Unbox Therapy Unwraps Nissan Rogue One Special Edition

Nissan Rogue One Special Edition

Nissan Rogue One Special Edition

Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy, a promotional YouTube account that tests a wide range of new products, unwrapped a Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition on his channel. In the video Lewis highlights the Star Wars-themed aspects of the Rogue One Edition and explores its features.

Along with the Nissan Rogue, Lewis also unboxed an included Death Trooper helmet, a life-size replica that is also limited edition. Lewis first noticed the Rogue One’s white paint job with black grille, wheels, and accents, which echoes the design of Stormtrooper armor, along with the various exterior Star Wars logos and designs. Inside, the Rogue One’s interior has special floor mats, badging inside the cupholders, and even limited edition keychains.

Lewis also took note of the Rogue’s features. In addition to the Star Wars emblems and memorabilia, the Rogue has a range of features from steering wheel controls for the infotainment system to an advanced driver information display. The moonroof, which retracts all the way to the back of the vehicle for a true open air experience, and the ample cargo space with extra under-floor room particularly impressed Lewis.

At the end of the video Lewis encourages anyone with family or friends who are Star Wars fans to share with them, saying the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One edition is the ultimate vehicle for any fan.

The Department of Transportation is Building EV Charger Corridors for Long Distance Trips

EV Charger Corridors

Forget Gas Stations. EV Stations Are Coming

The range of electric cars gets more impressive every year but, with limited charging stations and reasonable worry, few drivers are willing to attempt particularly long trips without relying on gasoline.

Thankfully, the Department of Transportation (DoT) has big plans to make driving electric vehicles for long distances a bit easier, by creating 48 electric vehicle charger corridors on U.S. highways, in 35 different states.

Each of these charging corridors are scheduled to be about 50 miles from each other, and the DoT plans to erect official signs on the highways to alert you of their location.

Automakers are making note of this opportunity, including Nissan, whose much-loved Nissan Leaf model is one of the most popular electric vehicles on the road. GM and BMW are also working with the DoT, just like Nissan, to make the corridors happen.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when the EV charger corridors could be completed, and it may even take years. But with so many auto companies behind the technology, including Nissan, we are confident that it won’t be too long.

For more information on electric vehicles, or to take the new Nissan Leaf out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Nissan of Durango, near you in Durango, CO!

Nissan Bladeglider Symbolizes Nissan Intelligent Mobility Strategy

Nissan Bladeglider

Nissan Design of the Future

The high-performance electric Nissan BladeGlider, which debuted last month in Rio de Janeiro, brings together cutting-edge technology with performance-oriented sport design to create the most innovative electric vehicle ever.

The BladeGlider prototype was developed from concept cars Nissan showed at the Tokyo Auto Show in 2013 and now “epitomizes Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy,” according to president and CEO Carlos Ghosn. The BladeGlider is the first car to achieve sports car-like performance while producing no emissions, and Nissan is aiming for an all-electric future for sports cars.

Named for its ability to “glide” silently along the ground thanks to its incredibly quiet electric motor, the BladeGlider features wheel-mounted controls that feed into a display showing data such as speed and battery life. The power is courtesy of UK-based Williams Advanced Engineering, who designed the motors to go 0 to a 100 km in less than 5 seconds and reach speeds up to 190 km.

Designed to look as innovative as it is, the BladeGlider is a long, narrow car with one seat in front and two in back, the shape reminiscent of a rocket ship. With bright color options in green and orange, the BladeGlider stands out like no other vehicle.

You can see the same amazing design in all of the Nissan vehicles at Nissan of Durango in – of course -Durango, CO.

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.

Nissan Juke Design Edition Hits Europe

France is getting some new Nissan models in 2015. The Juke and its bigger brother, Qashqai, are seeing some special editions. The Nissan Design Editions include some new technology and flashier styling. Both special editions are based on the Acenta trim level.

The Nissan Juke Design Edition is painted Artic White and sits on 17 inch alloy wheels with a rear tinted window. Technology includes cruise control, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Red accents and inserts on the front bumper as well as red contours and red mirror caps set it apart from everything else on the road.

The Qashqai sits on the 17 inch alloy wheels but lacks the Juke’s red accents. Instead it has front and rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, and light and rain sensors. A panoramic glass roof, roof bars, and tinted rear windows are optional.

The Juke starts out with a DIG-T 115 and 1.6L 117 petrol connected to an Xtronic CVT or a dCi 110 diesel. Engine variants for the Qashqai include the DIG-T 115 petrol and Xtronic CVT hooked to a six speed manual or the dCi 110 with a six speed manual. Pricing starts at 21,490 euros.

New Rebate Program Started By Nissan in Atlanta

Atlanta already boasts the second-best conversation rate to electric driving in the country—second to only San Francisco. That’s a pretty impressive number for a city so far South, especially since the stereotype says EV driving is only for California. Now, Nissan hopes that number will get even higher thanks to a new rebate program started by Nissan in Atlanta.

Nissan in Atlanta

Here’s hoping the Nissan program starting soon in Georgia, makes its way to Colorado.

The Nissan rebate reaches out to local employers, who will receive a $1,000 rebate on every 240V, Level 2 charger they install. “While most EV drivers plug in at home overnight, workplace charging enhances the LEAF ownership experience and expands the number of miles a LEAF driver can go on power produced here in Georgia,” said Brendan Jones, director, Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure Deployment, Nissan. “Nissan is investing to support charging both in the community and at the workplace for the thousands of LEAF owners in Atlanta, and Georgia Power is a great partner who shares that commitment.”

There are more Nissan LEAF owners on the roads of Atlanta than anywhere else in the United States, and the green take-over will continue thanks to this great new initiative from Nissan  and Georgia Power EV. The special rebate program—with Nissan and Georgia Power both contributing $500—only lasts till June 30, 2015, so hopefully employers take advantage! Come see us today at Economy Nissan to learn more about our EV lineup.

NASA and Nissan Partner for Driverless Cars

We’re so excited about the planned NASA and Nissan partnership, we’ve got a follow up to the article we posted a few weeks ago!

Nissan is always looking towards the horizon of new technology and innovation for their cars. As of last month, they’ll have the help of rocket scientists to see a little further beyond that horizon. NASA announced a five-year ongoing partnership to produce and test automated vehicles with Nissan. The auto-pilot systems will use the Nissan Leaf as a test-bed for zero-emission research at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

NASA and Nissan

The practical experience of both companies will ideally launch them closer to their combined goal of developing autonomous vehicles both on earth and in space. “This is a perfect blend of the capability of what the robotics folks at NASA Ames have and the autonomy that we bring,” stated Maarten Sierhuis, the director of Nissan’s California research branch.

The team hopes to have a fleet of Nissan Leaf’s roaming the streets of the research center as soon as next year, with designs of bringing them to public streets as early as 2020, barring any legal hurdles. For it’s part, NASA plans to explore neighboring planets with more advanced rovers that avoid craters and rocks through the use of Nissan technology.

NASA and Nissan; become part of something big at Economy Nissan today!

Nissan and NASA Partnership Spells New Beginning in Self-Driving Technology

Nissan and NASA have announced a partnership that should spell a new beginning in self-driving technology. The two companies have launched a five-year Research & Development program with the goal of exploring autonomous drive systems, human-machine interfaces, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification—all key factors in building truly self-driving cars.

Nissan’s ultimate goal is to produce complete and commercially-available self-piloting vehicles that can “navigate in nearly all situations” by 2020—something NASA can significantly help with, being a foremost authority on autonomous and remote-controlled systems. After all, this is the organization that put a self-driving science lab on a planet more than 34 million miles away! Compared to that, making a self-driving car on Earth might seem like child’s play.

We won’t have to wait that long to see the Nissan and NASA partnership bear fruit. The automaker intends to start offering autonomous features as early as in 2016. Get ready for that at Economy Nissan!

Nissan Truckumentary Episode 1: History of Nissan Trucks

In anticipation of the next-generation Nissan Titan pickup truck, the automaker is releasing a web series called “Truckumentary.” It highlights the design, engineering and planning of the highly-anticipated next-gen Titan. Recently, the automaker released the first video, or Chapter One, which takes a closer look at Nissan’s truck heritage.

When you think American pickup truck, you may not think Nissan–and that’s exactly what the automaker hopes to change with the new web series. When the Titan is reveled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, it will be the latest in a series of Nissan pickup trucks that go back more than half a century.

This particular episode stars Brent Hagan of Nissan North America’s product planning team, who takes us through the compelling history of Nissan trucks as he visits Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. It all started with the 37hp 1960 Datsun 1200, the first Nissan (Datsun) truck sold in the US.

Take a few minutes to check out the video. Not only will you see some of Nissan’s most unique and priceless trucks, but you’ll hear about the automaker’s rich past from a guy who really knows his trucks.

Stop by Economy Nissan today to learn more about the 2015 Nissan Titan pickup.