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.”
Nissan is well on its way to offering vehicles with fully autonomous driving technology. By 2020, you should be able to purchase a Nissan that essentially does the driving for you.
Like anything, the road to this destination takes steps. Two of those steps were the development of Moving Object Detection and Around View Monitor. These are separate but complementary technologies that, as part of a larger complex of technologies, will allow for true driving autonomy in the future.
Around View Monitor gathers a composite picture of the vehicle’s surroundings and sends it to the driver in real time using four exterior cameras.
Moving Object Detection works with the Around View Monitor technology. MOD analyzes the feed coming from AVM and determines whether there are any moving objects around the vehicle. If so, it can issue audio and visual alerts to the driver.
Nissan has recently licensed these Nissan safety technologies to Hitachi Construction Machinery, which will create revenue that Nissan can further invest in better safety technologies.
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The car industry is known for having a world-renowned rumor mill that is, more times than not, correct. The newest rumor coming up the car industry’s grapevine is one that is sure to make all fans of the Nissan 370Z excited. Recently, Nissan VP, Roel de Vries, told Australia’s CarAdvice he thinks the 370Z “doesn’t need a V6” to deliver great performance numbers. While many people might consider this to be de Vries stating that the next generation Z won’t come with a V7, many others believe that this means there will be multiple engines for the newest Nissan Z.
The coupe currently has a 3.7-liter V6 to power its small frame, but de Vries believes to sell this sexy car in Europe, Nissan needs to also offer a four-cylinder. Even Motor Trend magazine has gotten in on the rumor action, reporting the next Z would offer “a mixture of smaller but powerful engines,” one of which could be a hybrid.
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