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.

New 2016 Nissan GT-R Somehow Outdoes Itself… Again

2014 Nissan GT-R

2014 Nissan GT-R Pictured

The Nissan GT-R has a reputation that most performance cars would kill to have: it’s a supercar that can go toe-to-toe (or at least come quite close) with the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini, at only a fraction of the cost. Especially when talking about straight line acceleration.

And somehow, every time, it manages to outdo itself. This year’s no different.

The GT-R is back for the 2016 model year with a new set of rims and improved suspension. It’s just as fast as ever thanks to the 545-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6, but now it’s smoother to drive and easier to take around corners too. Yet for all the modifications, the price has only gone up about 1 percent, so that the default model barely costs over $100,000.

Then there’s the GT-R NISMO, which simply eats up all previous GT-Rs that have come before it. Just check out Motor Trend’s review of the beast to see what we mean.

The new 2016 Nissan GT-R could arrive at Economy Nissan next year, but it’s more likely we’ll finally get our hands on it in 2017.

Will the 2017 Nissan LEAF Resemble the Sway Concept?

That’s the million-dollar question, and since we don’t have the answer, we’ll go ahead and jump on the speculation bandwagon. We are all aware that a new LEAF is on the way, but Nissan is keeping pretty hush-hush about exactly what that means (which isn’t really much of a surprise). Now that the automaker has revealed its electric Sway concept, everyone is wondering – could that be the 2017 Nissan LEAF?

The simple answer: yes, it could. There has been plenty of speculation that the next generation LEAF could ditch its unique and unconventional design for something more streamlined. According to Green Car Reports, Nissan even went so far as to say that the Sway concept vehicle exemplifies the future design language of its small cars.

The Sway’s modern and refined design, and sleek lines, could potentially attract a variety of new buyers who criticized the LEAF’s current “obviously-electric” look.

Whether or not the 2017 Nissan LEAF turns out to look a lot like the Sway remains to be seen, but we’d suspect that at least some of the design elements found in the Sway will make their way to the newest LEAF.

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New Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Dazzles

The all-new Nissan GT-R is getting a Gold Edition in celebration of the 45th Anniversary of the original Skyline GT-R. The Nissan GT-R Gold Edition will don a dazzling gold paint called Silica Brass and it will feature some unique badging.

The unique color of the 45th Anniversary GT-R is the same color that was on the 2001 Skyline GT-R-M-Spec model. The new Gold Edition will also feature gold VIN plates and a special plaque on the center console.

If you are interested in the new Gold Edition GT-R the time to act is now, as there will only be a select number of 45th Anniversary editions available.

The gold hued super car isn’t the only new addition for the 2016 GT-R either; the Premium and Black Edition models will get a boost in horsepower and maintain the same price tag as the previous models.

We here at Economy Nissan love the new additions to the 2016 Nissan GT-R and hope you do too! Visit us for more information on the all-new Nissan lineup!