Nic Hamman Wins Nissan GT Academy Season 4

Nissan GT Academy Season 4Nic Hamman, a Wisconsin native and lifelong racing enthusiast, has won the fourth season of Nissan GT Academy, a program that takes the best virtual Gran Turismo gamers and turns them into real racecar drivers.

Hamman secured his crown in a group of 11 racers on the Silverstone circuit in England, driving a Nissan 370Z on the road course. Far from the world of PlayStation, these racers faced entirely real conditions.

“The whole thing has been an awesome experience for me,” Hamman told Nissan. “I can’t thank everyone at Nissan, Sony PlayStation and Silverstone enough for giving me this opportunity and believing in me.”

It’s programs like Nissan GT Academy that make Nissan such an interactive and forward-thinking company. That attitude is clearly reflected in Nissan’s vehicles, which are always intuitive, innovative, and efficient.

Visit us at Blackburn Nissan to check out one of the many available models we have in store. Congratulations to the Nissan GT Academy Season 4 winner, Nic Hamman!

Nissan, Adam Levine, and NBC Team Up for “Red Thumb Day” to Battle Texting and Driving

Red Tumb DayWe all know about AT&T’s incredibly successful “It Can Wait” campaign, which encourages young drivers to wait until they aren’t behind the wheel to text. Now, Adam Levine has teamed up with NBC and Nissan to launch a similar campaign called “Red Thumb Day.”

“Red Thumb Day” was inspired by “Red Thumb Reminder,” a program created by Steve Babcock of EVB advertising which encourages drivers to mark their thumbs as a visual reminder to not text and drive. Levine stars in a commercial which encourages viewers to mark their thumbs with red and adds “doesn’t matter how you do it, get creative.”

U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that cell phones are involved in 1.6 million automobile crashes each year. These crashes cause half-a-million injuries and take 6,000 lives each year. It’s time to take a stand against texting and driving, and protect ourselves and those around us.

“The statistics are alarming. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. in a recent news release. “Together with Adam Levine, Nissan encourages drivers to put the phone down and get where they are going safely. A ‘Red Thumb Reminder’ may seem insignificant. However, every time you see it, it reminds you to not text and drive.”

Whether you tie some red string around your thumb, wrap it with a red rubber band, mark it with a red marker, or stop by Blackburn Nissan to get your official Red Thumb Reminder Band, take the initiative to make a change for the better.

Share your Red Thumb by posting across social media with the hashtag #RedThumb.

Next-Gen 370Z Might Drop the 370 Name, Just Be Z

Here’s a pop quiz: if the new Nissan 370Z is offered with powertrains that don’t have the same 3.7-liter displacement as the current 330-horsepower V6, does it make sense to go on calling it the 370Z anymore?

next-gen 370Z
Nissan 370Z

According to Roel de Vries, Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy, the automaker is well aware of the potential contradiction, and he posits a pretty interesting idea for the next-gen 370Z: don’t call it the 370Z at all.

In talking to Car Advice, de Vries discussed the possibility of up to three powerplants, and while he wasn’t specific, the allusion to a potential turbo-four engine was definitely there (and definitely exciting).

Given that potential, de Vries suggested the following:

“We [will] definitely keep the Z name, but when we did 350 to 370 it was because of the capacity, but who says the next-generation doesn’t have three engines and it’s not just called Z?

There’s something catchy about that name: the Nissan Z. It holds on to the heritage and ditches the numeric nomenclature. It’s simple, smart, and to the point. Say it with us: Nissan Z. It just rolls right off the tongue.

We’re likely a while away from hearing anything concrete about the next-gen Nissan Z, but you’ll be able to read about it right here at the Blackburn Nissan blog whenever news breaks!

Nissan Admits that It’s Preparing a Battery with a 250 Mile EV Range

250 mile ev rangeThe Nissan brand already boasts America’s best-selling EV, the Nissan LEAF, but it’s not content to stop there. A secret recently came to light—Nissan is currently in the process of creating a new battery with a 250 mile EV range. The new battery, if it’s real and successful, will transform the EV market completely—and push Nissan even further into the lead.

“[w]e continue our R&D efforts because we believe that we can do more with battery electric, and very soon take the issue of range off of the table,” said Jeff Kuhlman, Nissan’s head spokesman said. “In other words, cars with a comparable range to today’s petrol vehicles.”

That would indeed be a huge accomplishment. Range is generally the biggest obstacle to converting customers to EV technology—it’s simply not practical for some people, no matter how quickly the cars can be recharged. Hopefully, soon, that objection will be a thing of the past. Come see us at Blackburn Nissan to learn more!

Nissan Announces Pricing for Next Murano Model Year

The next Murano model, a 2015 year model, is almost here, and Nissan has finally announced the pricing for the popular crossover. It starts at just $29,560, only a small increase over last year’s base price. Of course, that price increase is tiny when you consider all the added features and options on the 2015 Murano.

Next Murano Model
2015 Nissan Murano

You can equip this Murano with LED lights, Zero Gravity seats, an Around View Monitor, a panoramic roof view, an updated speaker system, and even more. Plus, Nissan put the Murano on a diet, bringing the weight down and kicking the efficiency up. Finally, it gets 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque out of a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Come see us today at Blackburn Nissan to learn more about the new Murano. It comes in many trims with many options and packages to choose from, and we can’t wait to parse through them all with you to arrive at your perfect Nissan Murano.