Nissan Plans Substantial Altima Midcycle Changes

2015 Nissan Altima

Nissan plans some serious Altima midcycle changes including an appearance redesign.

Nissan is reportedly planning substantial Altima midcycle changes for the 2016 model year to keep up with the recently-refreshed Toyota Camry.

For the 2015 model year, the current Altima had been updated with new standard content like NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and several other tweaks and bonuses.

Its appearance had remained unchanged, however, something that Nissan intends to address with this midcycle refresh. Pierre Loing, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning, said they were planning something “significant” for the Altima midcycle, though he declined to mention what kind of changes exactly.

“If you look at fuel economy, we’re very good,” he added. “Altima is 38 miles per gallon. It’s a light car. It’s already up there, and of course we will reinforce this when we do the midcycle.”

We at James Ceranti Nissan look forward to seeing what Nissan comes up with!

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 NISMO Here, NISMO There, NISMO Everywhere!

Nissan is known for its sporty look and refined power. The Nissan NISMO series was launched with the name coming from the NISsan MOtorports divisiion. These sporty vehicles are focused on power, agility and technology. They stem from a passion for the sport and a love of the ride. The namesake began for the purpose of motorsports, however, it did not stay with solely with the sport for long. Nissan quickly began developing a NISMO line for everyday driving.

Currently, Nissan currently offers a NISMO iteration of the Nissan Juke, Nissan 370Z, Nissan GT-R and a Nissan Sentra concept. However, we are excited to hear that Nissan has announced a NISMO version of the Nissan Versa Note. This model will include an updated appearance, custom sport seats and upgraded tires. They plan to release the Nissan NISMO Versa Note in Japan this fall.

Unfortunately, it is not known if Nissan will release this version in the United States. Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we are excited about the direction that Nissan is going and we anxiously await an announcement regarding the NISMO Versa Note’s release in the United States.

Want to learn more about the Nissan Versa Note? Make sure you stop by and take a look at our inventory of the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

Nissan Sympathizes with Furloughed Government Employees

Clapping for NissanNissan Motor Company is showing their support and sympathy for their customers that are facing financial turmoil as a result of the recent government shutdown. Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp (NMAC) is offering extensions on car payments for customers that purchased Nissan vehicles through their financial services division and have been negatively impacted by the furlough.

According to Torque News, NMAC president, Mark Kaczynski emphasized Nissan’s hope to help their customers: “[Nissan] is sympathetic to any of our customers who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances—many times outside of their control—and we want to provide assistance to help them through those times of uncertainty.”

Payment extensions for up to 90 days will be available for furloughed government employees who may have a hard time keeping up with their car payments due to the current political climate and government shut down. This assistance is only available to Nissan customers with loans through the NMAC.

Always ready to lend a helping hand—just another reason to applaud Nissan Motor Company and love the Nissan brand!

2014 Nissan Rogue Will Have Three Rows

2014 Nissan RogueThere’s no denying that Nissan has been on fire this year, with all-new versions of the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Versa Note. We have already been blown away by these changes, but who could forget the Rogue? After all, it’s the second-best selling Nissan model in the US. We are excited to announce this second-generation SUV will receive a third row with seating capability for seven. But don’t expect this to make the Rogue feel smaller. Not only do the back and middle rows fold flat for storage, but so does the front passenger seat.

A light, airy redesign makes the cabin inside feel larger, but measurement-wise the new Rogue is only marginally larger than its previous model. The engine will be a four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel models are expected to hit 33 mpg highway.

The new 2014 Nissan Rogue production will be moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, and believe it or not, Nissan is already taking pre-orders at its website. What do you think about the new 2014 Rogue? Do you think the larger capacity makes it more family friendly?

Nissan GT-R Racers Comically Pre-Occupied

2013 Nissan GT-RNissan boasts that the GT-R is not just any old supercar—it’s “the supercar”. As one of the very fastest cars available on the market for the modern driver, the GT-R is a beautiful combination of unbridled muscle, prized Nissan technology, and unique character.

Part of the marvel and praise associated with the Nissan GT-R is its perfect balance of power and control. Despite incredibly high 500+ horsepower, the GT-R is known for superb handling. However, not all critics deem this a good thing, arguing curtly that the car pretty much drives itself.

YouTube’s That Racing Channel decided to answer those criticisms with a particularly entertaining video which we’ve included below. The video features two GT-R drivers engaging in a race during which both are pre-occupied, to say the least. As the cars speed forward on perfectly straight paths, the drivers play handheld video games, eat over-stuffed sandwiches, catch naps, and even shave.

Obviously, this method of driving is not recommended or realistic, but the video is definitely worth a watch, especially for those of us that appreciate the GT-R in all its glory! Check it out for a good laugh, and come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan!

Self-Driving Nissans in 2020

Self-Driving NissansNissan is getting a lot of attention from auto industry fans and tech gurus alike with a recent announcement promising autonomous vehicles by 2020. Yes, it’s what it sounds like. Autonomous, as in self-driving. Self-driving, as in sit back, and enjoy the ride.

In a recent press release, Nissan guaranteed market introduction of Autonomous Drive technology by 2020. In the report, CEO Carlos Ghosn explains that Nissan’s confidence in meeting that deadline stems from success in establishing the LEAF as the world’s top-selling zero-emission EV. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,” Ghosn claimed.

Bearing in mind that over 90% of car accidents are the result of human error, the prospect of a self-driving vehicle is extremely attractive. Nissan’s press release illuminates the grim details, noting that more than six million crashes occur in the United States per year. In fact, car accidents are the leading killer of Americans from the ages of four to 34.

Therein lies Nissan’s motivation. As long as humans control cars, there will be collisions and accidents. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never be perfect. Nissan is planning to effectively reduce the necessary amount of input from the driver to help us stay safe on the road.

Nissan is currently working with the brilliant minds at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many other universities and institutions known for their technological prowess. According to the press release, testing grounds with real road conditions and geographic configurations are being constructed in Japan, and production and testing have been initialized to explore the strengths and limitations of current tech specs.

The future of transportation is right around the corner! Until then, we’ll keep driving our Nissans ourselves—come find the perfect one for you at James Ceranti Nissan!

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?

Car Theft Prevention, Recovery Statistics

Car TheftAre you proactive when it comes to car theft prevention? Where and when are parked cars most susceptible to a break-in? What is the likelihood your stolen goods will be recovered?

Progressive Insurance claims trainer Todd Golling suggests that a passive approach to prevention is not enough to protect your car and/or your belongings from being stolen. A former Virginia State Trooper, Golling explains that preventative measures can and should be taken to reduce your risk. Drivers should always remove valuable items from their parked cars, keep their cars locked, and carry along a blanket to hide bags from visibility during shopping trips. Cars bearing stickers that suggest the car has an alarm system (whether it does or not) can also be useful deterrents.

“Thieves are lazy,” Golling explains. “So if you do anything to make their job more difficult, they’ll move on to the next car.” Some drivers go so far as to install lockable gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers. Be careful not to leave any personal information in your vehicle that would provide a criminal with your address, and never leave spare keys to the car itself or to your home in the vehicle.

Practice extra caution when you know your car will be parked for an extended period of time; places like sports arenas, concert venues, churches, and hotel parking lots are highly susceptible to vehicle theft.

In terms of theft recovery, Progressive Insurance reported that in 2012 the U.S. average was 46% with some states doing a much better job than others. Washington’s recovery rate was an impressive 71% followed by Utah with 63% while Michigan and Pennsylvania had the worst recovery rates with 19% and 26%, respectively.

Progressive data demonstrates that summer months and weekends are the times during which the highest numbers of theft incidents occur. Being aware of where, when, and how long you are parking your car and taking the suggested preventative measures are simple ways to protect your car, your belongings, and your peace of mind.

Nissan Bringing Jobs To Mississippi

New Nissan Jobs Building the MuranoMississippi governor Phil Bryant joined Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park in Canton at the end of last month. An existing Nissan vehicle assembly plant is already in Canton and this addition will add more than 800 jobs. Local officials were joined by Dan Bednarzyk, Nissan Vice President of Total Delivered Cost and David Aldana, Nissan Vice President for Manufacturing, who helped with the groundbreaking ceremonies.

“Today, we begin an exciting new chapter in Mississippi as we continue our localization and investment efforts in the United States,” Bednarzyk said. “Today’s groundbreaking supports our efforts to bring more Nissan cars and trucks to our plant in Mississippi and means more Mississippi jobs. Additionally, the supplier park will help make us more globally competitive at our Canton Mississippi plant.”

“For a decade, Nissan has been a loyal corporate partner and has created thousands of jobs for Mississippians,” Gov. Bryant said. “The addition of the new supplier park will bring more manufacturing jobs to Mississippi and serves to strengthen our growing automotive sector. I am grateful to Nissan for demonstrating to the world that ‘Mississippi Works.’ Great things are taking place in our state, and I wish Nissan many more years of growth and success in Canton.”

The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant opened in 2003 and employs more than 5,600 people. There has been talk that the next-generation Nissan Murano assembly will be moved here. We are excited to see what other changes take place. Are you happy that Nissan is expanding its plant?