Nissan LEAF with Self-Cleaning Technology Becomes ‘World’s Cleanest Car’

With a world that continuously moves toward going green and being Eco-friendly, there is one automotive brand that constantly looks to improve their cleanliness, and that is Nissan. The Nissan LEAF has redefined the all-electric zero emission vehicle world, and now it is taking it even further. The Nissan LEAF with self-cleaning technology is dubbing itself the world’s cleanest car, combining both zero emission and outside cleanliness.

Nissan LEAF with Self-Cleaning Technology

The All-Electric Nissan LEAF will future a self-cleaning paint as an optional package in the future.

“The ‘self-cleaning’ paint, called Ultra-Ever Dry®, creates a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, effectively stopping standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the LEAF’s surface,” said a Nissan news release. “Nissan is one of the first carmakers to apply this technology to a vehicle.”

The Nissan LEAF with self-cleaning technology uses that special paint to help block dirt, rain, particles, and whatever else it may come across on the road. This will lead to owners having to go through car washes less, washing less, and saving more money.

While Nissan has no plans to make this paint part of their standard lineup, and tests are still going on, we can only hope that it will become something we can get as soon as possible! Stop by Bates Nissan to find out more about the zero emission Nissan LEAF and the future of the ‘World’s Cleanest Car.’

LEAF, JUKE, and Rogue Drive Nissan June Sales Record

Nissan June Sales

Nissan June Sales Set a Record for the Division

Nissan has announced a new Nissan June sales record with total U.S. sales increasing 5.3 percent over last year, for a total of 109,643 units.

Disregarding Infiniti, Nissan Division sales were up 6.4 percent for a total of 101,069 units. Highlighting the brand’s performance were the Altima, LEAF, JUKE, Rogue, Sentra, and Versa.

As per usual, the Altima led the brand in sales volume with a 9.1 percent gain in retail sales for a total of 26,111 units sold.

The LEAF continued to spearhead the all-electric vehicle movement with a record 2,347 units sold, marking a whopping 29.4 percent increase over last year.

The JUKE, Rogue, and Sentra continued to respond to increasing consumer demand. Sales were up 44.9 percent, 25.9 percent, and 41.3 percent, respectively.

Finally, the Versa set a new personal June record with sales up 33.4 percent for the month.

Check out all of these trendsetting vehicles at Bates Nissan!

Independence Day Safety from Bates Nissan

This is an amazing time of the year for America. We get to celebrate our freedom from the king that we fought for so long ago. Independence Day is a time to celebrate with family, watch some fireworks, and enjoy a day that is all about the United States. Be sure that you follow some Independence Days safety tips, though, because you do not want to end up regretting your decisions on the 4th of July.

Independence Day Safety – FireworksIndependence Day Safety

Fireworks are lots of fun to enjoy with the kids, but they can also be dangerous. Amateurs setting off fireworks can run the risk of skin burns, fires, deafness, and overall bodily harm. Please make sure you seek a professional’s help if you really want a private showing, otherwise we suggest heading somewhere to see fireworks, not setting off your own.

Independence Day Safety – Grilling

Grilling out is a tradition on the 4th of July. The smell and sound of hamburgers and hot dogs is as American as apple pie. However, it can also be dangerous. Make sure to never leave your grill unattended and try to keep children away. Also, check to be sure that the gas line is hooked up properly in a gas grill. These and other grill tips will help you to remain safe in the privacy of your own backyard.

Independence Day Safety – Drinking and Driving

With celebrations, come celebratory drinks. If you are someone who plans on drinking alcohol on the 4th, then make sure you have a designated driver, a taxi you can call, or a couch you can sleep on, because drinking and driving is never the answer.

We here at Bates Nissan hope that these Independence Day safety tips have helped you prepare for a safer holiday this year, and if you feel like stopping by to celebrate with us, then we would be glad to have you!

Best Global Green Brands Ranks Nissan 4th, Still Improving

Best Global Green Brands - Nissan

Vehicles like the Nissan LEAF help to earn them the 4th place spot in the Best Global Green Brands.

How often do you hear the words, “Go green,” rattled through activist groups, your parent-teacher meetings, your community, or whatever it is you are taking part in? Is it a lot? Because automotive companies, like Nissan, are saying it a lot too. That may be one of the reasons that InterBrand has ranked Nissan fourth overall for the Best Global Green Brands.

That’s right, you read it correctly. Nissan has moved to fourth in the Best Global Green Brands ranking, improving on its fifth place rank last year. Nothing but improvement is coming from Nissan every year for going green. In fact, when the company placed fifth last year, it was the first time that they had broken into the top 10, and now they are ranked fourth! That deserves a round of applause. (Don’t worry we will wait)

“More and more people want to buy products from brands that come from organizations they trust and believe in,” said Roel De Vries, Nissan corporate vice president responsible for Global Marketing, Brand and Communications. “Best Green Global Brands is a reflection of everything that we as a brand do to make the world a better place. That we are recognized this year as among the best is a confirmation we are on the right path.” (See the full Nissan news release here)

Have you been doing your part for making the world a better place? If you want your car to do as much as you do, then come to Bates Nissan to get an Eco-friendly model!

Nissan Rogue Named Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV

Satisfaction is something that every automotive make wants to hear and see from its customers. Whether that satisfaction is from fuel efficiency, comfortableness, performance, or all of the above, it is always good to hear some feedback. That is why it was wonderful to the Nissan Rogue named Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV from the AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

Nissan Rogue Named Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV

Look at the styling and capabilities of the 2014 Nissan Rogue!

The AutoPacific 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are based on customer feedback from more than 92,000 new vehicle owners. They measure the satisfaction through what customers think of the design, handling, comfort, performance, fuel efficiency, style, safety and reliability.

For the 2014 Nissan Rogue, customers were the most satisfied with the styling, reliability, handling, and feeling safe while driving. These all seem to be no-brainers for the new Rogue considering the other awards that it has earned, like being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, a Must Test Drive by AutoTrader, and various other mentions and awards.

Nissan new it had a winner, but was still so excited to hear the Nissan Rogue named the Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV from the AutoPacific VSA.

“With its combination of high style, best-in-class highway fuel economy*, top safety features, innovative technology and much more, the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue was created to satisfy anyone considering a vehicle in this rapidly growing segment,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “Given that this AutoPacific award stems directly from vehicle owners, it’s an honor to know owners share our passion for the 2014 Rogue, and we’re thrilled to receive this recognition.” (Nissan New Release)

Come see why owners’ satisfaction lead to the Nissan Rogue named Best-in-Class Mid-Size Crossover SUV at Bates Nissan!

Project Titan from Nissan to Build Ultimate Off-Road Truck

On June 10th Nissan started a new project that allows Facebook fans to help build the newest ultimate pickup truck. Project Titan from Nissan lets fans choose custom modifications and designs that will in turn build a full-size off-road machine.

In order to be a part of the action, simply visit to vote on what you would prefer to see on an extreme Nissan Titan. On that site you can decide what kind of performance and design the truck will be.

“Once complete, Nissan will take the truck to Alaska, where WWP Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon will embark on a multi-day trek that will put the veterans and the vehicle to the test,” said a Nissan news release. “Nissan will document their adventure and produce a YouTube series launching in September. Project Titan is Nissan’s second crowdsourced vehicle project, following the automaker’s Project 370Z performance build in 2012.”

Get to Project Titan from Nissan and help build the ultimate off-road truck! If that doesn’t interest you then why not come get a Nissan Titan of your own from us here at Bates Nissan. We can help you get your own ultimate off-road truck for your own adventures!

Nissan Announces All-Time April Production and Sales Record

2014 Nissan Rogue | April Nissan Sales

2014 Nissan Rogue

Nissan has announced new all-time production and Nissan sales records for the month of April. Global production increased by 5.4 percent year-on-year to 418,124 units and global sales increased 12.6 percent year-on-year to 410,264 units.

A big chunk of these numbers came from the United States, where production increased 22.2 percent year-on-year to 77,877 units, also marking a new all-time record for April thanks to increased demand for the new Nissan Rogue.

United States sales increased 18.3 percent year-on-year to 103,934 units for yet another all-time April record, making it one of Nissan’s most successful and fastest-growing markets. Sales were driven primarily by the high demand for the Nissan Altima, Sentra, and the new Rogue.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is an all-new model that takes the crossover experience to new heights. It offers 70.0 cubic feet of versatile cargo space, Top Safety Pick+ safety with Forward Collision Warning, and a powerful yet economical engine. Find it at Bates Nissan!

Nissan Takes Pro-Am Victory at Silverstone

Nissan Victory at Silverstone

If anyone ever questioned the effectiveness of Nissan’s GT Academy program, they may want to look at its increasingly impressive track record. The latest entry features yet another victory at Silverstone last weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Driving the winning No. 80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 were 2013 GT Academy USA winner Nick McMillen, 2013 GT Academy Germany winner Florian Strauss, and Nissan regular Alex Buncombe.

Buncombe started third on the grid, but got boxed behind a Porsche and lost several positions. He handed the car off the McMillen in eighth overall and first in the Pro-Am class. McMillen fell back one place because of radio communication issues inside the car, but Strauss managed to regain the position during the last hour of the race to claim the Pro-Am victory.

“I was in traffic during most of my run so I had to be very careful to avoid any problems,” Strauss said. “We were close in Monza and definitely had the speed, so I am very pleased that we achieved the win here today.”

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New Nissan Pulsar Cracks C-Segment in Europe

Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Pulsar

It’s an ever-shifting new car market, and right now, it’s shifting more and more towards smaller cars. So, it’s not surprising that Nissan is dipping its toes into a new segment, the European C-segment, with the all new Nissan Pulsar. Nor is it surprising to us here at Bates Nissan just how great this new car looks. The Pulsar combines “bold design, technical innovations and interior space” to bring “a new dimension to the European C-segment, offering all the familiar Nissan qualities in a stylish new package.”

The Pulsar will feature three different engine options, which range in size from 1.2L to just 1.6L. In keeping not only with European needs but with worldwide trends as well, these engines display a commitment to efficiency and economy. Of course, this makes sense in a world where the compact car continues to gain prominence.

The Pulsar remains roomy for a compact car, though, and it also features an immense amount of safety technology, thanks to the Safety Shield suite. This network of technologies includes features like Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, and Moving Object Detection, to keep you safe and snug inside the sleek, hip new Pulsar.

Nissan Leaf Owner Drives 100,000 Miles without Using a Single Drop of Gas

2014 Nissan LEAF If we told you it was possible to drive 100,000 miles, without using a single drop of gas, would you believe us? We might be skeptical too, if it weren’t for Steven Marsh, a Nissan Leaf owner who recently joined the exclusive 100,000-mile club. The 100,000-mile club is open to those who have driven that distance in a single car. Unlike other members though, Steven didn’t use a single drop of gas along his journey.

Steven points out that the Leaf has saved him literally thousands of dollars, eliminating fuel costs from his budget. “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.”

Making this possible is the Leaf’s 75-mile all-electric driving distance, fast charging time – just about 30 minutes for a full charge – and Washington state’s fast-growing EV infrastructure, which means finding a charging station close by is easy.

Steven isn’t the only one excited about skipping trips to the gas station. The West Coast Electric Highway project has helped the Seattle-Tacoma area to become one of the country’s largest markets for the Nissan Leaf, seeing an incredible 230 percent jump in sales during 2013.

2014 Nissan Leaf Specifications

According to, Erik Gottfried, director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing at Nissan commented: “While many early buyers were excited to buy a Leaf for environmental reasons or to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, Steve Marsh is a prime example of consumers who approach electric cars with a practical mindset. Most buyers now choose Leaf for the simple economics that Steve recognized right away. Nissan Leaf costs much less to drive and maintain than a gas car yet still provides a great driving experience.”

What do you think, are you ready to give up gas?