2016 Nissan Sentra Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2016 Nissan Sentra

The 2016 Nissan Sentra received full marks in the latest round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning the highest possible Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with optional Forward Emergency Braking technology.

This year, getting IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation was made even more difficult. Vehicles must now earn the best score of “Good” in all five crashworthiness categories and have an available front crash prevention system to earn any kind of award. To earn that extra “plus” sign, vehicles must also receive an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention (the Sentra earned the latter).  So as hard as it is to earn a Top Safety Pick rating the extra + is even harder.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra joins the 2016 Altima, Maxima, and Murano among our lineup at Nissan of Lake Charles in earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. To enjoy the safety benefits of Forward Emergency Braking technology when shopping for a new Sentra, make sure to equip the optional Technology Package on either the SR or SL models.

If you are interested in getting the 2016 Nissan Sentra, stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today to find out more and check out inventory!

Nissan GT-R Smashes the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Drift

2016 Nissan GT-R

Nissan has just smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift with a 190 mph, 30-degree drift in a modified Nissan GT-R NISMO. There’s a reason they call it a power slide, and this drift has plenty of power.

The GT-R NISMO was tuned to crank out a massive 1,380 horsepower, which is more than double the regular GT-R NISMO you can find at Nissan of Lake Charles. And at 600 horsepower, that one’s no slouch either.

If that wasn’t enough, all of the power goes to the rear wheels only. After getting up to speed on a 1.86-mile runway at the United Arab Emirate’s Fujairah International Airport, the GT-R NISMO went into a full, 190 mph drift. Of course, even the best car requires a driver, and keeping it all together behind the wheel was none other than Japanese drift champion Masata Kawabata.

What’s more impressive than the new record is just how thoroughly it destroyed the previous one (held at 135 mph), and in only just three attempts per Guinness’ rules!

Watch the video below and tell us what you think about this incredible feat at Nissan of Lake Charles, located in the heart of Cajun country in Lake Charles, LA.

Nissan GT-R Drift

Australian Artists Snake Hole and Chris Le Modify Glow-in-the-Dark Nissan JUKE Models

With its distinct shape and style, the 2016 Nissan JUKE is one of the most artistic vehicles in the automotive industry. Nevertheless, two Australian artists recently took the artistic aesthetic of the Nissan JUKE to the next level, by creating a pair of glow-in-the-dark Nissan JUKE models.

Australian artist Snake Hole and Chris Le recently took on the challenge to transform models of the Nissan JUKE into street art as a part of White Night celebration in Melbourne, Australia.

“Our initial impression when we saw the JUKE was it had snake-like characteristics,” said the Snake Hole team in the press release. “The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us. We decided to create a series of snakes that traced the shapes and features of the JUKE. We utilized negative space, so that the snakes were glowing, and everything else would be blacked out.”

Chris Le created a model based around the Chinese New Year, while Snake Hole appropriately selected a snake-like theme for their piece.

These pieces of art just go to show how truly creative you can be when you have a Nissan vehicle at your disposal!  What would you do to customize your Nissan Juke or other Nissan Models?  Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Four Creative Easter Craft Projects

Family Gathering

With the month of March already halfway over, Easter will be springing up on us soon! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids for Easter, then don’t worry. These four creative Easter craft projects should keep your children engaged and entertained.

  1. Bunny Ears

Peter Cottontail won’t be the only one hopping down the bunny trail after your children complete their own set of big bunny ears to wear.

  1. Sock Bunnies

Speaking of bunnies, if you have some old socks lying around, then you can put them to good us by creating some very cute sock bunny creations.

  1. Jelly Bean Carrot

By wrapping up a large assortment of orange jelly beans, you can make a sweet craft that is the spitting image of the Easter Bunny’s favorite food.

  1. Dyed Easter Eggs

No Easter is complete without dying Easter eggs! Each child can choose his or her very own color and design to brighten up their egg in a unique way.

Easter is earlier this year than normal, so remember that Easter is on March 27th. No matter how you decide to celebrate Easter with your family, we hope that you enjoy your holiday!  Happy Easter from Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan LEAF Earns Second Consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award

2016 Nissan LEAF

The Nissan LEAF has earned its second consecutive IHS Automotive Loyalty Award, proving that customers still can’t get enough of the all-electric Nissan car.

The LEAF was honored during the Automotive News World Congress held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which speaks even further to the award’s prestige.

Throughout the year, IHS Automotive analyzes loyalty among automotive consumers, determined when a household that already owns a new vehicle returns to the market to purchase or lease another new vehicle of the same make, model, or manufacturer.

“We know that Nissan LEAF drivers love the benefits of driving electric—zero spending on gas, quick acceleration and the feeling of driving an environmentally friendly vehicle, to name a few—which is why so many LEAF owners come back and buy another LEAF,” said Andrew Speaker, Nissan’s director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.

With more than 89,000 U.S. sales and 200,000 global sales, the Nissan LEAF is by far and away the best-selling all-electric car in the world. At Nissan of Lake Charles, its EPA-rated range of 107 miles on a single charge has given customers a taste of efficiency that has them constantly coming back.  What do you think of the Nissan LEAF?  Is it your number one choice for electric vehicle?

Nissan Pathfinder Named Among KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder has been named one of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 for the third straight year.  If that doesn’t prove the Pathfinder is a family friendly vehicle, we’re not sure what does!

“There are three-row crossovers that are newer to the market than the Nissan Pathfinder but this stalwart model remains one of our family-vehicle favorites because of its continuing excellence in offering features that families like,” said KBB.com.

Making it on KBB.com’s list is no small feat. The automotive research company went through great pains to find the best family cars, driving two dozen vehicles for two weeks the way families would. That included using baby seats, watching movies on the rear seats, loading cargo, squeezing too many people in the third row, folding down the seats, pairing phones, and much more.

Ultimately, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder was ranked among the top three-row SUVs money can buy. KBB.com noted the no child-seat hassle, perfect on-road manners, strong power, and “praiseworthy” fuel economy, all reasons that we’ve noticed keep families coming back to Nissan of Lake Charles for the best vehicles.

Tell us what you like the best about the Nissan Pathfinder and why it’s the perfect vehicle for your family here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan and BMW Partnership Promises Greater Access to Electricity

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the future of cars, and not just because they’re finally starting to look like the shiny, sleek beauties we’ve been imagining they’d become since the 60s. Now is the era of the best efficiency, the greatest safety, and the all-around most widespread driving accessibility – and the new Nissan and BMW partnership is taking that last point to a whole other level.  This partnership may just change the way we see cars in the future!

2016 BMW i3

2016 BMW i3

Last month, Nissan announced its intent to, alongside the worldwide engineering giant, BMW, supply the U.S. with 120 new dual fast chargers for the Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3. And no, this isn’t just intended to help Nissan and BMW (though it certainly does); the creation of these 120 locations is also meant to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles across the country.

The charging stations will be coming to 19 states for now, but keep an eye out for one near your home someday soon! We’re sure this new Nissan and BMW partnership is only the beginning of Nissan’s electric, eco-friendly push.

Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles, if you are not currently driving an electric vehicle, would you switch to one if there were more charging stations?

Who Says Cute Can’t Be Cool? Meet the New Nissan Scoot Quad

Busy Street

All-electric is all-good in our opinion, and we’re not the only ones who think so! A bunch of people in California – specifically San Francisco – are learning the benefits of going all-electric and of ride-sharing, and it’s all thanks to the new Nissan Scoot Quad.

What is the new Nissan Scoot Quad, you might ask? It’s a small, 2-seater all-electric vehicle. The Quad is part of Scoot, a ride-sharing/ride-rental program in San Francisco that’s reimagining what urban transportation can look like.

Ride-sharing might sound strange and inconvenient, but it’s reshaping the way a lot of people get around, especially in cities. More and more people are adopting the ride-share way of life – and Nissan (ahead of the automotive-industry curve, as usual) is one of them.  This way of life helps save time, money and is great for the environment!

Nissan’s partnership with Scoot is just another demonstration of the car-maker’s dedication to new and innovative ways of approaching the future of the automobile.  This further illustrates Nissan’s commitment to helping the environment while also providing transportation that is innovative and exciting!

What do you think of the Nissan Scoot Quad and of ride-sharing? Is this the way of the future?  Tell us your thoughts at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan November Sales Break Company Records

2016 Nissan Rogue

During the first few weeks of December, automakers release reports boosting their sales numbers for the previous month. Nissan November sales flaunt rather impressive numbers, with record-breaking growth pointing towards a successful year for the company. In total, Nissan saw a 4% gain over November 2014’s numbers.

The growth is attributed to record-breaking sales of 95,389 cars and trucks for the company in 2015 so far. The cause of this incredible success is none other than the Nissan Rogue, which has been outselling the Altima sedan, one of the company’s bestsellers, for a consecutive three month period, now.

As of the month of November, the Rogue has sold 22,565 units – a 50% increase over the compact crossover’s sales last year around the same time. The Altima itself saw sales decrease, but Nissan representatives attribute the falling numbers to the fact that the sedan is currently in a transitional period between previous-year and new-year models.

“The new Altima really didn’t play into November results because it is just now starting to arrive,” Dan Mohnke, Nissan’s US Vice President of Sales, says. Furthermore, he says, “But we have that to look forward to as the year ends—not just the new Altima, but also a freshened Sentra reaching dealers later this month, as well as the new Titan.”

 

The company’s optimism comes from the positive image painted by Nissan November sales numbers, which indicate continuous growth and success. With several new models on the horizon, sales are expected to increase even further. We are excited to see what this success brings to Nissan of Lake Charles!

Nissan 370Z Successor in the Works

2016 Nissan 370ZFor months now, rumor mills and industry experts alike have been leaning back and forth on whether there will be a Nissan 370Z successor. The popular sports car has not had a new iteration since 2009, leading many to believe there may not even be a next-generation model. However, in a recent magazine interview, the chief product specialist for Nismo, Hiroshi Tamura, confirmed that work on a new Z car in underway.

The fanfare over a possible new generation of the Z sports car family exploded once again this past September, when Nissan unveiled the Gripz concept crossover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Gripz concept boasted a Z badge, causing many to believe that Nissan would be replacing the 370Z sports car with an endeavor into the sport SUV segment. What do you think of the Gripz concept?

Tamura squashed these rumors while speaking to Australian publication Motoring, stating that the Gripz concept will not succeed the 370Z and hinting that a new member of the Z family is in the works.

The Nissan 370Z successor, as well as the Gripz crossover, is still built on the same platform, however, meaning that the next-generation Z car and the Gripz will have many of the same capabilities and features, in addition to a similar performance.  Tell us what you think about a new Z SUV for Nissan here at Nissan of Lake Charles!