Nissan Altima named best sedan for used buyers

2006 Nissan Altima

Right now, dealer demand for the pre-owned Altima might be best expressed by that old Van Halen song: everybody wants some. The Nissan Altima has been named the best midsized sedan for used car buyers, and demand for the affordable-but-fun car is up. The 2005 through 2010 models received the best marks from Edmunds.

The Nissan Altima is well-known for reliability, and its fuel-efficient-but-stylish design make it fun and family-friendly. Interior ergonomic design and comfort, as well as ultra-smooth operation, make it great to drive.

And, while demand for the Altima is up, now may be the best time for buyers to look for used cars. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reported in April that we could see the price of used cars decrease this summer, and they have recently confirmed that report.  In fact, some models’ value could drop by $900 in only one month.

 

Nissan Pioneers “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” on All New Models

Nissan has confirmed plans to make its “Easy-Fill Tire Alert” system available on all upcoming 2013 models.  The safety feature makes filling tires with air a simple process, and it already available on the 2013 Nissan Altima, 2012 Nissan LEAF and 2012 Nissan Quest models.

Many vehicles on the market have tire pressure monitoring systems, but Nissan has taken it a step further. Not only will the Easy-Fill Tire Alert” system alert drivers when their tire pressure is low, but it will also assist them in filling it up.

First, the vehicle will alert the driver of low pressure and some models are able to display the specific tire and pressure on the center display.  This is where things get really impressive.

Once the driver begins to fill the tire with air, the vehicles hazards blink to confirm that the process has begun.  When tire is inflated to proper pressure the horn with sound to alert the driver and if they continue to inflate the tire the horn with sound more aggressively until they stop.  If the tire is over-inflated, the horn will sound once enough air is let out.

Video Demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzcUMUr4up4


Summer Spectacular savings going on now

John Stelly and the gang are bringing you even better deals this summer – the Summer Spectacular sale is going on now at Nissan of Lake Charles! Customers can get great leasing and financing offers on cars, trucks, and SUVs just in time for summer.

$500 NMAC cash and 0% financing for up to 60 months on the popular Murano or sturdy Titan. A 0% financing offer is also available on the Pathfinder, and other deals abound for customers interested in the Frontier, Rogue, and the Maxima, one of America’s best-selling cars.

For more information, call Nissan of Lake Charles at (888) 217-5877.

Stick Shifts could be Making a Comeback

For years, it has been all but a certainty that the manual transmission was going to fade from existence.  Several automakers had decided to do away with stick shifts completely, including in the production of the high-performing Audi R8 sports car and throughout the whole line of Lamborghini models, but this trend may be turning around.

A recent surge in popularity has manuals accounting for 6.5 percent of new vehicle sales during the first quarter of 2012, according to Edmunds.com.  This is the highest rate for stick shifts since 2006, and is almost a 3 percent increase from last year (stick shifts accounted for 3.8 percent of sales in 2011).

What accounts for this recent boost in popularity?  There are a number of factors that make manual transmissions more appealing.  The stick shifts generally run about $1,000 cheaper than their automatic counterpart, and a lower sticker price is more attractive than ever in the current economy.  Manual transmissions also last longer in the long haul than automatics, but what most car enthusiasts will tell you is that stick shifts are, quite simply, more fun to drive.

Nissan’s bestselling manuals include its sportiest rides – the 370Z and the GTR – as well as its truck lines. These rough-and-tumble rides are ready for anything, and manual transmissions may give you a little more bang for your buck.