Nissan Envisions Future with Cleaner Cars

Cleaner Cars in Nissan's Future with Innovative Self-Cleaning Paint

Image and video courtesy of the Nissan Europe YouTube Channel.

If you’re like most people of the world, washing your car is not at the top of your priority list. Maybe you feel pangs of guilt every morning when you see the ever-mounting layer of grime collecting on your car, but still, there are more important demands of everyday life to which you must tend. In the near future, Nissan may be washing (shameless pun) all that guilt away and providing us with a road full of much cleaner cars…

Nissan recently released a video demonstrating a new “self-cleaning” paint on a Nissan Note. Watch the video below, and prepare to be amazed.

The paint, which was created by UltraTech and sold under the name Ultra-Ever Dry, is a super-hydrophobic paint that creates a thin layer of air between the paint and the environment. This causes water, dirt, and oil to just roll right off the surface.

While Nissan has said this high-tech paint may not end up on a production model, it will most likely be an option for an add-on at the dealership.

Would you like to keep your Nissan car clean with this futuristic paint?

Nissan Aims for Detroit for 2016 Nissan Titan Debut

2016 Nissan Titan to Improve on Current Model with Additional Powertrain OptionsThe auto industry is always looking towards the future. It seems 2014 has barely begun, and we’re already talking about 2015 and even 2016 models. Our favorite carmaker already has plans for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where the brand will unveil the redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan.

According to Fred Diaz, Nissan’s North American senior vice president of sales, the redesigned Titan “will get us into 93 percent of the market segment.”

This is because the 2016 Nissan Titan will boast key options that previous generations have lacked. This includes engine options and a regular cab. Edmunds reports that the 2016 Titan should have three engine choices, including a V6, V8, and a diesel V6.

Diaz and Nissan Trucks just made waves recently at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept Powered by Cummins was revealed.

We think three powertrain options are great additions to the Titan, which is in need of some updates in order to catch the eye of discerning truck buyers. We’ll mark our calendars for Detroit Auto Show next January and keep our eyes out for the 2016 Nissan Titan reveal. In the meantime, stop out and see us here at James Ceranti Nissan to test drive a Titan or Frontier today!

Nissan Smells a World with Zero Emissions

The Scent of Zero EmissionsCan you imagine what the world would smell like with zero emissions being produced? Nissan is serious about making that future a reality, so the company solicited the expertise of Dr. George Dodd to create a scent that would reflect that futuristic smell.

Dodd, a Master Perfumer and Aroma Academy Scientist, took long walks in the Scottish Highlands to invent the new scent infused with the smells of freshly-cut grass, myrtle oil, natural orange, and the “light as air” molecule.

While the scent hints at the clean future Nissan is seeking to create, it also elicits feelings of nostalgia.

Dodd said of his scent, “This bespoke, futuristic aroma embodies a palate of smell sensations that have never before existed together and represents a future Nissan is helping us drive towards.”

The scent is currently being created as a Christmas gift for LEAF customers and Nissan employees in Europe. It will be featured on a LEAF-shaped car freshener, a thank you for helping a zero emissions future seem closer to a reality.

We at James Ceranti Nissan think this scent may travel to the States eventually, at least we hope so. We can’t wait to smell the future.

Nissan Takes the Autonomous Drive LEAF to the Highway

Autonomous Drive LEAFWith the all-electric LEAF, Nissan became an industry-leader for electric vehicles. Nissan is once again a leader in the automotive world as its all-electric, autonomous LEAF took to Japan’s public highways for the first time last month.

Last year, the Autonomous Drive LEAF was the first vehicle to be issued a Japanese license (meaning we are now one step closer to the inevitable robot takeover), and they have been putting that license to good use ever since.

Not long ago, the fully-autonomous vehicle took Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, for a drive around the National Diet Front Garden.

Several days ago, the LEAF drove Kanagawa prefecture’s governor, Yuji Kuroiwa, on the Sagami Expressway near the “Sagami Robot Industry Special Zone.” The setting was fitting as other advanced-technology projects are being developed and tested in the area.

The vehicle merged onto the highway and reached speeds of 80 kilometers, which is about 50 miles per hour, passing slower moving cars.

The success of this test drive is further evidence of how close Nissan is to reaching its goal of bringing a fully autonomous vehicle to market in 2020.

What do you think about owning Nissan’s fully autonomous vehicle in the near future? Let us at James Ceranti Nissan know in the comments below.

Popular Science’s “2012 Best of What’s New” Includes Nissan DeltaWing

Nissan DeltaWingPopular Science magazine has named their “2012 Best of What’s New” products and innovations. The list includes top tech innovations that represent significant advancements across twelve categories. The Nissan DeltaWing has been included on this list.

Debuting this past summer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France, DeltaWing is a ground-breaking racecar that features half the weight of the typical Le Mans prototype car. It also only consumes about half the fuel of these other racecars.

“The Nissan DeltaWing was designed and built with the initial aim of completing the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans using just half the fuel and half the tires of contemporary sports prototypes,” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsports Director. “This recognition from Popular Science is evidence that the Nissan DeltaWing is truly something different, and we’re glad that its innovative contributions to racing have been recognized.”

“One of the key elements to the success of the DeltaWing is its highly-advanced and hugely-efficient Nissan 1.6 engine,” added Cox. “During the project, our engineers learned a lot about high performance, high efficiency engines as well as radical aerodynamics, advanced lightweight technologies and breakthrough chassis dynamics. All these things are important trends in road car development. Nissan used this project to fast track our learning.”

Nissan Introduces Autonomous Emergency Steering

Whether it was a rabbit, a deer, a raccoon or maybe even another car on the road, every driver has had an instance where something has jumped out in front of their vehicle and it was too late to brake, so they had to swerve to avoid hitting it.  Hopefully your reactions were fast enough, or Thumper may have just become road kill.

Luckily for wildlife creatures everywhere, Nissan has announced the development of it “Autonomous Emergency Steering System.”  According to Nissan’s release, the “system offers a high level of collision avoidance capability by applying automatic braking and automatic steering in situations where a collision is imminent and evading obstacles by braking may not be effective.”

Essentially what the system will be able to do is avoid unexpected obstacles automatically for the driver when it is too late to successfully engage the brake to avoid the collision.  It does this by utilizing a front-mounted camera equipped with radar, two right and left rear radars and five laser scanners placed around the vehicle.

To learn more about Nissan’s Autonomous Emergency Steering System, visit James Ceranti Nissan in Greenville, MS.

 

2013 Altima Boasts Three Features Only Seen Previously On Luxury Models

2013 AltimaThe all-new, completely redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima has created a lot of buzz since it arrived in dealerships several weeks ago. This innovative sport sedan has been installed with features that were only seen on luxury models prior to the new Altima’s influx. Three of these features we’d like to highlight all center around the rear-camera of this vehicle.

One available luxury option on the 2013 Altima is Lane Departure Warning. The rear camera scans the road for lane markers and the camera is ‘smart’ enough to know if the car departs from the confines of the lane. If this occurs, the camera sends a signal to light up an icon on the dashboard and relay audible cue sounds to the driver.

Blind Spot Warning is another luxury feature that can help make the driver aware of their surroundings. If another vehicle enters Altima’s blind spot, an icon lights up on the dashboard to alert the driver. If the driver disregards the warning and attempts to change lanes by activating their turn signal, an audible cue will sound to alert the driver again.

A third available feature on the new Altima is Moving Objective Detection. When the car is put in reverse, the camera quickly begins scanning the environment behind the vehicle. If the camera detects a moving object while scanning this area, a beeping cue sounds and a yellow frame surrounds the rear camera image in the center dash in the car’s interior.

Find innovative 2013 Nissan Altima now at James Ceranti Nissan. Visit our Greenville dealership for a test drive today or view photos and specs of our available inventory online at www.jamescerantinissan.net.