Nissan Qashqai Design May Come to the US

Nissan may be getting a new SUV in the near future thanks to the success of the Nissan Qashqai overseas. This urban crossover is making an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, which is the first time an American audience has seen the model. The Qashqai has a bold exterior, powerful engine, and some innovative features, all of which is wrapped in a sporty SUV package.

According to Auto World News, the current generation of the Nissan Qashqai design was developed in 2014 for a European audience, and it is especially popular in the UK. This model has state-of-the-art safety systems, including the latest driver assist technologies. It also borrows some of the intelligent engineering features of the Rogue, making the Qashqai crossover truly remarkable.

The Qashqai is often considered by many to be the original crossover, and it has won multiple awards for styling, eco-friendly engineering, and more. In fact, What Car? named the Qashqai the most affordable and most eco-friendly vehicle in its segment, proving just how impressive this model truly is. Though it shares similarities with the Rogue, the Qashqai is a two-row vehicle, with a lighter design and a more compact look.

We can’t wait to see the new Nissan Qashqai on the American market. There’s no word yet if the model will keep its current name, but it’s sure to be popular among car enthusiasts everywhere.

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Nissan Rogue Hybrid is Nominated for Green SUV of the Year

Thanks to some innovative new features, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid was recently named a finalist for Green Car Journal’s “2017 Green SUV of the Year”. Although the winner won’t be announced for a little while, it’s still impressive to know that the first-ever hybrid Rogue is being recognized for its intelligent and eco-friendly design.

The new Nissan Rogue Hybrid comes with intelligent features like a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with a one-motor, two-clutch powertrain. The hybrid system gets up to 176 horsepower total, and it has an impressive 35 highway mpg, according to Nissan. The Rogue also has an Intelligent Regenerative Braking system to recharge the battery as you decelerate and an Idle Start/Stop system to save energy.

“There are so many enhancements to Rogue for 2017, with every one of them designed to enhance its appeal with the fastest growing segment of buyers in the industry,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “The crowning achievement is the addition of the new Rogue Hybrid, which increases fuel efficiency without compromising passenger roominess or cargo utility.”

The 2017 Rogue also has a bold new exterior, advanced safety features, and a truly comfortable ride. The new hybrid powertrain option promises to lower the cost of fuel while also cutting back on emissions, an important step toward the future of mobility.

$20,000 Nissan Donation to Mississippi Food Network BackPack Program

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Nissan’s committed to helping students in Mississippi have meals this coming school year by donating $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network BackPack Program.

Nissan has donated $20,000 to the Mississippi Food Network to support their BackPack Program, a program that provides free meals during weekends and school vacations to students who may not be able to access food outside of school lunches.

This is part of Nissan’s ongoing support of children in need in Mississippi. This Nissan donation brings the company’s contributions to the Mississippi Food Network up to $80,000. The donation will enable the BackPack Program to pay for 4,000 meals.

Nissan didn’t just donate money to the cause, though—the company also got its employees involved. Workers at the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi, spent November 22 assembling more than 800 meal kits for the program.

Since 2006, when Nissan first donated to the Mississippi Food Network, the company has funded 15,800 meals, with 98% of contributions going to the BackPack Program. Nissan doubled its yearly contribution in 2016, letting the organization increase the number of students it serves weekly from 60 to 120.

Beyond working with Mississippi Food Network, Nissan has given more than $12 million in grants and gifts to organizations across Mississippi since 2006, when the assembly plant opened in Canton, as well as thousands of volunteer hours in schools and with nonprofits.

Nissan to Debut New GT-R NISMO at Auto Show

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Where’s the GT-R NISMO going to be next?

Southern California and Nissan both have a long-standing history with the realm of racing, which is why the 12th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show, or JCCS, held in Long Beach, California near the end of September, will be the chosen site for the unveiling of the new GT-R NISMO supercar. Never before seen in the United States, the GT-R NISMO is a welcome surprise for stateside fans of the track-inspired performance car.

The GT-R NISMO won’t be the only Nissan being shown off at JCCS. A few mint-condition classics – a ‘69 Patrol, ‘62 Fairlady, and a modified ‘71 Skyline – will make an appearance (it is a classic car show, after all) as well as some of Nissan’s racing stars. Nissan also has information about a number of giveaways and other activities that will be available at its booth at JCCS that the brand is slowly revealing throughout September with the hashtag #NissanAtJCCS.

With motorsport-inspired carbon fiber components, a redesigned front end, an entirely revised cockpit, all-wheel drive capability, and a 600-HP twin-turbocharged V6, the new GT-R NISMO is a sight to behold. More than 7,000 spectators will be attending JCCS on September 24th, when news and images about the GT-R NISMO are sure to surface online as well.

JD Power APEAL Awards Go to Nissan TITAN XD, Maxima, and Altima

Three Nissan vehicles recently earned JD Power APEAL awards. This test looks at automotive performance, execution, and layout on new models. The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD took first for the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the Maxima won the Large Car segment, and the Altima came in second for the Midsize Car segment.

JD Power APEAL awards

According to Nissan, the JD Power APEAL awards are given on the basis of customer satisfaction and surveys. In other words, Nissan owners were so satisfied with their driving experience, that they ranked three models among the highest in the industry. Many especially noted the sense of safety provided by Nissan Safety Shield technologies like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and more.

“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, VP of Sales and Marketing for Nissan. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN XD trucks.”

This is the 21st year in a row for the JD Power APEAL survey. Models are ranked on a 1,000-point overall scale. The TITAN scored an 867, the Maxima had 857, and the Altima had 824 points. The Murano and Sentra also scored high, at 831 and 814. This is pretty impressive for Nissan, especially considering the fact the industry average was just 801 points.

Nissan “No Charge to Charge” Program Reaches New Markets

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Charging your LEAF will be easier than ever.

Nissan first introduced its innovative “No Charge to Charge” program in July 2014, offering Nissan LEAF owners or leasees in certain areas the opportunity to charge their cars for free. At first available to just 10 markets, the program has since expanded and is now available in 38 markets across the country.

Rewards

Officials say “the economics are easy” when it comes to the Nissan “No Charge to Charge” program. With public charging stations still be relatively uncommon, car buyers are still hesitant to jump into the electric car market, especially with their somewhat limited range. A big draw of electric cars is that they’re money savers because they don’t use any gasoline, so free public charging incentivizes buying electric cars even more.

Public Charging

Public charging is necessary to give electric car drivers more range confidence, and having the option of free charging is a major draw over gasoline, for which prices have noticeably risen in the last few months.

The public chargers Nissan has developed can recharge a LEAF from 0% battery to 80% in less than 30 minutes. This will be even more of a benefit when the next-generation LEAF is released in 2018 with a much longer range than its current range. The current LEAF sells for an affordable $21,510 after federal tax incentives.

Nissan Takes Home Four AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

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Keep reading for Nissan’s latest award!

Nissan is winning awards left and right, including four recent awards from AutoPacific for vehicle satisfaction. The Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Frontier each won Best in Class for the 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, showing just how impressive these models are. You won’t regret buying a new Nissan.

According to Nissan, these awards are given after AutoPacific surveys over 65,000 customers on their vehicles, measuring over 50 attributes. The Maxima, Murano, Rogue, and Frontier have each been redesigned recently, with great new features and record sales. Styling and comfort were among the leading reasons for owner satisfaction, while performance, fuel economy, and safety were added perks.

“The 2016 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are confirmation of what we’re seeing everyday in Nissan showrooms nationwide – buyers are responding to the redesigned Maxima, Murano and Rogue’s styling, interior comfort, performance, fuel efficiency and advanced safety and security features,” said Dan Mohnke, VP of Nissan Marketing. “We’re also proud that Frontier, a true workhorse in its class, continues to deliver on and exceed owner expectations year after year.”

The Maxima took home the gold in the Luxury Mid-Size Car segment, while the Murano won for Premium Mid-Size Crossovers, the Rogue for Mid-Size Crossovers, and the Frontier for Compact Pickups. Why would you purchase a vehicle you weren’t satisfied with? Get the best of the best and buy a Nissan today.

Spotlight on: 2016 Nissan Altima

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Keep reading to find out the great features of the 2016 Nissan Altima!

The Nissan Altima is a favorite in the Fayetteville and Lumberton areas. It’s perfect for saving some money at the pump if you are a road trip junkie! You’ll enjoy an impressive 27 city MPG* and 39 highway MPG* The aerodynamic exterior design is efficient for highway driving.

The Altima got a sportier, sleeker makeover for the 2016 model year. You’ll notice the grille was improved, LED headlights were added, and there are now seven trim levels to satisfy any buyer’s needs. It was awarded an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, so you can rest assured you’ll be driving down the road in a car that will keep you safe.

The exterior wasn’t the only thing upgraded and improved for 2016. Inside the Altima, you and your passengers will appreciate the dual zone climate control. On the technology front, you won’t be disappointed. The Altima has all the benefits of NissanConnect Services. These include remote start access from your phone, voice or touch activated interactions, numerous safety features, and navigation with Google or SiriusXM. You can also jam to your favorite tunes on Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriumXM Satellite Radio, or Bluetooth.

The 2016 Altima is just fun to drive! With the little features you can’t live without like push button start, alloy wheels, and premium speakers (some trim levels), you’ll enjoy every trip you take in your Altima.

The 2016 Nissan Altima is all about you. Isn’t it time you found out for yourself? Come in to Terry Chapin Nissan and test drive one today.

*EPA Estimates only.