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The new Nissan Leaf: the world’s best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle

In just over a month since the new Nissan LEAF officially went on sale, Nissan has confirmed that it has received over 20,000 orders across Europe for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes, making it the fastest-selling electric vehicle in Europe.

The new Nissan LEAF is the next generation of the world’s best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle. More than 300,000 customers have chosen the LEAF since it went on sale in 2010 – and now this all-new model offers even greater range, improved dynamic design, class leading advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity.

A new way of thinking

The Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. It is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.

This consumer proposition encompasses three main pillars; Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving; Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress; and Nissan Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology.

Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the new Nissan LEAF is a mobile power unit, allowing customers to manage their energy use either through home or office solutions.

Stylish design, ready for mass market love

With an overall length of 4.49m, width of 1.79m, height of 1.54m and a wheelbase of 2.70m, the new Nissan LEAF also features a sleek profile, sharp, dynamic look with excellent aerodynamics, and a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.28. Anyone familiar with Nissan design will recognise the signature boomerang-shaped lamps, ‘V-motion’ front surround, while the blue elements such as the front grille and rear bumper’s moulding highlight the 100% electric, zero emission character of the car.

It is available in the following 10 exterior colours: Arctic Solid White, Solid Red, Bronze Metallic, Gun Metallic, Spring Cloud, Blade Silver, Magnetic Red, Pearl White, Metallic Black and two-tone with Pearl White body & Metallic Black Roof.

Driver-centric interior

The new Nissan LEAF has a completely redesigned interior, which is focused on the driver and combines a clever use of space with optimum functionality. The ‘gliding wing’ design features vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel, creating a relaxed ambience and high-quality feel. A 435-litre boot and foldable 60/40 split rear seat offers impressive storage options and maximum utility, making the new Nissan LEAF a perfect family car. Maximum luggage capacity with folded seats is 1,176 litres.

Greater range, more excitement

The new e-powertrain in the new Nissan LEAF delivers 110kW of power (150 HP) and 320Nm of torque, improving acceleration to 7.9s from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph), at the top of c-segment performance.

The new Nissan LEAF is the first EV to undergo WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure) and delivers a range of up to 168 miles on the Combined Cycle, or up to 258 miles in city conditions, on a single charge. For comparison with other EVs or previous generation LEAFs, the model is also rated to 235 miles on the outgoing NEDC test.

The WLTP test reflects real life situations more accurately. This means drivers can enjoy longer journeys, interconnected by the extended European CHAdeMO Quick-Charging network. Charging time from alert to 80% (quick charging – 50kw) takes 40 to 60 minutes*, while it’s around 7.5 hours from alert to 100% with a 7Kw Wallbox.

* Time dependent on Charging conditions, including Quick Charger type and condition, battery temperature and size as well as ambient temperature at point of use.

Advanced safety features

The new Nissan LEAF offers drivers complete confidence when it comes to safety. Standard features from entry grade include six airbags (front, side and curtain), ISOFIX hook, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Warning are also standard from Visia grade, as is Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and cyclist Recognition.

Advanced safety technology systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also part of new Nissan LEAFs standard equipment.

Advanced driver assistance technologies

The new Nissan LEAF is packed with Intelligent Mobility innovative technology, including ProPILOT driver assistance for a safer, more comfortable drive and ProPILOT Park, for fully autonomous parking at the touch of a button.

ProPILOT is designed for use within a single lane on a highway, and is optimised for use in heavy traffic jam or in high-speed cruising scenarios

The driver can activate ProPilot as easy as a conventional cruise control by setting a desired cruising speed and distance. Supported by Radar and Camera, ProPilot will adjust the speed to traffic ahead and keep the car in the centre of the lane. It even manages traffic jam situations making the daily commute more relaxing and reducing fatigue.

In traffic jams, applying the same technology logic, ProPILOT will automatically manage distance to the car in front and apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After stopping, the vehicle will remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. Once traffic restarts, the car will resume driving again automatically. If the traffic stops for over 3 seconds, ProPILOT will restart at a simple touch of the accelerator or by pressing on the steering wheel.

ProPILOT Park is hands off, feet off automatic parking function. ProPILOT Park works with parallel and bay parking (forwards or backwards entry), and will easily park the new Nissan LEAF when the driver selects one of the spots proposed by the system. By pressing the ProPILOT Park button, the new Nissan LEAF will fully manage the parking actions and automatically apply the parking brake when the manoeuvre is complete.

For an animation demonstrating Nissan’s ProPILOT technology in the new Nissan LEAF, which can be used for media purposes, please click here.

The e-Pedal

The new Nissan LEAF’s revolutionary e-Pedal technology transforms the way people drive by enabling acceleration, deceleration and full stop with the simple increase or decrease of the pressure applied to the accelerator. By releasing the accelerator, the car will decelerate and come to a complete stop, even hill holding, without the need to press the brake pedal. With a deceleration rate of up to 0.2G, the e-Pedal eliminates the need for drivers to constantly move their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal to slow down or stop. This helps reduce fatigue and stress in daily city driving, allowing the driver to use the brake pedal up to 90% less than in conventional cars.

Outstanding Infotainment

The new Nissan LEAF’s improved 7 inch, full-colour (TFT) display highlights key features, including information from the audio and navigation systems.

The Latest version of the Nissan Connect EV Navigation System includes Bluetooth connectivity and DAB Radio. In addition to standard Navigation features it also includes real-time information on the nearest charge points. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available for enhanced connectivity (depending on market).

One of the most popular features in the original LEAF is the ability to set the car’s climate control to activate at a particular time, warming the car up or cooling it down before beginning a journey. This allows customers to save battery charge by warming or cooling the car from the mains supply while it is charging.


Nissan announces “America’s Best Truck Warranty”: 5 Years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper for 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD

5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty beats competitors’ standard protection programs by two years and 64,000 miles. Includes powertrain warranty – helping give Nissan full-size truck owners added trust and peace of mind

  • Covers all 2017 TITAN Endurance® V8 gas and 2017 TITAN XD Cummins® diesel and Endurance V8 gasoline-powered models

Nissan has announced “America’s Best Truck Warranty”* on its 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first. The announcement is part of Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” – a new product onslaught of pickups, SUVs and CUVs.

Vehicles covered by the new warranty – which includes basic and powertrain coverage – include all TITAN V8 gasoline-powered models and diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 TITAN X.D models, including both 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations, in Crew Cab and recently revealed Single Cab models. The 2017 TITANs have began arriving at Carousel Nissan in September.

“We’re pleased to now offer the same confidence-inspiring protection as our commercial vehicles for our entire range of 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new bumper-to-bumper coverage shows customers that Nissan stands behind the quality of its vehicles – including the ones that are subject to the hardest use.”

The all-new, category-busting TITAN X.D was introduced for the 2016 model year, leading Nissan’s all-out assault on the highly competitive full-size truck segment.

For the 2017 model year, Nissan adds an all-new TITAN half-ton pickup, powered by Nissan’s new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine, to the expanding TITAN X.D lineup. TITAN X.D is currently offered in a Crew Cab body with a choice of a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the Endurance® V8. New TITAN X.D and TITAN Single Cabs, the first single cab variants in TITAN history, join the lineup in late fall. A King Cab body configuration, along with a V6 engine, will follow at a later date.

“TITAN will ultimately be available in a total of three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, 4×4 and 4×2 drive and S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trim levels – covering about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Diaz. “And each and every one of them will be covered by the new 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – the best truck warranty in America.”

 

Source: nissannews.com

 


Nissan TITAN XD, Maxima and Altima excel in 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL)℠ Study

  • All-new Nissan TITAN X.D named most appealing Large Light Duty pickup
  • Redesigned Maxima takes top spot in Large Car segment
  • Refreshed Nissan Altima finishes in top 3 among Midsize Car competitors
  • Nissan safety, convenience and connectivity technologies rate well with customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Nissan models have scored favorably in their respective segments in the just released J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) SM Study – with the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN X.D taking honors in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the new Maxima topping the Large Car segment and the refreshed Altima ranked number two among Midsize Car competitors.

The TITAN scored 867 points to dominate its class, while the Maxima tallied 857 points. The 2016 Altima, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, with 824 points, was up seven points from last year. Overall, the industry average score was up three points to 801 in 2016. Murano and Sentra scored well at 831 and 814 points, respectively, but lacked sample size in this year’s survey to qualify in their segments from J.D. Power.

“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN X.D trucks.”

The annual APEAL Study, now in its 21st year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale. The study found that some features, such as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, substantially improved owners’ sense of security – and satisfaction – with their vehicles. Nissan continues to offer a range of ‘Safety Shield’ technologies, as well as convenience and connectivity system technologies across a wide application of vehicles and trim levels including:

  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Driver Attention Alert*
  • Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • NissanConnect
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display

For photography and information about the complete lineup of 2016 Nissan vehicles, please visitNissanNews.com.

View the complete results of the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM here.

*It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for details.

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visitjdpower.com/ratings. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

 

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-titan-xd-maxima-and-altima-excel-in-2016-j-d-power-automotive-performance-execution-and-layout-apeal-study


2WD, 4WD, OR AWD: Which is Best for You?

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If you’re looking for a new car, you’ve probably run across a simple fact: Some cars are 2-wheel drive, while others are 4- or all-wheel drive. So what’s the difference? Should you get 4WD just to be safe? Can you use 2-wheel drive in the snow? We’ve explained the basics of each system, and pointed out the optimal usage for each one.

4-Wheel Drive and All-wheel Drive 

All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are easily confused. The easiest way to tell them apart is that all-wheel-drive systems are always on, and they use electronic sensors to determine which wheel should get a car’s power. Four-wheel drive, meanwhile, is usually disengaged — that is, until you flip a switch or pull a lever to engage it. Then all four wheels turn at the same time.

So which is better? Well, like nearly everything, it depends.

If you live in an area with occasional snow and rain, all-wheel drive is probably the right choice. Since you don’t have to worry about driving through snow banks, leave the hard work to your car’s computers. If they detect the car is sliding, they’ll step in — and you won’t have to worry.

But if you live in an area with muddy roads or heavy snow, you’ll probably want to go with 4-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive vehicles tend to get stuck in such situations, because sensors have trouble determining exactly where to send power. Four-wheel-drive vehicles don’t have that problem. Just throw it in “low” and all wheels turn at the same low speed to power through nearly any obstacle.

But what if you live in a warmer climate? Should you choose all- or 4-wheel drive anyway, just to be safe? Our answer is, generally, no. While all-wheel drive and 4WD may offer some benefit if the weather gets rough, the systems also add weight and complexity to your car. That means increased tire wear, decreased gas mileage and a greater chance of something breaking under the skin. Instead, we recommend…

2-Wheel Drive 

Two-wheel drive cars use one of two setups: front- or rear-wheel drive. We recommend 2-wheel drive if you’re in a mild climate with little rain or snow. That means places such as Texas, the Southeast or Southern California. Drivers in places with occasional snow, such as the Mid-Atlantic, should decide how comfortable they feel driving in the snow without the assistance of all- or 4-wheel drive.

Can you drive in the snow without all- or 4-wheel drive? Of course. With modern traction control systems and good tires, experienced drivers should have no trouble steering most 2-wheel drive cars through snow. But we recommend skipping 2-wheel drive if you’re a young driver or inexperienced with driving in harsh weather.

As for the difference between front- and rear-wheel drive, many drivers probably wouldn’t notice a thing. But the general rule is that rear-wheel-drive cars are better for performance and worse in bad weather, while front-wheel drive offers improved harsh-weather driving. Front-wheel drive is also typically used in family cars with better fuel economy and less performance.

Don’t Forget

As you consider your next car, don’t forget about the drivetrain. You don’t want to end up stuck on the side of the road with a rear-wheel-drive performance car, or saddled with poor gas mileage in an all-wheel-drive vehicle where you don’t need the traction.

 

Sources:

Autotrader.com (story), Nissanusa.com (image)


The 2013 Nissan Frontier is Top Pick in Midsize Pickup Segment Only at Carousel Nissan of Iowa City

If you’re thinking of downsizing from a full-size pickup to a midsize, the 2013 Nissan Frontier is your top pick. Even better is Nissan reduced the price this year on the 2013 Frontier and gave it a fuel economy upgrade and if you’re thinking midsize trucks are too wimpy, the 2013 Nissan Frontier will have you rethinking that notion.

“The 2013 Nissan Frontier is a top pick in the midsize pickup segment thanks to its brawny nature, relatively nimble handling and innovative features.  – Edmunds

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As for its brawniness, the 2013 Nissan Frontier features an aggressive V-6 engine offering 261 hp and rivals the power of the full-size V-8s while having much better fuel economy thanks to some subtle engine and aerodynamic improvements allowing it to improve one to two mpg from last year’s model. One of the main reasons customers choose midsize trucks is for the improved fuel economy usually willing to sacrifice a significant amount of power to do so. It’s nice to know such sacrifices need not be made with the 2013 Nissan Frontier.

Nissan has long been known as one of the most innovative car companies out there. So, it should should come as no shock that 2013 Nissan Frontier has received some new technological upgrades that have us smiling. Highlighting those new features are the backup camera and sonar parking assist. Also included in the base S-Model is the Bluetooth Hands-Free System. Kelley Blue Book had this to say:

“The Frontier makes a great alternative to a full-size truck. It is ideal for hauling everything from mulch to motorbikes, and feels solid on road or off. With a stronger V6 engine than the Tacoma and features like a navigation/infotainment system, spray-on bedliner and Nissan’s Utili-track tie-down system, the 2013 Frontier remains one of the finest mid-size trucks we’ve seen in recent years.”

If you’re finally ready for a midsize truck that doesn’t sacrifice power, get into Carousel Nissan of Iowa City where prices have been reduced on the 2013 Nissan Frontier.


Apple and Nissan: An Innovative Match Made-in-Heaven, Coming Soon to Carousel Nissan of Iowa City

When getting the opportunity to team up with the Apple, you jump at the chance. To put it into perspective, it’s like getting the chance to pair with Michael Jordan, in his prime, to take on a couple of second graders in two-on-two. It’s a no-brainer, a slam dunk, if you will. That’s why the news of this marriage between the innovative leader in the automotive industry and the undisputed tech giant has the world buzzing.

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Nissan recently announced that it will serve as the exclusive automotive partner for the launch of Apple’s iTunes Radio, taking advantage of new creative formats, including audio and video, across Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and PC. Among the first Nissan vehicles to be highlighted with unique iTunes Radio materials are the upcoming, totally resigned 2014 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, the all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Note and the hot-selling Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.

“We see iTunes Radio as an integral part of our new vehicle launches and ‘big moments,’ riding the wave of interest and usage of this exciting new service to maximize exposure of Nissan’s new models,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “We’re also adding iAd on iTunes Radio as a critical platform in support of ongoing campaigns, such as our college football and Heisman Trophy Tour initiatives. It’s a great way for Nissan to reach the right audiences in the right markets.”

The campaign theme for the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue is “Make the Ordinary Extraordinary.” The marketing efforts are designed to drive reservations for the vehicle, which goes on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in November. Rogue’s presence on iTunes Radio is a major part of this effort.

“Nissan, as a brand also known for innovation, is proud to support iTunes Radio from the very beginning, with content relevant to consumers’ interests,” added Brancheau. “We see iTunes Radio being a huge success and we look forward to delivering amazing brand experiences to this exciting new audience.”

At Carousel Nissan of Iowa City, we are as excited as you are to hear of this pairing. Every day we are proud to offer vehicles from the most forward-thinking car company on the planet. Stop in for a visit and let us show you why.


Win Maintenance for Life During October Car Care Month at Carousel Nissan of Iowa City

What’s the biggest hassle in terms of owning your own vehicle? Probably a lot of you would say maintaining the vehicle either as preventative or corrective measures.  What would you say if we told you that just by owning a Nissan you were eligible to win maintenance for life?

That’s right! Nissan announced the launch of its “October Car Care” service event. October is Fall Car Care month in North America and is designated for vehicle owners to get their vehicle in shape for the approaching winter weather. To help their customers do just that, Nissan is rolling out the “October Car Care” event, which features a complimentary enhanced multi-point inspection covering 100 points on vehicles for all Nissan owners – 73 additional points of inspection more than Nissan’s standard complimentary multi-point inspection.

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The promotion’s three grand prizes offer the chance to win “Maintenance For Life,” including recommended regularly scheduled service, for the life of the customer’s vehicle. The event runs through October 31, 2013 and is open to Nissan owners or lessees, who can enter the sweepstakes at www.nissancarcareevent.com or directly through their Facebook newsfeed. Each of the “Maintenance for Life” grand prizes consists of a dealer service rewards card valued at $5,000.

The “October Car Care” event and sweepstakes is designed to give Nissan customers a great customer service experience and make it easy for them to protect their investment with routine maintenance to keep their vehicles running smoothly.

“With the focus on maintaining the value of your vehicle during Car Care Month, we felt it was a great time to reinforce our commitment to Nissan owners by offering complimentary inspections at their local dealership,” said John Spoon, vice president, Aftersales. “We’re also excited to share dealer offerings such as Express Service with our customers. With Express Service, Nissan owners can have oil changes and other basic maintenance completed without appointments in under 30 minutes.”

When you’re ready for your 100 point inspection or Express Service oil change, stop into Carousel Nissan of Iowa City.