Nissan, NHTSA & IIHS Agree on Standard Automatic Emergency Braking by 2022

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In the future, a good part of what makes our cars safe will come from active driver-assistive technologies. As part of a pact between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and most automakers selling cars in the US market, one of these technologies will become standard by 2022—specifically, automatic emergency braking.

Nissan is part of the group of automakers that has agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on all of its vehicles by 2022, but you won’t have to wait that long to benefit from the technology. Most of the vehicles in our lineup at James Ceranti Nissan are already equipped with many advanced safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and numerous other safety technologies.

In fact, it’s likely that Nissan will make it standard across most, if not all, of its vehicles long before 2022 comes around. Other auto brands will just have to catch up.

Nissan and the Tennessee Titans Support the Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project

Football players are often admired for their skill and talent. Now, there is an even more powerful reason to admire them: their charitable nature.

According to a press release from Nissan, the Tennessee Titans have teamed up with Nissan to support the Wounded Warrior Project.

The professional team recently donated $25,000 to the Project, which is a nonprofit initiative to help veterans that have been wounded in combat.

Nissan, meanwhile, has served as the official automotive partner for the Project, helping the organization in several other dimensions.

“It’s Nissan’s way of honoring the service of those who sacrifice so much for all of us, including their devoted family members,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan sales & marketing and operations for Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan is also the official partner of the Tennessee Titans. As per the agreement, the Titans stadium will be named after the automotive brand.

Together, these two titanic groups are giving back to veterans in a big way!

Nissan Supports Mississippi History and Civil Rights Museums with $500,000 Donation

Did you know that Nissan is not only a carmaker but a benefactor to the community as well?

Recently, Nissan pledged $500K for the Mississippi History and Civil Rights museums that will go to fund the construction of a dining and gathering space adjacent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as well as furnish a gallery at the Civil Rights Museum.

“We believe the history of this state needs to be told,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of diversity and inclusion for the Americas. “This contribution continues Nissan’s commitment to diversity, education and service in our community.”

The museums are anticipated to open for the Mississippi bicentennial celebration in 2017 and are expected to host an estimated 180,000 visitors annually. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Division of Tourism estimates that the annual economic impact will exceed $17 million.

We are proud that Nissan supports Mississippi history and is dedicated to community improvement and cultural preservation – not to mention they also build a great lineup of vehicles! So come check them out at James Ceranti Nissan, today.

Nissan Design Studio Sketches Mirror Kids’ Car Drawings

Nissan has helped the cars of children’s imaginations come to life this month as part of the company’s celebration of Children’s Day at Nissan Brazil. The Japanese carmaker’s Design America Rio recently took sketches submitted by the children of Nissan Brazil workers for the company’s “Automobile of the Future” drawing contest, choosing three winners and an honorable mention. The studio then took the selected winners and recreated their drawings, creating Nissan Design Studio sketches of each.

“There are no limits when it comes to the kids’ imaginations,” said Robert Bauer, designer-in-chief of Nissan Design America Rio. “As professional designers, we can see through the imagination of a child and realize what is possible… There is something refreshing in working with kids—the joy of life and their sharp sense of recreating the world are very inspiring.”

The three winners were Karine, a five-year-old daughter of a worker from Resende Industrial Complex, Sophya, a ten-year-old daughter of a worker from the same complex, and Gabriela, a nine-year-old daughter of a worker from the Resende Complex. The honorable mention was Nathalia, a 10-year-old daughter of a worker from Sao Jose dos Pinhais’ Unity.

To see the children’s drawings turned professional sketches, click here and tell James Ceranti Nissan what you think!

Nissan Sales Breaks August Records

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Nissan is on a roll, and growing quickly. The automaker has reported its August sales figures, and Nissan is boasting an impressive 15.3 percent jump for the brand. Nissan sales totaled 125,224 units in August, which marks a record for the brand and 22 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.

It seems that drivers were anxious to get out of the house and into a new car in August this year, with Nissan’s cars breaking several sales records across the lineup. Not surprisingly, the Altima led the way with 32,153 units sold, which marks a 3.8 percent year-over-year increase and a monthly record.

The Nissan Leaf also saw its best August ever, 3,186 vehicles sold, a 31.7 percent year-over-year increase. Since just the beginning of 2014, LEAF sales have climbed a massive 34.1 percent.

The Rogue also came in big, with August sales totaling 21,419 units – a 24 percent increase. This doesn’t just mark the best August for the Rogue, but its best month in sales ever.

In addition to the above all-stars, the Sentra was up 36.3 percent having sold 17,182 units, the Versa was up 46.4 percent with 14,630 vehicles sold, the Maxima was up 62.1 percent with 6,110 vehicles sold, and the Murano was up 42.5 percent with 5,594 vehicles sold.

If Nissan is setting the pace for sales in the years to come, we have a whole lot to look forward to. Drop by James Ceranti Nissan to learn more about our impressive lineup!

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 Gives Reddit User Best Gift Ever

Nissan Makes Major Donation to Nature Conservancy as Best Gift Ever for Reddit UserThink back to some of your favorite gifts that you have ever received. No matter how much they cost, odds are high that they were thoughtful and in-tune with the things you love and care about most. Nissan recently gave one Reddit user the best gift ever as part of Reddit’s Arbitrary Day.

Arbitrary Day is a sort of Secret Santa-type gift exchange during which Reddit users are paired up and exchange gifts worth at least $20. Nissan was matched with user wahoowa0711, also known as Mary. In a true show of generosity, Nissan donated about $20,000 to the Nature Conservancy in Mary’s name to have nearly 17,000 red spruce trees planted in the Central Appalachian Mountains in her home state of Virginia.

“When we learned that our gift match, Mary, had a passion for the environment we wanted to give her something that she could treasure at home… and something that would make a difference in her home state of Virginia,” Erich Marx, Director of Social Media for Nissan, told The Huffington Post. “A gift like this, 16,655 red spruce trees, fits well with Nissan’s corporate commitment to help create a more sustainable society.”

And for the part that “she could treasure at home,” Nissan is having a painting commissioned of “Mary’s Grove” because the automaker learned she likes to paint.

Wow! What a great show of generosity from Nissan and here at James Ceranti Nissan, we think that truly is the best gift ever for one very lucky Reddit user.


Related: Nissan Wins Sustained Excellence Award from EPA


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?