Safety is an important issue for any carmaker and Nissan is no exception. This is why it comes as no surprise that the Japanese carmaker announced a new partnership with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) at the Paris Motor Show last week. Through this partnership, Nissan and FIA strive to make roads safer through the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign.
Through Nissan’s FIA partnership, the brand will become an Official Supporter of the FIA’s safety awareness campaign, which launched in 2011. This new partnership looks to combat the 1.3 million deaths and 50 million injuries that occur on the road annually.
“We are pleased to work with the FIA and its global network to promote safer driving on roads around the world,” said Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president responsible for Marketing and Brand Strategy. “Safety involves drivers, pedestrians, and the community, and our working with the FIA will go a long way toward raising awareness and provide safer roads for everyone.”
Nissan is known for providing safety through the “Triple-Layered Approach,” developing safer vehicles, individuals, and societies. For a glimpse at the industry leading safety technologies Nissan uses in its vehicles, stop in to 171 Nissan today!
If you’ve ever owned a pickup truck, you probably got frequent calls from family and friends asking if they could borrow your truck. A pickup’s usefulness is obvious, which is why a couple of Nissan engineers had a little fun and designed a one-of-kind electric pickup to use around Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona testing facility.
Two engineers, Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, took charge of the project and essentially smashed together a Nissan LEAF, Frontier, and Titan to create this awesome little truck. The front and rear ends are undeniably from a LEAF, and the team left the powertrain as-is. They then sandwiched a Titan pickup roof and a shortened bed from a Frontier between the LEAF parts. They also gave it some cool extra touches, including wood bed slats and some sharp-looking wheels.
Unfortunately, this awesome design won’t be coming to showrooms any time soon, but it is amazing to see what the mind of an engineer can come up with.
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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 Group makes some of the world’s greatest vehicles—from efficient and powerful EVs to reliable sedans, all the way to pickup trucks—and customers responded to the Group’s excellent lineup by buying new Nissan vehicles in record numbers this August. Nissan vehicle sales topped out at 134,188 units in the month, which was 11.5% better than last year, and achieving an August sales record for the automaker.
Let’s break down that number a little further to show you just how impressive the sales month was, as well as which vehicles were the most popular with new car customers. Nissan Division itself also set an August sales record with 125,224 units sold, which was an increase of over 15% over last year. Four different vehicles—the Rogue, LEAF, Altima, and Sentra—were all up at least 20% for the month.
Even the Nissan Altima got in on the fun, moving 32,153 units—another August record—good for a 3.8% increase in sales for the month. All these Nissan vehicle sales numbers simply add up to one fact: it’s a great time to buy a new Nissan vehicle, so come see us today at 171 Nissan to find the perfect one for you.[Top]
Nissan, proud maker of the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling EV, knows just how important to the electric market is to the future of the automotive industry. That’s why the company recently announced that they’ve expanded their partnership with Orange, a world-leader in telecommunications. Nissan has reached an agreement to provide over 200 EVs to Orange, making up a large percentage of its French fleet.
“Thanks to the partnership between Renault and Nissan, the Alliance is able to provide Orange with the widest range of electric vehicles to meet its needs – from subcompact passenger cars to light-commercial vehicles,” said Christian Mardrus, Alliance Executive Vice President for Renault-Nissan B.V. and the Alliance CEO Office. “More Orange employees will soon be able to enjoy the many benefits of electric mobility: zero noise, smooth handling and acceleration, and zero tailpipe emissions. And the vehicles can be fully recharged with renewable energy at night, so they can be 100% charged every morning.”
If you’re looking for an EV of your own, you don’t have to book a flight to France and interview for a job with Orange. Just come see us at 171 Nissan and become part of the green revolution today with any of the great Nissan electric vehicles.
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]
Nissan’s commitment to a global outreach in general—and to the country of Brazil in specific—continued recently with the official opening of a new Nissan Design Studio at Nissan Brazil’s headquarters. The new studio, called the Nissan Design America Rio studio, will immediately begin contributing to development projects, with a focus especially on the areas of materials and styling for future Nissan products.
Taro Ueda, Vice President of Nissan Design America (NDA), celebrated the design studio’s opening as a bright light for both Nissan and the country of Brazil. “Brazil has been one of Nissan’s key markets for years and can offer new inspiration for the design of our products for Brazil as well as globally. Soon, you may see some results of the work done by this team in collaboration with other design centers around the world,” Ueda said. “Rio has a wonderful combination of vibrancy and diversity that represents the Brazilian culture and people, with each region being unique in its own way. This is an ideal location to establish a design studio.”
As is true with everything Nissan does, the Nissan Design America Rio studio will be home to the best and smartest people in the design industry, ensuring that the brand will deliver nothing less than the best, smartest, most stylish vehicles on the road for many years to come. Come see us at 171 Nissan to check out the current Nissan lineup and get excited about the future as well.[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]
A while back, Nissan announced the exciting and original idea of Project Titan, a plan to create the world’s first crowd-sourced truck. And now, here at 171 Nissan, we are thrilled to announce that Project Titan is officially a go. After collecting tons of information and votes on the Nissan Truck’s Facebook page, Nissan has begun building the truck of its customers’ dreams.
Nissan is tracking the progress of Project Titan in a video series. “We partnered with our Nissan Truck fans and the Wounded Warrior Project to create the ultimate Titan for an epic adventure in Alaska,” an announcement at the beginning of the first video says. “Now we’re building it.”
Phase One of Project Titan introduces us to the base platform of the new Titan. It’s built on the 2014 Nissan Titan PRO-4X, with plenty of fan-favorite changes to boot. Phase One also sees the Titan team replace the car’s tires with Nitto Trail Grapplers and replace the normal suspension with a 4” PRG Long Travel Kit edition.
With those changes already in place, we can already see this uniquely customized truck rounding into the perfect shape to tackle the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Check back on the blog for more Project Titan news and keep an eye out for videos of future phases on Nissan’s YouTube channel as well.[Top]
In January, Detroit will, as always, play host to the North American International Auto Show, where the next-generation 2016 Nissan Titan will make its long-anticipated debut. Here at 171 Nissan, we don’t know how we’re going to contain our excitement until then—January is still five long months away. For now, though, we’ll at least enjoy our rights of speculation, joining in with Torque News to guess what the 2016 Nissan Titan will look like.
Torque News made a list of five things to expect from the new Titan, like more powertrain options, improved fuel economy, added technology and convenience features, and even an overall larger design. But it’s mostly just conjecture at this point; however, we do know for sure that the Titan will feature a 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, making the engine lineup more diverse for the next generation.
What’s on your personal wish list for the next-generation Titan? Let us know when you visit us at 171 Nissan to check out our lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs alike.[Top]