Study Says that Used Cars are Cheaper in Cities

If you live in the suburbs or out in the country and are thinking about purchasing a used vehicle, you may want consider heading to a nearby city for your next test drive.  A recent study conducted by CarGurus.com (http://www.cargurus.com/) found that used cars are more affordable in metropolitan areas.

Researchers for CarGurus.com found that used car dealerships within a 50-mile radius of a major city price their vehicles an average of $345 lower than dealerships outside that 50-mile radius.  The study included both used and new car dealerships.

This rule isn’t quite universal.  Indiana and Arkansas were exceptions, and actually had prices lower for used cars that were less outside the 50-mile radius.

CarGurus.com wants to make it clear that this in no way an indictment on rural dealers, but the purpose of the website is to track the trends of the automotive industry and give its readers the most useful information during their car-buying experience.

Langley Steinert, CEO of CarGurus, suggests buyers get a quote from a city dealership and give their local dealership a chance to match it before buying elsewhere.

Nissan adds 1,000 workers in Mississippi

Nissan will begin manufacturing the 2013 Nissan Sentra, at the Japanese car maker’s Canton, Miss. plant.  The rise in production will require Nissan to hire 1,000 additional workers, bringing the total number of workers at the plant near 5,000.

“The addition of Sentra production is a testament to our dedicated Canton workforce and the high level of production quality that they deliver each and every day,” said the vice chairman of Nissan Americas, Bill Krueger. “The Canton team has proved it can compete and win on a global scale, and it is due to this that we are adding three vehicles to our production roster in Mississippi.”

Nissan will invest $20 million in addition to hiring the entire new workforce, and the state of Mississippi will also invest $7.5 million to aid in training new workers and infrastructure.

“Nissan’s trust in Mississippi’s workforce is evident, and I am proud that this company is creating 1,000 additional jobs for hard-working Mississippians,” said Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant.

Nissan is the ranked as the number six automaker in the United States, and believes that plants, such as the one in Canton, give them a distinct advantage.

“We’ve really got a luxury of having competitive plants across the region,” Krueger said.

The Canton plant already produces six other Nissan models, including: the Altima, Frontier, Titan, Xterra, Armada, and the NV van.

The 2013 Sentra will be the latest of a fresh-looking Nissan line-up, and production of the compact sedan is set to begin in December at the Canton plant.  Although much has yet to be unveiled about the 2013 Nissan Sentra, many consumers are excited about the redesigned exterior and larger body style.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra will likely be powered by a 1.8-liter engine with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission.  If this is the engine released with the 2013 Sentra, drivers will experience greater fuel efficiency than what was delivered in previous years.

Paper Road Map Sales Declining

For those of us who own a GPS, smartphone or a vehicle that has a navigation system, the news that paper road map sales are declining may seem commonsensical, but some believe that the experience of using a paper road map is unique enough to last.

TheNorthwestern.com recently reported in an article that states across the U.S. are seeing a drop in state-printed paper map sales. Compared to a decade ago, Georgia is printing half as many maps and map printing has dropped from 3 million to 750,000 in Pennsylvania. Washington state even discontinued map printing altogether in 2009 due to budget restrictions.

Some states, like Missouri, Connecticut, Mississippi and Nebraska, have not seen any decrease in map printing over that last decade, but even with their consistent numbers, no state is reporting an increase in map printing.

While transportation departments are cutting printing costs, the demand for maps is down. In-car GPS systems, and phones armed with mapping apps, are becoming more popular. Some travel agencies, such as AAA, are seeing fewer map pickups and are developing mobile apps, like the AAA TripTik mobile app, for digital users.

While many opt for the convenience of a GPS system, Chris Turner, a map-collector for Indiana, believes the freedom of using a real map will allow it to stand the test of time.

“With a GPS or other mapping system that you might use, you feel like you’re beholden to the GPS lady. You know? ‘Turn left here. Recalculating,” said Turner. “Well, with a map, you can trace your route and you can decide for yourself still where you want to go.”

Hot Deals, Cool Rides sale going on now!

Nissan of Lake Charles’ Hot Deals, Cool Rides Sales Event is going on now!

Qualified buyers can get great financing offers on new Nissan vehicles, including 0% APR financing for up to 60 months on on the Nissan Armada, Titan, Quest, Pathfinder, Xterra, Juke, 370Z, and Murano! From family-friendly to off-road-ready, there’s something for everyone at this sales event.

If you’re not looking to buy, leasing options are available at low prices, and with $0 down, on plenty of big-name models, including the Sentra, Versa, Altima, and Frontier.

 

Nissan Unveils Juke Nismo

Nissan unveiled the all-new Juke Nismo at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.  The Nismo is a sportier version of the Juke that will hit the market in Europe next year and in the United States a little later.

The public got its first glimpse of the Nissan Juke Nismo at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show where it debuted as a concept vehicle, but the vehicle is now set for production.

Inspired by the freakishly powerful Juke-R, the Juke Nismo is a performance model.  The Juke Nismo is equipped with a 1.6-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, but performance upgrades don’t stop there.

The Juke Nismo flaunts a body kit designed to reduce lift at high speeds by utilizing lower front and rear bumpers and wider wings and side skirts.  The Nismo receives a stiffened suspension, unique 18-inch wheels and special torque vectoring system which will increase handling and agility.

The interior of the Nissan Juke Nismo is also race-inspired.  The cabin is adorned with a custom sports steering wheel, Nismo gauges, unique dash trim, and special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching.

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