Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV Prototype

Nissan first revealed the all-electric BladeGlider Sport concept in 2013 in Rio, Brazil. The car quickly generated plenty of hype all on its own as Nissan, known for staying away from more creative designs, seemed to be thinking outside the box. The hype died down in the following years but now Nissan is proving its mettle. Say hello to the Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV prototype!

That’s right—Nissan is going full throttle with its futuristic hotrod, and that isn’t just a figure of speech. Under the hood of this all-electric sports car are twin 130 kW motors that can produce a whopping 268 hp and 521 lb-ft of instant torque. That gives this crazy car a zero-to-60mph time of under five seconds. Boasting a top speed of 115 mph, things are about to get exciting with the Nissan lineup.

Best of all, Nissan has revealed not just one, but two working prototypes, proving the automaker is serious about futuristic designs. While the BladeGlider Sport EV still isn’t heading to the production line, it does hint at what’s yet to come, perhaps what is to be under the hood of the Nissan LEAF.

We here at Nissan of Clinton can’t helped but be amazed at the technology behind the Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV prototype!

Nissan LEAF Technology to Include Range Extender, Semi-Autonomy

Nissan LEAF technologyLately, between hype over upcoming vehicles like the Chevy Bolt or the new Tesla 3, it seems like automakers are racing to compete in the increasingly more popular electric vehicle segment. Now, the next-generation LEAF is preparing to hold its own against the competition. New Nissan LEAF technology will include a new-and-improved 60kWh battery, which boosts the upcoming LEAF to an over 200-mile electric range and puts it neck-and-neck against the other two big contenders in the segment.

While a launch date has yet to be revealed, the new battery is a major upgrade from the current model’s 24kWh battery and 70- to 80-mile range. Nissan’s global director of EV and HEV engineering Kazuo Yajima announced the new battery in talks with AutoblogGreen, stating, “It’s coming. I’m sorry I cannot say when,” and “In the near future, I believe, we can produce an electric vehicle that doesn’t have any driving range problem.”

Advances in Nissan LEAF technology is just another stride for the brand towards a greener future. Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s zero-emission business unit director, expresses hopes that by 2020, twenty percent of the Nissan-branded vehicles on the road will be electric vehicles. Those are big dreams, but with the strides being made in the EV segment, they may be a possibility after all.

Experience Downtown Clinton in North Carolina

Experience Downtown ClintonClinton, North Carolina sits at the heart of Sampson County, where a host of activities and attractions ranging from local businesses and restaurants to a taste of North Carolina culture to a friendly, tight-knit community await you. Whether you like the arts, the outdoors, shopping, or local cuisine, you don’t know Clinton until you experience Downtown Clinton.

For those wanting a bit of a cultural experience, places like the Sampson Theatre or the public art piece known as “Milling Around” might be good stops for you. The Theatre has been in operation for forty years and boasts historical architecture, while “Milling Around” presents a stunning visual centerpiece for the downtown area for passersby to admire. There’s also the Sampson County History Museum and the Historic District for history buffs.

Also make sure to stop by the Farmer’s Market & Tree Park. It’s a great way to experience locally-grown produce while supporting nearby farmers. Plus, the park is beautiful as well! Even if you stop by on a day the market isn’t open, the park is available for a leisurely stroll or a nice picnic.

Experience Downtown Clinton and get a taste of the charming regional atmosphere unique to the city of Clinton, North Carolina. There’s nothing quite like it.

Messy Gardening: Tips for Cleaning Your Car Interior

tips for cleaning your car interiorIf you’re an avid gardener, then odds are the interior of your car always has patches of mud and dirt caked to the floor and vinyl. Although this time of year is a great time to do landscaping, it is important to keep your interior clean. That’s why we’ve put together tips for cleaning your car interior.

According to Garden Rant, one of the best things you can do while gardening is to carefully lay down plastic before loading up on supplies and materials. Looking for large sheets of plastic? Consider buying furniture and mattress covers. These large, cheap sheets will create a layer between car fabric and dirt. Your local U-Haul sells sheets like this for a couple dollars apiece.

Some gardening materials stink, especially mulch and manure. The best policy is simply not to put these in your car; however, if you must you should definitely follow some additional steps. Consider buying plastic totes with sealable lids, and load up on baking soda. Simply open a box of baking soda and sit it in your car to absorb odors.

Finally, take your time and always carry thick blankets. Some gardening tools look like they came out of a medieval dungeon, and they can do serious damage to your car. Move slowly and lay down thick blankets when transporting tools like hoes, edgers, shears, shovels, and trowels, among other things.

Nissan Green Technologies: Breakthrough Eco-Friendly Design

Nissan green technologiesNissan is gearing up for the summer with some great new green technologies. These include an advanced lithium-ion battery system and analysis method, something capable of drastically expanding the driving range of electric vehicles. Nissan is redefining the future of mobility.

According to Nissan, the research and development branch recently teamed with the Tohoku University, the National Institute for Materials Science, the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency in order to develop an atomic analysis methodology to boost the performance of batteries.

“The invention of this new analysis method is essential to further develop the next generation of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. It will certainly become one of our core technologies. The utilization of this analysis method in our future R&D will surely contribute to extending the cruising range of future zero-emission vehicles,” said Takao Asami, senior VP of Nissan.

While Nissan green technologies might sound a little technical, the good news is that battery-powered vehicles will now have a significantly longer range. The company was basically able to rapidly test a range of materials for new batteries, determining that certain silicon compounds work better than others. In short, models like the LEAF will have better performance and better range in the coming years.

Nissan Named 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year

2016 energy star partnerReducing energy consumption and costs is a major part of modern life. Nissan knows this, which is why it has been working hard for years to cut its energy use. For the fifth year in a row now, Nissan has been recognized as a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year.

“Nissan is honored to once again be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the year,” said Rebecca Vest, vice president, Corporate Development and Social Responsibility, in a statement. “We continue to make improvements to our operations that reduce our environmental footprint as we manufacture the highest quality vehicles sold in North America.”

Over the years, Nissan has made continuous efforts to reduce its energy use and has it energy consumption by 30% by using more efficient LED lighting, improving industrial motor efficiency, repairing compressed air leaks, and using a more efficient environmentally-friendly painting process.

Nissan made these and other improvements at its Smyrna, Tennessee Assembly Plant along with its plant in Canton, Mississippi.

Here at Nissan of Clinton, we are proud to be part of a company that works hard to reduce its environmental impact.

Celebrate National Bike Month with These Great Bike Trails near Clinton

bike trails near ClintonMay is National Bike Month and we couldn’t think of a better time of year to head out and explore the beautiful world all around us. If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport your bike, here are some of the best Nissan vehicles for carrying bicycles.

  • Nissan Frontier. This smaller pickup truck is a great option for packing up your bikes and your gear.
  • Nissan Armada. When you need maximum space for both passengers and cargo, the full-size Armada will fit the bill.
  • Nissan Rogue. The spacious interior gives you lots of space for either passengers or your gear. You can even attach a bike rack to the rear end for maximum versatility.

Once you have your bike-carrying vehicle of choice, it’s time to head out. Try out some of the scenic bike trails near Clinton.

  • Buffalo Creek Greenway. This paved path runs through both woods and waterways in nearby Johnston County. Along the way you’ll find picnic areas, restrooms, and parks.
  • Cape Fear River Trail. Head west to Cumberland Country to take a ride on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail that winds through woodlands and marshes.
  • Raven Rock Loop Trail. For some mountain biking, you can head up to Raven Rock State Park. Improve your skills and enjoy the beauty of nature all around.

Where are your favorite bike trails near Clinton?

Check Out These Spring Driving Safety Tips and Tricks For the New Season

Spring Driving SafetyThe snow may be melted, but spring has brought with it a whole new set of challenges. Stay safe on the roads this year by following these spring driving safety tips:

  • Be extremely wary of rain. The first 10 minutes or so of fresh rain make vehicles prone to hydroplaning, so be sure to lower your speed.
  • You will find more wild animals crossing the road than you saw all winter, especially at night, so keep a sharp eye out.
  • Additionally, pedestrians are far more likely to take a stroll, and kids are more likely to play in the road during this warm time of year.
  • After the winter snow is gone, many roads find themselves full of potholes. Do your best to avoid these.
  • Lastly, just like the rest of the year, it’s extremely important to keep your tires inflated properly.

For more safety tips or to start out your spring season with a brand new car, visit us anytime at Nissan of Clinton.

New York Auto Show Finally Sees 2017 Nissan GT-R Debut

2017 Nissan GT-R Debut

2016 Nissan GT-R

After years of anticipation, Nissan finally revealed the updated version of their much-loved GT-R performance vehicle, which hasn’t gotten an overhaul since it was first released back in 2007.

The New York Auto Show was host to this 2017 Nissan GT-R debut, showcasing cosmetic changes inside and out – as well as major upgrades to performance and a long list of new features, of course.

You can check out some images of the new 2017 Nissan GT-R here.

A noteworthy change in the new model is its stellar engine, which will now get upwards of 565 horsepower. These engines are hand-made, one at a time, by artisans in Japan, so you know that each engine is top-notch.

The new Nissan GT-R will begin to hit showrooms this summer, one trim level at a time, as each is curated individually. Until then, visit us anytime here at Nissan of Clinton to explore the many current Nissan models that we have available.

5 Best Places to Eat in Clinton, NC

Places to Eat in ClintonClinton, North Carolina, might not be a big city, but its local restaurants are filled with some of the biggest and boldest flavors around. If you’re in town and looking for a good meal, here are our suggestions for the best places to eat in Clinton.

Southern Style Barbecue: The next time you’re craving some authentic Southern BBQ, roll up your sleeves and dive into this casual, affordable eatery. They even offer some amazing fried chicken that has the perfect crispy crunch.

Oasis Oyster Bar & Grill: A great date location, this unique restaurant has a wide selection of fresh seafood on the menu. Everyone who eats here loves the shrimp.

Ribeyes Steakhouse: Great for lunch or dinner, this all-American restaurant offers a variety of flavorful dishes, from wings to wraps and everything in between.

Tortillas Carolina: Everything is homemade at this festive Mexican take-out joint. There isn’t any room to sit and eat here, but you’ll be too focused on the mouth-watering, spicy brisket tacos you ordered to care.

Alfredo’s Ristorante Italiano: Known for having the best pasta in town, this cozy Italian restaurant not only has great food at reasonable prices, but the service is always wonderful. That’s why it’s consistently the highest-rated restaurant in Clinton.