Monthly Archives: September 2014

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 Dominates National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week

You’re probably familiar with the incredible success story of the Nissan LEAF, Nissan’s rags-to-riches EV, by now. It came out of nowhere to become the best-selling EV on the market, a fact that was recently underscored during National Drive Electric Week. The week, which began as a series of EV-related events back in 2011, celebrates EV driving, and this year, Nissan was celebrating the fact that there are over 60,000 LEAF owners in the U.S. alone.

“With more than 60,000 U.S. sales and 50 percent market share among pure EVs this year, Nissan is the natural sponsor of National Drive Electric Week,” said Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Marketing. “At events across the country, drivers of Nissan LEAF and other electric cars will get together to spread the word about the benefits of driving electric – lower operating costs, zero tailpipe emissions and they are just fun to drive.”

It’s a revolution all right, but it’s also the best kind of revolution—a peaceful, environmentally friendly one. So come be part of a great modern movement just by buying a new car from the friendly folks here at Cronic Nissan.

EV Incentives Make Nissan LEAF a Money-Saver

EV Incentives

All-electric vehicles are about efficiency and cleanliness. Unlike conventional cars and even hybrids, they produce no CO2 emissions, which is an important part of keeping the environment healthy, not only for us but also our children.

Another great EV incentive is that they’re cheaper to operate. If you are like the average American, you drive a conventional, gas-powered car and drive about 37 miles every day. If you switched to a Nissan LEAF, you’d save $102 every month, or $1,225 per year! If you drive even more miles per day, you’d save even more!

Quite smartly, however, you realize that a lot of electric cars are expensive to buy—more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts, which means it could take a few years of efficient driving before that initial investment finally pays off.

But here the Nissan LEAF shines once again. Thanks to EV incentives, which can range from great to downright out-of-this-world incredible, buying an all-electric car doesn’t have to be that expensive. For example, you can buy a LEAF in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for only $9,460!

It doesn’t get quite that low here in the states, but you can get pretty close! Learn more at Cronic Nissan!

2015 Nissan Versa Note Affordable at the Dealer & the Pump

2015 Nissan Versa Note

The 2015 Nissan Versa Note has emerged as one of the most affordable vehicles on the market. Not only will buyers find some of the lowest prices at the dealership, but they can also find they will make fewer visits to the gas station, as the Versa Note has great MPG.

In fact, the Versa Note gets 31 miles per gallon city and 40 miles per gallon highway, averaging out to 35 mpg overall. That makes for the third best fuel economy among non-hybrid and non-electric hatchbacks.

This excellent fuel economy comes from great engineering and design. Active grille shutters that improve aerodynamics by automatically closing off some grille openings after the car reaches higher speeds come standard. With that technology, Nissan estimates the Versa Note can go 378 miles on one tank of gas.

And all of that comes in a vehicle starting at $14,990, making the Versa Note one of the least expensive new cars out there. If you want to see how the Versa Note can save you money, come check it out at Cronic Nissan.