Nissan GT Academy Finals Held in Nashville

Racing Flag

Nissan has announced that the U.S. Nissan GT Academy finals would be held in Nashville, Tennessee, where six top performers will be then be chosen to go to Silverstone in the UK for a shot at becoming the next GT Academy champion.

Every year, Nissan tests and recruits new drivers whose previous racing experiences amount to little more than playing Gran Turismo on the PlayStation. Contrary to what one might expect from that premise, it’s been a huge success. The first-ever GT Academy champion, Lucas Ordoñez, was racing in the LMP1 class at Le Mans just earlier this year, and the first U.S. champion, Bryan Heitkotter, has been rocking the Pirelli World Challenge series.

This year, the 20 top virtual drivers are heading to Nashville to compete in the U.S. finals, which include virtual, physical, and on-track evaluations and competitions. The best six will advance to the global finals in Silverstone, where only one will be chosen to start a new racing career.

Now if you’ll excuse us, a few of us will be in the back room at High Point Nissan practicing our virtual skills…

2015 Nissan Murano and Quest Win AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

2015 nissan murano

The 2015 Nissan Murano and 2015 Nissan Quest have won Best in Class awards in AutoPacific’s 19th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) in the premium mid-size crossover SUV and minivan segments.

The VSAs are based on over 66,000 owner surveys of 2015 model year vehicles that measure satisfaction across a range of 50 key attributes, including fuel economy, interior comfort, performance, styling, convenience, and much more.

Both the Murano and Quest were named best-in-class with a significant margin over their respective second place competitors, which might explain why they’ve been selling so well at High Point Nissan. The Murano in particular was up 73.8 percent just last June.

“These two Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are particularly significant, not only because they represent the voice of our owners, but also because they are for two very different ends of the family vehicle segment – the seven-passenger Quest minivan and the premium Murano crossover,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan’s VP of Sales & Marketing and Operations. “It is also great to see Murano bring home the trophy in the first year of its total redesign for 2015.”

Car Seat Recommendations By The NHTSA

Car Seat Safety

As cliche as it may sound, children are truly precious cargo. As parents, we want to know that they are as safe as can be while traveling in the car. The manner in which a child should be seated in a vehicle changes over time. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created updated car seat recommendations for children:


From birth to 12 months, a rear-facing seat is appropriate. These types of seats will have height and weight limits established by the manufacturer.
From the ages 1 to 3, you can keep your child in the rear-facing seat as long as he or she doesn’t violate the limits.


Once your child has outgrown the rear-facing seat, he or she is ready for a forward-facing seat with a harness. Again, your child should continue to use the forward-facing seat until he or she outgrows the height and weight limits of the seat.


It’s time for a booster seat when the forward-facing seat is no longer valid. The NHTSA recommends that you “keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly.” That means that the lap belt lies across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt lies across the shoulder and chest.


You can find a helpful chart here.  Check out Vann York’s High Point Nissan’s lineup of new Nissan’s with impressive safety features!

Nissan Truckumentary Chapter Six Hits The Interweb

The latest chapter of the Nissan Truckumentary should prove interesting to the kind of truck-owner that regularly hauls a lot of heavy loads. The Nissan Truckumentary Chapter Six is entitled “Diesel Goodness.”


The 2016 Nissan Titan XD will feature a 5.0-liter V8 Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. It’s clear from chapter six of the “truckumentary” that the Nissan Titan design and engineering team clearly understands the unique power of diesel.


“It’s that feeling that engine always has more to give,” according to Rich Miller, director of product planning for Nissan. It was essential that the Titan feature a diesel option.


Of course, a truck as well-designed as the Titan necessitated a diesel engine that could do it justice. Nissan found that in the Cummins Turbo Diesel. The Cummins lends the Titan “instant credibility,” said Peter Luttenbacher, product planning Nissan. Jeff Caldwell, general manager at Cummins, explained that the Cummins diesel is the “right balance of fuel economy, power and performance” for the Titan XD.

Nissan “TITAN Truckumentary” Chapter 6: Diesel Goodness

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 6, 2015) – The sixth chapter of Nissan’s “TITAN TRUCKUMENTARY” delves into the relationship between Nissan and Cummins, Inc., the storied engine manufacturer that has played a pivotal role in bringing the 2016 TITAN XD to life.

Nissan April Sales Indicate a Record-Breaking Year

New Nissan Rogue

This year is looking to be one of Nissan’s best, if reports that reveal the automaker’s record-breaking April sales are any indication. Nissan sold exactly 109,848 vehicles over the course of last month, setting their U.S. record.

The largest contributors to these stellar sales – within a particularly strong lineup of models, of course – were the new Rogue and Murano vehicles, which have been recently updated.

Plus, most Infiniti utility vehicles saw serious growth in April, compared to April 2014, adding to the impressive figures. Infiniti as a brand saw an increase of 8.8 percent compared to last year, overall.

Later this year and early next, the launch of the newest Nissan Titan will certainly keep these company-wide trends going.

It’s no surprise to us that the Nissan April sales were so high, and we assume that the numbers will stay record-breaking throughout the year. What do you think? Let us know your thought sin the comments.

Wake Up: Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert System

Nissan Maxima

Falling asleep at the wheel is one of those things you simply think will never happen to you. Until it does.  Almost everyone has had a little scare or two but hopefully you caught yourself and took immediate action.

It is a serious matter. According to Gizmag, AAA found that falling asleep at the wheel causes 6,400 fatal crashes a year.

Nissan has taken immediate action. The automaker has introduced, for the first time in the new Maxima, a technology they’re calling Driver Attention Alert (DAA). It is designed to arouse a drowsy driver.

Since drivers don’t fall asleep out of the blue ordinarily, DAA uses steering angle sensors to determine whether a driver is showing signs of drowsiness. When these signs are present, a chime is sounded and an icon of a coffee cup appears on the dash.

Of course, the Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert is not a fail-safe. One should never attempt to operate a motor vehicle if the possibility of failing asleep is real.  Stay in touch with High Point Nissan to see when the 2016 Maxima will be arriving on our lot so you can take advantage of this amazing new feature!

Production Begins on All-New 2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

We here at High Point Nissan can’t wait for the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima to arrive here at our dealership this summer. The excitement has already begun for the folks in Smyrna, Tennessee as the plant began production earlier this month.

With six Nissan models produced at the plant and a capacity of more than 648,000 vehicles per year, the Smyrna facility is North America’s highest producing automotive assembly plant.

As for its production of the new Maxima, this is Nissan’s eighth-generation of the popular sedan and as one Smyrna employee said, “this one, right here, is going to raise the bar for us.”

“Today is a great day for the plant,” said John Martin, senior vice president of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing for Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work by an awful lot of people in Japan, in Farmington Hills at our R&D center, with our suppliers and, above all, with the team here.”

When it comes, the all-new Maxima, also known as the “4-Door Sports Car,” will arrive with its boldly redesigned exterior, 300 horsepower, and a suite of available advanced safety technologies. Of course, if you are looking for more details on the 2016 Maxima, we can’t stop talking about it. We would love to answer any questions you may have; and we’ll plan on seeing you this summer.