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!

Nissan LEAF Owners Travel 528 Million All-Electric Miles and Counting

Since the Nissan LEAF came to market in 2010, owners have collectively driven more than 850 million kilometers – over 528 million all-electric miles – and they are well on their way to reaching the 1 billion kilometers mark. Translation: the Nissan LEAF is revolutionizing the way we travel and positively impacting our world.

2014 Nissan LEAF | 528 Million all-electric miles

2014 Nissan LEAF

The LEAF’s CarWings measuring system enables every vehicle to record the number of miles it has traveled, creating an accurate measurement of how far owners have driven with zero emissions. As of this writing, that number had passed 858 million kilometers and is steadily rising. The goal to reach 1 billion km is expected to occur in January 2015, but may be passed even earlier.

Can you imagine? One billion kilometers, 621 million miles. In terms of CO2, that’s over 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that have been reduced as a result.

Nissan created a website to track the car’s progress to 1 billion kilometers traveled. Owners also have the opportunity to share their stories on the ways the LEAF has changed their lives. For many, what began as a secondary vehicle has become the primary mover for the whole family.

Do you have stories to share about how the LEAF has changed the way you travel? We at Bates Nissan would love to hear them!

2015 Nissan 370Z Pricing Released

2015 Nissan 370Z Pricing | Photo UnavailableNissan has released pricing for the 2015 370Z. Now in its sixth year, the 370Z lineup will offer a number of upgrades including standard Bluetooth and revised suspension and steering – making a good thing, even better.

According to autos.yahoo.com, the 370Z once again offers the same single engine option: a powerful 3.7-liter V-6 with 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The base 370Z starts at $30,800 for the six-speed manual transmission, or $32,100 for the seven-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2015 are the Sport and Sport Tech trims. These trims now include features that were previously available separately in option packages. The Sport model starts at $34,380 for the manual transmission, or $35,680 with the automatic. Highlights of the sport package include a limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloy wheels. The Sport Tech trim adds a navigation system among other features for $37,880 for the manual, and $39,180 for the automatic.

The Touring model comes jam-packed with features and upgrades, and starts at $38,780 for the manual transmission, and $40,080 for the automatic.

Also next year, an entirely updated 370Z NISMO debuts, and will start at $42,800 for the six-speed manual, $1,000 less than last year, according to Nissan.

If you’re looking for top-of-the-line performance, quality, and luxury, the 370Z roadster offers it all. The base model starts at $42,630 and $46,080 for the Touring. In addition, a new Touring Sport model starts at $48,910 for the manual and $50,210 for the automatic.

The 2015 Nissan 370Z pricing offers something for everyone. Ranging from $30,000 to $50,000, every buyer is sure to find a perfect fit.

Stop by Bates Nissan today to test drive a 2015 370Z!

Nissan Sales Numbers Remain Excellent through July

With the start of August, we’re now firmly entrenched in the second half of 2014—and it’s been an excellent year for Nissan so far. Through the end of July, Nissan sales numbers have been up 12 percent over last year, well above the industry average. Plus, Nissan can now boast that it owns the top producing manufacturing plant in the nation; the Smyrna plant has produced more cars in America than any other.

“Nissan’s plans to meet the goals of Power 88 in North America are driving profitable and sustainable growth, through higher sales volumes and lower incentive spending,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president and North American chairman, Nissan Motor Co. “We’ve introduced all-new models that are resonating with customers, ramped up additional production in the region and revamped the way we work with our dealers, and those efforts are paying dividends.”

Munoz referenced the Power 88 plan, an aggressive business plan that is driving much of the company’s current growth. It’s a plan with effects that have trickled down all the way to us here at Bates Nissan, and we can’t wait to share the wealth with you. So come see us today and find out what awesome deals and vehicles we’ve currently got in stock for you.

Nissan Rogue and Quest Take Top Spots in J.D. Powers Study

2014 Nissan Rogue Quest J.D. Powers

2014 Nissan Rogue

The new 2014 Nissan Rogue and Quest continue to garner praise. Torque News reports that in the 2014 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, both vehicles scored best out of all the vehicles in their segment. The survey works by giving customers who have recently purchased new automobiles a questionnaire that asks about 77 different attributes and then compiles the data for a score. Out of 1000 possible points, the Rogue earned a segment-best 786 while the Quest beat out all other minivans to post a 790.

2014 Nissan Rogue Quest J.D. Powers

2014 Nissan Quest

Fred Diaz, the senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, stated that, “The all-new 2014 Rogue has received numerous accolades in the automotive industry, but the most important test comes when owners evaluate the vehicle for themselves.”

Some of the numerous accolades Diaz is referring to include Best Crossover on the 2014 10 Best Family Cars list and two Kelley Blue Book best-of lists. If you would like to see the cars that are earning such well-deserved applause, visit Bates Nissan and test drive a 2014 Rogue or Quest today.

2014 Nissan Versa Note is One of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000

Nissan conquered a record-breaking sales month in June, and that had to do with multiple vehicle sales increases, including the Nissan Versa Note. Now, here at Bates Nissan, we are sure those are going to spike even more since the 2014 Nissan Versa Note has been named as one of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, according to Kelley Blue Book.

On the list of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, there are some tough competitors including the Kia Soul and Honda Civic Coupe, but the 2014 Nissan Versa Note was able to rank among them with ease.

“A first-time entry on this annual list, the new-for-2014 Versa Note – the 5-door sibling to the Versa Sedan – is exceptionally roomy and flexible and offers a bunch of cool features including Nissan’s handy Around View Monitor,” said KBB.com on the list.

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa Note

Finding a new car for under $18,000 is hard enough as it is, let alone finding one that critics and owners both love, but the 2014 Nissan Versa Note has definitely helped. On the exterior you will find a sleek, smooth design with 4-door entry, and on the interior you will experience excellent handling, safety, and tech-savvy features that will knock your socks off. Test drive one today to see for yourself!

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!