Nissan’s 130-mph Remote Control Car Celebrates Gran Turismo

Gran Turismo Nissan GT-R

It’s been 20 years since the release of Gran Turismo, and the series of racing games, which were developed for PlayStation, have worked with Nissan from the beginning. In honor of that partnership, Nissan is celebrating this year by creating the coolest Gran Turismo-inspired remote-controlled car to date: the Nissan GT-R.

The Nissan GT-R is operated using a gaming controller, and brings the thrill of the Gran Turismo games to real life. The Nissan GT-R was tested with the help of Jann Mardenborough, a winner at the GT Academy, who controlled the Nissan GT-R from a helicopter up above the course. He was able to get the Nissan GT-R up to 131 mph and averaged 76 mph on his fastest lap.

During the drive, Mardenborough was able to monitor the car’s speed thanks to Racelogic VBOX Motorsport sensor installed in the car. It’s one of many advanced tools that make the Nissan GT-R possible, in addition to four robots, six computers, and two smart safety systems.

We’re happy to report, as well, that this car won’t be sitting around collecting dust. Its next tour is through primary and secondary schools in the UK, where it will be used as a means to promote STEM learning. After all, Nissan has always been inspirational in more than one way. It’s just one of many things Haddad Nissan loves about the company.

New Redesigned Nissan LEAF

The new 2018 Nissan LEAF is coming to Haddad Nissan early next year and we are so excited, we wanted to tell you all about the fully redesigned battery-electric vehicle. So, what’s new other than a completely new exterior? Improvements in range; both mileage and price!

Nissan LEAF

Projected Range

Most 2017 and 2018 “short-range” all-electric cars on the market provide 90 to 125 miles of range, where as the new Nissan LEAF is expected to offer 150 miles. It is true that there are EVs out there that can drive over 300 miles, but also come equipped with a hefty price that could start at $65,000 or more. This year’s model has found a sweet spot between needed mileage and vehicle price range, especially since 84-mile range is sufficient for more than 80% off all trips taken in America. A 200 mile version of the LEAF will also be available as a 2019 model down the line.

Price Range

Now let’s talk about the price. This model starts at about $30,000 and the best part is you are not likely to be stuck on a waiting list for a new Leaf when you want one. This is actually about $690 less than the current 2017 Nissan LEAF, and can be coupled with a $7,500 federal tax credit and other local incentives; the Leaf will be effectively priced at around $20,000. This is an exceptional price for a vehicle that will save you even more on fuel.

We’d love to tell you more about the 2018 Nissan LEAF. If you have any questions, please contact us online or visit us in Pittsfield, MA and we will answer all your questions.

2019 Nissan Altima Spy Shots

As one of the most affordable mid-size sedans in the industry, the 2018 Nissan Altima holds a place in the hearts of drivers of all ages. Its technology, efficiency and style are unmatched. The 2019 Nissan Altima, however, could revolutionize the midsize sedan segment as we know it.

2019 Nissan Altima - Vmotion 2.0 Concept

The 2019 Nissan Altima is based off the Vmotion 2.0 concept car from the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

Recent spy shots show what’s in store for the next-generation Nissan Altima. The recent prototype indicates that the sixth-generation Altima is based on the Vmotion 2.0 concept car we saw at the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show.

Angular headlights, a V-shaped grille, and floating roof are all present on the prototype. The interior boasts a digital screen and ergonomic knobs that make function a top priority, and from the looks of the gear shift, it seems the Continuously Variable Transmission will carry over to the next generation.

The 2019 Nissan Altima will certainly feature several of the brand’s electronic driving aids. These technologies are capable of helping drivers brake, maintain lanes, and keep an eye on their blind spot, among other things.

There’s no indication as to what lies beneath the hood though. Will Nissan drop the V6 engine and offer an available turbocharged four cylinder instead? Only time will tell.

The 2019 Nissan Altima is expected to arrive in dealership showrooms in late 2018.

We here at Haddad Nissan couldn’t be more excited to see the 2019 Nissan Altima in person!

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype Showcases Electric Performance Tech

Nissan is revolutionizing electric car design with the innovative BladeGlider Prototype. Recently racing as a performance model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers a sleek build, innovative technologies, and impressive performance.

Nissan BladeGlider Prototype

The Nissan BladeGlider Prototype offers sleek style and innovative technology.

The all-electric Nissan BladeGlider Prototype was created after two years of research and testing. It has rear-hinged dihedral doors to create a dramatic entrance, while a low center of gravity improves handling. It also has roll-over protection and an open-top design that makes driving truly thrilling. According to Nissan, the BladeGlider premiered last year; nonetheless, it’s been tweaked to optimize performance.

“The BladeGlider has been developed to bring fun, torque, efficiency and high-performance styling to the fore,” said Ponz Pandikuthira, VP of Product Planning. “Goodwood has been a world-famous showcase for many an iconic sports car over the years, so we could think of no better place to bring the BladeGlider out to play, demonstrating the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision in action.”

The BladeGlider has a top speed of 115 mph and up to 268 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in less than five seconds, and it weighs just over a ton. The car also seats two people, and its zero-emission powertrain uses the latest battery storage and charging technologies. While the BladeGlider is just a concept, you can see some of the latest Nissan technologies at Haddad Nissan with the current Nissan model lineup.

2018 Nissan Leaf Spy Photos Reveal New Look

2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos

The Nissan Leaf has long been one of the top dogs in the electric vehicle segment, but fiercer competition calls for a few upgrades. The second-generation Leaf launches for the 2018 model year and brings a longer range and new styling. The next-generation upgrades will help the 2018 Nissan Leaf get the edge over competitors like the Chevrolet Bolt.

The upcoming Nissan Leaf will feature new battery packs with a driving range that tops 200 miles in higher trims. The all-electric hatchback will shed its skin and drop some of the styling that many drivers found odd. Instead, the car will take on a more streamlined look as electric vehicles become the norm.

According to recent 2018 Nissan Leaf spy photos, the second-generation Leaf will feature V-motion grille and a potential sporty floating-roof design seen in other models in the brand’s lineup. If the spy photos are any indication, the Nissan Leaf will be dropping the vertical taillamps.

As for the powertrain, the 2018 Nissan Leaf will maintain its electric motor that delivers 107 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. Two new battery packs, 40 kWh and 60 kWh, will replace the 30 kWh pack in the outgoing model. That will result in a much longer range compared to the first-generation Leaf.

The first-generation Nissan Leaf launched in 2010. Since then, more than 100,000 units have been sold in the United States alone.

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to see the 2018 Nissan Leaf in person.

Nissan Is Minimizing Distracted Driving with Cool Technology

Ever hear of a Faraday Cage? It’s an 180-year-old invention that uses conductive materials to block any sort of electromagnetic field from penetrating its borders. If this sounds a little sci-fi to you, you’re not wrong; Faraday Cages have been spotlighted in films and shows from Enemy of the State starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman to the long-running TV show Lost. The Cage’s next big role? The Nissan Juke.

minimizing distracted driving Nissan is minimizing distracted driving by utilizing the Faraday Cage as a Signal Shield. The center console of the Nissan Juke concept is actually just a Faraday Cage. When you place your device inside, it successfully blocks all incoming communications, including messages, calls, Bluetooth, and wi-fi. The device can still be connected to the car’s console through a wired connection system inside the Signal Shield. Once removed, the device will be restored to full functionality with absolutely zero damage.

Minimizing distracted driving is an important initiative that automakers across the globe are undertaking in a variety of ways. While Nissan’s Signal Shield is still just a concept, we at Haddad Nissan are interested to see if it will make its way into the mainstream of future Nissan vehicles.

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

So, the “ice is finally melting” and the “smiles are returning to their faces.” This can only mean one thing: you’ve been listening to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Or, maybe, spring is really here. And in that case, a little spring car cleaning is probably in order. Here are some tips!

spring car cleaning

Scrub a dub dub!

The interior part of your vehicle that has likely suffered the most abuse over the course of the winter is where you put your feet. Pull out all of your floor mats and shake them out thoroughly. You may need to get them wet in order to work out the crud wrought of salt and sleet. Next, comes the shampoo and hand-brush. Scrub vigorously, rinse, and hang out to dry.

Of course, the most obvious victim of the cold weather and snow is your vehicle’s exterior. The first step is getting all of the salt residue off the finish before you start scrubbing, otherwise, you may push salt into the scratches in your exterior. Try squeezing soapy water all over your vehicle and then rinsing it off. Then you can use a soap and sponge and scrub to your heart’s desire.

Don’t worry about cleaning your windshield wipers. Just replace them! If only everything in life were that easy…

Looking to replace your current vehicle? Stop in at Haddad Nissan and take a test drive today.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Revealed

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Qashqai saw great success in Europe, and now the Japanese automaker is bringing the model to the United States. While the model itself will be rolling onto our shores this spring, the name will be left across the pond. The small crossover will join the bestselling Rogue line instead.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, as it will be called, is similar to the Rogue in everything but size. The standard Rogue is a foot longer and has a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase. The new Rogue Sport will sit just above the Juke and other crossovers, like the Kia Soul.

Like the standard Rogue, the Rogue Sport will boast a multilink rear suspension. The two models will also share the same grille design, wheels, and paint colors. Much of the interior is relatively unchanged between the two models as well. The smaller Rogue Sport has 61 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded compared to the 70 cubic feet of space in the standard Rogue.

The new Rogue Sport will boast a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 hp. The sole powertrain comes mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait for the new Rogue Sport to hit our lot later this spring!

Fall Service Tips: Prepare Your Car for the Season

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall signals a change of seasons, including shorter days, cooler temperatures, and dreary weather. That means it’s the right time for car maintenance, including tire service, new wipers, a new air filter, and more. Read on to see a list of fall service tips.

According to Bankrate, you should always change your wipers in the fall. Most wipers begin to wear out this time of year, and it’s important to change them before the rain and snow start falling. While you’re at it, consider changing the washer fluid as well.

Check tire pressure. Cooler temperatures cause a decrease in tire pressure. That means your tires could be underinflated as the fall sets in. Underinflated tires cause unnecessary friction, reducing fuel economy and increasing wear. Be sure to check your spare tire as well.

The fall is the perfect time to change your air filter. Air quality tends to dip in the fall, which can decrease performance. If you don’t want to entirely replace your air filter, you should at least blow out the filter with compressed air.

Finally, check your battery for corrosion. Colder temperatures affect electrical systems negatively. Make sure that your battery is not expired and that it is corrosion free. Carefully take a wire brush to the terminals if they are in poor condition. Use extra caution, as live electrical currents can be very dangerous.

Global EV Sales Reach Record 250,000 Thanks to Nissan LEAF

Global EV sales graphic

Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold over 250,000 EV’s worldwide. This is over half of all global EV sales.

Four and a half years after the Nissan LEAF was introduced to the world, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has reached a new milestone with 250,000 electric vehicles sold. This number accounts for more than half of all the electric vehicles sold worldwide, encompassing all brands.

“The trend globally to impose tougher restrictions on automotive CO2 emissions, to mitigate the impact of climate change, means eventually all automakers will need to offer zero-emissions alternatives in their fleets,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. “The most practical alternative today is the EV.”

Even though fuel prices have been dropping, the Alliance’s global EV sales were up 15 percent through the first five months of the year, in large part thanks to Nissan itself. LEAF sales were responsible for more than 180,000 of that milestone quarter million and the automaker was up 13.3 percent last month, setting a new June record with 124,228 units sold.

The most successful models included the Rogue and Murano crossovers, the Pathfinder SUV, the Altima sedan, and the all-new eighth-generation Maxima, which went on sale last month at Haddad Nissan. Overall sales of Nissan crossovers, SUVs, and trucks were up 30.3 percent, also a new record!