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Nissan EVs at UEFA Final Match in Milan

Nissan acted as the official global sponsor of the Union of European Football Association Championship League final, which took place from May 26th-28th. As an official sponsor, Nissan supplied the event with over a hundred electric vehicles for transporting guests and officials during the tournament. Nissan EVs at the UEFA final included Nissan LEAFs and e-NV2000s.

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

The UEFA final took place in Milan, where Nissan is partnering with the clean energy company A2A to sponsor the installation of 17 public electric vehicle chargers, most of which will remain free after the UEFA final.

Nissan was given the honor of transporting the UEFA trophy to the Duomo di Milano fan festival on Thursday in a special e-NV2000 and then to the San Siro stadium in a LEAF on Saturday, May 28th, the day of the match.

Nissan also sponsored the UEFA final last season, which took place in Berlin. There, Nissan installed charging ports and provided EVs at that event. According to Gareth Dunsmore, the Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, the brand was excited to be able to do it again in Milan.

2016 Nissan Maxima Named to 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List

It was announced in mid-April that the 2016 Nissan Maxima has made the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List. Wards states that the Maxima’s interior “competes with more expensive cars” and has “spectacular touches” that improve the look and feel.

2016 Nissan Maxima Interior
2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

The Maxima’s interior is anchored by its fighter jet-inspired cockpit. Wards cited the Maxima’s expert craftsmanship, sophisticated color scheme, and the accents to the trim and seating surfaces.47 nominees were chosen as finalists for the 10 Best List, among them the Nissan Altima and TITAN.

The 10 Best Interiors List is chosen by a panel of eight judges from WardsAuto who test each vehicle not just for looks but for comfort, ergonomics, the driver information display, the materials used, and safety. They also consider the value of the car in relation to the quality of the interior.

The winners will be honored at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, which will take place on May 11th in Detroit.

Introducing the New 2016 Nissan Titan XD with V8 Cummins Engine

2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Nissan Titan XD

The new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is ready to make a serious impact in the pickup truck world. Big changes and small changes make the Titan a standout this year.

The biggest development in the new Titan is the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 engine, a first for the Titan. It’s turbocharged, with an output of 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque.

Not only this, but the full-size pickup was also named the “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association in its annual 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo. This was the competition’s top award; the Titan XD also earned the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, and Best Powertrain awards.

The Titan XD has a lot to brag about. In addition to taking home these awards, it has some great features that make it truly amazing. Innovative available technologies like the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller and Trailer Sway Control help you utilize the Titan XD’s potential while feeling comfortable and in control.

Check out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD today at Blackburn Nissan.

First Nissan Intelligent Parking Chairs, Then Nissan Self-Parking Cars

Nissan is on the forefront of the upcoming self-driving movement, and one of the first autonomous features that commercial drivers will experience is going to be self-parking. So how is Nissan showing off its self-parking tech? With “intelligent parking chairs.”

In what is essentially an amusing–though still impressive–publicity stunt, Nissan has created self-parking chairs that will find their way back to the desk without their owners. You can check out a video of the Nissan intelligent parking chairs below.

These clever chairs know exactly where to “park” based on motion-sensitive cameras that are placed on the ceiling throughout the office. All a user has to do is clap their hands, and the chair will go right back to its original position.

Though the intelligent parking chairs may not be for sale anytime soon, self-parking Nissan cars absolutely will be. To stay on top of the trends or to explore our huge selection of current, high-tech Nissan models, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

Nissan Receives 2016 Energy Conservation Center Award

energyThe 2016 Energy Conservation Center Award, awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, was awarded to Nissan in January for its NESCO (Nissan Energy Saving Collaboration) practices across the company.

This award has been given to many different companies, activities, and products that are dedicated to saving energy and raising awareness about it through advanced technology.

NESCO’s recent achievements include conducting audits to save energy at Nissan’s production sites, using an auditor training program that studies the way energy is used and finding ways it could be improved. NESCO opened a global training center in order to tackle energy issues on Nissan’s campuses worldwide, not just in Japan.

NESCO has seen enormous results since implementing these changes, including lowering Nissan’s gasoline use and cutting CO2 production. These improvements and changes like them lower the global use of CO2 by 58,000 tons per year. Nissan is now working with Renault to further lower CO2 emissions.

A Look at Five Years of the Nissan LEAF

2015 Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF is the best-selling all-electric vehicle on the planet, with almost 200,000 models sold since its launch in 2010. In the first five years of the Nissan LEAF, the world has seen immense changes in the way we think about electric vehicles. Now, at the start of 2016, electric power is more relevant and popular than ever, and no small part of that is thanks to the widespread excellence and popularity of the Nissan LEAF.

As stated, the Nissan LEAF hit American streets in December of 2010. The name LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car; while it’s not the smoothest acronym, it sure does get the point across. Nissan’s research into battery electric power has been underway for a long while, but it first came to public attention at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 1997 when Nissan released its all-electric Nissan Altra. Nissan had the technology to manufacture electric vehicles, but not the ability to do so in a way to make it affordable for the average consumer–until the Nissan LEAF.

In the five years of the Nissan LEAF, a lot has changed.  The price of the LEAF’s lithium battery has dropped from $18,000 USD to about $300 USD per unit. Electric vehicles and charging stations have spread across the nation. The future is looking brighter–and cleaner! We can’t wait to see what Nissan will bring us in the next five years.

Nissan Earns a Whole Bunch of IIHS Top Safety Ratings

Four Nissan models have received IIHS Top Safety ratings. Is this a big deal? Yes! Why? Because the IIHS (or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) is one of the strictest and prestigious safety associations in America, and getting the nod from them is like an automotive medal of honor. And Nissan racked up a whopping four.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue and the 2016 Nissan Sentra were both named IIHS Top Safety Picks, meaning that they ranked “Good” or higher in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness test categories.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima and the 2016 Nissan Murano each earned the highest of the IIHS Top Safety ratings: the Top Safety Pick+. To earn that coveted little plus-sign, a vehicle must not only earn those five “Good” ratings, but also score and “Advanced” or “Superior” in front crash prevention systems.

2016 Nissan Maxima
2016 Nissan Maxima – A Top Safety Pick+

What does this mean for Nissan drivers across America? Just that they can feel really good–and really safe–every time they get behind the wheel.

Renault-Nissan Delivers Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

zero emissionsFor an upcoming summit on climate change held in Paris, called the COP21 (Conference of Parties), Renault and Nissan have volunteered their services. Providing LEAF, ZOE, and e-NV200 electric and alternative fuel models as shuttles, the automakers give conference attendees the ability to get around while still being eco-friendly.

According to Nissan, over two hundred employees will promote Renault-Nissan’s leadership in electric vehicles at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. After completing a course on safe driving and EV technology, these employees are set to man 200 pure-electric vehicles.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

Why is this important? Renault-Nissan seeks to demonstrate that electric and alternative energy are not radical ideas anymore. Electric vehicles can be practical, easy to use, and even fun. While areas like Paris have electric charge ports and electric rental vehicles, other countries have been slower to adopt such technologies.

Nissan and Scoot Networks Partner to Study Transportation

It was announced in mid-October that a Nissan and Scoot Networks partnership will lead the companies to study the future of electric transportation. Scoot Networks is a mobility service that provides shared, electric scooters that locals can borrow and ride around San Francisco.

Scoot has added 10 Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles, also known as the Scoot Quad, to Scoot Networks’ fleet. The Scoot Quad is a fully electric two-seater that is ideal for urban city driving thanks to its low top speed and 40-mile driving range.

Nissan and Scoot officials have expressed their excitement at their compatibility with each other, citing their shared commitment to low emissions and to exploring the changing world of urban transportation. The Scoot Quad is the first four-wheel vehicle in Scoot’s fleet, which has previously only included mopeds and scooters. Scoot officials are glad to diversity their lineup.

For San Francisco residents, you can get access to a Scoot vehicle by downloading the Scoot app for iOS and Android. Rides are $8 per hour or $80 a day.

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Nissan NP300 Navara Pickup Aims at the Crossover Market

Upon unveiling the NP300 Navara crossover pickup, Nissan has revealed its goal of combining the off-roading capabilities, durability, and capacity of the Navara with all the refined comfort and luxury of a crossover. The all-new vehicle brings the style and quality of a car to the practicality of a pickup truck.

A tough chassis has a host of engineering innovations and features to enhance handling, and the NP300 Navara itself utilizes the same crossover platform that was used to create reputable vehicles such as the Juke, Qashqai, and X-Trail. In addition, the NP300 Navara makes use of such cutting-edge safety features as an Around View Monitor, Forward Emergency Braking, Cruise Control, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Start Assist.

Inside, the design of the seats was inspired by NASA technology, while the sculpted design of the dashboard gives the cabin an open feel. The engine is a 2.3-liter dCi engine, considered the cleanest and most economical in its segment and touted as 24% more efficient than previous engines.

The NP300 Navara crossover pickup has improved towing and load capabilities as well to keep up with the pickup market, while also maintaining the stylish design cues and comfort of a car. Four-wheel drive capabilities also ensure the vehicle has just enough traction off the road as on the road. Overall, the Nissan NP300 Navara fuses smooth luxury with rugged practicality.