Nissan Makes Strides in New Electric Technology

Electric vehicles seem to be in the midst of a renaissance of sorts. This month, Tesla will launch the made-for-mass-consumption Tesla Model 3, set to be the all-electric automaker’s most affordable offering yet.

On the other hand, there’s the Nissan Leaf, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. The new Leafs will feature brand new electric technology to challenge the Tesla Model 3 in 2018.

Nissan Leaf - New Electric Technology - Tom Naquin Nissan

A major component of Nissan’s new electric technology is its ProPILOT system. ProPILOT is a foray into semi-autonomous driving, as well as a boost to the Leaf’s single-charge range, jumping up to 200 miles. ProPILOT can be activated at any speed between 18 and 62 MPH. It will be able to maintain the vehicle’s current lane, even on curvier roads. The system can also control steering and automatically hit the brakes when an object is detected in the vehicle’s course. ProPILOT does all that by implementing an on-board camera to monitor the vehicle’s travel.

An exciting feature for the 2018 Nissan Leaf is the fact that the vehicle will be able to change lanes autonomously. Building upon that, the 2020 Nissan Leaf will then be able to cross intersections and travel through cities autonomously. The team here at Tom Naquin Nissan can’t wait to see where this greener and innovative future takes us!

 

Head to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for the Easter Egg-straordinaire

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens

Looking for something to do for Easter in Elkhart, Indiana? Tom Naquin Nissan has your back. We scoped out events in the area and would like to recommend that families head over to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for an Easter event you won’t want to miss. The event is called the Easter Egg-straordinaire and, for two weekends in April, it’s open to the public for free (with additional fees for some activities).

 

The Easter Egg-straordinaire isn’t just an egg hunt – it’s much more than that. The Linton’s conservatory will feature many animals for families to interact with, such as ducklings, chicks, lambs, baby goats, and even a calf. Cookie decorating and train rides are available on site, and if you bring along canned goods to donate, your family can get professional pictures with the Easter Bunny at the event. This will be a recurring event the weekends of April 8th and 9th, as well as the 14th and 15th.

 

Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is a stunning Home & Garden Center (and the largest in the state) featuring several shops, beautiful scenery, a conservatory, and even a lake, in addition to the many family-friendly attractions. Stop by soon for the upcoming Easter Egg-straordinaire and enjoy the warm spring weather. We guarantee you and your family won’t be disappointed!

2017 Nissan Leaf Battery Gets an Upgrade

2017 Nissan Leaf - Elkhart, IN
Inside the cozy 2017 Nissan Leaf.

The Nissan Leaf is one of the biggest names in the green car segment, and as such, its fans are always looking forward to a better battery with a longer range. While the 2017 Leaf battery won’t be new to the lineup, it was formerly only an available option on higher trim levels. As a result, lower trim levels of the Nissan Leaf will have a longer range in addition to a slight price bump, according to a recent reveal by Nissan reps.

The battery in question is a 30 kWh pack that was originally only available on the Leaf SV and SL models, which means that every Leaf has a range of 107 miles. Following suit is the Leaf’s base price, up $1,600 from the 2016 model year. Now, the standard model will start at a price of $30,680, while the SV will be $34,200 and the SL tops the model range at $36,790. Even with the price jump, however, the Nissan Leaf’s base model is the cheapest price for the longest range on the market.

Some enthusiasts were hoping to see the 41 kWh pack that was seen in Renault’s new ZOE model at the Paris Motor Show, but the 2017 Leaf battery seems to be forgoing the 200-plus-mile range for now. However, this upcoming January the Nissan CEO is preparing a keynote speech for the 2017 CES show, so we might hear some news regarding future Leaf models.

3 Simple Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Here at Tom Naquin Nissan, we have some excellent Thanksgiving travel tips to help you arrive at your destination this holiday season.

Halloween has kicked off the holiday season and, with November already here, it’s time to start making plans for your Thanksgiving travels. Traveling around Thanksgiving can leave many drivers and passengers stressed out. Taking a step back and assessing the situation is sometimes the best way to determine the best course of action. Here at Tom Naquin Nissan, we have some excellent Thanksgiving travel tips to help you arrive at your destination this holiday season.

  • PlanThanksgiving is the busiest time to travel out of the entire year which means proper planning goes a long way. Schedule flights well ahead of time and arrive a few hours, if not more, early to avoid getting stuck in long lines. Make sure you have everything you need as well. The last thing any traveler wants is to have to head home to grab the plane tickets.
  • DriveDriving is still a viable option for many travelers, but it’s gotten a bit more technical in the past few years. Navigation systems and smartphones can help avoid road hazards like accidents and traffic jams, making the trip go by much quicker. Use technology to your advantage this holiday season.
  • PackNo matter how you plan on traveling, try to pack light. Doing so lowers the stress of forgetting something as there’s less to keep track of. If needed, ship your other items, like extra clothes, through the mail to avoid baggage fees.

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo Officially Arrives

2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo
Exciting news! The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has arrived at dealerships and it packs the power to go along with its price.

Speed demons and car fans alike know the Nissan GT-R’s sleek style and power makes it one incredible supercar. Now the Japanese automaker is upping the ante with an even more powerful version of its supercar. The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has arrived at dealerships and it packs the power to go along with its price.

The performance-driven Nissan GT-R Nismo boasts a starting price of $176,585, which sticks it around the range of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That’s a significant increase compared to the GT-R Premium’s price of just over $111,000.

The new GT-R Nismo boasts a larger grille that’s as practical as it is aggressive. The new grille allows for more airflow to help cool the engine.

The new supercar brings a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a furious 600 hp. The standard Nissan GT-R produces just 565 hp.

The sleek Nissan GT-R Nismo is assembled by hand and the name itself indicates upscale performance. The “GT” stands for “Grand Touring” while the “R” stands for “Racing.”

Differences between the standard model and Nismo performance version include the addition of carbon-fiber bumpers, black outside mirrors with a rear stripe, carbon fiber side sills, and a Titanium exhaust system. Inside, the GT-R Nismo boasts a leather instrument panel and lightweight seat design.

Here at Tom Naquin Nissan, we’re hyped to get behind the wheel of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo!

2017 Nissan Armada Pricing Information

2017 Nissan Armada
Available at dealerships now, the 2017 Nissan Armada comes fully stocked with all the excellent features a driver could want.

The Nissan Armada is one most versatile full-size SUVs on the market and the latest model promises even more capability. Available at dealerships now, the 2017 Nissan Armada comes fully stocked with all the features a driver could want. Nissan announced pricing information for the fan-favorite SUV not long ago as well.

To kick things off, the 2017 Nissan Armada starts at just $45,395 for the base SV model. The SL trim boasts a $50,145 price tag and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim comes in at $58,085. While the prices may seem steep, this SUV comes fully loaded.

The base SV model features standard navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen display, heated front seats, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. Under the hood of every Armada is a 5.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The new Nissan Armada offers an available technology package that includes advanced safety features like intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring systems.

Meanwhile, the Captain Seat package replaces the second-row bench seat with captain’s chairs. Finally, the Driver package (SV only) adds convenience features like a power liftgate.

We here at Tom Naquin Nissan are ready to roll with the new 2017 Nissan Armada!

Nissan ProPILOT Autonomous Drive Vehicle Released in Japan

ProPILOT Autonomous Drive
Nissan just recently launched a new Sentra that will come equipped with the brand’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology.

Nissan recently launched a new Sentra that will come equipped with the brand’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology. Set to go on sale in late August in Japan, this technology offers convenient and safe autopilot technology behind the wheel.

According to Nissan, this technology is designed for single-lane traffic on the highway. Combining sensors with steering, acceleration, and braking control, drivers will be able to switch on a full automatic mode, easing the driver workload in heavy traffic and on longer commutes. The driver can easily activate and deactivate the system, which is designed to essentially drive itself.

“Nissan will advance its leadership in autonomous drive technology by introduction in each market’s core models, further improving safety and pioneering a new era for the automobile,” said the automaker in a release.

This breakthrough technology is something that other brands have been working on for years. Nissan has finally perfected autonomous driving, making it easier than ever to travel. Although there is no word yet when the system will hit the US, it looks like it could soon be on its way. The goal for Nissan is to reach a zero-emissions and zero-fatalities reality, making mobility cleaner and safer than ever. ProPILOT is just the first step. We can’t wait to see what else Nissan engineers have up their sleeves.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility Project Launches New Research Center

Nissan Intelligent Mobility
Nissan recently began the Nissan Intelligent Mobility project by creating the Joint Research Center at Tsinghau University.

Nissan is pushing for automotive innovation, so much so that the automaker recently began the Nissan Intelligent Mobility project by creating the Joint Research Center at Tsinghau University. Dedicated to the future of mobility, including electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies, this research center is bound to make driving better.

What’s this mean for consumers? Nissan began this project with the future in mind, so it is likely that the products of such an extensive research project will not be immediate. In particular, the Intelligent Mobility project is currently studying EV technologies like battery safety, as well as self-driving cars and new traffic systems. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is also promising, as well as intelligent/wired roadways.

“As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility here in this new research center in Beijing,” said Takao Asami, Senior VP of Nissan Motor Co.

Pollution is a major issue Nissan engineers are also tackling, looking for ways to reduce, if not eliminate, harmful vehicle emissions. Electric vehicles are promising because they do not burn fossil fuels directly; however, many electric plants are still powered by coal. The ideal Nissan vehicle will not only be able to drive itself, but it will also run on renewable electricity. We can’t wait to see the fruits of work done at this brand new research center.

2016 Nissan Maxima Lands a Spot on Wards 10 Best Interiors List

10 Best Interiors
The jet-inspired interior on the Nissan Maxima has helped it earn a place on WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2016.

If you’ve ever sat in the cockpit of a jet, then you’ll feel right at home at home in the cockpit of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. The jet-inspired interior earned the Maxima a place on WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2016.

The editors at WardsAuto praised the Maxima for its warm, inviting interior that rivals design and quality from more expensive luxury brands.

“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy, in a statement. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel color scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, ‘Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces. Nissan took some chances with the Maxima interior, but the rewards are evident.”

In order to be considered for a spot on the list, the interior has to be all-new or significantly changed. There were 47 nominees up for consideration this year. The judges spent most of February and March evaluating the vehicles and scoring them based on ergonomics, materials, fit-and-finish, aesthetics, safety, comfort, and driver information.

Stop by Tom Naquin Nissan today and experience the jet-inspired interior in the 2016 Nissan Maxima for yourself.