Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com has listed the newly redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue on its annual list of the “10 Best SUVs under $25,000.” KBB.com recognizes the 2014 Rogue as one of the most practical choices on the list, due to its best-in-class fuel economy on the highway.** A superb fuel economy of 33 miles per gallon on the highway is made possible by the Rogue’s enhanced CVT transmission. In addition, the Rogue boasts a newly available third-row seat that upgrades the Nissan to a seven-passenger vehicle, while offering exceptional passenger and cargo flexibility with its EZ Flex® Seating System. It also benefits from the innovative, class-exclusive Divide-N-Hide® Cargo System (two-row models only) that can be configured 18 different ways for cargo storage and protection. Practicality and affordability are the greatest appeal of the newly redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue starting at $22,490.
Believe it or not, Nissan has developed a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine that delivers a jaw-dropping 400 horsepower but weighs a mere 88 pounds! The tiny engine is set to make its debut later this year in the Nissan Batmobilesque ZEOD, RC, which will race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Incredibly so, this petite engine has a better weight ratio than the high-revving V6 engines that powered this year’s Formula 1 racers. What is this tiny engine that could known as? Nissan calls it the DIG-T R, and it’s as impressively compact as it is light. One of Nissan’s reasons for creating the DIG-T R is to boost efficiency at Le Mans, where greater fuel economy on the track means less time in the pits. In addition, the petite engine is part of a cool gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. Click here for more info.
Nissan’s Leaf has the smallest life-cycle environmental footprint while the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage has the smallest life-cycle environmental footprint of any conventionally powered model year 2014 automobile available in the North American market. This according to Santa Rosa, California-based Automotive Science Group (ASG), which said it conducted a comprehensive life-cycle assessment of over 1,300 automobiles across nine categories to distinguish the best model year 2014 vehicles in environmental, economic, social and “all-around” performance. Looking to advanced automotive technologies, ASG’s 2014 study found the Nissan Leaf to hold the smallest life-cycle environmental footprint of any model year 2014 automobile available in the North American market (with minimum four person occupancy).
Nissan’s electric-powered prototype, the ZEOD RC, will compete at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as the Garage 56 entrant. Unsurprisingly, veteran Nissan driver Lucas Ordóñez has been named the car’s first driver. Ordóñez won the inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in 2008 and made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2011. In three attempts at the famous French enduro he has twice finished on the LM P2 podium. He also took championship wins in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in LM P2 in 2011 and last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series. Most recently he took a class victory along with four new GT Academy graduates at the Dubai 24 Hours. Ordóñez was previously confirmed as the test driver for the ZEOD RC project but has now been promoted into a race seat.
Nissan announced today that 100,000 all-electric Leaf vehicles have been sold around the world. The Japanese automaker took some time to tell the tales of those who bought the 99,999 and 100k units, with their purchases taking place in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. For the 99,999 Leaf leaving a Nissan dealership, one Amy Eichenberger of Charlottesville, Virginia, was the buyer and in the United Kingdom, the 100,000 Leaf went to Dr. Brett Garner, the owner of a dental practice in Fareham. The Nissan Leaf, since debuting in December, 2010, is now available in 35 countries on four continents.
The Nissan Sports Sedan Concept that debuted in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show is a prediction of what is to come in Nissan’s future large sedans. The concept, says Nissan, applies sports car performance standards and a new design philosophy to a 4-door sedan. The “V- motion” sweep on the grille floats up to the hood, to emphasize power and motion. This bold design element supports the marque and it will be part of the future of Nissan’s identity. The boomerang-shape lighting signature accentuates the rear design of each vehicle. The most striking element of the Sedan Concept, other than the very dramatic lines, is the innovative floating roof. It really does appear to be floating above the body of the car, adding a sense of lightness and speed to the concept.
The Nissan Rogue is one of the most popular models in the company’s lineup, so it was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese automaker completely overhauled the model for 2014. The company addressed many issues with the Rogue, offering major upgrades on the chassis, body, interior and even the transmission. The exterior styling of the new Rogue is also a bit more mature, and the interior offers a great deal of pleasing textures, tons of versatile cargo space and plenty of upgraded technology. It comes in three trims: S, SV and SL, all of which are available with front-wheel drive or, for $1,350 more, all-wheel drive. To learn even more about the new 2014 Nissan Rogue, click here!
On November 17, 2013, multiple tornadoes ravaged Washington, IL, killing 29 and injuring more than 350. Tragedies like this one forever change the lives of those who endure them, and those who were impacted were in need of assistance. As a result, Nissan stepped in and donated $10,000 to the Washington Rotary Club Foundation located in Washington, IL, in order to help residents and businesses recover from the devastation. Additionally, the Japanese automaker began a matching gift program in which they will match every dollar that any Nissan employee gives (up to $2,000). “We were immediately moved to help, after witnessing the devastation and tragedy that the city of Washington endured,” said Bryan Dumais, regional vice president for Nissan’s Midwest Region, in a press release. “These financial contributions are a direct reflection on Nissan’s commitment to give back and show how much we care about the communities where we do business.” To learn more about Nissan’s efforts, click here!
In a partnership with TBWA New York, Nissan recently launched a brand-new marketing campaign titled ‘#HailYes’. The campaign serves as an opportunity to capture New Yorkers’ opinions about the NV200 taxi. In addition to offering anti-fatigue driver’s seats, passengers of the NV200 will also enjoy USB charging ports, sky views of the Big Apple, more leg room, more cargo space, superior passenger safety and much more! “Nissan’s #HailYes campaign will engage the more than 600,000 passengers that New York taxis transport every day, creating a conversation among New Yorkers about the city’s need for a better taxi experience,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president of marketing for Nissan North America.” To learn more about Nissan’s newest taxi service, click here!
Steve Marsh of Kent, Washington recently celebrated a unique milestone when he drove 100,000 all-electric miles in his Nissan LEAF. Marsh has a 130-mile roundtrip daily commute, so it was a no-brainer when he purchased his LEAF in 2011. Luckily for Marsh, Washington offers a great deal of charging opportunities, so keeping his LEAF powered up hasn’t been an issue. “With a daily commute of about 130 miles, I’ve saved more than $9,000 compared to my old gas-powered car since I bought my LEAF,” said Marsh. “With plenty of public charging options, as well as a charger installed at my office, my LEAF is a perfect car for my commute.” To read more about Steve Marsh’s 100,000-mile journey, click here.