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!

Nissan “Your Door to More” Contest Winners Announced

2014 Nissan Versa Note | Your Door to More Contest

All “Your Door to More” videos had to feature the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Remember back in July when we announced the Nissan “Your Door to More” contest? Well the judges have spoken and three winners have been picked.

In case you don’t remember, the contest asked you to make a six-to-15 second video using Instagram or Vine to show the Versa Note doing something you’re passionate about. Six winners were picked to win $1,000 Amazon.com gift cards and “the top three winners would have their videos featured in a Nissan TV ad to promote the Versa Note.”

“There are a lot of really creative people using Vine and Instagram,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marking, Nissan North America. “We’re still trying to figure out the smoke and mirrors used to create several of the videos. This was a good social media experiment and a great way for Nissan to promote the all-new Versa Note.”

Make sure you check out the winning videos below, and then stop in to Bates Nissan to test drive one today!

2014 Versa Note Takes Top Spot on KBB List

As back to school very quickly approaches, or has already begun, we wanted to find the best cars for your students, and luckily we got a little help from Kelley Blue Book!

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa Note takes first place in KBB’s Top 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

KBB named their top 10 picks, and among these were the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus, but coming in first place, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note!

This five-door hatchback starts under $15,000 and can get up to 40 mpg, so why wouldn’t you consider this amazing car for your student as the school year begins? On average, consumers give this vehicle a 7.6 out of 10 rating saying you get “a surprising amount of passenger room and a comfortable ride” in a car that won’t break the bank. Offered in three trims, the Versa Note can be personalized for anyone.

This spacious hatchback offers students and parents peace of mind with a high safety rating and different technology packages, including Bluetooth and steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls.

Come check out our stock of 2014 Nissan Versa Notes today and get your student into one of the best cars on the road today!