Nissan’s partnership with the UEFA Champions League Brings More Fun to Fans

Nissan has kicked off a new and exciting partnership with the Union of European Football Associations Champions League. The automaker launched their Engineers of Excitement Program, which strives to enhance the fan experience at the 2014 UEFA Super Cup on August 12. Real Madrid trampled over Sevilla, 2-0, for the record.

As part of Nissan’s sponsorship, the automaker has recruited Barcelona central midfielder and three-time UEFA Champions League winner Andrés Iniesta, as well as central defender and Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva as spokesmen. To-date, they’ve made a brief appearance in a new teaser ad (shown below) that promotes Nissan’s partnership with the UEFA Champions League. You can expect to see more commercials headed our way in the future.

“The UEFA Super Cup represents Nissan’s first official UEFA partnership experience, and we’re very excited to be involved with this prestigious match,” said Bastien Schupp, the vice president of marketing for Nissan Europe in a recent release. “Innovation that Excites is what Nissan stands for, and our partnership with UEFA will see a collaborative effort which will push the boundaries to create real innovation and continued excitement for fans across the globe.”

As an effort in their Engineers of Excitement program, Nissan provided 600 free tickets for local youth sports groups; provided one family with an opportunity to watch Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC take part in their on-pitch training sessions; and helped transport the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup trophies around Wales for an opportunity for fans to see the trophies in-person.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we’re excited to see what this sponsorship will bring in the months to come!

Nissan Looking to Enhance LEAF’s Carwings Feature

Nissan Looking to Improve Carwings FeatureWhen the Nissan LEAF debuted back in 2010, it made headlines for being one of the first electric cars. It’s long since been recognized for its impressive sales numbers and for its sterling zero emissions reputation. Because of its position as a pioneer of green technologies, the Nissan LEAF has boasted other awesome features since its inception that haven’t received the attention they deserve… the Carwings feature, for example.


Fun Fact: LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car


Carwings was introduced alongside the LEAF back in 2010 as a telematics system that recorded and displayed information on the display screen about the vehicle and its efficiency ratings as compared to other LEAF drivers.

Now, the Carwings feature is stepping back into the spotlight that it deserves as Nissan has reported that it’s working on updates and improvements for the system, including smartphone integration. This research may allow future LEAF owners to remotely start charging their vehicle with the touch of their phone screen and have the ability to check its charge and find nearby charging stations.

Nissan is optimistic that the Carwings feature will eventually be able to communicate crucial things to the driver pertaining to the LEAF battery’s health. According to AutoblogGreen, Brian Brockman, a spokesman for Nissan North America, explained: “[Nissan] is always working to determine ways to offer more value to customers via telematics systems like Carwings.”

Stay updated here on the James Ceranti blog for more information about improvements to the Carwings feature and other Nissan news!

Nissan Concept 2020 Finally Unveiled

Nissan Concept 2020 Revealed for Gran Turismo 6

Image courtesy of the Nissan Newsroom YouTube Channel.

The world of virtual racing just got a lot more exciting. We finally get to see the Nissan Concept 2020 that our favorite carmaker has been teasing for the past couple of weeks. The concept, while currently reserved for the virtual tracks of Gran Turismo 6, hints at the aesthetics of a future Nissan supercar. Below is one of the teasers that Nissan released on Twitter leading up to the big reveal!

This amazing design is part of Gran Turismo’s Vision Concept program, which encourages automakers to design new concept cars specifically for the game. The Nissan Concept 2020 design will be available for download starting in July. Players can then add the car to their virtual garages.

The big reveal on Twitter:

 

Most of the Vision Concept cars exist only in the virtual world; however, Nissan may be bringing the Concept 2020 to life. In a press release, Nissan said, “But as a specialist in automotive design in three-dimensions, Nissan believes that the real-world is ready for the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.”

If we saw a car like the Nissan Concept 2020 on the road now, it’d probably take a while for us to pick our jaws up off the ground. Watch the short video below to get a closer look at the stunning concept! And if you’re a Gran Turismo fan, rest easy knowing that July is right around the corner.

Nissan Tests Smart Rear View Mirror

Nissan's Smart Rear View Mirror

Image and video courtesy of the AutoMoto TV YouTube Channel.

We know this feeling all too well: your car is packed so full of cargo or passengers, your rear view mirror is rendered useless. This can make driving conditions a little more precarious, especially if you have to reverse. Nissan has come up with a simple, yet ingenious solution for this common problem, the Smart Rear View Mirror.

Nissan’s Smart Rear View Mirror works with a rear view camera attached to the back window. The driver can then toggle between the standard mirror and the camera view, which is aligned precisely to display what you normally see in the mirror, minus the obstructions.

Check out the video below to see this innovative tech in action!


Related: Nissan Envisions Future with Cleaner Cars


Japan will be the first country to get this new technology which is expected to be ready sometime next year. And, it should make its way to our shores sometime in the near future as well.

We love that Nissan is always looking for ways to improve the driving experience for its customers. The carmaker has established a reputation for innovation, and Nissan isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Which new Nissan would you love to have a Smart Rear View Mirror?

Nissan Envisions Future with Cleaner Cars

Cleaner Cars in Nissan's Future with Innovative Self-Cleaning Paint

Image and video courtesy of the Nissan Europe YouTube Channel.

If you’re like most people of the world, washing your car is not at the top of your priority list. Maybe you feel pangs of guilt every morning when you see the ever-mounting layer of grime collecting on your car, but still, there are more important demands of everyday life to which you must tend. In the near future, Nissan may be washing (shameless pun) all that guilt away and providing us with a road full of much cleaner cars…

Nissan recently released a video demonstrating a new “self-cleaning” paint on a Nissan Note. Watch the video below, and prepare to be amazed.

The paint, which was created by UltraTech and sold under the name Ultra-Ever Dry, is a super-hydrophobic paint that creates a thin layer of air between the paint and the environment. This causes water, dirt, and oil to just roll right off the surface.

While Nissan has said this high-tech paint may not end up on a production model, it will most likely be an option for an add-on at the dealership.

Would you like to keep your Nissan car clean with this futuristic paint?

Nissan Starts No Charge to Charge Program

No Charge to Charge Program to Benefit LEAF Drivers in Select CitiesSwitching to an electric car will definitely save you money on gas; however, you still have to pay for the electricity required to charge your battery. Now, Nissan is offering a new No Charge to Charge program, which will give LEAF drivers in select markets access to four major charging networks for free!

Nissan has partnered with ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo for this program. New LEAF buyers will get a single EZ-Charge card that will let them access all four networks across the country.

“‘No Charge to Charge’ and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, in a press release. “Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world.”

There is one small catch, however. Currently, the program is only available in select cities, such as San Francisco, Phoenix, Nashville, and Portland. But, the program is expected to expand and add at least 15 more cities by the end of the year.

What do you think? Does access to free charging through the No Charge to Charge program make you feel more inclined to go electric? Here at James Ceranti Nissan we think this is an innovative and exciting program and hope to see it make its way across the country!

Nissan Easy Choice Sales Event Ending Soon

2014 Nissan Versa NoteCome see us ASAP at James Ceranti Nissan and take advantage of Nissan’s Easy Choice Sales Event, going on now. Don’t waste time thinking about it though because this national incentive ends October 31st on Halloween! Missing an opportunity like this would be scarier than the scariest haunted house or horror movie.

There’s no better time to finally buy that new Nissan you’ve been eyeing. We have 0.0% APR financing available for up to 36 months for well-qualified buyers on select models. We have special low lease payment offers. We have available total savings of up to $7,350.00 on certain models and special pricing on all new Nissans in stock! We have huge savings incentives including equipment allowances, customer bonus cash, NMAC discounts, and more.

The Nissan Easy Choice Sales Event is here to make choosing your next car as simple as pumpkin pie. Come in and test drive a new Nissan, and we’re sure you won’t be able to resist the savings! Treat yourself to a new Nissan before October and the Easy Choice Sales Event run are over.

Celebrate October, celebrate Halloween, celebrate yourself. Come get your Nissan at James Ceranti Nissan today!

2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa NoteWhen it comes to buying a new car, many people look at aspects like fuel economy, technology, comfort and or course the price. It may sounds like a dream come true, but the 2014 Nissan Versa Note excels in all of these areas, offering the latest technology and high comfort for passengers. Not only does the vehicle deliver the most competitive pricing, but it also provides best in-class fuel economy and the highest in-class interior volume.

The Versa Note will be offered in several different trim levels. The basic level, the Note S, included a 1.6-liter engine and 15-inch steel wheels. The Note S Plus adds the CVT, grille shutters and cruise control. The SV comes with Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SV is also available with an SL or SL Tech package, each of which offer technology upgrades, like a pushbutton start and navigation touch-screen display.

The 2014 Nissan Versa Note will be available on our lot soon! Will you be coming to test drive one?

Nissan Named a Top Global Green Brand

It’s not easy being green, or is it? For Nissan, a lot of hard work has led up to this point, but the mindset behind the company is easy to understand: reduce our impact on the environment. Nissan was ranked fifth overall out of 50 brands that were selected, based on environmental practices and customers’ perceptions. The Motor Company also moved up 16 positions from last year, making it the “top riser” on this year’s  Interbrand report.

Automotive brands took 4 of the top 5 spots this year. This is only Nissan’s second time in the top 10 on Interbrand’s list.  Nissan has been noted for its leadership in the field of zero emissions mobility, starring the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The Leaf helped create a new positive perception of the auto brand and sparked interest in eco-friendly vehicles. Nissan continues this research through a partnership with Daimler and Ford for the development of fuel-cell cars by the year 2017. With over 65,000 Leafs sold as of May 2013, it can be named as that best-selling EV in history.

Nissan Leaf- Driving Green

For more information about Nissan’s commitment to protect the environment and go green, visit the Nissan Global website.

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.