Nissan Presents ‘WINNING: The Racing Life of Paul Newman’

For 35 years, Paul Newman raced, largely Nissan and Datsun models, in a highly successful career. That career is now documented in a new film, titled “WINNING: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” and Nissan has the honor of being named presenting sponsor.

Newman is known for his acting and even his salad dressing, but did you know that he didn’t stop racing? As a matter of fact, he won his last race at age 82. Pretty impressive, right?

“Paul Newman not only won an Oscar® as an actor, but also amassed four national championships as a driver and eight championships as a team owner, with many of his most significant victories coming behind the wheel of Nissan and Datsun vehicles,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president of Marketing Communications and Media for Nissan North America.

2016 Nissan Maxima - The Racing Life of Paul NewmanThe documentary first premiered in Los Angeles on April 16, coinciding with the Long Beach Grand Prix. The film’s second debut will be held on May 22 in Indianapolis, scheduled to coincide with the Indy 500. The event will also feature select vehicles from Newman’s racing career and the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.

Proceeds from both events will go to Racing for Cancer and The Indy Family Foundation.

We at Lewis Nissan aren’t sure of when the film will become publicly available, but we hope to update you with more details soon.

All-New Nissan Maxima Styling Makes For a Compelling Sedan

The 2016 Nissan Maxima is expressive, impressive, and designed to please. The Maxima is the second in the lineup to absorb the new, sleeker design language and it effuses athleticism, grace, and an aggression that sets the sedan apart.

Nissan Maxima StylingAlong the front fascia, the U-shaped grill is outlined in accent-chrome, while the headlight cluster adds a determined gaze to the Maxima with angular chrome outlines around the lights.

Along the side of the car, the fenders are flared out, while intersecting creased lines put the car in a forward-leaning stance. The domed windshield shaping was redesigned with inspiration from the Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet and receives blackout treatment on the C-pillars on either side.

The interior Nissan Maxima styling does not disappoint, with many design implements incorporated from the GT-R super car including a 7-degree rake-angle of the center console towards the driver, bolstering accessibility in the flowing style inside the car. With its impressive 300-hp engine, the all-new Nissan Maxima will be a compelling addition to the Lewis Nissan lineup in June of this year.

Manual or Automatic Transmission: Which is Better?

In the US, only about 4% of new cars sold come with a manual transmission. Nonetheless, some enthusiasts insist that manuals are always better than automatics, especially when it comes to fuel economy and performance. That’s why we decided to ask the question: Which is better—manual or automatic transmission?

Manual Transmission - Manual or AutomaticAccording to Edmunds, there are several myths circulating about what transmission is better. Usually what it comes down to is how precise the driver is; if you’re able to adapt to the right conditions and seamlessly glide from gear to gear, manuals might be for you. On the other hand, automatics are getting more and more sophisticated, capitalizing on the latest technologies.

One of the latest features to come out the Nissan labs is the continuously variable transmission (CVT) which works on an advanced belt system to offer the best possible transfer of power. In terms of fuel economy, the CVT is hands down the most practical. In terms of performance, a skilled driver behind a manual is usually quicker.

As far as cost goes, a manual version of a car is typically cheaper, assuming you can find it. In some cases, buying a manual costs more because some manufacturers simply don’t make them anymore. Nearly 75% of cars in the US don’t even come with a choice any more.

Last but not least, some people think manuals are theft-deterrents. While this seems to make sense because fewer and fewer people even know how to drive a stick-shift, there’s really no data to back this up.

Come in to Lewis Nissan today and test drive a manual or automatic transmission and decide for yourself!

Nissan LEAF Rides the Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

They’re always doing cool things in Europe.

If you didn’t know already, the Netherlands are home to what’s called the “Smart Highway,” a stretch of road made famous by its glowing lines—and Nissan has completed the circle by driving the first glowing car on it.

The glow-in-the-dark Smart Highway only runs for 600 meters (almost 2000 feet), but the idea is not only cool but also quite useful. Designer Daan Roosegaarde thought that using photo-luminescent strips that glow in the dark instead of street lights would be a more energy-efficient way to help guide drivers at night.

Nissan figured it might as well make the Smart Highway a location for extra efficiency by bringing along the all-electric, zero-emissions LEAF, pimped out in its own glow-in-the-dark finish. It’s got special sprayed-on coating that absorbs UV energy from the sun and then glows for 8 to 10 hours when it sets.

It’ll never be sold at Lewis Nissan, unfortunately, but you can always take a look at the regular LEAF and pimp it out yourself!