Fun Road Trip Games for your Spring Vacation

It’s hard to believe that winter is finally over, after that brutal one even we here in Louisiana fell prey to. You can rejoice, however, because it truly is gone! And because it’s over, that means it’s time to start planning your spring vacation. You’ll need to figure out a budget and where you want to go; you’ll have to pack your bags and reserve your lodging; and, just as importantly, you’ll need to figure out just how you plan to keep the kids in the back entertained for a long car trip. When DVDs and iPods don’t do the trick—or if you really want to promote family bonding—we recommend some of the following fun road trip games to try out!

  1. License Plate Game: Family members try to spot a license plate from as many states as possible. Alternatively, you can try to find a car in every color of the rainbow, or perhaps every vehicle from the current Nissan model lineup! (But we at Nissan of Lake Charles may be a little partial to that one.)
  2. Alphabet Game: Look for words on signs or on vehicles that begin with the letter A. Once you’ve spotted an A word, you’re on to B. The first person to get through the alphabet wins.
  3. The ABCs of Shopping (or Zoos, or History, or More!): This is a fun memory game where you “go to a grocery store” and buy something that begins with an A. The next person must go and buy something with a B, but first must recite what was bought that begins with an A. Eventually, it’ll become much harder to remember everything that was purchased! You can also pretend to be at a zoo and tell what you saw, or going on a time machine to grab historical figures, or even looking in a Crayon box for a certain color. Use your imagination!
  4. Riddles: Before you leave, research and print off a bunch of riddles to take with you. Try stumping family members with these riddles, and enjoy watching your kids’ faces as they try to work through them.

Do you have any fun road trip games you’ll be trying out on your spring vacation? Share them with us and other readers in the comments below!

Don’t Forget to Set Your Parking Brake!

Now be honest: how many of you set the parking brake every time you park? We at Nissan of Lake Charles admit we forget at times; but we dare say many of us should be using the parking brake much more often than we do.

Your parking brake is not only for emergencies when the brakes fail or for parking on steep hills. According to Driver’s Ed Guru, the parking brake should be set each time you park your car.

If you set the brake before you release your foot from the brake pedal and move your gearshift into park, the parking brake helps take the pressing weight off the transmission (manual or automatic). It also provides a smoother transition as you shift into drive and hit the road again.

Perhaps you already knew all of this information, but you simply forget to set your parking brake. We suggest you place an item next to the brake handle to remind you to set it and subsequently release it before you get back on the road. For instance, a cell phone charger or a pair of sunglasses work well – something inexpensive that you don’t mind leaving in the vehicle.

Join us as we all make a conscious effort to remember to set our parking brakes.

Nissan Issued Recall

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles love the cars we sell, and we do our best to make sure that you find the perfect Nissan model for you and your family. But, the safety of you and your family and of the ability of the cars we sell to keep you safe is what matters most to us. Today, we’ll be going over some information on a current Nissan recall and we hope that you will contact us as soon as possible so we can get you back on the road safely.

Yesterday, Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall yesterday for 989,701 vehicles in the United States for an issue with the passenger side airbag systems. The models included in the recall are 2013 and 2014 model years of Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra as well as the 2013 NV200 taxis. The issue is located in the occupant classification system which determines, via weight, whether a passenger is present or not. If this mechanism fails to detect a passenger, the passenger side airbag may deactivate and therefore fail to deploy in the event of an accident.

Official notification from Nissan will be delivered mid next month, but every Nissan dealership will be able to update your car’s software, free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to contact our service center and get your car in to fix this very important issue!

Nissan Predicts a Future Full of EVs

The Nissan LEAF has done tremendously well since it entered the marketplace in 2010. In fact, Nissan has sold more than 100,000 units of the all-electric Nissan LEAF globally. Nissan expects even greater success with the EV—and EVs from other automakers—in the coming years.

Nissan actually told the Wall Street Journal that it should be able to outsell original projections. The Japanese automaker is now shooting for 1.5 million EVs by 2020, as more Americans come to accept electric vehicles as viable modes of transportation and as Nissan penetrates other markets across the globe with the LEAF. The LEAF will actually be making its debut in South Korea later this year.

Sure, electric vehicles still have some issues. Drivers worry about their range and the lack of refueling infrastructure, and others are turned off by the prices. However, range has already improved tremendously over the years and will continue to as time goes on. In addition, recharge times are going down, and at the same time, more infrastructure is being added across the country. And those seemingly high prices are actually steals when you factor in government rebates and incentives.

Have any questions about Nissan’s electric and other fuel-efficient models? Stop in to Nissan of Lake Charles today for some help!

Nissan appoints a Scientific Advisory Council to assist with research

Everyone knows Nissan produces the best vehicles. Okay well maybe we’re a little biased here at Nissan of Lake Charles but we believe most people would agree with us! And even though most of our models are amazing choices for any car buyer, Nissan says they’re not good enough…but they will be!

Nissan recently appointed a Scientific Advisory Council to help with research being performed at the Nissan Company’s North American Research Center – Silicon Valley, or NRC-SV for short. The board will assist by providing independent advice and recommendations on matters of science, technology, and research as well as researching new methods in autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and human/machine interaction. We’ve all heard about Nissan’s “self driving” autonomous vehicles and it looks like they’re taking yet another step in making this science fiction day dream a reality!

Maarten Sierhuis, Ph.D., director of the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley was quoted saying “I’m honored to welcome these leaders in user experience, human-robot interaction and human-systems engineering to the Nissan Research Center – Silicon Valley Scientific Advisory Council. I am thrilled to have their invaluable insights and feedback as we embark on the development of autonomous vehicles at NRC-SV.”

With this new collaboration we can’t wait to see what Nissan has in store for the up and coming years!

Spring Cleaning For Your Garage

It’s that time of year again, sadly, that special time when we all take a week or two out of our busy lives and decided to scrub our homes clean from top to bottom. That’s right ladies and gentleman, it’s time for Spring Cleaning! But while you’re toiling away, scrubbing toilets, degreasing ovens, dusting air vents, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning windows…and all of that other fun stuff; don’t forget to clean out the one room most people completely forget…the garage! Besides, if you don’t have a clean garage how else are you going to fit that brand new Nissan inside? Here are some helpful tips on how to make this process a little bit easier.

  1. Give yourself a day or two, no need to rush but set s schedule so you don’t put it off.
  2. Make sure it’s going to be a nice day. Don’t start when it’s raining or during a 110 degree heat wave.
  3. Get some help. Talk your friends or kids in to helping by offering to buy pizza…everyone loves pizza!
  4. Categorize your stuff. As you move things out of the garage, place things in categories. Use labeled boxes (plastic works best) to keep everything grouped together and safe from the elements.
  5. Throw things away. Don’t be afraid to get rid of the years and years of newspapers, magazines, comic books, shoes, old clothes, and anything else you’ll never use again. Or, an even better idea is to donate them or hold a garage sale!
  6. Choose a layout. Once you see how much stuff you plan on putting back in your garage, choose a spot for everything.
  7. New shelves, storage bins, cabinets, or even simple hooks to hang items on can become your new best friend. Most are easy to install and can make the process a lot easier.
  8. This will be the hardest part…from now on, like every other room in your home, CLEAN AS YOU GO! Next year’s spring cleaning will be 100 times easier if you keep the garage clean or take clean it several times a year to reduce the time it takes.

Nissan Ready to Race All-Electric LEAF NISMO RC This Weekend

The Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the first all-electric race car—not just made by Honda, but in the whole world—is set to rock the Clipsal 500 racetrack this weekend in Adelaide, South Australia. The LEAF NISMO RC, which will take part in the “Nissan Time Attack” this weekend, racing against a Nissan Altima V8 Supercar and a Nissan GT-R road car, will be driven by former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly. The all-electric race car, powered only by lithium-ion batteries, is specifically customized and streamlined for racing.

“The Nissan LEAF is changing the way we drive on the roads, with more than 100,000 zero-emission LEAF vehicles already sold worldwide,” said Jeff Fisher, Nissan Motorsport’s General Manager in Australia. “And the LEAF RC is NISMO’s translation of that innovation to the race track – demonstrating high levels of torque and grip – all without the direct use of fossil fuel energy.”

The LEAF NISMO RC will make a loud statement this weekend in its racing debut, despite the fact that you’ll barely here it whooshing around the track. Check out the race and then come check out the road-ready version of the LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Rogue, Altima, and Pathfinder Named Best Family Cars

In their infinite wisdom, the editors at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) have included three Nissan models in a list of the 12 very best vehicles for families. To represent 25 percent of the best family cars on the road this year is quite a feat for Nissan, and we at Nissan of Lake Charles are pleased to offer all three award-winning models: the 2014 Rogue, the 2014 Altima, and the 2014 Pathfinder.

In determining the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014, KBB editors originally selected 21 representative models across 11 different automakers. Each of these models had received top ranks in the website’s Expert Ratings for different family-friendly vehicle aspects. These aspects included safety, comfort, driving performance, rear-seat entertainment, room for child seats, and cargo space, among others.

Once these 21 vehicles were chosen, the editors relied on real families who drove these cars to offer their feedback. Based on their stories and opinions, the editors chose the top 12 victors, and the rest is history.

“Each of these vehicles was designed to fit the needs of a wide range of customers and situations, while also being family-friendly,” explained Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “From Pathfinder’s more conventional family profile to Rogue’s wealth of amenities and clever cargo solutions to Altima’s ideal fusion of sportiness and practicality, the mainstream appeal of these vehicles’ designs has been borne out in robust sales numbers and third-party accolades such as these most recent awards from KBB.com.”

Currently shopping for a new model for your family? Be sure to stop by Nissan of Lake Charles and check out our top-rated family vehicles today!

Nissan LEAF Set Sales Record In Europe for 2013

2013 was a big year for the zero-emissions Nissan LEAF around the world, especially in Europe. That’s where Nissan sold LEAF number 100,000. And, the company sold 105 percent more LEAF cars there in 2013 than it did in 2012.

Nissan reported European sales of 11,120 all-electric LEAFs—a new sales record. It also increased its share of the European EV market to about 33 percent, and sold 25 percent more LEAFs than the next best-selling EV model, the Renault ZOE.

In 2013, the LEAF was the best-selling electric vehicle in the United Kingdom, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and Finland.

And, 2014 is starting off with a bang, too. Nissan says January sales were up dramatically in Norway, the UK, and France. Year-over-year, those countries reported increases of 145 percent, 1,000 percent, and 240 percent, respectively.

And, the Nissan LEAF is having success here in the U.S. as well. In fact, in January, the LEAF nearly doubled its sales from last year.

Join with us in congratulating Nissan on its great success both in Europe and here in the U.S.

Nissan works to restore 1996 Nissan Maxima

Not
too long ago, we wrote about how Nissan purchased a used 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE
off Craigslist from a rather creative seller by the name of Luke Aker. In case
you didn’t catch our last article, Mr. Aker created a rather marvelous YouTube
video about just how amazing his 1996 Nissan Maxima was, and why for the low
low price of $1,400…it was a great bargain that no one would pass up. Well,
Nissan agreed and decided to purchase the car and later teamed up with
MotorAuthority to decide what fate now laid ahead for the infamous 1996 Nissan
Maxima. And what was their decision you ask? Well, the winning idea was to not
only restore the car to its “brand new” condition and put it on display in no other
than the Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, TN. On top of that, Mr.
Aker’s original YouTube video will be playing on loop nearby. Although
restoration on the car hasn’t quite started yet, we couldn’t think of a more
fitting resting place for such an iconic car; and its very own viral video
which you can check out below! Let us know what you think of the video, or, if
you own or have owned a 1996 Nissan Maxima we here at Nissan of Lake Charles
would love to hear your favorite stories about it!