Archive for October 2013

All-New 2014 Nissan Rogue Makes Consumer Debut

Consumers got their first look at the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue, which made its debut last week at the Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim, Calif., USA Today reported. Check out the video above for a look at this stylish new crossover.

We can’t wait for the 2014 Rogue to hit our new Nissan showroom in Stratham, NH. In the meantime, here are some of the new Rogue’s top highlights to look forward to:

  • Best-in-class 33 mpg on the highway.
  • NissanConnect is available with the 2014 Rogue, which allows you to connect to your favorite apps and social networks, use your smartphone and listen to music hands-free.
  • Enough room for up to seven people when you add an available third row of seating, while the innovative Divide-N-Hide cargo system has 18 configurations to help you store everything you need for your travels.
  • Safety technology that includes forward collision, blind spot and lane departure warnings, as well as moving object detection.
New 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid in Plymouth, MA

Honda Boosts Fuel Efficiency of 2014 Accord Hybrid by Eliminating Transmission

New 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

The new 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on sale in the U.S. on Halloween, bringing with it 45 mpg on the highway and 50 mpg in the city – the latter being the best-ever rating for a four-door sedan.

As the saying goes, being the best often requires outside-the-box thinking, and it turns out Honda used a rather unconventional method to achieve this record-setting fuel economy: the brand eliminated the transmission from the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, MIT Technology Review reported.

Most hybrid vehicles so far have included transmissions that coordinate power between the gasoline engine and electric motor, resulting in the gasoline engine sometimes directly driving the wheels. Rather than having the gasoline engine drive the wheels, the new Accord Hybrid’s electric motor will drive the wheels instead, and power generated by the gasoline engine will be converted to battery power.

This technique helped Honda achieve a big boost in fuel efficiency with the 2014 Accord Hybrid. Check out the chart below to see how the new Honda Accord Hybrid compares to its closest competitors:

Hybrid comparison

Nissan Takes Home Top Prize at CEATEC Innovation Awards for Self-Driving Technology

Back in August, Nissan Motor Company announced its plan to have multiple self-driving cars on the market by 2020. These vehicles, Nissan said, would function exactly as you’d hope a self-driving car would – you’d be able to enter an address on your GPS, select the option for Autonomous Drive and your car would take you to your destination from there.

This technology is so groundbreaking that it’s caught the eye of experts outside the automotive industry. Nissan recently won the Grand Prix, the top prize at the CEATEC Innovation Awards, which judges technologies, products and services that could have the greatest impact on consumers in the future. Nissan also took home the Smart Mobility Award.

CEATEC awards are chosen by a panel of journalists who cover IT and consumer electronics. No automaker had ever won the top prize before Nissan accomplished the feat.

We may not have any self-driving cars – yet – at our Massachusetts Nissan dealer, but the models we do have feature the best technology out there, such as NissanConnect. From hands-free smartphone use to access to your favorite apps and social networks, you’ll be able to stay more connected than ever in the driver’s seat of one of our new Nissan models.

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