Driving up a Volcano in a Nissan LEAF

Driving up a Volcano in a Nissan LEAF

Driving up a volcano might not be at the top of your to-do list, but if you ever get the urge to go on an adventure, head on up in your Nissan LEAF!

Driving up a Volcano in a Nissan LEAF actually was on Neil Wagner’s to-do list! He traveled up  more than a 10,000 foot elevation of the volcano at the Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii! At the top, there is a legendary sunrise and quite the sight to see.

The Nissan LEAF has plenty of room for your family and friends and actually makes the climb with no trouble at all. So if it isn’t on your bucket list to see, maybe it should be! The LEAF actually lost 84 percent of its usable battery capacity, but electric vehicles have a regenerative braking system! So the downhill ride and all of its switchbacks will replenish the battery capacity!

We here at Jim Harte Nissan don’t really see a reason not to take the trip, especially after we watched the video below of the view:

Maybe you haven’t driven up a volcano in a Nissan LEAF, but maybe you have gone somewhere else in your LEAF. Tell us where below!

The Lone Pine

The Lone Pine

Three years ago on March 11th, a massive earthquake struck Japan, which in turn triggered a massive Tsunami that caused waves up to 133 feet. The Iwate Prefecture lost one in ten residents as well as over 70,000 pine trees that stood at Takata Matsubara. All of the trees were taken down except for one-The Lone Pine.

They called the tree the ippon matsu or the lone “miracle pine” that survived the waves and all of the destruction. It didn’t survive much longer, but since then it has been replaced with a replica. The ippon matsu lives on as a symbol of hope and the resilience of those who lost so much to the tsunami.

The replica that was created was a monument for all of those who died. The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) teamed up to build the kibou no ippon matsu or “The Tree of Hope”. Nine different technicians from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Hino sketched out the mini replica of the original tree. After 4,000 pieces for the bark, 1,000 pine needles and 20 pine cones, the Lone Pine was recreated!

Just recently, the Tree of Hope was presented to the city in hopes for everyone to visit and remember what happened.

We here at Jim Harte Nissan think this is an absolutely incredible story and a great thing that Nissan has done for Japan. Watch the video below:

Share your Nissan #LoveStory!

Do you have some incredible memories with your Nissan aka a Nissan #LoveStory? Nissan has 80 years worth now! To celebrate the 80th Anniversary, they are giving out The 80th Anniversary “Love Story” Award which includes a unique, 3D printed replica of you and your car! How cool!

To have the chance to win this one-of-a-kind award you have to submit your Nissan #LoveStory! Submit your text and a photo on Twitter or Instagram and add “http://bit.ly/1jxzsPk #Nissan80” to the end of it to complete your entry!

From the entries submitted, Nissan will select the “Monthly Award” every month based on your fan votes and the winner of each month will be featured on the Nissan Facebook page! Once the campaign has ended, Nissan will select the “Best of Nissan Love Story” who will receive the mini 3D printed replica.

The #LoveStory campaigns started January 31st and will run until August 31st. To learn how to enter, how to vote and all of the rules and regulations visit here.

We here at Jim Harte Nissan are excited to see your Nissan #LoveStory! Good luck!

Happy Spring!

Happy SpringIt’s hard to tell outside sometimes, but spring is officially here! You might be ready to ditch the cold weather clothes, but is your car ready for warmer temperatures? Check out our list to prepare your vehicle, and make an appointment with our Jim Harte Nissan Service Department for more complicated service or repairs.

Change your windshield wiper blades – Your blades get their biggest workout in the fall and winter with leaves, debris, and snow. Change your blades now to make sure that they are ready to clear the rain away when it rolls in!

  • Change your oil – Maybe your car has needed a change for a couple of months, but it was too cold. Make sure you’re staying on top of all your routine maintenance, no matter the weather!
  • Clean out your interior- Ice scrapers, windshield covers, emergency cold weather supplies… all of that excess weight is not needed! Do some spring cleaning and put the winter supplies away. Maybe that will help ward off more snow!
  • Check your tire pressure- Fluctuating temperatures constantly change the air pressure of your tires. Take a moment the check them at the gas station, as properly inflated tires will wear better and help you achieve higher mpg!

Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror Increases Safety

Cars have changed a lot in the last 30 or so years. New cars are more streamlined, with smooth curves, fluid shapes…

And tiny windows!

Have you ever driven a newer car and struggled to see all the way around the car? Large blind spots are no fun, especially when trying to merge or pass on the highway.

Nissan has developed the first LCD monitor rearview monitor to help alleviate the problem, called the Smart Rearview Mirror! This traditional mirror flips up like you would to manually dim headlights, but the flip turns on the screen. Cameras on the outside of the car help the driver see around the car. This will help you better see that pesky car hanging out in your blind spot, or see better when maneuvering in tight spaces.

Smart Rearview Mirror

Many cars have backup cameras, but this is the first time the technology has been developed for use on the open road. Would you use one in your Nissan vehicle?

As of right now, no details have been released about when this mirror will be released in a production model Nissan. You can learn more about it on the Core77 blog, and watch our Facebook page for more technology updates!

37,000 Miles in a Datsun Roadster

roadster road trip

If you were driving 37,000 miles, what car would you choose? Scott Fisher picked the 1967 Datsun Roadster, which is a beautiful example of Nissan’s legacy. After selling his company last year, Fisher decided to take an epic road trip in the bright red car, driving clockwise around the United States. He doesn’t treat the car like a baby, either. It routinely drove on dirt and gravel roads to get where it needs to go. It has had some troubles, and a chance meeting with a deer on its front fender, but overall the bright red classic car has been a trooper. Learn more about this incredible car in Scott’s video below:

If you’re looking for a road warrior for your next trip, come see us at Jim Harte Nissan. We have everything from sedans to trucks to help you start your own great American road trip!

Nissan Bonus Cash Going on Now!

Are you shopping for a new Nissan? Going on now, you can visit Jim Harte Nissan to take advantage of Nissan’s bonus cash to make the affordable model lineup even more attainable.

Nissan Bonus Cash

Nissan JUKE at NAIAS

  • 2013/2014 Nissan Maxima – $1,000 (March 3 – March 17)
  • 2013/2014 Nissan Altima SV & SL – $1,000 (March 3 – March 10)
  • 2013/2014 Nissan Altima S – $500 (March 3 – March 10)
  • 2013 Nissan JUKE – $500 (March 1 – March 31)

The Nissan Maxima is the perfect luxury sedan, focused on comfort, safety, and sleek design. Not only is it great to look at, but it also drives like a dream. With 2 trim levels, plenty of customizable options, this car is ready to impress you and get you on the road in style.

For smaller budgets, the Nissan Altima is affordable but still full of features and style that you expect from Nissan. Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Altima has caught the eye of many top reviewers. Kelley Blue Book named it one of the 12 best family cars this year, so what are you waiting for?

The Nissan JUKE is a unique, fun car that doesn’t fail to blow you away with its power and engineering. An IIHS Top Safety Pick, this car is full of personality and includes an impressive driving experience.

What Nissan will you check out at the dealership?

“10 Best SUVs Under $25,000” Includes the Nissan Rogue!

“10 Best SUVs Under $25,000”

2014 Nissan Rogue

If you haven’t already noticed, the 2014 Nissan Rogue is quite the award-winner! It already has several on its trophy shelf and now it has one more to add to it! Kelley Blue Book has named it to the “10 best SUVs Under $25,000” list!

The Nissan Rogue for the 2014 Model Year was completely redesigned with three unique trim levels that will fit every drivers need. There is room for seven passengers or 70 cubic feet of cargo space. It also features active ride control, active engine braking and active trace control! Don’t forget it can get up to 33 MPG highway fuel economy in front-wheel drive models as well!

“2014 Nissan Rogue is actually one of the most practical choices on this list. Case in point, the all-new Rogue returns best-in-class fuel economy on the highway* thanks to an enhanced CVT transmission, while a newly available third-row seat ups the Rogue’s people-hauling capacity to seven” stated by KBB.com.

With the complete new look for the Nissan Rogue, we at Jim Harte Nissan see why it made the “10 best SUVs Under $25,000” list! Stop by and see for yourself! What award do you think it will receive next?

I Harte Basketball Sweepstakes

I Harte Basketball Sweepstakes

The Jim Harte Nissan I Harte Basketball Sweepstakes have officially started on our Facebook page! It is running now until March 14th for all of you Basketball-lovers!

It is super easy to enter and you will have a chance to win a $100 gift card to a restaurant of your choice to watch the games and you will also receive a free one-year maintenance plan to use at Jim Harte Nissan!

All you have to do is visit our Jim Harte Nissan Facebook Page, make sure you like the page and then enter your name and email to enter the sweepstakes! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity for you to keep your car in tip-top shape for free and a gift card to celebrate the ongoing basketball games.

Only one entry per person and you must be 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen at random to receive the gift card as well as the one-year maintenance plan that includes 4 oil changes and two tire rotations. For all the rules and regulations, visit our Facebook page.

Hurry and enter the I Harte Basketball Sweepstakes, you only have until the 14th of March!

Nissan Frontier gets Diesel Power

Nissan Frontier

At the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan had what they called the “Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins” on display. It’s not a production vehicle, neither is it a concept. Nissan calls it a “project” aimed at testing the waters to see what the reaction to the mid-size diesel truck will be.

Under the hood, Nissan placed a 2.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 350 lb-ft of torque and an estimated 200 horsepower. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. According to Nissan, this combination will make it 35 percent more efficient than its V6 gasoline-engine counterpart.

We have to think that the next-generation Nissan Frontier will very likely come with a diesel option. Most automakers that produce trucks are starting to include diesel engines, so Nissan can’t wait too long before rolling out this bad boy.

Would you be interested in a diesel-powered Nissan Frontier?