Nissan and NASA Partner to Build Autonomous Cars

Nissan and NASA partner

It’s an all-star alliance!

Nissan is in the driver’s seat for a special partnership with NASA to produce an autopilot for cars. An amalgamation of NASAs remote operation vehicles technology and Nissan’s automatic control operations, i.e.: steering and braking; the space age technology will be used on future inter-planetary exploration missions and in earth-bound travels.

“The work of NASA and Nissan—with one directed to space and the other directed to earth—is connected by similar challenges,” remarked Carlos Ghosn the Nissan CEO.

The challenges in developing a fully autonomous vehicle are already being addressed by Nissan engineers at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. The project is on pace to start the testing of a self-driving car by the end of 2015, with a possible commercially available version by the end of 2018.

The Nissan and NASA partnership is an ideal situation due to the experience they each possess – NASA extensively with human-to-machine synergy and Nissan with its advanced automotive control systems. This pooling of stellar resources will potentially change the way we drive – on Mars and on earth!

What do you think of the Nissan and NASA partnership?  Would you be willing to drive one of the first autonomous cars?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD Debut in Detroit Causes Quite a Stir

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD debut definitely had people getting excited about the new full-sized truck!  Showing off the latest Nissan technology, the automaker recently unveiled the new Nissan Titan lineup at the Detroit Auto Show. The Titan XD will generate a new segment of pickups centered on efficiency and power.

According to Nissan, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD debut drew a lot of attention from truck fans because of the new 5.0-liter Cummins V8 engine, the advanced computer systems, and rugged design. The new turbo-diesel engine is rated at 310 hp and 555 lb/ft of torque, enabling the Titan to tow more than 12,000 lbs.

“The new TITAN will deliver toughness, capability and quality,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan. “In addition to a range of cab configurations, the TITAN lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices.”

The long-awaited Titan XD will also feature RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), and a Trailer Light Check system, all of which are the latest in Nissan pickup technology.

The Nissan Titan XD debut also drew attention because Nissan revealed it had spent more than $5 billion to localize production for the pickup in the U.S. Featuring new technology and great styling, most of which is made in America, what’s not to like about the new model?  To learn more about any of the Nissan Titan generations, stop in to High Point Nissan and we would be glad to help!

Nissan LEAF Sales Set New Record for Plug-In Vehicles

Nissan LEAF sales

Nissan LEAF sales continued to set new records with 30,200 vehicles sold in 2014—the first time any plug-in sells more than 30,000 units in a single year.

Nissan managed the feat after selling 3,102 all-electric LEAFs in December, up 22.7 percent from last year and a new record for the month.

The LEAF is in its fifth model year and quickly becoming one of the chief symbols of the all-electric vehicle movement. It continues to bring in new customers at High Point Nissan, and for good reason: it’s one of the most efficient cars out there with its MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined.

And forget what you heard about electrics having high initial costs—thanks to the available maximum $7,500 federal tax credit, the starting price of a Nissan LEAF is only about $22,000!

“From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales, “which is what makes Nissan LEAF the best-selling electric car in the world.”

New Year’s Driving Resolutions

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It’s that wonderful time of the year again! The time where everyone gets to press the restart button and get a second chance at doing something they didn’t get around to accomplishing the year before!  There are so many different resolutions people make each year, such as making an effort to hit the gym a little harder, save some money for that trip you’ve been dying to take or that new car you can’t keep your eyes off of, or even something as simple as practicing more patience.  One resolution people don’t think about including is better driving resolutions!

If  you’ve started thinking about what your New Year’s resolutions should be, and you haven’t added “be a better, more focused driver” to the list, it’s not too late! Making the commitment to be a better driver will benefit you (and those around you) for a lifetime of driving. It’s never too late to become a more focused and engaged driver, and we here at High Point Nissan think 2015 is your year to make it happen!

Join all of us here at High Point Nissan, and commit to practicing positive driving habits this year.

Check out The News Wheel’s New Year’s Driving Resolutions infographic and print it out as a regular reminder to put safety first! Here is their list of driving resolutions:

  • I will refrain from texting and driving.
  • I will ensure there is always a responsible designated driver.
  • I will make a greater effort to stick to the speed limit.
  • I will always wear my seatbelt.
  • I will use my turn signals to help alert others to my actions.
  • I will be on the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles.
  • I will pull over for emergency vehicles.

See.  Those don’t seem so hard do they? They’re not! Practicing safe driving habits this year and you could ultimately end up saving your own life, or the life of another!

Did you already make a resolution to behave better behind the wheel? We want to know! Tell us in the comments how you plan to improve your driving skills this year! Maybe it will give others some great ideas and help them out as well.

 

The Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Program: The NV200 Becomes a Standard NYC Cab

Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Program

If you’re in New York City anytime in the near future you might notice that many of the cabs are the new Nissan NV200 model. New York’s Taxi and Limo Commission (TLC) announced the start of its new Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Program, which means there will be plenty of yellow Nissans on the streets.

According to Nissan, the TLC is upgrading to the Nissan NV200 as a standard taxi because new models have been designed with important safety features and incredible driver comfort. The NV200 will also increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the city, making it easy for the city to add and remove handicap-specific features.

In order to test the new taxis, Nissan created a “New York Ave.” at its Arizona test facility to make sure the new NV200s would be able to handle harsh winters and intense stop and go traffic. “We’ve hired New York City cab drivers to test vehicles around the city, collecting data that was used to refine the vehicle. In total, these drivers logged enough miles to cover every street in Manhattan more than 300 times,” said Nissan in a press release.

Interested in the safety, space, and driver comfort offered by the Nissan NV200? Stop by High Point Nissan for more information about the new model.

Yearly Nissan Sales in Canada Pass 100,000 Vehicles for the First Time

2014 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan brand has been establishing itself as a global presence for many years now. It makes small cars that are popular all around the world, and also caters its product line to fit the needs of its customers in each individual market. In Canada, that market has never been as strong as it is right now, as yearly Nissan sales in Canada have passed 100,000 vehicles for the first time.

Nissan had already smashed its previous yearly sales record of 82,604, but a new Nissan Pathfinder sold in Thornhill, Ontario, pushed the sales numbers into six digits. “This is a wonderful achievement to share with our employees and dealer network during the holiday season and is the direct result of hard work, partnership with our dealers and planning to bring the right cars to Canadians,” says Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “This was a particularly exciting year for the Canadian team with the launch of the Nissan Rogue and Micra, both very successful in Canada.”

While the Micra is not actually available here in the United States, the Rogue remains a very popular SUV option in America. More stylish than most crossovers, the Rogue manages a beautiful balance of both efficiency and elegance. That combination has helped make the Rogue a best-seller, not just in Canada but everywhere it is sold. Come see us at High Point Nissan today to go Rogue yourself!

LEAF Battery Improvements Will Double EV Range

LEAF

The Nissan LEAF is one of the best-selling all-electric cars out on the market, and for good reason. With its current range of 84 miles, this eco-friendly, electric vehicle option has sold over 130,000 units globally since its introduction in 2010. Now, LEAF battery improvements may have made this electric car more appealing than ever, by more than doubling the Nissan LEAF’s range.

 

The Nissan LEAF battery improvements will allow the LEAF to go for over 249 miles on one charge, a vast improvement that is sure to appeal to consumers who are looking to go green. The details of the technology are limited right now, with Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn staying tight-lipped for the moment. But according to the Daily Kanban, an unnamed Nissan engineer has stated that the battery offers more capacity, while reducing both weight and costs.

 

It might still be some time until we receive official confirmation regarding the Nissan LEAF battery improvements. Until then, make sure you stop in to High Point Nissan today and see what the Nissan LEAF and other eco-friendly Nissan vehicles have to offer you!