2013 Nissan Leaf Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

2013 Nissan Leaf

The 2013 Nissan Leaf was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The electric 2013 Nissan Leaf has been named a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Leaf was awarded a Top Rating of Good in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. The Leaf joins the Nissan Altima on the 2013 IHHS Top Safety Pick Ratings.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. “The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan LEAF provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package.”

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Nisssan breaks National Sales Record

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Best Large Utility.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Best Large Utility.

Nissan’s most innovative year ever is also becoming a record breaking season, as March 2013 was the highest selling month in Nissan North America’s history.

Nissan announced it sold more than 137,000 units in March 2013, making it the best month Nissan has ever has. The redesigned Nissan Altima, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Versa all saw record breaking sales, and the all-electric Nissan Leaf also posted its best ever month.

Nissan is calling 2013 its most innovative year ever, featuring popular redesigns of all its most popular models. Customer are obviously falling in love with these redesigns, including the Altima, Sentra, Versa, and Pathfinder.

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The Best of the Best for Safety

2013 Subaru Legacy

Thanks to upgraded airbags and All Wheel Drive, the Subaru Legacy is among the vehicles to review the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that some of our top models are also the safest models the customer can choose.

Among those given IIHS’s new Top Safety Pick+ Award were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback.

IIHS said that along with its traditional rankings, they wanted to let the consumer know which vehicles were the safest, thus creating the TSP+ award.

“Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+ award for 2013.”

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Nissan Sells 4-millionth Altima in the U.S.

2013 Nissan Altima

Thanks to the redesigned 2013 Nissan Altima, Nissan broke all time sales records in 2012.

We’re entering probably the biggest year ever for the Nissan Altima.

The popular Nissan model was completely redesigned for 2013, and received rave reviews from the experts. The top features include 38 MPG, all new style and NASA inspired seats. In part because of that great redesign, Nissan announced Wednesday that it has sold its 4-millionth Altima in the United States.

Nissan also announced that it broke all time Altima sales record in 2012, selling nearly 300,000 Altimas.

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Top Models Make North American Car of the Year Short Lists

 

Photo of North American Car of the Year Award

The 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Award short list has been released.  These lists of cars and trucks have been edited down from a long list of 45 vehicles that we detailed back in August.

Ford has the most vehicles on this year’s short list, with 3 combined. Nissan’s most innovated year ever is off to a great start, as they have two vehicles in the running.

Soon enough the jurors will edit this list down further to three finalists that will be announced at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2013.

Last year, not surprisingly, the jury selected the Hyundai Elantra as the 2012 North American Car of the Year.

The short list for North American Car of the Year includes:

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Top Models Compete for North American Car of the Year

2013 Hyundai Elantra

Many of the top models are in the running for the North American Car of the Year.

Finalists were announced recently, with vehicles from Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru making this prestigious list. 45 vehicles in all will compete for the ultimate prize, 2013 North American Car of the Year.

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Review: 2013 Nissan Altima A Great Redesign

Scenic shot of the 2013 Nissan Altima

Nissan says 2013 will be its most innovated year ever. And if the rest of the models are similar to 2013 Nissan Altima, it will be the most innovated year ever.

The 2013 Nissan Altima is incredibly stylish, very fuel efficient with up to 38 mpg highway, and quite possibly the most comfortable vehicle I’ve ever driven.

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Hyundai, Honda and Nissan have best value

Want the best bang for your buck? MSN Autos says there are many vehicles among the top models who fit that mold.

According to the MSN study, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan passenger cars were voted among the top ten “Bang for Your Buck” Passenger Cars.

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All Nissan does is win

Nissan has been on quite a roll lately, collecting many awards from the Automotive Experts.

The 2012 Nissan Frontier was named one of the Top Ten Vehicles in Kelly Blue Book’s Best Resale Awards, meaning the Frontier gives customers the best returns on their investments.

It didn’t stop their though, as KBB named the Nissan Maxima “Best Full Size Car” in resale value

The Nissan Leaf placed second in the electric car category.

The Nissan Versa placed third among subcompact car

The Nissan Altima placed third among midsized cars.

The Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years of new-vehicle ownership.

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