When the Nissan LEAF was first introduced, many people were hesitant to take going green to such an extreme level. Now, the electric vehicle has not only become a leader in the electric vehicle segment, but has also become the only plug-in vehicle honored as a 2014 IHS Automotive Loyalty Award winner.
“Since entering the market in 2010, the Nissan LEAF has steadily gained supporters throughout the US,” said Toby Perry, director of marketing for the Nissan LEAF. “While the majority of original buyers were electric vehicle enthusiasts, we’re now seeing more and more ‘regular’ car buyers fall in love with LEAF because of its many financial benefits, fun-to-drive nature, and roomy interior.”
To be considered worthy of the Loyalty Award, a vehicle much have a reputation for making customers continue to choose the same make and model when shopping for a new car. With seating for up to five people, along with an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles, it’s easy to see why the LEAF has created such a loyal following.
If you are interested in learning more about the Nissan LEAF and other great, fuel-efficient vehicles in the Nissan lineup, stop in to Blackburn Nissan’s showroom.
Autonomous drive vehicles seem somewhat futuristic, but Nissan is hoping to have commercially viable autonomous drive vehicles on the road by 2020. To reach this goal, they have begun testing in Japan. Autonomous vehicles are getting lots of attention in Japan as their prime minister and other top officials have taken these vehicles out for a spin. These vehicles are even allowed on the highways!
The IHS report on autonomous vehicles states that the first generation of these vehicles will have to be co-piloted by a human who is ready to take control of the car if needed. They also say that completely independent vehicles could make their way to the market as early as 2030. Nissan hopes that once these vehicles become commercialized; there will be reduced accidents on the road resulting in less injuries and fatalities.
At Blackburn Nissan, we are proud to be a part of a company who likes to push the limits with innovations and new technologies. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for Nissan’s autonomous vehicles.
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