Remember the last time you participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange? What did you come home with, maybe a jar of homemade jam or a new bestseller? No matter how much you loved your surprise gift, we’re guessing Nissan’s recent gift takes the cake.
As part of Reddit’s Arbitrary Day celebrated on June 25, Nissan was randomly paired up with Reddit user wahoowa0711, aka Mary. The rules of the Secret Santa-like exchange involve sending each other a gift with a value of at least $20.
Nissan went above and beyond the usual rules and learned what they could about their gift recipient: she lives in Virginia, likes to paint, and cares about the environment. With this knowledge, Nissan gave her the best gift ever and will have nearly 17,000 red spruce trees planted in the Central Appalachian Mountains in her name. Mary will also receive a commissioned painting of “Mary’s Grove.”
“When we learned that our gift match, Mary, had a passion for the environment we wanted to give her something that she could treasure at home… and something that would make a difference in her home state of Virginia,” Erich Marx, Director of Social Media for Nissan, told The Huffington Post. “A gift like this, 16,655 red spruce trees, fits well with Nissan’s corporate commitment to help create a more sustainable society… and with our 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF.”
Well done, Nissan! Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
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?
Mirrors are a necessary part of your car and help you to navigate safely on the road. Soon, however, all of your vehicle’s mirrors may be replaced by small cameras. Nissan is leading the charge with this technology and has introduced a new feature called the Smart Rear View Mirror.
The technology turns your rear view mirror into a display monitor for your rear view camera mounted on the back window. Drivers can toggle a button to switch between the actual mirror and the rear view display. The display lines up nearly perfectly with what would be seen using the mirror, but can be adjusted for brightness, zoom, and height.
Imagine how handy this technology would be if you have an extra tall backseat passenger sitting in the middle, or your car is packed to the brim with cargo rendering your rear view mirror obsolete. Just a flip of a switch and you can see what’s behind you again.
Nissan plans on incorporating this technology into its car in Japan next year and hopes to bring it to the U.S. market shortly after that.
Check out this video to see the mirror in action.
Which Nissan car would you love to have the Smart Rear View Mirror included in first?
In just a few months, Nissan will rev up production for the 2015 Murano at its Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. This will be the first Murano produced in the United States and will be the eight model added to the Canton assembly line. This addition to the plant adds 500 new jobs.
“Recruiting efforts and preparations for the start of Murano production this fall are underway and current employees are excited to add this vehicle to the list of outstanding cars and trucks built in Mississippi,” said John Martin, a Nissan executive, in a statement. “The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to our goal to build more than 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”
The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano features a dynamic exterior design, premium interior materials, and top-of-the-line technology.
What is your favorite thing about the 2015 Nissan Murano compared to the 2014 model pictured above?
Here at Economy Nissan, we are excited to get the 2015 Nissan Murano later this year and are even more excited that it will be built right here in the United States.
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