The LEAF NISMO RC, Nissan’s Silent Killer, Set to Shock at the Clipsal 500

The Clipsal 500, which runs this weekend in Adelaide, South Australia, will see the Australian racing debut of one of Nissan’s most electrifying and progressive cars, the LEAF NISMO RC. The world’s first all-electric racecar, the LEAF NISMO RC will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly this weekend. The LEAF racecar, which barely makes a noise while it whisks around the track, will be competing in the “Nissan Time Attack” against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car.

“The Nissan LEAF is changing the way we drive on the roads, with more than 100,000 zero-emission LEAF vehicles already sold worldwide,” Jeff Fisher, Nissan’s Motorsport General Manager in Australia said. “And the LEAF RC is NISMO’s translation of that innovation to the race track – demonstrating high levels of torque and grip – all without the direct use of fossil fuel energy.”

While you won’t be able to race the road-ready version of the Nissan LEAF against any other supercars, you’ll have just as much fun driving the electric dream car. So come visit us sometime soon here at Lewis Nissan. You won’t just be imagining the whole world going quiet when you’re behind the wheel—the LEAF just really is that smooth. And if you don’t believe us, just check out the race this weekend in Adelaide!

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 Sending Two Altima Supercars to Sydney for V8 Championship

2014 Nissan AltimaThe 2014 V8 Supercars Championship kicks off this Saturday, February 15, over in Australia at the Sydney Motorsport Park. Though it’s just a preseason test, the Nissan brand—and, by extension, the staff here at Lewis Nissan—has a lot riding on the race. The pre-season work will be our first chance to see Norton Nissan’s latest beauties, the Nissan Altima V8 Supercar, out on the track.

The new Norton Altimas sport Norton Hornet colors, especially a bright yellow exterior paint job. The 2014 Altimas also feature slight redesigns to add even great aerodynamics to the vehicles’ performance. All in all, these are two sharp-looking new V8s, and Nissan can’t wait to see them sting the competition in Australia.

Norton Nissan drivers James Moffat and Michael Caruso will be behind the wheel of these supercars—and both drivers expressed excitement and anticipation for the season. “We’re looking forward to the 2014 season,” said Moffat. “Motor racing is a ‘must deliver’ business, but more so for Nissan Motorsport this year. In this industry, nothing speaks stronger than results, and that’s what we are here to achieve this year.”

Caruso echoed that sense of responsibility to Nissan. “For Nissan Motorsport and the two Norton Altimas, it’s important that we show strong improvement in our second year, and it’s critical that we start to win races.”

Luckily for both Moffat and Caruso, it seems they are set up in the best possible car to deliver exactly the kind of results both they and their sponsors desire.

Nissan Has Biggest Jump in January Sales

2013 Nissan JukeUnless you have a birthday or other special event to celebrate, January can be a pretty dull month. And, with the extreme winter weather across the country this year, January was pretty dismal for everybody.

Nissan, however, has cause to cheer. It was one of the few brands that actually had a jump in January sales numbers. Most brands saw their January sales numbers take a dive.

Compared to January 2013, Nissan had a gain of 11.8 percent in January. Leading those sales were the ever-popular, zero-emissions Nissan LEAF, which had nearly double the sales as last year. Both the Juke and the Rogue set January sales records with gains of 45.8 and 54.5 percent, respectively.

Two other models saw jumps in sales. One was the popular Altima with a 4.9 percent boost. The other was the small pickup, the Frontier, which had a dramatic increase of 87.9 percent.

Hopefully we have seen the last of the extreme winter weather and we can all enjoy a long, pleasant spring. Though, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we have six more long weeks of winter.