Good Housekeeping Magazine Names Nissan LEAF Top Electric Car Pick

2014 Nissan LEAF

Good Housekeeping is known as being the go-to publication for the best consumer products, which is why it comes as no surprise that the magazine found the 2014 Nissan LEAF SL to be their Top Electric Car Pick, using their tried, tested, and trusted testing method. Through a combination of driving range, great value, and segment-exclusive safety technologies, such as the Around View Monitor, the Nissan LEAF has proved, once again, why it is the best-selling electric vehicle in the world and deserving of this new title.

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the U.S. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

Good Housekeeping determined the top picks of its 2014 car review by putting them to the test on the track, suburban roads, and highways. During these evaluations, the researchers tested each car for ergonomics and convenience features. With an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles and a MPGe rating of 114 combined, all for the price of about $22,000, it really comes as no surprise that the LEAF has come out on top.

While Bates Nissan doesn’t have the LEAF in stock for your test-driving pleasure, we do offer plenty of other eco-friendly vehicle options to try out. Make sure you stop in to our dealership today and give them a test drive today!

Man Lets His Artist Girlfriend Draw all Over His Nissan Skyline GTR

If something has been drawn or written on your car with a sharpie marker, it’s usually because your own child will soon be getting grounded or your ex really has something to say to you. But this time, it was an act of artistic love.

A man who was living in Japan really wanted a Midnight Purple Nissan GTR, but just couldn’t find the right one. So, he ended up purchasing a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR in silver. In a post on the NICO Club forum (scroll through pictures), he says it was one of the colors he wanted the least, so he had plans to repaint it.

In the meantime, he got to work making the modifications he wanted, including reducing the weight, getting new wheels, and more. He also decided to let his girlfriend draw over some scratches on the front bumper, and 15 hours later the whole bumper was covered with a fantastic tribal design. So they decided to just do the whole car.

Once the entire car was doodled over, it was covered in several layers of clear coat to keep the design intact.

We think this is better than any paint job we could imagine, and we bet he’s glad he didn’t go with the Midnight Purple.

Would you ever let someone do something like this to your favorite Nissan car?

The Nissan Sentra And Other Models Hit The Gym

Nissan Versa

There’s nothing wrong with inspiring yourself.  I mean, you can’t always rely on others to do it for you!  This is the lesson we can take from Nissan.  They recently decided to freshen up the look of the Nissan Sentra, Altima and Versa lines.  For this improvement, they took cues from their own work – that is, the refresh they gave their 2015 Nissan Murano and 2016 Nissan Maxima.

The move they are making is towards “sportier” models.  The change is intended to help the Sentra, Altima and Versa stay competitive while Nissan works on full changes to these models.

That adjective, “sporty,” has raised some eyebrows in the automobile community.  That’s because many times a move towards sporty means sacrificing space and comfort. But not this time, says Shiro Nakamuro, Nissan’s design chief: “We have the most roomy hatchback or sedan in the segment, so we don’t want to throw away our strengths.”

We at Bates Nissan are well aware of these strengths. Stop by for a test drive and let us introduce them to you today!

 

Nissan Works with Reverse Graffiti Artist to Clean Walls

The Nissan LEAF is providing for a cleaner world in more ways than one. Not only does the electric vehicle have zero harmful emissions, it also served as the source of power for the jet washer used by reverse graffiti artist Moose to create a mural of the London skyline.

Moose was commissioned by Nissan to develop a mural in one of Europe’s largest and most polluted cities, London, using his special brand of art. Rather than adding to the pollution by spray painting a picture, Moose uses his own brand of “reverse graffiti” to strategically wash walls, revealing his masterpiece amidst all the dirt and grime.

His picture of the London skyline is about 2.5 meters tall and 10 meters wide and can be seen at a subway station in Waterloo.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

“It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on,” he added. “Working with Moose to highlight the effect air quality has on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

We at Bates Nissan wonder what would happen if Nissan and Moose chose a wall here in our area to tag with reverse graffiti. We don’t even want to think about the layers of grime that would likely be uncovered!

Nissan Group September Sales Show More Increases

After a great summer of sales for the automotive industry all around, Nissan is continuing their upward trend with improved sales during September as well. The Nissan Group September sales showed that the Rogue, LEAF, and others are still on the rise.

In total, Nissan Group September Sales reached 102,955, an 18.5% increase from 2013. Nissan Division sales, which excludes Infiniti sales, was at 95,118 units in September, an increase of 22.2% over last year.

Many vehicles in the Nissan lineup saw an increase in popularity and purchases last month including the Rogue, LEAF, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Frontier, and Murano. Some of these vehicles also set records for their model. Check it out:

2015 Nissan Murano | Nissan Group September Sales

The Nissan Murano (pictured above) saw a 50% increase in sales for the month of September.

Nissan Group September Sales

  • Altima – 21,675 units sold, +2.1%
  • Frontier – 6,853 units sold, +47%
  • LEAF – 2,881 units sold, +47.5% (September Record)
  • Murano – +50%
  • Rogue – 17,229 units sold, +51.8% (September Record)
  • Sentra – 12,557 units sold, +61%
  • Versa – 12,072 units sold, +37.6% (September Record)

Were you part of the amazing September sales that the Nissan Group had? If so, let us know in the comment box which vehicle you purchased. If not, then hopefully you want to be a part of future sales and record setting results. Bates Nissan can help with that. Just check out our huge selection of inventory and find a Nissan that fits your needs!

LEAF Frontier: A Look into Future of Mini Electric-Powered Pickups?

An electric pickup truck sounds like the perfect solution for truck lovers who need a smaller, more fuel efficient pickup. What Nissan is calling the LEAF Frontier, better known as “Sparky,” is just that. The LEAF Frontier was created simply by taking the popular all-electric Nissan LEAF and installing a pickup bed from the Frontier. The fully electric truck was built in order to help carry parts around the factory quickly.

Auto Blog reports that Nissan has admitted that they “tried to keep [the LEAF Frontier] a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘What is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation.” They surely aren’t wrong about Sparky being a head-turning topic of conversation. The idea of an electric-powered pickup truck from Nissan is certainly one that captures the imagination.

For now, Sparky will remain in the Nissan factory as an extra helping hand for engineers, but hopefully someday it will become available for purchase. Until then, you’ll have to settle for test driving the LEAF and the Frontier at Bates Nissan one at a time.

Nissan Reveals Cheapest LEAF in the World

Cheapest LEAF

The cheapest LEAF was sold in Rotterdam in the Netherlands for a whopping $9,460.

While going green might weigh less on your conscious, if it involves purchasing an all-electric vehicle, it can also put more strain on your wallet. As one of the more expensive types of vehicles to purchase, many people are often hesitant to switch to the alternatively powered cars—unless you happen to live in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Nissan recently announced the cheapest LEAF in the world happens to reside in Rotterdam. Sold for the surprisingly low price of $9,460 US, this LEAF has all of the creature comforts other, more expensive LEAFs have, but is still significantly cheaper thanks to a terrific amount of great local deals and incentives.

The deals, which are available only to businesses, come from both the nation itself and the local government, and are designed to make the Netherlands a greener country. Scrappage incentives, which are worth $3,240, and free parking for EVs are some examples of these deals, along with home charger incentives that bring the price of a new EV way down. According to Jordi Vila, the managing director for Nissan Netherlands, “By scrapping older vehicles and incentivising buyers to replace them with zero-emission electric vehicles, Rotterdam is taking a huge step in improving air quality.”

Though these great incentives have yet to take the LEAF price below the $10,000 mark in the U.S., you can still find amazing deals on the LEAF and more Nissan models at Bates Nissan. Make sure to stop in today and see these deals for yourself!

Project Titan Heads to Alaska

When it comes to tackling the Alaskan wilderness, you need the ultimate adventure vehicle and that is what Nissan created in Project Titan – with the help of their Facebook fans. Nissan let its fans vote on 10 aspects of the truck, including the camo-inspired wrap, accessory LED lighting, a NISMO cold-air intake, and more.

Project Titan is officially completed and now two Wounded Warrior Project alumni are taking the well-equipped truck into the wilderness to see how much it can handle. Army veteran David Guzman will be joined by his friend Kevin McMahon, a 31-year military veteran.

“The robust Titan serves as a great starting point for an adventure of this magnitude. With the help of Nissan’s Facebook fan base, Project Titan is fully equipped for the Alaskan Frontier,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S, in a statement. “I’m very much looking forward to following the Wounded Warrior Project team as they make their way through Alaska behind the wheel of Project Titan. This is the trip of a lifetime, and these veterans have all the essentials in this custom Nissan Titan to tackle many of the challenges the great wilderness will send their way throughout the journey.”

Nissan will post pictures and videos of their journey on the Nissan Trucks Facebook page. Did you participate in choosing the design for Project Titan? Head over to Bates Nissan and find a Nissan Titan for yourself to create your own adventure vehicle.

Nissan EVs Revamp the Orange Fleet in France

Nissan EVs - Orange logoNissan has taken the torch as the forerunner in the current electric vehicle market—and it’s a torch that they don’t seem to be planning to pass off anytime soon, either. In fact, they’re only gaining endorsements and followers and customers right now—and those aren’t just individual customers. Orange, a major telecommunications company in France, has brokered a partnership with Renault-Nissan for over 200 Renault and Nissan EVs to improve their fleet.

These cars will be used mostly for car sharing purposes; the efficiency and practicality of EVs make them a perfect fit for this function. “Thanks to the partnership between Renault and Nissan, the Alliance is able to provide Orange with the widest range of electric vehicles to meet its needs – from subcompact passenger cars to light-commercial vehicles,” said Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office. “More Orange employees will soon be able to enjoy the many benefits of electric mobility: zero noise, smooth handling and acceleration, and zero tailpipe emissions. And the vehicles can be fully recharged with renewable energy at night, so they can be 100% charged every morning.”

However, you personally don’t need to worry about sharing your excellent new Nissan EV, whether it’s a Nissan Leaf or a Nissan e-NV200. All you have to do is stroll down to Bates Nissan and check out these great, economical, environmentally-friendly vehicles today.

IDX Concept Cars Become Reality in New Sports Car

Every so often, when a concept car is introduced at an auto show, its reception is so great that the carmaker decides to put it into production. For the IDX Freeflow and IDX NISMO concept cars, this is exactly what happened. Soon after the unveiling of these unique, chunky sports cars, Nissan executive vice president, Andy Palmer, announced that one version will definitely be put into production.

Though the concept car is intimidating as is, Motor Authority says that the Japanese carmaker is considering an even more aggressive look for the production IDX, taking influences from the Sport Sedan concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. With this influence, the IDX is sure to take a turn towards a more modern appearance, rather than the retro look of the IDX concept cars.

Production for the new IDX-influenced sports car is said to begin in 2017, meaning it will likely be a 2018 model if sold in the U.S. While that might seem like a long time, Bates Nissan still has plenty of sexy, fast cars to keep you occupied, so make sure you stop in to our dealership today!