Nissan Promotes National Drive Electric Week with its Popular Nissan LEAF

LEAF Sales National Drive Electric WeekIn honor of National Drive Electric Week, Nissan and the Nissan LEAF will be sponsoring more than 130 grassroots event around the world. What is this week all about, you ask? Business Wire explains, “National Drive Electric Week, formerly National Plug In Day, started in 2011 as a series of local events aimed at spreading the word about plug-in vehicles.”

Just in time for the festivities to begin, Nissan has reached over 60,000 sales of the entirely-electric Nissan LEAF in the US alone. It is the perfect vehicle to promote all electric driving, especially with the vehicle’s recent success. Nissan’s EV Marketing director, Toby Perry, says through “events across the country, drivers of Nissan LEAF and other electric cars will get together to spread the word about the benefits of driving electric – lower operating costs, zero tailpipe emissions and they are just fun to drive.”

Get on board the green movement and switch to the world’s best-selling electric car today at Jim Harte Nissan!

LEAF Sales Increase, Set Best-Ever Record in August

LEAF SalesWhether it’s the hot weather or the likelihood of a road trip, there’s something about summer that makes people want to buy a plug-in vehicle. While it might seem odd to you, for Nissan this means record-setting sales of its electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF.

In the month of August, LEAF sales of 3,186 units allowed the electric vehicle (EV) to take the lead in its segment, while also breaking its previous record of 3,117 units sold, which was set in May 2014. With this 69-vehicle increase, not to mention a 31.7% increase from August 2013, the popular EV’s sales streak is now officially 18-months long.

“It’s what we call the ‘cul-de-sac phenomenon,’” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan’s LEAF sales and infrastructure. “Once someone in a community buys a LEAF, then friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors see the benefits of this fun-to-drive electric vehicle firsthand and are sold on the idea of going electric.”

It’s easy to see why the LEAF is so popular among cities on either coast of the US. Not only does it help reduce carbon footprints with its superior electric range, but the LEAF also gives consumers the technology and features they look for in an everyday car.

To see the benefits of owning a LEAF for yourself, stop in to Jim Harte Nissan today and give this electric car a test drive!

New Nissan Rogue to debut at Unchanged Price

2014 Nissan Rogue

2014 Nissan Rogue

Despite a few enhancements, Nissan thinks it will make the already popular Rogue crossover SUV and even bigger hit. Prices continue to range from $23,650 for the base S with front-wheel drive, to $30,490 for the high-end SL with all-wheel drive.

“With all listed factory options, the SL AWD hits $33,190. Nissan’s list of dealer-installed options, such as mud flaps and lighted door sills, can add another $1.410” reports USA Today.

Eco mode has been added to the 2015 Rogue along with the enhanced Xtronic automatic transmission. The interior will include heated cloth seats as part of the SV Premium Package. Consumers will also notice a new color choice: Arctic Blue Metallic.

Production of the previous version has continued in Japan for the U.S. and is sold here in the states as Rogue Select, which is the bargain-brand model for price conscious shoppers. The Select only comes as a base model with a four-cylinder that is priced at $2,000 less than the new 2015 redesigned Rogue. Plan to test drive your own 2015 Nissan Rouge here at Jim Harte Nissan!

2014 Nissan Altima Among KBB.com’s Most Comfortable Cars

2014 Nissan AltimaThe 2014 Nissan Altima has been named one of KBB.com’s top “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000” thanks to its premium design and functionality as well as its unique NASA-inspired “Zero Gravity” front seats.

All cars featured on KBB.com’s list must start below $30,000 according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price, which shows shoppers what others are paying for a specific new car. At only $21,223, the 2014 Altima is one of the most affordable on the list.

Every car must also offer comfort-oriented features that have only been around for a few years in “upmarket” vehicles.

“In addition to its advanced ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats, the 2014 Altima features soft-touch armrests as well as noise absorption materials to help reduce cabin noise and improve the overall experience inside the vehicle,“ said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations.

The editors are KBB.com seemed to agree, particularly about the front seats, which they described as notably comfortable. Try them out for yourself at Jim Harte Nissan!

#23 Nissan GT-R Takes 2nd Place at Fuji

Nissan GT-RRound 5 of the Super GT championship at Fuji was one of the most unpredictable races in recent GT history. Despite severe conditions that brought out several safety cars and even caused a temporary suspension of the race, the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R managed to hold on to its 2nd place qualification and get even closer to the top of the driver’s rankings.

Behind the wheel of the GT-R, driver Quintarelli initially got himself into first place, but lost the position right before a heavy downpour. A safety car came out for 7 laps, after which the race was temporarily suspended. A few laps after the restart, Matsuda took the wheel on a drying track and set the fastest time on lap 46. Unfortunately, a final late squall forced the safety car back onto the track until the end of the race. The #23 GT-R finished 2nd, grabbing 15 championship points and climbing up to 3rd in the championship.

Stay tuned to George Harte Nissan for all your latest Nissan racing news!

Nissan Announces 2015 370Z Pricing

2015 370Z Pricing

2014 Nissan 370Z

Many sports car enthusiasts have a particular style of sports car that they enjoy. If you happen to be the type of enthusiast who prefers sex appeal on wheels opposed to the muscular styling of the more American performance cars—cough Mustang cough—then the 2015 Nissan 370Z is for you. Luckily, Nissan just announced the 2015 370Z pricing. With a price tag starting at $29,990, the 370Z makes it affordable to have the sports car you love.

The 370Z comes with a variety of body styles, including the coupe, NISMO, and Roadster. This lineup is a decision-maker’s dream with a number of available options and features. For the base model, which starts at the aforementioned $29,990, a 3.7-liter V6 engine is standard, churning out 332 horsepower. The driver can then choose between a 6-speed manual and 7-speed automatic, along with a number of trim level options.

For those looking for a bit more performance from their sports car, the NISMO model is the right pick for you. A striking new exterior highlights this model’s GT-R roots with integrated aerodynamic body pieces that make it easy to eat up pavement wherever you go. Solid Red, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Pearl White exterior color options provide consumers with the opportunity to make the NISMO car all their own, all for a base price of $41,990.

Nissan lets the 370Z’s hair down with the Roadster body style, combining great performance and value with a fully automatic convertible top. With a similar engine, transmission options, and other major components as the Coupe, the Roadster offers one thing that the Coupe doesn’t have—major fun, all for the price of $41,820.

For more information on the 2015 370Z, contact Jim Harte Nissan.

Jim Harte Nissan’s High Mileage Car Contest

Jim Harte Nissan’s High Mileage Car Contest

Jim Harte Nissan’s High Mileage Car Contest

Does your car have ridiculously high mileage?  Do the numbers just keep rolling by until you cannot count that high anymore?  If so, we have the perfect contest for you!  Having a car with high mileage could earn you money.  Enter Jim Harte Nissan’s High Mileage Car Contest for your chance to win $50!

The contest is very easy to enter.  There are only two simple steps.  First, like our Facebook page!  Second, upload a picture of your odometer.  That is all it takes to be entered in Jim Harte Nissan’s High Mileage Car Contest!

Once you are entered you have the possibility of winning $50!  With every mile driven, your chances of winning increase!  If you are entering this contest, you may be in need of a new car, or at least one with fewer miles!  Come to Jim Harte Nissan in Mt. Kisco, NY to test drive a new car today!

Win a 2015 Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z in New Summer Sweepstakes

You could win a 2015 Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z in New Summer Sweepstakes!

You could win a 2015 Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z in New Summer Sweepstakes!

Nissan has announced a new sweepstakes that will keep us all excited through the end of the summer, the 2014 Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes. This contest will help add a bit of fun to routine automotive maintenance and give you the chance to win a 2015 Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z.

The contest runs until September 30 and is open to all Nissan owners and lessees. To enter, you need either your vehicle’s VIN or a PIN number found on Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes mailers and promotional items. Then, fill out the registration form and you are good to go. You could win one of hundreds of instant prizes.

“Vehicle maintenance rarely tops the list of preferred activities for any owner. Our Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes brings new life and excitement to ownership and highlights the importance of regular service,” said Kent O’Hara, Vice President, Aftersales, Nissan North America, in a statement. “Nissan is committed to customer and vehicle service excellence. With factory-trained technicians, advanced diagnostics and genuine parts and service as their pillars, dealers pledge to provide an unparalleled customer experience to each and every owner.”

After you enter the sweepstakes, thank your Nissan by giving it some overdue attention by scheduling a service appointment at Jim Harte Nissan. And, who knows, maybe in a couple of months, you’ll be picking up your grand prize Nissan Altima, Rogue, or 370Z right on our showroom floor.

100.7 WHUD’s Baby of the Month

100.7 WHUD Baby of the Month

100.7 WHUD Baby of the Month

Along with our partner 100.7 WHUD, we’d like to congratulate Leeann Basler and Nils Moran of Peekskill, who welcomed son Keegan William Moran into the world on June 10th at Hudson Valley Hospital!

As 100.7 WHUD’s Baby of the Month, Keegan will receive a $250 gift card from us here at Jim Harte Nissan in Mount Kisco. Each month, 100.7 WHUD honors one recent Hudson Valley newborn as their Baby of the Month. The winner is featured on their Baby of the Month webpage.

Participating hospitals include:

Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill
Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mount Kisco
Nyack Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital
Phelps Memorial Hospital
Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel
Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie
Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla

If your newborn was born at one of these participating hospitals, and you’d like to submit your baby as a future 100.7 WHUD Baby of the Month, fill out and submit the entry form, found here.

If you are looking for a reliable, safe car for your growing family, stop by Jim Harte Nissan and check out the 2014 Nissan Rogue, which has earned the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s top safety score of “Good” in every one of their tests.

Nissan Self-Driving Technologies to Come Fast and Furious this Decade

nissan self-driving technologies

The Nissan Motor Company has firmly planted itself as a leader in the race to create the world’s first autonomous vehicle, committing to bringing a self-driving car to the roads by the end of this decade. However, that sort of massive, gear-shifting invention doesn’t just happen overnight; there are many steps from where we are now to fully autonomous cars. So, it makes sense that Nissan has announced several new self-driving technologies that you can expect to see show up in vehicles in the coming years.

Two of these technologies, the “traffic-jam pilot” and “multiple lane controls,” will show up in vehicles as early as 2018. The traffic-jam pilot helps self-driving cars navigate busy highways, while the multiple lane controls, as the name suggests, helps vehicles maneuver around lanes and road hazards. Plus, by 2016, all of Nissan’s vehicles will come with a fully automated parking system.

“Before the end of the decade, we will introduce intersection autonomy, enabling vehicles to negotiate city crossroads without driver intervention,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Here at Jim Harte Nissan, we’re excited to see these new Nissan self-driving technologies roll out this decade, but we’re also excited to introduce you to your all-new Nissan vehicle, so come see us today.