Nissan Makes Big Investments in 2019 Altima Production

Nissan Altima

Smyrna Plant History

Nissan’s production plant in Smyrna, Tennessee has been creating the well-known Altima nameplate since it was introduced to the market in 1992, so to Nissan, there was never any other choice for production on the latest generation. The all-new mid-size sedan will roll off of the assembly line in both Smyrna and at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, thanks to a large investment the company has made in both factories.

The Investment

Dropping a sum of $170 million, Nissan is making big upgrades to Smyrna and Canton, all with the end goal of producing the new Altima. While we didn’t get the specifics, the upgrades include a new paint shop, calibration equipment to help with the new Nissan ProPILOT Assist system, and a laser brazing system designed to create the Nissan Altima’s trunk.

New Features

The 2019 Nissan Altima will be the first sedan in Nissan’s US lineup to come with the option of AWD. It will also offer the new VC-Turbo engine as one of its engine options and come equipped with the ProPILOT semi-autonomous driver assist technology, which uses advanced cruise control and Steer Assist in tandem to make highway driving simple and safe. 2019 Altima production is expected to begin sometime this fall when the new model becomes available at dealerships across the United States.

Contact us at Santa Cruz Nissan to learn more about when you can take this cool car on a test drive.

Nissan Ties for First in JD Power Initial Quality Study

Initial Quality Study

The Best In Initial Quality Study

Looking for durability in a car? Consider a Nissan. The Nissan brand recently tied for the most awards from the JD Power 2018 Initial Quality Study. This study is a standard for predicting which cars will have the fewest problems in the future and those that currently have the highest quality. Among the cars that received top honors were the Frontier, Maxima, and Altima.

Winning 3 Years In A Row

According to Nissan, the brand has been a leader in the study for three years in a row, as it’s the third consecutive year Nissan has achieved significant improvement. The Frontier was the best Midsize Pickup, the Nissan Maxima took the Large Car category, and the Nissan Altima won the Midsize segment. The Nissan LEAF also showed massive improvement since last year. What does this study mean for the winners? In short, they’re the least likely to have problems in the near future. “Nissan’s J.D. Power IQS results for 2018 are encouraging because they reflect customer satisfaction directly from the people who buy and lease our vehicles,” said Mark Swenson, vice president of Total Customer Satisfaction for Nissan North America. “Positive IQS performance is a tribute to the ongoing efforts of Nissan Engineering, R&D, Quality and Manufacturing teams around the world.”

Nissan Owners Have Spoken

How does JD Power measure quality? The Initial Quality Study draws conclusions by looking at customer information and data from the first 90 days of ownership. That means that Nissan owners are tied for being the most satisfied during the first three months of ownership, which is a positive indication of things to come.

If you want to see some of these award-winning Nissan vehicles for yourself, contact us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA.

New Nissan LEAF Could Feature an Open Top

New Nissan LEAF
LEAF It All Behind

Longer All-Electric Range

The new Nissan LEAF is already looking pretty good with a longer all-electric range. Recently, the automaker unveiled a sportier model of the eco-friendly car. The ‘open-air version’ of the new Nissan LEAF could feature an open top.

New Nissan LEAF Appearance

While not quite a convertible, the ‘open-air version’ of the Nissan LEAF is a new take on the sportiness of electric vehicles. The model made its debut at the Tokyo forum on zero-emission society. At the moment, there aren’t any plans to put the open-topped Nissan LEAF into production. Instead, it appears that the concept is a celebration of 100,000 Nissan LEAF sales since 2010 in Japan. “The 100% electric car was displayed at a forum to celebrate the milestone of 100,000 sales of the Nissan LEAF in Japan since the model was first introduced in 2010,” Nissan said in a press release.

Open-Air Concept

The open-air concept is the most recent of three concepts. In October 2017, Nissan showed off a Nismo version of the next-generation Nissan LEAF ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. That concept featured a black interior with red accents. Two months later, in December 2017, the Japanese automaker unveiled an all-electric Nissan LEAF GT concept.

3 New Options

All three concepts indicate that Nissan may be looking at releasing sportier versions of the Nissan LEAF. While there don’t seem to be firm plans for putting any concepts into production, these fantasy versions are a good indication of what could be coming in the future. To learn more about the Nissan LEAF models now on sale, contact us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA.

Nissan Donation of $250,000 to HBCU STEM Programs Brings Total Up to Almost $2 Million

Nissan donation
Investing In Our Future

Supporting Colleges & Universities

Since the opening of its facility in Canton, Mississippi, in 2003, Nissan has been dedicated to supporting local historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. The most recent Nissan donation of $250,000 brings their total support of local HBCUs up to almost $2 million. Nissan is especially dedicated to investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, which is why more than half of that $2 million has gone to STEM programs. In fact, Nissan was named a 2018 Top Supporter of HBCU Engineering Schools by US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

Nissan Donation of $250,000

The recent donation of $250,000 went to seven of Mississippi’s HBCUs, including two community colleges and three state universities, and will be used for resources and promotion of a wide range of STEM programs.  The Nissan North America director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jeffrey Webster, said Nissan’s investment in STEM at HBCUs is “vital to fostering the minds of the next George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison.”

STEM-Related Bachelor’s Degrees

According to a 2016 report from the National Science Foundation, HBCUs have a proven track record when it comes to STEM. They produce 27% of Black students with STEM-related bachelor’s degree while making up only 3% of colleges nationwide. Here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA, we are proud of the contributions of our manufacturer. It is constantly looking for ways to help in the community, just like the team here at the dealership.

All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut Set for 2018 New York International Auto Show

All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut
New Design. New Technology

Best-Selling Sedan

The Northeast region of the United States has always been considered the most popular market for the Nissan Altima, which is the brand’s best-selling sedan. That’s why the all-new Nissan Altima global debut will occur at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on March 28 before showing up in the Santa Cruz Nissan showroom.

6th Generation of Greatness

The 2019 Altima will offer a redesigned version of the sedan, replacing the fifth-generation model that has been on sale since 2012. We think that we can get an idea of what the Altima will look like based on the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, which was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017.

V-Motion Grille

It’s likely the Altima will mirror the concept car’s new vertical V-motion grille, though it might stay away from the more futuristic design aspects to still appeal to traditional buyers. It will likely also have more headroom for rear passengers thanks to a slightly more fastback roof profile.

Coming Soon

For power, the Altima will likely keep an inline-four engine for its base engine, though whether or not Nissan will keep its beefy V6 engine is still up in the air. The sixth-generation Altima will go on sale later this year and will hopefully keep up with the current Altima’s top-notch sales, which allowed it to be the thirteenth top-selling vehicles in the United States.

To learn more about the 2018 Nissan Altima currently on our lot, come see us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA.

2017 TITAN Capabilities Come in Handy During Hurricane Irma Cleanup

2017 TITAN capabilities
Hurricane Relief

September Storm

Hurricane Irma hit the southeastern region of the US hard in September, but many people are still recovering. Partnering with Hilary Hutcheson, a premier fly-fishing guide, Nissan offered its help in the cleanup efforts that have been ongoing in the Florida Keys area.

Giving Back To The Community

Nissan is dedicated to giving back to the community, one reason we at Santa Cruz Nissan are proud to be associated with the brand. Offering a 2017 Nissan TITAN for the cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma, Hutchinson and her team were able to haul debris that’s been littering the coast for months. According to Nissan, Hutchinson also participated in a local fly-fishing tournament to raise money for the efforts as well.

“When I saw my friends in the Keys lose 30 guide days in the wake of Hurricane Irma – as well as their boats and homes in some cases – I felt a burning concern that was perhaps fueled by my own experience in the harsh smoke of Montana’s devastating wildfires,” said Hutcheson. “But I only lost nine days of guiding, not 30. I wanted to help those who took a gale-force slugging in the Keys.”

Power On Any Terrain

The 2017 TITAN capabilities make this truck ideal for the rough terrain and hard work required for the cleanup. For example, the tall ride height gives plenty of ground clearance, while the wide stance provides stability. The 2017 TITAN can also tow over 9,000 pounds, which comes in handy when moving big objects. Nissan’s participation in the cleanup efforts is just one of many ways the brand sets itself apart.

What do you think? Tell all of us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA in the comments below!

Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Lower your Carbon Footprint

 

Americans are becoming more and more interested in changing their habits to reduce their impact on the environment. This is part of why we’ve seen such a huge spike in electric and alternative fuel auto development, like the LEAF, Nissan’s all-electric car. Here are some ways to lower your carbon footprint and help the environment.

One great way to reduce your impact is to eat less meat. Livestock produces far more waste and harmful gases than crops, and farm animals consume much more than they produce, so lowering your consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy is a great way to preserve the earth.

You can also use more environmentally friendly household products like LED lightbulbs and energy efficient appliances, as well as using less water, using hot instead of cold water, and not running the air conditioning or heat when it’s not necessary. And buy things used as often as possible!

Of course, one of the best ways to make less of an impact on the environment is by driving vehicles with low or no emissions. Electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and other non-gas options like the Nissan LEAF put fewer ozone-unfriendly gases into the atmosphere, and as electric vehicles become more popular, it will have an exponential effect on the environment.

For more tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint or to schedule a test drive for the Nissan LEAF, give us a call today at Santa Cruz Nissan!

Electric ChargePoint System May Speed Up Electric Vehicle Charge Time

ChargePoint system
The Nissan LEAF Is Just Waving At You

The Nissan LEAF is paving the way for many electric cars in the US, and it may be getting a new supercharging system. While Nissan electric vehicle technology is about as innovative as it gets, one drawback for many electric car owners is the time it takes to charge electric vehicles—until now, it seems.

Quick Battery Charging System

According to Clean Technica, Nissan may be getting a new electric ChargePoint system developed by EVgo. Working with several other automakers to form a coalition of automakers, Nissan announced in January that it was working with Tesla and other groups to create a truly quick battery-charging system.

120kW Of Electricity

For many, the issue isn’t actually vehicles like the Nissan LEAF. Instead, many charging stations are not equipped to handle “fast charging,” or what is frequently referred to as “Level 3” charging. While many stations and public ports have Level 2 charging, few places let you get more than 50kw at a time. However, Nissan, working with Tesla, may be able to get as much as 120kW at a time across several places in the US.

Where To Find Charging Stations

In fact, several places in western Europe offer supercharging stations. Nissan announced in early August that it was working with a company named DBT to create 150kW charging stations, adding that it will hopefully have up to 2,100 stations in the US in the near future. Here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA we can’t wait to see what happens over the next few years.

Travel Planning with an EV

Travel Planning with an EV
Nissan LEAF In The Spotlight

Just because you go 100% green and choose an electric vehicle, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun. With a little planning and foresight, it’s possible—even easy—to take a road trip in your EV. Travel planning with an EV is just a little different than with a gas-powered vehicle. Use these tips from Santa Cruz Nissan to make your first EV trip a success.

Use a Trip Planner

When you’re planning your route, you should be sure to focus it around charging stations. Resources like www.evtripplanner.com can help you create a route based on charging stations and the distances between them. You can also use these resources to determine charge times, which will help you plan your itinerary.

Take it Slow

Did you know that the faster you drive in an electric vehicle, the more energy you use? Opt not to put to petal to the metal and you can save on time at your next charge.

Know Your Vehicle

You can read other people’s advice online all you want, but nothing is as true as your own experiences in the car your drive every day. Try to spend plenty of time in your car before departing on a trip so you can get a feel for what driving depletes range versus what regenerates it. If you know what your car needs on the road, you’ll feel more confident taking your EV far from home.

Check out the Nissan LEAF at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA before you go on your first EV trip!

Fourth of July Traveling in Your Nissan LEAF®

Fourth of July traveling
The Nissan LEAF Lights Up The Night

Located right in the middle of California’s endless coast and sitting directly on the Pacific Ocean, Santa Cruz is the perfect place to visit, but it’s also the perfect place to travel from, especially for Fourth of July weekend. Whether you head south to LA or San Diego, north to San Francisco or Portland, or even east toward Vegas, doing some Fourth of July traveling in your Nissan LEAF® in and around California has never been easier.

With a higher battery range than ever, you can go over a hundred miles before you need to stop and charge your LEAF®, and with quick charging, it only takes a couple of hours. Park your LEAF® at one of the abundant electric car charging stations around California, hit a Fourth of July festival or crash in a hotel room for the night, and get right back on the road. You won’t believe how easy it is to get around in the LEAF®.

Fourth of July Americafest in Pasadena, the Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade, and the Studio City Fourth of July Fireworks Festival are just some of the Independence Day Celebrations going on in LA, and with your small Nissan LEAF® and its easy-to-drive, easy-to-park size, getting around the city to them is a piece of cake.

You can also see the fireworks at Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Whorf in San Francisco, hit up the Caesars Palace July 4th Celebration in Las Vegas, or even stay home in Santa Cruz and check out the many parades and festivals here—your Nissan LEAF® is the perfect car for downtown parking!

Find out more about the Nissan LEAF® today at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA!