New Diesel Engine Makes New Nissan Pickup a Winner

There’s a new Nissan pickup truck in town—well, technically only if that town is Detroit or Los Angeles, but no matter. The point is that this new version of the Titan, officially called the Nissan Titan XD, has what it takes to mark a big impact in the crowded full-size truck market. The credit for the truck’s improvement can be credited to one specific area—the car’s improved powertrain.

This new generation of the Titan is powered by a 5.0L Cummins diesel engine, a V8 beast that gives drivers the most in terms of both performance and efficiency on the new truck market. Nissan is hoping that this new Titan, complete with a diesel engine, will improve the sales efforts for the brand here in America. The Titan, which has been sporting a bright yellow exterior on display the North American International Auto Show, is fully redesigned, so it’s not just the engine that is improved.

The new truck also features LED headlights and taillights, heated and cooled front seats, and even a special new bird’s eye view camera. The camera makes it easier to park, see clearly behind you, and much more. Come see us here at Bates Nissan to learn more about the all-new Nissan Titan XD and its brand new diesel engine!

Nissan LEAF Sets New Record in U.S. Electric Car Sales

U.S. Electric Cars Sales

It looks like more people are going green than ever before—and they are choosing the all-electric Nissan LEAF to do so. The LEAF plug-in electric car is already considered the best-selling electric car in the world, and now it has yet another accolade to add to its list. Nissan recently announced that the tiny, eco-friendly car has officially set a new U.S. electric car sales record in 2014.

The Nissan LEAF sold a total of 30,200 units in 2014 alone. This amazing number was helped by the LEAF’s impressive December sales, during which it sold 3,102 units total. The record-breaking year has brought the total LEAF sales in the U.S. to 72,322 units since the car’s introduction in December of 2010, making the Nissan electric car one of three plug-in cars that have sold more than 1,000 units in the U.S. in a month.

For such a tiny car, the Nissan LEAF has sure made a ginormous impression. As you start to notice more and more electric vehicles hitting the streets, maybe you should consider joining the green revolution as well!  Make sure you stop in to Bates Nissan soon to see the amazing all-electric Nissan LEAF and other eco-friendly vehicle options we have to offer!

Nissan GT Academy Season 4 Champion Dominates Competition

Nissan GT Academy

Having your dreams go from virtual-to-reality is what the Nissan GT Academy is all about. And, for Wisconsin native Nic Hamman his dreams of becoming a professional racer have come true.

He was the GT Academy Season 4 Champion and dominated the competition right from the start. In the first episode, the 12 competitors were put through an intense physical race, and Hamman finished long before any of the other racers. From there, Hamman’s performance never waned.

In the season finale, Hamman raced against the remaining three other contestants in an eight-lap race. He finished a full eight seconds ahead of the pack.

“It takes a lot of money to do any kind of professional racing,” said Hamman, in a statement. “What GT Academy and Nissan have done is give someone a shot at racing top-notch racing cars with professional mechanics and pit support without the financial windfall that kind of thing requires. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and I can’t wait to get to my first professional race in January.”

Hamman grew up with a love of motorsports and spent much of his childhood racing go karts and even won his fair share of races and local karting titles.

Here at Bates Nissan, we are excited to see how Hamman will perform as a professional Nissan racer. He will be racing with previous GT Academy winners in the Dubai 24 Hours on January 8-10.

We Desperately Want to Drive the 45th Anniversary Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

It looks like 2014 was the year because 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the launch of the original Skyline GT-R!  Nissan plans to celebrate in a big way.  Nissan is commemorating both that milestone and the launch of the all-new 2015 GT-R by releasing a super limited edition 45th Anniversary Nissan GT-R.

The good news: this beauty will offer everything that we here at Bates Nissan adore about the Nissan GT-R—most particularly the knock-you-off-your-socks 545 horsepower—in addition to unique touches that include a Silica Brass paint scheme that echoes the original R34 Skyline GT-R M-Spec, as well as the sleek exclusive GT-R badging.

The bad news: Nissan is only making 45 of these bad boys… And they are all being sold in Japan.

Fortunately, you won’t need to travel across the Pacific to get your hands on a brand new 2015 Nissan GT-R. We have one in stock here at Bates Nissan that is absolutely begging to be driven. If your New Year’s resolution consists of getting a new car and not settling for anything less than what you deserve, come see why the GT-R is the car you need to be driving in 2015.

Nissan Breaks Longest Twin Vehicle Drifting Record in Dubai

Nissan 370Z

Nissan has set an impressive new record in the world of competitive driving during the Nissan 370Z DriftExperience promotion in Dubai. Two Nissan Z cars drifted around the same track at the same time without stopping for an astonishing 17.72 miles, earning Nissan the world’s longest twin vehicle drifting record.

The third time’s the charm for the Nissan Middle East branch that was behind the performance, which now holds the Guinness World Record for twin vehicle drifting after two failed attempts to break the previous all-time score.

The Nissan 370Z DriftExperience program offered driving enthusiasts the opportunity “to learn and perfect the art of drifting,” according to the World Record Academy. Drifting enthusiasts present for the program must have been ecstatic to witness the Nissan Z twin-drifting feat first-hand.

Nissan’s remarkable accomplishments can be found all throughout their catalogue, not just with its high-performance racing vehicles. Head on down to Bates Nissan to check out our available Nissan models today.  If you are looking to add some excitement and speed in to your life, be sure ot stop in to Bates Nissan, located in Killeen, Texas.  We have plenty of brand-new 370Z‘s in stock and ready to be driven!

In A Clique All Its Own: The Redesigned Nissan Maxima

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

 

CarScoops calls the Maxima’s new styling “avant-garde.” They praised its “dramatic at the front end,” which features a “V-shaped grille” and “boomerang headlights.”

 

CarScoops also made some interesting speculations as to the powertrain, saying that there will likely be a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, with a CVT sending power to the front wheels. The publication also relayed a rumor that the hybrid system currently found in the Nissan Pathfinder may find its way inside the redesigned Nissan Maxima. And that makes what is already a truly bold redesign even more interesting!

 

Come out to Bates Nissan and share your expectations for this bold new offering from Nissan!

Renault-Nissan Alliance Received Top Honors for Support of Action Against Hunger

Renault-Nissan Alliance Supports Action Against Hunger

In an event rallying hundreds of supporters of Action Against Hunger, the Renault-Nissan Alliance received top honors for its significant contributions to the worthy cause.

Action Against Hunger is a non-profit organization committed to fighting childhood malnutrition and creating a world without hunger. The Renault-Nissan Alliance had the opportunity to set up an emergency fund, enabling the organization to rapidly provide relief to those in need.

“The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a strong advocate of global humanitarian work, which includes everything from supporting victims of the typhoon in the Philippines to providing emergency food assistance to people in East Africa,” said Raymond Debbane, chairman of Action Against Hunger’s Board of Directors. “We honor their commitment to help the most vulnerable communities thrive.”

The event not only gathered supporters to honor generous contributions to the organization’s work, but it also inspired continued efforts on behalf of Action Against Hunger’s mission.

During this past year, the non-profit was able to provide humanitarian aid to those caught in the midst of the Syrian conflict, victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, and people plagued by violence in the Central African Republic.

We at Bates Nissan are proud the Renault-Nissan Alliance is doing its part to give people around the world something most of us take for granted: food. If you would like to get involved, visit the organization’s website for more information or to make a donation to the cause.

Go Bold with Nissan JUKE Color Studio

Nissan JUKE Color Studio

More consumers each year are looking for the best way to personalize their car, sometimes resorting to bumper stickers and antenna do-dads to do just that.  Nissan is upping the ante.  If you buy a 2015 Nissan JUKE, though, you can take personalization to a whole new level. The Japanese carmaker recently announced a brand new way to make your JUKE sports car your own—the Nissan JUKE Color Studio program.

“The Nissan JUKE is all about fun—fun to own, fun to drive, and now fun to make it your own—whether to support your favorite collegiate or professional sports teams, match the look of your surfboard or motorcycle, or just to stand out from the crowd,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in North America. “It’s the perfect program to launch with the 2015 JUKE, which has a new look and more standard content for the new model year.”

The JUKE Color Studio provides consumers access to twelve Genuine Nissan Accessory items in eight different colors, including front and rear bumper accents, headlight trim rings, side mirror caps, door handle covers, and much more. You can mix and match a variety of colors, including red, yellow, orange, electric blue, black purple, white, matte black, and a Carbon-fiber Look.

Whether you’re looking to support your home team or really just want to make a statement, the new Nissan JUKE Color Studio program is the perfect way to go bold. Make sure you stop in to Bates Nissan today to see just how bold this program can make you!

The 2015 Murano Crossover Design Takes Home the Gold

2015 Nissan Murano

Some of the most remarkable cars at Nissan seem to fly under the radar… until now that is. The 2015 Nissan Murano was recently awarded the “Best of What’s New” award by Popular Science magazine. As one of the exclusive cars to win in the automotive category, it’s a pretty big deal.

According to Nissan, the new model owes its win to the 2015 Murano crossover design. Crossovers represent a group of cars that incorporate a little bit of everything so drivers get exactly what they want. The Murano is no different; when we say you can get everything you want, we mean it.

Fred Diaz, a Senior VP at Nissan, said, “The redesigned Murano is leading the way once again with an incredible balance of style, comfort, innovation and more. With the Murano set to hit dealerships in early December, this award serves as a great vote of confidence that this vehicle is among the best.”

The redesigned Murano features premium styling, inside and out, plenty of room, and comes with an advanced NissanConnectSM. A 3.5-liter DOHC V6 provides performance, yet retains great fuel economy, and the safety features are cutting edge. With Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, and Forward Collision Warning, it’s one of the safest vehicles on the road.

To check out the award-winning Murano, stop by Bates Nissan today.

Nissan’s Canton Plant Now Supports More Than 6,000 Manufacturing Jobs

2015 Nissan Murano

Nissan opened 1,300 new jobs at its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant to help support production of the new Murano, including 400 new supplier jobs.

This is the first time Nissan will manufacture a global product at the facility, which already builds eight other vehicles alongside it. The move is part of Nissan’s goal to build where it sells—the current objective is targeting 85% of the vehicles it sells in the United States produced in North America by 2015.

Since its opening in 2003, Nissan has invested nearly $2.8 billion in the Nissan Canton plant and grown it to support more than 6,000 manufacturing jobs. It is currently responsible for the manufacturing of the Altima, Armada, Titan, Frontier, Xterra, and NV, all of which you can find here at Bates Nissan.

“Since I started with Nissan 11 years ago I’ve watched this plant grow, and I’ve had the opportunity to work on some of Nissan’s most popular vehicles,” said Christina Doss, Nissan Canton technician and member of the Murano launch team. “It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come, and now that we’re producing the Murano here, I get to tell friends and family that I work on vehicles that are shipped around the world.”