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.

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Nissan Drops the Cube, Promises to Still Be Quirky

2013 Nissan CubeMany car buyers search for something a little different in their vehicles, like a standout color or unique shape. For these shoppers, the Nissan Cube and CrossCabriolet were two options that could fill that need.

In a recent announcement, however, Nissan drops the Cube and the CrossCabriolet from its 2015 lineup. These were two of Nissan’s most unique designs; but, don’t worry, Nissan has promised it will still be quirky.

 In speaking with Automotive News, Nissan’s chief planning officer, Andy Palmer, said, “To be clear, we will morph this space in our portfolio into something iconic. The space is held to make sure we have something iconic.”

As to what will fill the space, Nissan hasn’t said, but as Automotive News points out, there have been plenty of Nissan concepts that would be a welcome addition, for example, the wedge-shaped BladeGlider or the IDx. And, hey, there’s always the slightly bug-eyed Nissan JUKE.

Which quirky Nissan design is your favorite?

Nissan LEAF Assists Safari’s Environmental Sustainability Efforts

Nissan LEAFPiling the Nissan LEAF with snakes, spiders, and other crawling creatures, the Knowsley Safari’s Learning and Discovery Team travels around the Liverpool, England area to educate primary school-aged children on the benefits of conservation and sustainability. The zero-emissions LEAF was donated by a local dealership and fits in well with the Safari’s environmental sustainability efforts.

“In many ways the LEAF is the perfect car for us,” said Richard Smith, Knowsley Safari’s head of visitor services.

“It’s fantastic. Because we’ve been able to couple our charger to our solar panels, there are effectively no running costs and that’s a real advantage. We also operate in accordance with a strict sustainability plan, and in that regard the LEAF is a winner too. It fits very neatly with the overall message the Learning and Discovery Team are delivering at schools across the region.”

Though our opinion may be a bit biased, we at Lewis Nissan think using the Nissan LEAF to further a business’s environmental sustainability efforts is a great idea. Do you have a business that could benefit from the zero-emissions vehicle?

Nissan and Toyota Get Top Marks in Fleet Value Awards

2014 Nissan Versa - Fleet Value AwardsIf you’re a business looking to fill out your fleet vehicles, there’s really only a few choices that will be cost efficient for your company—Nissan and Toyota. In a recent study completed by Vincentic, a Michigan-based consulting company, the two Japanese carmakers came out on top in Fleet Value Awards, showing that they’re the right choice for companies everywhere.

The awards were chosen based on an analysis of over 1,900 vehicle configurations in 24 life cycle cost scenarios, which came from 10 provinces in Canada. Vincentic analyzed the vehicles for depreciation value, fees and taxes, financing, fuel and insurance costs, maintenance, opportunity cost, and repairs. Nissan alone delivered seven winners in multiple categories, including the Nissan Versa SV in the compact sedan segment and the Nissan Leaf S 5D Hatchback in the Electric/plug-in hybrid class.

To see what makes Nissan such a great choice for fleet vehicles, stop by Lewis Nissan today and check out what Nissan has to offer you! For a full list of the winners, click here.

Real-Life Nissan Concept 2020 Debuts at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nissan Concept 2020At the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan fans and gamers alike were able to see one of the automaker’s latest virtual concepts brought to life. The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, which captured the attention of festival attendees, will star next month in the Gran Turismo 6 video game.

When the vehicle becomes available for gamers to drive this month, it will join a long line of virtual Nissan vehicles.

“We have 149 cars in the PlayStation Game,” said Taisuke Nakamura, design director for Nissan Design Europe. “People are quite enthusiastic to race a car in a virtual environment. It’s a new styling challenge without any constraints, boundaries, so it was a purely design challenge from our side to see how much we can go further to achieve an attractive design. It’s like a virtual motor show to me.”

For many, Nissan’s partnership with the video game is much more than just a show. It is through this game that racing’s next great drivers begin their training as they compete for entrance into Nissan’s GT Academy, and eventually the race track.

That’s all the excuse we at Lewis Nissan need to play on!