The Nissan Altima Coupe Has Seen Its Last Days

Nissan Altima coupe and sedanThe 2014 model year brings many changes to the Nissan family, including the next-generation Rogue, but for the Altima coupe, it’s time to say goodbye. The current generation won buyers over with its clean lines and sharp styling. While it’s unlikely that Nissan will release another coupe, the current one was released about a year after the sedan hit dealerships.

New For the 2014 model year are the Versa Note hatchback, the NV200 Compact Cargo van and the next-generation Rogue compact SUV. The Pathfinder hybrid will also be added later in the fall. Several models are also receiving enhancements this year, including the sedan version of the Altima, which now comes standard with the CVT transmission, the Frontier, which gets updated options packs, enhanced navigations functionality, and a sliding rear window.

For the latest information on the 2014 models, check back often or come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan for a test drive of the 2014 Versa Note!

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?

2014 Nissan Versa Note on Sale

2014 Nissan VersaAn all-new second-generation version of the hatchback has been released, and is currently on sale! The 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which hit our lots this month, is more than just another update to last year’s model. It is also the dynamic next-generation that has held the entry segment sales leadership for 20 consecutive months, when combines with the Versa Sedan!

Drivers can expect advanced technology, new styling both on the exterior and interior, and versatility. The exterior of the Note has a steeply sloped windshield and sculpted body panels. The Versa Note has great new features, such as the class-exclusive Around View Mirror, the Active Grille Shutter for better fuel economy, and adjustable floor panels with Dive-N-Hide. Of course, you can also expect NissanConnect Navigation Systems, Bluetooth, and Pandora.

With a 4 cylinder engine and dual fuel injection, the Versa Note promises to ‘get up and go’ when you are seeking that thrill ride. Come check out our new Nissan Versa Note inventory on lot today!

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.

Self Healing Paint

There’s nothing worse than having someone ding your car door, or accidentally rubbing up against a light pole or basketball hoop. And then you’ve got this ugly scratch in your car than can ruin just about anyone’s day. Scenarios like this could soon be a thing of the past with Nissan’s new ‘Self Healing’ paint.

That’s right, ‘Self Healing’ as in ‘Scratch Resistant’ paint.

As in, your day won’t be ruined anymore. Nissan is the first automaker to release something like this and we’re pretty excited that this might be the coolest car news we’ve heard all year.

While not too many details have been released yet, this video demonstrates the iAd released on iPad tablets. When users swipe through news stories, they come across a Nissan vehicle, and will continue to try to swipe, which will ‘scratch’ the car. Right in front of the viewer’s eyes, the scratch will disappear.

We hope to see ‘Self Healing’ paint on James Ceranti vehicles soon. Check it out!

Nissan Celebrates Milestone in Mississippi

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It wasn’t that long ago that close to home, Nissan Motor Company brought auto manufacturing to Canton, creating new jobs for thousands of residents. Only ten years ago in fact. To celebrate the decade of successful business, the company and its employees celebrated with a huge festival for the community at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson this past weekend. The Grammy-award winning band Kool & the Gang even performed at the festival and the day ended in fireworks.

Camille Young, the Nissan community relations manager for Canton shared, “Our employees are the heart and soul of our operation in Canton. We are also deeply grateful to the broader community that has embraced and supported us during our first decade in Mississippi, and we wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate with those who contribute to our success – our employees, their family members, our local suppliers, area businesses and our community partners.”

Nissan Canton has produced over 2 million vehicles since 2003, and has an annual payroll of more than $200 million. At James Ceranti, we are proud to live so close to such a great plant.

Keep up the great work, Nissan Canton!

Sidewalk Safety- Be Aware!

Bike Safety

Late spring and early summer automatically brings everyone out of their houses since most people have been going stir crazy during the winter. With that, you’ll see more people on the streets walking, running and bicycling. Many people enjoy a leisurely stroll after work with their pets and family. Which means it’s your job to keep an eye out for these extra pedestrians!

Make sure to drive slowly through neighborhoods and be cautious heading around corners. It’s best to always assume the pedestrian will make an unexpected move and end up right in front of you. With so many people owning smartphones and mp3 players, several of them could have headphones in and not hear or see you, especially if they have their back to you. Remember, stay on the defensive.

For those of you out for a jog or walk later in the evening, remember to wear reflective gear and always use your bike signals when turning. It’s a great way to teach your kids safety by teaching them these signals early, and by encouraging safe practices such as looking both ways before crossing the street.

If you are looking for a place in town to walk to, we would love to have you stop in and walk our lot!

Nissan GT-R Races a Fighter Jet

Speed can be fun in any language. Combine the thrill of doing something bad, the heightened senses from an adrenaline rush and the overwhelming feeling of freedom and you’ve got yourself one awesome adventure cocktail.  Nissan’s German arm recently pitted a GT-R up against an ex-Swiss Air Force fighter jet, called the Hawker Hunter. While the idea of a car vs. plane knockdown, drag-out fight is nothing new, this may be the first time a GT-R has been involved in one.

We know you won’t be disappointed by this action, which shows the two high-speed machines racing along the two-kilometer runway. We don’t want to ruin the suspense, so scroll down for the latest match-up of sports car versus fighter jet.

Will Human Drivers Become a Thing of the Past, Thanks to Autonomous Cars?

Autonomous robot carWith the advances in autonomous (self driving) vehicles, many people can’t help but wonder, “Can a robot really keep me safer than I could keep myself?” Not only are drivers asking themselves this, but lawyers have perked up it as well. After cigarettes, motorized vehicles are the next most dangerous consumer product on the market.

While the soon-to-arrive vehicles are sure to save countless lives because of this, a host of legal opportunities will emerge with regards to product liability, design defects, negligence and foreseeable harm. After all, who wants to be the first person to trust a car to drive them to work, while they sleep in the seat? To limit liabilities, the auto producing companies will need to have laws enacted to curb their legal exposure. And sadly, even if it hinders technology advancements, the systems will need to be locked down so their software cannot be overridden or modified by the user.

Autonomous cars are expected to hit the market in the next three to five years. Are consumers ready for such a change? Is the law system? Stay tuned for more details! For more info on the latest lineup of new Nissans, visit our inventory site.

 

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.