Redesigned Nissan Juke Arrives in 2015

2015 Nissan JukeNissan is continuing to refresh its models, giving drivers something eye catching year after year. For 2015, we’re getting a redesigned Nissan Juke. Along with this redesign are pricing changes, new styling, more cargo capacity, and a new model range.

The new Juke is coming out with some blinding LEDs. In addition, daytime running lights, mirror turn signals, and taillights all received the upgrade, already making the vehicle flashier than ever. The grille has also been revised and there is a more noticeable trim around the front bumper.

With a new Juke come a few new colors, as well. Options include magnetic red, ink blue, and bumblebee yellow. All models also sit on 17 inch alloy wheels. Speaking of models…

Nissan has dropped the ST-S model altogether. Remaining are the Ti-S and ST models. The entry model ST features a 1.2L four cylinder turbo engine, which is only available in a six speed manual. For an automatic, you’ll have to jump up to the ST 1.6L non-turbo four cylinder with a CVT. Front wheel drive only on the ST.

The Ti-S is the bombshell of the Juke. There are two models, both with a 1.6L four cylinder turbo engine. In the less expensive model you get the engine, front wheel drive, and a six speed manual. In the more expensive one, you can expect a CVT with all-wheel drive. No matter which of the two you choose, Nissan delivers. Included in the Ti-S is the “Safety Shield” technology suite (lane departure, blind spot, and moving object detection, just to name a few), 5.8 inch touchscreen with internet app connectivity, satellite navigation,Bluetooth connectivity, and audio streaming.

So what’s this going to cost you? Car Advice has that answer with a nice little comparison to the Nissan Juke’s previous pricing.  We at Nissan of Lake Charles can’t wait to see the changes in person!

New Nissan Rebate Program Started in Atlanta

Nissan Zero EmissionsIf you’re a business based in Atlanta, Nissan has some good news for you—and some incentive for you to help continue Atlanta’s green car revolution. From now until June 30, 2015, Nissan and Georgia Power EV will both offer $500 to businesses for each 240V, Level 2 charger installed at their businesses. The total rebate of $1,000 is a huge boost to businesses—and helps grow the culture of green driving in Atlanta.

In fact, Nissan sells more LEAFs in the city of Atlanta than anywhere else in America, and that trend should continue with this great new Nissan rebate program. “We believe this innovation represents a significant development for Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 customers,” said Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe. Furthermore, he states that, “Every Nissan electric vehicle battery contains a power storage capability that will prove useful in contributing towards smarter and responsible management of the power demand & supply of local power grids, thus reducing our EV total cost of ownership.”

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re hopeful that this program will succeed in Atlanta and hopefully spread to many more cities in America and around the world. Of course, that will help Nissan sales with the LEAF, but we’re also excited just to see the environmental impact we can have together through all this green driving. Come see us today to learn more about how the LEAF can save you money and save the earth all at once!

Nissan Sway Concept Car Shatters Expectations of Hatchback Segment

In the car industry, each segment has a specific set of unwritten expectations. For the hatchback segment, this means a sporty, roomy vehicle that offers both versatility and performance. Nissan is looking to shatter these expectations, though, with the brand-new Nissan Sway Concept Car. With an innovative design and sleeker silhouette, the Sway Concept offers something completely unexpected in the hatchback segment, making it obvious that the future of Nissan’s hatchback lineup is sure to shake things up.

The Sway Concept Car debuts a new, bolder design that has never been seen before from a Nissan car. Sharp angles, edgy bodylines, and a slim silhouette give the hatchback vehicle a sophisticated air. This is enhanced even more so by the Nissan’s floating roof design, which uses a panoramic glass roof and a special window design to give the illusion of 360 views.

Hidden behind this stylish exterior is an interior that combines elegance and simplicity. There is no doubt that we’re excited to see where the Nissan Sway Concept Car will take the carmaker’s lineup. For more information on the future of the Nissan brand, make sure you check back with Nissan of Lake Charles in the future!

Nissan’s Mr. K Has Died at 105

In September of 1909, a legend was born. Yutaka Katayama was the first president of Nissan and would later become known as Mr. K. Mr. K passed away on February 19, 2015 at the age of 105.

Nissan released the following statement following the news of Katayama’s passing, “Yutaka Katayama (Mr. ‘K’) was a passionate ambassador for the Datsun and Nissan brands and our condolences go out to his family and friends. His more than 80 years in the car business included an induction into both the American and Japanese Automotive Hall of Fames. He was a pioneer on both sides of the Pacific, and we are grateful for his service to Nissan and his passion for our brands.”

Katayama was an important part of the automotive industry for nearly 80 years. He first started with Nissan in 1935 and was part of the Administration Department handling publicity and advertising. He then spent part of his career filming motor sport races around the world and played a pivotal role in building the Datsun brand here in the United States.

One of his most hailed achievements was creating the key concepts for the Z-car, one of the most exceptional sports cars on the road.

He retired from the company in 1977 and was inducted into the American Automotive Hall of Fame in 1998.

To learn more about Katayama’s legacy in the automotive industry, watch these three short videos where he discusses his life with cars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-gh6pnYXGQ#t=90

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrPTeKf6k1E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFtOetr2FuU

Nissan Wins YouTube’s Favorite Super Bowl Ad Poll

With DadThe Super Bowl might be the biggest night of the year for football, but it’s also become the established night for the best commercials of the year – particularly for car companies.

This year, YouTube had record numbers of viewers wanting to either re-watch the Super Bowl commercials that they loved or catch up on the ads that they missed. In fact, there was a 40 percent increase in the number of ballots who voted for their favorite commercial of the year.

The streaming website announced the winner of this year’s viewers Favorite Super Bowl Ad of 2015 title earlier this week, naming Nissan number one, with their advertisement called “With Dad,” which you can watch here on Nissan’s official YouTube channel.

The inspirational ad follows the struggles of families who are trying to make ends meet, with Nissan donating an enormous amount of money to charities that strive to help families with financial difficulties.

What was your favorite Super Bowl ad this year? Let us know here at Nissan of Lake Charles what your thoughts are in the comments.

Chilling Out and Other Things to do After a Car Accident

Steps after Car Accident

Drive long enough and it’s highly likely you’ve been involved in a least a fender bender.  That’s the sad truth. The good news is that the vast majority of car accidents cause no injuries and very little damage. But still, there are certain things to do after a car accident, no matter what.

First things first: chill out. Even if you have every reason to be upset, yelling at the other party or being aggressive in any way is never going to pay off. Speaking of blame, don’t ever discuss culpability. That’s for the police to decide.

Document as much as you can about the accident. Take pictures of the damage on your cell phone. As far as talking to the other driver, HowStuffWorks says that generally “you’ll need to get the other driver’s name, address, insurance company, and policy number.”

Do not deny yourself medical attention if you at all feel it is necessary. It’s best to seek treatment at the scene then anytime later when it may prove difficult to make a case that your injury is accident-related.

Accidents happen but their damage and inconvenience can be mitigated by planning and preparation.  At Nissan of Lake Charles, we want to make sure that you are taking the proper steps to keep yourself safe, before and after an accident.

Nissan’s Shiro Nakamura Receives Grand Prix du Design Award

Nissan NAIASIn honor of four decades of innovative concepts and stunning design, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president for Design and chief creative officer, was named winner of the “Grand Prix du Design” award late last month.

The honor was bestowed during the opening gala of the International Automobile Festival, which took place in Paris on January 27.

A jury of France’s leading minds in media, commerce, and design selected Nakamura for the honor in recognition of his exceptional achievements in the world of auto design and his impact on the industry.

“I am very grateful to the jury for selecting me for this prestigious honor, but really this award should be given to my entire global design team,” Nakamura said. He further went on to say, “I feel I am receiving it on their behalf. I am very proud of my team and their achievements, which reflects their dedication and passion for outstanding automotive design.”

Nakamura is responsible for all of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s vehicle design, including models under the Infiniti and Datsun brands. One of Nissan’s latest concepts, the IDx Freeflow, received a nomination for Most Beautiful Car of the Year and was on display at the gala.

We at Nissan of Lake Charles offer our congratulations to Nakamura on this reputed achievement. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions to the design of our favorite vehicles.

Nissan on the Rise with New 2016 Altima Facelift

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima

Nissan seeks to top the field with their re-touched 2016 Altima. It’s hard to imagine how Nissan can improve on the already top selling model, however, the company announced plans to make mid cycle changes and improvements to their 2016 midsize sedan.

“We’re going to do something significant for the Altima for the midcycle,” said Pierre Loing, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning. Although Nissan will not disclose the specific changes planned, styling improvements and technology upgrades were assured to be part of the new 2016 Altima facelift.

Nissan must be doing something right! In the past two years, the Altima has gained momentous sales by selling 335,644 new cars in 2014, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year.  They outsold Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys in December of 2014 – which must be due to the base model’s NASA inspired seats, NissanConnect audio visual display, premium finishes, and improved fuel economy.

Come visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles, where we will be happy to show you why the Nissan Altima is one of the top selling cars in its class!

A List of Top Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Lake Charles

Happy Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day coming up, the one question on everyone’s mind is: where’s the best place to eat in Lake Charles? With an array of choices at your fingertips, sometimes it can be hard to pick the perfect place. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the top Valentine’s Day restaurants in Lake Charles.

You can almost never go wrong with surf and turf, that’s why one of our top places for Valentine’s Day is Harlequin Steaks and Seafood. According to Cajun Radio, this place has a tradition dating back to the 1950s, so it’s a great place to go to ensure everyone has a good time.

Odds are if you ask around, La Truffe Sauvage (“The Wild Truffle”) is one of the hot spots for this romantic holiday. Who doesn’t like French gourmet dining? Although it might be alittle more expensive than other places, if you’re looking to impress your date, this is the place to be.

Last but not least, Mazen’s Restaurant is perfect for those of you that are looking for something a little different. Although it’s a little more adventurous than the other two places on our list, Mazen’s offers a unique Mediterranean dining experience. If you’re looking for great seafood, look no further.

Hopefully this list of top restaurants in Lake Charles will ensure you have a fantastic evening on Valentine’s Day. Remember to call ahead for reservations, and of course, from the Nissan of Lake Charles team, drive safe!

2016 Nissan Titan XD Revs it’s Diesel V8 at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Nissan has launched the diesel-powered Titan XD at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, claiming it challenges the full-size pickup segment with its bold new design and strength, and we’re inclined to nod our heads in agreement.

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD uses a unique frame and chassis to handle its powerful Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel and expand its towing and payload potential. Everything about the new truck is stronger, tougher, and more durable—it would scream heavy-duty at you, if it could scream, but we imagine that V8 Turbo Diesel sings a deeper and rougher tune.

When properly equipped, the Titan XD will offer a maximum payload of more than 2,000 pounds and a maximum tow rating of more than 12,000 pounds, along with snow plow capability and numerous available towing aids (incl. Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control, Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control, and Trailer Light Check system).

For all the details, and there are many, check out the official press release. In the meantime, we’ll be impatiently waiting for the 2016 Titan XD at Nissan of Lake Charles!