Nissan Unveils “Trendsetting” Lannia Concept at Beijing

Nissan showed off the new Lannia Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show last weekend, a car designed to create new trends and appeal to the Chinese “post-80s” generation.

It’s not easy to describe, so that’s already one checked box in the trendsetting section. It looks somewhat like a fastback from behind, except for the small rear deck and the overall sedan-like appearance. What we can say with certainty is that it is one eye-catching piece of design.

According to Andy Palmer, Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer, the Lannia Concept was “designed by Chinese, built by Chinese for the Chinese people, and ultimately, for the world.”

More specifically, it was designed with the “post-80s” trendsetters in mind, which we imagine means the fashionable portion of China’s population that was born after the 1980s.

There’s no details yet as to what to expect from the engine, transmission, or interior, but as Palmer stated, we do at least know that it’ll eventually make its way to the United States. We hope it won’t be too long before it finally arrives at Lewis Nissan!

Nissan Gets “Smart” with New Rearview Mirror Technology on 2014 Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

Imagine you’re taking a cross-country road trip. You have three different friends who are seven feet tall and they are all in your backseat. They’ve all brought along suitcases that are even taller than them, and these are stacked floor to ceiling in your trunk. Oh, also it’s pouring rain and you’re stuck behind a semi spewing a constant flood onto your windshield. This may just sound like the premise of a really hacky slapstick comedy, but hang with me. You’d love to change lanes, of course, but how can you see well enough to make sure there’s no one back there? There’s no way!

No way, that is, until you get your hands on an all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue equipped with Smart Rearview Mirror technology. The new system features a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle, capturing a video feed that is then projected onto the rearview mirror to provide a clearer and more extensive view than the traditional mirror. Plus, since the mirror is on the outside, you’ve precluded the possibility of the aforementioned terrible slapstick comedy; no matter who or what is in your back seat or trunk, you can still see cause the camera is behind it all!

Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Andy Palmer, Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President of Nissan. “It also offers the possibility of new and exciting designs for our upcoming models, ensuring that appearance no longer has to be compromised for visibility and functionality. We’ll have the flexibility to create new shapes and to further improve aerodynamics for better driving dynamics and fuel efficiency.”

Of course, this new rearview mirror technology might be hard to get used to. No fear! Nissan allows you to easily toggle back and forth between the LCD monitor view and a traditional rearview mirror. One of the new Rogues, outfitted with the new rearview mirror technology, is currently sitting on display at the New York International Auto Show. The new rearview mirror will be slowly rolling out across global new car markets, so check back with us here at Lewis Nissan for more information about the new Rogue and its special rearview mirror very soon!

Nissan Engineers Help Create The Lone Pine Statue for Rikuzentakata

On March 11, the city of Rikuzentakata in the Iwate Prefecture of Japan was rocked by a tsunami that ultimately took the lives of one-tenth of the population and has left a quarter of those who remain in temporary housing to this day. In the wake of the earthquake/tsunami, one of the most enduring images of hope was that of the ippon matsu, or the miracle pine. Ippon matsu stood alone at Takata Matsubara, once a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty, where there had once been more than 70,000 trees. That single tree served as a reminder of perseverance until its death (a replacement now stands in its place), and that is why nine techs from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) teamed up to build a statue in its honor for the city of Rikuzentakata.

The kibou no ippon matsu, or “The Tree of Hope,” was awarded to the city of Rikuzentakata at a ceremony by JAMA Chairman Akio Toyoda. “The Tree of Hope” was produced from conception to completion by nine engineers from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Hino. Crafting the model was a painstaking process that involved 4,000 individual pieces for the tree’s bark, 1,000 individual pine needles, and 20 pine cones. Seven of the later were made using metal salvaged from abandoned vehicles scattered throughout the town.

In accepting “The Tree of Hope,” Mayor of Rikuzentakata Futoshi Toba told those in attendance, “It has been three years since the disaster, so everybody is starting to forget about it. In that sense, it is very meaningful to have received the pine tree this year. I am not willing to ask other industries for specific requests. I only ask that they don’t forget that the recovery is still ongoing.”

The Lone Pine may no longer be standing on its own, but it will forever stand as a symbol of optimism. We here at Lewis Nissan ask you: what do you consider among history’s most timeless images of hope?

2014 Nissan Frontier and Titan Rank on ‘Top 9 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks” List

2013 Nissan FrontierToday, drivers need trucks that offer ideal combinations of power and fuel efficiency. Not wanting for power, Nissan’s 2014 Frontier and Titan have proven themselves among the segment’s most fuel-friendly and have found themselves ranked among Edmunds.com’s  “Top 9 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks for 2014.”

The 2014 Nissan Frontier tied for second with 21 miles combined, and the Titan closed out the list with 15 mpg combined.

“People have associated pickup trucks with low gas mileage for many years, but we’re defeating that stereotype,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, in a press release. “We’ve worked hard to produce pickups that not only provide excellent towing capability and ample cargo space, but also impressive fuel efficiency. This recognition by Edmunds validates our efforts to make fuel efficiency a priority across all platforms, from sedans to pickups.”

2013 Nissan Titan

According to Edmunds’ criteria for their “Top 9 Most Fuel Efficient Trucks for 2014,” only fuel-efficient gas-only trucks were considered for the list with each model limited to one appearance. Were it not for this qualifier, the Frontier would have made the list a second time for its efficient 4.0-liter 24-valve V6 option (available in the SV V6 and Desert Runner trims).

Do you need a truck to get the job done quickly and efficiently? Do you want a pickup that eases the pain of the pump without sacrificing horsepower? Stop out to Lewis Nissan and test drive a Frontier or Titan this weekend!