Nissan Reusing Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

Nissan LEAF

Nissan announced in June that it has a plan for reusing Nissan Leaf batteries. After years of research into ways to reuse car batteries that no longer have the juice to power a car, Nissan is one of the first manufacturers, along with General Motors, to designate old EV batteries as backup batteries for buildings.

Nissan has partnered with the company Green Charge Networks, which provides and installs batteries for customers. Receiving old Leaf batteries from Nissan will reduce GCN’s costs, as they will have to produce fewer batteries. This partnership isn’t a surprise, as Nissan teamed up with Sumitomo to research how to reuse EV batteries shortly after releasing the first Leaf.

Powering a car is a big job, and when a battery is no longer strong enough to do it, it still has plenty of juice for lighter-duty work. Storing ene
rgy in commercial and industrial buildings doesn’t have anywhere near the energy output of driving a car, making these EV batteries a perfect choice for the job.

What is a Transmission?

ShifterIf you’ve ever done research before buying a car, you may have wondered: What is a transmission? The key to understanding its definition is in the name. It’s a mechanism that transmits power from your car’s engine to the parts that make it move forward, turning energy into torque using gears and a clutch.

There are two types of transmissions: manual and automatic. Most people know that manual transmissions require you to shift the gears yourself, while automatic transmissions shift themselves. With manual transmissions, the gears are various sizes, and you speed up or slow down by manually engaging these gears using the clutch and gear shift. It’s easier to understand in terms of the gears on a bicycle, where certain gear sizes are better for different terrains, slopes, and speeds.

In an automatic transmission, the process is mostly the same, except that the transmission engages other gears automatically when you change speeds, and most automatic transmissions don’t have a clutch. Instead, they have a torque converter, which outputs the necessary amount of torque for the speed of the vehicle.

There is also Nissan’s XRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), available in many new Nissan cars, which you can learn more about here.

This is only a small look into how transmissions work, but we hope it’s useful to you!

2016 Nissan Maxima SR Test Ends in Victory

2016 Nissan Maxima

 

The all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima SR was recently put to the test as it completed laps around the track at Buttonwillow Raceway. It was up against some stiff competition in the 2015 Acura TLX 3.5 with Technology Package, 2015 BMW 328i, and Audi A4 2.0T quattro Premium Plus Tiptronic. The Maxima more than held its own, though, posting the best lap time out of them. Check out the Nissan Maxima performance times below.

 

Vehicle Time Margin (seconds)
Maxima SR 1:18.50  –
BMW 328i 1:19.48 .98
Acura TLX 3.5L 1:20.58 2.08
Audi A4 2.0T Quattro 1:21.21 2.71

 

Nissan has been positioning the 2016 Maxima as the “4-Door Sports Car” and it’s most certainly living up the name!

Pierre Loing, vice president of Product Planning at Nissan, said, “We expected the all-new 2016 Maxima, with its re-engineered engine, transmission and chassis to do well, but frankly even we were surprised by the head-to-head test results against some very well-established luxury sports sedans.”

To check out the full 2016 Nissan Maxima SR test video, head over to Nissan’s YouTube channel!

Nissan Murano Named 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus

2015 Nissan Murano

 

The Nissan Murano was recently named a 2015 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Murano scored “Good” ratings in all five of the IIHS safety tests, earning it the highest honor a vehicle can receive.

Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Parts & Service for Nissan, said, “This Murano has once again raised the bar for Midsize Crossovers in terms of modern styling, levels of interior refinement, luxury and technology in its class. At Nissan we are happy to the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating to the list.”

Being awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus rating doesn’t come easily either. IIHS raised their standards for the tests two years ago, requiring vehicles to earn “advanced” or “superior” ratings in the front crash prevention tests, which the Murano did.

If you’re interested in testing out one of the most stylish and safest vehicles on the road, come visit us at Bates Nissan and take a ride in the all-new Murano.

The 2015 Nissan Sales Show the Popularity of the 2015 Lineup

Nissan Sentra

 

Nissan sales are better than ever thanks to the popularity of the Murano, Rogue, and Sentra. So far, this year has seen a 5.7% increase in sales, especially because of the record-breaking April numbers.

According to Nissan, the Rogue sales were up 44.5% this year, which is nothing compared to the 72.9% increase in Murano sales. Why are these models so popular? Since global demand for SUVs has steadily risen over the past couple of years, customers appreciate the affordability and quality of vehicles like the Rogue and Murano.

The Sentra, on the other hand, has been steadily rising to the top of sales over the past few years. This model is incredibly practical, especially because it’s fuel efficiency and affordable price. The Sentra is popular among younger generations who are looking for a sporty, yet useful car to drive in town or on the highway.

Whether you want something to take you from point A to point B or you want something that can hit the trails without difficulty, the 2015 Nissan lineup is for you. It’s no wonder the 2015 Nissan Sales are so incredible so far.

New Nissan Frontier Keeps Model at Forefront of Mid-size Truck Segment

Nissan Frontier

 

Though a new group of contenders have cropped up over the last year, the Nissan Frontier continues to lead the pack. In fact, the all-new Frontier model simply reasserts the truck’s dominance in the segment, reminding its newfound competition that it takes a good long while to get this excellent. From starting price to power to technology to efficiency, this new Frontier has it all.

The Frontier comes with a 4.0L V6 engine, an engine with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, that’s a pretty big powertrain with a whole lot of power. However, if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, you can opt for the 2.5L I-4 engine with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Either way, the Frontier makes great use of its engines and delivers a smooth yet assured driving experience.

The truck also gets up to 19 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city with the I-4 engine attached to a manual transmission. You’ll also find some awesome technological additions, with a moonroof, NissanConnect Navigation, Mobile Apps, and five-inch color display all available. Come see us here at Bates Nissan to learn more about the Frontier and all its bells and whistles—and what makes it the clear best midsize truck—today.

2016 Nissan Altima to Feature All-New NissanConnect℠ Services Program

NissanConnect

The all-new NissanConnect℠ Services program is powered by SiriusXM® and promises to keep drivers more connected, engaged, and aware than ever before. NissanConnect Services will provide users with unprecedented access to their vehicles and the outside world, including vehicle monitoring, security and remote access.

According to a recent news release, three levels of services will be available when the system debuts on the 2016 Maxima later this year. The basic level is NissanConnect Services, which will include emergency services such as the Stolen Vehicle Locator and Automatic Collision Notification, along with maintenance alerts, like Dealer Service Scheduling Reminders and In-Vehicle Messaging.

A the next level (NissanConnect Services Premium), users will benefit from everything included in the base package plus remote services such as Remote Start and Remote Door Lock/Unlock along with monitoring alerts like Curfew Alert and Valet Alert.

The highest level of services offered is the NissanConnect Services Premium Plus program, which adds a full-suite of concierge services, including Connected Search, Assisted Search, and Journey Planner.

Nissan says that the NissanConnect Services program will also be available on four other models later this year, but has not yet revealed which models, or when.

Look for the exciting 2016 Nissan Altima to make its way to Bates Nissan later this year.

2016 Nissan 370Z Pricing Released

2016 Nissan 370Z

It seems like prices are raised every year on everything from a gallon of milk to our favorite sports cars. But we come bearing good news. The 2016 Nissan 370Z pricing has officially been released and will remain the exact same across the lineup as the previous model year.

In total, there are eight 370Z Coupe models, four 370Z NISMO models, and five 370Z Roadster models that will be available for customers.

The starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the manual transmission Coupe model will be $29,990 and the NISMO model’s MSRP will start at $41,990. The Roadster’s starting MSRP will be $41,820.

The 370Z has been one of the most iconic models in Nissan’s lineup and offers drivers outstanding power and performance as well as a beautiful, sleek design and years of automotive history excellence.

For a full breakdown of pricing information about each of the 370Z models, click here. If you want more information about the cars, or would like to schedule a test-drive, come visit us at Bates Nissan today.

Redesigned Nissan Maxima: Not Just a Big Altima

If we had asked you what Nissan’s flagship model was last year, odds are your answer would have been the Nissan Altima. By all logic, you’re right. The Altima sold 336,000 units in 2014. Reviews are fantastic and they’re easily recognizable on the road. So you probably wouldn’t have believed us if we had told you the Maxima was the real flagship.

Nissan agreed with this sentiment, after the Maxima sold only 50,000 units in 2014. The engineers did their part and made sure to bring the Maxima and a certain logo out of an early retirement. Headlining next year, the redesigned Nissan Maxima: Four Door Sports Car.

The all-new Maxima has five trim levels: S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum. The base model, S, comes fully loaded with plenty of convenience features many other automakers consider optional, like navigation and remote start. The “4DSC” logo is hidden away in the headlight and taillight lenses.

The interior of the Maxima looks and feels like an airplane cockpit, just as you’d expect from a sports car. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 engine that can hit 300 hp with a press of the gas pedal. Fuel economy hasn’t been forgotten: 30 mpg highway, 22 mpg city.

You can find the Tennessee-built 2016 Nissan Maxima on lots this summer. Starting price: $32,410, a bargain if we’ve ever seen one.

Nissan hits Production Milestone at Mexican Assembly Plant

Nissan Sentra

Nissan production is healthier than ever right now—and, in fact, the brand’s Mexican assembly plant in Aguascalientes recently hit a production milestone of 200,000 vehicles. The A2 manufacturing complex recently shipped a Nissan Sentra SR to Chicago—the 200,000th vehicle to roll off the line. There’s actually two plants in the complex, and each of them can produce a Sentra in under a minute.

With that sort of efficiency and production, it’s no wonder that the Aguascalientes plant posts such impressive numbers now. It’s also a subset of Nissan’s overall production health right now. “Nissan Mexicana is considered the benchmark for the brand in the world,” Airton Cousseau, head of Nissan’s Mexican operations, said. “It’s No. 1 in production [in Mexico] and the first in exports, more than in Japan.”

In fact, the brand hopes to make up to 1 million vehicles per year in Mexico once 2017 rolls around. Fortunately, much of that production feeds into the American market, so come see us at Bates Nissan today to learn more about all these great vehicles!