2016 Nissan Altima Earns Top Safety Pick Plus Award

Nissan Altima Safety

The 2016 Nissan Altima has joined the other vehicles in our lineup that have earned a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the Maxima and Murano.

The Altima scored “Good”—the highest possible rating—in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, seats and head restraints, and roof strength.

These ratings are good enough to cinch the Top Safety Pick recognition—also achieved by the Rogue and Sentra in our lineup—but the Altima scored that extra “+” at the end by earning a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Forward Emergency Braking, giving it the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

When a front collision is imminent, the system alerts the driver; if the driver fails to respond, the system can even apply the brakes to mitigate or entirely avoid the crash. This is just one of the many safety features available on the 2016 Nissan Altima. Explore them all at Bates Nissan!

The 2015 Nissan Sales Show the Popularity of the 2015 Lineup

Nissan Sentra

 

Nissan sales are better than ever thanks to the popularity of the Murano, Rogue, and Sentra. So far, this year has seen a 5.7% increase in sales, especially because of the record-breaking April numbers.

According to Nissan, the Rogue sales were up 44.5% this year, which is nothing compared to the 72.9% increase in Murano sales. Why are these models so popular? Since global demand for SUVs has steadily risen over the past couple of years, customers appreciate the affordability and quality of vehicles like the Rogue and Murano.

The Sentra, on the other hand, has been steadily rising to the top of sales over the past few years. This model is incredibly practical, especially because it’s fuel efficiency and affordable price. The Sentra is popular among younger generations who are looking for a sporty, yet useful car to drive in town or on the highway.

Whether you want something to take you from point A to point B or you want something that can hit the trails without difficulty, the 2015 Nissan lineup is for you. It’s no wonder the 2015 Nissan Sales are so incredible so far.

Nissan hits Production Milestone at Mexican Assembly Plant

Nissan Sentra

Nissan production is healthier than ever right now—and, in fact, the brand’s Mexican assembly plant in Aguascalientes recently hit a production milestone of 200,000 vehicles. The A2 manufacturing complex recently shipped a Nissan Sentra SR to Chicago—the 200,000th vehicle to roll off the line. There’s actually two plants in the complex, and each of them can produce a Sentra in under a minute.

With that sort of efficiency and production, it’s no wonder that the Aguascalientes plant posts such impressive numbers now. It’s also a subset of Nissan’s overall production health right now. “Nissan Mexicana is considered the benchmark for the brand in the world,” Airton Cousseau, head of Nissan’s Mexican operations, said. “It’s No. 1 in production [in Mexico] and the first in exports, more than in Japan.”

In fact, the brand hopes to make up to 1 million vehicles per year in Mexico once 2017 rolls around. Fortunately, much of that production feeds into the American market, so come see us at Bates Nissan today to learn more about all these great vehicles!

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!

The Nissan Sentra And Other Models Hit The Gym

Nissan Versa

There’s nothing wrong with inspiring yourself.  I mean, you can’t always rely on others to do it for you!  This is the lesson we can take from Nissan.  They recently decided to freshen up the look of the Nissan Sentra, Altima and Versa lines.  For this improvement, they took cues from their own work – that is, the refresh they gave their 2015 Nissan Murano and 2016 Nissan Maxima.

The move they are making is towards “sportier” models.  The change is intended to help the Sentra, Altima and Versa stay competitive while Nissan works on full changes to these models.

That adjective, “sporty,” has raised some eyebrows in the automobile community.  That’s because many times a move towards sporty means sacrificing space and comfort. But not this time, says Shiro Nakamuro, Nissan’s design chief: “We have the most roomy hatchback or sedan in the segment, so we don’t want to throw away our strengths.”

We at Bates Nissan are well aware of these strengths. Stop by for a test drive and let us introduce them to you today!

 

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!

Nissan Announces All-Time April Production and Sales Record

2014 Nissan Rogue | April Nissan Sales

2014 Nissan Rogue

Nissan has announced new all-time production and Nissan sales records for the month of April. Global production increased by 5.4 percent year-on-year to 418,124 units and global sales increased 12.6 percent year-on-year to 410,264 units.

A big chunk of these numbers came from the United States, where production increased 22.2 percent year-on-year to 77,877 units, also marking a new all-time record for April thanks to increased demand for the new Nissan Rogue.

United States sales increased 18.3 percent year-on-year to 103,934 units for yet another all-time April record, making it one of Nissan’s most successful and fastest-growing markets. Sales were driven primarily by the high demand for the Nissan Altima, Sentra, and the new Rogue.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue is an all-new model that takes the crossover experience to new heights. It offers 70.0 cubic feet of versatile cargo space, Top Safety Pick+ safety with Forward Collision Warning, and a powerful yet economical engine. Find it at Bates Nissan!

Happy 80th Birthday, Nissan!

Next week, on December 26, the Nissan name will turn 80. Over the last 80 years, Nissan has accomplished so much, and has even managed to  fit it all into a three minute video.

Check out this awesome video of highlights and then make sure to wish your local Nissan dealer a Happy 80th birthday!

Price Cuts Reflect Car Buyers’ Style

When buying a car, we all know you pick a price range and you want to stick to it; and Nissan knows if we don’t lower our prices slightly we’re

2013 Nissan Rogue

The 2013 Nissan Rogue is one of seven Nissan vehicles being affected in the price cuts.

going to be forgotten about on the internet dealership lot.

Starting immediately and going indefinitely, Nissan has lowered the prices on seven models: the Altima, Armada, Juke, Maxima, Murano, Rogue and Sentra; all of which fell outside the competitive pool for prospective online buyers when they searched for cars based on a maximum price.

Each model is seeing a significant change in its MSRP. Nissan will be knocking $580 off the Altima, the leading seller for Nissan while the Armada will have $4,400 marked off. In addition, the Sentra will see a $730 price drop and the Rogue will be $2,300 cheaper. Nissan is cutting$1,290 off the high-end Juke, $1,460 from the low-end model of the Murano and $2,410 off the high end model, and $2,270 from the lower end model of the Maxima and $3,030 off the high end model.

Jose Munoz, senior vice president for sales and marketing for the Americas, said the price cut is not applied across the board, but “for the time being, we are applying it to the seven models.”

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!