Nissan Geneva Show Lineup Revolutionizes Mobility

Nissan Geneva Show Lineup

Nissan Lineup

Nissan made quite a splash at the recent Geneva Auto Show. With intelligent mobility designs and never-before-seen concepts, the automaker is quickly becoming an industry leader. New features include Piloted Drive, Premium Concept, IDS, and a range of electric vehicle technologies as well.

According to Nissan, the Nissan Geneva Show lineup featured some truly unique designs, especially the IDS or Intelligent Driving System concept. This complex system of sensors works with an artificial intelligence unit to avoid virtually all dangers on the road. This on-road autonomous design may appear in testing by the end of the year.

Piloted Drive is a European vehicle design, but it will be the first autonomous system on that continent. This new technology allows cars to drive autonomously in heavy traffic and gridlock, borrowing technologies like automated cruise control and a range of sensors. Although this system is also in the testing stages, it may appear as early as 2020.

The LEAF is getting some added technologies as well. This includes an augmented LEAF-battery system, 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers, and added efficiency. By this rate, Nissan will lead the industry to zero-emissions, zero-fatality driving in the next few decades. We can’t wait to see the future that is in store for us at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO!

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!

Multiple Next-Generation Nissan Z Engines Could Be a Possibility

The phrase “one size fits all” is almost never true, especially when it comes to cars. This is why the next-generation Nissan Z will likely come with multiple engines options. While this rumor has been floating around for a while, a Nissan executive further hinted at this idea in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice.

Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing/brand strategy, Roel de Vries, said any engine in the 370Z “[needs] to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V6 to do that.”

next-generation Nissan Z engine

The next-generation Nissan Z engine could come in several variations.

At first read, it might sound like Nissan is downsizing the Z’s engine and getting rid of the V6, but what this really means could be Nissan won’t offer a V6 in the European version of the Z (since V6 engines are nearly extinct there anyway) and will continue to offer it here in the United States.

If Nissan adds a four-cylinder engine option, the next question for the 370Z is what do you call it? The “370” part of its name is based on its current engine displacement (3.7-liters). De Vries suggested that with multiple engines, the sporty coupe could simply be called Z.

Here at Economy Nissan, we are looking forward to seeing the next-generation Nissan Z engine updates. A smaller engine would likely lower the base price point opening up the model for new customers.

What do you think? Would you ever consider buying a Nissan Z with only a four-cylinder engine?

2016 Nissan Maxima Theories Describe Sleek Look, Roomy Interior

Nissan grabbed enthusiasts’ interest this year at the Detroit Auto Show when they teased the idea of a new sports sedan concept–likely that of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Shortly after, a new Maxima was caught in test drives, all covered with secrecy tape.

Now, speculation about the new vehicle has run rampant all over the internet, where experts have made predictions about the new model, based on Nissan trends and the limited public exposure given to the car thus far.

2016 Nissan Maxima Theories

There is speculation that the new 2016 Nissan Maxima could resemble this Nissan concept.

Some postulate, in the 2016 Maxima “we will probably be seeing the new V-shaped grille in the front and the boomerang shaped headlights. The inside will have better quality this time and also more legroom and headroom for the passenger.”

Apparently, the rumor also says the Nissan Pathfinder’s hybrid system might be utilized for the new Maxima, combining “a supercharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol with an electric motor for an output of 250 horsepower plus.”

We at Economy Nissan can’t wait to see the new Maxima for ourselves and are excited to read these 2016 Nissan Maxima theories. What do you think? Let us know your speculations in the comments.

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 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?

self-cleaning paint

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

New 2015 Nissan Murano to Be Shown in New York

The New York Auto Show is just a couple of weeks away and Nissan has announced that it will unveil the next-generation Murano at the show on April 16.

2015 Nissan Murano

The sneak-peak of the 2015 Nissan Murano.

In a statement, Nissan described the 2015 Nissan Murano as “all-new” with a “spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”

So far, the only information Nissan has released about the new design is a shadowy 10-second video that mostly highlights the Murano’s angular headlights. There also seems to be a slight hint of a “floating roof,” which Nissan has said would make its way across the lineup.

From that short snippet, Car and Driver thinks the new Murano will resemble the Resonance Concept that debuted in Detroit in 2013. It definitely has similarly shaped headlights.

Here at Economy Nissan, we sure hope the 2015 Nissan Murano looks like the Resonance. That would be one beautiful vehicle. We can’t wait to see the real thing in less than two weeks.

Jay Leno’s Garage Features Nissan IDx Concept

Jay Leno may no longer be the host of The Tonight Show, but his online car show, “Jay Leno’s Garage” is still going strong. On one of the most recent episodes, he featured the Nissan IDx concept. And, because he’s Jay Leno, he even got to drive the concept on the street.

Nissan IDx Concept

If you haven’t seen the Nissan IDx Concept for yourself, check it out here via thenewswheel.com

In the episode, Leno talks with Giovanni Arroba, Nissan’s Creative Design Manager. They talk about the car’s unique design features, like the anodized accent paint on the roof rails, the side exhaust, the carbon fiber hood and rear end, and the unique Japanese Nissan styling.

Once Leno and Arroba get in the car, you can see how much light it has inside with the large windows on all sides, even the roof. They continue to talk about the car’s features, its toggle switch and even the door pulls latches, which for some reason Leno pulls while driving—and the door opens. You can see Arroba gets pretty nervous, but Leno manages to close the door again.

They make it back to the garage in one piece.

What do you think about the Nissan IDx? Hopefully, in just a few more years, we’ll get to see a production version of this beautiful car.

Next Gen Nissan: 2015 JUKE Unveiled in Geneva

Love it or hate it, the Nissan JUKE makes people talk. When it first debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it immediately garnered attention with its unique, polarizing design. Now, at this year’s Geneva show, we get to see the newest 2015 JUKE.

“New JUKE builds on the qualities that made the original such a success. Its unique crossover styling is even more energetic, and the interior makes a real statement,” said Guillaume Cartier, Nissan’s senior VP of European sales, in a statement.

2015 Juke

Earlier this year, Nissan debuted the Juke Nismo. The 2015 Juke is even more bold!

This compact crossover will get new engine options, including a 1.6-liter DIG-T engine that offers better four-wheel drive. Buyers will also see new alloy wheels, a NissanConnect system, a new audio system, and a dynamic control system.

The JUKE has always been about standing out and now buyers can choose from a wide range of interior themes and customization options to truly be one-of-a-kind. Another big change inside is an increase in cargo space by 40 percent!

What updates are you most excited about in the 2015 Nissan JUKE?