Category Archives: Nissan Innovation

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept Truck

The Nissan Navara EnGuard concept truck is one of the coolest emergency vehicles the automotive industry has seen in years. The Japanese automaker unveiled the concept truck at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany. The concept itself is based on an already existing model, the Navara pickup, that’s sold in Europe.

The Navara EnGuard concept truck features a 2.3-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine that pumps out 187 hp. Compared to the current Navara, the EnGuard concept offers more ground clearance and off-road capability that out-performs most other comparable models.

Boasting two portable battery packs that can be charged by the diesel engine, the EnGuard concept offers the ability for drivers to power equipment in hard-to-reach places, like caves.

Did we mention that there’s also a DJI Phantom 4 drone that can soar nearly 20,000 feet above the truck? The image is displayed on a 20.5-inch HD screen in the EnGuard concept.

The Nissan Navara currently holds the International Pickup Award and is sold globally, although it’s engineered differently from market to market. In the United States, we know it as the Nissan Frontier.

That leaves one question. Is the Nissan Navara EnGuard concept a preview of the Nissan Frontier?

Here at Cronic Nissan, we can’t wait to see what becomes of the Nissan Navara EnGuard concept!

 

Nissan’s Energy Efficient Plant in Smyrna Honored by EPA

In a top-honor for Nissan, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named the automaker’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee one of 70 top-performing Energy Star-certified plants in 2014.

Nissan’s energy efficient plant is a leader among the industry when it comes to decreasing power consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Its dedication is evident with the implementation of more efficient LED lighting, compressed air leak detection/elimination, and the utilization of its energy-efficient paint process.

“Not only do these priorities reduce Nissan’s environmental footprint, they also help us reduce our costs and provide better value to our customers,” said Randy Knight, Nissan’s vice president of Manufacturing at Smyrna.

Energy Star certified plants undergo annual inspections to ensure that they meet EPA qualifications and industry-specific standards. Combined, the 70 top-ranking Energy Star-certified plants were able to prevent 36 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

“The Energy Star certification for Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant reflects our focus on sustainable business practices and being environmental stewards for our local communities,” said Knight.

We at Cronic Nissan are proud to be a part of a company that not only creates innovation that excites, but also strives to take care of our environment!

Nissan Partnership with NASA for Self-driving Car Research

Nissan Partnership with NASA

It’s finally 2015, and though we may not have access to personal hover boards, we’re getting closer than ever to autonomous cars thanks to a recent announcement that Nissan and NASA are teaming up to build self-driving cars and share the research for future space exploration.

Nissan estimates that the self-driving cars they are creating with NASA may be available as early as 2020, enabling a future of groundbreaking discoveries on the mysterious planet.

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, discussed the partnership in a statement, saying, “The work of NASA and Nissan … is connected by similar challenges,” assuring that the partnership will bring forth safe autonomous driving technology.

Nissan and NASA will also be working together on other research, including work in robots and human-machine interfaces.

Are you looking forward to the Nissan partnership with NASA? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and in the meantime, visit us at Cronic Nissan to check out our available models.

Nissan Hedges its Bets on Electric Plug-In Vehicles

Nissan is choosing its next moves very carefully. While many automakers are jumping on the fuel cell technology bandwagon, Nissan is treading lightly. Nissan vice chairman Toshiyuki Shiga has made one thing very clear: electric plug-in vehicles will continue to be the priority ahead of any hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles for the foreseeable future in Nissan’s advanced-powertrain plans.

While Nissan did sign an agreement early last year with Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and Ford to work together to speed up fuel cell powertrain development, Shiga bluntly said that the automaker doesn’t have much interest in fuel cell technology. Automakers tend to agree that fuel cell technology has the capability of offering the best of all worlds: fuel efficiency, quick refill times, long range driving on a single tank, and zero emissions, but a critical roadblock remains – refueling stations and infrastructure.

Until the U.S. has an extensive network of hydrogen refueling stations, there is no hope in consumers investing in the costly technology. While this remains a long-term goal for automakers world-wide, Autoblog.com reports that Nissan is sticking firmly to their more practical electric plug-in option for the time being.

Nissan’s commitment to plug-in vehicles shouldn’t come as much as a surprise, with their electric Leaf being sold in 40 countries, making it the best-selling battery-electric vehicle in the world.

Stop by Cronic Nissan today to check out the Nissan Leaf for yourself!

Meet Sparky: Nissan’s LEAF-Based Pickup

Nissan's LEAF-Based Pickup

An electric truck promises the combination of a truck’s utility, a car’s driving dynamics, and an electric vehicle’s efficiency. Other countries see many of these types of vehicles, but here in the U.S., they never stick around long.

Engineers at Nissan’s Technical Center in Arizona have created the company’s first LEAF-based pickup. That’s right, a little electric truck that can haul, carry, and move big loads. The employees at the test shop needed a way to easily transport materials and parts throughout the sprawling 3,050 acre tech center, and so, the LEAF-based pickup was born.

The design included the removal of the back half of the roof, removal of the back seats and hatchback, and sealing of the rear doors. A bed from the Nissan Frontier was dropped in, and narrowed and trimmed to fit. They then added three wooden slats on the floor to give in a retro look and a power drop rear window. The finished product, dubbed “Sparky,” looks almost production-ready.

“We tried to keep it a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘What is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation,” Nissan’s Roland Schellenberg said in a statement.

Don’t start drooling yet: While Nissan’s LEAF-based pickup is ridiculously cool, Nissan has no plans to make a production version. Drop by Cronic Nissan today to learn more about the Nissan LEAF and Frontier – which are still sold separately, of course.

Nissan’s Smart Rearview Mirror Wins Safety Award

Nissan is making driving with tall passengers a whole lot easier with the introduction of the Smart Rearview Mirror, a safety technology that uses an LCD monitor to provide clear reward visibility to drivers. While this new rearview mirror has yet to be introduced in a production vehicle, it’s already making a huge splash in the industry by being named a 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award recipient.

“Safety is a top priority for Nissan, and our products continue to evolve to meet regulations and consumer expectations,” said Pierre Loing, vice president of 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.”

Along with being a conventional rearview mirror, the Smart Rearview Mirror provides the driver with a crisp, clear image with a high-quality camera and image processing system that produces an image with minimal glare. The driver can even switch between the traditional rearview mirror and the LCD screen as he or she wishes!

The Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror is set to release in Japan this spring with a global release happening soon after, so make sure you keep an eye on the dealer lots at Cronic Nissan for this awesome new technology.

Nissan Note Prototype is World’s First “Self-Cleaning” Car

Who loves washing their car—let me see your hands! Alright, weirdos, you can put your hands back down now. You also don’t really need to read this blog; this one is for the normal people—like us here at Cronic Nissan—who recognize that washing the car is an irritating, even if necessary, waste of time in our busy schedules. Have you ever just wished that your car could wash itself? (That’s alright; there’s no need to raise hands this time.) Well, if you have—and even if you haven’t—Nissan has the solution for you.

Introducing a prototype version of the Nissan Note—an all-new car slated for a European production run—equipped with a special “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint” that works to make the car’s exterior impervious to water and oils. The technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, has seen good results so far. Nissan is the first automaker to apply the technology to a vehicle, making the Note the world’s first self-cleaning car.

“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving, and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier,” said Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note. “We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application.”

While there are no current plans to implement the new paint job into the real world of production vehicles, it’s fun to imagine a future where your car just refuses to get dirty—because, at least then, when we refuse to wash the car, it won’t really become an issue.