Nissan GT Academy Season 3 Debuts November 11 on SPIKE TV

Nissan is extending its relationship with Sony Computer Entertainment and SPIKE TV in order to bring more gamers to the track and more viewers to their televisions to watch it happen when Season 3 of the Nissan GT Academy kicks off on November 11th.

The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality. The program has already helped to fulfill the dreams of many gamers who are now professional drivers with Nissan, including Lucas Ordonez, who is now expected to compete in the upcoming Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Nissan GT Academy kicks off

The GT Academy is a one-of-a-kind program designed to push the best video game racers to the limit and test their ability to convert their virtual skills into reality.

The competition began with over 400,000 racing enthusiasts all doing their best to best each other in the latest iteration of the long-standing PlayStation Gran Turismo franchise. The top 32 contenders were be sent to New York City to participate in the National Finals. Only 12 remained after a series of virtual, media, and real-life driving challenges; the dozen finalists will then be tested at the legendary Silverstone race track in the U.K. In the end, only one driver will be selected to race for Nissan after passing a series of physical, psychological, and athletic challenges and logging an extensive amount of track time in the Nissan 370z, Nissan GT-R, and Nissan JUKE NISMO.

The first episode of Season 3 of Nissan GT Academy will air on SPIKE TV at 10:30 ET on November 11th. If you just want to drive a regular Nissan without having to go through the trouble of hours of competitive training, just stop by Bates Nissan! We’ll hook you up.

Nissan Announces 2014 JUKE MSRP

The next vehicle you can expect to see on Bates Nissan’s lot is the 2014 JUKE; but we are also excited about the JUKE NISMO.

Before heading to visit us though, take a sneak peak at the price tag you can expect to see on our newest additions. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for the 2014 Nissan JUKE include:

2014 JUKE MSRP: Front Wheel Drive Models

  • 2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $18,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SV MT – $20,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE VS CVT – $22,040
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO MT – $22,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $24,290

2014 JUKE MSRP: All Wheel Drive Models

  • 2014 Nissan JUKE S CVT – $20,990
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SV CVT – $23,740
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO CVT – $25,290
  • 2014 Nissan JUKE SL CVT – $25,990

According to Nissan’s official press release, the 2014 JUKE is offered with two different custom packages: the special Midnight Edition and Sport Package. “The Midnight Edition features unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire Black mirror caps and privacy glass. The Sport Package includes a body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and stainless steel exhaust finisher. A Navigation Package is also available.”

Keep an eye out for the first sighting of the 2014 JUKE to hit Bates Nissan’s lot and be sure to come test drive one ASAP.

Nissan “Your Door to More” Contest Winners Announced

2014 Nissan Versa Note | Your Door to More Contest

All “Your Door to More” videos had to feature the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Remember back in July when we announced the Nissan “Your Door to More” contest? Well the judges have spoken and three winners have been picked.

In case you don’t remember, the contest asked you to make a six-to-15 second video using Instagram or Vine to show the Versa Note doing something you’re passionate about. Six winners were picked to win $1,000 gift cards and “the top three winners would have their videos featured in a Nissan TV ad to promote the Versa Note.”

“There are a lot of really creative people using Vine and Instagram,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marking, Nissan North America. “We’re still trying to figure out the smoke and mirrors used to create several of the videos. This was a good social media experiment and a great way for Nissan to promote the all-new Versa Note.”

Make sure you check out the winning videos below, and then stop in to Bates Nissan to test drive one today!

Nissan Recall of Nearly One Million Vehicles Worldwide

2013 Infiniti M affected in Nissan Recall

The Infiniti M is affected in the Nissan Recall.

Nissan announced a recall of 908,900 vehicles worldwide, with nearly 100,000 models being affected in the United States.

This recall has been announced due to the lack of acceleration in Japanese models like the Serena, X-Trail, Lafesta and Fuga, and the United States model the Infiniti M sedan. At this time, no official recall notice has been released; however Nissan did confirm the recall with Reuters.

“The accelerator pedal’s sensor could become unstable, potentially resulting in less-than-intended acceleration and in worst case, a stalled engine,” said spokesman Chris Keeffe. No accidents or injuries have been reported to Nissan.

If your vehicle is affected by this Nissan recall, bring it into Bates Nissan and our service department will replace the accelerator pedals and the engine control program will be fixed to address the problem. Total repairs will take about 90 minutes.

Possible Recall of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Last week, Nissan announced they may have to recall 110,000 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and the Infiniti JX crossovers. The possible recall is due to customer complaints about losing power suddenly while driving. The issue has been pointed to faulty transmission cooler line connections regarding the continuously variable transmission, which is in the Pathfinder and the JX.

At this time, the problem is being investigated and no recall has been announced, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a recall is likely.

Keep your eye on the Bates Nissan blog and Facebook for updates on this developing recall and if you have any concerns, stop in to see us.

Nissan Announces 2014 Nissan Pathfinder MSRP

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan announced the starting MSRP U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which is now on sale at Bates Nissan.

  • Pathfinder S 2WD – $28,700
  • Pathfinder SV 2WD – $31,960
  • Pathfinder SL 2WD – $34,900
  • Pathfinder Platinum 2WD – $39,600
  • Pathfinder S 4WD – $30,300
  • Pathfinder SV 4WD – $33,560
  • Pathfinder SL 4WD – $36,500
  • Pathfinder Platinum 4WD – $41,200

All Pathfinders requiring destination shipping will be charged $845.

The 2014 Pathfinder also come with four package options: SL Tech Package, SL Premium Package, Platinum Premium Package and Trailer Tow Package.

To test drive the Pathfinder today, stop in and see us! Or call 254-699-7181 to schedule one.

2014 Versa Note Takes Top Spot on KBB List

As back to school very quickly approaches, or has already begun, we wanted to find the best cars for your students, and luckily we got a little help from Kelley Blue Book!

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa Note takes first place in KBB’s Top 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

KBB named their top 10 picks, and among these were the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus, but coming in first place, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note!

This five-door hatchback starts under $15,000 and can get up to 40 mpg, so why wouldn’t you consider this amazing car for your student as the school year begins? On average, consumers give this vehicle a 7.6 out of 10 rating saying you get “a surprising amount of passenger room and a comfortable ride” in a car that won’t break the bank. Offered in three trims, the Versa Note can be personalized for anyone.

This spacious hatchback offers students and parents peace of mind with a high safety rating and different technology packages, including Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls.

Come check out our stock of 2014 Nissan Versa Notes today and get your student into one of the best cars on the road today!

Zero-Emission Car Sales Hit 100,000

On July 23, the 100,000th plug-in, zero-emission vehicle was sold in America and the Nissan LEAF became the current EV champion of the world in its short three year life.

The LEAF was the 100,000 zero-emission vehicle sold in the USSince the first LEAF was sold in 2010 in Silicon Valley, California, the LEAF has taken the US and the rest of the world by storm and last week, in Georgia, Nissan sold the 100,000th zero-emission vehicle.

“The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100-percent committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.”

Of all plug-in vehicles, Nissan has sold the most, with more than 71,000 vehicles sold since 2010, and the number continues to rise. Other Renault EVs in the total include: the Kangoo Z.E. van, the Fluence Z.E. sedan, the two-seater Twizy, and the subcompact ZEO.

To see our full stock of Nissan vehicles, check out our inventory page or come visit us today.

2014 Nissan Lineup Announced

2014 Nissan Versa Note - Nissan LineupAs the 2014 models are about to hit the lots, the Nissan lineup has a few changes coming to a dealership near you; including new generations and new models, and the Altima Coupe will no longer be found on our lot.

Although the Coupe won over buyers with the sleek, sharp styling, Nissan is unlikely to make another one, mainly due to the popularity of the sedan. The 2014 lineup includes a new Versa Note hatchback, the next-generation Rogue CUV, the Pathfinder Hybrid and the NV200 Compact Cargo van. However, the Pathfinder will not be added until the fall.

With the 2014 lineup, Nissan also introduces the all-new NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration platform on several models including the Altima and Sentra, with the plans to extend to all models soon.

For more details about the 2014 Nissan lineup, check out Nissan’s press releases.

Nissan 370Z Makes the Fast and Affordable List

With the recent release of Fast and Furious 6, people all over want to know how they can get cars to drive faster. Well you’re in luck because MSN Autos brought up the fast and the affordable! Reaching zero-to-60 in less than five seconds, of course the 2013 Nissan 370Z was among a few others to make this list.

2013 Nissan 370ZWith a V6 under the hood, drivers love the power and response of this car. Just as you would imagine, its six-speed manual transmission comes standard and the Z gets an estimated 18/26 mpg city/highway. With responsive handling, steering and powerful brakes, the 370Z is a well balanced, ideal sports car. And the base model price, just over $33,000, isn’t too shabby for including a push-button start, automatic climate control and a four-speaker stereo.

Even as a small two-seater, the Z can comfortably fit a 6-foot tall adult. The only thing we’d like to see is a little more trunk space.

Check out the full list of fast and affordable cars and let us know which one you think is best. We’ve got our money on the 370Z, but we might be biased.