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.

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!