Nissan sales up 24.7% in May

by Chuck Capps on June 8, 2013

 

 

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Tesla Supercharger network expanding across US

by Chuck Capps on June 1, 2013

2013 Nissan Leaf Tacoma dealerRoad trips with electric vehicles need to be carefully planned in terms of charging stations, but that will be a little easier for Tesla Model S owners. As Tesla Motors‘ has announced that the network of Superchargers will expand across the country. By the end of the year, Superchargers “will connect most of the major metro areas in the US and Canada,” Tesla says, and by a year from now, the network will cover “almost the entire population of the US and Canada.” Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, said “Tesla needed to solve the problem of long-distance travel and we can’t wait for others to agree with our strategy.” Come check out the all electric Nissan Leaf at your 2013 Nissan Leaf Tacoma dealer. The Tesla Roadster and other EVs are not compatible with the superchargers so for now only Model S drivers will be able to use them, but all future Tesla models will be equipped for this technology and Musk said he’s not against working with other automakers to make their EVs compatible.

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10,000th Nissan Leaf delivered in Europe

by Chuck Capps on May 31, 2013

2013 Nissan Leaf Seattle dealerCongratulations to Sylvie Lailler who became the owner of the 10,000th Nissan Leaf in Europe. Mrs. Lailler is a nurse who will use the Leaf to visit elderly patients, and for weekend family trips, “I purchased the car because of the low running costs really make sense for my work. I needed a proper family car and I wanted a zero emission vehicle to replace my diesel hatchback. The Nissan LEAF was the best choice. My family were reluctant to get an electric vehicle, but after the test drive my husband told me he wanted it to drive to work; he will not get the keys from me easily though!” She continued: “As a nurse I know the effect that the poor air quality in Paris has on people, so it makes me feel good to know I am not adding to that by driving an electric car. I will mostly be using it for work, driving between patients, but I am also looking forward to taking the LEAF on the Autotrain to the south of France with my family for our holiday in the summer.” Come check out the Nissan Leaf at your 2013 Nissan Leaf Seattle dealer. The Nissan Leaf entered the European market in March 2011, and the demand has only increased since,  Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicle, Jean-Pierre Diernaz, is delighted to have hit the 10,000 sales milestone: “This is an important moment for electric cars in Europe and comes at a time where we are seeing a sales momentum building for the Nissan LEAF across the region. In March we sold over 1000 LEAF, which was the best month since the car was launched, and in April we were the second best selling car overall in Norway.” He added: “We are seeing a shift in attitudes to electric mobility, with more people buying electric cars and the infrastructure developing at an ever increasing rate. We have hit this landmark just as we prepare to introduce the new European-manufactured Nissan LEAF with over 100 improvements into the market.”

 

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Top 5 Most Valuable Automotive Brands

by Chuck Capps on May 24, 2013

2013 Nissan Sentra Tacoma dealerAn annual market study conducted by Millward Brown’s BrandZ, has named the  Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands, including 5 automotive brands. Last year BMW was on top but this year Toyota has surpassed and taken the number one spot with a brand value of $24.5 billion. BMW fell to second with a value of $24 billion, down just 2% from last year. Mercedes-Benz was up 11% taking the number three spot, with a value of $18 billion, Honda came in fourth with a decrease of 2% and a value of $12.4 billion, and Nissan rounded out the top five with an increase of 3% and $10.2 billion. Come check out the entire Nissan lineup including the newly redesigned Nissan Sentra at your 2013 Nissan Sentra Tacoma dealer. Also in the top 100 was Volkswagen who finished in 100th place. Audi made the largest gain, up 18% to $5.5 billion. The list was dominated by technology companies with Apple, Google and IBM taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Tacoma dealerThe Nissan Pathfinder and Altima were completely redesigned for 2013, and with those redesigns came a flood of awards. Now adding to the trophy case is the top spot in Kelley Blue Book‘s ten best family-friendly vehicles for the Pathfinder and the Altima was also named in the top ten.  The list is compiled based on unique characteristics and situations. Come check out the award winning Nissan Pathfinder at your 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Tacoma dealer. “The Pathfinder and Altima were both completely redesigned to enhance the driver and passenger experience with a bevy of technology and styling upgrades that satisfy the needs of the entire family,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “The marketplace has embraced the new direction of these vehicles, and it’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by Kelley Blue Book for our achievements in making Pathfinder and Altima two of the most family-friendly vehicles on the road today.”

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Nissan reports April Sales increase of 23.2%

by Chuck Capps on May 3, 2013

2013 Nissan Pathfinder TacomaNissan North America Inc. has reported a sales increase of 23.2% from April 2012 to April 2013, with 87,847 units sold versus 71,329 units last April. Nissan Division sales were up 24.6% with 80,003 units and Infiniti sales were up 10% with 7,844 units. Some highlights for April included the Altima which was up 35.4% with 21,991 units sold, the Rogue set a new April record with 11,904 units sold, an increase of 39%, the Pathfinder sold 6,473 units up 214.7%, the all-electric Nissan LEAF sales rose to 1,937 423.%, due largely to the move of the vehicle assembly and battery assembly facilities, and the Nissan Sentra sales rose 44.9% with 10,734 units sold. Come check out the ever popular Nissan Pathfinder at your 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Tacoma dealer. Jose Munoz, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing – Nissan Americas, said “In the first quarter of 2013, we improved our retail sales by more than 4 percent while reducing deliveries to fleet customers by more than 17 percent. We continued this trend in April with retail up 29 percent and fleet mix down over four percentage points from one year ago, which proves that our new products such as Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder are taking strong hold in the marketplace.”

 

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Nissan announces pricing for GT-R Track Edition

by Chuck Capps on May 3, 2013

2014 Nissan GT-R TacomaFor 2014 Nissan is releasing just 150 limited edition GT-R Track Edition, and now they even have a price tag. A 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will set you back $115,710. The Track Edition takes this already legendary super car to the next level, featuring specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside. Come check out the Nissan GT-R at your 2014 Nissan GT-R Tacoma dealer. Also featured on the Track Edition are lightweight dry carbon fiber rear spoiler and special metallic black six-spoke RAYS® forged lightweight wheels mounted with Dunlop® SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT ultra high performance run-flat nitrogen-filled tires. The 2014 Nissan GT-R is on sale now at GT-R certified dealerships nationwide.

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Nissan is always striving to provide the best technologies and innovations in its vehicles. That’s why they have equipped their newly redesigned 2013 Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra with Smart Auto Headlights. Come check out the innovative Sentra at your 2013 Nissan Sentra Tacoma. Smart Auto Headlights respond to weather conditions by automatically turning on the vehicle’s headlights when the wipers are activated, or in low light conditions.

Check out this infographic to see what the state requirements are for headlights.

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2014 Nissan Versa sedan pricing released

by Chuck Capps on April 26, 2013

2014 Nissan Versa Sedan TacomaNissan is getting a jump on the 2014 model line up, they’ve already released the pricing and options for the 2014 Versa Sedan. Nissan has kept the pricing the same as from 2013, continuing the lowest MSRP of any new vehicle in America with a starting price of just $11,990. The features list is continuing to increase with new features such as “standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, tri-cot headliner, 4.3-inch display audio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) for Versa Sedan SL models; standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and key fob trunk release for Versa Sedan SV models; and tachometer and low rolling resistance tires for Versa Sedan S models. In addition, all models receive a suspension and steering tuning change, along with revised interior finishers.  Versa Sedan SV and SL models also receive a new high-gloss black B-pillar treatment and improved seat comfort (bottom cushion and foam density). The optional SV Convenience Package and SL Tech Package also feature upgraded content, including NissanConnectSM with Navigation system with the SL Tech Package.” Come check out the Versa Sedan at your 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan Tacoma dealer. The pricing for the 2014 Nissan Versa Sedan are as follows:

Model/Engine/Transmission
Versa Sedan S 5MT $11,990 USD
Versa Sedan S 4AT $12,990 USD
Versa Sedan S Plus CVT $13,790 USD
Versa Sedan SV CVT $15,240 USD
Versa Sedan SL CVT $16,890 USD

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Nissan LEAF is Best Green Car of 2013

by Chuck Capps on April 19, 2013

2013 Nissan LEAF SeattleThe 2013 Nissan LEAF received some upgrades to make it more efficient and more accessible, as well as customer-focused refinements and upgrades. All this has lead the LEAF to the top of Kelley Blue Book‘s KBB.com’s 10 Best Green Cars of 2013. KBB.com drove each significant “green” car and found that the Nissan LEAF has the best value, range, refinement, and value. Come check out the all-electric Nissan LEAF at your 2013 Nissan LEAF Seattle dealer. “The 2013 Nissan LEAF marks a turning point in the electric vehicle movement with increased content at a reduced price that makes the vehicle competitive with traditional cars in its segment. We’re seeing buyers diversify beyond early adopters, and, as the global leader in electric vehicles, Nissan is committed to providing affordable zero-emission options for the mass market,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan director of electric vehicle sales and marketing.

 

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