Not all “green” cars are created equal. When trying to find the greenest car, you have to take into account a lot of factors, including the production process and what happens to the car’s parts at the end of its life.
According to the Automotive Science Group (ASG), the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF is the cleanest production vehicle in the United States. The group studied more than 1,300 automobiles with at least four seats and used a “wildly complex” process to measure a variety of environmental impacts from fuel consumption to emissions.
The LEAF came out on top with the lowest wheel-to-well environmental impact of all the cars in the study. In the study, it was placed in the mid-size cars category and also scored victories for the Best All-Around Performance, Best Environmental Performance, and Best Social Performance.
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If you’ve ever tried to sell you own used car, you know how hard it can be. Late last year, Florida resident Luke Aker used some of his filmmaking skills to help sell his 1996 Nissan Maxima.
The end result was an incredible ad good enough to sell practically any car. The so called “Craigslist Maxima” garnered far more attention than Aker ever imagined and in face his commercial was so good, Nissan ended up buying the Maxima back from Aker for his $1,400 asking price. They also donated $1,000 to the charity of his choice, Wounded Warriors.
Take a minute and watch this masterpiece if you haven’t already.
After purchasing the car, Nissan got some help from MotorAuthority to figure out what to do with the car. MotorAuthority let its fans submit ideas and then vote on them. The winning idea was to have Nissan fully restore the car, put it on display at its Tennessee headquarters, and have Aker’s video playing next to the car.
While the 1996 “Craigslist Maxima” is not the most luxurious or unique of Nissan’s cars, we’re glad to see that such a great vehicle will be getting a place of honor.
Based on the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner 4×2, Nissan replaced the 4.0-liter gasoline-powered V6 with a 2.8-liter Cummins turbodiesel. This engine doesn’t produce quite as much horsepower as the V6, only 200 from the diesel, but with 350 lb-ft of torque, it outpaces the gasoline model. And, Nissan says owners should expect the same capabilities from the diesel as from the gasoline version.
However, one thing that won’t be the same is fuel efficiency. Diesel engines are much more efficient than their gasoline counterparts and the Cummins engine in the Frontier should make it about 35 percent more efficient, according to Nissan. Efficiency would also be helped with the truck’s eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
While the version on display at the Chicago Auto Show is only a prototype, with the current popularity of diesel-powered trucks, we expect to see a diesel-powered Frontier come to the market soon.
What do you usually see more of than anything else in New York City? Your answer would most likely be Taxi’s. When you are on the streets of New York City there are usually more taxi cabs than any other vehicle on the road. How would you like to be a part of customizing those vehicles? The residents of Chicago will now have that opportunity.
Nissan will unveil the Nissan NV200 customizable taxi at the Chicago Auto Show this year. This model was first introduced in New York City, but now Nissan is giving the residents of Chicago a chance to help customize the taxi. Nissan wants to know what features would suite their taxi rider’s best by getting feedback on social media such as Twitter and Facebook using #HailYes.
The Nissan NV200 was the first in its class to go through crash-testing with the partition included. The reason for this was that all of the equipment including the partition are customized to fit each vehicle. This taxi aims to give luxury service to all of its passengers and with the feedback on social media they will able to do just that. There is no telling what the future will hold for the Nissan brand.
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