Monthly Archives: June 2014

Nissan Introduces Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

When an auto maker has plans to introduce a new concept vehicle to the world it’s usually at a national auto show or during a large press conference. But Nissan decided to take a new spin on unveiling their Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Instead of spending thousands of dollars to create the actual vehicle and have an extravagant showcase or spectacle of the vehicle in person, Nissan decided to introduce the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo via the new Gran Turismo 6 video game. The Gran Turismo video game franchise is extremely popular with modified car enthusiasts and it made perfect sense to reveal the concept this way.

Over the last few weeks, Nissan has been teasing their audience with vague videos, showing off the vehicle’s features.

Unlike a traditional concept car, the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo will only be available to players and their virtual garages for now. Nissan found this as a great way to display what one of their supercars could look like in the near future.

The creator of the Gran Turismo game, Polyphony Digital, asked other makes to create a Vision Gran Turismo concept for the game and Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Mitsubishi have done so.

Many are saying that the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is an accelerated version of the highly anticipated 2015 Nissan GT-R, with similar features like the hood, headlamps, and shape of the car.

Nissan Concept 2020
The bold look of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo is creating a lot of buzz in the auto world

The GT-R has been creating a lot of buzz lately and excited many Nissan fans when it was announced that the vehicle would be a hybrid.

There are more details to come in July when the video game is released, but for now we can all drool over this hypercar and its incredible performance in the videos from Nissan.

What do you think of the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo? If you think we should start carrying them in our dealership, stop by Cronic Nissan and let us know!

 

2015 Nissan Murano to Be Produced in Mississippi Assembly Plant

Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano

Last year, Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant celebrated 10 years of production. The next 10 years look promising as year number 11 marks the addition of the much-anticipated, globally-sold 2015 Nissan Murano to the plant’s lineup of vehicles produced.

That’s big responsibility for the small town a few hours to our west, but the team seems ready for the challenge as they add 500 jobs and prepare for production of the crossover to begin.

“Recruiting efforts and preparations for the start of Murano production this fall are underway and current employees are excited to add this vehicle to the list of outstanding cars and trucks built in Mississippi,” said John Martin, Nissan North America’s senior vice president for Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Purchasing.

“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 U.S. right here in North America.”

Part of the excitement surrounding the all-new 2015 Murano is that it so closely resembles the Resonance concept on which it is based.

We at Cronic Nissan can’t wait to see this stunning vehicle up-close and personal. We’re pretty sure you’ll want to find your way over to our showroom to a have a look-see yourself.

Chrysler, GM, Ford Pledge $26 Million to Detroit Institute of Arts

 

 

Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Institute of Arts – Photo Credit: Aimee Dars Ellis

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Big Three coming to Detroit’s rescue! General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are all doing their part to help their home-base of Detroit out after the city recently declared bankruptcy, and they’re doing so in an unexpected way. The three American carmakers recently pledged $26 million to help keep the Detroit Institute of Arts’ artwork off the auction block and on the Institute’s walls.

 

Currently, the Detroit Institute of Arts is in a $100 commitment to resolve Detroit’s bankruptcy problem. The $26 million from the Big Three will help keep city-owned pieced of art in the museum, since some creditors are demanding that they be sold to pay off Detroit’s debt. Of the $26 million, Ford will be donating $10 million, Chrysler is pitching in $6 million, General Motors is giving $5 million and the General Motors Foundation is giving $5 million.

 

Detroit’s debt is said to be $18 billion or more with $5.7 billion in unfunded retiree health care, so any money can help. We here at Cronic Nissan are just glad that the Automotive industry can help improve such an important city in our country.

Nissan LEAF Become First All-Electric Vehicle in Mexico  

 

Nissan Leaf - CAS
Photo Credit: TheNewsWheel.com

Nissan has always been known for being the first to try new things—that’s why it comes as no surprise that the Japanese carmaker was the first company to introduce an all-electric vehicle to the car market in Mexico.

 

“Nissan LEAF is a reality in the Mexican market,” said Airton Cousseau, CEO of Nissan Mexicana. “We are proud to be the pioneer company to introduce the first zero-emissions vehicle leader in sales worldwide in Mexico. This release represents an honor for us and recognizes a milestone in the history of innovation in Nissan, a cornerstone of our business strategy.

 

The Nissan LEAF sold in Mexico will be built specifically for that market with Around View Monitor, which allows for a panoramic view around the car, “B Mode driving,” that begins power renewal almost immediately after the throttle is removed, a fast-charging port that charges 80% of the battery in 30 minutes, and many other features. Nissan and the Government of the State of Morelos have also created the first electric corridor in Latin America, located between Mexico City and Cuernavaca, in preparation for the release.

 

Presale for the Mexican Nissan LEAF started on June 4 and will arrive officially on June 30. To see the Nissan LEAF and other eco-friendly Nissan options for yourself, make sure you stop by Cronic Nissan today!