Nissan has big plans for the future. The automaker is looking to make advancements in the field of electric power, roll out new models, remove waste from its manufacturing processes, and reshape its whole aesthetic. To serve as a guiding symbol and help spearhead this shift, Nissan recently unveiled a brand new logo.
Nissan’s previous logo lasted for two decades, but the automaker decided it was time for a fresh start. Starting in 2017, design experts worked to create the new logo that will help lead Nissan into the 2020s.
Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Global Design Alfonso Albaisa assembled a team of respected designers led by Tsutomu Matsuo, the Deputy General Manager of Nissan’s Advanced Design Department. Together, the team worked to create a new logo inspired by the following words which reflect Nissan’s mission: thin, light, and flexible.
Several factors had to be considered by the team during the process. The logo had to be easy to read from a distance when illuminated and it had to represent a change from the old blocky and rigid logo. Albaisa noted that while they worked to create the logo, “visions of digitalization started swirling in our heads.”
The new logo will first appear on the all-electric Nissan Ariya crossover. And you’ll soon be seeing it pop up right here at James Ceranti Nissan.
The 2020 JD Power Initial Quality Study placed three Nissan models – the Maxima, Murano, and Armada – atop their respective segments, raising Nissan’s overall score above the average and cementing the automaker’s reputation as a brand that promises dependability, performance, and quality.
JD Power is a trusted reviewer whose Initial Quality Study tracks the number of problems faced by car owners within the first 90 days of the purchase of their vehicle. The fewer problems that owners had to put up with, the higher the vehicle’s score.
2020 Nissan Maxima
The 2020 Nissan Maxima’s win marks the third consecutive year it has topped the Large Car category. The 300 horsepower generated by its 3.5-liter engine helped it outperform and outshine its competitors.
2020 Nissan Murano
The 2020 Murano was named the #1 Midsize SUV. Its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive adapts to all circumstances and its fully-loaded, artisanal cabin offers unparalleled comfort and class.
2020 Nissan Armada
The Large SUV segment was topped by the 2020 Nissan Armada. Eight people can comfortably sit in the Armada, and its V8 powertrain cranks out 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque so you can stay firmly on the road. The 2020 Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds.
If you’re looking for award-winning quality in your next vehicle, pay us a visit at James Ceranti Nissan and test drive any or all of these top-tier Nissan models!
Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to do any maintenance on your car? Unfortunately, the complex moving parts in your car do require regular attention. One of the most frequent maintenance requirements is an oil change. While you might be tempted to delay your oil changes, it will cause bigger problems down the road if you do.
Oil is essentially the blood of your vehicle’s engine. Its purpose is to keep everything running smoothly and prevent the buildup of dirt and other particles by carrying it out of the engine. Over time, the oil will begin to break down due to the collected dirt and high temperatures under the hood, which is called thermal breakdown. When this happens, the oil can thicken and turn into sludge.
The sludge blocks the flow of oil in the engine, and essential parts like the crankshafts, camshafts, and valves will begin to wear down because the oil usually keeps the moving parts from rubbing against each other. Without the necessary lubrication, your engine can suffer major damage and ultimately need a partial rebuild or total replacement.
If you skipped an oil change, you can go to any mechanic and have your engine tested to see if there’s any impending damages or repairs needed.
Changing your oil periodically is an inexpensive way to maintain your car for the long run. If you need an oil change or would like to diagnose your engine, contact us at James Ceranti Nissan and we’ll be glad to take care of you.
Automakers like Nissan are developing advanced electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies that will rapidly transform the transportation industry. Nissan boldly designs vehicles that reach new heights of sophistication, including the Vmotion 2.0 and Xmotion Concepts. Although these particular vehicles may never hit a production line, they hint at Nissan’s vision of the future.
Vmotion 2.0 Concept
The Vmotion 2.0 Concept announces the future of the Nissan sedan. It features a sharp, aerodynamic exterior design and Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ technology, which includes the state-of-the-art ProPILOT autonomous driving system. This remarkable system can navigate city streets and highway traffic, displaying a lit-up grille and diffuser to indicate that the ProPILOT system is active.
With compact SUVs and crossovers becoming ever more popular, the Xmotion predicts the future of this segment. The Xmotion is a three-row SUV that features a breathtaking, angular exterior design that looks like a piece of contemporary art. Just as the Vmotion 2.0 Concept received the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence in 2017, the Xmotion also won an EyesOn Design award in 2018. In addition, the Xmotion integrates cutting-edge driving assist features and offers a “Floating Koi” virtual assistant in the car.
Nissan’s vision of the future is bold, and its intelligent design choices such as virtual assistant integration and an external display to let other drivers know an autonomous driving vehicle is on the road, Nissan plans to be a part of the bright future it envisions.
Contact us at James Ceranti Nissan for more information.
As New York retires the old Crown Victoria model taxis, a new replacement is taking to the streets. The 2015 Nissan NV200 minivan is the new, official taxi of Manhattan. April 20, 2015 is the official start date of New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ program. Shortly following its debut onto the streets of the United States, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will even be welcomed in Japan, starting in June 2015.
According to the Nissan Motor Corporation, the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ has many features a normal taxi does not. With enough space in the luggage compartment to fit up to four large suitcases, passengers are welcomed with plenty of space. Sliding doors and electric slide steps allow easy access for those who may be too big, small, young, or old to enter or exit the vehicle by normal means. For those who always need to be connected, a 12-volt outlet is available for smart phones.
According to Nissan, more than 500 2015 NV200 models are already in service. The vehicle has been fitted for the city streets both in size and suspension. As the lone wolf authorized by the Taxi & Limousine Commission, the 2015 Nissan NV200 will soon fill the tightly packed city streets. We bid farewell to the old Crown Victoria models as they’re retired to make way for the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow.’
Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we can’t wait for January. We know, we know—the calendar has only just turned to August, but we can’t help it. You see, Nissan is planning to unveil an all-new Nissan Titan pickup truck at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January, and we just can’t take the long wait. Thank goodness for Torque News, though—they recently put together a wish list for the new 2016 Nissan Titan, and we devoured the list and now we’d like to share it with you as well.
You can read that article on the Torque News website, where you’ll see that the Titan is expected to include more—and bigger—powertrain options. First and foremost, you should see a Cummins diesel engine option, a 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel Engine that will deliver massive numbers. Of course, that diesel engine, and other powertrain options, will also help the Titan bring better gas mileage to the table for the next generation of truck drivers.
Check out the rest of Torque News’ wish list, and then maybe even add your own items to that list. And, of course, come see us here at James Ceranti to check out the Titan—and the rest of the Nissan lineup—for yourself today.
Last 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 bubbly yellow Nissan NV200 has been getting a lot of attention lately as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been attempting to establish a mandate that would require all NYC cab companies and drivers to make a switch to the Nissan taxi.
Bloomberg was hoping to require the swapping out of all 15,000+ taxis in the Big Apple to Nissan’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” within the next three-to-five years. As you can imagine, this subject has been a controversial one, regardless of the quality of the NV200.
Unfortunately for Bloomberg, his plans have encountered a major bump in the road—Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler. Hagler has deemed that the mandate is an overstepping of boundaries, meaning that unless Bloomberg’s appeal can make it past the Supreme Court, there will be no requirement for NYC taxi drivers and companies to purchase the Nissan cabs.
Even if the mandate does not come to fruition the Nissan NV200s have gone on sale at New York dealerships, and some drivers have taken it upon themselves to purchase them anyway.
What do you think the New York justice system will rule about Bloomberg’s mandate? Will the Nissan NV200 end up being the Taxi of Tomorrow?
With a retained value of 48.2% residual value after five years, the 2013 Nissan Rogue has been named an Edmunds.com 2013 Best Retained Value Award winner. The award recognizes vehicles and brands that have the highest projected residual value based on the Edmunds.com True Market Value price when sold new.
Jon Brancheau, VP of Marketing for Nissan North America stated, “The Rogue is one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles, and value has always been part of this equation. Customers recognize that they’re getting lasting value from the Rogue’s combination of dramatic exterior style, breakthrough technology such as Class Exclusive Around View Monitor and interior utility, storage space and functionality. Earning this 2013 Best Retained Value Award accolade from Edmunds.com further solidifies Rogue’s place in a very competitive segment.”
Offering breakthrough available technology, emotion-evoking design, and the versatility drivers look for on an SUV, the 2013 Nissan Rogue shines at the top of its class. Utility is enhanced by the amount of storage offered, as well as a removable and washable tray that fits in the cargo area for wet and dirty gear or tools.
Ever wonder exactly how full-size clay models are made for car companies?
We came across this great video from the Nissan Technical Center in Japan for a look at what exactly the process entails. From the designer’s sketches to a full model, the process can take years.
Side-by-side with digital models, the clay models are created by hand, one small piece at a time. Clay is kept in a warming over to keep it soft and the designers work fast before it can harden. The process of scraping away excess, applying plastic overcoats and perfecting the shape can take hundreds of hours for each designer.
Unfortunately after the product is finished, they often get smashed or burned to save space. Sadly, these projects only life short lives and are soon after dismantled. The designers prefer not to watch this process, and we can understand why!