The Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s best electric cars and the top model by sales alone. Considering electric cars are still young in the automotive industry, the question of what to do with the old batteries weighed on eco-friendly drivers’ minds. It looks like Nissan has the answer, and it’s one that Leaf drivers will support wholeheartedly.
By teaming up with power-management company Eaton, Nissan is providing Nissan Leaf batteries to Webaxys, a data storage center located in Normandy, France. The batteries will store renewable energy that will then power the data center.
Up to 2% of the world’s total energy usage comes from data centers and that number is rising. In 2015, data centers used more energy than the entirety of the United Kingdom. Running a stable data center on renewable energy alone is still a little ways off as the center is sensitive to outages but it’s certainly a start.
“By combining Nissan’s expertize in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, we hope to demonstrate that data centre energy management can be stable, sustainable and cost efficient in the near future,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe.
We here at 171 Nissan are happy to see such powerful batteries repurposed to help make the world a better place to live!
After you’ve picked out and gained financing for a new car, the next step is to properly take care of it. While a new car doesn’t need much immediate maintenance, taking care in the beginning of the car’s lifespan will make the years to come much easier and more problem-free. Here are a few new car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.
- Insurance – Required to legally drive in most states, car insurance is the best way to make sure your purchase is protected. Considered you likely just dropped thousands upon thousands of dollars on a new car, getting more than the minimum required insurance doesn’t seem like a bad idea. The last thing you want is to get into an accident and find out you still owe money on a car you no longer own. If a dealership or your insurance company offers gap insurance, go for it.
- Owner’s Manual – A long, boring read sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, right? Of course not, but reading your owner’s manual could save you a good chunk of change down the road. Make sure to mark the service schedule for easy access later on!
- Driving – Rather than floor it or drive like a grandma, simply drive the speed limit and obey the rules of the road. Doing so ensures that your car will be able to maneuver and accelerate under those conditions for years to come.
When the new Nissan Titan XD was launched last year, it only offered a single engine: a Cummins 5.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that produces 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It’s no slouch, but some of our customers at 171 Nissan were wondering—what about a gas-powered engine? What about a V8?
Well, Nissan has heard the requests and delivered, as the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is now available with a gas-powered 5.6-liter V8. It’s cheaper and makes 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, a whopping 73 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque more than the V8 that powered the previous Titan, thanks to direct injection, a significantly higher compression ratio of 11.2:1, and improved thermal efficiency. And we thought the original Nissan Titan XD was powerful!
That extra horsepower makes the V8 feel quicker and more responsive than the diesel, though the diesel’s superior torque gives it the towing advantage—at least at sea level, where the turbocharger still has air to suck in. Be sure to visit us at 171 Nissan to understand all of the differences between the two engines and make your decision! We love talking about the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD and telling our customers about its great performance![Top]
Expanding its all-new truck lineup even more, Nissan showed off the 2017 Nissan TITAN at the New York Auto Show. This half-ton pickup is expected to be Nissan’s best-selling truck and is a little bit smaller than the recently introduced TITAN XD.
“The 2017 TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is about a foot shorter in wheelbase,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., in a statement. “They share the same cabs, but while it offers similar ruggedness and durability, the TITAN half-ton’s chassis is completely different than XD.”
Powering this all-new truck is a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine rated at 390 horsepower. This will be paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Initially, the 2017 Nissan TITAN will come only in a Crew Cab design, but both a Single and King Cab variations will be added later. The Crew Cab will arrive in dealerships this summer.
With the addition of the TITAN XD and the all-new 2017 TITAN, Nissan’s full-size pickup lineup will have a wide range of options for buyers to choose from, including two chassis sizes, two fuel options, a range of cab and bed sizes, and so much more.
Here at 171 Nissan, we love the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD and can’t wait to see the all-new 2017 Nissan TITAN when it arrives later this summer.[Top]
We all want to drive safe cars and luckily there are organizations that test vehicles to see how safe they really are. One of these is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each year it puts new cars through rigorous crash tests to determine their crashworthiness and the highest recognition it gives out is the Top Safety Pick+.
Recently, Nissan’s Top Safety Pick+ cars increased their total number of vehicles by one with the addition of the 2016 Altima. The Altima joins the 2016 Maxima and Murano that have also earned this designation.
IIHS gave the Altima its top “good” score in all five crash test and a “superior” rating for front crash prevention for models equipped with the available Forward Emergency Braking technology.
“Nissan is very proud to have our best-selling vehicle recognized by IIHS for excellence in vehicle safety,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Strategy and Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), in a statement. Furthermore he says, “Like the new Maxima and Murano, Altima sets high standards in a very competitive class for styling, performance and value as well as safety. We at Nissan are gratified to see that another of our core models has been recognized for excellent design and vehicle safety.”
The Forward Emergency Braking helps drivers stay safer by keeping an eye on their speed, how close drivers are to the cars around them, and can apply the brakes if the driver does not respond when needed.
In addition to this great technology, the Altima also offers Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Stop by 171 Nissan today to find out more about the award-winning 2016 Nissan Altima![Top]
The Nissan Leaf has been one of the most popular vehicles on the market ever since it was first introduced in 2010, but now, Nissan can officially announce an enormous milestone.
Nissan has sold more than 200,000 Nissan Leaf models globally. Breaking it down, about 90,000 of those Nissan Leaf models were sold in the United States alone, while about 50,000 more were sold in Europe. That’s an outstanding number of LEAF models sold in just 5 years! If we break the numbers down that about 40,000 Nissan LEAF’s sold each year!
Thanks to the innovative design of this environmentally conscious vehicle – which gets an MPGe of 126 in the city and 101 on the highway – this sales figure translates to 330,000 tons of carbon-monoxide not emitted. So these high numbers are great for Nissan and even better for the environment.
It’s safe to assume that the stellar Nissan Leaf sales will continue throughout the coming years, as the 2016 Nissan Leaf is more fuel-efficient, powerful, and feature-heavy than ever, on the heels of a 2015 model that earned numerous awards and titles.
Want to learn more about the Nissan Leaf? Visit us anytime at 171 Nissan to take one out on a test drive![Top]
Many recent high school graduates are headed off to college. For these students, the transition to college can be a difficult one. One of the most difficult things about college is finding somewhere to park on campus. Nissan is determined to help out with that.
According to a press release from Nissan, the automaker has teamed up with Enterprise CarShare to supply universities around the country with Nissan vehicles.
“The Enterprise CarShare program offers a convenient way for college students, faculty and staff to enjoy an extended test drive of a wide range of Nissan vehicles and to experience ‘Innovation that excites’ firsthand,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America, Inc., in the press release. He goes on to say that, “for those about to graduate and recent graduates, we’ll be there to support the transition into the working world with our College Grad program when they are ready to purchase a new Nissan car, SUV or truck.”
The deal with Enterprise will supply over 90 campuses nationwide with Nissan vehicles that can be used for car sharing. What makes the deal even better is that through December 31, students can rent these vehicles for just $5 an hour.
Over the last few years, the number of Enterprise CarShare vehicles on college campuses has dramatically increased by 20%. With Nissan’s help, it looks like this number will continue to grow! Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think about Nissan’s latest endeavor![Top]
The redesigned Nissan Murano just hit the streets, and the folks at the Huffington Post took one for a spin. Changes for the new design seemed to go over quite well during a test run in Northern California.
The styling of the 2015 Nissan Murano got a little more sculpted this time around, creating an “overall sleeker” vibe over the last generation. The Post also noticed that in addition to the new styling, the Nissan crossover grew in size just a bit, making it not too shabby for hauling. There’s “39.6 cubic feet behind the second row” and when the backseats are folded down, “69.9 cubic feet for hauling.”
When it comes to all trim levels of the new Murano, “safety is standard.” Each model includes innovative safety features such as a rearview camera and an active front head restraint. Spring for an upper trim version and you’ll get blind spot warning and moving object warning.
The Huffington Post declares that Nissan has “upped its game in many ways” this year, putting together a “sexy redesigned model” that is an “easy ride” with “better gas mileage.” We are impatiently awaiting its arrival here at 171 Nissan. Tell us what you are most anxious to see in the new 2016 Nissan Murano![Top]
Have you heard? There is a new soundtrack to Nissan’s driving experience. Coming as an available feature in the 2016 Nissan 370Z, 370Z NISMO, and the 2016 Nissan Maxima, will be a Bose speaker array that is capable of Active Noise Canceling (ANC) and Active Sound Enhancement (ASE). This means that the speakers will be able to port sound in from the engine compartment for a distinct aural acceleration experience while attenuating the low-frequency droning sounds for driving comfort.
Bose is an industry leader in audio technology and a pioneer of Active Noise Canceling, which uses microphones to record low frequency sound waves and speakers which then emit sound-waves in opposite phases to cancel the noise. This Bose ANC feature has been perfected in jet aviation and on NFL sidelines and now, in combination with the Active Sound Enhancement capabilities of the new 370Z and Maxima, provides an organic connection between the car and driver.
For more information on the 2016 Nissan engine noise and other features available to the 370Z, head into 171 Nissan and talk with our knowledgeable and friendly associates. We will be happy to assist you with all your car needs and talk to you about the latest Nissan Technology![Top]
Maxima fans couldn’t get enough of the new 2016 model, which recently premiered at the New York International Auto Show. The new model features a host of new options, including a 300 horsepower engine, 4-door design, and an affordable price.
The 2016 Maxima design has been completely redone, featuring a wide range of engineering and styling upgrades. According to Nissan, the Maxima has a V-Motion front end, signature lights, unique C-pillars, and a “floating roof” appearance. Best of all, the interior design was made with luxury in mind.
“This all new model was designed and engineered here in America…and will build on the Maxima’s standing as the longest-running and most recognizable nameplate in Nissan’s lineup,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan. He goes on to say that, “the new Maxima is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before”
Aside from style, the 2016 model has a 3.5-liter V6 which cranks out over 300 horsepower and gets 30 mpg highway. NissanConnect and Advanced Drive Assist also come standard, allowing drivers to stay safe and always connected. We are anxiously awaiting their arrival here at 171 Nissan![Top]