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!

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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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Launch Party in Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Bates Nissan of Killeen is celebrating the official arrival of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with a Pathfinder Launch Party!

Visit our Nissan dealership in Killeen, Texas for fun and festivities, including snacks and prize giveaways. Some prized to be awarded include drawings for free oil and filter changes and a flat-screen television to one lucky winter.

While new to consumers, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been reviewed by all the industry experts. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“Adapt or die. This Darwinian adage applies to birds, business and, well, family SUVs. And so the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adapts to the needs of consumers by breaking away from its trucklike, off-road-ready roots to become a more comfortable, car-based, family-ready crossover SUV.” (Edmunds.com)

“From a design standpoint, the interior has indeed made the transition from traditional SUV to more refined crossover. The outgoing cabin was awash in cold colors and sharp angles, giving it a work-before-play feel. On the other hand, this 2013 Pathfinder offers an inviting interior, especially when outfitted with the nicer leather upholstery available on the SL and Platinum trims. The sharp edges of the old dashboard have been smoothed out, hands find soft-touch materials on nearly every surface, and thoughtful touches like padded leather on the doors go the extra step to make this Pathfinder seem more like a tall luxury sedan than a rugged all-rounder.” (Autoblog.com)

“A longer wheelbase, wider stance and lower overall height give the SUV a more stable feel, while a retuned suspension and advanced traction and stability systems help keep body roll in check through corners. The revised Pathfinder suspension setup does an equally commendable job of soaking up road imperfections when you’re in cruise mode. The latest iteration of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT automatic matches well with its new V6, endowing the Pathfinder with a responsive character that complements its newfound economy and still provides a standard 5,000-pound towing capacity. Also noteworthy is the optional All-Mode 4×4-i intelligent 4-wheel-drive system that enhances all-season security and also offers a full-lock setting for use on particularly challenging surfaces.” (kbb.com)

To see the new Nissan pathfinder for yourself, join Bates Nissan at our Pathfinder Launch Party on Thursday, January 24 from 4:30-7:30pm. We can’t wait to see you!

Bates Nissan
5501 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76543
254-699-7181

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!