Award Winning 2015 Named Most Affordable SUV with 2 Rows

award winning 2015 Nissan MuranoIt doesn’t get any better than the 2015 Nissan Murano. With a hat trick equivalent, this year’s midsize SUV has ranked first place in three of U.S. News’ Best Cars for Families categories including Affordable Midsize SUVs, Affordable Crossover SUVs, and more recently was named Affordable SUVs with 2 rows.

To place first in these categories, the Murano received the highest combined scores from positive professional reviews, safety/reliability ratings, ample cabin space, and the inclusion of family-friendly features.

The Nissan Murano also offers a rearview camera, proximity key, and a dual-zone climate control. Other options include the nine-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive cruise control, and a forward collision warning system.

“When the all-new 2015 Murano went on sale…we were confident this vehicle would be among the best…experts and customers alike are now seeing in the 2015 Murano what we’ve seen all along – the all-new Murano is in an elite class, and we’re ecstatic to validate this with another highly-coveted U.S. News award.” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc.

Come visit Harte Nissan and make the award winning 2015 Nissan Murano part of your family today.

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Nissan Automotive Design: Design Director Speaks in Ontario

Nissan Automotive Design - Altima badgeIn a recent visit to the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Nissan/Infiniti designer Alfonso Albaisa spoke about the future of automotive design. As the director of design for Nissan’s luxury division, Albaisa has become one of the most influential people in the industry.

During his visit to the OCAD, Albaisa spoke about his love of fluidity and motion. In a video documenting the experience, you can see first-year Industrial Design students get excited about his visit and his discussion of the latest Nissan automotive design.

“When you are a child, you’re naïve enough to believe you can make anything – that’s the beauty,” said Albaisa. “And just as you grow older, reality sinks in that you can’t make anything. But that’s not true actually. We dream of driving, so there is this romantic vision of how a human desires to go beyond our own means. I think the car embodies this. To be able to give shape and a sense of this dream – I love it.”

Albaisa has worked on both the Nissan Altima and the Maxima platforms, as well as the recent Infiniti Q80 design. All of his designs are styled to capture the epitome of motion, what he considers to be one of the greatest experiences. Albaisa’s visit is a prime example of the ways in which Nissan is working to reshape the future of the automotive industry.

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Nissan Jumps Up Five Spots in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

2012 Nissan Murano Vehicle Dependability Study

2012 Nissan Murano

Nissan improved five spots up to rank 13 in the latest J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, putting it ahead of the industry average for vehicle dependability.

The study looks at problems experienced in the last year, reported by original owners of 2012 model-year vehicles, which may vary from serious engineering issues to more minor on-board technology hiccups.

Automakers with the least amount of problems per 100 vehicles (PPH) are ranked highest. This year, Nissan jumped up five spots and recorded 19 PPH than the industry average. We’re taking that to mean that if you buy a vehicle at Harte Nissan, you’re more likely to be satisfied three years down the road than with most other cars.

In addition, four Nissan vehicles were ranked among the top three most dependable within their respective segments: the 2012 Murano took top honors in the Midsize SUV category, while the Altima, Frontier, and LEAF each took ranked second in their own categories. Check out all of the current models on our Nissan Model Overviews!

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Nissan Altima Snags Spot on KBB’s List of 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000

Nissan Altima Best Sedans Under $25,000The Nissan Altima has snagged a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s list of “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000,”proving just how desired the reliable and affordable Altima is. KBB highlighted the Altima’s impressive fuel economy, comfortable front seats, and its unique Easy Fill Tire Alert feature (which honks the horn when you’ve reached the correct tire pressure while adding air).

The Nissan Altima boasts a number of other exciting features that have helped make it one of the nation’s best-selling sedans, including its standard leather seating, Bose® Premium Sound System, the available NissanConnect℠ with Navigation and Mobile Apps, and a 7.0-inch color touch-screen display.

The Altima claims 38 mile-per-gallon highway fuel economy with its 2.5-liter engine, an upgraded interior with premium materials, a sporty exterior design, and an array of technology that improves safety, connectivity, and convenience.

“With a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) of just $22,300, the 2015 Altima offers a long list of comfort and technology features which make it a customer favorite,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations in a statement. “We are honored that the Altima has been chosen for this honor by the experts at Kelley Blue Book.”

If you are in the market for an affordable sedan, and aren’t willing to sacrifice features, comfort, or safety, stop by Harte Nissan, where we offer a wide variety of value-packed models to match your budget and needs.

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Nissan Murano Named MotorWeek’s Best Small Utility Vehicle

2015 Best Small Utility VehicleThe 2015 Nissan Murano has earned MotorWeek’s coveted Best Small Utility award in its annual Driver’s Choice Awards. The Murano took home the award thanks to its breakthrough design, a premium interior, and advanced technology.

The respected Driver’s Choice awards are unique since they take into account the driver’s perspective. MotorWeek strives to put together a list that can be used as a practical guide for car shopping, taking into consideration both value and reliability, and emphasizing trends and innovations.

“Following a strong finish to 2014, momentum surrounding the all-new Murano continues to climb into 2015,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. in a statement. “The redesigned Murano is not only a great choice due to an incredible balance of style, comfort, innovation and more, but – as validated by this award – also due to its great value and reliability. MotorWeek‘s Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the best and most-coveted in the business, and we’re ecstatic to play a part in the celebration of the world’s best vehicles.”

Premium features available in the Murano include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, an eight-inch color display touchscreen, Nissan Intelligent Key®, Around View® Monitor, a Bose® premium audio system, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Moving Object Detection, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Stop by Harte Nissan today to see for yourself why the Nissan Murano has earned the title of the 2015 Best Small Utility vehicle.

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Damen Polance Named New GM of Harte Nissan

Damen Polance

Damen Polance

It’s been a long time coming but now, it’s finally time. Damen Polance’s hard work and dedication have helped him make his way to the top. 14 years ago, it all began and the result is here: Damen Polance, General Manager of Harte Nissan.

Polance began his career in 2001 as the Master Technician. Since then he’s worked his way up the ladder to Shop Foreman, then to Service and Parts Director. As General Manager, Polance hopes to continue Harte Nissan’s display of customer service and management just as he has done in the past. Over the 14-year course, he’s developed relationships with co-workers who want to continue to work with him to provide the best service possible.

“I’m proud to have been given the opportunity to work for Harte Nissan,” said Polance. “Working for this outstanding family-owned and operated company has taught me many things, but above all else it’s taught me the value of hard work and customer service. I look forward to many more years of contributing my skills and experience to the Harte Family of Dealerships.”

Congratulations to Damen from our whole Harte Nissan team! Visit the dealership today to catch a glimpse of our hard-working GM at work!

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New Generation GT-R will Retain Engine Setup

We cannot wait to hit the road in the new generation GT-R.

We cannot wait to hit the road in the new generation GT-R.

If you’re a traditionalist and also a Nissan GT-R fan, we’ve got some good news for you here at Harte Nissan of Hartford, CT. The GT-R has always had a front engine setup—and it will continue to have a front engine setup for the new generation GT-R. Of course, it will be a hybrid setup now, but the rumors of a mid-engined GT-R can officially be put to rest.

Shiro Nakamura really put the nail in the coffin, with a statement, “Mizuno-san says the GT-R will always be a front-engined 2+2-seater coupe,” referring to the GT-R’s creator. He did also say it would be a hybrid setup, so hopefully we’ll see the fruits of that, in terms of both performance and efficiency, when it is redesigned.

Of course, we won’t actually see the GT-R until 2018 most likely—but we’re excited for it already! You can come see us here at Harte Nissan to learn more about the new model, the possibilities of a hybrid 2+2 setup, or anything else about the Nissan brand today. We’ll be excited to talk to you—and take you for a test drive as well!

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Nissan #withdad Campaign Celebrates Fathers

For the first time in nearly twenty years, Nissan is making an appearance in the commercial lineup for the Super Bowl. To ensure that this new ad campaign goes off without a hitch, the Japanese carmaker has started the Nissan #withdad campaign, a new program that celebrates the efforts fathers, mothers, an children make to keep family a priority, even during a busy work week.

To help tease this new commercial, Nissan has come together with a variety of YouTube content creators to put together special pieces of content that speak to the #withdad theme.

“After nearly a two-decade absence from the Super Bowl as an advertiser, we want to maintain the excitement and anticipation of game day. With so many commercials airing before the big game, I fundamentally believe it takes away much of the magic of showing the commercial on the biggest stage of the year,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in the U.S.

“Prior to the Super Bowl, we do however want to build suspense around our story, while provoking a social conversation around the overarching theme. Our highly creative YouTube content creators help us do just that as we get ready to share our spot with America on Super Bowl Sunday.”

The teaser films are available to view here, and you can see the extended version of the Super Bowl commercial below!

Want to celebrate your dad or mom with the new Nissan #withdad campaign? Share your thoughts with Harte Nissan below!

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New NissanConnect Mobile Apps Now Available

new NissanConnect mobile appsThe NissanConnect Mobile Apps system has been recognized as one of the best in the industry. Just last June, it won the Telematics Detroit 2014 Industry Newcomer Award. It won this award and continues to beat the competition with its distraction-minimizing features and constant innovation.

 

Nissan is continually working to improve the system and has just released three new NissanConnect mobile apps, Twitter, TripAdvisor, and iOS support for Pandora. These apps will join the list of already available apps like Facebook, iHeartRadio, and Google.

 

“We’re pleased to announce these significant additions to NissanConnect Mobile Apps – some of the most popular mobile apps used by our drivers,” said Dan Teeter, director of Vehicle Connected Services, in a statement. “Before this addition, NissanConnect Mobile Apps was already award winning, and now the system has only gotten better.”

 

NissanConnect works with the driver’s smartphone to keep them stay connected while out on the road and offers a personalized driving experience. The system is available in much of the Nissan lineup, including the Versa Note, Versa Sedan, JUKE, Frontier, Sentra, Rogue, and Altima. Check out the Harte Nissan inventory today and find the NissanConnect vehicle that fits your needs!

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Lucky Drivers Say Self-Driving Nissan LEAF “Almost Autonomous” Already

Self-driving Nissan LeafThe Nissan LEAF already sticks out in the public’s mind as the most popular electric car, and rightly so, especially after a particularly strong 2014. However – by 2020, the LEAF is going to be known as something else: the self-driving Nissan LEAF.

 

Multiple attendees of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month were given the opportunity to try out the current version of the self-driving Nissan LEAF model, with the vehicle receiving incredible reviews and being referred to as “almost autonomous.”

 

If the Nissan LEAF is “almost autonomous” already – imagine how incredible the vehicle will be by the time it hits the market in 2020.

 

Nissan recently announced its decision to team with NASA to develop this self-driving technology, which NASA will use to drive cars around on Mars. That’s right, you could someday be driving the same cars that tear up the turf on Mars.

 

Unfortunately, 2020 is a ways away. So in the meantime, visit us at Harte Nissan to check out the Nissan models we have available, including the Nissan LEAF.

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