Proving that electric vehicle drivers don’t need to sacrifice convenience OR safety, the 2013 Nissan Leaf has just been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In order to earn this honor, vehicles must undergo rigorous crash testing and prove that their construction, restraint systems, and safety systems are top notch and able to maximize occupant safety.
Features like the Leaf’s Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side impact airbags, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental airbags, child seat upper tether and LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), and Vehicle Dynamic & Traction Control Systems are all standard and provide maximum protection for all passengers.
Achieving the Institute’s highest ranking of “Good” in Moderate Front Overlap, Side Impact, Roof Strength, and Rear (Dynamic & Seat/Head Restraint Geometry) Crash tests, the 2013 Leaf has all the angels covered… literally.
“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”
Stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out our inventory of Nissan Leaf EVs and other Top Safety Pick vehicles like the Altima.
It can be tough to remember every single rule and regulation of the road at times. There are some very specific guidelines that drivers are technically supposed to follow and sometimes they can slip your mind, especially during challenging situations and inclement weather. For instance, did you know that in North Carolina drivers are required to use headlights during times between sunset and sunrise, when visibility is less than 400 feet, or when windshield wipers are in use?
Rules about headlight use vary by state as well so if you frequently drive into other states you would have to remember a whole new set of laws. Nissan has made this confusing set of regulations a bit easier for drivers by introducing Smart Auto Headlights on vehicles like the Nissan Altima, Nissan Pathfinder, and Nissan Sentra. This system will automatically turn on headlights when low lighting is detected or when the windshield wipers are in use! Check out the infographic below for more state laws and be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out this system and others like Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert on our new vehicles.
The Nissan Versa has always been one of the more popular vehicles we carry here at Nissan of Clinton. This fuel-efficient little car is one of the best values on the road is available with the lowest starting MSRP in the nation and is actually a very well-build and dependable means of transportation. With a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 109 horsepower and capable up returning up to 40 MPG highway, this lightweight four-door is actually pretty fun to drive in traffic.
While the 2014 Nissan Versa is an economy car, it is an IIHS “Top Safety Pick” and can be had with some nice options and features as well. Nissan has just announced the starting MSRP for each trim level and several of the optional packages.
2014 Nissan Versa Sedan
Versa 1.6 S
Versa 1.6 S
Versa 1.6 S Plus
Versa 1.6 SV
Versa 1.6 SL
Destination Fee of $790
SV Convenience Package: $760
This package is available for Versa 1.6 SV models and adds a number of convenience features. Included are steering wheel-mounted controls for radio functions; MP3, SSV, RDS, iPod audio upgrade; Bluetooth integration; 60/40 split folding rear seat; front passenger vanity mirror; and map lighting.
SL Tech Package: $760
The SL Tech Package adds modern technology to the Versa’s highest trim level for an even more advanced driving experience. This package adds a USB port with iPod connectivity; 5-inch color touch-screen display; integrated navigation system; RearView monitor; Nissan Connect with Google Search and Pandora; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; and NavTraffic.
With plenty of space and seating for up to seven passengers, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the most comfortable and enjoyable midsize SUV for drivers and passengers alike. Just earlier this week, WardsAuto World announced their “10 Best Interiors” list which includes the recently redesigned 2013 Pathfinder.
Vehicles are included on this list after being scrutinized for ergonomics, safety, material quality, fit and finish, human-machine interface, aesthetics, and value. Only the vehicles that score well in these categories, and outperform their competition are included in the 10 Best list and the Pathfinder has performed very well.
“Nissan really did its homework in developing the all-new interior for the Pathfinder,” saidWardsAuto World magazine executive editor Tom Murphy. “It’s warm, inviting, spacious and ready for anything. From the thick, Berber carpet floor mats to the Dual Panorama Moonroof, the new Pathfinder is a fine example of graceful utility.” We are glad to see that the Pathfinder is getting recognition for its quality and comfort. With class leading passenger volume, front headroom and legroom, and innovative solutions like the Nissan EZ Flex seating system, which allows for easy access to the 3rd row, this SUV truly is a step ahead of its competition. Be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton in Clinton, NC or visit us online for more information.
For drivers who want to drive a new car with modern looks and styling without dropping a large amount of money for a larger, luxury sedan, the 2013 Nissan Sentra offers an excellent compromise. Designed with Nissan’s modern and sleek new look, the Sentra would even be easy to confuse with its larger sibling, the Altima. The new model is lighter, more aerodynamic, and more fuel efficient than previous versions but still retains its “large-for-a-compact” dimensions on the inside.
Powering this classy compact sedan is a 1.8-Liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The Sentra was not designed to be a sports car, but still puts out enough power to satisfy the average commuter. The real selling point of this sedan is that it can return up to 40 MPG in average highway driving. Its excellent fuel economy can be primarily attributed to the CVT which keeps the engine spinning at optimal speed during normal cruising. In sport mode,the transmission holds lower ratios and throttle response is much more sensitive making for a more engaging ride.
If you like the look of the new Sentra or just want a spacious, but small car that can return excellent fuel economy, stop by Nissan of Clinton or visit us online!
For the vehicle design team at Nissan, clay models are an important tool that can help artists and manufacturers to visualize a finished product. The process of transferring design sketches into a real, working production vehicle can take months and even years and moving from drawings and renderings into a physical model is a huge step.
For clay sculptors like Hiroshi Kato and Naoki Maekawa who worked on the new Nissan Versa Note, creating a model that represents the original design and fits with current architecture is a multi-step process. First, they will create a number of ¼ scale clay models that show different interpretations and design options. Once the team settles on one design they move into a full-size clay model that will feature every design cue and style line on the production vehicle.
It is an interesting process to watch and here at Nissan of Clinton we highly recommend you check out the video below. It’s always good to understand the amount of work that goes into the design of modern vehicles.
Over the years, Nissan has proven itself to be a very environmentally friendly company. The auto-manufacturer helps preserve the environment in so many ways other than just producing fuel-efficient vehicles. For its continued efforts to make the world a little bit cleaner, the EPA has honored Nissan with 3 new awards including the prestigious 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
Since 2006 (when Nissan partnered with ENERGY STAR) Nissan has reduced its energy consumption for the production of new vehicles by more than 800 Billion BTUs. To put that in perspective, the energy saved is more than enough to power a Nissan LEAF EV for 750 Million miles. Now that’s a road trip!
Many of Nissan’s production plants feature energy efficient methods to save money and electricity. The Powertrain plant in Decherd, TN just won the ENERGY STAR Challenge. Through the use of more efficient machinery and by reducing compressed air leaks, this plant reduced energy consumption for the assembly of engines by 7% in 12 months. Similarly, the Smyrna, TN and Canton, MS plants received ENERGY STAR Certification for the 7th year in a row. Finally, Nissan is set to open a new paint plant in Smyrna, TN which is above the 75th percentile in energy performance.
Check out the infographic below to see how you can save energy and be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out our fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles!
We all like to save money. If you’re looking at buying a new Nissan Frontier, this is your lucky day.
Nissan recently announced the MSRP prices for the 2013 Frontier and savings are coming your way.
The popular Frontier SV Crew Cab sees the biggest price drop. It has a starting price of $23,990, which is $1,490 less than the 2012 model.
The 2013 Frontier S King Cab 4×2 gets a price drop of $1,270 giving it a starting price of $17,990.
You can find even more savings with the SV Value Truck Package. This package includes, among others features, RearView Monitor and Dual Zone Air Conditioning. It is value priced at $700 for the King Cab and $650 for the Crew Cab. It is standard on the SV models with manual transmission.
The sales staff at Nissan of Clinton can help you find the perfect Frontier for you. Give them a call to find our delivery dates and schedule your test drive.
The 2013 Nissan Frontier compact pickup truck has just been introduced with a few minor changes to pricing, fuel efficiency, and features. This year, the Frontier is better than ever and one of the best values for any sort of vehicle.
The 2013 Nissan Frontier sports some changes to its aerodynamic profile that improve fuel economy by 1 to 2 MPG across all models with the exception of the four-cylinder, two-wheel drive model (which still returns 23 MPG highway). These improvements are realized through the use of a front, chin spoiler; a seal between the cab and bed; a rear, tailgate spoiler; and the use of higher strength engine internals with reduced friction.
New to all models are the Glacier White, Graphite Blue, and Cayenne Red paint colors along with sliding adjustable sun-visors. New standard features for the SL models and higher are dual-zone auto climate control, rear back-up sonar sensors, and a RearView Monitor System. Customers who opt for the SL with the PRO-4X Luxury Package can check a box for the integrated navigation system. PRO-4X and SV models get the Display Audio package which is an upgraded infotainment center while all SV models get Bluetooth connectivity.
All said, the new Frontier is a better deal than ever before with more standard equipment and options. There is even a new model, the Desert Runner, which has been specifically designed with off-road cruising in mind. Be sure to stop by Nissan of Clinton to check out the great new Frontier along with our other fuel efficient and versatile vehicles.
It’s no doubt; self driving cars are becoming more and more realistic with each passing day. It seems like there is always a new group working to develop more autonomous vehicle technology. The latest news involves a group called Robotcar that is working with Oxford University on a self driving Nissan Leaf. Using a low cost setup that utilizes a system of cameras and lasers, a computer analyzes the car’s surroundings and is able to navigate on its own.
Currently, the car is only able to operate at low speeds on closed roads. However, future tests will work out a system that should allow the car to operate in heavy traffic and to understand complex traffic flows.
It is expected that this system would cost only a few hundred dollars if it moves into production phases and becomes available to the mass market. Check out the videos below showing how the system operates and how it is able to avoid pedestrians that step in its way.