In car, today, we don’t just see a metallic body, four wheels and all the parts and sundries that make it. But, in it we see a personality, an association and perceived characters. It takes a lot of time and hard work to create a great brand and a name that rings something in one’s mind. A handful names make that grade and even fewer become legends. The history of such brands and the companies behind them become a part of the folklore.
Nissan, or the yester years’ Datsun, is one such legend. Having a history that dates back to the early 20th century, Nissan, over the years has captured the imagination of people and produced some cars that have become classics. A member of the Asia’s Big 3 automakers, this Japanese company is headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama. Nissan is known for building tough cars and innovative ideas. Nissan’s VQ engines have featured among the Ward's 10 Best Engines, since the inception of the award for 14 straight years. Today Nissan is an 180,000 employee strong company with manufacturing facilities in 17 countries.
Over the years Nissan has come out with a variety of models, many of which have instantly connected with the buyers, such as the luxury brand Infinity, Murano, Titan, Sentra, Altima, Rogue etc. The Nissan Sentra for instance, features Sport front and rear fascias, Smoked headlights and taillights, and Chrome exhaust-tip finisher. Every care has been taken to cater to the comforts of the passengers. The car is equipped with a 4-way manual front-passenger seat. The Nissan Altima comes equipped with Power windows with one-touch driver-side auto-up/down with auto-reverse. The Cruise control with illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls makes driving this car a sheer pleasure. The car comes equipped with a 6-way or 8- way manual adjustable driver’s seat. Safety features such as Traction Control System and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) have been incorporated into the design. The Nissan Pathfinder is a popular choice in the category of SUV’s. It is visually appealing and at the same time provides the performance and stability one expects from Nissan. The Pathfinder is equipped with Peripheral anti-theft protection.
Nissan is now all set to launch a brand new car by the name LEAF (Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car). This is an electric car, expected to be launched in 2010. For a small car, this one is roomy, with seating for four adults. It comes with a surprisingly deep cargo space under the hatch. The Leaf uses a front-mounted electric motor driving the wheels, powered by a 24kW·h/90kW lithium ion battery. The LEAF has a top speed of over 140 km/h (87 mph). The battery can be charged to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes with a special quick charger!
Maita's Nissan of Sacramento is a leading dealer of new and pre-owned Nissan vehicles. Whether one is looking out for a compact car, van or an SUV, one can find it here. The dealership also offers the service and repair of Nissan vehicles.