The Tokyo Motor Show is celebrating its 45th year from Friday, October 27th through Sunday, November 5th. During this time, automakers will pack plenty of exhibits, features, and new concepts into a week of events and festivities focused around automobiles. One of the big names coming to the Tokyo Motor Show is Nissan, who is planning on debuting something a bit unorthodox – a new Leaf Nismo Concept.
We’ve already had official word that the performance-focused Nismo name would get added onto the Nissan Leaf eventually, but Nissan representatives didn’t give an idea for when that would be. The redesigned, next-gen 2018 Nissan Leaf came out without any promises about a launch date for a sportier version. However, it appears that launch will happen sooner rather than later. The Leaf Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show will feature a more aerodynamic design, a sport-tuned suspension, improved acceleration, and new wheels.
There’s no telling yet what kind of power ratings we’ll see out of the Leaf Nismo Concept. Specs and other features will likely be unveiled at the event itself. Stay tuned for more news and information on the Leaf Nismo Concept from the Tokyo Motor Show and here at 171 Nissan.
Nissan has been one of the most vocal advocates for lowering the cost of electric vehicles, and now it may get its wish. The Nissan-Renault alliance is welcoming Mitsubishi into its fold, effectively increasing the range of vehicles it has to work with. Reports indicate that all three brands will use Nissan’s electric platform as the underpinning for all electric vehicles.
By sharing an electric vehicle platform, Nissan hopes to see the price of electric vehicles drop by 20%. Currently, the most affordable electric vehicle is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at just under $23,000. By comparison, many gas-powered cars are much cheaper.
Renault and Nissan previously struggled to reach their desired price drop as they developed electric vehicles separately. Now, with Mitsubishi on board, the alliance plans to share the platform of the Nissan Leaf. They’ll also share the battery, motor and inverters in an effort to further save money.
A redesigned Nissan Leaf is expected to hit the market during 2018, which makes that the prime year for any major changes. The drive to create more affordable electric cars is on, and Nissan is leading the charge for greener roads.
We at 171 Nissan can’t wait to see how the alliance shapes the future of the electric vehicle segment![Top]
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![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]
Recently, Nissan posted a vague press release accompanied by a dimly lit photograph as a teaser for a new concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Show. This new Nissan electric car concept is described as part of the company’s “future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” The information that the concept will be electric has led many to believe this is the unveiling of the next-generation Leaf.
The first hint that the concept is an all-new Leaf comes from the fact that the released teaser picture has the front of the car illuminated in blue light, which is a recurring motif with the Nissan Leaf. The overall styling of the car, however, is similar to the new Nissan Maxima, with a V-motion grille and flared-out wheel arches.
If the vehicle is not a Leaf, however, that means Nissan will have a second all-electric vehicle joining the Leaf in its lineup. However, after several mid-cycle upgrades and refreshes including a better battery range for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Leaf is long overdue for a new generation. The Nissan electric car concept could be exactly that. Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think of the new Nissan Electric Teaser in the comment below![Top]
Nissan LEAF sales continued to be the envy of every competing automaker as the plug-in EV shattered yet another sales record, with 30,200 LEAF vehicles sold in 2014—the most of any plug-in EV and the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 units in a single year.
This new record was punctuated by incredible growth. Nissan sold 3,102 LEAFs last December, up 22.7% from last year and setting a new record. It seems as though every month we sell more LEAF’s than the last at 171 Nissan.
And it’s no small wonder. With MPG ratings of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined, the LEAF has exceptionally low operating costs—and with the available $7,500 federal tax credit, even the starting cost is a bargain!
“From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, “which is what makes Nissan LEAF the best-selling electric car in the world.”[Top]
Technically, September 15-21 is “National Drive Electric Week,” but, here at 171 Nissan, we think it’d be more apropos to simply call it “National Drive the Nissan LEAF Week.” In any case, the Nissan brand is certainly taking the opportunity to shine the spotlight brightly on its EV fleet, especially the LEAF. There are over 60,000 LEAF owners in the United States alone and many of them were out to celebrate their favorite car this week.
“With more than 60,000 U.S. sales and 50 percent market share among pure EVs this year, Nissan is the natural sponsor of National Drive Electric Week,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Marketing. “At events across the country, drivers of Nissan LEAF and other electric cars will get together to spread the word about the benefits of driving electric – lower operating costs, zero tailpipe emissions and they are just fun to drive.”
If you feel left out of the festivities this week, there’s an easy solution. Just come see us here at 171 Nissan and we’ll introduce you to the great green love of your life: your very own Nissan LEAF. You’ll be blissfully avoiding gas stations and celebrating driving electric—not just for a week but the whole year round—in no time.[Top]
The Nissan Leaf is certainly popular; here at 171 Nissan, we’ve got loads of first-hand experience to prove that. However, as countless interchangeable pop songs, summer blockbusters, and silly YouTube videos constantly remind us, things that are popular aren’t always good quality as well. How about the Nissan Leaf, then, you ask? Well, we’re about to find out, thanks to the folks at the North Sound Electric Vehicle Association.
Tyrel Haveman, president of the association, is taking the Nissan Leaf on a 1,500 mile journey—a journey that stretches from his home base in Washington down to the southern California border then back home again—starting September 1. In a blog post, Tyrel explained his motivations for the trip, calling it “an opportunity for us to take time away from the daily grind, explore a small corner of the world, and show that it can be done in a LEAF.”
This year, Tyrel has even set up a web site that allows you to follow the Leaf’s progress on the trip, monitoring the car’s location and battery charge level, among other things. If you follow the Nissan Leafs 1,500 mile journey, or just come see us at 171 Nissan, we’re sure you’ll come to agree with us—and Tyrel—that the LEAF can help you accomplish just about anything you set out to do.[Top]
With every coming year, Nissan continues to improve their green car options and make their current hybrid models better in both efficiency and in even lower environmental impacts. With the power of the hybrid and the electric vehicle (like the amazing Nissan LEAF) increasing greatly over the past decade or so, and green cars becoming a more mainstream choice, many drivers are actively trying to change how we affect our environment. And in one state, New Jersey, this effort for a greener tomorrow may include causing acts of coal rolling to be illegal across the state.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this rude obsession some big pick up drivers have, coal rolling is when a diesel powered vehicle spews an excess of particulate emissions. Many of you have probably seen this done on the road but never knew that most of the time; it’s done on purpose and is becoming an increasing fad in some states. Below this article you can see a video of a truck coal rolling so you can get the idea.
Well State Assemblyman Tim Eustace has begun submitting a bill (A3583) through New Jersey that will “Prohibits retrofitting diesel-powered vehicles to increase particulate emissions for the purpose of coal rolling; prohibits the practice of coal rolling”. Although modifying exhaust systems in that way is already illegal in some states, this just goes to show that just because someone is behind the wheel of a hybrid doesn’t mean they won’t put up a fight![Top]
In today’s digital age, it seems that a new trend is developing: skipping the test drive. Americans are turning away from the old-fashioned buying cycle of visiting several dealerships to learn about a car and compare prices, kick tires on the lot, and test drive the car before deciding. Today, shoppers go straight to the internet: a virtual showroom with more information than they could ever get before.
Today, customers can research reviews on cars (and dealerships), price compare, even get virtual overviews of the car from the comfort of their own home. Most buyers know what car they want, how much they’re willing to pay for it, and what dealership they’ll go to, all before they ever set foot in a dealership.
A recent study by DMEautomotive surveyed 2,000 car shoppers to gain perspective on their buying habits. The study found that 33 percent of shoppers test drove only one car – they knew what car they were going to buy before they ever even got into it. The test drive was likely a formality, just to make sure everything they already knew about the car held true.
16 percent of shoppers skipped the test drive altogether, a surprising statistic to most. It seems odd that you wouldn’t give your new car a spin before committing tens of thousands of dollars to it, right? The fact is, customers feel confident in their purchase based on the research they’ve done. Four out of five people polled had visited more than 10 websites in completing their research.
While the trend to skip the test drive may be growing, we still recommend you take the time to make sure the car you want is the right fit for you. There’s just no replacing the experience of getting behind the wheel for yourself.
Visit 171 Nissan to test out one of our cars – you won’t be disappointed![Top]