Nissan Pathfinder One of the 15 Best Family Cars for 2015

Nissan Pathfinder

When it comes to our families, we want to give them the best, right? Well, look no further. The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of the 15 Best Family Cars for 2015 by trusted automotive resource Kelley Blue Book®.

Factors such as comfort and driving, safety, child seating, cargo space, back seat entertainment, and additional amenities were considered in determining the award winners.

The Pathfinder, one of just two mid-size SUVs to make the top 15 list, was praised for its roominess, ease of access, efficiency, power, and additional convenient features.

“Completely redesigned just two years ago, 2015 Pathfinder retains its core values of fun, utility and fresh style while also adding a number of exciting enhancements beneficial for the whole family,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan chief marketing manager & marketing operations. “With plenty of cargo space and interior room, and a smooth ride with solid handling, the 2015 Pathfinder is a classic ‘family-first’ vehicle, and we’re elated to once again be included among Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars.”

This is the second year in a row the Pathfinder has made the list of the industry’s best family vehicles. If you are still wondering why, please stop by Bates Nissan. We would love to show you.

To the Outer Limits and Beyond: The Glow-in-The-Dark Nissan Leaf

Nissan LEAF

If only Mulder and Scully could see this – a glowing leaf is out there!

In a revelation sure to impress the X-files detectives themselves, Nissan disclosed its newest exciting innovation; the glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf. While third party manufacturers have produced luminous paints and car wraps, Nissan is the first car company to fabricate an actual incandescent vehicle.

In an effort to symbolize the Leaf’s energy-converting EV capabilities, Nissan partnered with Hamish Scott, the inventor of glow-in-dark pavement, to create the glowing paint – fittingly – named Starpath. Comprised of a secret formula of organic materials and the biologically inert chemical Strontium Aluminate, the paint is able to absorb the ultraviolet energy from the sun during the day and convert it to light that shines 8-10 hours during the night. If commercially made, the glow-paint could last for up to 25 years.

While this illuminating paint is not –yet- available to the public, stay tuned to Bates Nissan for Starpath updates, and be sure to come visit us to see all of the newest –out there – innovations that Nissan has to offer!

Nissan Customer Loyalty Booms Thanks to the New LEAF

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The Nissan LEAF was recently named one of the most popular cars on the road based on customer loyalty. During the annual IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards, the LEAF took home the award for best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car. Considering it was the only plug-in nominated, the fact that it won says a lot about its incredible performance and quality.

According to Nissan, the new LEAF is selling like crazy, beating all of its previous sales records in 2014. This plug-in features seating for five, 114 MPGe, and a range of 84 miles. The LEAF truly is one of the best alternative-energy models on the market.

“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for Nissan LEAF. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF.”

Nissan customer loyalty is so impressive because of the high-degree of quality that comes standard with every model. Not only is the LEAF an affordable car, but engineers have consistently pushed the envelope on the design. That’s one major reason more drivers than ever are switching to the all-electric model.

Find out why everyone loves the Nissan LEAF!  Come on in to Bates Nissan to check out a Nissan LEAF for yourself.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo Debuts in Super Bowl Ad

Nissan used its heartwarming With Dad ad to debut the GT-R LM Nismo, its long-awaited racer designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It’s been 16 years since Nissan has competed in the top tier of the prestigious race, but now it’s back. The GT-R LM Nismo was created by a team of experts from around the world and boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sits in the front of the front-wheel-drive car, while hybrid power is derived from the front driveline to boost acceleration.

The LM P1 car belongs to a category that features some of the most extreme sports cars in racing today. Its performance at Le Mans could go a long way toward not only solidifying the automaker’s excellence in hybrid power but also in developing new, innovative technologies that can be applied to the very kind of production vehicles we see every day at Bates Nissan.

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will be the centerpiece of a Nismo display at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, alongside the GT-R Nismo, 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, and several other Nismo models and concepts.

Check out a Nissan GT-R for yourself at Bates Nissan!