Nissan LEAF Innovates in New Vehicle-to-Grid Project

New Vehicle-to-Grid Project

Nissan continues to utilize the power of the NIssan LEAF to better the environment through the new vehicle-to-grid project.

When the Nissan LEAF debuted in 2010, it provided a revolutionary alternative to traditional gasoline in powering vehicles. We at James Ceranti Nissan are not surprised the automaker is now exploring the electric car battery’s potential to power more than the vehicle. The most recent endeavor is a new vehicle-to-grid project in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

“As the global leader in electric vehicle sales, Nissan is researching ways to integrate the all-electric LEAF into homes, buildings and power grids to unlock new value that could provide future benefits to customers, businesses and utility companies alike,” said Toby Perry, marketing director for the Nissan LEAF. “With projects such as the Los Angeles Air Force Base fleet, Nissan can gather valuable insights to ensure that our vehicles are ready when similar programs are deployed by utilities or other entities on a larger scale.”

What does all of this research and data mean to LEAF owners? Added value. The ultimate goal of this endeavor is to lower the price of ownership for a new fleet of plug-in electric

vehicles. That’s always a good thing for consumers – and, if it makes green electric vehicles more popular – a good thing for the environment.

Nissan’s Reliability More Impressive than the Entire VW Lineup

Nissan's Reliability More Impressive than VW

We don’t want to rub it in or anything, but it’s now a scientific fact that the Nissan Maxima is more reliable than the entire Volkswagen lineup. When it comes to purchasing a used car, shoppers want something that’s sure to last. In an effort to find out which cars truly stand the test of time and remain reliable, the Long-Term Quality Index was founded. According to the founders, the index is based not on opinion, but scientific data.

The index takes into account 550,000 data samples from across the country and measures specific factors that tell you how well a car has performed over its life: mileage, age, and condition. The study removes owner bias – only skilled mechanics and professionals appraise each vehicle’s condition. The index also focuses exclusively on condition and longevity – cars that are 18 years or older or have 180,000 or more miles are considered.

The study found that only a few kinds of vehicles routinely outperform (and outlive) their competitors. As it turns out, Nissan’s reliability is among the best in the world. The study calls Nissan’s ranking as one of the world’s most reliable cars the study’s biggest surprise – but we aren’t the least bit surprised. Maximas seem to last forever.

Based on the study, Maximas model year 2002 and earlier with a 3-liter engine and four-speed automatic offer exceptional long-term reliability. The index reports that 1,038 Maximas out of 4,825 included in the study have driven over 180,000 miles – that’s a whopping 21 percent – versus only 785 Volkswagens out of 14,518 included in the study (just 5.4 percent).

If you’re ready to buy a car that will stand the test of time, consider a Nissan. Stop by James Ceranti Nissan today to learn more about Nissan’s reliability and our long-lasting lineup, including the 2015 Maxima!

The SEMA Lineup Focuses on Performance With 2015 GT-R NISMO


We here at James Ceranti Nissan are always shocked by what NISMO develops for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. When designing something for one of the world’s largest post-production tuning shows, the engineers can get pretty creative.

The SEMA NISMO lineup was one of the largest at the show, featuring the 2015 GT-R NISMO on center stage. With performance in mind, the engineers down at NISMO outdid themselves once again.

Featuring a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V6 engine mated with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, the GT-R NISMO can do 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. In other words, if you saw the GT-R on the road, it’d be nothing but a blur. It also features a modified suspension, new dampers, turbos, a rear spoiler and a front splitter.

Car and Driver loved it, saying: “you’ll exit saying ‘incredible, incredible.’” They added that the new modifications make this model one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive on a track.

With a design like this, we can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for next year’s SEMA show!

Cars, Parts, and Accessories in “NISMO Lounge” at the 2014 SEMA Show

Nissan fans will be able to check out the “NISMO Lounge” at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas from November 4 to 7, where the Japanese automaker will show off NISMO-branded production vehicles, performance parts, and aftermarket accessories.

NISMO, which is short for “NISsan Motorsports,” offers innovative technology and high performance parts for street use. You can learn more about getting your own factory-made performance parts at James Ceranti Nissan.

Present at the booth will be the new 600-horsepower 2015 GT-R NISMO factory supercar and Nissan 370Z NISMO safety vehicle, which has just recently been fulfilling its duties at the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race in Austin, Texas.

Hiroshi Tamura, Chief Product Specialist for the GT-R, Z, and NISMO line, and Darren Cox, global head of NISMO Brand, Marketing, and Sales, will also be present at the booth, along with other staff from product planning, market, and accessories departments.