2015 Nissan NV200 ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’


As New York retires the old Crown Victoria model taxis, a new replacement is taking to the streets. The 2015 Nissan NV200 minivan is the new, official taxi of Manhattan. April 20, 2015 is the official start date of New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ program. Shortly following its debut onto the streets of the United States, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will even be welcomed in Japan, starting in June 2015.

According to the Nissan Motor Corporation, the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ has many features a normal taxi does not. With enough space in the luggage compartment to fit up to four large suitcases, passengers are welcomed with plenty of space. Sliding doors and electric slide steps allow easy access for those who may be too big, small, young, or old to enter or exit the vehicle by normal means. For those who always need to be connected, a 12-volt outlet is available for smart phones.

According to Nissan, more than 500 2015 NV200 models are already in service. The vehicle has been fitted for the city streets both in size and suspension. As the lone wolf authorized by the Taxi & Limousine Commission, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will soon fill the tightly packed city streets. We bid farewell to the old Crown Victoria models as they’re retired to make way for the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow.’

Get Your Hopes up for the New 2016 Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we can’t wait for January. We know, we know—the calendar has only just turned to August, but we can’t help it. You see, Nissan is planning to unveil an all-new Nissan Titan pickup truck at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January, and we just can’t take the long wait. Thank goodness for Torque News, though—they recently put together a wish list for the new 2016 Nissan Titan, and we devoured the list and now we’d like to share it with you as well.

You can read that article on the Torque News website, where you’ll see that the Titan is expected to include more—and bigger—powertrain options. First and foremost, you should see a Cummins diesel engine option, a 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel Engine that will deliver massive numbers. Of course, that diesel engine, and other powertrain options, will also help the Titan bring better gas mileage to the table for the next generation of truck drivers.

Check out the rest of Torque News’ wish list, and then maybe even add your own items to that list. And, of course, come see us here at James Ceranti to check out the Titan—and the rest of the Nissan lineup—for yourself today.

Nissan Heritage Car Parade Commemorates a Rich 80-Year History

Nissan Heritage Car Parade Celebrated 80 Years of Nissan InnovationLast month, Nissan celebrated its 80-year anniversary. While the company’s official birthday was Dec. 26, Nissan commemorated the milestone with the Nissan Heritage Car Parade three days earlier.

Over 100 vehicles were driven through the streets of Yokohama, Japan, where Nissan’s headquarters are located, providing onlookers with a vivid display of the automaker’s history.

The oldest car was a 1935 Datsun 14 Phaeton whose owner transported the vehicle over 600 kilometers to be driven in the parade.

“We are here today to celebrate 80 years since the establishment of Nissan, and we have gathered cars from all ages. These cars are a testament to the history of Nissan, and the source of much innovation and excitement over the years,” said Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan’s vice chairman.

“Today I feel that it is necessary for us to keep making and offering Nissan cars that people will cherish for a long time.”

The parade was the culminating event in a year of celebrations honoring eight decades of Nissan innovation.

We may not have been there for all 80 years, but at James Ceranti Nissan, we sure are grateful for Nissan’s rich history and the numerous advancements that have been made since 1933.

Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow

TaxisThe bubbly yellow Nissan NV200 has been getting a lot of attention lately as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been attempting to establish a mandate that would require all NYC cab companies and drivers to make a switch to the Nissan taxi.

Bloomberg was hoping to require the swapping out of all 15,000+ taxis in the Big Apple to Nissan’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” within the next three-to-five years. As you can imagine, this subject has been a controversial one, regardless of the quality of the NV200.

Unfortunately for Bloomberg, his plans have encountered a major bump in the road—Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler. Hagler has deemed that the mandate is an overstepping of boundaries, meaning that unless Bloomberg’s appeal can make it past the Supreme Court, there will be no requirement for NYC taxi drivers and companies to purchase the Nissan cabs.

Even if the mandate does not come to fruition the Nissan NV200s have gone on sale at New York dealerships, and some drivers have taken it upon themselves to purchase them anyway.

What do you think the New York justice system will rule about Bloomberg’s mandate? Will the Nissan NV200 end up being the Taxi of Tomorrow?

Nissan Rogue Wins ‘Best Retained Value’ from Edmunds.com

2013 Nissan RogueWith a retained value of 48.2% residual value after five years, the 2013 Nissan Rogue has been named an Edmunds.com 2013 Best Retained Value Award winner. The award recognizes vehicles and brands that have the highest projected residual value based on the Edmunds.com True Market Value price when sold new.

Jon Brancheau, VP of Marketing for Nissan North America stated, “The Rogue is one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles, and value has always been part of this equation. Customers recognize that they’re getting lasting value from the Rogue’s combination of dramatic exterior style, breakthrough technology such as Class Exclusive Around View Monitor and interior utility, storage space and functionality. Earning this 2013 Best Retained Value Award accolade from Edmunds.com further solidifies Rogue’s place in a very competitive segment.”

Offering breakthrough available technology, emotion-evoking design, and the versatility drivers look for on an SUV, the 2013 Nissan Rogue shines at the top of its class. Utility is enhanced by the amount of storage offered, as well as a removable and washable tray that fits in the cargo area for wet and dirty gear or tools.

The Art of Clay Modeling

Ever wonder exactly how full-size clay models are made for car companies?

clay model

We came across this great video from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan for a look at what exactly the process entails. From the designer’s sketches to a full model, the process can take years.

Side-by-side with digital models, the clay models are created by hand, one small piece at a time. Clay is kept in a warming over to keep it soft and the designers work fast before it can harden. The process of scraping away excess, applying plastic overcoats and perfecting the shape can take hundreds of hours for each designer.

Unfortunately after the product is finished, they often get smashed or burned to save space. Sadly, these projects only life short lives and are soon after dismantled. The designers prefer not to watch this process, and we can understand why!

We encourage you to watch this video to better understand the true art of car clay modeling. Check out our inventory page for the latest Nissan cars.

Nissan-A Fuel History

Long gone are the days of $.30 gas, and full service stations. Nowadays, you’ll be lucky to fill your tank for under $3.50 a gallon! But the future of fuel in here, and Nissan talks a bit about new charging stations for Electric Vehicles.

In 97 years, Charlie Yaeger has driven everything from a Ford Model T to a Nissan Maxima, but his most recent vehicle is the new Nissan Leaf. Yaeger says it wasn’t as easy driving 80 years ago as it is today. Gas stations weren’t as common, and most drivers had to memorize their locations. It was also much more common to blow out tires on gravelly roads.

“You had to pretty well memorize where gas stations were and where you could get off the road and have a chance of getting back on after you repaired the tire,” he said. The only “super highway” at the time was the 60-mile concrete highway between Chicago and Danville, IL. It only had two 12-foot lanes of concrete with no shoulder.

All these years later, history is slowly repeating itself. Because Nissan has sold more than 50,000 Leafs worldwide, the need for EV charging infrastructure is growing. To make the gas-to-electricity transition easier, smart phones show EV drivers where to charge.

Check out this video below to see the full interview with Charlie Yaeger.

Nissan Uses Advanced Steel for New Model Parts

If you’ve never heard of Advanced High Tensile Strength Steel (AHSS), that’s okay. We’re here to explain it to you. Nissan Motor Co. just announced that it plans to use a whole lot more AHSS in up to 25 percent of the vehicle parts installed in its new production models. To help reduce vehicle weight, this will go into effect in 2017.

Nissan has developed Ultra High Tensile Strength Steel with High Formability-also known as 1.2 GPa- and has installed it in the new Infiniti Q50, which goes on sale in North America in 2013. Prior to the development of 1.2 GPa, high strength steel has been difficult to use for vehicle parts with complex shapes. Nissan continues to be the only auto manufacturer using 1.2 GPa. It provides greater elongation and offers strength and high formability. Now it can be used for complex shaped parts, which have been near impossible in the past.

In addition, employing 1.2 GPa high tensile strength steel leads to fewer materials used per vehicle produced, and existing production lines can be used without a big modification. This results in a reduction in total cost per unit, reduced weight and better fuel economy. This is part of Nissan’s Green Program 2016.

For more information on the latest Nissan news, keep checking back to our blog. For new Nissan vehicle updates, please visit www.jamescerantinissan.net.

Nissan Opens Silicon Valley Research Center

The Nissan industry has opened a new research facility in Silicon Valley, where they plan to focus on autonomous and connected vehicles. The new facility is called the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley (NRC-SV) and will be used alongside local educational institutions and companies to work on new vehicle projects. The initial projects will focus on autonomous vehicles and connected vehicles using the internet to communicate with the outside world.

“As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility, by harnessing the latest information and communication technologies here in our new research center in Silicon Valley,” said Nissan Executive Vice President supervising Research and Development Mitsuhiko Yamashita.

Nissan is looking for 60 “outsiders” to be involved in this research initially. An “outsider” would be someone who is not from the auto industry. Nissan has hired former NASA scientist, Maarten Sierhuis, to lead the project. It is believed that autonomous cars could be in showrooms within a decade if many issues are resolved.

For more information about the latest Nissan Car News and Nissan’s newest models, please visit our website at http://www.jamescerantinissan.net.

2014 Versa Note Heading to Dealerships this Summer

2014 Nissan Versa NoteThe Nissan Versa lineup will get a dramatic new look inside and out with the arrival of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note later this year. This second-generation hatchback will be offered in a range of well-equipped trim levels with many available innovative features. CVT-equipped model are projected to achieve estimated fuel economy ratings of 40 mpg highway.

“As the entry segment is expanding with new models and nameplates, it’s not enough to offer value alone,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new Nissan Versa Note shakes up the category by satisfying both the emotional and rational needs with features that are truly unexpected in the class – such as sleek styling and advanced innovation features like our Around View® Monitor parking assist system at an affordable price.”

The 2014 Versa Note’s exterior will be garnished with modern styling cues and the spacious interior will host a variety of amenities. The Versa Note is able to offer so much for so little, as the starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) remains at one of the lowest in its class.

For more information on the 2014 Nissan Versa Note, visit our Greenville, MS dealership in person. Watch for its arrival this summer by viewing our current inventory offerings at www.jamescerantinissan.net.