The Nissan Z Concept Gets Grand Reveal in Tokyo

Nissan 370Z

Set to replace the Nissan 370Z, speculation on the Nissan Z concept shows a promising future

Nissan reportedly has big plans for the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show – including the debut of the brand new Nissan Z Concept model, which aims to ultimately replace the extremely popular Nissan 370Z sometime in the future.

The Nissan Z is said to be available with three different powertrain options, a 3.0-liter V6 engine that gets 300 horsepower, a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that gets 400 horsepower, and a hybrid combination, adding an electric motor to the 400-horsepower engine.

Though the Nissan Z that will be on display is said to be just a concept, rumor has it that a production model will follow its reveal in the next few years. It’s safe to assume that the production version of the Nissan Z will be quite similar to the concept that will be on display in Tokyo.

If you’re interested in checking out the Nissan Z concept in person, the time for booking plane tickets is now.

We don’t know much else about the Nissan Z today, but of course, we will be keeping you up to date in the future. To learn more about what Nissan has in stock currently or to take a Nissan model out on a test drive, contact us any time at Lewis Nissan.

Nissan Micromobility Vehicles Debut at New York Auto Show

At the 2016 New York Auto International Show in late March, Nissan debuted its new micromobility concepts, a group of four small cars called Nissan New Mobility Concepts, which it used in a series of events at the show.

Nissan micromobility vehiclesThe Nissan micromobility vehicles are part of Nissan’s theme for the year: emphasizing the importance of micro vehicles to the future of transportation, especially in urban environments. The NNMCs are all-electric vehicles ranging from the size of small motorcycles to two-seater cars and are very small and lightweight, easily maintaining a charge while being driven around cities. They have a max speed of 25 mph, perfect for inner-city driving.

The NNMCs aren’t necessarily meant to be owned; in 2014, Nissan teamed up with the West Coast-based company Scoot, which provides electric vehicles for temporary use at $2 per half hour, and Nissan donated some NNMCs for this. Nissan says the NNMCs are useful for “last mile” transportation, as in getting someone to their destination after using public transport to go a certain distance.

Brand New Nissan Maxima Engine Earns a Spot on “Wards 10 Best Engines” List

The 2016 Nissan Maxima features a brand new 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine, and it’s already proving to be quite the thriller. Named to “Wards 10 Best Engines” list, the new Nissan Maxima engine delivers a 15 percent increase in highway fuel economy to 30 miles per gallon, and an impressive output of 85.7 horsepower/liter.

2016 Nissan Maxima - New Nissan Maxima EngineIn order to select the engines that will make the Wards 10 Best Engines” list, WardsAuto editors evaluated 31 all-new or improved powertrains available in vehicles with a base price of less than $61,000 for 2016. The two-months of testing included everyday driving – including regular commutes. Factors considered include comparative specs, fuel economy, horsepower, noise attenuation, torque, and new technology.

“When the 2016 Maxima hit dealerships in May, our team believed this redesigned 3.5-liter V6 engine would be an important piece of the puzzle,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. in a statement. “To be included in Wards 10 Best Engines list is a tribute to the outstanding design, performance and value of our new-generation Nissan Maxima flagship sedan. We thank everyone at Wards for this significant recognition.”

Stop by Lewis Nissan today to learn more and test drive the powerful 2016 Nissan Maxima for yourself!

4 Haunted Destinations in West Virginia

Halloween may be over. However, there are still several locations in West Virginia where you can get in touch with the paranormal. Here are 4 Haunted destinations in West Virginia.

Point Pleasant

A small town on the banks of the Ohio River, Point Pleasant wasn’t always so pleasant thanks to a mysterious creature called the Mothman. Standing over seven feet tall with glowing red eyes, the monster was reported to be seen flying over the town in the late 1960s.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

When the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened its doors in 1864, it was one of the largest asylums in the country. However, overcrowded conditions caused it to be shut down in 1994. Nevertheless, some people say the patients never left!

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Once home to some of the most vicious criminals in the entire country, the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia was the location of several violent prison riots!

Harper’s Ferry

Harper’s Ferry was the location of one of the bloodiest chapters of American history: John Brown’s raid. There are legends that those who died during the event still call Harper’s Ferry their home.

Before you head out on your haunted destination in West Virginia, get your Nissan tuned up with our service department!

Nissan Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously; Offers ‘Purrari’ Replacement

 

Professional electronic music artist Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) recently made headlines by wrapping his Ferrari 458 with a ridiculous and over-the-top Nyan Cat design that features baby blue paint and a Pop Tart/feline hybrid flying through space. What does this have to do with anything you ask?

Well, Zimmerman made the social media rounds, and even showed off the car’s unfortunate design at the Gumball 3000 rally, which allegedly infuriated Ferrari. Here’s where it gets interesting: Ferrari didn’t approve of the way Zimmerman was representing the prestigious brand, and promptly sent the musician a cease and desist letter. The official claim? According to digitaltrends.com, Ferrari said that the ‘Purrari’s’ bespoke nameplates weren’t appropriate trademarks.

Nissan GT-R - No PurrariParty poopers. Zimmerman responded by removing the wrap and making some colorful comments about the automaker on Twitter. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better (or weirder?), Nissan proved it has a sense of humor, and took to Twitter to offer Zimmerman a custom GT-R as a consolation prize of sorts.

“Hey @deadmau5, heard what happened to your car. Good news? We found a replacement, ready right meow.”

While the offer featured only a photo-shopped picture of a custom GT-R, the musician has put his Ferrari 458 up for sale in favor of a McLaren 650S Spider, and Nissan has loaned Zimmerman a GT-R just for fun.

Good work, Nissan. We can all appreciate some a good joke.

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Nissan is inspired by Objects when designing Cars

It’s not unusual at Nissan to define and maintain design intention for a new vehicle with an array of 3-D objects. Some of the objects designers have been inspired by in the past include a bulldog with sunglasses, a shark fin, a motorcycle tank and a windmill.

Francois Farion, senior manager, Nissan color and design strategy, said “Objects for us designers are very important. They allow us to communicate very well our design intention and to keep that intention all along the project.”

The first object Farion talks about is a shark fin. One of the designers watched an in-depth documentary on sharks. The designer wanted to take the 370Z and apply the sleek shape of the shark fin going into the water to the sports car going through the air. Next is the bulldog with sunglasses. The idea was for the Cube to have an unusual shape. They took the Cube and made it very planted like a bulldog’s stance and the front reminded them of sunshades.  The windmills are for the project Resonance which was supposed to convey the highest technology available. They wanted to use shapes that would really express fluidity and a modern style. Lastly is the motorcycle tank which expresses the inside of the Juke. The designers wanted to have an interior that was different than others, specifically the instrument panel. They took the center console and added the body color and added a shape so that it was comfortable to rest your knee on it. With this interior, it gives the car more character.

Farion went on to say “The objects – we have to look for them and find them everywhere. To work like this in 3-D, gathering objects and putting them together in a meaningful way, is really unique to Nissan as far as I know.”

Nissan’s NISMO Line is Expanding!

Nissan held a special NISMO event for the media at the Nashville Superspeedway. This was an event to allow the media to see what is new at Nissan and what they plan on doing next.

At the event were the 2013 and 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, the JUKE-R, the 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO, and the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. These are all part of the performance line. They all sport uniform, race-inspired exterior and interior styling.

Carl Phillips, chief marketing manager, NISMO and Nissan sports car marketing – Nissan North America, said “We think the track is a perfect place to showcase NISMO because NISMO is Nissan Motorsports. It’s the racing, the motor sports heritage that has inspired cars like the new JUKE NISMO, and it’s about bringing that excitement from the track to the street”.

The Juke NISMO is the first to go on sale in Europe and Japan but it will launch here in the United States soon. The 370Z NISMO is in its second generation in the United States, but the 2014 370Z NISMO will be on sale this summer and is a revised model.

Nissan is now promising a more rapid pace of the introduction of more NISMO models.

The video below shows the highlights from the media event and the NISMO models racing around the track!

Nissan Makes a Power First Impression via Personalized Facebook Experience

A first impression can make all the difference. Nissan is introducing the “Impress with Sentra” program, which is an interactive Facebook experience where participants can create and share a personalized video featuring award-winning actor Omar Epps who give a wonderful introduction.

Facebook users can visit ImpressWithSentra.com to have Epps talk them up in one of three different options that can be customized for a shareable video. The participants will also be able to enter to win one of three grand prizes. The grand prizes are a $1,000 Great American Days Experience gift card for an adventure-filled day for two, a one-night stay at an upscale hotel and dinner at an exclusive restaurant for a romantic night for two, or a $1,000 Nordstrom or Brooks Brothers gift card for a stylish new wardrobe.

Contest entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 1st, 2013.

Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America said “Who doesn’t want to turn heads and get noticed when making a first impression? We’re giving everyone a chance to look their best, with a little help from Nissan and the power of social media”.

Check out the intro video below!

March is Nissan’s Best-Ever U.S. Sales Month

Nissan North America, NNA, reported that March sales of 137,126 units which is 1 percent up from last year’s total making this March the best month in NNA history. Nissan Division also posted its highest volume month ever with 126,623 deliveries.

The Nissan Leaf was the all-star last month with sales totaling 2,236 deliveries which is a 286.2 percent increase since launch. Since the Leaf is now produced in Smyrna, Tennessee it is price-competitive with traditional cars in its segment. The Leaf remains the best-selling pure EV in the world.

The Nissan Pathfinder also had a great month of March. The all-new Pathfinder totaled 9,071 which is a 177.1 percent increase. This is a new record for the Pathfinder for March sales.  The Nissan Altima totaled 37,763 in March and the Versa sales finished at 15,917. Both are increases from the previous year. The Nissan Versa is the best-selling sub-compact car in the United States.

Consumers are looking for value, performance, style and innovation and the Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, and Versa are giving them just that. All of these factors combined have given Nissan its best month in history.

Nissan Takes Shape to Silicon Valley

Nissan has established a research center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Company leaders say the plan to partner with other companies to research and develop the best and most advanced technology possible.

Carla Bailo said that Silicon Valley is where everything is happening so that is where Nissan needs to be. There is a lot of intelligence that resides in Silicon Valley.

The new facility is a part of Nissan’s global plan to expand research and development outside of Japan into key local markets. The team in Silicon Valley will work with the team in Japan who is working on developing autonomous driving vehicles, or a car that can drive itself.

Researchers will also look for ways to connect the car with the internet, existing infrastructure, and other self-driving cars. Nissan will also go further into researching the Human Machine Interface so that autonomous cars are connected and better interact with people.