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!

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.

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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.”

The Nissan Sentra And Other Models Hit The Gym

Nissan Versa

There’s nothing wrong with inspiring yourself.  I mean, you can’t always rely on others to do it for you!  This is the lesson we can take from Nissan.  They recently decided to freshen up the look of the Nissan Sentra, Altima and Versa lines.  For this improvement, they took cues from their own work – that is, the refresh they gave their 2015 Nissan Murano and 2016 Nissan Maxima.

The move they are making is towards “sportier” models.  The change is intended to help the Sentra, Altima and Versa stay competitive while Nissan works on full changes to these models.

That adjective, “sporty,” has raised some eyebrows in the automobile community.  That’s because many times a move towards sporty means sacrificing space and comfort. But not this time, says Shiro Nakamuro, Nissan’s design chief: “We have the most roomy hatchback or sedan in the segment, so we don’t want to throw away our strengths.”

We at Bates Nissan are well aware of these strengths. Stop by for a test drive and let us introduce them to you today!

 

Nissan Group September Sales Show More Increases

After a great summer of sales for the automotive industry all around, Nissan is continuing their upward trend with improved sales during September as well. The Nissan Group September sales showed that the Rogue, LEAF, and others are still on the rise.

In total, Nissan Group September Sales reached 102,955, an 18.5% increase from 2013. Nissan Division sales, which excludes Infiniti sales, was at 95,118 units in September, an increase of 22.2% over last year.

Many vehicles in the Nissan lineup saw an increase in popularity and purchases last month including the Rogue, LEAF, Versa, Sentra, Altima, Frontier, and Murano. Some of these vehicles also set records for their model. Check it out:

2015 Nissan Murano | Nissan Group September Sales

The Nissan Murano (pictured above) saw a 50% increase in sales for the month of September.

Nissan Group September Sales

  • Altima – 21,675 units sold, +2.1%
  • Frontier – 6,853 units sold, +47%
  • LEAF – 2,881 units sold, +47.5% (September Record)
  • Murano – +50%
  • Rogue – 17,229 units sold, +51.8% (September Record)
  • Sentra – 12,557 units sold, +61%
  • Versa – 12,072 units sold, +37.6% (September Record)

Were you part of the amazing September sales that the Nissan Group had? If so, let us know in the comment box which vehicle you purchased. If not, then hopefully you want to be a part of future sales and record setting results. Bates Nissan can help with that. Just check out our huge selection of inventory and find a Nissan that fits your needs!

Nissan Announces All-Time April Production and Sales Record

2014 Nissan Rogue | April Nissan Sales

2014 Nissan Rogue

Nissan has announced new all-time production and Nissan sales records for the month of April. Global production increased by 5.4 percent year-on-year to 418,124 units and global sales increased 12.6 percent year-on-year to 410,264 units.

A big chunk of these numbers came from the United States, where production increased 22.2 percent year-on-year to 77,877 units, also marking a new all-time record for April thanks to increased demand for the new Nissan Rogue.

United States sales increased 18.3 percent year-on-year to 103,934 units for yet another all-time April record, making it one of Nissan’s most successful and fastest-growing markets. Sales were driven primarily by the high demand for the Nissan Altima, Sentra, and the new Rogue.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is an all-new model that takes the crossover experience to new heights. It offers 70.0 cubic feet of versatile cargo space, Top Safety Pick+ safety with Forward Collision Warning, and a powerful yet economical engine. Find it at Bates Nissan!

Used Car Market Expected to Increase this Year

After an extreme economy downfall that we saw in the United States, there were a lot of drawbacks for car markets because it was becoming harder to afford a vehicle. Well, now that the economy is on the rise, the used car market is expected to increase in 2014.

“With the U.S. economy improving while dealers and banks are writing auto loans to a wider array of buyers, used vehicles sales from franchised dealers will reach their highest level since 2005,” said Phillip LeBeau, CNBC Auto and Airline Reporter.

Because more customers are now able to receive the loans they need for a vehicle purchase, more vehicles are being driven off of lots. In 2013, 15.6 million used vehicles were sold, and that number is expected to reach about 16 million or more.

Along with a better economy, it is predicted that the price of vehicles on the used car market will decrease as well. With current prices ranging in the mid-teens, there can hope to be a decrease to the lower-teens or even into single digit prices, for some vehicles.

So this year make a resolution to come by and get a used car, truck, or SUV from Bates Nissan. It will be worth the stop!

Happy 80th Birthday, Nissan!

Next week, on December 26, the Nissan name will turn 80. Over the last 80 years, Nissan has accomplished so much, and has even managed to  fit it all into a three minute video.

Check out this awesome video of highlights and then make sure to wish your local Nissan dealer a Happy 80th birthday!

Price Cuts Reflect Car Buyers’ Style

When buying a car, we all know you pick a price range and you want to stick to it; and Nissan knows if we don’t lower our prices slightly we’re

2013 Nissan Rogue

The 2013 Nissan Rogue is one of seven Nissan vehicles being affected in the price cuts.

going to be forgotten about on the internet dealership lot.

Starting immediately and going indefinitely, Nissan has lowered the prices on seven models: the Altima, Armada, Juke, Maxima, Murano, Rogue and Sentra; all of which fell outside the competitive pool for prospective online buyers when they searched for cars based on a maximum price.

Each model is seeing a significant change in its MSRP. Nissan will be knocking $580 off the Altima, the leading seller for Nissan while the Armada will have $4,400 marked off. In addition, the Sentra will see a $730 price drop and the Rogue will be $2,300 cheaper. Nissan is cutting$1,290 off the high-end Juke, $1,460 from the low-end model of the Murano and $2,410 off the high end model, and $2,270 from the lower end model of the Maxima and $3,030 off the high end model.

Jose Munoz, senior vice president for sales and marketing for the Americas, said the price cut is not applied across the board, but “for the time being, we are applying it to the seven models.”

2013 Nissan Altima Named “Best New Model”

2013 Nissan Altima, available at Bates Nissan, Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Altima

The praise just keeps coming for the Nissan Altima, as Bates Nissan happily announces its win for “Best New Model” in its price range in the 2013 Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual buyer’s guide.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the nation’s first personal finance magazine, releases a list each year of their best auto values, placing them into twelve categories and scoring them based on performance, driving impression, safety, value, roominess, and price. From each category, two cars are singled out and named Best in Class and Best New Model.

The 2013 Altima is the fifth generation of the fun, sporty Nissan, and it brings a new exterior design that improves the appearance and aerodynamics of the body. It also offers increased fuel economy, next-generation Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission, and new premium interior materials.

Underscoring the Nissan emphasis on innovation, the 2013 Nissan Altima also comes loaded with technology features, including standard Bluetooth® with hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. Also available is the new Altima is the Nissan infotainment package, NissanConnectSM, which offers navigation and additional Bluetooth® features including like text message integration. The new Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display centrally locates all the infotainment data in the driver’s line of sight to help keep eyes on the road.

Innovative safety features on the 2013 Altima include the Easy Fill Tire Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, and Lane Departure Warning systems.

To test drive the 2013 Nissan Altima and see all the features that earned it “Best New Model” distinction from Kiplinger, visit Bates Nissan in Killeen, TX for a test drive. Our experienced sales staff can answer any questions and help demonstrate the impressive new features. For information about pricing and availability, drivers in the Austin, TX area can also call 254-699-7181 to speak to a member of the Bates Nissan team.

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