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Renault-Nissan CEO Product Tests New Autonomous Model

Sometimes when you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. Recently, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn got behind the wheel of Nissan’s latest prototype: an autonomous LEAF.

Although it’s going to be quite some time before Chicago Nissan shoppers can kick back and let their car do the driving for them, they can rest assured that the technology does exist and it’s currently in the testing phase. With such a leap in automotive technology on the horizon, the big wigs at Nissan decided to get a little oil on their hands in an effort to see first hand what they’re company is coming up with.

Renault-Nissan, the French and Japanese automotive powerhouse, decided to send their very own CEO Carlos Ghosn to get in on the trial phase of the new autonomous driving technology that the engineers at Nissan have been tinkering with. Set on a closed course, Ghosn confidently entered the vehicle, pressed the ignition switch, and off they went.

Nissan Once Again Breaks the Mold With Autonomous Driving Technology

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The vehicle that Ghosn was test “driving” was an outfitted Nissan LEAF, Nissan’s first completely electric automobile. Illuminated with a light blue glow radiating from the vehicle’s steering wheel and center console, a coy smile crept across Ghosn’s face as the LEAF took them around the track, his hands casually and comfortably placed on his thighs.

“I think, this test proving to me that first we have advanced a lot because the prototypes from two years ago were wayyyyyy less advanced than this one…I think we’re going to get there a lot sooner than we think.” Nissan estimates that they’ll have a fully-autonomous Nissan model available for the general public around 2020, with all of their models eventually having the autonomous drive feature as an option on all their vehicles soon there after.

While Seven years is a solid amount of time for Nissan to cultivate and develop this impressive new technology, Nissan shoppers who are just itching to get their hands on the latest technology from Nissan can check out the new Nissan LEAF models, currently available at our Chicago Nissan dealership here at Kelly Nissan. For more information about the LEAF and the other new Nissan models available, please feel free to give us a call at 866-450-8110.

The Nissan 370Z NISMO Performs in Unconventional Race Between Man and Machine

There are few thrills more exhilarating than jumping out of a plane and parachuting back to Earth. Adding a wingsuit to the equation and then racing a high performance sports car down a mountain, now that’s a rush.

While it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Nissan shoppers will find themselves tearing down a mountainside in a new Nissan 370Z NISMO, they can take solace in the fact that not only did Nissan make it happen they added a base jumper in a wingsuit into the mix. And then they made them race, because why not?

This adrenaline-junkie’s king of the mountain fantasy was made in an effort to push the limits of Nissan’s new NISMO line of high performance vehicles. With NISMO versions of the new 370Z, GT-R, and Juke models now available, Nissan fans with an already-insatiable need for speed may finally have found the cure to their itch.

Nissan Continues to Push the Limits Well Into the Danger Zone

Chicago NissanIn order to make this insane competition happen, Nissan flew their 2012 GT Academy Champion Peter Pyzera out to the Susten Pass in the Swiss Alps. Amongst the backdrop of one of the most beautiful scenic views in the world, man and machine faced off in an epic battle of speed and heart palpitations as Peter got behind the wheel of new 370Z NISMO and tore down the twists and turns of the Pass’ roads, hot on the heels of wingsuited-base jumper Dave Barlia.

Barlia was hooked up to a number of monitoring systems to record his blood pressure and heart rate, as was Pyzera in an effort to see which method of transportation was more exhilarating. While that comparison seemed a little unfair, the friendly competition certainly lacked nothing in terms of excitement and was truly a spectacle that you’ve got to see to believe.

For Chicago Nissan fans that unfortunately don’t have access to the Swiss Alps and a wingsuit, you can fortunately check out the next best thing with the new NISMO lineup at Kelly Nissan. Stop by our dealership today or give us call at 866-450-8110 for more information.

Chicago Nissan Fans Can’t Wait For The 2014 GT-R Nismo’s Arrival

Longtime fans of the Nissan GT-R will be thrilled to learn that Nissan Motorsport, the motorsports and performance division of the brand, is released a 2014 GT-R Nismo model. The 2014 GT-R Nismo aims to take a good thing and make it unbelievably better.

We here at Kelly Nissan understand that our Chicago Nissan shoppers have a certain level of expectations from our brand in terms of the performance capabilities of our sports cars. And while our 2014 Nissan GT-R, currently in stock, offers our customers an already heavy dose of horsepower, Nissan’s heavily anticipated 2014 GT-R Nismo is aiming to make the already powerful GT-R look like a scooter.

With only a few short years under its belt, we’re just as surprised as our customers with the immense level of popularity that the Nissan GT-R has reached. Standing up against more experienced performance based series like the 370Z, the GT-R has stood strong, and with the announcement of the 2014 GT-R Nismo, you can bet that the best from Nissan has yet to come.

If Chicago Nissan Fans Thought The GT-R Was Fast They Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

2014 GT-R NismoAs it stands now in our dealership, the 2014 GT-R comes equipped with a heavy-duty 3.8L DOHC V6 engine rated at an astounding 545-hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, more than enough power to satisfy even the most avid adrenaline junkie. But believe it or not, according to Nissan’s announcement, the 2014 GT-R Nismo’s power and performance capabilities are set to absolutely obliterate those figures.

Right now, the 2014 GT-R Nismo is in the early stages of development, which means we can expect to see the first inklings of a prototype sometime this summer. With that kind of projection, we can expect to be able to offer our Chicago Nissan customers a real 2014 GT-R Nismo sometime next year.

If you’re a Chicago Nissan shopper who just can’t wait for the arrival of the 2014 GT-R Nismo, we here at Kelly Nissan are pleased to announce that we’ll soon have both the 2013 370Z Nismo and the 2013 Juke Nismo at our dealership. If you’d like to come see what we have to offer, please come visit us at 4300 W 95th Street in Oak Lawn, or you can give us a call at 866-450-8110 or visit us on the Web at

Chicago Nissan Dealer Reflects Upon The Nissan Z’s Expansive History

As one of Nissan’s leading sports models, the Nissan Z has come a long way since it’s first model hit dealerships back in 1969. Since then, the Nissan Z has become an iconic automobile, beloved all over the world.

Chicago Nissan shoppers who are familiar with the Nissan 370Z are probably interested in seeing how this dynamic sports car has evolved since it was first released back in 1969. Since then, the Nissan Z has gone on to set the record for being the best selling sports car series of all time with over 2 million cars sold worldwide.

When the Nissan Z was first introduced to the world, it was released as the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan in October, 1969 and sold at Nissan Exhibition dealerships that, prior to the arrival of the Z, sold the popular Nissan Bluebird model. The first generation of Nissan Z’s came in two versions, one to be sold in Japan as the Fairlady Z, and another to be sold as the Americanized badge Datsun 240Z.

The Nissan Z Did Well To Stay True To Form Over The Years

2013 370ZFor Chicago Nissan fans familiar with the styling of the 370Z, they’ll be thrilled to learn that those stylish contours and accents managed to get passed down through six different generations of Nissan Zs. From the Stingray-esque first generation S30 to the Miami Vice-like second and third generation S130 and Z31, style has always been an integral aspect of the Nissan Z lineage.

Another aspect of the Nissan Z that hasn’t changed much since the beginning is performance. When the Z was first conceptualized, it was designed specifically as a performance-based yet affordable sports car, and with the latest model, the 2013 370Z, Nissan fans can look forward to an impressive 332-hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

If you’re a Chicago Nissan shopper looking to become part of the Nissan Z family, then head on down to Kelly Nissan and check out their selection of new 2013 Nissan 370Zs. One test drive and you won’t be able to resist taking one home. Kelly Nissan is conveniently located at 4300 W 95th street in Oak Lawn, and can be reached at 866-450-8110 or on the Web at

Focus on Technology Makes Nissan a Top Choice for Chicago Drivers

The modern world is fast-paced, and the automotive industry is no different. We here at Kelly Nissan are proud to offer our Chicago Nissan shoppers a wide selection of Nissan vehicles that set new standards for technological advancements.

Forward thinking and a focus on innovation inspire Nissan to be moving forward constantly. As a result of this mentality, Chicago Nissan shoppers find vehicles equipped with the latest technologies to fit their ever changing needs.

In 2012, Nissan dove headfirst into developing new technologies to change the way people drive, improving everything from driver comfort to vehicle safety. Some of the incredible technologies Nissan has been working on could be available to drivers as soon as next year, and some are already on the road today.

Nissan Advancements Move the Industry Forward

Chicago NissanOne technology that our Chicago Nissan shoppers can already experience firsthand in all 2013 models is the Easy Fill Tire Alert system. A display inside the car shows the driver when tire pressure is low, including which tire and the current pressure. When the driver fills the tire, the car’s flashers confirm that it is being filled and the horn beeps once to signal the tire has been filled. The system will also let drivers know if the tires have been overfilled.

As a recent report found that under-inflated tires can triple the likelihood of an accident, it’s not difficult to see how this development can increase driver safety significantly. Other evolutions in safety technology are absolutely key, as well, and Nissan has several developments on the way.

Research from Nissan’s Intelligent Transportation Systems department has culminated in the installation of a system that detects pedestrians suddenly entering a vehicle’s path. At the same time, other sensors check for a safe path to avoid the collision before triggering an automatic response from the steering wheel to steer around the accident.

Nissan is also developing a next generation steering system that makes use of electronic steering technology. By taking out the mechanical correlation between the steering wheel and the car’s axles, Nissan drastically reduces the shaking of the steering wheel. This allows drivers to maintain maximum comfort and control when traversing uneven roads or when encountering unexpectedly rough terrain.

With the company’s continued dedication to developing cutting edge technology, Chicago Nissan shoppers can feel confident when they get behind the wheel of any Nissan model. Shoppers interested in more information on any Nissan vehicle can give us a call directly at 888-699-0643 or visit us online at

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