Nashville, Tenn. (June 5, 2017) - Nissan today announced the donation of a specially created 2017 Nissan GT-R supercar to the Nashville Predators Foundation, which supports a variety of local Nashville charities. The $109,990 GT-R Premium model is custom-painted in Preds' official colors and graphics. The special Nissan GT-R will be the main attraction in an upcoming Predators Foundation fundraising auction that was also announced today.
"Nissan is proud to call the great city of Nashville home for our North American headquarters - and we are thrilled that our hometown Predators have come so far this season," said Jose Munoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. "This supercar is dedicated to Nashville- and Predators fans all over the world. We hope it raises a lot of awareness and funds for the work of the Predators Foundation."
The Nashville Predators Foundation has announced that the auction is now live. Fans can either text 'Nissan' to 52182 or visit www.Nissan.gesture.com to bid on the car. Also included with the auction prize are two 2017-18 season tickets and parking pass for the Sixth Avenue Garage to continue supporting the Western Conference Final Champion Predators! (See the official rules here)
"Today, Nissan is making the largest one-time contribution to the Nashville Predators Foundation and with that, giving one lucky bidder the opportunity to show off their Preds Pride every time they drive the Predzilla," said Predators President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Henry. "Not only is this one-of-a-kind car going to be the envy around Smashville, it will also benefit many local charitable and community service organizations through the winning bid. With Nissan's support for our community and passion for our team, we get to reach thousands more individuals all across Tennessee."
The Nashville Predators Foundation is one of the most active Foundations in our community, having just awarded $500,000 in financial grants to 129 charitable and community service organizations. The 365 Fund will present approximately $400,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for pediatric cancer treatment and research. The Nashville Predators Foundation makes an annual $100,000 contribution to MEND, an organization committed to ending violence against women and the Predators Foundation funds and Predators staff builds an annual KABOOM! playground at an area school or community center.
"The Stanley Cup Playoffs have allowed the Predators Foundation to get a head start on 2017-18 fund-raising, having already raised over $180,000," said Nashville Predators Foundation Chairman Gerry Helper. "This auction and the money raise through it, will allow the Predators Foundation to serve many more charitable and community service organizations that provide valuable service and programs to those in need throughout our community."
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Premium, features a 565-horsepower, twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with 467 lb.-ft. of torque and titanium exhaust system. All GT-R engines are hand-assembled by specially trained technicians known as Takumi, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. The engine is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission and unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system.
For more information on 2017 GT-R and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit www.NissanNews.com.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third full member of the Alliance - a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.
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About the Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League's 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 19 years since. The team strives each season to reach its One Goal: becoming a Stanley Cup Champion hockey team while making Bridgestone Arena number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States. With One Goal in mind, the team is seeing its greatest success in team history as they play in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
About the Nashville Predators Foundation
The Nashville Predators recognize they play an important role in the community beyond what takes place on the ice. Established in September 1998, the Predators Foundation strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations, awarding almost $5 million to the greater Nashville community. Between grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to community organizations during the 2016-17 season. To learn more about the Nashville Predators Foundation and see a list of upcoming events, visit www.nashvillepredators.com/foundation.