New Nissan Frontier Keeps Model at Forefront of Mid-size Truck Segment

Nissan Frontier

 

Though a new group of contenders have cropped up over the last year, the Nissan Frontier continues to lead the pack. In fact, the all-new Frontier model simply reasserts the truck’s dominance in the segment, reminding its newfound competition that it takes a good long while to get this excellent. From starting price to power to technology to efficiency, this new Frontier has it all.

The Frontier comes with a 4.0L V6 engine, an engine with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. Obviously, that’s a pretty big powertrain with a whole lot of power. However, if you’re looking for something a bit smaller, you can opt for the 2.5L I-4 engine with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. Either way, the Frontier makes great use of its engines and delivers a smooth yet assured driving experience.

The truck also gets up to 19 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city with the I-4 engine attached to a manual transmission. You’ll also find some awesome technological additions, with a moonroof, NissanConnect Navigation, Mobile Apps, and five-inch color display all available. Come see us here at Bates Nissan to learn more about the Frontier and all its bells and whistles—and what makes it the clear best midsize truck—today.

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.”

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!

LEAF Frontier: A Look into Future of Mini Electric-Powered Pickups?

An electric pickup truck sounds like the perfect solution for truck lovers who need a smaller, more fuel efficient pickup. What Nissan is calling the LEAF Frontier, better known as “Sparky,” is just that. The LEAF Frontier was created simply by taking the popular all-electric Nissan LEAF and installing a pickup bed from the Frontier. The fully electric truck was built in order to help carry parts around the factory quickly.

Auto Blog reports that Nissan has admitted that they “tried to keep [the LEAF Frontier] a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘What is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation.” They surely aren’t wrong about Sparky being a head-turning topic of conversation. The idea of an electric-powered pickup truck from Nissan is certainly one that captures the imagination.

For now, Sparky will remain in the Nissan factory as an extra helping hand for engineers, but hopefully someday it will become available for purchase. Until then, you’ll have to settle for test driving the LEAF and the Frontier at Bates Nissan one at a time.

Nissan Issues Recall for 2012-14 Frontier Pickups

2013 Nissan Frontier Recall

The 2013 NIssan Frontier was involved in the recall.

Nobody likes to hear that something might be wrong with their car…particularly when that potential something wrong . But when you can get free repairs to ensure the health of your vehicle and your own safety, there’s something of a silver lining to be found.

Nissan has issued a recall affecting 13,535 Frontier pickup trucks in the United States. The reason is an electrical issue that could cause a fire; however, no fires or injuries have been reported. The potential issue is with a circuit breaker that was installed incorrectly in model year 2012 through 2014 trucks.

According to the NHTSA’s recall notice, incorrectly-installed circuit breakers could lead to the main wire harness facing outward and contacting a metal bolt on the vehicle’s A-pillar. This could result in wearing, shortages, and eventually, fire.

All owners of the affected trucks will receive a notification in the mail about the recall. They can then make an appointment with any Nissan dealership to have their trucks inspected and repaired free of charge. Notifications will being going out early next month.

2012-14 Frontier owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, and they may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or through www.safercar.gov.

If you have any questions about this recall or want to see if you own a recalled truck, you can also call us at Bates Nissan and we’ll help you out.

Simple Tips to Photographing Your Car

Whether you want to show off your new car you just bought on Facebook or you’re posting pictures on Craigslist to sell an old car, there are many photography tips and tricks to help you show your car off just the way you want. We mention six simple things to keep in mind when photographing your car, truck or SUV here.

Learn from others

Before you start planning or even setting up your shoot, you should look through different car magazines or advertisements online to get a feel for the type of photography session you want to achieve. Getting inspiration from the big leagues never hurts your imagination when coming up with something you’re trying to do. You do have to be hesitant not to expect your images to look identical to these images. They are from companies who have a very large budget to work on large scale shoots which are nearly impossible to duplicate.

Location

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a location to photograph your car, the first being the background. When choosing a location, you want to try to make it as clean as possible. You want to avoid things that will pull attention from the car. These sorts of things can be electricity poles and wires, trashcans or dumpsters, bright colors or even parking lines.

An example of how to choose the right location for your car.

An example of how to choose the right location for your 2013 Nissan Xterra.

The next thing to think about is the physical location. You don’t want to make your car look too out of place from its surroundings. A good way to think about this is to consider your car. Do you drive a Z Coupe or GT-R? If so, you probably don’t want to photograph it in the wild with mountains and snow in the background; whereas if you drive an Xterra or a Frontier, those would be the perfect settings. If you’re not sure what location fits your car best, don’t be afraid to have multiple locations to photograph at. You can always delete the bad pictures later.

Timing

While the location of your shoot is important, the time of day you do it is almost more important! Taking the time of day into consideration will save you a lot of hassle later.

You always want to try to shoot with natural light as often as possible because you don’t want to use your flash and create weird reflections off your car. The best time of day to photograph with natural light is at the peak hours right before and during sunrise or in the evening as the sun is setting. These times are best because you won’t have the harsh sun glaring down and causing bad shadows or areas that are too overexposed.

Clean your car

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but the camera lens will pick up details that your eye might not see. However, with that, if you’re driving a car that is meant to be dirty and you’re showing it off, by all means, the dirtier the better.

One thing to keep in mind that you might not normally notice is the clutter inside your car. Any maps or trash in the door bins will be very distracting to a viewer and is hard to remove in post production.

Angles

This is when you start to take things into your own hands. You are in charge of the camera and therefore have the control to photograph your car at any angle you want. Even if you’re not sure about something, you should still try it because that’s the joy of digital, you don’t have to worry about taking up space on film! You just want to make sure your memory card has enough storage to hold all the pictures you’ll be taking.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

There are the few shots that you need to make sure you have: front ¾ view, rear ¾ view, full side view, full front view, full rear view, engine shot, and dashboard and interior shots. You shouldn’t be afraid to shoot above the car or from below. One thing to keep in mind when shooting from below is to make sure the sun is at your back; this will make the sky behind your car blue!

The main thing here is to not be afraid to try different angles and vantage points. You never know what you’ll get until you try it. The worst that happens is you don’t like the picture and it can be deleted later.

Interior shots

When photographing the interior of your car, you want to make sure you have enough light. If it is getting to be too dark, wait until later to photograph this. You want to avoid using a flash whenever possible to avoid the flash reflecting off the materials inside your car.

The last thing to remember when photographing the interior is for the manual drivers. Instead of putting on the hand brake, put your car in first gear. It’s one less distraction to worry about!

Always remember if you don’t get what you want, don’t be discouraged to go take more pictures until you get what you really want! For more examples, check out any of our new or used cars. Also try not to delete any images until you have them on your computer. The small image you see on the back of your camera could look so much better on a bigger screen. If you happen to use any of these tips, please share your photos on our Facebook page! Happy shooting!

Extra Nissan Bonus Cash from Bates Nissan in Killeen

Nissan Bonus Cash offers for Killeen, TexasBates Nissan of Killeen has exciting Nissan Bonus Cash news for Texas drivers with car-shopping plans this weekend!

Today through Monday, January 21, Nissan is offering up to $1000 in extra Bonus Cash rebates on qualifying models. These Bonus Cash amounts are in addition to other current Nissan sales, rebates and incentives.

Vehicle                                                               Nissan Bonus Cash Amount

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan                                           $500
2013 Nissan Sentra                                                        500
2013 Nissan Rogue                                                        500
2012/2013 Nissan Frontier                                             500
2012/2013 Nissan Altima Coupe                                    500
2012/2013 Nissan Maxima                                             500
2012/2013 Nissan Juke                                                  500
2012/2013 Nissan Murano                                              500
2011/2012/2013 Murano Cross Cabriolet                       500
2012 Nissan Quest                                                         500
2012/2013 Nissan Armada                                           1,000
2012/2013 Nissan Titan                                                1,000
2012 Nissan Rogue                                                      1,000
2012/2013 Nissan Xterra                                              1,000
2012 Nissan Pathfinder                                                1,000

If you are out and about in the Austin area this weekend, or looking for something do with your day off on Monday, stop by Bates Nissan in Killeen for a test drive. Our team is eager to help you choose the perfect new Nissan and will answer any question you have about the vehicle or the Nissan Bonus Cash program. Browse our inventory online or call 254-699-7181 for pricing and availability.

Have a great weekend, and we look forward to seeing you at Bates Nissan!

New Year, New Nissan Incentives in Killeen, TX

Save cash on your new car with Nissan incentives offered at Bates Nissan in Texas

Save cash on your new car with Nissan incentives offered at Bates Nissan in Texas

Bates Nissan in Killeen is proud to participate in many new Nissan incentives that will allow drivers in the Austin area to start 2013 with a new car for less money.

These valuable incentives include special financing for a new Nissan Altima, Versa, Rogue, Xterra or Frontier from in-stock inventory at Bates Nissan. Terms for this offer include 0.0% APR financing for up to 36 months, 0.9% APR financing for up to 60 months, or 1.9% APR financing for up to 72 months, plus $500 NMAC cash for qualified buyers. In lieu of special financing, qualified buyers may choose a cash back option, with varies by vehicle. NMAC cash is available with approved financing of the vehicle through NMAC (Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation).

Other Nissan incentives for Texas drivers include up to $7,450 in total savings on a new 2012 Nissan Titan after all available option package savings, special financing, and Bonus Cash payments. Buyers can also save up to $1,750 on the 2013 Nissan JUKE with low financing terms, NMAC cash savings, and option package discounts. Up to $6000 can be saved on the purchase price of a 2013 Nissan Armada in Killeen for approved buyers after Bonus Cash and NMAC cash back options.

Bates Nissan also offers special lease terms for qualified applicants on new Nissans in Killeen, like the 2013 Nissan Maxima for $329 per month for 39 months. Also available for lease are the 2013 Nissan for $169 per month for 36 months, the  2012 Nissan Murano for $329 per month for 39 months, and the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder for $299 per month for 36 months. All lease offers are subject to down payment requirements and taxes, title, and license fees and mileage charges.

Complete details of these and other valuable Nissan incentives can be found on the Bates Nissan web site. Most offers require purchaser to take delivery on in-stock vehicles, and availability may vary. Please call Bates Nissan in Killeen Texas for terms, conditions, restrictions, and any other questions. Contact a member of our team at 254-699-7181.

2012 Nissan Xterra, Frontier Best Off-Road

Edmunds.com recently released the results of the latest consumer’s poll, and the 2012 Nissan Xterra and Frontier both made the list of favorite off-roaders.

The 2012 Nissan Xterra is just as ready to get down and dirty as it is to haul groceries. The high ground clearance and truck-based body and suspension make the Xterra more than capable on rough terrain.

The Xterra is available in three trim levels, the X, S, and Pro-4X. All models are powered by a 4.0L V6 engine with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed automatic transmission, with the addition of a six-speed manual option in the Pro-4X trim level. The Pro-4X is also the only model with standard four-wheel drive.

Also voted as one of the best off-roaders, the 2012 Nissan Frontier was a top pick from the small pickup class. Available in four trim levels, the S, SV, PRO-4X and SL, the Nissan Frontier is versatile enough to make it rough and rugged for off-roading, or smooth and practical for daily driving.

The 2012 Frontier offers two engine options, a 2.5L four cylinder that produces 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, and a 4.0L V6 with 261 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque. There are two-wheel and four-wheel drive options, as well as six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. Properly equipped, the Nissan Frontier is able to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

To see the capabilities of the 2012 Nissan Frontier or Xterra, test drive one today at Bates Nissan in Killeen. However, we prefer that you save any off-road experiences until the vehicle is all yours! Our helpful sales team can answer any questions you have at (254)699-7181.