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’s Old Batteries Used for Energy Storage

Nissan’s Old Batteries

As the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new. That saying applies to just about everything, including old car batteries, but that doesn’t mean the batteries are useless. Automakers are finding new ways to use old, worn out batteries. Nissan’s old batteries, for example, still have great storage capacity – 80% – even though they can’t be used for transportation.

Nissan announced a partnership with Green Charge Networks, an energy storage provider. Through the partnership, Nissan would sell systems built around old Nissan Leaf batteries to businesses.

“This partnership is ultimately about power efficiency: reducing our carbon footprint, stress on the grid and energy,” said Vic Shao, Green Charge’s chief executive.

The Nissan-Green Charge Network partnership aims to install the first system at a Nissan facility later this summer. The first system will involve four batteries and will come into play when electricity demand peaks.

Currently there are 80,000 Nissan Leafs on the road in the United States alone. Worldwide, there are an estimated 180,000. That makes the Leaf the bestselling electric vehicle worldwide.

Offering batteries with intelligent systems management will help smooth fluctuations in solar output at a price lower than what’s currently available.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan think that using old Nissan batteries for energy storage is putting them to great use!

Nissan Uses Video to Break Down the Design Philosophy of FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

A video from Nismo University explains Nissan’s bold decision to make the Le Mans racer front-wheel drive. We learn very quickly that while it wasn’t a decision the design team took lightly, they had very good reasons to give it a go.

In the video, Ben Bowlby, technical director for the FWD Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, first explains that race cars are traditionally rear-wheel drive for reasons of “traction and packaging.” On the other hand, he tells us that, contrary to popular practice, putting the power up front has its advantages.

First of all, front-wheel drive means putting the engine up front. This creates a longer so-called “bonnet,” which maximizes down-force, making air resistance much less a factor.

“But what about understeer?” you ask. Yes, the Nissan racing team concedes that understeer is indeed an issue. The trade-off is that in slippery conditions, the racer is less likely to spin.

Making a front-wheel drive car also makes the LM Nismo very much like road cars. As Jann Mardenborough, Nissan race car driver says, this has everything to do with efficiency. Efficiency is extremely important in a race like Le Mans.

Nissan LEAF Only Plug-In on List of IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards

IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards

The LEAF is among the ranks of the best by earning an IHS Automotive Loyalty Award.

Since its debut, the Nissan LEAF has captured the hearts of customers and the acclaim of critics. The award-winning electric vehicle was most recently named the best Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car on the annual list of IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.

The LEAF flew solo as the only plug-in vehicle to receive an IHS Loyalty Award.

“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the U.S.,” said Toby Perry, Nissan LEAF director of marketing. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF because of its many financial benefits, fun-to-drive nature and roomy interior. Our LEAF fans are some of the most loyal customers in the world, and we’re thrilled to see that validated with this IHS award.”

As proof of the LEAF’s popularity among EV owners, the vehicle became the first electric plug-in to surpass 30,000 sales in a single year.

With its efficiency, distinctive styling, spacious interior, and affordable price, it’s easy to see why so many LEAF owners in search of a new vehicle have chosen to purchase or lease another LEAF.

Contact us here at James Ceranti Nissan for more information on the vehicle that keeps owners coming back.

The 2014 Nissan Frontier is Still Going Strong

2014 Nissan Frontier

In today’s compact pickup segment, the 2014 Nissan Frontier is a solid choice.  Nissan is not interested in pandering to fads with this truck.  In fact, its body style hasn’t changed in almost fifteen years.  Clearly, the automaker has sought to create a tradition of ruggedness and reliability with the Frontier.

As any viable truck should, the 2014 Nissan Frontier has got lots of power. It achieves 261 hp with a V-6 4.0L engine and 281 pound-feet of torque.  This allows it to tow up to 6,500 lbs and haul 1,500 lbs.

There’s an off-road trim package that takes the Frontier to another level. The Pro-4X gives the Nissan more rugged tires.  It’s got improved shocks and skid plates.  And if you pick up the manual version, it’s got this really cool feature where you can start the truck without holding down the clutch.

Remember, the Frontier is a compact truck. It’s not bulky.  It can be more easily manipulated in tight driving situations.  Combine its nimbleness with its power and you’ve got an appealing truck that’s hard to ignore.  So visit James Ceranti Nissan to check out the Frontier and other great Nissan models!

Self-Driving Cars and Accidents: Who’s at Fault?

car accident

Everywhere we turn, we see the development of technologies which are bringing us closer and closer to a world of self-driving cars. Most automakers and experts agree that by 2020, we’ll see some form of fully autonomous cars on our roads – but there are a number of legal and insurance related questions to sort out before we’ll be able to purchase a car that drives itself.

The vast majority of accidents are caused by human error, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so it’s widely acknowledged that self-driving cars would eliminate almost all traffic accidents. However, while we can eliminate human error and drastically reduce the number of accidents, we can’t eliminate accidents altogether.

When a driverless car can’t avoid a crash, the question of who, or what, is at fault, becomes a complex legal issue. Bloomberg Businessweek points out that the RAND study predicts an increased liability for auto manufacturers, and a decrease in personal liability. The result? A decline in insurance company revenue.

Though that kind of shift would certainly effect our economy, drivers are giddy at the prospect of saving serious money with their insurance companies. A carinsurance.com study found that 90 percent of drivers would consider switching to a self-driving car in exchange for a lower cost of car insurance.

Let us know in the comments: would you buy a self-driving car in exchange for lower insurance rates?

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we can’t yet offer a self-driving car, but we can show you our lineup of safe, technology-packed cars. Stop by today!

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!

Mississippi Attractions to Get Your Summer Started Right

Summer is the perfect time to pack up your Nissan and hit the road. However, hitting the road doesn’t necessarily mean driving for hours on end. There are some awesome family adventures waiting for you right in your own backyard. This list of Mississippi attractions will make your summer memorable!

1)      Vicksburg National Military Park: Learn all about the Civil War all while having a great family adventure. This park has great outdoor exhibits to keep everyone entertained.

2)      Mississippi Petrified Forest: Take a walk through time in this enchanting forest. Visitors can walk on the nature trail, camp and even visit the on-site museum.

3)      Jackson Zoo: Get up close and personal with over 100 species of animals. The Jackson Zoo is a perfect day trip for the entire family.

4)      Birthplace of Elvis Presley: Take a tour of young Elvis Presley’s home, visit a museum and even a gift shop.

5)      Natchez National Historical Park: Learn all about the history of the Natchez, a social center of the south.

The perfect summer day trip is dependent on the perfect vehicle to get your family there. Make sure you stop by James Ceranti Nissan and take a look at our show room before you head out.

Nissan Shifts into High Gear with ZEOD RC Testing

Nissan ZEOD RC Testing Overseas for Le Mans 24 HoursLater this summer, the electric hybrid Nissan ZEOD RC will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the “Garage 56” category. This distinction is reserved for innovative technology, like the ZEOD RC, and while it won’t be able to “win,” we’re sure it will put on quite an impressive show.

To prepare for this race, Nissan has started track testing the ZEOD RC. Recently, the car spent a few days at the Snetterton track in the UK. Behind the wheel was Nissan GT Academy winner, Wolfgang Reip. Later this month, Nissan will move to the Paul Ricard track in southern France and will be joined by another Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez.

“Testing is probably one of the most important processes of all the development of the car because it’s only when you test that you see the result of all your work and that you see what you need to improve,” Reip said.

Nissan will gather data from the test runs to make any necessary changes and get the ZEOD RC in peak racing condition.

Check out this video of the car in action!

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we’ll be waiting for the start of the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 14, to see the Nissan ZEOD RD leave its impact on the racing world.

Nissan Debuts Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins

Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Concept at Chicago Auto ShowDiesel engines are all about doing a heck of a lot of work in an efficient manner—a perfect fit for a pickup truck and a savvy buyer who wants to get the most for their money. However, until recently, diesel engines have primarily been used in the biggest, heavy-duty trucks while the mid-size segment has gone largely ignored. Now, Nissan has introduced a Cummins-built diesel engine in its midsize Frontier pickup—the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept, which debuted last week at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

The Frontier Diesel Runner powered by Cummins is quite a sight to behold. Even more impressive than its eye-catching exterior is what lies beneath the hood. The Frontier Diesel Runner is equipped with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces almost 200 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Nissan has paired it with an eight-speed automatic transmission and says it will be 35 percent more fuel efficient than its V6-powered gasoline counterpart.

Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Concept at Chicago Auto ShowWhile Nissan is calling this a “project truck” to test the waters, we think it has a great chance of making its way into production in the very near future. After all, when it comes to pairing superlative fuel efficiency with powerful performance and full-size capabilities, what’s not to love?

“Nissan has always valued the mid-size pickup segment, and with this technical study project, we are looking to explore what is possible for the next-generation Frontier,” says Fred Diaz, a Nissan senior vice president, in a statement. “We are always looking for ways to engage our customers.”

How much would you love to see the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner appear on the James Ceranti Nissan lot? Voice your opinion in the comment below, and maybe Nissan will make your wish come true!