Monthly Archives: July 2014

Nissan Rogue and Quest Win APEAL Awards from J.D. Power

Nissan Rogue and Quest

Next time someone asks—or you’re wondering yourself– which car company holds the highest customer “appeal,” we’ve got some definitive proof on our side here at Cronic Nissan. Both the Nissan Rogue and Quest recently took home the top prize in their respective segments in J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. The study asked customers to rank their satisfaction with a vehicle over the first 90 days of ownership. Therefore, these awards cement that Nissan doesn’t just sell a lot of cars; the brand creates a lot of happy customers along the way as well.

“The all-new 2014 Rogue has received numerous accolades in the automotive industry, but the most important test comes when owners evaluate the vehicle for themselves,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “Driven by owner feedback , the J.D. Power APEAL Study serves as an important benchmark indicating where our products stand with consumers. It’s both an honor and a demonstration to the quality of our vehicles for Rogue and Quest to rank highest in their segments.”

 

Nissan Rogue and QuestWith a win in both the SUV and minivan segments, the APEAL Study also shows once again how versatile Nissan’s overall lineup is. Whether you’re looking for a zippy crossover like the Rogue or a capable, comfortable people mover with plenty of cargo room—like the Quest—the Nissan lineup has just what you need. Just ask the 86,000 people who responded to the APEAL survey. Better yet, come see us at Cronic to see it all for yourself!

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn Maps Out Autonomous Car Progress

Autonomous Car Progress

Car lovers that are expecting a car that drives itself sooner, rather than later, are about to be sorely disappointed. According to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who shocked the car world when he announced plans to offer consumers an autonomous car by 2020, these self-sufficient cars might not join the market so quickly. Instead, slow and steady appears to be the path autonomous car progress is going.

 

In a recent speech in Japan, Ghosn made Nissan’s new path toward autonomous driving clear. Rather than finishing a vehicle in 2020, the new plan was to gradually introduce a variety of innovations that will culminate in a fully autonomous vehicle. The year 2016 will be the first milestone with the introduction of traffic-jam assist and fully automated parking. Then, in 2018, some models will receive automatic lane changing, followed by a technology that will allow cars to handle intersections without driver inputs in 2020.

 

As Ghosn has said himself, “Self-driving cars remain a long way from commercial reality,” but if you’re looking for a great car with other innovative technologies, stop in to Cronic Nissan today!

New Model Year Means New Nissan Leaf Updates

Nissan Leaf Updates

2015 seems to be the year of updates for the Nissan Leaf. With the new model year comes plenty of changes for the all-electric vehicle, ranging from the purely aesthetic to the more functional. Regardless of the changes, we here at Cronic Nissan ensure that you will still love the tiny, eco-friendly car.

 

The first of the Nissan Leaf updates comes in the form of a new exterior color MorningSky Blue. Other appearance options, which will be made available later than the rest, include standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels for the SV trim level.

 

Along with these new aesthetic changes, the Leaf will have a dedicated B-mode for every trim level, even the base S car. With this mode, the Leaf will produce more aggressive regenerative braking when the driver is not on the accelerator, making the most of those downhill grades. This means that the number of driving modes has increase to three—Normal, Eco-Mode, and B-Mode—regardless of the trim level.

 

Other Nissans will also be seeing updates. For a full list of these updates, click here or come into our dealership to see them in person!

Could Nissan Leaf Emissions be Considered Negative?

Nissan Leaf Emissions

Nissan doesn’t settle for just zero emissions. It’s not enough. According to Nissan, if too much CO2 is created while building the car, it cannot be considered a zero-emission car. To create a truly sustainable car, the automaker set the bar higher, with goals to build the Leaf out of recycled and sustainable materials.

Since the Leaf was introduced in 2010, it has contributed to a reduction of CO2 emissions of at least 151,000 tons according to a recent news release. The engineering team behind the Leaf aims to “develop an environmentally neutral lineup of cars”.

“It’s zero emission, but if too much CO2 is emitted during the vehicle’s production, we cannot call it a sustainable car,” says LEAF Chief Vehicle Engineer Hidetoshi Kadota. “To preserve the planet and create a car that is sustainable and eco-friendly, we set ourselves a goal to use recycled materials to build LEAFs.”

Currently, about 25 percent of materials used in building the Leaf are recycled, but that in no ways compromises the quality of the car. The automaker ensures that any parts made from recycled materials are of the same quality as new materials.

2013 Nissan Leaf Specifications

Some of the recycled parts include the seat’s fabric, the exterior body of the Leaf, the center console, some of the resin and elastics on the interior, as well as the sound insulator material. The raw materials are purchased from suppliers, then Nissan turns those materials into the parts they need. Leftovers are sent through the process again, leaving little or no waste.

An interesting video in the news release shows how the automaker turns clothes into sound insulators, and electrical appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves into a center console.

So maybe Nissan Leaf emissions aren’t quite negative, but I think it’s fair to say Nissan is working incredibly hard at creating an emission-neutral car we can all feel good about driving.

Stop by Cronic Nissan today to make a difference and test drive a brand new Leaf!

Self-washing technology comes to Nissan Leaf

Washing the Nissan Leaf

Washing your car can be one of the most tedious tasks, especially when you know as soon as it rains, all the effort feels like a waste. But here’s the thing…a self-washing car isn’t just something people fantasize about as they watch the Jetsons or Back to the Future. It exists. It was bound to happen, and now Nissan’s Leaf has self-washing technology.

The car has Ultra-Ever Dry coating, which is self-washing car paint. It’s a Teflon-like coating that is slick so it repels dirt, mud, grime…anything that would normally make your car dirty is now repelled off of the paint. It’s similar to the idea of NeverWet, which prevents coated items from getting wet or stained.

The Nissan North America vice president, Pierre Loing, even stated, “This is one Leaf that never has to stop at gas stations – not even for a car wash.” Although the paint isn’t available yet since it is still in its testing phase, it may become an aftermarket option so drivers can have it applied to their vehicles once it is available.

Maybe you find washing your car as a relaxing hobby, but personally, I’m hoping this becomes standard on all vehicles. Stop into your local Nissan dealer to get details on the Leaf and all of its “clean” features.