New Nissan Maxima Offers Special Midnight SR Model

The Nissan Maxima is truly a vehicle that offers customers the best of both worlds—it’s a “four-door sports car” that combines the greatest conveniences of a sedan with all the fun and performance of a sports car. You might not realize it, but the Maxima is the second-ranked car in the whole Nissan lineup when it comes to performance. It trails only the supercar GT-R.

New Nissan Maxima

For the new Nissan Maxima model, the brand cooked up some extra special trims. For example, the Midnight SR trim is basically a cool blacked-out version of the Maxima sedan. The Midnight SR was first showcased at the BET Experience, highlighting the black accents on the wheels, mirrors, and wings. These black accents all combine to create an intimidating and impressive-looking vehicle.

The Nissan Maxima, available now here at Economy Nissan, comes with a V6 engine that gets you 300 horsepower, 261 lb-ft of torque, and can go from zero to sixty in just six seconds. With a top speed of 155 mph, the Maxima is ready to rule the roads. But don’t worry, it’s also a four door sedan, so you can fit the family in for all that road conquest.

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF Might Have 300 Mile Range

The Nissan LEAF is already the most popular electric vehicle in the world, but if the reports about the next-generation model are true, the LEAF is just getting started. The Nissan brand is now reporting that the next-generation Nissan LEAF could get over 300 miles on a single charge, a range that would give it an incredible competitive advantage.

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF

However, we don’t even have to wait that long to see a more efficient Nissan LEAF hit the market. While the outgoing model has a 24 kWh battery that gets 84 on a single charge, the new 2016 model LEAF has a 30 kWh battery that should get up to 105 to 110 miles on a single charge. That’s already a pretty marked increase, though seems small when you imagine an electric car with a 300 mile range instead.

The next-generation Nissan LEAF model will also include general powertrain updates, a regenerative braking system, and plenty of other features that are all designed to increase the vehicle’s efficiency.

While we don’t yet have the 2016 model in stock yet here at Economy Nissan, you can easily get behind the wheel of a 2015 model today!

2015 Nissan Sentra Earns Initial Quality Award

According to J.D. Power, not to mention millions of happy drivers, the 2015 Nissan Sentra is worthy of the Initial Quality Award this year. The Initial Quality Award is determined by the Initial Quality Study, which has been conducted by J.D. Power for the past 29 years.

“In the very competitive segment of compact sedans, Sentra continues to separate itself with a strong combination of quality, safety, value, style and more,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in a Nissan press release. “Driven by owner feedback, the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study serves as an important benchmark for new vehicle quality, further demonstrating the worth of Sentra and Quest as top contenders in their respective segments.”

Initial Quality Award

2015 Nissan Sentra

As Diaz stated, the 2015 Nissan Quest also earned top marks with the lowest problems experienced per 100 vehicles in its segment. This PP100 metric takes into account various factors of satisfaction including but not limited to safety, style, technology and quality. To be at the top in the ultra-competitive compact car segment with all those factors in play puts the impressiveness of the 2015 Nissan Sentra on full display.

To get the newly award winning 2015 Nissna Sentra for yourself, be sure to come see us at Economy Nissan. After all, you won’t find a compact car with better initial quality!

We Almost Never Knew the 8th Generation Nissan Maxima

On June 2nd, the 8th generation Nissan Maxima will go on sale across the U.S., marking an important milestone for the “sport sedan.”  Just four years ago, the Maxima nameplate almost got the boot, according to Automotive News, with Nissan executives on the verge of calling it quits on the popular sedan. At the time, the auto industry was just beginning to come back from the recession, and buyers favored smaller, more fuel efficient cars.

Now, after a change in direction both in the economy and in buyer preferences, the Maxima is not only still around, but better than ever.

8th Generation Nissan Maxima

For 2016, the Maxima is sportier, featuring a new, aerodynamic design. Its low roofline and distinct body curves, an upgraded engine, improved fuel economy, a wraparound cockpit, and improved seating all contribute to the new Maxima’s performance and appeal.

“When I look at this car, I’m proudest of the fact that it’s here at all,” said Takeshi Yamaguchi, who was Nissan North America’s vice president for vehicle engineering and vehicle program management for the Maxima. “And on top of that, I’m proud of that fact that we took the Maxima beyond where it was, instead of taking it backward.”

Stop by Economy Nissan to learn more about the upcoming Maxima, and look for the anticipated performance-oriented sedan to land in our showroom next month!

Nissan Racer to Provide Powertrain In The New GT-R

How do you think Nissan might ensure that the new GT-R has got as much oomph as it deserves? Put a racing motor in it, of course!

According to CarScoops, the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo racer is a “front-engined, front-wheel drive car that is powered by a 3.0-liter direct-injected, twin turbo V6 petrol engine and a kinetic energy recovery system.” If you haven’t figured it out, the ‘LM’ in the name stands for “Le Mans,” the famous 24-hour endurance race.

powertrain in the new GT-R

This racing GT-R is made to succeed in that kind of test.  It cranks out 1,250 horsepower. Yes, really. The powertrain in the new GT-R street version “will be closer to 600 hp” according to rumors.

How is it that a racing engine could work for a road car?  Ben Bowlby, technical director for the LM Nismo, said that it will work because the engine that the LM uses was not made to be particularly light or to have a short lifespan. It’s direct-injected and the head integrates the turbo and intake systems seamlessly so it makes perfect sense to drop it in the upcoming Nissan GT-R. We won’t have a GT-R in stock here at Economy Nissan, but we can always order one for you!

Production Begins in Tennessee on Nissan’s All-New 4-Door Sports Car

The all-new Maxima, affectionately known as the 4-Door Sports Car is almost here! Production for the eighth-generation of the popular model began last month at Nissan’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

4-Door Sports Car

“Today is a great day for the plant,” said John Martin, Nissan North America senior vice president of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing, during the launch of production. “It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work by an awful lot of people in Japan, in Farmington Hills at our [Research & Development center], with our suppliers and, above all, with the team here.”

That team is comprised of dedicated employees who are very much aware of the task at hand in producing the all-new Maxima. With production surpassing 648,000 vehicles last year, the Smyrna plant boasts the highest production of any North American auto assembly plant.

One of the plant’s veteran workers has seen the launch of three generations of Maxima sedans. He acknowledges that “this one, right here, is going to raise the bar for us.”

Now that production has begun on the next-gen Maxima, our excitement for its release continues to grow. Of course, we’ll be sure to let you know when it arrives here at Economy Nissan.

Nissan Underwater Rover to Explore Depths of the Ocean

Turns out that there are even more uses for Nissan’s 360-degree Around View Monitor (AVM), found on Nissan’s crossovers and SUVs, than just backing up in a parking lot.

Recently, Nissan has joined forces with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and Topy Industries to furnish the next-generation remoter operated vehicle (ROV) with the Nissan AVM technology.  Reaching depths of four miles below the ocean’s surface, the AVM-equipped ROV will endeavor to better explore the ocean floor.

Nissan Underwater Rover

This next-generation ROV voyager will be equipped with four different AVM cameras that will display a 3D video to create a virtual bird’s-eye view, enabling researchers to read the contours of the ocean bottom and thus promoting better navigation through obstacles and rough underwater terrain.

While we are still far away from taking our Nissan crossovers and SUVs to the bottom of the ocean floor, a hopeful benefit of this partnership may include improved technologies that can be incorporated into autonomous vehicles.

Be sure to see our newest Around View Monitors, which equip the Nissan underwater rover, at Economy Nissan, today.

Going Green: Nissan Named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Nissan is revolutionizing the way it does business, making every effort to go green. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently named Nissan the Energy Star Partner of the Year for “Sustained Excellence.”

Energy Star Partner of the Year

According to Nissan, this is the fourth year in a row that it has received this award. The EPA declared that the automaker was being recognized for a continued commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and improve energy management systems.

“Since Nissan became an Energy Star partner in 2006, we have made continual improvements to our operations, which has helped us reduce both our environmental footprint and manufacturing costs,” said John Martin, senior vice president of Manufacturing.

Two things Nissan was specifically recognized for were its new high-efficiency LED lighting systems, as well as eco-friendly paint system. By making gradual changes over the course of several years, Nissan has cut consumption in certain areas by as much as 30% or more. It’s no wonder the EPA gave Nissan this award.

New 2016 Nissan GT-R Somehow Outdoes Itself… Again

2014 Nissan GT-R

2014 Nissan GT-R Pictured

The Nissan GT-R has a reputation that most performance cars would kill to have: it’s a supercar that can go toe-to-toe (or at least come quite close) with the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini, at only a fraction of the cost. Especially when talking about straight line acceleration.

And somehow, every time, it manages to outdo itself. This year’s no different.

The GT-R is back for the 2016 model year with a new set of rims and improved suspension. It’s just as fast as ever thanks to the 545-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, but now it’s smoother to drive and easier to take around corners too. Yet for all the modifications, the price has only gone up about 1 percent, so that the default model barely costs over $100,000.

Then there’s the GT-R NISMO, which simply eats up all previous GT-Rs that have come before it. Just check out Motor Trend’s review of the beast to see what we mean.

The new 2016 Nissan GT-R could arrive at Economy Nissan next year, but it’s more likely we’ll finally get our hands on it in 2017.

Will the 2017 Nissan LEAF Resemble the Sway Concept?

That’s the million-dollar question, and since we don’t have the answer, we’ll go ahead and jump on the speculation bandwagon. We are all aware that a new LEAF is on the way, but Nissan is keeping pretty hush-hush about exactly what that means (which isn’t really much of a surprise). Now that the automaker has revealed its electric Sway concept, everyone is wondering – could that be the 2017 Nissan LEAF?

The simple answer: yes, it could. There has been plenty of speculation that the next generation LEAF could ditch its unique and unconventional design for something more streamlined. According to Green Car Reports, Nissan even went so far as to say that the Sway concept vehicle exemplifies the future design language of its small cars.

The Sway’s modern and refined design, and sleek lines, could potentially attract a variety of new buyers who criticized the LEAF’s current “obviously-electric” look.

Whether or not the 2017 Nissan LEAF turns out to look a lot like the Sway remains to be seen, but we’d suspect that at least some of the design elements found in the Sway will make their way to the newest LEAF.

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