New Nissan Engine Debuts inside Le Mans-Bound ZEOD RC

The Nissan ZEOD RC is revolutionary and innovative in so many ways, it’s hard to choose which aspect of the car to talk about first. But it’s really the engine that’s stealing all the attention—an unbelievably tiny engine, the Nissan DIG-T R, mated to a unique electric power plant for added efficiency. The ZEOD RC will use this special powertrain to record the first-ever electric power-only lap on the Circuit de la Sarthe this June at Le Mans.

The Nissan DIG-T R is sending shockwaves throughout the automobile world. A 1.5L three-cylinder turbo engine, weighing in at only 88 pounds and small enough for a single person to carry, the DIG-T R still stuffs more than 400 horsepower worth of power inside its relatively tiny skeleton.

The ZEOD RC is the perfect car on which to test out the new engine, too, since the new race car was designed specifically to be as efficient as possible. “Our aim is to set new standards in efficiency in regards to every aspect of the car: powertrain, aerodynamics and handling,” Darren Cox, director of Nissan’s Global Motorsport, said. “Friction is the enemy of horsepower, and tackling that has been one of the efficiency targets we have concentrated on heavily.”

The new engine fit exactly into that agenda, and according to Cox, represents the general direction Nissan’s engine technology is now headed. “We’re aiming to maintain our position as industry leaders in focusing on downsizing. Lessons learned from the development of the engine will be seen in Nissan road cars of the future.” Here at Lewis Nissan, we’re salivating about seeing the ZEOD RC on the track, yet we’re even more excited to see what Nissan has up their sleeve next.

Nissan Sport Sedan Wins Best Concept at NAIAS From Autoweek

When Nissan unveiled their Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, it took our breaths away with a distinctive design (including the flow-over continuation of Nissan’s V-Motion grille theme and unique boomerang headlight design), a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can roar like a fearsome beast (more than 300 horsepower, to be precise), and an impossible-to-miss “Strad Amber” paint scheme.  Now, Autoweek Magazine has recognized the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept as the “Best Concept” at NAIAS, giving it the edge over the Kia Stinger and Toyota FT-1.

“The name basically tells you what it is,” starts Autoweek’s Wes Reynal.  “Nissan officials confirmed the Sports Sedan Concept is the basis for a new Maxima due in 2016. The hot-looking sedan also gives a clear look at Nissan’s design themes for the next several years, including the flow-over ‘V-Motion’ grille, boomerang light clusters and sharply creased character lines across the flanks. All are intended, Nissan says, to ‘put some emotion into the side view.’”

Autoweek chooses annual winners in the Best in Show, Most Significant, Most Fun, and Best Concept categories on the heels of the major presentations at the Detroit Auto Show.  Given the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept’s win in the Best Concept field, it’s likely that the intention to instill emotion into the side profile was a success for the automaker and its designers.

While there is not much likelihood that a production version of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept will move forward, the prospect of it heavily influencing an upcoming Maxima is like music to our ears.  (Speaking of music to our ears: the “Strad Amber” color was inspired by violins and created by applying an orange coat of paint over a golden base; now you know.)

As more details of the upcoming Maxima emerge, we here at Lewis Nissan will keep you in the know.  Until then, we are more than happy to bask in the success of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept and its Best Concept award victory.

Nissan Delivers Versa Note in Giant Amazon Box

2014 Nissan Versa NoteDon’t you love it when you come home to find an Amazon box sitting on your doorstep? Sometimes, as the saying goes, good things come in small packages, but often, bigger is better and recently Nissan delivered the biggest Amazon package ever!

For one lucky customer in Madison, Wisconsin, they received their new Nissan Versa Note delivered via Amazon box. Nissan had plans to do a video and press release later this month, but unfortunately for Nissan, one Reddit user spilled the beans on what was going to be a big surprise later this month. The recipient of the package, however, did know it was coming.

So, how did this happen, you might be wondering. Well, late last year, Amazon was selling the Nissan Versa Note online. When customers placed their orders, they would then be connected with their local Nissan dealer. The first 100 people to order got $1,000 Amazon gift cards. Then, Nissan chose one of those customers to receive their new car in an Amazon box.

Nissan will be revealing more details about the winner later this month when it releases its planned video.

Nissan Sets its Sights on London for New Taxi

You may have heard about Nissan’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ that it tried to implement in New York City. This was Nissan’s spacious and versatile NV200 van. While a few are in operation currently, it didn’t get the widespread use that Nissan and other New Yorkers were hoping for.

Now, Nissan is aiming for London’s black cabs with its latest NV200 van. London is finally saying good-bye to its infamous Hackney black cabs and Nissan hopes to be the “Taxi for London.” Nissan designers even incorporated the round headlights and grille design of the Hackney cabs to make it something Londoners will recognize.

The Nissan cab will be much more efficient than the outgoing model and will be equipped with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine. Nissan says a production model will make it to the streets by the end of this year and an electric version should come shortly after that in 2015.

In addition to New York City and London, Nissan also has a taxi program in both Barcelona and Tokyo. Both of those cities use the NV200 as well.

We love the Nissan NV200 taxi. From all the information and pictures we seen, it looks spacious, high-tech, and just what big cities would need.

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Headed to Detroit

The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is just a couple weeks away. The show is always exciting with new models and concepts revealed. One of the concepts we’re most looking forward to is the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

Nissan recently teased a picture of the concept and from what we can see it is definitely a bold, new design. Nissan says it “offers an advanced look at a future production sports sedan” and “previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan.”

CarScoops.com thinks the concept may be the same car that Nissan shared at the Nissan 360 event this past summer. The images do look remarkably similar.

The Sports Sedan Concept will be joined by the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts that debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on Detroit to see what Nissan unveils.