03-28-17

TESTIMONIAL TUESDAY: Mossy Nissan Kearny Mesa Makes One Customer Very Happy!

TESTIMONIAL TUESDAY: A. Valdez is one very happy customer saying, “The level of comfort and safety I now have is priceless!” READ HER HEARTFELT TESTIMONIAL NOW:
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02-14-15

Four Nissan vehicles steal hearts this Valentine’s Day as “Most Loved Vehicles in America”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Celebrate Valentine's Day with your loved one, behind the wheel of a Nissan. Today, StrategicVision, a leading research-based consultancy, revealed the vehicles most-loved by owners, a distinction determined by a vehicle's ability to create a strong emotional response with buyers. Four Nissan models top the list as "Most Loved in America" in their respective categories – LEAF® (Small APT Car), Sentra (Small Car), Armada (Full-Size Utility) and JUKE (Entry CUV).
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01-25-15

Snug Kids | Protecting Your Most Precious Cargo

Parents know that finding the right Child restraint system (CRS) is a vital part of protecting our children on the road. Here at Nissan, we have always recognized that the safety of our passengers is at the core of everything we do.
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01-06-15

The NISSAN 370Z Set Longest Twin Drifting World Record

Two Nissan 370Z’s have shattered a new world record! Not only is this one of the few auto manufacture records to be broken, but now the Nissan Z cars hold the longest twin vehicle drift. Two Nissan 370Z coupes were paired side by side along a long wet track. The record committee set the minimum distance required to set the new world record at 15.5 miles. The record was beat by the modified Z’s drifting around the track uninterrupted for 17.7 miles!
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01-05-15

New York City sets start date of April 20 for release of Taxi of Tomorrow with Nissan

New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has set April 20, 2015, as the program start date for the Taxi of Tomorrow program, which calls for most retiring taxis to be replaced with the Nissan NV200 and will significantly increase the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis in the fleet.
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12-09-14

Nissan GT Academy Season 4 | Episode 3: No Man Left Behind

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After three successful seasons on television and at the racetrack, Nissan GT Academy returns to U.S. television for its fourth season, looking for North America's next professional racer who will make the jump from the virtual racing world of PlayStation®3 racing simulator Gran Turismo®6 to the cockpit of a real racing car on the racetrack.
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12-05-14

ULTRAMAN USES NISSAN EVs TO PROTECT THE WORLD FROM MONSTERS!

Even before the first e-NV200 arrived in Japan from its Spanish plant in Barcelona for shipment around the world, the production company behind the hugely popular “Ultraman” children’s television series saw the potential.
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11-30-14

MARCUS ALLEN AND NISSAN’S HEISMAN TRUST COME TOGETHER FOR LA AUTO SHOW!

There was a piece of priceless hardware on display during the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Heisman Memorial Trophy, which annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.
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10-11-14

Nissan Builds an Electric Pickup

Here’s Sparky, a converted Nissan Leaf. Engineers Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet, eager to do a little team-building and create a cool way of moving stuff around Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona testing facility, led the project.  Some of you may be wondering, “Why not just get a Frontier and be done with it.” Well, what’s the fun in that? Besides—there is a long and awesome tradition of automakers doing crazy things like building a BMW M3 pickup and Porsche-powered Volkswagen Vanagon.

Now, the Leaf is a highly capable, thoroughly funky EV that we love. And it makes a surprisingly attractive, if somewhat stunted, pickup truck. The team kept the drivetrain as-is, chopped off the roof and added the top from a Titan pickup and the (shortened) bed from a Frontier. Cool details include wood bed slats, sharp wheels and the Leaf’s rounded rear. It all comes together in a thoroughly futuristic riff on the venerable pickup.

Sparky is tooling around the 3,050-acre test facility, which includes a 5.7-mile high-speed oval that the little electric p’up probably won’t ever see. We don’t expect to see a contractor rocking one of these anytime soon, but we wouldn’t rule out seeing something like this in the future. After all, Nissan’s already stuffed the GT-R’s drivetrain into the Juke, sent a Leaf clambering up Pikes Peak and built a race-ready Leaf that looks utterly insane. (We drove it. It was fun.) This is definitely a company that isn’t afraid to get a little weird.

 

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09-14-14

Nissan and UEFA Champions League to Launch Exclusive Goal of the Week activity in September

Nissan and UEFA Champions League to launch exclusive Goal of the Week activity in September

 

YOKOHAMA, Japan – As the UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place in Monaco today, Nissan announces the first phase of its exclusive partnership activity with "UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week engineered by Nissan." This competition gives fans from around the world the chance to vote on the best and most exciting goals of Europe's most prestigious club football tournament.

Goal of the Week forms part of Nissan's four-year partnership with the UEFA Champions League, and will begin during the first group stage match week on September 16 and 17. The competition will be available on both UEFA.com and the UEFA Champions League section of Nissan's websites, which will officially launch September 18.

Roel de-Vries, Corporate Vice President, Global Head of Marketing, Communications & Brand Strategy of Nissan said: "The UEFA Champions League sees the finest football players from around the world compete throughout the season. The Goal of the Week activity will enable football fans to debate and determine the best and most technical UEFA Champions League goals around every match week, offering an exclusive opportunity to bring the excitement from the football pitch directly to fans online."

UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week engineered by Nissan will show up to five of the best goals from each match week, as selected by UEFA's panel of judges. Fans will be able to vote from midnight (CET) every Thursday following those matches. Registered participants will be entered into weekly draws offering the opportunity to win a range of prizes, from official UEFA Champions League merchandise to match tickets.

In addition, Nissan will offer privileged groups – including local community and kids' organizations, dealers, customers and media – the chance to watch the away team train the day before a UEFA Champions League game. Through this activity Nissan will help make the UEFA Champions League even more accessible for fans throughout the season.

Nissan is the official global automotive sponsor of the UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Champions League, with a deal that will cover the period 2014/2015 to 2017/2018. This activity further enhances Nissan's partnership with Europe's most prestigious club football competition, following the recent announcement that three-time UEFA Champions League winner, Andrés Iniesta and Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil captain, Thiago Silva have signed as Nissan ambassadors. As two of Nissan's new Engineers of Excitement, the players will help the company in its aim to introduce new innovations to the football fan experience and will play a key role in Nissan's new global advertising campaign.

The UEFA Champions League partnership is another example of Nissan's dedication and growth in global sports which already includes the brand's proud sponsorship of the Africa Cup of Nations, NCAA Football, Canadian Football League, sporting ambassadors including Olympic Gold Medalists Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy, corporate partner for Heisman Trust/Heisman Trophy and the official global automotive partner of City Football Group.

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09-06-14

SkullCandy Team Nissan Featuring GT Academy Winners

SkullCandy Team Nissan Featuring GT Academy Winners

 

Sometimes the world looks even better in black and white. Check out these great shots of Skullcandy Team Nissan, featuring GT Academy winners Bryan Heitkotter and Steve Doherty.

 

Photo credit: @AlexanderFrato

 

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09-06-14

Wall Street’s Cheat Sheet of Nissan’s 15 Fastest Cars

From the fierce 300ZX to the blisteringly quick GT-R NISMO, Wall St. Cheat Sheet compiled this list of Nissan’s 15 Fastest Cars.

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Here’s #1

 

1. GT-R Nismo

The GT-R Nismo is the top of the line when it comes to Nissan performance vehicles. The company took its fastest car and suped it up a bit, coming out with a blisteringly fast monster of a car. While no official performance statistics are available from Nissan, Top Gear reports that the GT-R Nismo can accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds (though that could prove conservative, even). That’s among the fastest in the world. The Nismo sees a boost in horsepower over the standard GT-R from 542 to 591, and torque has been ratcheted up from 465 to 481 pound-feet, all from the 3.8-liter V6 engine. This is the fastest vehicle Nissan has ever put on the road, and it looks like it’ll stay that way for the foreseeable future.

The Nissan GT-R is available at all 7 Mossy Nissan locations in San Diego. Find your fastest Nissan car today!

 

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07-26-14

Nissan and City Football Group establish global football partnership

Nissan and City Football Group establish global football partnership

YOKOHAMA, Japan: Nissan Motor Co. and City Football Group (CFG) today unveiled a global partnership, which will see the Japanese car manufacturer become the Official Automotive Partner of City Football Group.

The five year deal represents a first for CFG, with Nissan becoming the first global partner of the football network, an organization including Nissan majority owned Yokohama F-Marinos alongside Barclays Premier League Champions, Manchester City FC, Manchester City Women's FC, New York City FC, and Melbourne City FC. City Football Group also owns Football and Marketing Companies operating from a number of offices around the world.

The Nissan CFG partnership will see Nissan become the Official Automotive Sponsor of Manchester City Football Club and enjoy a strong brand presence at the Club's famous Etihad Stadium, complemented by fan engagement opportunities targeting City supporters all over the world. This will sit alongside unique rights packages in the territories of each of CFG's network of football clubs.

The collaboration follows the previous agreement between the two organizations, announced in May of this year, which saw CFG assume a minority stake in the Nissan owned Yokohama F-Marinos and commit to provide its knowledge, expertise and services to the J-League club through the City Football Services and City Football Marketing companies.

"Nissan has always been immensely proud of its place in Yokohama F-Marinos history and is now privileged to be part of the story of CFG and their network of fantastic global football teams," said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan President and CEO. "This innovative partnership enhances Nissan's investment in the game of soccer which is a key platform to further strengthen our brand globally. Additionally, the value in kind deal will see Nissan introduce the world's best-selling electric vehicle to the world's fastest growing football team, an example of how the collaboration will pair innovation with innovation to bring the excitement of Nissan and soccer to customers around the world."

Khaldoon al Mubarak, Chairman of City Football Group, commented: "We are delighted to be working with Nissan as CFG's first group-wide global partner. Nissan is a leader in innovation and sustainability, values which are also at the heart of our own organization. Through our investment in, and support of, the Yokohama F-Marinos, it has become very clear that Nissan and CFG also share a common passion and ambition for further growth and development. As a result, this new partnership presents us both with incredibly exciting opportunities to collaborate through football both in Japan and across the world."

Including one of the world's fastest growing football clubs in Manchester City FC, the CFG network of football clubs represents an excellent business platform for Nissan as it continues to expand its association with football worldwide. The recent signing of global football star, David Villa, will see the Spanish international play for New York City FC and in Melbourne as a guest player, reflecting the potential of the network's unique business model and driving huge excitement around the new season for both clubs.

The CFG partnership is another example of Nissan's dedication and growth in global sports which already includes the brand's proud sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League, Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Olympic Team Great Britain and Mexico, Africa Cup of Nations, NCAA Football, Heisman Trophy, Canadian Football League and sporting ambassadors including Olympics Gold Medalists Usain Bolt and Chris Hoy.

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07-06-14

Nissan announces America’s best commercial van warranty

Nissan announces America's best commercial van warranty; now 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nissan is announcing America's best commercial van warranty* on its Light Commercial Vehicles, increasing basic limited warranty coverage from 3 years/36,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first. The powertrain limited warranty has also been extended from 5 years/60,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The specific models covered by this new bumper-to-bumper warranty include the 2014 NV Cargo Van, NV Passenger Van and the NV200 Compact Cargo.**

"While we're relatively new to the world of commercial vehicles in the U.S., we've already proven our mettle with vehicles that endure harsh conditions that passenger cars will never see,"  said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations.  "This warranty reaffirms our confidence in the quality of our vehicles, as some of the NV 2500 and 3500 models have already accrued 550,000-plus miles of real-world use.”

 

The improved warranty retroactively covers all 2014 model year Nissan Commercial Vehicles. Nissan has been selling LCVs in the U.S. since spring 2011 with the introduction of the NV Cargo and NV Passenger vans. The NV200 Compact Cargo was released to acclaim in April 2013 and is also the base for the Chevrolet City Express, General Motors' upcoming entry into the segment.

"As Nissan Commercial Vehicles have established a reputation for ruggedness and durability in the field, we're gaining sales traction and customer acceptance of our work vehicles," Diaz added. "We're in the commercial vehicle game for the long haul, and this warranty will further help our customers to have greater confidence in their vehicles."

Nissan's new Light Commercial Vehicle warranty was inspired in part by the stories of Nissan Commercial Vehicles experiencing remarkable longevity under real-world work circumstances with businesses such as Above and Beyond Delivery. The company operates a fleet of 18-20 Nissan NV 3500 cargo vans out of Chandler, Ariz., supporting the mining, pharmaceuticals and food services industries. Above and Beyond began working with Nissan back in 2011, when an NV Cargo was lent to the company for its operations in the mining industry.

The initial vehicle used by Above and Beyond accrued more than 550,000 miles on its odometer with few repairs or downtime in the course of its service - the most major being an alternator replacement at 382,000 miles.

"Our drivers operate in the extreme weather of Arizona in challenging conditions, such as the Morenci Mine, which is one of the world's largest copper mines. Service failures are not an option for us. If a vehicle is down, it is not making money, so the reliability of the Nissan NVs is a massive advantage," said James Bowman, president, Above and Beyond Delivery.

"We have been very impressed at how good the Nissan NV lineup has gotten - especially with our half-million-mile experience with a single NV Cargo hauling large rock samples - so we are in the process of transitioning all of our light-duty delivery vehicles to Nissan NVs.  We have 25 vehicles on order at present."

Year-to-date, Nissan has sold more than 10,700 commercial vehicles in the U.S., an 88 percent increase over this time period in 2013.

All Nissan Commercial Vehicles sold in the U.S. are assembled in North America, with the NV Cargo and NV Passenger assembled in Canton, Miss., and the NV200 assembled in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Stop by Mossy today for a great deal on your commercial van!

 

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05-31-14

Get Connected With Nissan!

Get Connected With Nissan!

 

Now you can take Facebook along for the ride! Launch the Facebook app on NissanConnect and suddenly your Nissan's got room for 200+ of your closest friends. From check-ins to status updates, CLICK HERE TO START!

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05-25-14

Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror wins 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award

Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror wins 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award

 

- World Traffic Safety Symposium says Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror will help make vehicles and roadways safer -         

 
NEW YORK - Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror will be introduced in Japan later this year, but it's already being recognized for the anticipated positive effect it may have on roadways. Today at the New York International Auto Show, the World Traffic Safety Symposium named the Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror a 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award recipient, a recognition given annually to organizations and individuals that help create a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians.
Nissan recently unveiled the technology for North American audiences last week during media days at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
Each year, the World Traffic Safety Symposium addresses important traffic safety issues in an effort to minimize injuries and fatalities on America's roadways, culminating in a presentation of the most interesting and innovative advancements in traffic safety. Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror - the world's first LCD monitor that not only provides clear rearward visibility under various conditions, but also allows the driver the ability to switch between the LCD monitor and the traditional rearview mirror - was one of only three winners recognized for demonstrating "the most cutting-edge, life-saving safety features available in vehicles today," according to the World Traffic Safety Symposium.

"Safety is a top priority for Nissan, and our products continue to evolve to meet regulations and consumer expectations," said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. "By improving rearward visibility, we hope Smart Rearview Mirror will help make roads safer with potential ancillary benefits for vehicle design."
With conventional rearview mirrors, rearward visibility can be obstructed by tall passengers in the rear seats, luggage stacked high in the vehicle's rear compartment or even the design of the vehicle. Smart Rearview Mirror can help provide rearward visibility free from these and other in-vehicle obstructions as well as traditional blind spots, thanks to a high resolution camera mounted at the rear of the vehicle.
In addition to the ability to provide a clearer rear view, the Smart Rearview Mirror can also display a crisp, clear image in a variety of other circumstances. The high-quality camera and image processing system implemented in the LCD monitor consistently produces an image with minimal glare, even during sunrise or sunset conditions or when being followed by a vehicle with strong headlights. Visibility during nighttime driving and at dawn and dusk are also improved from that of a standard rearview mirror.
The Smart Rearview Mirror's high-resolution camera displays its images on an LCD monitor built into the rearview mirror, which also functions as a conventional rearview mirror. The camera projects a clear image onto the monitor, giving the driver a better view of conditions behind the vehicle.
Nissan is planning to introduce the Smart Rearview Mirror to global markets in the near future after an initial rollout to Japanese consumers this spring.
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05-02-14

First Datsun production model for Russia Unveiled

First Datsun production model for Russia Unveiled

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Datsun pulled the covers off its all-new car for Russia on April 4, 2014 in Moscow. 
The Datsun launch in Russia is particularly significant for the global expansion of the brand, as it is a key market that offers Datsun great potential for growth. It is also the first time in Datsun's history that the brand has been officially introduced to Russia.
The Datsun car was developed specially for the Russian market, but its concept follows the brand's common global philosophy of offering customers (known as risers) an engaging driving experience, peace of mind ownership and accessibility at the right and transparent price with a competitive Total Cost of Ownership.
The car was styled in Japan, while development was carried out locally by an international team of talented engineers drawing on Nissan Motor Corporation's 80 years of car manufacturing experience and technical expertise. The 21st century Datsun for Russia will deliver a rich, customer-orientated brand experience with no compromise in terms of accessibility, reliability and durability - values deeply rooted in Datsun's heritage.
About Datsun
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the return of the Datsun brand, Nissan's third global brand, alongside Nissan and Infiniti, in March 2012. Datsun will provide a sustainable motoring experience to optimistic up-and-coming customers in high-growth markets. Datsun represents 80 years of accumulated Japanese car-making expertise and is an important part of Nissan's DNA. Datsun vehicles will start sales in India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa from 2014. 
Datsun History
Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means "lightning-fast" in Japanese but is also a reference to the first letters of family names of the three financiers who supported the business at the time: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.
In 1933, Nissan's founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of "mobility for all." The introduction of a lightweight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the "son of DAT" - Datson - which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder's dream a reality.
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04-24-14

Nissan-powered prototypes show good pace in two practice sessions at Sebring

Nissan-powered prototypes show good pace in two practice sessions at Sebring

 

SEBRING, Florida - Both the Muscle Milk - Pickett Racing Nissan ORECA and the OAK Racing Nissan Morgan looked to match the pace of the Daytona Prototypes in the first three practice sessions for the Sebring 12-hour on Thursday.  Alex Brundle had the second fastest lap of the first session for OAK racing with a very fast 1:52.86, but the car fell off that pace somewhat in the later sessions, managing only 10th best time in the afternoon and night practices.
The Muscle Milk- Pickett Racing Nissan-powered ORECA was more consistent, with Klaus Graf notching the third fastest lap in the afternoon session, sandwiched by fifth fastest in the morning and Lucas Luhr driving the seventh fastest in the night session. GT Academy Europe Champion Jann Mardenborough will be competing in his first race on American soil with teammates Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf.
"Sebring is one of the old-school circuits where if you make a mistake, there isn't tens of miles of runoff. There's grass and then there's tire barriers and concrete barriers as well," said the 22-year old Englishman. "It has surfaces and elements I’ve never seen before, so there is a lot to learn.  There's more than 60 cars entered for the race so I think it's going to be really busy and exciting."
The closed cockpit Daytona Prototype cars have led each of the three sessions on the challenging 3.74-mile Sebring track.  Tire wear will be a major factor in the race, as the concrete surface of the converted airfield has an abrasive effect on racing tires.
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04-21-14

The 2015 Nissan Murano: Nissan’s Bold New Design Direction

The 2015 Nissan Murano: Nissan's Bold New Design Direction

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - To the design team tasked with creating an all-new third generation Nissan Murano, one thing was perfectly clear: Nothing less than a return to the original's "Wow" factor would be acceptable.
The 2003 Murano more than pushed the boundaries of design, it set the tone for the emerging crossover segment with a sense of elegance and style previously reserved for luxury nameplates. It took the traditional utility vehicle into new territory - where active couples, not just families, could enjoy the benefits of a crossover's higher driving position and flexible passenger/storage space, doing so with a head-turning style that was as much at home at museum openings, as at dog parks or hiking trails.
The original Murano was also credited with bringing in new buyers to the Nissan brand, buyers who remained loyal to both Murano and Nissan. The new design would have to do nothing less, as well as fend off a growing number of new competitors in the increasingly popular crossover SUV segment.
To keep the team ever mindful of this massive challenge, a big red "Reset" button was given a prominent place in the design studio. They also had a secret blueprint for "Wow" in the parallel development of a special crossover concept car, named Resonance, which was set to make its world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.
"Concept cars have historically been used to attract crowds to a manufacturer's display at auto shows, so the people will stay and look at the production vehicles," said Nissan Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura. "At Nissan, we're different. We use concepts to explore new design standards with an eye toward bringing them from show stands to showrooms."
 
A Bold New Look
While the original Murano took its name and inspiration from the elegantly handcrafted forms of Italian Murano glassware, the Resonance Concept and third-generation Murano shared a higher influence - the new age of future flight.
"Advances in aerodynamics and lightweight materials are opening the door to commercial space flight," added Nakamura. "With Resonance and Murano, we wanted to explore a new travel experience here on the ground, but with the same futuristic sense of lightness and air. This inspiration can be seen in features like their sleek boomerang lights, large daylight openings and especially in the bold 'floating' roofline."
While exploring ways to give the new Murano an energetic, aero look, the designers also wanted to retain the original's strong sculptural qualities. Their solution was to combine the usual sketching and computer renderings with three-dimensional modeling. The design process became more organic than usual, with miniature clay models helping define the forms early on and throughout the design process.
As the back and forth between computers and clays continued, unique elements began to emerge in the design's combination of sharp edges and fluid sculpture, and in the sense of curved metal being shaped by the wind. The iconic Nissan boomerang headlight and taillight designs, originally introduced on the Nissan 370Z, were stretched and slimmed even further and integrated into the bold front fenders and rear hatchback glass.
The D-pillars were shaped to resemble a jet and "disconnected" from the slim roof to lighten the cabin. The Power Panoramic Moonroof was lengthened and widened, adding a sense of visual openness and transparency.
As the spaciousness and sleekness of the upper body was established, the lower body was strengthened through use of a wide stance and the balancing of aerodynamics and ruggedness. Special attention was paid to the anchoring aspect of the rich lower body sections and the prominent "V-Motion" grille, which flows seamlessly into the hood and fenders.
As the Murano shape moved from Resonance Concept to potential production vehicle, the fine-tuning kicked into high gear. In the rear, the challenge was to retain the fluid sculptural appearance without limiting crossover functionality.
The rear liftgate was modified to enhance cargo space, while utilizing the dramatic LED taillights to convey a seamless, high-tech quality. The rear bumper was surfaced to direct airflow away from the vehicle. In a similar way, fender lip moldings were shaped and the lower rocker panels were refined to enhance aerodynamics and utility.
The new Murano was subjected to three times the normal wind tunnel testing, eventually resulting in a 0.31 coefficient of drag - the same as many sports cars. The 0.31 Cd is projected to be among the best in the midsize crossover segment.
Key features of the finished 2015 Murano's breathtaking exterior design include standard LED Daytime Running Lights, LED taillights, side rearview mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, power rear liftgate and rear spoiler, along with available front LED headlights, Power Panoramic Moonroof and 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels.
 
An Elevated Interior Experience
As the new Murano exterior was literally taking shape, a separate design team set about creating a fresh new interior with equal "Wow." Following the "new way to travel" theme suggested by the futuristic exterior - along with elements of the Resonance Concept interior - they took advantage of key features of the previous generation Muranos.  That meant enhancing the inherent crossover ride height and superior visibility by optimizing the angles and thickness of the bottom of the A-pillar and the size and position of the outside rearview mirrors.
The instrument panel followed the Resonance's upscale, social lounge design, featuring low, wide instrument panel and a large center information monitor. The number of audio and navigation switches was cut by more than half, replacing complexity with intuitive simplicity.
A low but wide center console was developed to encourage interaction between front and rear occupants without sacrificing utility.
"Murano owners tend to be highly engaged in career and cultural activities. While highly connected to social media, they also favor personal engagements, so we developed the Murano interior to provide premium 'social lounge' atmosphere," explained Nakamura. "At the same time, we respected their need to have more utility and flexibility than a sedan, so we also paid special attention to the practical aspects of a crossover."
 
The Murano cargo area is larger than the previous generation and more practical with a fold-flat rear seat with available power return. All rear seating/cargo configurations can be done from the back, with no walking to each door.
 
Like the exterior, the Murano's interior forms and shapes are highly sculptural, merging comfort aspects with a sense of visual interest and beauty. Use of premium, plush materials adds to the "elevated" experience, offering a luxury feel without the luxury price.
High-end features include standard NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and rear outboard seats and available leather-appointed seating in three coordinated color palettes, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, advanced Bose® design with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers, HD Radio® and customizable advanced lighting system.
The driver is treated to Nissan's Advanced Drive-Assist Display, which features a 7.0-inch high-resolution color display with easy-to-read font. The available 8.0-inch center color display offers multi-touch control of the NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps.
The rear seat area was designed for adult use, with increased legroom (versus the previous generation Murano) and available rear USB port. Access to the rear seat is enhanced with easier ingress and egress. The rear seat is also bathed in light by day or moonlight with the available Power Panoramic Moonroof, which has a 40 percent longer sliding length and 29 percent larger opening than the previous generation design.
 
Nissan's Design Promise
The 2015 Murano is the first production vehicle with Nissan's bold new design direction, as expressed in three recent concepts - Resonance, Friend-ME and the Sport Sedan Concept that debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
These concepts' strong "V-Motion" front-end styling, boomerang-shaped lighting, floating roof treatments, thin and sculpted pillars, energetic and emotional flow on the bodysides, and low and wide stances represent a strong Nissan styling signature to be seen on U.S. and worldwide streets soon. Whether SUV, smaller car or sport sedan, this design language is a hallmark of Nissan's future.
"At Nissan, design is our brand promise, a promise that pulls people into our vehicles where they will be treated to an exciting driving experience," said Nakamura. "As the first of our new concept-based production vehicles coming to market, Murano sets our new standard. It will soon be joined by a production version of the Sport Sedan Concept, and by other breakthrough designs that will follow."
The 2015 Nissan Murano will be available at all 7 Mossy Nissan locations in San Diego in Fall 2014.
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04-17-14

A DYNAMIC DRIVE – 2014 Juke

A DYNAMIC DRIVE - 2014 Juke

 

THRILL RIDE

  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive
  • Electric Power Steering

Every little bit helps. Using electric power steering instead of hydraulic power steering cuts down on the amount of power needed from the engine. And that means more miles out of every tank. Plus, it helps automatically adjust steering feel based on vehicle speed.

ADAPT AT WILL

  • Integrated Control (I-CON) System

The Integrated Control (I-CON) System provides the driver with a unique interface. Control cabin environment and numerous other vehicle adjustments. Or select Normal, Sport, Eco, or D-Mode, and at the push of a button your JUKE adapts to your driving demands.

DYNAMIC DRIVE

  • Torque Vectoring AWD

The Nissan JUKE's available torque vectoring all-wheel drive is an innovative stabilization system designed to keep you in full control in most driving scenarios. In addition to moving power between the front and rear wheels, the multi-sensor system automatically transfers rear-wheel power to the left or right, depending on which needs it more. So any change in direction, such as navigating a roundabout, can be performed smoothly, securely, and with agility.

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  • Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) Turbo Engine

The 1.6L Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbo engine standard in the Nissan JUKE puts heightened turbocharged performance at your command. Nissan innovations deliver the power of a larger engine while maintaining the better fuel economy of a smaller one. Get boosted turbo performance when you want to feel the kick, or ease off and get better economy when cruising.

The 2014 Nissan JUKE is available at all 7 Mossy Nissan locations in San Diego.  Shop for yours today.

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