Glow in the Dark Nissan Leaf Turns Heads in Chicago

Last year, Nissan showed off its self-cleaning paint, which repelled just about anything spilled on it – from dirt to paint. Now, Nissan is at it again, introducing its glow-in-the-dark Nissan Leaf at this month’s Chicago Auto Show.

Nissan worked with inventor Hamish Scott, creator of Starpath, to create the glow-in-the-dark paint. Starpath is a coating that can be applied to walkways to illuminate them for pedestrians at night – soaking up the sun’s UV rays during the day, and glowing for eight to ten hours once the sun goes down. The new car paint works similarly.

Although Nissan isn’t the first company to put glow-in-the-dark paint on a car (several aftermarket companies have attempted this), it is the first to produce a long-lasting and durable glowing paint. According to USA Today, Nissan says its glow-in-the-dark paint can last on a car for up to 25 years.

Although we can find plenty of useful reasons for glow-in-the-dark cars (they are way-cool, people are more likely to see you, etc.), Nissan doesn’t yet have any plans for production.

Here at Jim Harte Nissan, we want to know; would you ever drive a glow-in-the-dark car? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Nissan Smyrna Plant Honored by EPA

Not only is Nissan’s auto making plant in Smyrna, Tennessee one of the recipients of an Energy Star, presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently the plant was also named as one of the top 70 performing Energy Star-certified plants of 2014. Combined, the plants were able to prevent 36 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

The factory was able to secure its top 70 honor with the implementation of more efficient LED lighting, compressed air leak detection/elimination, and the utilization of its energy-efficient paint process – which helped the plant to reduce its energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, making it a leader among the industry.

“The Energy Star certification for Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant reflects our focus on sustainable business practices and being environmental stewards for our local communities,” said Randy Knight, Nissan’s vice president of Manufacturing at Smyrna.

In order to obtain Energy Star certification, the plant must undergo an annual review conducted by the EPA to ensure industry-specific standards are being achieved.

We at Jim Harte Nissan congratulate the Nissan Smyrna plant and are thrilled to be a part of this environmentally conscious company and invite you to come see our innovative line-up today.

Safe Driving Tips: How to Share the Road with Motorcycles

Motorcycle - safe driving tipsThere’s no doubt that most of you are glad to see the winter go and warm temperatures return. This also means that there will be more motorcyclists on the road than recent months, something every driver needs to look out for. That’s why we’ve put together a list of safe driving tips for sharing the roads with motorcycles.

One of the best things you can do as a driver is look twice. According to Drive Safely, the majority of motorcycle/car accidents occur when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcycle. Some drivers have difficulty visually recognizing motorcycles when they’re on the road – that’s why it’s important to be extra careful.

Tip number two is to give some extra space. A good tenet to go by is the four-second rule. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, they often appear further away than they actually are. By giving them more space, this will ensure you have enough time to react in case of an emergency.

Our third tip is to let them swerve (in their lane). Motorcyclists often appear to swerve more than cars simply because potholes can be considerably worse for them than anything with four wheels. If roads are bad, give them some breathing room.

With these tips in mind, as well as an added awareness of motorcycles on the road, this should help keep you safe during the spring season. For spring maintenance, visit the Jim Harte Nissan Service Department.

2015 Nissan Sentra Does More to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

IIHS Top Safety Pick Nissan SentraThe 2015 Nissan Sentra has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after acing every crash test that came at it.

The Sentra achieved the highest possible score of “Good” in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and seat and head restraint crashworthiness evaluations, all of which are requirement for an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation.

It even received that top rating in the small overlap frontal test, though only an “Acceptable” is necessary to get the award—acceptable, however, is not quite enough for Nissan, as we’ve learned ourselves from the excellent vehicles at Jim Harte Nissan.

The 2015 Sentra also comes with nifty technologies that enhance safety, like child safety rear door locks, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Bluetooth Hands-free phone System, and the class-exclusive Easy Fill Tire Alert.

“As a compact sedan, Sentra is a critically important vehicle in Nissan’s lineup and with its standard safety features we’re bringing a high level of safety and security to a growing consumer segment,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations.

Nissan Titan Truckumentary Reveals How the 2016 Titan was Designed

If you haven’t already checked out Nissan’s captivating “Titan Truckumentary” series, we recommend you tune in for the latest installment. The series as a whole tells the story of Nissan’s full size pickup and the team that made it a reality – from concept to production. The series will launch more than 12 videos over the course of this year, with the most recent (third installment), examining how the 2016 Titan was designed.

In the third installment, Senior Design Manager for the Titan pickup, Diane Allen, talks about creating the Titan from a “design wall”. To begin a conversation about the next generation Titan’s design, Allen and her diverse team used a visual wall to add ideas for design elements, form language, and layout. In the end, designer Randy Rodriguez’s attention-grabbing final sketch was chosen.

Allen discusses the challenge of maintaining Nissan’s design language in the full-size pickup, and their efforts to make sure everything about the Titan was still very much “Nissan,” just on a much bigger scale.

Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 Cummins turbodiesel engine, this Titan will be the biggest and most powerful version ever offered. The 2016 Titan HD pickup will go on sale at Jim Harte Nissan later this year. Check back for more details as we get them!

Nissan Market Share Goals

More than 17,000 dealerships are duking it out in the automotive octagon for market share in the States. This sets quite the challenge for foreign dealers like Nissan but CEO Carlos Ghosn isn’t backing down from the fight. Although many of the dealerships are ingrained in the economy, buckling down during the 2008-09 recession, Ghosn has a new idea to gain support and customer loyalty.

Meet Jose Munoz, formerly head of Nissan Mexico, pushed the brand to the number one spot with 26.2% market share. Now, head of North America, he’s buckling down for the long haul. Ghosn’s market share goal is 10%, up from the current 7.7%, in just two years. By bringing in dealers from Mexico, Munoz hopes to appeal to Hispanic and the Spanish-speaking demographics.

In Mexico, Munoz used dealer contracts to sort out who wanted to grow and who was underperforming. This method resulted in dealers regrouping and consolidating, eliminating a dozen dealer competition to two or three in a single city. With Nissan leading in Mexico, he hopes to appeal to customers in the United States using the familiar brand.

Mexican autogroups are perfect for the plan, citing, “Because they have the money, and they have the willingness to do it,” he says. “And also because for many of them, they have the allegiance to Nissan to do it.” Put on your gloves; the bout’s about to begin.

2016 Nissan Maxima Ready to Conquer New Sedan Market

We cannot wait for the release of the 2016 Nissan Maxima!

We cannot wait for the release of the 2016 Nissan Maxima!

The Nissan Maxima is experiencing a transformation right now—it’s going through a total redesign and will soon be released back on to the market, ready to conquer. The Maxima sedan, a 2016 model, was actually recently glimpsed without any camouflage in Nissan’s long narrative Super Bowl commercial.

As promised, the design definitely incorporates elements of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, which debuted at the Detroit Motor Show last year.

Nissan will call this new Maxima a “four-door sports car,” and the brand is working to make sure the vehicle lives up to the name. It should get you over 300 horsepower, thanks to a 3.5L V6 engine, and might even have a hybrid model option to sweeten the deal.

You’ll also have an Xtronic CVT option—obviously, with all of these performance options, you’ll never have to worry about your Nissan getting the job done.

We expect the Maxima to come to the market during either the third or fourth quarter of the year, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more news! Come see us here at Jim Harte Nissan of Mt. Kisco, NY today!

Kiplinger Best Value Awards Honors Nissan Murano

Kiplinger Best Value AwardsWhen Nissan first introduced the newly redesign 2015 Murano, it swept many industry experts away. With a combination of futuristic styling, premium features, and a sophisticated interior, the Murano offered luxury-brand opulence for a low price tag. It is because of the Murano’s value that the popular crossover SUV was honored in the 2015 Kiplinger Best Value Awards.

“Nissan essentially created the crossover segment with the debut of the Murano in 2002, and now, 13 years later, the 2015 Nissan Murano is helping define the segment once again,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president for Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations.

“The redesigned Murano was created to provide drivers with an undeniable sense of comfort, style, and innovation and this award certainly reaffirms that ideal. It’s an honor to be recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.”gold trophy

Each year, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine lists the top vehicles in each segment that offer a great price, top-notch performance, and other creature comfort features. This year, the 2015 Nissan Murano was name the Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover, showing that the third-generation model is here to continue shaking up the industry.

To see the Murano for yourself, make sure you stop in to Jim Harte Nissan today!

Nissan Wins Three Popularity Awards popularity awards

Nissan Pathfinder

Unless you’re an actor or politician, being the most popular doesn’t really get you anything. But, in the automotive industry, being the most popular is an important step in having great sales. Recently, Nissan was awarded three popularity awards for the Altima, Frontier, and Pathfinder.

This is the second year in a row that each of these vehicles has been recognized with this award.

“Winning an accolade like this is a testament to the true popularity of our vehicles,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc., in a statement. “Based on customer research trends, winning this award shows that each of these three Nissan models continues to resonate well with new-vehicle shoppers.”

The “Most Popular” awards recognize three vehicles in each segment that had the most unique visits to their research pages on between January 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014. Each month, about 18 million people visit to find the latest information and reviews on new and used cars.

Come to Jim Harte Nissan today and we’ll show you what makes the Altima, Frontier, Pathfinder, and the rest of the Nissan lineup so popular.

Chapter 2 of “Truckumentary” Teases the Nissan Titan

Chapter two of Nissan’s innovative online “Truckumentary” was released last week, revealing the process behind the creation of the 2016 Nissan Titan, specifically on Rich Miller, the Chief Specialist behind the design.

The second chapter of the Truckumentary teases the Nissan Titan just as its being revealed in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show to much applause. The 2016 Titan looks tougher than ever, looking to be more than just a “weekend truck.”

In the Truckumentary, we get a glimpse of just how intense the durability training was for the Titan. Designers were taking no chances with this vehicle, Nissan’s most rigorous and hard-to-beat model yet.

You can check out chapter two of the Truckumentary, called “The Quarterback,” here at the official YouTube channel, as well as catch up on chapter one.

The 2016 Nissan Titan won’t hit dealerships until late 2015, so until then, visit us at Jim Harte Nissan to see what models we have available.