Nissan Works with FedEx to Test the e-NV200 in U.S. Market

Nissan Works with FedEx to Test e-NV200's Delivery PotentialIs there anything better than receiving a much-anticipated package and getting it fast? How about knowing it was brought to you on the wheels of an all-electric vehicle leaving no carbon emissions in its wake? This will soon be the case for package recipients in the D.C. area as Nissan works with FedEx Express to test the Nissan e-NV200 for the first time in North America.

In this ideal partnership, both companies are committed to changing their impact on the environment for the better. This will be Nissan’s second globally-marketed, all-electric vehicle –the LEAF was the first.

Adding the e-NV200 compact commercial van to the FedEx Express lineup matches well with FedEx’s EarthSmart program, which is “designed to guide the company’s environmental commitment in the communities where it operates.”

Nissan Works with FedEx to Test e-NV200's Delivery PotentialInitially, as Nissan works with FedEx, field tests will incorporate the e-NV200 into the routine duties of a delivery vehicle with the goal of discerning its possible future in delivery.

“We’re eager to work with FedEx and other companies to put the e-NV200 through its paces to continue to build awareness of the capability of electric vehicles and to evaluate how well it meets the needs of the commercial consumer,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “We’d also like to explore clever uses of EVs in work environments where carbon emissions of gas-powered vehicles make them impractical or impossible to use.”

Even though we at James Ceranti Nissan clearly don’t live near D.C., we’ll be shipping packages to our loved ones in the area in hopes they’ll arrive via Nissan’s e-NV200!

Nissan’s New Sport Sedan Concept Offers Glimpse of Future Designs

Nissan's Sport Sedan Concept at 2014 NAIASIf you thought your tractor was sexy, wait until you check out Nissan’s new Sport Sedan Concept. Based on the ever-popular Maxima, the Sport Sedan takes on an edge as it captured the attention of attendees at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in its world debut.

Nissan’s Sport Sedan adds to a growing lineup that reflects the automaker’s next generation design vocabulary.

“Our new design direction mirrors the strength, power and capabilities of the engineering and innovation that serves as the foundation of every Nissan vehicle,” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, said.

The Sport Sedan, glistening in “Strad-Amber” – a vibrant shade of burnt orange – keeps the Maxima’s 3.5-liter V6 engine with front-wheel drive.

The Sport Sedan Concept calls to mind movement itself with a fluid body design, sharp creases, V-shaped grille, and “floating” roof. Inside, diamond-shaped graphics incorporated in the seating create a three-dimensional quality.

Nissan aims to extend its reach to the upcoming generation as the company enhances the distinct design of future vehicles. We at James Ceranti Nissan think the next generation will have no problem ditching those bulky, green tractors for Nissan’s sleek, new Sport Sedan Concept.

Global Nissan Executive Named to Queen’s New Year Honors List

Nissan Chief of Planning and Excecutive Vice President Makes the Queen's New Year Honors ListObviously, we don’t have a queen here in the United States, but if we did, it would be a pretty cool honor to earn her recognition. That’s why we are so excited for Nissan’s Andy Palmer to be named to Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors List.

Palmer, who serves as Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, received a new title this year. He is now a Companion of The Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG).

He was specifically named to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Service and Overseas New Year Honors List for his influential role in bringing significant automotive projects to the United Kingdom, establishing it as a base for automotive manufacturing.

Palmer was also instrumental in forging long-term partnerships with Infiniti, Red Bull Racing, and Williams Advanced Engineering

So what does Palmer have to say about all this recognition from the Queen?

“This award is a genuine surprise and I am humbled, honored and extremely delighted to receive it. I would like to thank all the people of Nissan that have helped me achieve this.”

Congratulations, Mr. Palmer, from your friends here in the U.S.!

Nissan Offers Brand-New Rogue as Prize for Opening the Briefcase

Nissan's Open the Briefcase Contest Winners Will Get New 2014 RogueNissan is excited about the all-new 2014 Rogue.They’re so excited in fact that they’ve created a high-adventure sweepstakes to get you better acquainted with the crossover.

“Who doesn’t want a little adventure and intrigue every now and then?” said Jon Brancheau, vice president of Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America. “We thought this would be a fun way to get our fans excited and show off the all-new Nissan Rogue at the same time.”

To enter the Open the Briefcase contest, visit the Rogue’s Briefcase page on Facebook. View the video and simply follow the instructions from there as you try to discover what’s inside the briefcase.

Instead of finding yourself in a scene like the unfortunate passenger featured in the video, you could find yourself cruising the streets in one of three new 2014 Nissan Rogues being given away as grand prizes. If you haven’t watched the video yet, you’ll just have to wait to see the passenger’s high-speed adventures; but trust us, you’ll definitely want to choose your own adventure in a new Rogue.

The contest began Jan. 3 and lasts until Feb. 13. One entry can be submitted per day, so you can always come back the next day and try to unlock the briefcase again.

Be sure to check out all the official rules so you won’t have the contest officials chasing you down.

Of course, don’t forget to tell us at James Ceranti Nissan how your adventure fares.

Nissan Heritage Car Parade Commemorates a Rich 80-Year History

Nissan Heritage Car Parade Celebrated 80 Years of Nissan InnovationLast month, Nissan celebrated its 80-year anniversary. While the company’s official birthday was Dec. 26, Nissan commemorated the milestone with the Nissan Heritage Car Parade three days earlier.

Over 100 vehicles were driven through the streets of Yokohama, Japan, where Nissan’s headquarters are located, providing onlookers with a vivid display of the automaker’s history.

The oldest car was a 1935 Datsun 14 Phaeton whose owner transported the vehicle over 600 kilometers to be driven in the parade.

“We are here today to celebrate 80 years since the establishment of Nissan, and we have gathered cars from all ages. These cars are a testament to the history of Nissan, and the source of much innovation and excitement over the years,” said Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan’s vice chairman.

“Today I feel that it is necessary for us to keep making and offering Nissan cars that people will cherish for a long time.”

The parade was the culminating event in a year of celebrations honoring eight decades of Nissan innovation.

We may not have been there for all 80 years, but at James Ceranti Nissan, we sure are grateful for Nissan’s rich history and the numerous advancements that have been made since 1933.