New Nissan IMQ Concept: The Future of Driving

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The new Nissan IMQ concept vehicle revealed in March at the Geneva International Motor Show is a marvel in every sense. In terms of performance, it showcases the next-generation e-POWER electric motor drive system, delivering 335 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque using only electricity. But it’s arguably just as impressive aesthetically — it’s angular, dynamic, and hints at the future direction of Nissan design.

“The IMQ’s design combines traditional and modern Japanese influences and shows what’s possible when future crossovers are powered by Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president for design at Nissan. “With the IMQ, the interior and exterior are seamlessly blended together, signaling what our design direction may be for Nissan’s third generation of crossovers in Europe.”

The Nissan design hallmarks are present in the IMQ, including the V-motion grille and a new interpretation of the boomerang lamp cluster design on the outside and the gliding wing instrument panel on the inside. It also taps heavily into Japanese influences with features like exterior lamellas and interior kumiko woodwork, creating a fusion of modern and classic. With Invisible-to-Visible technology and an advanced ProPILOT driver-assistance system prototype, the IMQ also delivers on Nissan’s promise of a more connected, intelligent vehicle to come. We can’t say when vehicles influenced by the dynamic Nissan IMQ concept will arrive at Bates Nissan, but we can tell you that, when they do, they’ll be incredible to behold.

Nissan Rogue One of Autotrader’s 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles for 2019

The Nissan Rogue was recently named one of Autotrader’s Good as New: 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned vehicles for 2019, solidifying the compact crossover as one of the best CPOs out there today. The reputable auto outlet lauded the Rogue for its great value, warranty protection, and style.

The Rogue finding a spot on the list is a given considering its sporty styling, capable powertrain, and versatile interior. But the Autotrader honor is also a strong confirmation of the quality of every Nissan Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. Every Nissan CPO features a 7-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty with complimentary Roadside Assistance Coverage for the duration, and it must pass a 167-point inspection.

“As more features are added to today’s vehicles, new-car prices continue to rise, with even ‘affordable’ models costing as much as $35,000 or $40,000,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader. “Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a consumer wants into the price range they want to pay.”

The second-generation Nissan Rogue is one of the most impressive in its class, whether you opt for a CPO 2014-18 Rogue or a brand-new 2019 Nissan Rogue. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find the Rogue and any number of other award-winning vehicles here at Bates Nissan.  

2019 Nissan LEAF e+ Revealed

2019 Nissan LEAF e+
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Earlier this year, Nissan added to its lineup of electric vehicles when it debuted the new Nissan LEAF e+. The new LEAF earns the e+ moniker for its new powertrain, which adds more power and a greater range. The Nissan LEAF e+ has a 62-kilowatt-hour battery pack with a higher energy density, and its powertrain delivers a higher output. This new powertrain has an EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles, which is close to 50 percent more than previous models.

“The new Nissan LEAF e+ offers all of the style, convenience, and electric vehicle benefits that have helped make LEAF the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, plus even more driving excitement, range, power and choice,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America. “Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs.”

The new 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ features a 160-kilowatt motor that pairs with a high-capacity battery to generate 250 lb-ft of torque, enabling 13 percent quicker acceleration and a 10 percent higher top speed. The Nissan LEAF e+ is also expected to charge just as quickly as the previous-generation LEAF despite the 55 percent increase in battery storage capacity.

The Nissan LEAF e+ will go on sale later this year as part of the LEAF PLUS Series, which will include the S PLUS, SV PLUS, and SL PLUS trims. You can expect to see this exciting and efficient new LEAF in stock at Bates Nissan.

Nissan Debuts Invisible-to-Visible Tech Concept

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Nissan once again shakes up the way we think about the future of driving with the premiere of its all-new Invisible-to-Visible technology concept. I2V debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, and it aims to help drivers better anticipate what’s coming up around the bend.

“By helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable,” said Tetsuro Ueda of the Nissan Research Center. “The interactive features create an experience that’s tailored to your interests and driving style so that anyone can enjoy using it in their own way.”

Invisible-to-Visible technology is the latest creation in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ program. By combining information from the cloud with information from sensors both inside and outside the vehicle, I2V would make drivers more aware of their immediate and upcoming surroundings. The result will be a driving experience that’s more interactive, more convenient, and even safer.

I2V technology also offers a unique and utterly futuristic possibility: Using its Metaverse virtual world, a Nissan vehicle with I2V will be able to create fully rendered 3D augmented-reality avatars of friends and family within a vehicle.

The future looks especially bright with the Nissan Invisible-to-Visible concept in play. The future is quite bright, too, as you’ll see by experiencing today’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ innovations at Bates Nissan.

Nissan IMs Sports Sedan Concept Shakes Up Detroit

Nissan IMs Sports Sedan Concept

Nissan is all about innovating and getting ahead of the competition. Now, it looks like it’s doing just that be creating an entirely new vehicle segment with the introduction of the Nissan IMs Sports Sedan concept car.

This vehicle debuted earlier this year at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Considered the first-ever elevated sports sedan, the IMs concept brings a variety of new features to the table, including never-before-seen proportions and a unique Premier Seat setup, which puts the seats in a 2-1-2 configuration. It is also a pure electric all-wheel-drive concept that also has fully autonomous drive capability.

Nissan based this concept vehicle on the brand’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is Nissan’s vision for how to change the way vars are powered, driven, and incorporated into society.

“Fully embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration – the IMs concept moves toward the creation of a sustainable mobile society in the form of EVs, autonomous drive, and connected technologies,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman of Management Committee for Nissan North America, Inc.

The vehicle’s dual-electric motor powertrain produces 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, while its 115-kWh battery provides an estimated single-charge range of 380 miles. That’s what you call delivering the best of both worlds, and no brand gives you more of what you want than Nissan. Check out what Nissan’s got in store for today’s driver with a spin around the showroom at Bates Nissan.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions to Make Yourself a Better Driver

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If you’ve already got your New Year’s resolutions lined up, you’re likely focusing on starting better habits and shedding bad ones. You can apply this principle to your performance on the road by picking up a few common New Year’s driving resolutions, which will help make you safer and smarter behind the wheel in 2019.


Communication between drivers is essential to the safety of everyone on the road, and the only way to achieve clear communication is through the use of indicators. Whether you’re turning on a busy street or sliding into a new lane on an empty highway, always use your turn signals.

Stay alert!

Put down the phone and keep your eyes on the road. It’s so easy to pick up your device when you hear it chirp with some notification or another, but this is a dangerous habit for yourself, other drivers, and pedestrians. Consider updating your car to one with full device integration at Bates Nissan. We already have a wide selection of 2019 models with advanced technologies to choose from, and they’ll allow you to stay better connected without having to look down at your phone.

Stay on top of your maintenance!

It’s easy to skip regular vehicle maintenance, but not if you resolve to be a better car parent for the New Year! Don’t put off oil changes. Get new wiper blades when the time comes. Take your ride in for a tune-up when it’s due. Check your tire pressure. These are just some of the things you can do, and the service team at Bates Nissan would be more than happy to help.

From our team to you and yours, have a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at Bates Nissan very soon.

How to Transport a Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

How to Transport a Christmas Tree

There’s nothing quite like having a real tree in the house for the holidays. For many drivers, getting one home is a particularly intimidating task. With a bit of planning and preparation and the right vehicle for the job, getting a Christmas tree home for the holidays is easy.

Plan ahead

Like most things in life, planning ahead is key when bringing a Christmas tree home. Don’t forget to measure the space in your home where you intend to put the tree beforehand. When you are at the nursery or Christmas tree lot, always measure the tree itself before you strap it to your vehicle.

Wrap it up

If your tree doesn’t come wrapped neatly in netting, you should wrap it up yourself with a tarp or old blanket. This keeps the tree from scratching your vehicle and makes it easier to handle as you load and unload it from the car. Doing this will also keep hundreds of pesky pine needles from falling all over your home.

Situate aerodynamically

You should always arrange the tree facing stump forward on the roof of your vehicle. This will help keep the tree in good shape and prevent the wind from snapping off any branches.

Tie it down

Tie the tree down with rope, straps, or bungee cords. Whichever you use, you should use at least three to ensure that all parts of the tree are safe and snug.

If your holiday gift list has something on it that’s a bit too big to fit under the tree, like a new Nissan Rogue or Maxima, you might be better off looking in the showroom at Bates Nissan.

Traveling for Thanksgiving: What You Need to Know

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Traveling is a major part of Thanksgiving for many families, which means busy roadways and a lot more stress than what you’re typically used to behind the wheel. To rise above the rabble on the way to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, keep the following tips in mind.

Have a plan

Know your route in advance, including toll booths and congested areas. Avoid high-traffic days and times (such as the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Don’t forget to check the weather ahead of time as well and leave yourself plenty of extra time if conditions don’t seem agreeable.

Be smart about packing

You don’t need all those extra pairs of socks. Be ready with a checklist, but don’t overdo it; the less you pack, the less there is to keep track of on your trip.

Prepare your car

Have your car checked out and catch up on any routine maintenance before hitting the road. Fall is one of the most crucial times of year to have your vehicle serviced, so make sure all your fluids are filled, tires are properly inflated, and everything under the hood is in working order.

Keep your passengers entertained

Stave off the “are we there yet” questions by providing snacks, handheld gaming consoles, chargers for mobile devices, fun music playlists, and books. An occupied backseat is a happy backseat.

Have an emergency kit

It’s good to have two kits on hand: a first-aid kit for your family, and an emergency kit for your vehicle with items such as a flashlight and jumper cables. Having these crucial kits will come in clutch if you have an emergency in transit.

If you’re not particularly thankful for your old clunker, then stop into Bates Nissan and feast on our selection of new Nissan vehicles.

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Celebrate 13-Year Partnership

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Since 2005, Nissan has contributed more than $15.5 million to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for families across the country. To celebrate 13 years of a beautiful relationship, Nissan has donated $1 million more to Habitat for Humanity to help in its righteous cause.

Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility Rebecca Vest, said, “Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps build sustainable communities where our employees live and work. Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives.”

Most of Nissan’s 2018 donation will be used to build Habitat homes in locations where Nissan has an operating presence. Some of the money will also be used for vehicle purchases used on the projects.

Along with monetary donations, Nissan’s employees also contribute by volunteering their time. This year, employees will help with projects across the United States, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

This past summer, Nissan recognized the efforts of its employees with the dedication of the 11th home built using Nissan volunteers. This home was constructed in Jackson, Mississippi, for the Trotter family with nearly 100 Nissan volunteers.

To see Nissan’s latest new vehicles, from the Altima and Sentra to the Frontier and TITAN, stop into Bates Nissan.

2018 Nissan Armada Makes U.S. News & World Report’s Top 10 for Cargo Space

2018 Nissan Armada

When it comes to a large SUV, there are a lot of factors that you must consider. One of the most important is cargo space — you probably aren’t considering something so big and brawny unless you plan on making the most out of all that overhead. If the 2018 Nissan Armada is on your radar for that very reason, then you’ll be happy to know that it recently made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 20 SUVs with the Most Cargo Space.

U.S. News & World Report’s experts lauded the Armada for offering “about as much cargo space as any large SUV on the market” with its total of 95.4 cubic feet of space. If you need to seat some backseat passengers and can’t fold the third row down, you’ll still have 16.5 feet of cargo space to work with, making the Armada exceptionally spacious and versatile.

There’s also the matter of the Armada being stylish, powerful, and a lot of fun to drive. Of course, for all the awards in the world, the best way to figure this all out for yourself is to take the new Armada for a test drive. Stop into Bates Nissan and we’ll make sure that you can experience it all