At this year’s International Auto Show, Nissan showcased the 2014 Nissan Versa Note. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note has 40MPG highway mileage, a 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder engine rated at 109 horsepower (6,000RPM), a dual-fuel injection system, Xtronic CVT, and an active grille shutter. The Around View Monitor makes it easy to parallel park because the car has four cameras to create a virtual 360° image of your vehicle.
Since the Pulse2 founders were raised near the Motor City, we have naturally become car enthusiasts. We have tons of family and friends that work at the big auto companies and their suppliers. After the Department of Energy and the Obama administration pushed billions of dollars in the auto industry, we saw some changes in the environment around us. The optimism from Detroit companies grew since they were getting into the electric vehicle game. We have seen Henrik Fisker and Elon Musk build some great automobiles over the last few years too. This is why we have compiled a list of some of the best electric cars available on the market right now along with their specs. If there are some details that we have missed, let us know in the comments. Continue reading →
Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is starring in a series of six ads for the Nissan Sentra. The ads will have a dating theme. Mr. Lochte is seen wearing a dressing gown over his swimming Speedo. Over the next few ads, we will see a socially awkward guy named Jeff trying to win over a girl named Felicia. If only Jeff had a Nissan Sentra, he would not be as awkward. Check out the first video in the series below:
Nissan has released an official Android app for Leaf owners that allows users to control their EV from their smartphones. The app shows the vehicle’s charge and can start or stop charging the vehicle with a single button. Nissan also provides app-controlled climate control and a climate control timer. [Engadget]
Nissan’s EV Leaf will come with a “Leaf to Home” system option in Japan by March of 2012. The system will allow users to plug their homes into their cars to charge, using the Leaf’s stored electricity. Bloomberg reports that Nissan hopes to sell 1.5 million electric vehicles within the next six years.
Nissan announced today that the Leaf electric car will cost about $32,780. After a federal tax credit of $7,500, the car will cost about $25,280. The Nissan Leaf competitor Chevy Volt will cost about $32,500 after the federal tax credit.
The Leaf will be going on sale this December, which is about a month after the Volt is released. Infiniti will also be making a luxury version of the Leaf.
“We’ve been working in lithium ion batteries for 17 years,” stated Nissan director of product planning Mark Perry. “So all that advanced research and engineering work we’ve [already] paid for.” The Nissan LEAF will have an iPhone application available for checking temperature and battery levels. [CNN]
Nissan has released official images of the Nissan Juke. At the front of the Juke, there is six pairs of lights including head lamps, fog lights, and large round auxiliary lights. The interior is inspired by a fuel tank of a motorcycle too [CNET].
Kia Ray Concept
Below is a picture of the Kia Ray, a natural gas-powered vehicle that debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Under the glass hood is a 153 horsepower and 1.4 liter direct-injection engine [AutoMobileBlog].
Patrick Crashes GoDaddy Car In 12 Car Pileup
In her debut at the NASCAR Nationwide race, Danica Patrick crashed the GoDaddy Chevy Impala in a 12 car pile-up.
Saab Approved For $545 Million Loan
Saab has been approved for a $545 million loan. “We are extremely pleased with the decision by the EIB as this was a crucial component in enabling the acquisition of Saab to proceed. Months of hard work have paid off, said Victor Muller, Spyker’s CEO. “We cannot wait to close this transaction now as soon as practically possible. We extend our gratitude to the EIB officials who have worked relentlessly to make this happen.” [eGMcarTech]
Musk Flying Around In Private Jet
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk flew his private jet to Washington D.C. over 12 times since last year according to Autospies. Some of these trips were intended to request government public financing. This is ironic because GM, Chrysler, and Ford executives were heavily criticized by members of Congress for doing the same thing. Musk flew in a Dassault Falcon 900 and landed in Washington in mid-June of 2009. Around that time is when Tesla was given a $465 million loan from the DoE. Tesla is planning to raise an additional $100 million in an IPO. [AutoSpies]
Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. is currently working on an iPhone application that will allow their electric car owners to log in to their car and check the battery level and temperature of their vehicle remotely. The application was demonstrated at the research facility in Japan recently.
The iPhone application also allows the electric car owners to adjust the temperature within the car remotely. The application is still a prototype and it will work with the upcoming Nissan LEAF automobile.
The Nissan LEAF is expected to launch in late 2010 in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. The LEAF will have 5 seats and a range of over 100 miles. The LEAF also has a zero-emission power train and an advanced intelligent transportation system built in.