Bates Nissan One-to-One Rewards Benefit Loyal Customers

Nissan One to One Rewards Program

Nissan One to One Rewards Program

You have a close relationship with your car, and the One-to-One Rewards Program from Nissan helps you build a relationship with your car dealer, too.

At Bates Nissan, every dollar spent on qualifying transactions earns points. Those points can be redeemed for service and maintenance of your current vehicle, or even toward the purchase price of a new or used car. Membership in the One-to-One Rewards Program is open to any Bates Nissan retail customer over 18 years of age and not employed by Bates Nissan.

Program points can be earned in many ways. When you purchase a new or used vehicle from Bates Nissan, 100 points are earned toward the purchase of your next vehicle. Each service performed on your vehicle earns 3% of the total amount spent, up to 500 points redeemable for future parts, accessories, or service. Installed accessory purchases also earn 3% of the sale in points that can be used for future services or accessories.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for complete program rules and any exceptions. Existing members can check their program points status online. Point credits and debits will generally post within 15 days of the date of the transaction.

Our participation in the One-to-One Rewards Program is the latest way for Bates Nissan to ensure your continued satisfaction with our products and services. We want to be the destination for drivers in the Austin, Texas area who need new vehicles or expert maintenance. Stop in to see us at our dealership in Killeen to test drive your next Nissan or enroll in the One-to-One Program. Thank you for your loyalty, and we look forward to the continued opportunity to serve you!

Premier of New Season of Nissan GT Academy on SPIKE TV November 1

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO '95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

2013 Nissan GT-R. NISMO ’95 model available in Gran Turismo for GT Academy.

If you’ve been anxiously waiting, it’s almost here – the second season of Nissan GT Academy premieres on SPIKE TV at Thursday, November 1 at 11:30pm.

Nissan GT Academy selects 32 of the more than 400,000 top Gran Turismo video gamers, determined over 3 months of online PlayStation competition, to compete for a chance to train with professionals and become real a racecar driver. The 32 finalists meet and compete against each other over two more days of head-to-head virtual racing, after which half of them are sent packing and half move to the Final Selection Round.

The Final Selection Committee judges the remaining drivers on their mental toughness, physical fitness, and of course, driving skills. The driver determined to be the best is sent to a professional driver’s training program in the UK where they hit the track in practice racing events. At the completion of the course, the winner of the Academy makes his or her entrance in to the sport of professional racing in front of an international audience.

Previous GT Academy winners include Lucas Ordenez, who raced in 2009 FIA GT4 series, after which he won the series championship of the Intercontinental LeMans Cup and then proceeded to take second in his class at 24 Hours of LeMans. The second winner, Jordan Tresson, won the 24 Hours of Spa in 2011 and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Last year’s international winner, Jann Merdenborough, is racing a Nissan GT-R/NISMO GT-R in the Blancpain Endurance series this year. The first North American race in 2011 featured Brian Heitkotter driving a Nissan 370 NISMO in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The six-week SPIKE TV series will chronicle the elimination process of the Nissan GT Academy competition, hosted by Dhani Jones.  Drivers will receive critiques and instruction from professional drivers Maryeve Dufault, Danny Sullivan and Boris Said. If you miss an episode, they will also be available on the Nissan YouTube Channel.

If you’re ready to make the move from the couch with your PlayStation and onto the street in your own new Nissan, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas today. While the streets around Austin hardly rival the world’s fastest race tracks, we can help you find the new Nissan that gives you the same excitement in your daily driving. You can also follow Bates Nissan on Facebook to keep up with the latest Nissan GT Academy news.

Nissan Motor Company Develops Drive-by-Wire Steering

Nissan Motor Company drive-by-wire steering system

Nissan Motor Company drive-by-wire steering system (photo from Nissan)

Nissan Motor Company has announced development of a new steering system that some have called drive-by-wire steering that is planned to enter production in the next year.

The new system replaces the mechanical links between the steering wheel and the wheels with electronic control units. Those units are designed to “read” the driver’s steering inputs and then transmit signals to the steering rack to control the tires. According to Nissan, the response time is quicker than with mechanical steering. It also says the drive-by-wire system enhances feedback from the road surface and conditions to the driver, while minimizing the affect of those conditions on the car’s handling.

The electronic system will be equipped with backup units to take over in the case of equipment failure. In the incidence of complete power outage in the vehicle, the steering wheel and tires can be mechanically connected by a backup clutch.

While the new Nissan system would be the first of its kind in production cars, it has been present since the 1970’s in military aircraft, starting with the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. However, aircraft with the drive-by-wire system in place have no mechanical backup. Electronic throttles and transmission controls in place of mechanical ones have also been used in cars for some time, making the idea of physical disconnection of the steering components less scary than some might initially find it.

Integrated into the drive-by-wire steering system is the addition of a stability system that uses camera to help the car maintain safe direction. The camera gathers data from the road and responds to abnormal changes in direction caused by driver actions, road surfaces, wind, and other forces.

Bates Nissan will bring you news about the new drive-by-wire steering system as it becomes available, so check back often or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates about it and other Nissan products. For any car questions, help in choosing a new car, or scheduling trusted service for your current vehicle, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen Texas. It is our pleasure to serve drivers in the Fort Hood and Austin areas!

New Nissan Electric Vehicle in Development

New Nissan NV van

New Nissan NV van

Look out, LEAF, there is another Nissan electric vehicle in the works, this time shocking the commercial sector with the introduction of the new Nissan NV200 electric minivan.

One of the Nissan NV200 prototypes has been used by FedEx since December. The NV200 was also chosen as a new electric taxi model by several cities, including London and New York, where it won the Taxi of Tomorrow competition.

The NV200 uses the same powertrain as the LEAF, and is positioned to compete against the electric Ford Transit Connect in the commercial delivery van market. Aside from the fuel savings provided by electric fleet vehicles, Nissan says they are especially well-suited for delivery use. Since many delivery vans are often loaded inside warehouses, electric vehicles can go further into those enclosed spaces without producing harmful emissions.

The new Nissan NV200 is powered by a 24-kWh lithium ion battery pack and an 80-kilowatt motor. Engine ratings are 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque.

To learn more about Nissan electric vehicle technology, including a test drive of the Nissan LEAF, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, Texas. If you prefer traditional gasoline engines, we have hundreds of new Nissans and other new and used cars, and we’re always happy to help you select the perfect one.

 

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