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Chicago Nissan Dealer Kelly Nissan Announces Brand’s Autosport Award

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While known mostly for their vehicles like the Altima and the Maxima, the Nissan Motor Company has also managed to make quite a name for itself in the competitive racing world as well. With high-performance vehicles like the GT-R and the 370Z, Nissan is causing quite a buzz on both the streets and the track.

We here at Kelly Nissan are always thrilled to here good news about the brand that we represent, and as a leading Chicago Nissan dealer feel that it’s our responsibility to share the info with our dedicated shoppers. That being said, we’re thrilled to announce that Nissan has recently secured the Autosport Award for Pioneering and Innovation.

The driving force behind the award came from Nissan’s innovative GT Academy program. Spawned out of an unorthodox pairing between Nissan and Sony starting in 2008, the GT Academy takes people who are good at racing video games and through an intense training period lasting a number of months, turns them into professional racecar drivers.

Nissan’s GT Academy Has Changed the Face of Motorsports

Nissan's Autosport AwardThe most recent season of the GT Academy had an amazing 41 podium finishes, resulting in five different awards at SRO’s Night of Champions. The unconventional program consisting of turning gamers into racers really impressed the rest of the industry, culminating in the Autosport Award for Pioneering and Innovation.

Nissan’s Director of Global Motorsport Darren Cox accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Everyone in this room knows a driver who should have got there but didn’t make it, but we’re finding drivers who didn’t even know where they wanted to be. We’re taking drivers from the virtual world to the real world and making them successful. The first year people thought we were lucky, and then we must have kept getting lucky!”

The GT Academy is certainly an interesting concept that seems to have garnered Nissan some real success, and as a leading Chicago Nissan dealer, we’re thrilled to see what the GT Academy has in store for the future. If you’d like to learn more about the GT Academy and what else the Nissan brand has to offer, please feel free to give us here at Kelly Nissan a call at 866-450-8110.

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Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Shares Details on the Celebrated NISMO Festival

As Nissan’s motorsports division, NISMO has managed to create some of the most iconic high-performance racecars, like the Skyline GT-R and the uniquely designed NP35. NISMO has also in recent years helped design a number of street-legal high-performance vehicles, like the 370Z NISMO and the Juke NISMO.

On December 1st, over 32,000 spectators gathered at the Fuji Speedway in Japan for the NISMO Festival where Nissan’s motorsports division showcased dozens of their legendary machines in a display of power, performance, and style. As a leading Chicago Nissan dealer, we here at Kelly Nissan were saddened that we weren’t personally able to attend the festival, but from everything we’ve heard about the event, it was quite a show.

The festival kicked off with an awe-inspiring opening ceremony, this year celebrating 80 years of Nissan, followed by the Nissan Historic Demo Car Run. The Run featured some of the brand’s most popular models, spanning four decades of development and design, from the ‘60s to the turn of the century and included some iconic cars like the Skyline2000 GT-R and the R380, R381, and R382.

Adrenaline Junkies Were Sure to Get Their Fill at the Fuji Speedway

Chicago Nissan Dealer 370Z NISMOIn addition to simply showing off these beautiful machines, exhibition races were also held to showcase what they were capable of. A dozen R35 GT-Rs competed in a 6-lap exhibition race, and the country’s most respected race teams, Team Orange, performed a “Drift Show”, showing off their driving prowess, Tokyo style.

While legendary cars were certainly in abundance at the festival, their legendary drivers weren’t lacking representation either. Respected race champions like Sunako, Kitano, Hasemi, and Hoshino were all in attendance, and a moment of silence commemorating the accomplishments and visionary prowess of NISMO’s first president and champion racer Mr. Yasuharu Nanba was held until the closing ceremonies.

While we here at your leading Chicago Nissan dealer, Kelly Nissan, regret that we didn’t get a chance to check out the cars, vendors, and races that peppered the festival, we are certainly proud to represent a brand with so much history and prestige in the motorsports world. If you’re interested in learning more about Nissan’s NISMO brand or you’d like to check out some of the new NISMO models yourself, you can give us a call at 866-450-8110 for more information.

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Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Remembers the Life of Nelson Mandela

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Throughout both his tenure as a freedom fighter against apartheid and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela quickly became the face of racial equality and human rights during a time of utter chaos and oppression. With his passing, the world lost a great man whose shoes may never be filled in our lifetime.

We here at Kelly Nissan, one of your leading Chicago Nissan dealers, were deeply saddened to hear of Nelson Mandela’s passing on December 5th of this year. With his death, we can look back over his achievements and contributions during his life that shaped the man we would come to know, known affectionately amongst his fellow South Africans by his Xhosa tribe name, Mandiba.

Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on July 18th, 1919 in the small village of Mvezo in Umtatu, which at the time was a small part of South Africa’s Cape Province. As a young boy, Mandela spent time herding cattle and playing with other young children in his village until his mother, a devout Christian, sent him to a Methodist school around the age of 7 where his teacher gave him the English name Nelson and began his journey towards achieving a higher education, an invaluable tool for what was to come later.

Nelson Mandela: The Man Behind South Africa’s Freedom

Nelson MandelaAfter obtaining his law degree at the University of Witwatersrand where he was the only native African student, Mandela quickly rose up the ranks in the African National Congress (ANC), eventually landing the position of National Executive in 1950. Through a serious of events, including a number of protests, arrests, marches, and anti-apartheid campaigns, eventually Mandela was arrested in 1962 and tried along side a number of other activists in 1964 and charged with four counts of sabotage and conspiracy to violently overthrow the government. Mandela and his comrades admitted to the sabotage but denied the charges of attempting to violently stage a coupe, resulting in a sentence of life imprisonment.

In 1989, South African president F.W. de Klerk began to acknowledge the fact that apartheid was an unsustainable system and began to free ANC prisoners, with the exception of Mandela, who was later released on February 2nd, 1990. Upon his release, Mandela embarked on a tour of Africa, meeting with dignitaries in an effort to work towards ending apartheid, eventually opening the door to democratic multi-racial presidential elections, which would result in Mandela serving as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Even after Mandela resigned from politics in 1999, he continued to contribute to philanthropies and various community projects up until his death in December. Truly a great man dedicated to helping his fellow man, we here at Kelly Nissan are truly saddened by his loss, and encourage all our Chicago Nissan shopper to take a moment to reflect on his contributions to not only South Africa but the world as a whole.

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