Nissan IMs Sports Sedan Concept Shakes Up Detroit

Nissan IMs Sports Sedan Concept

Nissan is all about innovating and getting ahead of the competition. Now, it looks like it’s doing just that be creating an entirely new vehicle segment with the introduction of the Nissan IMs Sports Sedan concept car.

This vehicle debuted earlier this year at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Considered the first-ever elevated sports sedan, the IMs concept brings a variety of new features to the table, including never-before-seen proportions and a unique Premier Seat setup, which puts the seats in a 2-1-2 configuration. It is also a pure electric all-wheel-drive concept that also has fully autonomous drive capability.

Nissan based this concept vehicle on the brand’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is Nissan’s vision for how to change the way vars are powered, driven, and incorporated into society.

“Fully embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration – the IMs concept moves toward the creation of a sustainable mobile society in the form of EVs, autonomous drive, and connected technologies,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman of Management Committee for Nissan North America, Inc.

The vehicle’s dual-electric motor powertrain produces 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, while its 115-kWh battery provides an estimated single-charge range of 380 miles. That’s what you call delivering the best of both worlds, and no brand gives you more of what you want than Nissan. Check out what Nissan’s got in store for today’s driver with a spin around the showroom at Bates Nissan.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions to Make Yourself a Better Driver

new year’s driving resolutions

If you’ve already got your New Year’s resolutions lined up, you’re likely focusing on starting better habits and shedding bad ones. You can apply this principle to your performance on the road by picking up a few common New Year’s driving resolutions, which will help make you safer and smarter behind the wheel in 2019.


Communication between drivers is essential to the safety of everyone on the road, and the only way to achieve clear communication is through the use of indicators. Whether you’re turning on a busy street or sliding into a new lane on an empty highway, always use your turn signals.

Stay alert!

Put down the phone and keep your eyes on the road. It’s so easy to pick up your device when you hear it chirp with some notification or another, but this is a dangerous habit for yourself, other drivers, and pedestrians. Consider updating your car to one with full device integration at Bates Nissan. We already have a wide selection of 2019 models with advanced technologies to choose from, and they’ll allow you to stay better connected without having to look down at your phone.

Stay on top of your maintenance!

It’s easy to skip regular vehicle maintenance, but not if you resolve to be a better car parent for the New Year! Don’t put off oil changes. Get new wiper blades when the time comes. Take your ride in for a tune-up when it’s due. Check your tire pressure. These are just some of the things you can do, and the service team at Bates Nissan would be more than happy to help.

From our team to you and yours, have a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at Bates Nissan very soon.

How to Transport a Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

How to Transport a Christmas Tree

There’s nothing quite like having a real tree in the house for the holidays. For many drivers, getting one home is a particularly intimidating task. With a bit of planning and preparation and the right vehicle for the job, getting a Christmas tree home for the holidays is easy.

Plan ahead

Like most things in life, planning ahead is key when bringing a Christmas tree home. Don’t forget to measure the space in your home where you intend to put the tree beforehand. When you are at the nursery or Christmas tree lot, always measure the tree itself before you strap it to your vehicle.

Wrap it up

If your tree doesn’t come wrapped neatly in netting, you should wrap it up yourself with a tarp or old blanket. This keeps the tree from scratching your vehicle and makes it easier to handle as you load and unload it from the car. Doing this will also keep hundreds of pesky pine needles from falling all over your home.

Situate aerodynamically

You should always arrange the tree facing stump forward on the roof of your vehicle. This will help keep the tree in good shape and prevent the wind from snapping off any branches.

Tie it down

Tie the tree down with rope, straps, or bungee cords. Whichever you use, you should use at least three to ensure that all parts of the tree are safe and snug.

If your holiday gift list has something on it that’s a bit too big to fit under the tree, like a new Nissan Rogue or Maxima, you might be better off looking in the showroom at Bates Nissan.

Traveling for Thanksgiving: What You Need to Know

traveling for Thanksgiving

Traveling is a major part of Thanksgiving for many families, which means busy roadways and a lot more stress than what you’re typically used to behind the wheel. To rise above the rabble on the way to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, keep the following tips in mind.

Have a plan

Know your route in advance, including toll booths and congested areas. Avoid high-traffic days and times (such as the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Don’t forget to check the weather ahead of time as well and leave yourself plenty of extra time if conditions don’t seem agreeable.

Be smart about packing

You don’t need all those extra pairs of socks. Be ready with a checklist, but don’t overdo it; the less you pack, the less there is to keep track of on your trip.

Prepare your car

Have your car checked out and catch up on any routine maintenance before hitting the road. Fall is one of the most crucial times of year to have your vehicle serviced, so make sure all your fluids are filled, tires are properly inflated, and everything under the hood is in working order.

Keep your passengers entertained

Stave off the “are we there yet” questions by providing snacks, handheld gaming consoles, chargers for mobile devices, fun music playlists, and books. An occupied backseat is a happy backseat.

Have an emergency kit

It’s good to have two kits on hand: a first-aid kit for your family, and an emergency kit for your vehicle with items such as a flashlight and jumper cables. Having these crucial kits will come in clutch if you have an emergency in transit.

If you’re not particularly thankful for your old clunker, then stop into Bates Nissan and feast on our selection of new Nissan vehicles.

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Celebrate 13-Year Partnership

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity

Since 2005, Nissan has contributed more than $15.5 million to help Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for families across the country. To celebrate 13 years of a beautiful relationship, Nissan has donated $1 million more to Habitat for Humanity to help in its righteous cause.

Nissan Vice President of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility Rebecca Vest, said, “Nissan values its partnership with Habitat for Humanity because it helps build sustainable communities where our employees live and work. Our employees look forward to working alongside future homeowners, and their experiences affirm our corporate vision to enrich people’s lives.”

Most of Nissan’s 2018 donation will be used to build Habitat homes in locations where Nissan has an operating presence. Some of the money will also be used for vehicle purchases used on the projects.

Along with monetary donations, Nissan’s employees also contribute by volunteering their time. This year, employees will help with projects across the United States, including in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

This past summer, Nissan recognized the efforts of its employees with the dedication of the 11th home built using Nissan volunteers. This home was constructed in Jackson, Mississippi, for the Trotter family with nearly 100 Nissan volunteers.

To see Nissan’s latest new vehicles, from the Altima and Sentra to the Frontier and TITAN, stop into Bates Nissan.

Nissan to Use Ultrastrong Steel in More New Vehicles

Ultrastrong steel

When it comes to high-quality construction and premium materials, Nissan is hard to beat. This high quality promise extends to Nissan’s production process as well, as the automaker is routinely implementing energy-efficient practices in an effort to achieve sustainable manufacturing without sacrificing design or quality.

This June, Nissan announced a new plan to take its commitment to the next level: it will now use high-formability steel in the construction of more of its vehicles so as to increase their overall performance as well as reduce their harmful emissions. In addition to these benefits, the ultrastrong steel will create a lighter vehicle, which generally increases fuel-efficiency.

The use of ultrastrong steel is quite exceptional, as it is an industry-first. Nissan will be the first automaker to use it in the construction of its vehicles, once more marking its place as a lead innovator in the auto industry. After its extensive research, Nissan reports that “the steel’s combination of stamping formability and strength makes it possible to form parts with complex shapes that are thinner and lighter than those made of conventional high tensile strength steel, while maintaining the ability to absorb energy in a collision.” As an end goal, Nissan aims for the ultrastrong steel to “make up 25 percent of the company’s vehicle parts by weight.” They have already achieved such a feat in the new INFINITI QX50, which is comprised of 27 percent ultrastrong steel.

At Bates Nissan, we are proud to be part of a brand that pursues innovation and capability. Visit our showroom to browse some of the latest Nissan models.

5 Benefits of Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicle

When shopping around for the perfect vehicle, all potential buyers must decide whether to buy new or used. There are benefits that come with each, but oftentimes buying used can widen your options and provide what you need at a more affordable price. Here are five benefits of buying a used vehicle.

  • Price & Affordability: Used vehicles typically have lower price tags than new vehicles, making them more affordable to buyers. In addition, new vehicles can lose up to 40 percent of their initial value in the first two years alone. When you buy used, this depreciation has already occurred.
  • Insurance Costs: If you buy a used vehicle, your insurance rates will be lower than buying new.
  • Wide Variety of Choices: Sometimes, automakers do away with our favorite features. Buying used gives us a wide selection of model years rather than just the current model year and the last. In addition, buying used may put a make or model within your price range that otherwise wouldn’t be if you were buying new.
  • Similar Features as New Models: Oftentimes, recent model years have the same or similar features as the current model year without the steep price of buying new.
  • Used & CPO Warranties: If you buy a used vehicle from a dealership, it will often come with a warranty, so your investment is protected. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles typically come with a new warranty directly from the manufacturer, ensuring the used vehicle’s quality and the dependability of its parts.

Browse a wide selection of used vehicle inventory when you visit our showroom at Bates Nissan.

Nissan Earns a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award

2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year —Sustained Excellence Award

For the seventh year in a row, Nissan North America has earned the EPA’s coveted designation as an energy leader: the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award. This award is given to companies that demonstrate their commitment to the environment by optimizing their daily operations to be more efficient.

2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year —Sustained Excellence AwardWhat has Nissan North America done to earn this distinction? Specifically, the automaker has switched its facilities to LED lighting, prioritized energy efficiency in its design process (like its painting process, which has cut energy consumption by more than 30 percent), and engaged all of its North American employees in energy management.

More specifically, Nissan has worked with Middle Tennessee and Central Mississippi schools to improve their energy-saving initiatives.

“Awards like the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year let us know we are moving in the right direction with our sustainable manufacturing practices,” commented Rebecca Vest, vice president of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “Our approach is a comprehensive one, focused on maximizing efficiency and reducing energy waste in our manufacturing facilities, all while continuing to deliver the products our customers expect.”

Nissan also leads the market in energy-efficient vehicles, like America’s best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF.

To learn more about Nissan’s commitment to sustainability and fuel-efficient models, visit us at Bates Nissan in Killeen.

Check Out This Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol Concept SUV

Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol

Earlier this year, Nissan pulled the covers off one of its most innovative concept models to date: the Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol SUV. The unveiling was held at the Overland Expo WEST, which is an event all about rugged exploring off the beaten path, which is a perfect match for this off-road-ready SUV.

The upgraded Nissan Armada includes a number of features that make it more suitable to an outdoor adventure. Key features on the Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol concept include a Warn Zeon Platinum 12S Winch, an IF Signs custom wrap, large Calmini rock sliders and bumpers, and Baja Designs XL80 lights. The most innovative feature, however, is the Cascadia Vehicle Tents roof-mounted tent, which lets the driver and passengers — up to four adults — camp out on top of the Armada. For added wow factor, the tent features an awning from Rhino Racks. The Armada concept also includes a second tent (for the ground), sleeping bags, and chairs — just in case you’re traveling with more than four people, since the Armada can fit up to eight.

“For those family adventure fans who aren’t familiar with the term ‘overlanding,’ all they need to do is look at the Armada Mountain Patrol to understand that this is not glamping, not a day trip to the local forest — it’s adventure taken to new heights,” remarked Brandon White, director, Chief Marketing Manager, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Nissan Armada, with its rugged platform, best-in-class 390-horsepower 5.6-liter V8 engine, 8,500-pound towing capacity, and massive interior and cargo space, is an ideal starting place to build an authentic overlanding vehicle.”

Unfortunately, the Armada Mountain Patrol is just a concept vehicle for now, but you can test drive the 2018 Nissan Armada here at Bates Nissan.

2019 Nissan Altima Preview

2019 Nissan Altima

The 2019 Nissan Altima made its official debut this year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, new and improved with a long list of features. The upcoming Nissan Altima leaves it mark as the first Nissan sedan to be available with the automaker’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

Designed to offer the latest in driving technologies, the 2019 Altima brings new life to the mid-size sedan segment. The upcoming model is the first sedan on the automaker’s lineup to come with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Rear Automatic Braking arrives as a new safety feature for the 2019 model year. The safety system alerts drivers of an impending collision while reversing, and then hits the brakes if the driver fails to respond. The Rear Automatic Braking feature joins the Nissan Safety Shield package to create Safety Shield 360. The suite of safety technologies includes all-around monitoring systems, including High Beam Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The Altima’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine carries over from its previous model year. A new turbocharged four-cylinder engine offers similar power and better efficiency than the outgoing V6 powertrain.

Based on the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, the 2019 Altima is available with 19-inch wheels that provide a more athletic stance. An innovative 8-inch multi-touchscreen display allows drivers to seamlessly navigate the infotainment system. Smartphone connectivity software, such as Apply CarPlay, carries over from last year’s model.

Learn more about the upcoming release of the 2019 Nissan Altima at Bates Nissan.