Nissan LEAF Sets New US Electric Car Sales Record

When the Nissan LEAF first went on sale in the American market, the plug-in hybrid car raised a few eyebrows. Now, the LEAF is considered the best-selling electric car in the world—and it isn’t finished quite yet. Nissan recently announced that the LEAF has officially set a new US electric car sales record in 2014.

US Electric Car Sales RecordAfter posting a total of 3,102 units sold in December, the LEAF sold a total 30,200 units in 2014. This record-breaking sales year means that the LEAF has sold a total of 72,322 units in the United States alone. The LEAF is one of three plug-in cars that make a lasting impression on American consumers, selling more than 1,000 units a month.

Nissan builds each of its LEAF hatchbacks at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Make sure you stop in to Lewis Nissan today for more information on the record-breaking, eco-friendly car. You can even give it a test drive!

Nissan Altima Scores a Nod as One of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars”

2015 Nissan AltimaFor those of us with long commutes or who take frequent road trips, having a car that is comfortable and won’t leave you aching is a top priority. Nissan cares about your bum, too, and has put NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” seats into the Altima.

With these seats in mind, KBB.com placed the Altima in sixth place on its list of the “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000.” With a starting MSRP of only $22,170, the Altima is one the three most affordable cars on the list.

“In addition to its advanced ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats, the 2014 Altima features soft-touch armrests as well as noise absorption materials to help reduce cabin noise and improve the overall experience inside the vehicle,“ said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, in a statement. “Coupled with its innovative, stylish design and wide range of available technology features, the Altima is the perfect home-away-from-home. This honor from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com further reaffirms our commitment to comfortable, quality products and the needs of our customers.”

Want to see how comfortable your derriere can feel in a “Zero Gravity” seat? Come check out the Nissan Altima available now at Lewis Nissan.

Nissan and Toyota Get Top Marks in Fleet Value Awards

2014 Nissan Versa - Fleet Value AwardsIf you’re a business looking to fill out your fleet vehicles, there’s really only a few choices that will be cost efficient for your company—Nissan and Toyota. In a recent study completed by Vincentic, a Michigan-based consulting company, the two Japanese carmakers came out on top in Fleet Value Awards, showing that they’re the right choice for companies everywhere.

The awards were chosen based on an analysis of over 1,900 vehicle configurations in 24 life cycle cost scenarios, which came from 10 provinces in Canada. Vincentic analyzed the vehicles for depreciation value, fees and taxes, financing, fuel and insurance costs, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. Nissan alone delivered seven winners in multiple categories, including the Nissan Versa SV in the compact sedan segment and the Nissan Leaf S 5D Hatchback in the Electric/plug-in hybrid class.

To see what makes Nissan such a great choice for fleet vehicles, stop by Lewis Nissan today and check out what Nissan has to offer you! For a full list of the winners, click here.

Kelley Blue Book Awards Nissan’s Family-Friendly Lineup

2014 Nissan AltimaKelley Blue Book® recently released its list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014. Of the 12 vehicles on the list, one quarter of them are Nissans.

What constitutes the best family car? According to KBB®, room is a big deal (not surprising when you think of those road trips when all you heard was “He’s touching me!”). Fuel economy, entertainment and overall practicality were also deciding factors. KBB experts tested the vehicles by installing and uninstalling car seats, letting their kids hop in and out, and even checking out the back seat entertainment.

Three of Nissan’s five core models, the 2014 Nissan Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder, were chosen as the Best Family Cars of 2014. The diversity of Nissan’s winning lineup is a testament to the automaker’s ability to meet customers’ various needs in every segment.

“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” said Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s vice president of Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations.

“From Pathfinder’s more conventional family profile to Rogue’s wealth of amenities and clever cargo solutions to Altima’s ideal fusion of sportiness and practicality, the mainstream appeal of these vehicles’ designs has been borne out in robust sales numbers and third-party accolades such as these most recent awards from KBB.com.”

Looking for a family outing? Round up the gang and head to Lewis Nissan to check out our family-friendly vehicles.

Nissan Recognized by EPA with Energy Star sustained Excellence Award

Nissan has always been a leader in energy performance and remains there with three new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR accolades on the shelf. This includes the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, which is the highest honor given to select organizations that are dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

Bill Kruegar, Nissan’s senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, production, engineering, and supply chain management, said “Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have saved more than 800 billion British thermal units (BTUs) of the energy used to assemble vehicles. That’s enough energy to power the all-electric Nissan LEAF for more than 750 million miles”.

Nissan has always been environmentally friendly, especially since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner back in 2006. The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. I mean who wouldn’t want to help the environment and in what better way than in a stylish EV like the LEAF?