Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nissan Murano Kiplinger’s 2015 Best Value Award

Kiplinger's 2015 Best Value Award

Car shopping can be a harrowing experience, especially if you are shopping in a segment as competitive as the crossover class with a lengthy list of must-haves. To make this easier, though, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has released the vehicles it believes are worthy of the Kiplinger’s 2015 Best Value Award and the 2015 Nissan Murano came out on top in the Best New/Redesigned Midsize Crossover class. This shows that the Murano can check off all the boxes on your requirements list, no matter how long it is.

“Nissan essentially created the crossover segment with the debut of the Murano in 2002, and now, 13 years later, the 2015 Nissan Murano is helping define the segment once again,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president for Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “The redesigned Murano was created to provide drivers with an undeniable sense of comfort, style, and innovation and this award certainly reaffirms that ideal. It’s an honor to be recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.”

The Murano is now in its third-generation and offers a redesign, sexy silhouette, an interior that offers both premium features and materials, and innovative technology. With a combination of safety, performance, and comfort, it’s easy to see why the Murano is the recipient of Kiplinger’s 2015 Best Value Award for its segment.

To see why the 2015 Nissan Murano is a great value, stop in to Cronic Nissan today and give the crossover a test-drive!

New 2016 Nissan Titan Debuts in Detroit

For those who have a lot of work to do, a full-size pickup truck is the perfect choice. And now, full-size pickup buyers will have another option with a new heavy-duty Nissan truck, the 2016 Titan XD.

Nissan showed off this new class-defining truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nissan says this truck will define a new segment and fits between the current heavy-duty and light-duty lineups.

The XD will be able to handle the workload of a heavy-duty truck with a maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds, but will be more fuel-efficient and have a price range closer to standard half-ton pickups.

One of the key elements to this new truck is the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel that will offer 310 horsepower along with 555 lb-ft of torque. There will also be two other powertrain options to choose from.

“The new TITAN will deliver toughness, capability and quality,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer, in a statement. “In addition to a range of cab configurations, the TITAN lineup will ultimately encompass multiple powertrain choices. These include an all-new workhorse gasoline V8, as well as our first V6 offering in this class.”

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD will be coming to Cronic Nissan by the end of this year.

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.

Love Your Tall Backseat Passengers Again: The Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror

Nissan smart rearview mirror

It seems that every day, automakers are looking at standard car features and asking themselves: How can we make this awesome? This is what we imagine a Nissan engineer asked him or herself while looking into the rearview mirror one day.

Mirrors that just reflect stuff are so 20th century. Nissan’s new smart rearview mirror takes care of that annoying tendency for mirrors to reflect EVERYTHING in the mirror image. That means headrests, passenger’s craniums and backseats when you are looking into a rearview mirror.

Why not put a camera right behind the rear window of the car and send the feed to the rearview mirror, effectively turning it into monitor? That’s what Nissan did. Tech Times tells us that “the field of vision provided by the mounted camera matches up well with what should be seen using a traditional mirror.” If the driver insists on switching back to a traditional mirror, it only takes the flip of a switch.

We think the Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror is pretty cool, and we aren’t the only ones. The automaker won the 2014 Traffic Safety Achievement Award at the New York International Auto Show thanks to this cool new tech. Stay tuned to our Cronic Nissan blog to find out when you can test out this feature at the dealership!