Nissan LEAF Challenges Tesla with ProPILOT


Nissan is always looking for new ways to push the envelope. One way they’re challenging norms is by taking innovation to the next level. The Nissan LEAF has innovations that are sure to beat out even the toughest competition.

The Nissan LEAF features an all-new technology that wows both critics and car enthusiasts. It’s called “ProPILOT Assist” and it gives drivers the extra help and ultimate convenience on the highway.

Most drivers can agree that one of the most annoying parts about highway driving is the stop-and-go traffic that can happen. ProPILOT aims to address this issue and lessen the anxiety of high-volume traffic by using technology to drive for you… kind of.

ProPILOT helps drivers by controlling steering, braking, and acceleration. Drivers can use ProPILOT in a single lane on the highway, acting like an amped-up version of cruise control. This challenges the popular Tesla 3’s new cruise control technology with features that help you while still making sure you’re paying attention to the road.

The Nissan LEAF rivals the Tesla in both affordability and technology. There’s a reason the LEAF is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. If you’re curious about the Nissan LEAF and ProPILOT technology, we’re always here to answer questions at Bates Nissan.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior Touches Reflect the Beast Mode Within

This Nissan Pathfinder has always represented the perfect balance between powerful SUV and nimble car, but now, the Pathfinder is set to get bigger and bolder, reflecting the latest trends while also paying respects to classic Nissan style.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has a raised hood, hooked running lights, an updated grille, new fog lights, and even turn signal markers in the mirrors. Matched with a revised rear hatch and fenders – and you’ve got a much more aggressive Pathfinder.

The rugged new Nissan Pathfinder exterior mimics the vehicle’s updated off-roading abilities, with a new all-wheel drive system, three different driving modes to select from, and safety features such as hill descent control and hill start assist.

Overall, both explorers and casual drivers afraid of icy roads will love the new Nissan Pathfinder, which aims to protect drivers and has the exterior styling to show it. (Of course, it’s also packed with all the latest amenities on the inside – including Nissan Connect.)

Want to check out the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder or one of the many other models we have in store? Maybe take your favorite pick out on a test drive? Stop by or give us a call anytime, right here at Bates Nissan.

New 2017 Pathfinder Design

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is here. This model comes with some great new features and design, promising to make this model one of the most popular on the market. Fans can’t stop raving about the new design and the breakthrough technologies, each of which work to make this model better than ever.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder design is what first strikes you, according to the NY Daily News, with new features like sharp headlights, tail lights, a revamped front fascia, and added body lines. The new Nissan Pathfinder is made to make a statement on the highway. Designers have thrown subtlety to the curb—if you want bold and refined styling, get the Nissan Pathfinder.

Notably, the new 2017 model year has a V-Motion front grille that echoes the bold look of the Nissan Titan XD pickup, as well as signature LED lighting. Plus, the exterior has been reengineered to be more aerodynamic, with less drag than ever before.

Other tweaks include a new suspension and chassis components, adding 1,000 pounds to the towing capacity for a total of up to 6,000 pounds. These changes also improve handling and the ride quality, giving you comfort and added control. These are just some of the great new design and exterior features on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. With new looks, better performance, and better handling, it’s hard not to fall in love with this model immediately.

Contact us at Bates Nissan of Killeen, Texas for more information on this great model!

Nissan Wins In Two Classes At 2016 Super GT Championship

2016 super gt championship

The second round of the 2016 Super GT Championship recently transpired at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. Nissan made a great show of force in not one, but two classes.

The Nissan GT-R took the cake in both the GT300 and GT500. In the latter race, the #1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, manned by the team of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, finished first. It was a result that may not have been. The #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R, driven by JP de Oliveira, had passed his teammates and
was on his way to victory when he tragically blew a tire on lap 96 and spun out.

In the GT300, GT Academy alumnus Jann Mardenborough and his partner Kazuki Hoshino won in their #3 B-MAX NDDP GT-R. This is an exceptional feat considering that it was only Mardenborough’s second Super GT race.

After the race, the young driver said, “I feel great to be able to take victory in my second race in the Super GT. Kazuki and I both carried out a good race with no mistakes so I’m happy about that.”

Glow-in-the-Dark Nissan Juke Used as Art

Easter Egg Art

Easter Egg Art

The Nissan Juke is spunky and creative—we all know that. But did you know that its unique look can inspire other art? A glow-in-the-dark Nissan Juke was used as art recently in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne’s White Night celebrations are a dusk-until-dawn celebration of the culture and creativity in the city. Local artists participate and everyone can marvel at the expression of art, music, and writing.

This year, local Melbourne artists Snake Hole and Chris Le accepted the challenge to re-imagine the Nissan JUKE. Nissan helped by providing two Nissan JUKEs wrapped in a special glow-in-the-dark skin, then gave them black paint and pens. The artists used these to demonstrate simple and raw talent, drawing all over the Nissan JUKE to make it pop. Onlookers could both watch or join by using a smartphone light to draw on the canvas skin.

“Our initial impression when we saw the JUKE was it had snake-like characteristics. The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us,” said artist Snake Hole.

There you have it: the Nissan JUKE isn’t only a car, it’s a work of art.

Nissan Rogue Warrior Tackles the Snowpocalypse

Snowpocalypse

Last year, the Juke Nismo RSnow swapped its wheels for tracks and took on arctic challenges in Lapland, Finland. This year, the Nissan Rogue Warrior is doing something similar, except this time a little closer to home, in Canada.  Here at Bates Nissan, we understand that we are not as affected by the winter season as much of the rest of the country.  That doesn’t mean we don’t think this snow machine is super fierce!

A Quebecois company called Motorsports in Action fitted the Rogue with a Dominator track system to allow it to tackle the snowpocalypse. To make the system work, the group increased the ground clearance, adjusted the suspension, and widened the fenders, but few other changes were needed. According to Nissan, the powertrain was unchanged, and the Rogue Warrior could climb a 45-degree incline and reach 62 miles per hour.

The vehicle is shown off in a new video, in which it tows several people up a ski slope, and—why the heck not—heads back down with them. Going down a ski slope in a crossover equipped with Dominator tracks? There’s no way that’s not going on our bucket list at Bates Nissan.

2016 Nissan Altima Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Award

Nissan Altima Safety

The 2016 Nissan Altima has joined the other vehicles in our lineup that have earned a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the Maxima and Murano.

The Altima scored “Good”—the highest possible rating—in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, seats and head restraints, and roof strength.

These ratings are good enough to cinch the Top Safety Pick recognition—also achieved by the Rogue and Sentra in our lineup—but the Altima scored that extra “+” at the end by earning a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Forward Emergency Braking, giving it the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

When a front collision is imminent, the system alerts the driver; if the driver fails to respond, the system can even apply the brakes to mitigate or entirely avoid the crash. This is just one of the many safety features available on the 2016 Nissan Altima. Explore them all at Bates Nissan!

Increase Your Fuel Economy with These Easy Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:

  • Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
  • If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
  • Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
  • Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
  • This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.

Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!

Nissan Takes Home 4 IIHS Top Safety Ratings

2016 Nissan Maxima

It’s safety sweeps season for the auto industry, and Nissan is cleaning up nicely!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the foremost rating organizations in America. When it comes to safety, their word is law. Luckily for Nissan (and Nissan drivers), four Nissan models have received IIHS Top Safety ratings.

The Top Safety Pick+ is the highest honor of all the IIHS Top Safety ratings, and two Nissans took this title home: the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the 2016 Nissan Murano. These sedans are going to be big deals next year!

Just below Top Safety Pick+ is the Top Safety Pick. Two more Nissans scored this award: the 2016 Nissan Rogue SUV and the 2016 Nissan Sentra.

To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must score “Good” or better in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories. To earn that ultimate plus-sign, a vehicle must also earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention.

Congratulations, Nissan!

Nissan Donates Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

Nissan LEAF

Nissan is helping to eliminate pollution and cut dependence on oil by providing an all-electric vehicle shuttle service for the COP21 (Conference of Parties) Climate Change Summit. Recognizing the importance of alternative energy designs, Nissan has become a leader in green technologies.

According to Nissan, 200 Renault-Nissan employees were specially trained for the event in Paris. These workers will man around two hundred vehicles, a fleet composed of the Nissan LEAF, the Renault ZOE, and the Nissan e-NV200. These will help conference attendees get around the city in a flash.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

The COP21 Climate Change Summit is the 21st annual conference addressing the need for more research on climate change, as well as action. Nissan is one of a handful of global automakers seeking to redefine mobility by incorporating the latest alternative energy designs.