Mass Market Nissan V2G System in Production

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For many consumers, one of the biggest problems holding them back from purchasing an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is having to find a charging station away from the home.

One solution to this issue is vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems, which is a feature that allows electric cars to work with a power grid to send electricity from the power lines to the car, and back, if desired.

According to a recent statement, Nissan is teaming up with Endesa in Madrid, Spain to develop the first ever “mass market” V2G system, which could absolutely change the future of electric vehicles.

Their plan is for electric car owners to be able to use the V2G system during low-demand charge periods, when costs are lower, and also to be able to store that cheaper charge for another time.

It’s no surprise that Nissan, who leads the automotive industry in electric vehicles, is championing this pursuit. What do you think about the Nissan V2G system? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

No Question about the Nissan Sentra’s Safety

The 2015 Nissan Sentra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award, thanks to a number of structural improvements made this year along with a robust suite of advanced safety features.

IIHS’s Top Safety Pick Award recognizes vehicles that do exceptionally well in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraint tests. It also requires that the vehicle earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap frontal test. The Nissan Sentra earned the best-possible score of “Good” on all five tests.

Nissan has modified the Sentra’s front structure, including the A-pillar and doorsill, helping the compact car to achieve its “Good” rating in the new and difficult small overlap frontal test. In addition, standard features include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, Anti-lock Braking System, Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist, front and rear crumple zones, energy absorbing steering column, among others.

“Nissan is committed to safety and innovation, and Nissan is proud to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating for the 2015 Sentra,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America in a statement. “As a compact sedan, Sentra is a critically important vehicle in Nissan’s lineup and with its standard safety features we’re bringing a high level of safety and security to a growing consumer segment.”

Here at Bates Nissan, we think the Nissan Sentra’s safety scores are a testament to Nissan’s continued commitment to building safe vehicles. Stop by today to learn more about the incredibly safe Nissan Sentra!

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!

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’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.”

Nissan Kicks Concept Premieres at Sao Paulo Auto Show

Auto show season is upon us once more, and Nissan is stretching its influence all across the world—not just in North America. For example, Nissan recently debuted a new vehicle at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show. The Nissan Kicks Concept was actually designed to specifically reflect the lives and spirit of the people of Brazil, so Sao Paulo was the perfect spot for the car to be unveiled.

“This concept is a product of global collaboration, but it was inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people,” said Mamoru Aoki, Executive Design Director of Nissan’s Global Design Strategy Department. The Concept vehicle sought inspiration from the contrasting color schemes in Brazil—cool, metallic urban tones in Sao Paulo and vibrant color in Rio.

The new Concept might have been designed in Brazil, but that doesn’t mean it’s only meant for Brazil, as Taro Ueda, Vice President of Nissan Design America, noted. “It’s not only just for the Brazilian market, but we capture the idea of Brazil and then we apply it to our global design improvement, making a stronger design lineup for future Nissan designs,” said Ueda. Here at Bates Nissan, we’re looking forward to seeing how the Concept and its design principles make their way into vehicles in our showrooms—and we’re sure you are too! So come see us today.

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!

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.

Nissan LEAF Routed Competition in Europe in 2013

Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF quickly revved its way into first place in the electric vehicle (EV) market upon its release several years ago and only continues to cement its place at the top. Nissan recently finished calculating LEAF sales in Europe for 2013—and the results are staggering and impressive. The LEAF now owns a 33 percent share of the EV segment in Europe, outselling even the closest competition by over 25 percent last year. 2013 was easily a record sales year for the LEAF in Europe, moving 5,600 more cars than the brand moved in 2012.

The amazing year for the LEAF, according to Nissan, is merely the beginning of their EV reign in Europe.

“January has been a fantastic start to 2014, a year when we will launch our second 100 percent electric model in Europe – the Nissan e-NV200 light commercial vehicle,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

“Our most recent survey following the launch of the improved European-built Nissan LEAF shows that 97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend, and we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure, will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”

The results of that survey Diernaz mentioned cannot be overstated. At this point, EVs have largely conquered early criticisms and drawbacks and are extremely practical vehicles. As both a practical and environmentally friendly driving solution, the 2014 Nissan LEAF is poised to continue dominating the European landscape in 2014.

There’s no reason Europe should have all the EV fun, though. Come see us at Bates Nissan to turn over a new LEAF today!

Check Out the 2014 Nissan Rogue in “The Detour”

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

Meet “The Detour,” a crazy-fun virtual driving adventure that Nissan has launched to bring attention to the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, which is just now rolling in to the dealership and rolling out to consumers nationwide.

"The Detour" featuring the 2014 Nissan Rogue

“The Detour” featuring the 2014 Nissan Rogue

Using an amalgamation of technologies such as Google® Street View, Google® Maps, and Google® Satellite API combined with Hollywood-style digital effects and a soundtrack from recording artist M.I.A., Nissan’s lead digital agency—Critical Mass—has created an interactive, custom test drive experience that anyone in the world can enjoy.

Just enter your address and where you would like to go, and watch as Nissan takes you on a trip in the all-new 2014 Rogue through the streets you know and love while simultaneously showing off some of the vehicle’s cool features.

“The new Rogue is off to an amazing start since it was introduced last fall and we expect The Detour to direct a lot of traffic from the website straight to local Nissan dealerships,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president of Nissan Marketing Communications & Media.

We hope so too! See you soon at Bates Nissan!