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

automatic emergency braking

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.

Hatchback Model and Additional Engines in the Works for Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is a frontrunner in the American compact car segment, and the current model year is the latest of seven generations of success and experience. The small sedan has always had a place in the market, even though it only offers one engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a modest amount of power — though, to be fair, a small, lightweight car such as the Sentra does not need a lot of power to deliver smooth, easy performance. However, Nissan still wants to expand the capabilities of the lineup; company reps recently unveiled plans for a Nissan Sentra hatchback, in addition to more variety in the vehicle’s engine lineup.

The hatchback variant of the Sentra nameplate hasn’t seen the light of day in over 26 years, when the hatchback disappeared from the Sentra family, but plans to revive the model are part of a strategy to compete with the increasing popularity of compact crossovers, which blur the line between traditional SUVs and the much smaller hatchback. In addition, Nissan representatives say the more engine options, including the possibility of turbocharged options, may be added to the Sentra’s available features in the near future.

When discussing the possibility of the Nissan Sentra hatchback, officials are cautious, with good reason; the brand will have to find a good strategy to break into the market dominated by Mazda and Ford, whose Focus and Mazda3 hatchbacks are at the top of the class in terms of sales. Plus, with more competition on the way in the form of the Chevy Cruze hatchback, the Sentra hatchback will need to offer class-topping quality to make a splash.

Nissan Leaf Mobile Power Supply System Being Tested

Nissan Leaf mobile power supply

Image is of 2014 Nissan Leaf.

With an electric vehicle, you typically have to use your house to charge your car, relying on your power plug-in to reload your car’s juice. But have you ever thought about using your electric car to charge your home?

That’s the vision Nissan has for the Leaf EV. By teaming up with energy provider ENEL, Nissan is launching a Vehicle 2 Grid system to turn the Leaf EV into a mobile power supply, as well as a Leaf-to-Home energy station in Japan.

A Nissan Leaf mobile power supply would be able to run a house, office, and entire power grid. Why would this be something that should interest Leaf owners? The idea is that owners could run their electrical utilities off the car’s 30kWh battery during peak hours when electricity is most expensive or limited.

This idea was conceived of by Nissan after Japan began limiting energy utilization following the 2011 tsunami. This would allow Leaf owners to conserve power and use it when they want to.

The price of the special charger device is speculated to be around $900, making it affordable for all Leaf owners. Unfortunately, this technology will take time before it spreads outside of test areas in Japan and Western Europe.

Nissan’s New Concept Car Designed for the Digital Generation

In its newest concept vehicle, Nissan defies all traditional senses of the car as we know it. Say goodbye to old-school knobs, buttons, and dials, and hello to touchscreens, everywhere.

Aimed at the “share native” generation of social media addicts who will get their drivers licenses after the year 2020, the super-futuristic concept car, called the “Teatro for Dayz,” features touchscreens on nearly every flat surface of the car’s interior. Designed to keep drivers and their passengers connected, entertained, and engaged, Nissan’s new concept car will be capable of logging into any number of social networks, displaying video content, and much more on the go.

The Teatro for Dayz concept is a boxy 0.66-liter, three-cylinder minicar designed to regain interest among young car buyers in the Japanese market, where minicars are increasingly popular, but interest in cars among the country’s youth is fading fast.

“We took very specific approaches in the planning of this car, focusing on the types of people who would never show any interest in cars no matter what we do,” Tatsuya Shiosaki, a Nissan advanced product planning manager said.

According to Bloomberg, we can expect to learn more about the concept during the Tokyo Motor Show beginning on October 30th.

The Teatro for Dayz concept car isn’t likely to hit our streets anytime soon, but here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to know what you think. Is it a great way to re-engage a younger generation with cars, or distraction from the road? Tell us in the comments!

Nissan Keeps Fans Waiting for News on New Nissan LEAF

New Nissan LEAFEven though other brands continue to make bold announcements about their upcoming EVs, Nissan continues to make fans wait for news on the next-generation LEAF. Since the Nissan LEAF is currently the best-selling EV in the world, Nissan may be right to feel like they hold all the cards. “Of course things are in the works,” Brian Brockman of Nissan said at the Chicago Auto Show, but refused to be more specific than that.

We’re hoping to hear more specifics about the next-generation LEAF this summer. For now, though, we can remind you that the new EV will boast double the range of the current LEAF, giving it up to 200 miles of travel per charge. Nissan has promised that future models will include capabilities like wireless charging, but it remains to be seen if that feature will start with this new LEAF.

The LEAF has already sold close to 200,000 units—a huge number, especially for an electric car—and this new generation of the vehicle should cause those numbers to rocket even higher. Nissan haseven promised the new LEAF will have a more mainstreamdesign, an effort to bring the EV segment home to everyone. Come see us here at James Ceranti Nissan to learn more!

Nissan Sway Hatchback Concept Turns Segment on Head

 

When you think of a hatchback, it’s likely that the image that comes to mind is a cute, sporty vehicle that is fun-to-drive. Now, Nissan is looking to completely shatter this image with the Nissan Sway hatchback concept car. This brand-new concept car from the Japanese carmaker offers an innovative design, sexier silhouette, and powerful engine that has shaken the hatchback segment to its core.

The Sway Concept offers a new, bold style that reflects Nissan’s newest design philosophy. Nissan combines sharp angles, edgier bodylines, and a thinner silhouette to shake the typical “Girl Next Door” appeal of a hatchback, changing it instead into a bit of a sexpot. The sophisticated, sultry appeal is enhanced even more so with the Sway’s floating roof design, which uses a panoramic glass roof and special window design to give the illusion of 360 views.  As you would expect, the stylish exterior hints at the elegant interior.

There is little information about whether the Nissan Sway hatchback concept will enter production, but make sure you check back to James Ceranti Nissan for more information about this new model!

“Sketch Pad”: Third Chapter Of Nissan Titan Truckumentary

nissan titan truckumentary

Ever wonder how a vehicle becomes realized from the ground up? The third chapter in a unique series of short videos from Nissan captures the process of what it was like to design the newest generation of the Nissan Titan.

Our guide for the third chapter of the Nissan Titan Truckumentary, entitled, “Sketch Pad,” is Diane Allen, Senior Design Manager. She seems overwhelmingly qualified for the job, having worked at Nissan for 30 years and overseen the design of a number of significant models. Not to mention, her passion and enthusiasm is very evident, and contagious.

She explains how her team consists of design people who each have their own specialty. There are people whose job it is to sketch, people who do clay-modeling, digital creation, milling, and scanning.

Allen spoke fondly and excitedly of how the team assembled and began what she calls a “design conversation.” Part of that process was creating an “inspiration wall,” where team members could place inspiration objects, from images of the god Titan to power tools.

The finished product does look admittedly…visionary. At the least, its shape and design cues give it a strong presence. That came from the Nissan’s team design philosophy. According to Allen, the team “had to be our own.”

“We had to be Nissan,” she said. At James Ceranti Nissan, we loved catching up on the latest edition of the Truckumentary. Let us know in the comments what you thought.

Diesel Nissan Titan Gets Tough

Diesel Nissan Titan

The new diesel Nissan Titan was made for the driver that wants their truck to be tough.

If you want your pickup to be big, tough, and bold, the new diesel Nissan Titan was made for you. Nissan has taken macho and rugged to the extreme with the 2016 Titan, in hopes of reviving the pickup’s demand and pulling in a much bigger market share.

When the Titan’s designers went to work, they took inspiration from the truck’s name. In an effort to make the pickup a “titan” among its rivals, the designers used the Titan’s new design to bring to life the toughest warriors and athletes they could imagine. According to USA Today, the designers at Nissan’s design headquarters in San Diego studied the images of bulky NFL players and armored gladiators, even posting pictures around their offices. The result? A modern, muscular pickup with masculine hardware and bold character lines.

The Titan doesn’t just appear to be powerful; it actually is. One of the Titan’s biggest advantages it its new 5.0-liter Cummins V8 diesel engine, which promises to deliver the power and capability of a heavy-duty truck, but with increased efficiency. Rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, and with the ability to tow up to 12,000 pounds, the new Titan will rival the Ram 1500 and its V6 EcoDiesel.

Look for the 2016 Nissan Titan to go on sale at James Ceranti Nissan later this year!

New Nissan Murano Pushes SUV into Premium Territory

Nissan Murano

The new Nissan Murano is borderline luxury with its stylish design and luxurious interior.

The Nissan Murano has been a mainstay in the brand’s lineup for quite a while now, but the new version of the SUV pushes the model into more premium territory than ever before. The Murano has always been stylish, but its new design makes it a downright luxury car for the 2015 model year. It’s not just the sexier new exterior design, but a more comfortable, luxurious interior as well.

That interior is a spacious one—with 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space and 147.7 cubic feet of interior volume overall. Plus, you get the benefit of technologies like Around View Monitor, a power driver’s seat, the NissanConnect system, USB ports, and much, much more. And that’s without taking into account all the luxurious materials included in the interior.

The new Nissan Murano runs on a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which means that it has equal power to go with all that added luxury as a 2015 model. You get 260 horsepower and 28 mpg highway with that engine, so this SUV can obviously accomplish anything and everything you want and need it to. Just come visit us here at James Ceranti Nissan to learn more!

Nissan Making More Hybrid Models

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Rumors have been circulating lately that Nissan will be adding more of its models to the list of hybrids sometime around 2015. The latest to join the family will be the Rogue and the Murano. In the past, Nissan has shied away from hybrid vehicles, offering only the Altima, which is limited in production. But changes can be expected as Nissan plans to launch a total of 15 electric vehicles by 2016.

The Pathfinder Hybrid will go on sale this fall, kicking off these new hybrid endeavors for the automaker. There has also been talk of a different variation of the Altima Hybrid as well. The Pathfinder’s specifications may be mirrored in the release of the new Rogue and Murano, so look forward to a 2.5-liter supercharged engine, and a lithium-ion battery pack.

We haven’t heard word on the release date of the Murano, but the 2014 Nissan Rogue will be revealed September 10. Are you excited to see more options available in the Nissan lineup?