Next week marks the beginning of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show across the pond in Geneva, Switzerland. This year will be the 84th for the motor show. So what can we expect to see from Nissan in Geneva? Quite a bit.
The all-new X-Trail, while not offered here in the States, is an extraordinary crossover with advanced 4×4 capabilities. This year, the X-Trail brings with it the Nissan Safety Shield, bi-LED headlamps, and NissanConnect navigation and infotainment system, in its third generation. Also notable for the X-Trail model is the “theater-style” seating layout.
The BladeGlider Concept
The BladeGlider will also be making its European debut at Geneva. We first saw the BladeGlider last year and immediately fell in love with its design. In fact, its front-track design was meant to mirror stealth planes in its aerodynamics and sleekness.
Nissan’s press release claims that the Qashqai will be responsible for “ushering in a new era in crossover design,” and we have to agree. The Qashqai, while hard to pronounce, is innovative as it brings a number of sector-first technologies to the table. These include the NissanConnect system with full smartphone integration and the Nissan Safety Shield.
The zero-emissions e-NV200 will also make its production premiere in Geneva, combining elements from the NV200 and the Nissan LEAF. According to Nissan, the e-NV200 is “ready to change the face of the city.”
The GT-R NISMO
Geneva marks the European debut of the production version of the GT-R NISMO. This baby is the fastest and most advanced Nissan performance model ever produced. Powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the GT-R NISMO most definitely “embodies the spirit of the NISMO brand.”
Can’t make it to Geneva? Stop by Cronic Nissan for your own auto show. We may not have the Qashqai (or even be able to pronounce it), but we do have plenty of great models to show you!
Nissan adds some more hardware to the awards shelf this week, with four vehicles named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “2014 Best Value Awards” list. The Nissan Rogue was the brand’s biggest winner, earning the title as “Most Fuel-Efficient Small Crossover” for its affordability and efficiency. The Rogue comes in at only $22,490 and gets an impressive 28 mpg on highway, 33 mpg on front-wheel drive models.
“Throughout the last year, Nissan took many steps in the complete redesign of the all-new Rogue to better equip drivers with the best amenities possible, while still maintaining affordability,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “This recognition from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance validates the hard work we put into making the Nissan Rogue stylish, innovative and affordable for consumers.”
This new award should only help the 2014 Rogue’s sales, which set a record for January sales last month. Three other vehicles made the Kiplinger’s “Worth a Look” list—the Altima, the Pathfinder, and the Versa Note. Come to Cronic Nissan today to check out any of these great Nissan vehicles!
The 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF has delivered not only its best sales year ever in Europe but also the best sales year for any fully electric vehicle, with a huge sales increase of 204% compared to 2012—for a total of 11,120 units sold.
With these incredible results, commanding a full 1/3rd, Nissan LEAF Leads Europe in the EV passenger car market, once more solidifying its position as the world’s best-selling 100 percent electric vehicle.
Its biggest success was in Norway, where the advanced EV infrastructure and government incentives go a long way toward motivating customers to make the switch to electric. In 2013, the Nissan LEAF was also the EV market leader in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and—for the first time—France.
“97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “And we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure, will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”
But there’s no reason the Europeans should have all the fun. Come get your own American-built Nissan LEAF at Cronic Nissan!
January is notorious for being the slowest sales month in the automotive industry. And this year, the extreme winter weather across the country took another bite from the already slow sales. However, despite these difficulties, Nissan still posted a sales gain for the month of January.
Nissan led the industry with an 11.8 percent gain in January sales—a sales record for the month. It had a total of 81,472 deliveries. These sales numbers are all compared to January 2013.
Leading Nissan’s sales was the popular zero-emissions LEAF, which had sales nearly double for the month. Another leader was the Nissan JUKE, which sports an edgy design. It set a January sales record with an increase of 45.8 percent. The Frontier pickup also was a major player with an 87.9 percent boost.
Another January sales record was set by the Rogue, which was up by 54.5 percent. And, the Nissan Altima midsize sedan saw a boost of 4.9 percent.
Imagine how well Nissan would have done if the weather hadn’t been so bad. Hopefully, we can get past this extreme winter weather soon and enjoy a wonderful spring.