Nissan Trike… Not Bike

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It’s Not A Bike. It Is A Trike

Nissan doesn’t only make cars. They’ve taken their skills and knowledge to make something even cooler with the Nissan name on it: a Nissan trike!

The English Institute of Sport and Nissan GB worked together to design and construct a titanium trike. It’s a modified version of a bicycle that fits the needs of David Stone, London 2012 Paralympic champion. The process started in 2014 with a laser scan of Stone’s former bike. The Nissan Innovation team then analyzed how they could make improvements from that bike to create one that worked even better for Stone.

A titanium material was chosen that made the new trike a whopping 18% lighter than its predecessor. Because the trike dropped this weight, it means that Stone will have quicker acceleration and better handling around corners.

Just as there’s a lot that goes into making a car, there’s a lot that goes into making this specialized trike, too! Nissan used a process to build and test the trike that was very similar to building and testing their cars.

“The David Stone trike project was chosen as it offered potential for significant improvement and could directly benefit from our in-depth experience of vehicle design and manufacture,” said Alec Patterson, R&D Project Manager.

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Refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF Offers More Range, Technology

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This White Nissan LEAF Is Green

The refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF has arrived featuring improvements in range and technology. With the incoming LEAF, Nissan has shown the same kind of ingenuity and design prowess that brought us the original LEAF back in 2010.

Pick up the LEAF SV and LEAF SL models this time around and you will enjoy the best range in the EV class. A new 30 kWh battery permits a range of 107 miles, thanks to an 80 kW A synchronous motor. In total, the LEAF delivers 107 horsepower, making for a “highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience,” according to a press release from Nissan.

Not only will you be able to travel further in the new LEAF, you will be able stay better connected. For the LEAF S models, the automaker is making standard the NissanConnect infotainment system with Mobile Apps feature included, all displayed in a high-resolution 5-inch color display. For the upper trim levels, SV and SL, the display screen grows to seven-inches, adds Navigation and Nissan Voice Recognition.

Regardless of the trim level, you receive a terrific, eco-friendly vehicle with the 2016 Nissan LEAF. Stop in to Economy Nissan to learn more about the Nissan LEAF at Economy Nissan today!

Futuristic Car Technology Offers Look Into Future

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Nissan Is Leading the Way In Technology

In the movie Back To The Future II, released in 1989, the filmmakers depicted the year 2012. In their estimate, all cars would have the capacity to fly. As we all know, 2012 came and went and no flying cars. It doesn’t look like we will see flying cars anytime soon, if at all. But here is some futuristic car technology that you might see soon!

Energy-Storing Body Panels

In the Future Car Tech may not have a battery. That’s because a group of automakers have been experimenting with body panels that store energy. They can even charge faster than conventional batteries, according to HowStuffWorks.

Talking Cars

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a technology that does just what you think it does. It allows vehicles to talk to one another, telling each other things like if there is an obstacle in the road ahead. One study suggested that this technology has “the potential to reduce 79 percent of target vehicle crashes on the road.”

Super Dashboards

For anyone who saw Terminator 2, from time to time the audience would see what the Terminator sees, and we could see how the computer would identify and label all of the objects in the environment. Soon, dashboards may very well look like this. They are called Augmented Reality Dashboards.

Nissan is certainly no stranger to futuristic car technology. The automaker recently experimented with glow in the dark paint and their Around View Monitor technology is even being used for deep-sea exploration. There’s no doubt that you get futuristic car technology when you purchase one of our many Nissan vehicles at Economy Nissan in 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.