Earth Day Facts and What YOU Can Do to Help

The year was 1970, and a lot had happened. From the death of celebrities to the Vietnam War, there was attention on many different topics. But, there was one thing that had never before been talked about – preserving the earth. Thus, a Wisconsin senator decided to make a holiday that celebrated the earth and how to protect it, and Earth Day was created. In this blog you will find more Earth Day facts, information, and what you can do to help.

Earth Day Facts

Nowadays we see a lot of vehicles that are very earth-friendly like the Nissan LEAF, and electric vehicle that is emission-free, or the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid that combines electric and gas power to give off fewer emissions when driving. Back when Earth Day was just being founded, you couldn’t find vehicles like that. There were V8, gas-guzzling sedans that got little miles to the gallon and gave off emissions we see in big ‘ole SUVs and trucks.

When Gaylord Nelson, the U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, created Earth Day it did more than just demonstrate against air and water pollution. It brought together everyone for a cause. “Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders,” says EarthDay.org. “The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental ProtEarth Day Factsection Agency and the pass of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.”

Since that time April 22nd has marked the time to come together and join forces against the pollution of the air, water, forests, and endangering of animals on our planet.

Now, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Well there are many ways to do your part. The Earth Day organization suggests that you call upon your cities to pass bills and legislations to invest in clean energy and smart grids. Participation can be from your home, a local campaign, Earth Day events, and etc. Any way to get the word out will be helping the cause.

You yourself can also cut down on the amount of pollution you put out by recycling, disposing of waste properly, driving vehicles that do not put off as many emissions, and by using solar energy when possible.

For your Eco-friendly vehicles, visit us at Bates Nissan where you can find a new Nissan LEAF electric vehicle! We hope you enjoyed our Earth Day facts and information. Please do your part to help preserve the earth!

2015 Nissan Murano Debuts at New York Auto Show

2015 Nissan MuranoThe Nissan Murano was one of the first vehicles to make crossovers actually look appealing. With the 2015 model, Nissan is once again showing everyone how it’s done.

The new Murano debuting this week at the New York Auto Show features a toned-down V-Motion nose, a jet-inspired cantilevered roof with disconnected pillars, and an overall visually light cabin that helps it achieve a “floating feeling that can be recognized from very far away.”

Its exterior improvements aren’t just about pleasing the eye, however. Active grille shutters augment aerodynamics, angles and mirrors have been optimized to improve visibility, and surface enhancements help it boast a 0.31 drag coefficient.

The VQ-Series 3.5-liter V6 delivers similar power as the current model (260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque) but Nissan claims that fuel economy may improve by as much as 20 percent, thanks to a more efficient powertrain, the better aero, and a significant 130-pound weight reduction.

The 2015 Nissan Murano will go on sale at Bates Nissan in the fourth quarter of the year. See you then!

Nissan Signs on to Sponsor UEFA Champions League Through 2018

UEFA Champions League The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s most prestigious club soccer tournament and Nissan is its newest sponsor. This tournament is part of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and marks the beginning of a four-year partnership between UEFA and Nissan.

One of the main reasons that Nissan pushed for this sponsorship was to increase its presence in Europe. It wants to outpace Toyota and Hyundai and become the top-selling Asian brand on the continent.

“European growth is important to Nissan, and in UEFA we feel we have found the perfect partner to help us achieve our business goal of becoming the #1 Asian car manufacturer in Europe by 2016. We’re excited and very much looking forward to the new season kicking off at the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff on the 12th August,” said Bastien Schupp, vice president, Marketing, Nissan Europe, in a statement.

Last year, Nissan sold 422,213 vehicles across Europe, less than 100,000 cars behind Toyota. The partnership, which extends from the 2014-2015 campaign through the 2017-2018 season, will also give UEFA another prominent sponsor that will help make them more viable across other international markets.

Are you a soccer fan? We here at Bates Nissan want to know: do you think Nissan’s sponsorship will help it become the top-selling Asian brand in Europe?

Frontier and Titan Make List of Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

2014 Nissan Titan | Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

The 2014 Nissan Titan was named one of Edmunds most fuel-efficient trucks of 2014.

It used to be if you owned a truck that could tow anywhere near 9,500 pounds or offered a versatile interior large enough to store all of your cargo, fuel efficiency was one of those factors you just didn’t discuss. That is now a thing of the past. According to Edmunds’ list of the Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2014, it’s possible to have it all: Nissan’s Frontier and Titan deliver the performance, the style, and the fuel economy necessary to get the job done.

Edmunds compiled the list of gas-only trucks using the official ratings as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Nissan Frontier took the second place ranking with a combined EPA rating of 23 miles per gallon. The 2014 Titan sealed the list at number nine with 15 mpg combined.

“People have associated pickup trucks with low gas mileage for many years, but we’re defeating that stereotype,” said Vice President Dan Mohnke, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “We’ve worked hard to produce pickups that not only provide excellent towing capability and ample cargo space, but also impressive fuel efficiency. This recognition by Edmunds validates our efforts to make fuel efficiency a priority across all platforms, from sedans to pickups.”

You can find both of these capable trucks in stock here at Bates Nissan.

Nissan Rogue Pinned with Illustrious Safety Rating by IIHS

2014 Nissan RogueYou might not be aware of this, but one of the lesser known meanings of the word “rogue” is a “dangerous solitary animal.” While Nissan might want you to perceive their Rogue as an elegant creature with the grace and aggressiveness of a big cat, they certainly don’t want their car to be “dangerous.” No worries there! The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently rated the Rogue as a Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating given out by the authoritative institution.

“Nissan has a long-standing commitment to safety and innovation, and this IIHS rating is a very important milestone for the all-new 2014 Rogue,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, for Nissan North America, in a press release. “Rogue is the second best-selling vehicle in Nissan’s lineup, and with its standard and available safety features, we’re bringing a new level of affordable technologies and innovations to a growing segment looking for fresh ideas.”

The Rogue achieved the Top Safety Pick+ rating despite the increasingly stringent criteria set up by the IIHS, making the award even more impressive. The SUV takes advantage of features like the Advanced Air Bag System and Active Ride Control to grant you perfect peace of mind behind the wheel. Come see us at Bates Nissan today and test drive the Rogue for yourself!

AOL Autos Spills the Details of Their 2014 Nissan Versa Note Test Drive

2014 Nissan Versa Note Test Drive

2014 Nissan Versa Note at the Chicago Auto Show

The 2014 Versa Note is the little hatchback-that-could. A little tid-bit of information; Nissan distinguishes it’s hatchback from the Nissan Versa sedan by adding “Note” to the end. Now that we have formalities out of the way, let’s get into the details of a 2014 Nissan Versa Note test drive.

Inside, the Versa Note does not disappoint. The interior seems to be more spacious than you would imagine at first glance, boasting plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room (even for adults!) in the front and rear seats. Turns out there is more room in the back then most midsize luxury cars offer – what’s not to like about that?

The author also notes how surprisingly quiet the hatchback drives. At the low price-point of the Versa note, many would expect load road-noise, but Nissan seems to have taken care to invest in creating a quiet space for their consumers.

The Versa Note was never intended to be a sports car, and doesn’t boast an incredibly powerful engine. What the Versa Note does offer is a smooth, fuel-efficient ride that will get you around town.

An optional tech package spices things up inside. Featuring 8.5-inch touch screen, voice recognition, navigation, weather, Google send-to-car capability, and Bluetooth, among other technologies to keep you connected. If you want to, you can get this car loaded with all the latest technology, and still keep the price tag under $20,000. Not bad.

This 2014 Nissan Versa Note test drive proves that big surprises come in little packages. The Nissan Versa Note is a versatile car, efficiently getting you, your friends, or your cargo around town comfortably and in-style. But why take AOL Autos’ word for it when you can come test drive it for yourself at Bates Nissan?

Nissan Unites Present and Future of Racing Technology in Geneva

BladeGlider concept | Racing Technology | Geneva

BladeGlider Concept

After making their worldwide debuts at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, both the Nissan GT-R NISMO and the BladeGlider concept made the trip over to Europe for the Geneva Motor Show. The show, which is close to powering down now— its last day will be March 16—unites the present and future of racing and performance car technology for Nissan.

The GT-R NISMO, which is Nissan’s fastest ever GT-R, makes use of a 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 to set a record time at the Nurburgring racetrack for production cars. Already one of the best performance-driven supercars available, now with NISMO capability, the GT-R is now even better. It revs up to 186 mph, gripping the road tightly via its advanced aerodynamics.

While the GT-R NISMO represents the present of Nissan’s performance technology capability, the sleek and different BladeGlider Concept gives us a glimpse of what the future will be like. A unique three-wheel design, wide in the back and tapering to a point in the front, the BladeGlider looks like nothing else you’ve ever seen. At Bates Nissan, we can’t wait to see how Nissan uses technology from the BladeGlider and GT-R NISMO both to create amazing new performance vehicles in the future.

Nissan is on Top for February Sales

2014 Nissan Rogue - February Sales

The 2014 Nissan Rogue leads Nissan’s February sales with a record 17,197 units sold nationwide.

We know it seems like this winter will never end (though, if you hang on for just a bit longer, we’re pretty sure that spring is right around the corner). February was another long, cold, snowy month for most of the country and, like January, it stalled much of the auto industry and deflated expectations across the board. Well, for most of the auto industry that is. Nissan rose above the rest and was one of the few automakers with positive sales numbers in the month of February.

Not only was Nissan in rare enough company by posting the greatest year-over-year gain in February, but they also managed a record-setting month with 105,631 vehicles sold. This marks a 16.7 percent increase over last February and was also good for the 11th monthly record set by the brand in the past 12 months.

Leading the Nissan sales was the redesigned Rogue crossover, which also set a February record with 17,197 units sold nationwide—a jump of 72.6 percent. Another record-setter was the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, which had an increase of 118.2 percent with 1,425 sold.

Hopefully we have finally seen an end to the cold. Want to get a jump start on your spring? Head over to Bates Nissan and warm yourself up with a brand new Nissan.

Nissan Issues Recall for 2012-14 Frontier Pickups

2013 Nissan Frontier Recall

The 2013 NIssan Frontier was involved in the recall.

Nobody likes to hear that something might be wrong with their car…particularly when that potential something wrong . But when you can get free repairs to ensure the health of your vehicle and your own safety, there’s something of a silver lining to be found.

Nissan has issued a recall affecting 13,535 Frontier pickup trucks in the United States. The reason is an electrical issue that could cause a fire; however, no fires or injuries have been reported. The potential issue is with a circuit breaker that was installed incorrectly in model year 2012 through 2014 trucks.

According to the NHTSA’s recall notice, incorrectly-installed circuit breakers could lead to the main wire harness facing outward and contacting a metal bolt on the vehicle’s A-pillar. This could result in wearing, shortages, and eventually, fire.

All owners of the affected trucks will receive a notification in the mail about the recall. They can then make an appointment with any Nissan dealership to have their trucks inspected and repaired free of charge. Notifications will being going out early next month.

2012-14 Frontier owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, and they may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or through www.safercar.gov.

If you have any questions about this recall or want to see if you own a recalled truck, you can also call us at Bates Nissan and we’ll help you out.

KBB Names 2014 Nissan Rogue One of the “10 Best SUVs Under $25,000”

2014 Nissan Rogue

The 2014 Nissan Rogue at the Chicago Auto Show. Photo contributed by The News Wheel

The all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue has proven to be a massive success for the Nissan brand. In just its first full month at dealerships, sales of the Rogue were up 27.8 percent, but Nissan is receiving more than just sales recognition for its redesigned SUV.

Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com) recently named the 2014 Nissan Rogue to its list of the “10 Best SUVs Under $25,000.” KBB.com pointed to the Rogue’s sleek, redesigned exterior styling, and its best-in-class highway fuel economy for its place on the list.

The distinction from KBB.com affirms Nissan’s efforts in creating a practical, affordable and all-around appealing vehicle in the 2014 Rogue.

“The all-new Nissan Rogue was designed to offer customers an excellent value, while still providing drivers with unparalleled style, technology, drivability and function,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, in a press release.

“Earning a place on KBB.com’s list of 10 Best SUVs under $25,000 helps to reaffirm our vision for this vehicle as well as its place in an extremely competitive segment.”

To learn more about the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue, visit us today at Bates Nissan!