Nissan IDx Freeflow from SEMA to Enter Production

Concepts serve as a means for automakers to test various designs and technologies and to flex their muscle for the public. Most never reach production—to the great disappointment and dismay of many a car enthusiast.

Nissan presented two concepts in Tokyo in 2013: the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO. Torque News says that after Tokyo, Nissan brought these two bad boys on the road, parading them for the whole world to see.

nissan idx freeflow from SEMA

The Nissan IDX Freeflow Concept was brought out at SEMA recently.

And not just the physical cars, mind you, but people could also experience the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO as a video game. They were “pre-production test beds to gauge consumer reaction.” That’s Torque News summarizing comments made by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO.

After all that, it looks like the IDx Freeflow from SEMA will be put into production! There’s speculation that this car will be a replacement for the venerable 370Z. Shiro Nakamura, design chief for Nissan, did make comments saying that he’d like to see the new 370Z “a more affordable, approachable sports car.” Sounds like he is describing the IDx Freeflow!

Either way, those of us here at Economy Nissan are looking forward to see what comes off the end of the assembly line.

2015 Nissan Murano Production Begins in Mississippi

Production on the 2015 Nissan Murano is now underway in Canton, Mississippi, meaning that we here at Economy Nissan are now one step closer to being able to serve you what might be one of Nissan’s most exciting new models this decade.

The 2015 Murano—complete with V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights, floating roof, Zero Gravity seating, and available Power Panoramic Moonroof—marks the eighth model built at Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly plant.

2015 Nissan Murano

In order to accommodate for production of the 2015 Murano, Nissan created 1,300 jobs at the plant. Nissan also plans to move at least 85 percent of all production for vehicles sold within the United States moved to North America by the end of 2015.

“More than 11 years ago, Nissan propelled Mississippi’s automotive industry into the global spotlight, and since that time, the company has served as the cornerstone of the industry in our state,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. “Today’s debut of the first Murano manufactured in the U.S. once again puts Mississippi on the global stage and helps us further demonstrate to the world that we have a business environment that spurs success and a quality workforce that takes pride in a job well done.”

The 2015 Murano, replete with features such as Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking, will be sold in more than 100 markets around the world. To learn how you can get it at Economy Nissan, stay tuned to this space.

Nissan LEAF Continues to Set Record EV Sales in October

Nissan continued to extend its lead as a global leader in EV sales by setting yet another month of record EV sales in October thanks to the Nissan LEAF. The little, 100% pure electric EV sold 2,589 units, marking a 29.3% increase over last year and the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

record EV sales in October

While on the subject of records, Nissan has also sold a record 24,411 LEAFs in the United States this year alone, marking a 35% improvement in year-to-date sales.

Nissan seems to have found a magic formula where others are struggling. The Chevy Volt—another longstanding American plug-in vehicle, and the LEAF’s biggest competitor—has been slouching this year. Sales were down 28.8% compared to last October and down 14.9% so far this year compared to 2013.

To help extend its lead even further, Nissan has just launched a new TV ad called “Kick Gas,” which encourages viewers to do just that. Kick gas by driving a car that doesn’t need one, and you’ll be guaranteed to save money on fuel! Start today at Economy Nissan!

Nissan Foundation Grants Encourage Cultural Diversity in America

Here at Economy Nissan, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker like Nissan that takes into account the value of cultural diversity. Recently, the Nissan Foundation began to seek new grantees who maintain cultural diversity in America.

The Nissan Foundation Grants are available for nonprofit organizations in select regions around the country. It was initially founded in response to civil unrest in Southern California in the early 1990s, and has since grown to support diverse communities across the nation.

Nissan Foundation Grants

“The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people’s lives in places where Nissan operates,” said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Nissan Foundation. “We want to work with nonprofit partners that are developing innovative, relevant programs – ones that help people to have a greater respect for the benefits that come from living and working together in a diverse society.”

During the 2014 grant year the Nissan Foundation awarded over $715,000 to 31 different organizations. Among those who received money were the Japan Society of New York, which held an “International Youth Electronic Exchange Project,” and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.

Experts at Good Housekeeping recommend the Nissan LEAF as “Tried and Tested”

The experts at Good Housekeeping recommend the Nissan LEAF as their top “Roomy Electric” vehicle pick in the November buyer’s guide. The LEAF is one of only eight cars selected in their annual 2014 car review, and was acknowledged for its impressive cruising range, enhanced value due to available federal and state tax incentives, and  it’s Around View Monitor (the only in its segment).

“As more than 64,000 American LEAF owners will tell you, the economics of going electric are simple: Buy a Nissan LEAF and save money by conveniently charging at home instead of paying more at the gas pump,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, US Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, in a news release. “But the real beauty of the Nissan LEAF is that it’s roomy and, best of all, fun to drive, which is why it received this honor from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.”

Good Housekeeping recommend the Nissan LEAF

Good Housekeeping chose this year’s winners based on track performance, suburban road and highway performance, and ergonomic and convenience features of each of the vehicles.

Nissan is the global leader in electric vehicles, with more than 142,000 LEAFs sold globally, including more than 64,000 LEAF owners in the US alone. The Nissan LEAF offers roomy seating for five people, boasts an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles, and offers a responsive, fun-to-drive experience.

Look for the Nissan LEAF “Tried and Tested” recommendation in the November Good Housekeeping, and check out their full product review at http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/.

Are you ready to put a Nissan LEAF to the test for yourself? Stop by Economy Nissan today!

Nissan Boasts World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car Lineup Overall

If you asked 100 random people what their biggest priority is when searching for a new car, we’d wager that at least half of them would mention fuel efficiency. That’s what makes Nissan’s latest title, “world’s most fuel efficient car producers for full-lines,” so important. In the 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Trends” Report, the Nissan lineup has a rating of 26.2 combined mpg, the highest rating of any full-line automaker.

Most Fuel Efficient Car

“Reaching this point is a direct result of a dedicated company-wide effort to scrutinize every aspect of each new model to extract the most fuel efficiency possible,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America. “Our engineers and designers have worked hard to get us here, and we look to continuously improve fuel efficiency of our models to face the challenges of future regulations while surpassing customer expectations.”

As popular and practical as the Nissan LEAF is, it’s not fair to say that only the hybrid and subcompact cars in the Nissan lineup have great fuel numbers. From CUVs to SUVs and even all the way to pickup trucks, Nissan has made efficiency a priority across the whole lineup—because they know it’s a priority to you, the customer. Come see us at Economy Nissan to pick out your own efficient Nissan today.

Nissan Pulsar Shows Off Innovative Technology at the Paris Motor Show

For Nissan, fall is all about showing off the automaker’s new technology at the Paris Motor Show as the brand introduces its 12th product launch in 12 months. The all-new Pulsar is not only a study in class-leading space and functionality among five-door hatchbacks, but it also includes a suite of advanced technologies.

“The winners in this [competitive market] are those who are capable of bringing fresh air, new cars and technology that serves the specific needs of consumers – not only in reinforcing our offer in segments that are growing in Europe like the crossover, but also bringing technology that is specific to the consumer: fuel efficiency, emissions, driving pleasure. That is what our strategy is about,” said Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn.

The new Pulsar, which went on sale in Europe on October 3rd, provides an enhanced driving experience with the Around View Monitor and Safety Shield Technologies. The Around View Monitor gives drivers a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings, making parking a breeze; while the innovative Safety Shield Technologies, which includes Moving Object Detection, provide comprehensive safety for drivers and passengers.

Check out Nissan’s press release for more information on additional vehicles and concepts at the automaker’s booth in Paris. Of course, you’re always welcome to stop by Economy Nissan for more information on the advanced technology available for US models.

Man Named Moose Creates Reverse Graffiti Using Nissan LEAF

Graffiti is generally associated with vandalism, but it’s a medium that has the potential to create beautiful and inspiring works of art. No strangers to altering people’s perceptions, Nissan is looking to change the way people think of graffiti with “Reverse Graffiti” street art in Waterloo, London.

So what exactly constitutes “Reverse Graffiti?” It involves taking a high-pressure jet washer or a wire brush and cleaning dirt off of surfaces, essentially creating art by cleaning up the particulate matter created by vehicle exhaust fumes.

reverse graffiti

Famous reverse graffiti artist and format founder Moose used a jet washer powered by the Nissan LEAF to create an expansive mural in the subway station on Station’s Approach, depicting London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and The London Eye. The washer was charged with a portable device that is capable of storing energy from the LEAF’s battery to the degree that it could power an entire household for two whole days.

“This piece of art is a striking call to action that air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the citizens and visitors of Europe’s largest cities today,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, EV Director of Nissan Europe. “It is a reminder that electric vehicles don’t have an exhaust to emit the kind of air pollution which has stained the wall Moose has created his piece on. Working with Moose to highlight the effect of air quality on our cities through a piece of art powered by the Nissan LEAF is an exciting and powerful way of reminding people about the benefits of zero emission vehicles.”

To find your muse behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan vehicle, stop in and see us at Economy Nissan today!

Nissan Denies Claims of Electric Production Cuts and Offers No Charge to Charge

Fret not, supporters and buyers of the Nissan electric vehicle initiative! The game is still on.

Nissan has recently dismissed the claims that it was reducing its production of electric vehicles at its plant in Tennessee. In an official statement made by spokesman Travis Parman, as quoted by Industry Week, “The Renault-Nissan Alliance remains 100 percent committed to its industry-leading EV program.”

No Charge to Charge

This zero-emissions brainchild of chief executive Carlos Ghosn has been a global effort to become a leader in eco-friendly vehicles. Through the combined efforts of Nissan and Renault, the Nissan LEAF has become the top-selling highway-capable electric car on the market.  As a promotion for LEAF drivers, a 2-year No Charge to Charge program will allow drivers to charge their EVs for free at any of the nation-wide Nissan-installed charge stations. Nissan’s commitment to this initiative is strong and will continue into 2015 and beyond.

What is true is that the Alliance is now examining its strategy for these batteries, possibly moving its battery production from the US and England to the plant in Korea. Whether this will happen or not is still not set in stone, but the amount of production will definitely not see any cuts in the imminent future.

With Nissan’s efforts for the future of the car industry and our planet, you know your values for the future are shared here at Economy Nissan.

Nissan Built the Perfect Adventure Vehicle with Help from Facebook Fans

For those who love the outdoors, you may always be on the lookout for the perfect adventure vehicle. Nissan started Project Titan with that goal in mind and, with the help of its Facebook fans, it created the ultimate vehicle to take on the Alaskan wilderness.

Project Titan is officially completed now with Nissan Facebook fans voting on numerous modifications including the camo-inspired wrap, accessory lighting, a NISMO cold-air intake, and more. Check out this video to see the build in progress.

Now, two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni will co-pilot the Titan through the wilderness to see just how far it can go. David Guzman, an army veteran, will be joined by Kevin McMahon, who spent 31 years in the military in both the Army and Marine Corps.

You can follow their adventure on Nissan Truck’s Facebook page. There you can see photos and videos of the journey.

Did you participate in the online voting for Project Titan? Want to create your own adventure vehicle? Head over to Economy Nissan today and check out the lineup of rugged Nissan vehicles.