Combing Style and Luxury: The 2015 Murano Interior

2015 Murano Interior

Not only does the new Murano offer owners a dynamic driving experience, but, thanks to clever design, the interior is also incredibly comfortable and stylish. In fact, the Murano interior was recently nominated to the Ward’s list of 10 Best Interiors for 2015.

According to Nissan, the 2015 Murano interior features an array of premium materials, advanced technologies, and ergonomic contours. This includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, an eight-inch color display with multi-touch control, rear USB port with smartphone interface, Around View® Monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, and Blind Spot Warning, among other things.

“First time I saw the new Murano interior, I was blown away by the pearlescent film that’s used to lovely effect on the doors, instrument panel, center console and armrest,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World. “The rest of the interior is brilliantly executed as well, from the smooth, flowing lines of the instrument panel to the ample cargo hold.”

Aside from the interior design, the Murano also has a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine under the hood generating 260 hp. This is mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission, allowing for up to 28 highway mpg. It’s hard not to like the new Murano, considering all of these incredible new features.

Nissan’s Around View Monitor to be Used in Deep Sea Exploration

When customers ask us about Around View Monitor (AVM) technology here at James Ceranti Nissan, we usually explain how its ability to provide a virtual 360-degree overview of a car can be useful in parking situations and how it can help avoid reversing into pedestrians.

Turns out, we’ve been going about it all wrong. What we should have been saying is that this technology is so good, it’s being used in deep sea exploration.

That’s right—Nissan is providing AVM tech to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and to Topy Industries, as part of a joint development project that will send robots scouring the bottom of the sea.

These robots will be equipped with Nissan’s technology to improve the efficiency of undersea searches by avoiding obstacles on the seabed with better real-time situational awareness—just like on the road, except for all the water!

Check out this really cool video about it below!

It’s Official: A Mercedes-Nissan Pickup Truck Is in the Works

It wasn’t long ago that Mercedes-Benz wowed the automotive market with the news of a possible pickup truck. The rumor mill was quick to get in on the action, but until now, there hasn’t been any clear details. Now, in a recent news release, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed that the automaker will expand its relationship with Mercedes-Benz, providing the underpinnings for a Mercedes-Benz pickup.

The Mercedes-Nissan pickup truck will share some of its structure with the Nissan NP300 Navara, though most of the design elements and the powertrain will be designed my Mercedes-Benz. A recently-released teaser image suggests that Mercedes will opt for a double-cab body, and a sleek, refined design. The primary markets for the truck currently include Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Latin America, though there is a chance the U.S. could be added to that list by the end of the year.

Nissan’s extensive knowledge in the pickup segment will allow Mercedes to significantly cut time to production on its upcoming truck. “Thanks to our well-established partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, we are able to drastically reduce the time and cost to enter this key segment,” noted Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

According to the news release, Nissan is the world’s second-biggest producer of 1-ton pickup trucks, making this a smart strategic move for Mercedes-Benz.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to know: would you consider purchasing a luxury pickup truck like this one? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

Nissan Glow in the Dark LEAF Breaks Guinness World Record

The Nissan glow in the dark LEAF was used to create the largest glow in the dark painting, which officially earned Nissan a Guinness World Record. The self portrait was brought to life by artist, Ian Cook, of Popbangcolour.

The painting itself shows off the front side of the Nissan LEAF. Cook had to strategically drive the LEAF in order to spread the glow in the dark paint all over the massive painting. Taking over 61 hours to create, the masterpiece took 60 liters of paint and measured 207.68 square meters upon completion.

A Guinness World Records judge was onsite throughout the duration of the painting and awarded the title to Nissan and Cook on March 20th. Cook said, “This has been one of the most challenging paintings I’ve ever been asked to create, but it looks fantastic. The full sized glow in the dark Nissan LEAF is one of the more extraordinary things that I have used as a painting tool.”

To check out and learn more about the amazing painting, click here!