Nissan IDx Freeflow from SEMA to Enter Production

Concepts serve as a means for automakers to test various designs and technologies and to flex their muscle for the public. Most never reach production—to the great disappointment and dismay of many a car enthusiast.

Nissan presented two concepts in Tokyo in 2013: the Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO. Torque News says that after Tokyo, Nissan brought these two bad boys on the road, parading them for the whole world to see.

nissan idx freeflow from SEMA

The Nissan IDX Freeflow Concept was brought out at SEMA recently.

And not just the physical cars, mind you, but people could also experience the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO as a video game. They were “pre-production test beds to gauge consumer reaction.” That’s Torque News summarizing comments made by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan CEO.

After all that, it looks like the IDx Freeflow from SEMA will be put into production! There’s speculation that this car will be a replacement for the venerable 370Z. Shiro Nakamura, design chief for Nissan, did make comments saying that he’d like to see the new 370Z “a more affordable, approachable sports car.” Sounds like he is describing the IDx Freeflow!

Either way, those of us here at Economy Nissan are looking forward to see what comes off the end of the assembly line.

2015 Nissan Murano Production Begins in Mississippi

Production on the 2015 Nissan Murano is now underway in Canton, Mississippi, meaning that we here at Economy Nissan are now one step closer to being able to serve you what might be one of Nissan’s most exciting new models this decade.

The 2015 Murano—complete with V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights, floating roof, Zero Gravity seating, and available Power Panoramic Moonroof—marks the eighth model built at Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly plant.

2015 Nissan Murano

In order to accommodate for production of the 2015 Murano, Nissan created 1,300 jobs at the plant. Nissan also plans to move at least 85 percent of all production for vehicles sold within the United States moved to North America by the end of 2015.

“More than 11 years ago, Nissan propelled Mississippi’s automotive industry into the global spotlight, and since that time, the company has served as the cornerstone of the industry in our state,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. “Today’s debut of the first Murano manufactured in the U.S. once again puts Mississippi on the global stage and helps us further demonstrate to the world that we have a business environment that spurs success and a quality workforce that takes pride in a job well done.”

The 2015 Murano, replete with features such as Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and Forward Emergency Braking, will be sold in more than 100 markets around the world. To learn how you can get it at Economy Nissan, stay tuned to this space.

Nissan LEAF Continues to Set Record EV Sales in October

Nissan continued to extend its lead as a global leader in EV sales by setting yet another month of record EV sales in October thanks to the Nissan LEAF. The little, 100% pure electric EV sold 2,589 units, marking a 29.3% increase over last year and the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year growth.

record EV sales in October

While on the subject of records, Nissan has also sold a record 24,411 LEAFs in the United States this year alone, marking a 35% improvement in year-to-date sales.

Nissan seems to have found a magic formula where others are struggling. The Chevy Volt—another longstanding American plug-in vehicle, and the LEAF’s biggest competitor—has been slouching this year. Sales were down 28.8% compared to last October and down 14.9% so far this year compared to 2013.

To help extend its lead even further, Nissan has just launched a new TV ad called “Kick Gas,” which encourages viewers to do just that. Kick gas by driving a car that doesn’t need one, and you’ll be guaranteed to save money on fuel! Start today at Economy Nissan!

Nissan Foundation Grants Encourage Cultural Diversity in America

Here at Economy Nissan, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker like Nissan that takes into account the value of cultural diversity. Recently, the Nissan Foundation began to seek new grantees who maintain cultural diversity in America.

The Nissan Foundation Grants are available for nonprofit organizations in select regions around the country. It was initially founded in response to civil unrest in Southern California in the early 1990s, and has since grown to support diverse communities across the nation.

Nissan Foundation Grants

“The Nissan Foundation is committed to enriching people’s lives in places where Nissan operates,” said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Nissan Foundation. “We want to work with nonprofit partners that are developing innovative, relevant programs – ones that help people to have a greater respect for the benefits that come from living and working together in a diverse society.”

During the 2014 grant year the Nissan Foundation awarded over $715,000 to 31 different organizations. Among those who received money were the Japan Society of New York, which held an “International Youth Electronic Exchange Project,” and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.