Nissan Gives Amazing Gift for Reddit’s Arbitrary Day

Remember the last time you participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange? What did you come home with, maybe a jar of homemade jam or a new bestseller? No matter how much you loved your surprise gift, we’re guessing Nissan’s recent gift takes the cake.

As part of Reddit’s Arbitrary Day celebrated on June 25, Nissan was randomly paired up with Reddit user wahoowa0711, aka Mary. The rules of the Secret Santa-like exchange involve sending each other a gift with a value of at least $20.

Nissan went above and beyond the usual rules and learned what they could about their gift recipient: she lives in Virginia, likes to paint, and cares about the environment. With this knowledge, Nissan gave her the best gift ever and will have nearly 17,000 red spruce trees planted in the Central Appalachian Mountains in her name. Mary will also receive a commissioned painting of “Mary’s Grove.”

“When we learned that our gift match, Mary, had a passion for the environment we wanted to give her something that she could treasure at home… and something that would make a difference in her home state of Virginia,” Erich Marx, Director of Social Media for Nissan, told The Huffington Post. “A gift like this, 16,655 red spruce trees, fits well with Nissan’s corporate commitment to help create a more sustainable society… and with our 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF.”

Reddit’s Arbitrary Day

Well done, Nissan! Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

Nissan Concept 2020 Finally Revealed for Gran Turismo

After a couple of teasers from the past few weeks, we finally get to see the Nissan Concept 2020 specifically designed for the next Gran Turismo video game.

This car looks nothing short of amazing, and even though it is designed for the virtual world, it hints at Nissan’s thinking for a future GT-R. It is part of the Vision Gran Turismo program that encourages automakers to release new concept cars that players can add to their virtual garages in the PlayStation3 game.

The Nissan Concept 2020 will be available for in-game download starting in July. If you want to see this sweet car in action, check out this video posted by Nissan.

Nissan has even strongly hinted that this amazing supercar will take physical form: “But as a specialist in automotive design in three-dimensions, Nissan believes that the real-world is ready for the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo. Watch this space…”

Since the car was designed in England,Car and Driver believes it could appear in the metal at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 26-28, so keep your eyes open for any news.

What do you think of the Nissan Concept 2020? Are you counting down the days to try this car for yourself in Gran Turismo 6?

Nissan’s New Smart Rear View Mirror Makes Backseat Passengers Disappear

Mirrors are a necessary part of your car and help you to navigate safely on the road. Soon, however, all of your vehicle’s mirrors may be replaced by small cameras. Nissan is leading the charge with this technology and has introduced a new feature called the Smart Rear View Mirror.

The technology turns your rear view mirror into a display monitor for your rear view camera mounted on the back window. Drivers can toggle a button to switch between the actual mirror and the rear view display. The display lines up nearly perfectly with what would be seen using the mirror, but can be adjusted for brightness, zoom, and height.

Imagine how handy this technology would be if you have an extra tall backseat passenger sitting in the middle, or your car is packed to the brim with cargo rendering your rear view mirror obsolete. Just a flip of a switch and you can see what’s behind you again.

Nissan plans on incorporating this technology into its car in Japan next year and hopes to bring it to the U.S. market shortly after that.

Check out this video to see the mirror in action.

Which Nissan car would you love to have the Smart Rear View Mirror included in first?

Nissan Adds 500 Jobs to Mississippi Plant for 2015 Murano Production

In just a few months, Nissan will rev up production for the 2015 Murano at its Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. This will be the first Murano produced in the United States and will be the eight model added to the Canton assembly line. This addition to the plant adds 500 new jobs.

“Recruiting efforts and preparations for the start of Murano production this fall are underway and current employees are excited to add this vehicle to the list of outstanding cars and trucks built in Mississippi,” said John Martin, a Nissan executive, in a statement. “The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to our goal to build more than 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano features a dynamic exterior design, premium interior materials, and top-of-the-line technology.

2015 Murano

What is your favorite thing about the 2015 Nissan Murano compared to the 2014 model pictured above?

Here at Economy Nissan, we are excited to get the 2015 Nissan Murano later this year and are even more excited that it will be built right here in the United States.

Amazon and Nissan Place Giant Locker in San Francisco

Earlier this month, a giant, mysterious, orange locker appeared in San Francisco. Initially, the only clues as to what could be inside were the fact that both the Amazon and Nissan logos were slapped on the side.

As the mystery continued to brew, the two companies finally spilled the beans about the giant locker. Passersby are encouraged to post photos and comments using the hashtag #giantlocker. This could earn them unique codes that will open doors on the locker letting them win a variety or prizes, including Amazon music downloads, and more.

“One lucky participant will get the surprise of a lifetime when his/her code opens the giant door, and s/he wins a new Nissan Rogue,” a Nissan spokeswoman said.

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We hope the 2014 Nissan Rogue is this color and not the same color as the box… But a free car is a free car!

This joint marketing feat is part of Amazon and Nissan’s continued partnership. Last year, Amazon started selling Nissan cars online and even delivered one Nissan Versa Note in a giant Amazon box—the cars usually have to be picked up at a local dealership.

Would you ever order a new Nissan online at Amazon?

Nissan Unveils 2015 370Z NISMO at ZDayZ Event

Each year hundreds of Nissan Z-car enthusiasts gather in North Carolina for the ZDayZ convention. This year, Nissan joined in the fun and to everyone’s surprise unveiled the all-new 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO.

“NISMO is the heart and soul of Nissan performance, both for the track and on the street, so it’s fitting that we are showing the dramatic new 2015 370Z NISMO for the first time at a gathering of our most loyal and enthusiast owners,” said Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer, in a statement. “The new 370Z NISMO joins the recently introduced Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan JUKE NISMO RS, giving performance fans a range of fresh, factory tuned NISMO models to enjoy.”

The day before the big reveal, Nissan released a single teaser image and basically said there would be a “special global NISMO debut” at the event. And, it sure is special.

2015 370Z NISMO

From that single teaser image its hard to tell how closely the 2015 370Z NISMO will resemble this 2014 Nissan 370Z

The most striking change in the 370Z is the new exterior, which is inspired by the GT-R. It has an aerodynamic body with a deep front fascia and scoop, smooth LED Hyper Daytime Running Lights, black headlight bezels, and red accents on the front chin spoiler, side sills, and sideview mirrors.

Inside, the NISMO inspiration continues with black and red exclusive Recaro seats that will maximize harmony between the car and driver.

This amazing new model will be available this summer. Give us a call at Economy Nissan to find out how to get yourself a 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO.

Nissan Altima Turned into Racer for Ride of Your Life

Admittedly, when you think about buying a midsize sedan like the Nissan Altima, a thrilling ride is usually not part of the equation, but what would happen if it were?

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The Nissan Altima has the ability to provide you the “Ride of Your Life”

That’s what Nissan was thinking in its latest campaign called “Ride of Your Life.” Nissan invited some people to take a ride in what it calls “Nissan’s most advanced Altima race car.” They get strapped in for some high-speed thrilling laps and then get a big surprise when they pull in for a pit stop.

We don’t want to spoil the surprise, so watch the video first.

Nissan Ride of Your Life Campaign

Did you watch it? Good.

Wasn’t that incredible! With the exception of a few minor modifications (increased exhaust noise and obvious visual changes) this is a stock 3.5 SL Altima.

Want to feel like you’re driving a race car every day during your commute? Head over to Economy Nissan and we’ll get you on the road to excitement.

Electric 2014 Nissan LEAF Slips Unnoticed through Quiet French Town

The French get a lot of flak for their seemingly distant ways, but once you get to know them, you experience how warm and loving they can be. Because of this inward show of emotion, French people tend to be more quiet than others and there’s one French village called Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur that is known as “one of the quietest villages Europe.”

2014 Nissan LEAF

Even the interior of the 2014 Nissan LEAF looks quiet

To show off the skills of the electric Nissan LEAF, and to celebrate International Noise Awareness Day, Nissan sent the LEAF on a high-speed race in the middle of the night through the streets of that quiet French town.

Also on hand was a team of filmmakers so we can see the stunt for ourselves.

Even after one bang and a smash (trash cans and side mirror), everyone in the town continued sleeping peacefully.

Do you need a little more peace and quiet in your life? Check out the silent ride on the zero-emissions 2014 Nissan LEAF available now at Economy Nissan.

Nissan Puts Self-Cleaning Paint to the Test

Washing your car is a necessary step in prolonging the life of your car. However, it’s something most of us probably neglect doing for months, especially in the winter. Now, Nissan is testing a revolutionary new paint that may make washing your car a thing of the past.

Nissan has released a video that shows this super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, that repels water and dirt, in action on the Nissan Note.

The self-cleaning paint, which is made by UltraTech and sold under the name Ultra-Ever Dry, works by creating a layer of air between the paint and the rest of the world. This causes water and dirt to roll right off of the car surface.

Nissan says the self-cleaning paint is production ready, but has said it won’t be included as standard on production models. However, there’s a strong probability it will end up as an optional dealer add-on.

Would you add this paint to your next Nissan car, if it were available now?

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We’re confident if your car spent all winter looking like this 2014 Nissan Rogue you would.

Nissan Initiates “No Charge to Charge” Program for LEAF

Everybody loves free gas, but what about free electricity? When you drive an electric car, like the Nissan LEAF, while you don’t have to pay for gasoline, you still have to pay for electricity.

Now, if you purchase a new LEAF, you will receive free access to a wide network of charging stations for two years. Nissan has partnered with ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo for the “No Charge to Charge” program. Customers will receive one EZ-Charge card, which will give them access to all four networks.

“No Charge to Charge”

“No Charge to Charge” Program will increase the popularity of the Nissan LEAF

Initially, this program will only be offered in select cities, such as Seattle, Pheonix, and Washington D.C. However, this list is expected to grow by the end of the year.

This program will definitely help relieve some of the range-anxiety that comes with driving an electric car. Now, LEAF drivers can feel confident knowing they can find a charge, even on longer trips.

Does this free access to charging stations across the country make you more likely to purchase a Nissan LEAF?