Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept Signals New Design Direction

The dynamic new look of Nissan’s V-Motion design language has been key to the success of vehicles like the new Murano and Maxima. From the aerodynamic floating roof and kick up waist line to the distinctive look of boomerang lamps and the V-Motion grille, few vehicles on the road can compete with Nissan’s new look in terms of style and seductiveness.

With the debut of the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept earlier this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it is clear that Nissan is aiming to put even more distance between itself and its competitors in terms of heart-stopping looks.

“Technology is evolving. So is design. At Nissan, we see design as the ultimate expression of how customer see themselves, but also an expression of the vision and values of our brand,” Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “Vmotion 2.0 previews what the future designs from Nissan will be. And it is an insightful proposition of what the future sedan could be in the coming years.”

The Vmotion 2.0 concept advances the look of V-Motion with the evolution of the V-Motion grille, which takes on a 3D shape for a more textured face. The floating roof is threaded with silver accents and a carbon fiber finisher that accentuates the aerodynamic shape, and the look of the body is pronounced by sharp character lines that run from the rear fender up to the bold vents in the front, which are part of Nissan’s “Emotional Geometry” design language.

There are enough cool aspects of the Vmotion 2.0 concept that we could go on and on—from the outward-swinging front and rear doors to the “Gliding Wing” design of the dashboard to the ProPILOT graphic user interface to the fact that the emblems on the front grille and rear diffuser glow when the vehicle is in motion.

Being that a picture is worth 1,000 words, we invite you instead to feast your eyes.

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So impressive was the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 that it won the coveted EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle, a prize bestowed only upon the industry’s most forward-thinking concepts. Here’s hoping that Nissan makes the futuristic look of its latest concept a reality sooner rather than later!

 

2014 Nissan Rogue and Quest Rank Highest in J.D. Power APEAL Study

2014 Nissan RogueThe 2014 Nissan Rogue and Nissan Quest are ranked as the highest in their respective segments (Compact SUV and Minivan) in the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

The study is based on responses from more than 83,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2014 model-year cars and light trucks. It evaluates vehicles across 77 attributes to determine just how satisfying they are to own and drive.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue was ranked highest in the compact SUV segment thanks to its bold emotive styling, comfortable interior, affordable technologies, innovative passenger and cargo solutions, powerful engine, and overall flexibility.

The Nissan Quest earned its spot at the top on the back of its extensive family-friendly features, including full surround glass to deliver an airy, open interior environment, one-touch power sliding doors, Advanced Climate Control System, an always-available rear storage well, and quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats.

Check out both vehicles at Lewis Nissan!

Is One Company Taking License Plate Reading Technology Too Far?

License PlateLicense plate readers that are used by law enforcement and scan plates, instantly comparing them to criminal databases became a reality in nearly every city and town across the country before we even knew it was happening. Naturally, privacy advocates have raised concerns about the systems, asking who has access, how long the data is stored, and what limits should be placed on law enforcement’s use of such technology.

According to Yahoo Autos, a private company who is building a database of license plate snapshots is fighting back against legislation that limit its business, claiming it has a First Amendment right to photograph cars. Vigilant Solutions aims to “improve safety for officers and communities while providing needed law enforcement intelligence”.

Company founder and chief executive Shawn Smith called the technology “a critical tool that has helped law enforcement solve thousands of violent crimes and enabled insurance and financial services companies to repossess stolen and delinquent vehicles.”

There are two sides to the debate; on one hand, law enforcement officials claim license plate readers and databases help solve, and even prevent crimes, while some individuals and privacy advocates think it’s just more personal information than they need.

What do you think? Does a license plate database keep us safe, or is it a violation of our privacy?

Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2014 NV Cargo Van & Passenger Van

Nissan has announced U.S. pricing for the 2014 Nissan NV Cargo Van and 2014 Nissan NV Passenger Van, both of which are now on sale at Lewis Nissan!

The NV Cargo is available in three models: NV1500, NV2500 HD, and NV3500 HD, with two possible roof configurations (Standard and High). It also comes with your choice of two engines, both of which combine impressive power and fuel efficiency. We recommend the 4.0-liter V6 for best possible mileage, though the 5.6-liter V8 is still an efficient option that can handle all kinds of heavy lifting.

The NV Passenger, which can comfortable accommodate up to 12 passengers, is also available in three models: NV3500 HD S, NV3400 HD SV, and NV3500 HD SL. All three are exceptionally well-equipped, including eight standard air bags, standard head restraints, integrated seat belts for all rear seating positions, as well as 324 seating configurations and six independent rear seats. Some of the options include a 5-inch touchscreen navigation system, complete with SiriusXM Satellite Radio with NavTraffic, USB input, RearView Monitor, and more.

For a complete list of information and pricing for the NV Cargo Van and Passenger Van, just visit the official website!

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!

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has Arrived!

Not shortly after the 2013 redesigned Pathfinder was launched, Nissan is unveiling its 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid. It packs all the same features of the standard crossover but offers slightly better fuel economy.

The new hybrid has a 2.5-liter supercharged engine that is paired with a lithium-ion and 15kW electric motor. It can produce 250 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, which are ten less horsepower but three more pound-feet than the standard.  The hybrid has a combined 26 mile per gallon rating and a 25 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. These, of course, are still estimates.  On a full tank, the cruising range of the Pathfinder Hybrid is up to 526 miles, something to be excited about!

The interior of the Pathfinder Hybrid remains the same, not compromise on roominess or comfort. The cargo space and passenger space is the same as its sibling. Official pricing has not been set yet, but Nissan said it might be around $3,000 more than the standard Pathfinder. For a hybrid that doesn’t compromise on space or comfort, $3,000 more than its brother is nothing!

Comedy and Music Generates Pathfinder Buzz

Creating, editing and publishing more than 50 music videos in 12 hours, all based on suggestions from fans, might seem crazy, but crazy can be fun, and crazy fun was an invitation that performers from Chicago’s world famous comedy troupe, The Second City, couldn’t resist.

Second City Communications partnered with Nissan and invited fans to  “An Improv-tastic Road Trip” featuring musical improv using the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder as the central element.  A total of 51 Videos debuted on Monday, August 20, on the official Nissan Pathfinder Facebook page.

“Nissan is no stranger to innovation and we’re excited that they selected Second City Communications as a partner to help generate buzz for the all-new 2013 Pathfinder,” said Tom Yorton, CEO of Second City Communications.  “This campaign will be fun, energetic and bold.”

At day’s end, the brand received nearly 6,000 visits to its Nissan Pathfinder Facebook page and tens of thousands of views on the videos, and nearly 1.5 million impressions on Twitter.

The Nissan Z: Continuing once again.

Last time we left off talking about the late 1980’s Nissan 300ZX, by this time the Nissan Z series had gained a tremendous amount of popularity in the field of car enthusiasts and sports car fans alike. And the fourth generation Z car was nothing different.

In 1990 Nissan released a new version of the 300ZX, this time a complete overhaul with the exception of the 3.0-liter V6 engine that was cranking out 222 HP. The big news for Z car lovers was the turbo variant, now upgraded to have twin Garrett turbochargers and dual intercoolers, now pushing out a daring 300 HP. Upon its release the 300ZX was a fan favorite, as well as critic favorite. It won Motor Trends “Import Car of the Year” in 1990, as well as “Top Ten Performance Cars of the Year”. Automobile Magazine honored the 300ZX as the “Design of the Year” and is apart of their “All-Star” list. The 300ZX  was produced for seven years in America, and in the 1990 year the z car reached one million sales, making it the all-time best selling sports car.

In 1993, a convertible version of the 300ZX was released, marking the first convertible of the Nissan Z car series. This was a variant of the standard T-top that was available until then.

In 1996, as the fate of many Japanese sports cars of the time, the 300ZX began to slow production as a result of the rising Yen to Dollar ratio as well as the trend toward SUV sales. But the true killer of the 300ZX was its inflating price. It started at $30,000 and at the end of the 6 year run it was up to almost $50,000.  This sent the overwhelmingly popular Z car into a 5 year hiatus.

In the next post we get into some of the thing that Nissan did to keep interest in the Z car while it was no longer in production, as well as the car that brought the Z back to life.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is ready, are you?

Nissan unleashes the first wave of the all-new 2013 Nissan Altima commercials and ads. With the 2013 Nissan Altima promising to average 38 miles per gallon on the highway, making it the best-in-class for a non-hybrid car, Nissan has a lot to be excited about.

The 2013 Nissan Altima also had a slight remodel as well as other improvements including a lighter and strong frame, more horsepower, which means quicker acceleration, and many others.

To check out some of the new features, take a look at the first four of Nissan’s all new 2013 Nissan Altima commercials.

 

Wisconsin cracks down on grey market vehicles, crushes 2 Nissan Skylines

A man in Wisconsin was recently prosecuted for owning and attempting to sell two Nissan  Skylines.  According to Stevens Point Journal, in 2010, the state government orchestrated a sting to catch Justin Beno selling two Nissan Skyline models, one of which played a role in the Fast and Furious franchise.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation set up a sting in order to try and crack down on any grey market vehicles. An investigator found both the 1995 and 1996 Nissan Skylines for sale. After the investigator inquired about the vehicles being titled, Beno replied that they were not but they could be taken to Florida to be titled and then brought back to Wisconsin and re-titled. That was all that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation needed to hear.

The government seized both Skylines and charged Beno with multiple offenses that included  two felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, one felony count of owning a vehicle without a vehicle identification number tag and two misdemeanors tied to those missing VIN tags.

Brown County Deputy District Attorney Dana Johnson offered Beno a plea deal wherein he would accept the misdemeanor charges and give up both fully restored Skylines. Beno tried to bargain to pay the fines and find suitable buyers overseas for both Skylines, as he had restored them himself, but the Prosecutor declined. Both cars are to be crushed and sold for scrap.

 

It’s a sad day in the world of Nissan lovers, as we lose two more Nissan Skylines, which are becoming more rare by the day.

News Source: Stevens Point Journal

Photo: BigBirdSkyline.com