LEAF Has an Alter Ego as a Mini Pickup Truck

Nissan has turned its ecofriendly LEAF into a mini pickup truck, and it is sensational! Snipping off basically the entire rear end of the car, the brand added an adjusted Nissan Frontier pickup bed to the back.

mini pickup truck
2014 Nissan LEAF

The revolutionary tiny pickup is named Sparky, which is fitting for a car with so much pizzazz. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be made a part of Nissan’s repertoire, at least not yet. Fox News seems to think that Sparky has a real chance, saying, “The last time a few of (Nissan’s) engineers got crazy and stuffed the twin-turbo all-wheel-drive powertrain from the GT-R into a Juke, it ended up being so popular that they offered a limited run.”  If Sparky had the same option to become available to consumers, there is little doubt that the mini pickup truck would be available for more than just a short time. Better yet, it would be a completely electric truck!

Fingers crossed that Sparky makes it out onto roads in the near future. It could start an era of efficient micro trucks. In the meantime, head on over to Blackburn Nissan and try out some of our familiar, reliable models!

Nissan Celebrates National Drive Electric Week With the LEAF

This week, Nissan is celebrating National Drive Electric Week. Since Nissan is the official sponsor of this week-long event, it can only then therefore be granted that the Nissan LEAF is the unofficially official vehicle of National Drive Electric Week.

Nissan Celebrates National Drive Electric Week
2014 Nissan LEAF

To celebrate, Nissan has not only announced that LEAF sales in the US have crossed the 60,000 mark, but that it has achieved a number of impressive milestones in its journey to make the world a bit cleaner.

“With more than 60,000 U.S. sales and 50 percent market share among pure EVs this year, Nissan is the natural sponsor of National Drive Electric Week,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Marketing. “At 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.”

While Nissan has sold more than 61,000 LEAFs in America, it’s sold more than 135,000 of the little EVs globally. That adds up to more than 646 million miles driven in the US and 1.1 billion miles driven globally without a single drop of gas. The emissions saved thereby adds up to about 190 million kg in the US and 311 million kg globally.

Nissan LEAF sales are up big so far in 2014, and the future only seems to be getting brighter. Want to get in on the action? Stop in and talk to the Blackburn Nissan team about how you can make the switch to all-electric.

2015 Nissan Maxima Concept Revealed

At the recent Detroit Motor Show, and then again at the New York Auto Show, Nissan revealed the 2015 Nissan Maxima concept car. The new Maxima is a sports sedan and it breaks out of conventional design strategies.

2015 Nissan Maxima Concept
Current Nissan Maxima – Available at Blackburn Nissan!

The best way to describe the new design is “unconventional.” It’s all about how sporty it can be and what kind of power it can have. And it has power! The Maxima has a 3.5-liter V6 engine and can achieve 300 horsepower.

The design itself looks like something straight out of the future. The chrome bar that spans the top of the grille all the way to the headlights is accentuated by the boomerang shape of those lights. The Maxima is low to the ground and the wheels are near the corners, making for smooth driving and controlled turns. It has keyless entry and a great infotainment system.

The new Maxima is still in production, but you can expect to see it here at Blackburn Nissan soon.

Ways You Can Organize Your Glove Box

The glove box isn’t the part of a car many people give a thought to. Along with the center console bin and side door storage, the glove box is often used as a catch-all for Happy Meal toys, expired insurance cards, and shopping receipts. To ensure that you can find what you need, when you need it—like your registration when you get pulled over—follow these tips on how to organize your glove box and maximize your storage space while enjoying a clutter-free car!

Make piles. To start your glove box-cleaning adventure, go through the bits and pieces of riffraff in your glove box, sorting it in to different piles. Keep in the glove box what you absolutely need—no, that doesn’t include your child’s Frozen toy—and throw away or move to another place anything you don’t need. Shred expired insurance cards, throw away expired coupons, and make sure everything that is to stay in your glove box belongs there.

Use some elbow grease. Before you begin gathering everything that is staying in your glove box, make sure you give it a quick once over with a simple solution of dish soap and water to clean up the dust inside. Lysol wipes also work, along with any number of the dashboard car cleaners out there. For something other than vinyl or plastic, a lint brush can also do the trick.

Focus on organization. As you begin to place objects back into the glove box, try to make it logical, keeping your registration and proof of insurance together and making it easy to access your owner’s manual. Also, using plastic sleeves to hold everything is always a great idea, along with book marking pages in your manual that you will use often.

By following these tips on how to organize your glove box, you will ensure yours always stays tidy! Do you have any tips you would like to share? Tell us about them below!