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.

Nissan Titan XD Named 2015 Truck of Texas

2016 Nissan Titan XD

The new diesel 2016 Nissan Titan XD was named the 2015 Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, which holds the Texas Truck Rodeo once a year to determine the best trucks of the year. The 2016 Titan XD hasn’t even been released yet, but Nissan chose to include it in the 2015 Rodeo, and it definitely paid off.

The Texas Truck Rodeo took place outside San Antonio this year in the state with the most truck drivers in the US, and the new diesel Titan XD outstripped every other truck in terms of efficiency, power, handling, and a variety of other criteria.

The winning Titan XD has a 5-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine, which won the best powertrain award in addition to helping the Titan win the Truck of Texas award. Two other Titans also won the award, including the Pro-4X, which took the best off-road category, and the Titan XD Platinum Reserve, which won best luxury pickup.

Redesigned 2016 Altima Revealed in New York

The best-selling Nissan in the United States is the mid-size Altima sedan, and now it is all-new. Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, recently unveiled the redesigned 2016 Altima in New York City.

“Altima has experienced five consecutive years of sales growth, the only vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment to do so, with sales growing more than 60 percent since the start of the economic recovery in 2009,” said Ghosn, in a statement. “With this new, redesigned 2016 Altima, we expect to be more competitive in the marketplace.”

The updated Altima features a new exterior and interior design, new technology and connectivity features, a new SR sports model, new active safety features, and better highway fuel efficiency at 39 mpg.

The new available safety feature is called Predictive Forward Collision Warning. This advanced technology is able to see two cars ahead of you and can warn the driver when a vehicle slows down suddenly, even when the driver can’t see it for themselves.

The new 2016 Nissan Altima will be coming to Bates Nissan in November.

 Get a preview of the redesigned 2016 Altima before it arrives:

New Nissan Navara Reveal Runs Early, Showcases New Platform

Nissan had planned to reveal the new Nissan Navara at the Frankfurt Motor Show – but it seems as if the company just couldn’t wait any longer, giving the new Navara an early debut for fans all over the world.

The automaker says that while the vehicle is currently going under the model number of “NP300,” it’s actually going to be the first model of a new platform, of the crossover variety. However, they’re keeping most of those details under wraps.

From the reveal’s images, we can see that the Navara has a bold, rounded appearance, and it’s surely no coincidence that Nissan introduced this fun and quirky truck in a bright orange exterior shade. But of course, the Navara is no pushover, able to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

What do you think of the new Nissan Navara reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you’re looking for your new favorite car, visit us at Bates Nissan.

 

Check out the 2015 Nissan Navara after its reveal in Thailand in 2014:

Nissan Qashqai from Europe to Provide More Choices in Crossovers

Nissan Rogue

Nissan Rogue

Crossovers are quickly becoming one of the most popular automotive segments in the United States, and that means good news for Nissan fans. Starting next year, Bates Nissan will begin offering the Nissan Qashqai, currently the Rogue’s European counterpart.

The Nissan Qashqai is about 10 inches shorter than the American Rogue and sits on a wheelbase that is 2 inches shorter.  While it has less cargo space, it offers a more stylish rear design. It should appeal to those seeking a CUV for the lifestyle and not the utility, or possibly provide a solution for Nissan customers seeking more choices in crossovers.

Alongside the Qashqai, 2016 will also see the arrival of a Rogue Hybrid, a rumor we’ve heard before. So far, there are no details as to what it will have under the hood, or what will power the Qashqai (potentially an ultra-efficient 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine or something similar), but we’re bound to find out soon!

Nissan Appreciates the Art of Racing with Spa 24 Hours Slow-Motion Video

GTR NISMO

Spa 24 Hours may not enjoy the same level of prestige as Le Mans, but it certainly deserves to come at least close. The event takes place in the rolling hills and verdant forests of Belgium at one of the most beautiful tracks in the world. It’s a favorite among racing drivers, who always appreciate its old-school racing roots and the famous uphill Eau Rouge corner.

Nissan hasn’t failed to show its appreciation, either. Ahead of this year’s Spa 24 Hour race on July 25, it presented an incredible collection of short clips of last year’s cars racing through Eau Rouge, in slow motion. Nissan didn’t just show off its own GT-R NISMO GT3 car, but also showed some of the competing cars as well. This is unlike most promotional material we see in the business, and makes us think that Nissan actually does care about the artistic side of racing!

If you managed to catch the Spa 24 Hour race, make sure to stop by Bates Nissan and let us know what you thought!

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.

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.