Doran Racing/GT Academy Nissan 370Z NISMO takes first 2015 CTSCC podium at Laguna Seca

Jaeger, Zacharias Take a Solid Third Place at Laguna Seca GT Academy Champs McMillen, Doherty Start Fifth, Bumped off Track Early

Monterey, Calif. – 05.05.2015 – The #14 Doran Racing/GT Academy 370Z NISMO of Brad Jaeger and BJ Zacharias earned its first podium finish of 2015 this weekend at the third round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, but series veteran and race finisher B.J. Zacharias thinks the team had a good shot at a win at the scenic 2.238-mile road course on the Pacific coast.

“If the race had stayed under green flag that last 12 minutes to the end, I think we had something for the (race winning) Camaro Z28 at the finish,” said Zacharias. “The last caution gave the two V8 cars time to cool off their tires. It was anyone’s race among the top three cars. We all crossed the line within eight tenths of a second. My co-driver Brad Jaeger had one of his best stints ever, and the team made all the right calls, so I felt like we could win it.”

The Doran team tried an unconventional strategy by keeping qualifier and starting driver Jaeger in for the first 90-minutes of the 150-minute race. Once the driver change was made and the car was fueled, Zacharias pulled out of the pits in sixth with an hour to go and enough fuel to make it to the finish. Picking off cars in front of him, the Cincinnati native moved up to second place with 28 minutes remaining, drawing closer to the leading Camaro each lap. After the final caution period ended, there were only two laps remaining, and the third place Mustang on fresher tires was able to out-brake Zacharias for second as the three leaders battled flat out to the finish.

“It was a solid race for Doran and Nissan,” Zacharias said. “I’m proud of the team effort and proud of Brad for getting us to the front.”

The second Doran/GT Academy team car had a faster qualifying lap, courtesy of 2013 GT Academy North America Champ Nick McMillen. The #41 370Z NISMO started fifth on the grid, but was hit by another car on the opening lap of the race, destroying a rim and tire.

“I went through the first three corners side-by-side with the number 15 Mustang. We ran clean, but mid-corner of turn four, he pushed me wide. As we reached the exit curb he bumped me and we both went off track,” said the 21-year old Oregonian. “It damaged the front wheel, so we had to pit. The car stalled out with low voltage in the pits, so we lost a lot of laps. I wish I could have turned it over to (2012 GT Academy Champ) Steve Doherty in a good spot for his first race in the Doran Z.”

After taking a sixth at Daytona and a fifth at Sebring, the #41 Doran 370Z NISMO managed only 17th at Laguna, but gave new team member Doherty some valuable seat time in preparation for the next CTSCC race will be at Watkins Glen in upstate New York June 25 to 27. Jaeger and Zacharias finished second in the 2014 race there.

This week’s race from Laguna Seca will air on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern/6:00 a.m. Pacific.

For more information and the latest news about IMSA Racing and the CTSCC, follow the series online at IMSA.com/.

Nissan Group reports April 2015 U.S. sales

April 2015 April 2014 % Change
Nissan Group Total sales (units) 109,848 103,934 +5.7%
Nissan Division April sales 99,869 94,764 +5.4%
Infiniti April sales* 9,979 9,170 +8.8%

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 05.01.2015 – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for April 2015 of 109,848 units, an increase of 5.7 percent over the prior year and an April record.

Nissan highlights:

  • Nissan Division set an April record at 99,869 sales in the month, an increase of 5.4 percent.
  • Overall sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set an April record, up 23.7 percent.
  • Nissan Rogue sales were up 44.5 percent to 21,767, setting an April record.
  • Sales of the Murano crossover, all-new since December 2014, increased 72.9 percent to 4,121.
  • Sentra sales increased 21.2 percent to 17,059 in April.

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. April 2015 and April 2014 both had 26 selling days.

NISSAN DIVISION APRIL
2015
APRIL
2014
Monthly
% chg
CYTD
2015
CYTD
2014
CYTD
% chg
Nissan Division Total 99,869 94,764 5.4 433,655 418,509 3.6
Versa 9,646 10,481 -8.0 46,644 45,084 3.5
Sentra 17,059 14,080 21.2 68,085 54,869 24.1
Cube 113 356 -68.3 567 1,604 -64.7
Altima 22,108 25,004 -11.6 108,983 114,289 -4.6
Maxima 1,696 2,206 -23.1 8,890 16,667 -46.7
LEAF 1,553 2,088 -25.6 5,638 7,272 -22.5
Juke 2,433 3,795 -35.9 9,455 19,377 -51.2
370Z 768 791 -2.9 2,535 2,525 0.4
GT-R 162 123 31.7 556 387 43.7
Total Car 55,538 58,924 -5.7 251,353 262,074 -4.1
Frontier 5,827 5,697 2.3 24,929 23,559 5.8
Titan 1,038 956 8.6 3,676 4,274 -14.0
Xterra 1,100 1,430 -23.1 4,536 6,875 -34.0
Pathfinder 5,551 6,105 -9.1 27,349 25,674 6.5
Armada 1,198 908 31.9 4,483 4,357 2.9
Rogue 21,767 15,066 44.5 86,253 65,514 31.7
Murano 4,121 2,384 72.9 17,446 13,757 26.8
Quest 864 989 -12.6 3,153 4,308 -26.8
NV 1,396 1,367 2.1 5,128 4,756 7.8
NV200 1,469 938 56.6 5,349 3,361 59.1
Total Truck 44,331 35,840 23.7 182,302 156,435 16.5
North American produced 83,774 76,730 14.2 369,285 347,638 2.2
Car 52,061 53,853 -3.3 238,237 238,169 0.0
Truck 31,713 22,877 55.3 131,048 109,469 6.8
Import 16,095 18,034 -32.0 64,370 70,871 10.8
Car 3,477 5,071 -31.4 13,116 23,905 -45.1
Truck 12,618 12,963 -32.2 51,254 46,966 39.2
INFINITI APRIL
2015
APRIL
2014
Monthly
% chg
CYTD
2015
CYTD
2014
CYTD
% chg
Infiniti Total 9,979 9,170 8.8 43,821 40,391 8.5
Infiniti Q40 1,371 1,525 -10.1 5,765 5,355 7.7
Infiniti Q50 2,991 2,626 13.9 13,507 12,645 6.8
Infiniti Q60 379 846 -55.2 1,559 2,264 -31.1
Infiniti Q70 763 355 114.9 3,180 1,948 63.2
Infiniti QX50 185 225 -17.8 767 942 -18.6
Infiniti QX60 2,829 2,281 24.0 11,634 10,705 8.7
Infiniti QX70 436 369 18.2 2,137 2,215 -3.5
Infiniti QX80 1,025 943 8.7 5,272 4,317 22.1
Total Car 5,504 5,352 2.8 24,011 22,212 8.1
Total Truck 4,475 3,818 17.2 19,810 18,179 9.0
NISSAN GROUP APRIL
2015
APRIL
2014
Monthly
% chg
CYTD
2015
CYTD
2014
CYTD
% chg
TOTAL VEHICLE 109,848 103,934 5.7 477,476 458,900 4.0
Total Car 61,042 64,276 -5.0 477,476 284,286 -3.1
Total Truck 48,806 39,658 23.1 202,112 174,614 15.7
Selling days 26 26 101 101

 

Nissan Versa Note named one of the “10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000” by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com

2015 model noted for its class-exclusive* Around View® Monitor, among other features

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 04.19.2015 – For the second straight year, the Nissan Versa Note is one of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s “10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000.” Awarded for its “excellent” Around View® Monitor and other tech options such as hands-free texting, Bluetooth and Pandora capability, the 2015 Versa Note finished sixth on the list.

Each of the vehicles included in the “10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000” list start below $20,000 according to Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price (FPP), a tool designed to show shoppers what others are paying for a specific new car.

“The 2015 Versa Note is a great example of value, technology, style and comfort all rolled into one rock solid vehicle,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “With an extensive list of technology features, unique exterior and interior styling cues, ample cargo space and much more, the 2015 Note is the full package at a starting price that even the most frugal buyer can appreciate. We’re honored to once again be recognized by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.”

The companion vehicle to the popular Versa sedan, Versa Note celebrates the unique qualities of its 5-door hatchback design. It shares its advanced platform and drivetrain with the Versa sedan, yet Versa Note has its own distinctive look and feel inside and out. It offers an extensive list of key features such as:

  • Energetic exterior styling with steeply sloped windshield and sculpted body panels
  • Available Active Grille Shutter for enhanced fuel economy (Xtronic-equipped models)
  • 40 miles-per-gallon highway fuel economy (Xtronic-equipped models)
  • Smart packaging and ample cargo space, with available with Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor height)
  • Available NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and class-exclusive Around View® Monitor

All 2015 Versa Note models come equipped with an advanced 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control). The Versa Note S features a 5-speed manual transmission, while the S Plus, SV, SR and SL models are equipped with a next-generation Nissan Xtronic transmission.

The long list of available equipment includes Nissan Intelligent Key®, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), heated front seats and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

To view the complete Kelley Blue Book KBB.com “10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000” list, please visithttp://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/tech-savvy-cars-under-20000-2015/2000011915/.