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.

2016 Nissan 370Z Pricing Released

2016 Nissan 370Z

It seems like prices are raised every year on everything from a gallon of milk to our favorite sports cars. But we come bearing good news. The 2016 Nissan 370Z pricing has officially been released and will remain the exact same across the lineup as the previous model year.

In total, there are eight 370Z Coupe models, four 370Z NISMO models, and five 370Z Roadster models that will be available for customers.

The starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the manual transmission Coupe model will be $29,990 and the NISMO model’s MSRP will start at $41,990. The Roadster’s starting MSRP will be $41,820.

The 370Z has been one of the most iconic models in Nissan’s lineup and offers drivers outstanding power and performance as well as a beautiful, sleek design and years of automotive history excellence.

For a full breakdown of pricing information about each of the 370Z models, click here. If you want more information about the cars, or would like to schedule a test-drive, come visit us at Bates Nissan today.

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition Celebrates Brand Milestone

2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition

If you are looking for a vehicle that has a bit of flash and a lot of speed, look no more—Bates Nissan can get the perfect vehicle for you! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition combines the power of the legendary supercar with a brand-new golden paint color that highlights just how precious of a vehicle the GT-R is.

The 45th anniversary vehicle takes the original GT-R’s premium level and adds a big boost of luxury to the already luxurious vehicle. This new, golden shade, which is called Silica Brass, easily turns heads left and right. Even the vehicle’s VIN plates are a similar hue! The 2016 Nissan GT-R 45th Anniversary Gold Edition also has a commemorative plaque located on the center console, in case you ever forget that you’re driving a gold-colored car while driving.

Nissan is only selling 30 of these golden cars in the United States market, so if you’re interested, you need to get your order in soon. Because the color is so precious—it is based on a precious metal, after all—Nissan is adding an additional $1,000 charge to the Premium trim level’s $101,770 sticker price. For more information on the special edition supercar, contact Bates Nissan today.

No Question about the Nissan Sentra’s Safety

The 2015 Nissan Sentra has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award, thanks to a number of structural improvements made this year along with a robust suite of advanced safety features.

IIHS’s Top Safety Pick Award recognizes vehicles that do exceptionally well in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraint tests. It also requires that the vehicle earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap frontal test. The Nissan Sentra earned the best-possible score of “Good” on all five tests.

Nissan has modified the Sentra’s front structure, including the A-pillar and doorsill, helping the compact car to achieve its “Good” rating in the new and difficult small overlap frontal test. In addition, standard features include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, Anti-lock Braking System, Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist, front and rear crumple zones, energy absorbing steering column, among others.

“Nissan is committed to safety and innovation, and Nissan is proud to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating for the 2015 Sentra,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America in a statement. “As a compact sedan, Sentra is a critically important vehicle in Nissan’s lineup and with its standard safety features we’re bringing a high level of safety and security to a growing consumer segment.”

Here at Bates Nissan, we think the Nissan Sentra’s safety scores are a testament to Nissan’s continued commitment to building safe vehicles. Stop by today to learn more about the incredibly safe Nissan Sentra!

In A Clique All Its Own: The Redesigned Nissan Maxima

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

The word “bold” is often used in automotive marketing campaigns, even when sometimes, it’s not entirely appropriate. But it is awfully difficult to juxtapose the outgoing Nissan Maxima and the incoming Maxima and not think to yourself, “Wow, that’s…bold.”

 

The new Maxima looks overtly stylish, like the kind of vehicle that naturally belongs cutting sleekly through a bustling city at night while dance music plays. On the other hand, it looks like it could be right at home negotiating winding mountain roads. It’s sporty and hip, in other words.

 

CarScoops calls the Maxima’s new styling “avant-garde.” They praised its “dramatic at the front end,” which features a “V-shaped grille” and “boomerang headlights.”

 

CarScoops also made some interesting speculations as to the powertrain, saying that there will likely be a 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, with a CVT sending power to the front wheels. The publication also relayed a rumor that the hybrid system currently found in the Nissan Pathfinder may find its way inside the redesigned Nissan Maxima. And that makes what is already a truly bold redesign even more interesting!

 

Come out to Bates Nissan and share your expectations for this bold new offering from Nissan!

Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

As the year comes to an end soon, we wanted to take a look back at the wrap up of 2013 brought Nissan.

In January 2013, Nissan began manufacturing the LEAF, Nissan’s first all-electric car, in the Smyrna, Tenn. plant.

“Bringing assembly of the innovative 2013 Nissan LEAF to our award-winning manufacturing plant speaks to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our U.S. workforce,” said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna. “Nissan has a 30-year history of building quality vehicles in Smyrna, and just like every vehicle we produce, the LEAF has met or exceeded every one of our rigorous quality requirements.”

In June 2013, the 2014 Nissan Note hit showrooms across the country, starting at $13,990. Following the redesign of the Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra, the Note was the fourth new product for Nissan. The Versa Note joins the second-generation Versa Sedan and is “aggressively designed, equipped, packaged and priced, serving notice to the competition that Nissan intends to remain the key player in the Entry segment for a long time to come,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing.

2014 Nissan Versa Note - Wrap up of 2013 for Nissan

2014 Nissan Versa Note

Diaz continued by saying, “With class-leading fuel economy, cutting-edge technologies, an energetic exterior design, roomy and versatile interior and available activity enhancing features such as Pandora radio compatibility and hands-free text messaging assistant, Versa Note is an ideal fit for today’s buyers needs.”

In July 2013, the LEAF reached its 100,000th Electric Vehicle sold in the U.S. This vehicle was sold in Atlanta, Georgia on July 24, 2013 to Allison Howard.

“It’s economical. It is something I could afford as a college student. It drives perfectly. It’s so cool, and that’s why I wanted to get a LEAF,” said Howard.

In August 2013, Nissan announced their benchmarks for Autonomous Drive and by the end of November, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, took the Nissan LEAF on its first road test.

A lot more has happened this year, but we’re looking forward to what 2014 will bring Bates Nissan and Nissan as a whole.

What was your most enjoyable moment of 2013? Tell us below in the comments section!

Should You Top Off Your Gas Tank When Pumping Gas?

pumping gas

When pumping gas, you shouldn’t top off your tank. But why?

Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s a good idea to add a couple pumps of gas to your tank after the click of the nozzle lets you know the tank is full. Everyone has probably asked this question at one time or another, even us here at Bates Nissan: Should you top off your gas tank?

In a word, no.

What could be so bad about making sure the tank is as full as it could possibly be or rounding up to the next dollar?

Actually there are a couple solid reasons you might want to consider the next time you’re tempted to make “34.86 an even $35 spent on gas.

  1. You are wasting money. We understand it may seem counter-intuitive to simply trust your car is telling you the truth and the gas tank is truly full. However, just like we trust the car to take us safely to the gas station, we can trust it on this point as well. If you add gas after the telltale click, it could actually be getting funneled back into the station’s supply.
  2. Gasoline expands. Yes, you are able to add a few squirts of gas after your car says the tank is full; however, you are taking away space in the tank which allows the gas to naturally expand. It can be harmful to your vehicle if the gaseous vapors are forced to escape to another part of the car.
  3. The fumes are toxic. Just like over-filling the gas in your tank can cause it to leak into other parts of your car, it can also evaporate into the air, a highly flammable and cancer-causing hazard.

If you like to top off your tank, we’re not here to scare you. We just want you to be able to make an informed decision the next time the pump clicks letting you know your tank is full. We recommend you stay safe and save the time and money.

Nissan’s Self-Driving Car Assisted by V2V Technology

We all might joke about our cars driving themselves when we get tired or really just don’t want to drive, but is this really a possibility? With Nissan, it is. They have pledged that by the year 2020, there will be an affordable self-driving car available to the public.

self driving car using v2v technology

Can you imagine not having to worry about controlling your car?

This push comes as an effort to help reduce the number of accidents caused by driver error. But how exactly? How is a car going to know when to stop or when to slow down to avoid the traffic jam in front of it? Nissan believes that’s simple by using vehicle-to-vehicle communication or V2V for short.

The V2V technology will allow vehicles to broadcast their speed and direction and can even send an alert to other vehicles when it is switching lanes or skidding on a certain part of the road to warn of a slippery surface.

We currently see the V2V technology in some models that have the ability to parallel park themselves or those that have lane departure alert. However, Nissan won’t be testing the fully autonomous-driving vehicles just anywhere. They plan to build a testing facility in Japan where they can test their computer cars.

V2V technology is predicted to minimize 80% of crashes involving sober drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What are your thoughts on Nissan‘s autonomous cars? We want to her what you think in the comments section below.

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