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2013 Nissan Altima Earns “Top Safety Pick Plus” from IIHS

December 20, 2012
2013 Nissan Altima Sedan

The 2013 Nissan Altima added another award to its trophy case with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation, which recognizes passenger vehicles for excellent performance in five passenger safety tests.

Starting with 2013 models, IIHS introduced more stringent criteria and requirements to include the “Top Safety Pick” front, side, rollover and rear crash tests, as well as the newly added small overlap frontal test. The Altima scored well for each of these tests, adding the “Top Safety Pick Plus” award to the five-star safety rating it received in September from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan, which is why we make features like Safety Shield technologies available,” said Bob Yakushi, Nissan’s director of product safety. “The 2013 Altima is truly Nissan’s most innovative Altima ever, and the ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’ designation by IIHS reflects the engineering and design that have gone into this car to make it stand out in the class.”

The Nissan Altima comes equipped with a variety of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags, Vehicle Dynamic Control, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belt system, LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children), zone body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy Fill Tire Alert, which sounds the car horn to notify a person filling a tire with air when the recommended tire pressure has been reached.

Available features include next-generation Safety Shield technologies, including Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems using an innovative single rear camera.

South Point Nissan Loses A Member of the Family

December 11, 2012
Roy Colunga with his daughter

On Dec. 9, 2012 South Point Nissan lost a member of its family, Nissan-certified technician, Roy Colunga.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m., Thurs. Dec. 13 at the San José Catholic Church off of West Oltorf St. Services will be open to the public and a rosary will be held the night before at 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 12 on South 1st St., north of Mary St. W.

He will be missed by everyone here at South Point Nissan for his great friendship and service to this company.

Pathfinder Drives November Nissan Sales to New Record

December 6, 2012
2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan North America Inc. reported record November U.S. Sales Monday with 96,197 units versus last year’s 85,182 November sales, up 12.9 percent. With the release of the all-new 2013 Pathfinder, sales of the SUV rose 249.5 percent over the previous year with 8,097 units sold this November.

Nissan had a significant portfolio refresh this year contributing to the uptick in sales with five new models in 15 months. The all-electric Nissan LEAF also posted strong sales in November with 1,539 units sold, up 129 percent. The Altima and Rogue were also big sellers with increases of 14.8 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively.

A list of vehicles sold can be found below.

NISSAN DIVISION                      
  Nov.   Nov.   Monthly   CYTD   CYTD   CYTD
  2012   2011   % chg   2012   2011   % chg
Nissan Division Total 84,300   76,754   9.8   935,116   854,136   9.5
Versa 8,826   9,291   -5.0   102,709   89,791   14.4
Sentra 7,176   7,871   -8.8   98,640   106,281   -7.2
Cube 791   203   289.7   7,078   14,053   -49.6
Altima 20,305   20,613   -1.5   278,968   243,005   14.8
Maxima 4,730   4,886   -3.2   55,212   53,669   2.9
LEAF 1,539   672   129.0   8,330   8,720   -4.5
Juke 3,003   2,514   19.5   33,619   32,858   2.3
370Z 450   356   26.4   6,932   6,879   0.8
GT-R 85   56   51.8   1,139   1,259   -9.5
Total Car 46,905   46,462   1.0   592,627   556,515   6.5
Frontier 3,882   4,324   -10.2   51,747   46,074   12.3
Titan 1,750   2,146   -18.5   19,738   19,608   0.7
Xterra 1,343   1,636   -17.9   15,843   16,244   -2.5
Pathfinder 8,097   2,317   249.5   34,682   23,272   49.0
Armada 1,817   1,779   2.1   15,938   16,374   -2.7
Rogue 12,662   10,845   16.8   130,861   112,257   16.6
Murano 5,129   4,875   5.2   47,676   48,153   -1.0
Quest 1,673   1,132   47.8   17,075   10,425   63.8
NV 1,042   1,238   -15.8   8,929   5,214   71.3
Total Truck 37,395   30,292   23.4   342,489   297,621   15.1
North American produced 58,968   56,101   5.1   682,406   619,532   10.1
Car 41,037   42,661   -3.8   535,529   492,746   8.7
Truck 17,931   13,440   33.4   146,877   126,786   15.8
Import 25,332   20,653   22.7   252,710   234,604   7.7
Car 5,868   3,801   54.4   57,098   63,769   -10.5
Truck 19,464   16,852   15.5   195,612   170,835   14.5
INFINITI DIVISION                      
  Nov.   Nov.   Monthly   CYTD   CYTD   CYTD
  2012   2011   % chg   2012   2011   % chg
Infiniti Division Total 11,897   8,428   41.2   107,250   87,471   22.6
G Sedan 3,860   3,623   6.5   42,346   38,360   10.4
G Coupe 978   885   10.5   11,982   13,355   -10.3
M 784   921   -14.9   8,281   9,734   -14.9
QX 2,121   1,446   46.7   13,078   11,693   11.8
JX 2,529   n/a   n/a   18,966   n/a   n/a
EX 434   428   1.4   3,161   5,486   -42.4
FX 1191   1125   5.9   9,436   8,843   6.7
Total Car 5,622   5,429   3.6   62,609   61,449   1.9
Total Truck 6,275   2,999   109.2   44,641   26,022   71.6
NISSAN & INFINITI                      
  Nov.   Nov.   Monthly   CYTD   CYTD   CYTD
  2012   2011   % chg   2012   2011   % chg
TOTAL VEHICLE 96,197   85,182   12.9   1,042,366   941,607   10.7
Total Car 52,527   51,891   1.2   655,236   617,964   6.0
Total Truck 43,670   33,291   31.2   387,130   323,643   19.6
Selling days 25   25       281   280    

 * All numbers include Hawaii

Nissan Leaf Drives Into Record for Largest Parade of Electric Cars

November 30, 2012
Nissan LEAF Drives into the Record BooksÉAgain

In a feat of electric car prowess, Nissan brings together a convoy of 225 Nissan Leafs to break the record for “largest parade of electric vehicles.” The cars were paraded around the Silverstone racing circuit in London to break the 218 vehicle Guinness World Record previously held by Chrysler.

Nissan LEAF owners travelled from around the UK, from as far afield as Aberdeen and Belfast, to meet up at the world-famous Formula One circuit on Saturday, November 24. The event was organized by Nissan to bring together owners of the world’s best selling electric vehicle to share their ownership experiences and to gather information about how they use their cars.

Joined by famous faces including actor and presenter Robert Llewellyn and UK television presenter Dallas Campbell, the cars paraded around the circuit for just over two miles under the watchful eye of the Guinness World Record adjudicators.

Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President for Nissan Europe commented: “It was great to see so many LEAFs on the track at the same time and to hear how far some of our owners travelled to take part. We are delighted to have broken the Guinness World Record and to have our customers at the heart of that success.”

The Nissan LEAF entered the record books earlier this year by becoming the fastest car over a mile in reverse, set at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June by stunt driver Terry Grant.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2012

Nissan Opens First EV Quick Charging Station in Mexico

November 19, 2012
Nissan Opens in Mexico the First Electric Vehicle Quick Charging

Nissan opens the first public electric vehicle quick-charging station in Latin America on Nov. 16 adding another place to charge to Nissan’s network of over 1,000 charging stations worldwide.

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, said that the launch represents a great partnership of public and private interests toward a zero emission future.

“We take seriously our role in developing public-private alliances to create adequate conditions for zero emissions mobility. Since we established our commitment to a zero emissions future for transportation, we have sold more than 50,000 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles in over 100 countries and placed more than 1,000 charging stations worldwide,” said Carlos Ghosn.

The quick charging station located in Colonia Roma, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, will charge vehicles’ batteries to 80% in an average of 30 minutes.

Nissan’s goal is to place 3 public charging stations in Mexico City, eight in Aguascalientes and other 50 locations, including Nissan’s corporate offices and three dealers’ facilities. Two Nissan dealers in México City and one in Aguascalientes already are certified to service Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.

Jose Luis Valls, president and managing director of Nissan Mexico, said Nissan is leading the path toward zero emissions with its commitment to providing charging stations in Latin America.

“No other car company is demonstrating the level of commitment that Nissan has to zero emissions mobility. We do not plan to stop here. Our intention is to donate six additional charging stations in other cities around the country, helping to build EV charging station corridors that complement existing infrastructure and the resources available at users’ homes,” said Jose Luis Valls.

Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2013 Murano

November 16, 2012
2013 Nissan Murano

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2013 Nissan Murano, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.

The mid-size crossover SUV has been in production since 2002 and has gone through 2 generations of changes since its inception.

For 2013, Murano adds advanced Safety Shield technologies, including Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems, to the LE Platinum Edition and SL Navigation Package.

Also added is a new Value Package for SV models, featuring a power liftgate, Bose® audio system with 9 speakers plus dual subwoofers and Nissan Navigation system. The Value Package has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) of $2,270 USD – a savings of $830 USD** over the cost of items if purchased separately. Two new exterior colors, Midnight Garnet and Gun Metallic, are also added for 2013.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2013 Nissan Murano include:

Murano S FWD $29,960 USD
Murano SV FWD $32,500 USD
Murano SL FWD $37,310 USD
Murano LE FWD $39,150 USD
Murano S AWD $31,750 USD
Murano SV AWD $34,100 USD
Murano SL AWD $38,910 USD
Murano LE AWD $40,750 USD