Nissan Refreshing Carwings System for Future LEAF Drivers

Improvements Coming for Nissan LEAF's Carwings SystemWhen the Nissan LEAF hit the market in 2010, it was all the rage in the automotive world for being one of the first electric vehicles. While the Eco-friendliness of the LEAF made headlines, one of its most unique features, the Carwings system, seemed to exist quietly behind the scenes… until now.

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Nissan is looking to implement some major upgrades and improvements for the LEAF’s Carwings system. Designed to keep track of vehicle information like driving history and energy usage, Nissan’s Carwings telematics system was a new feature created specifically for the LEAF and introduced alongside the EV’s debut. Carwings allows LEAF drivers to view reports on a daily, monthly, and even yearly basis, pertaining to their driving distances, energy consumption statistics, and more.

More recently, Carwings has made it possible for LEAF owners to use their smartphones as a way to remotely begin charging the vehicle, view its charge, and even locate nearby charging stations.

Now, Nissan is ready to kick Carwings up another notch. Although few details have been released, Brian Brockman of Nissan North America hinted that enhancements are in the works: “[Nissan] is always working to determine ways to offer more value to customers via telematics systems like Carwings.”

Nissan’s hope for Carwings is that it will one day be able to track, record, and alert the driver of the health of the EV’s battery. This ability would increase ease and cost of maintenance as well as helping to ensure safe passage for LEAF drivers in terms of proper battery care.

What other capabilities and features would you like to see added to the Carwings system? Tell us in the comments!

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Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow Gets Green Light in Big Apple

Nissan's Taxi of Tomorrow Deemed Legal by New York Appeals Court

After over half a year of litigation, the Big Apple’s Mayor Bloomberg is finally getting his way – the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow will be the official taxi of New York City (probably).

Back in October, we blogged about the Supreme Court’s halting of Bloomberg’s proposed mandate which would require all NYC cab drivers to switch over to the NV200 within the next five years, making Nissan’s Taxi of  Tomorrow the face of a new unified fleet of cabs. This original ruling that decided the State could not require all cab drivers to purchase the same vehicle has now been overturned by a New York appeals court which recently deemed the Taxi of Tomorrow mandate is, in fact, legal.

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The appeals court’s opinion was written by Justice David B. Saxe and declared the NV200 is a “legally appropriate response to the agency’s statutory obligation to produce a 21st-century taxicab consistent with the broad interests and perspectives that the agency is charged with protecting.”

While the New York Taxi Association could opt to try for a second appeal, things are looking good for Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow. Nissan has already been selling the NV200 to NYC taxi drivers for just under $30,000, and if the future of this project runs smoothly, all cabbies in the Big Apple will have to make the switch to the Taxi of Tomorrow within the next three to five years. More Nissan vehicles on the road means good news for our favorite automaker!

Check back for updates on this story and more on the Mitchell Nissan blog.

Father’s Day Ugly Tie Photo Contest

Enter our Ugly Tie Photo Contest for your Chance to Win a Free Tank of Gas

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we’re celebrating by hosting a little Facebook contest! If you’re a dad, you’ve likely received your fair share of interesting Father’s Day gifts, and if one of those happens to be a hideous tie, you’re in luck! We’re giving away a free tank of gas to one lucky winner during our Father’s Day Ugly Tie Photo Contest!

Put those ugly ties to good use! Your chance to win couldn’t be easier. Entering our Ugly Tie Photo Contest is as easy as BLANK simple steps:

  1. Like Mitchell Nissan on Facebook
  2. Click here to be directed straight to the contest
  3. Agree to the rules, and fill out a short contact info form
  4. Upload a photo of your ugliest tie
  5. Vote for your favorite
  6. Keep your fingers crossed

That’s it. We’re accepting entries and votes up until June 17, and after that the photo with the most votes will win a tank of gas on all of us here at Mitchell Nissan! Aren’t you glad your sentimental side made you hold onto that ugly tie in your closet?

To stay up-to-date with the latest Nissan news, Mitchell Auto Group events, and local Enterprise and Dothan, Alabama happenings, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! That’s the best way to ensure you know when we’re up to something fun like contests, giveaways, big sales, and special events!

Autonomous Drive May Hit the Streets by 2018

LEAF with Autonomous Drive

We love getting updates about Nissan’s Autonomous Drive technology, but it’s been a few months since we blogged about recent developments! However, that changes this week since just recently Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan, predicted that vehicles equipped with Autonomous Drive will be ready for the roads by 2018 (two years earlier than his previous prediction).

Of course, Ghosn – and the rest of the automotive industry – recognizes that traffic laws will have to come a long way before self-driving cars can legally take to the streets, and this is expected to be Autonomous Drive’s biggest obstacle. Ghosn explained: “The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation, and the whole equation of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around.”

It’s an interesting problem… how will traffic laws and insurance companies have to adjust to make self-driving cars a plausible reality? Who is responsible in the event of a collision between a car equipped with Autonomous Drive and one being driven by a real person?

Obviously, many questions need to be answered in the next couple of years, but there are agencies already making moves to prepare for the future of transportation. The California DMV, for instance, has released a list of regulations pertaining to the testing of self-driving cars on California roadways.

The Renault-Nissan partnership has been among the most active in the industry in terms of researching and developing the revolutionary technology. The brand has already begun testing the Nissan LEAF equipped with Autonomous Drive in Japan, and with Ghosn moving the predicted release date of the technology from 2020 to 2018, it’s clear the carmaker is making major headway.

Stay tuned with us on the Mitchell Nissan blog for updates as the future of the automotive industry gets even more exciting by the day!

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More Murano Means More Nissan Jobs in Mississippi

It’s always good news when a company establishes jobs for hard-working locals, so when we heard that 500 Nissan jobs in Mississippi were created, we may have jumped for joy. Our neighbors in Mississippi house Nissan’s Canton factory which is preparing for production of the next-generation Murano, slanted for its market debut this fall. The 2015 Murano was a big hit at the New York International Auto Show, and Nissan’s expecting its intrigue to carry over to big time sales.

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We can’t wait to get our hands on the 2015 Murano, and we’re happy that Nissan created 500 jobs at its Canton, MS plant to prepare itself for the next-gen Murano’s demand. Nissan’s North American ops vice president of manufacturing, John Martin, explained why creating the new jobs was the right move for the brand: “The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to our goal to build more than 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the US right here in North America.”

Take a virtual step inside Nissan’s Canton factory in the video below. Then come take a step inside Mitchell Nissan where the 2014 Murano will have to hold you over until the 2015 hits our showroom floor later this year!

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Tips for Summer Road Trips with Little Ones

Planning for Summer Road Trips with Kids

Here in Enterprise, we’re just a short drive from countless summer vacation destinations which means many of you are likely planning summer road trips to take advantage of our stellar surroundings. While you’re undoubtedly excited about the chance to get away and soak up the summer sun, if you’re traveling with kids, you may be dreading the car ride a little bit (or a lot).

Luckily for you, we’ve been brushing up on your knowledge when it comes to preparing for road trips with kiddos, and Consumer Reports recently released an extremely helpful and comprehensive list of great tips to help make summer road trips more bearable for all the parents out there!

While this might seem like common sense, the very first thing you’ll want to do while preparing for your trek, is bring your car in for a service visit. Beyond making sure your oil is changed, you’ll want to get a fairly comprehensive inspection to make sure your vehicle is ready to make the trip, regardless of how far you’re driving. Check out our service specials at Mitchell Nissan, and take advantage of the special rates we have going on now!

Aside from making sure that the inner workings of your vehicle are poised for summer road trips, you’ll also want to prep your interior as well. Make sure to clean your cabin before the trip, and safely secure all luggage when you’re getting ready to leave to ensure it’s all stored safely. Stock the back seat with all the essentials for your little ones like coloring books, handheld games, and a portable DVD player if you have one. The key to a stress-free drive is making sure the kids are entertained!

Plan your voyage ahead of time by staking out some restaurants (and hotels if need be) along the way. If you’re making a really long trip, it may be a good idea to scope out a couple of kid-friendly attractions on the way to give the kids breaks from monotonous travel. And remember to take plenty of breaks during the trip. You need them just as much as the kids do!

Most importantly, remember that safety comes first. Some children hate being buckled up, but don’t let their whining get the best of you. Make sure your kids are safe and secure in the backseat with their safety buckles on or that they are properly seated in carseats. If you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, make sure to pack one before taking a long road trip!

Where are you headed this summer? Tell us in the comments!

She’s a Looker: 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO Revealed

Our favorite carmaker revealed the highly anticipated 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO yesterday in North Carolina, and it’s definitely easy on the eyes boasting a fully refreshed exterior, new wheels, and a design clearly made to maximize aerodynamic performance. Nissan tweeted a shot of the 2015 370Z NISMO for the brand’s Twitter followers after the big reveal.

The 2015 370Z NISMO was unveiled at this year’s annual ZDayZ event during which fans and owners of Nissan, Datsun, and NISMO vehicles congregate to share their love of all things gloriously Nissan. The 370z NISMO’s debut was a surprise for all in attendance at ZDayZ, and we loved watching the video below to hear the audience’s reactions as they marveled at the new “Z.”

The new Z NISMO will still be powered by the same 3.7-liter V6 churning out a thundering 350 horsepower (if it’s not broken, why fix it?). One big change however will be the fact that two transmission options will be available for the 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO, one of which is an all-new option: a “refined 7-speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching, Adaptive Shift Control and manual shift mode with paddle shifters.”

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The 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO will start popping up on dealership lots and on roads near you this July, so keep your eyes peeled… But, don’t let your longing looks linger too long – keep those eyes on the road!

What to Expect from the Next-Generation Nissan LEAF

Next-Generation Nissan LEAF to Get Updated Styling and Longer RangeThe Nissan LEAF has been extremely successful breaking not only its own sales records, but also outselling its competitors in the electric vehicle market. It’s been the benefactor of countless new technologies, and Nissan has used the LEAF to test its up-and-coming innovations like Autonomous Drive. Now, we’re looking forward to the future of the next-generation Nissan LEAF which is expected to be the best rendition of the fun little plug-in yet!

Expected to debut around 2017 (yes, you will have to wait that long), the next-generation LEAF will get a facelift but still keep its hatchback styling. Global design chief for Nissan, Mamoru Aoki reportedly explained that the next LEAF will adopt a more attractive and “mainstream” exterior.

As for the extended range, Nissan realizes that to compete with the growing hydrogen fuel cell technology trend, electric vehicles need to up their game. To keep the next-generation Nissan LEAF competitive in the alternatively-feuled vehicle market, it will need to have the potential to put up a number like 185 miles on a single charge. The LEAF has continued to improve its single charge range, and although it will likely not be up to 185 by 2017, we do know that we can expect improved numbers. Time will tell how drastic that improvement will be.

The current generation Nissan LEAF will likely continue its successes on the market, and sales are expected to increase right here in the US. Stay up to date on all news of the Nissan variety on the Mitchell Nissan blog!


30th Annual Army Aviation Credit Union Sale Moved to Mitchell Nissan

30th Annual Army Aviation Credit Union Sale NOW MOVED to Mitchell Nissan

The 30th Annual Army Aviation Credit Union sale has been moved to Mitchell Nissan this year due to weather conditions over the past week. The event will take place May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd right here at Mitchell Nissan, home of the free oil change for life, located on Highway 84 East!

Come see us for once in a lifetime pricing on new and used vehicles. The Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union is offering unbeatable financing rates, and customers that finance through the credit union will receive a $150 Visa gift card to sweeten the deal even more.

If you’re in the market for a new ride, you do not want to miss out on this weekend’s opportunity! Our friendly and professional team is waiting for you, and we’re all ready to help get you behind the wheel of your next car. Prices and financing options like these only come around once a year, so come take advantage of them at the 30th annual Army Aviation Credit Union sale this weekend at Mitchell Nissan!

Nissan Gives EV Drivers a Break with No Charge to Charge

Nissan Offering No Charge to Charge Program for LEAF Drivers

It’s no secret that electric vehicles like the innovative Nissan LEAF are an awesome option for drivers that want value and Eco-friendliness. And, as we all know, fuel economy and alternative energy options are all the rage in the automotive industry right now. With the brand’s constant effort to lessen carmakers’ negative impacts on our environment in mind, Nissan is now developing its No Charge to Charge program which will give electric vehicle owners even more incentive to drive green.

The No Charge to Charge program is exactly what it sounds like. It means free energy for LEAF drivers. Nissan is offering LEAF owners in select cities (for now) an EZ-Charge card which allows them to charge their EVs for free. Currently, the cities in which the program is available include Portland, Nashville, San Fransisco, and Phoenix, but Nissan has over a dozen other cities in the works to hopefully get the program this year.

Senior vice president of Nissan Sales and Marketing, Fred Diaz, explained the importance of offering EV drivers an incentive like free charging: “Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world.”

Here at Mitchell Nissan, we think the No Charge to Charge program is an awesome idea and just the beginning of many big things to come for the green driving efforts of our favorite brand. Who knows? Maybe we’ll see some free charging stations popping up right here in Alabama!