Nissan Armada Earns “Must Test Drive Award” from Autotrader

Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada

In a recent round of reviews from Autotrader, the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada was chosen as one of the top 12 vehicles that shoppers should consider and experience this year and was given a “Must Test Drive Award.” The Armada was chosen from more than 300 new vehicles.

Autotrader editors wrote, “The redesigned Armada surprised Autotrader editors by just how well it drives and how nimbly it handles for being such a large vehicle, and combined with its high-quality interior materials, features and off-road abilities, the Armada ‘squarely competes with the best’ in the class.”

The new Armada is based off of the Nissan Patrol, which is a mainstay vehicle for much of the world. Here in the United States, the Armada serves as a family adventure vehicle with seating for up to eight passengers.

With best-in-class maximum horsepower and plenty of class-exclusive features like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Around View Monitor, and more, the Armada is ready to stake its claim in the full-size SUV segment.

If you’re in the market for a full-size vehicle that will take your family places you’ve never been before, come test drive the all-new 2017 Nissan Armada at Nissan of Lake Charles today.

Spend Your Tax Refund at Nissan of Lake Charles to Get the Most from Your Money

Tax season is officially here, and if you’re like most Americans, you will be getting a tax refund this year. If you’re looking to make the most of your money, come spend your tax refund at Nissan of Lake Charles. Here are three ways to maximize the use you get from your refund.

  1. Down payment. Depending on the amount of your tax refund, it could go a long way towards funding a sizable down payment on a great new or used car. The larger your down payment, the smaller your car loan and monthly payments will be.
  2. Accessories. Make your car even more exciting with some new accessories. Get some quality floor mats, amped-up performance parts, premium seats, or a new sounds system.
  3. Repairs. If you’re not looking to buy a new car, but your current one needs some work, use your tax refund to pay for any needed repairs. Remove some dents, get a good tune up, get a thorough detailing, and anything else your car needs to make it look, feel, and smell like new again.

Whatever your car needs are, here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we will help you make the best use of your tax refund dollars.

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Autonomous Nissan Testing in London

Nissan is serious about its commitment to eventually creating a zero-emission, zero-fatality future, and part of that means developing self-driving vehicles. To that end, the company recently tested an autonomous Nissan vehicle on the real-world streets of London, revealing its new technology in full to the European media.

Nissan has conducted public testing in the US and Japan before in an effort to pursue self-driving technology in real life situations. Nissan allowed the public to participate by riding in an autonomous vehicle, which uses a wide array of technologies including wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a Human Machine Interface, plus many more, to sense vehicles around it and make decisions in seconds.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s program to improve mobility and autonomy around the world, combines three areas of innovation to produce fully autonomous, driverless vehicles: Nissan Intelligent Driving improves safety and control; Nissan Intelligent Power focuses on reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, including electric and hybrid technologies; and Nissan Intelligent Integration is all about connecting cars together, which will eventually lead to a smarter remote vehicle operation and more efficient driving.

If you’re curious about Nissan vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, ask us today at Nissan of Lake Charles!

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Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

The Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue is one of our nearest and dearest charities here at Nissan of Lake Charles. The organization is a nonprofit that rescues pit bulls (and other “pit bull-type” dogs) and adopts them out, because the local shelter and other area shelters won’t.

Rescue and adoption aren’t all Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue does, though. They’re also involved in training their pit bulls as therapy dogs through the Positive Pit Project, which is especially active in providing therapy dogs to veterans. LCPBR works with Team Halo and Eylsa’s Purpose to fight animal cruelty cases as well.

The organization is extremely dedicated to their dogs and provides them with the best care possible. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and given all their shots. LCPBR even takes them for surgeries at the LSU Veterinary School of Medicine, which has included heart surgery, MRIs, and cancer treatment.

Support from Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue doesn’t end when you adopt your dog. Part of the adoption fee goes to a training session with the organization’s trainer, and LCPBR is happy to continue helping after the adoption when needed.

The organization also helps the community by building fences and providing training workshops. At Nissan of Lake Charles, we’re glad to share a town with a group that does such incredible work.

Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

New drivers have likely heard about recommended maintenance. However, more experienced drivers may forget to tell them about preventative maintenance. Taking a few minutes out of your week for maintenance can help prevent future problems.

  • Owner’s Manual – Reading a boring manual isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, but the owner’s manual is the literal guide to your vehicle. Learning everything you need to know is pertinent to most owners. Drivers should at least find the manufacturer-recommended service schedule and mark the page for future reference.
  • Windshield Wiper – Windshield wipers should be replaced every six months as a general rule of thumb. A new set is relatively inexpensive, and it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to install. New wipers offer optimized visibility during rain and snow. Increased safety comes cheap when it comes to new windshield wipers. Consult your owner’s manual for specific installation instructions.
  • Engine Air Filter – Regularly replacing the engine air filter is a necessity for every vehicle. The owner’s manual will tell you how many miles or months should pass between each new filter. Consider asking a dealership to give the air filter a good look during your next service appointment.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have a few preventative car maintenance tips that could prove useful to both new and experienced drivers- come in and see us if you have any other questions!

Nissan NV Cargo X Van Comes With Diesel Power

Nissan NV Cargo X Van

Picture this vehicle- just with a bunch more gadgets and technology. That’s the Nissan NV Cargo X Van.

While drones are currently all the rage, Nissan is pulling out all of the stops in the form of a vehicle designed to go where no drone has gone before. The Nissan NV Cargo X van project vehicle is based on a standard NV2500 HD van with just a few adjustments. While it isn’t ready for the market just yet, it seems to have serious potential as a delivery van.

Nissan isn’t exactly new to experimenting with van configurations and designs. One van took drifting to a whole new level, while another fuel-cell vehicle ran on biofuel. A third became a mobile office, complete with a coffee machine.

Unlike those models, however, the Cargo X project van doesn’t need a paved road to move. Ian Johnson, host of Xtreme Off-Road, had a hand in the creation of the van.

Nissan partnered up with Johnson to create the ultimate off-road van. First, a custom off-road suspension sits beneath the body. Then, they used the Titan XD’s 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel V8 engine, six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive system. 37-inch Grabber X3 tires bring a total of 22 inches of ground clearance.

It also comes stocked with an air system, fluid storage, rope, recovery tracks, and a portable welder.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles love the capability that drives forward the NV Cargo X van!

2017 Nissan Maxima Safety Ratings Designate It as One of the Best

Nissan Maxima Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has spoken: the 2017 Nissan Maxima is one of the safest new vehicles on the road. In fact, the IIHS named the new Nissan Maxima—as well as the new Nissan Altima and Nissan Rogue—a “Top Safety Pick+,” the institute’s highest honor.

This means that the new Nissan Maxima scored the “Good” rating in all of the IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick” test categories and that it excelled in categories such as front crash prevention. New Maxima models with Forward Emergency Braking scored best.

Forward Emergency Braking prevents forward collisions with sensors that can tell if there is a pedestrian, another vehicle, or some other object in front of the Maxima, automatically engaging the brakes even if the driver hasn’t yet noticed the danger.

The new Nissan Maxima comes with many other automatic features, including Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert – each of which aim to address problems that drivers may not notice.

Want to learn more about the Nissan Maxima safety ratings or perhaps even take the new vehicle out on a test drive? Contact us or simply visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Tips to Start the New Year on a Positive, Healthy Note

Tips to Start the New Year

Have the holidays left you in a funk? Whether you were stressed out by family, overindulged in too many seasonal goodies, or are trying to make this upcoming year better than the last – here are some tips to start the New Year right.

  • Start a new sleep routine, and stick to it. To get a proper amount of sleep every night, consistency is key. Winding down the same time each night and waking the same time each morning will set your body’s natural rhythm.
  • Consider practicing yoga, which will not only provide you with the meditation you may need to de-stress but also will start you off on a mild exercise routine.
  • Similarly, as cliché as it may sound, make your New Year’s resolution related to the gym. Getting in shape will make you happier as well as healthier.
  • If you feel monetarily drained from buying presents this year, start saving more money, by putting a small portion of all your earnings into a savings account.
  • Lastly, pick up a new hobby, ideally one with a creative outlet, such as cooking, which can aid you in your healthy quest.

For more tips, or to start the New Year out with the new car of your dreams, stop by and visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles, where we would love to see you!

New Nissan GT-R Comes With Free Track Time

New Nissan GT-RFree track time has become a major part of an auto enthusiast’s decision to purchase a performance-driven car, and now Nissan is jumping on board. Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of a new Nissan GT-R will see free track time at the Virginia International Raceway. Even better, instructors will tutor drivers how to make the most of their car.

The new Nissan GT-R comes at an $8,000 increase over the previous model. That’s a substantial amount, but considering the changes it’s totally worth it! The titanium exhaust, which costs near $13,000 and the added track time, a $2,000 add-on, it’s a pretty sweet deal. The free track time applies to models purchased between November 14, 2016, and March 31, 2017.

GT-R owners can get behind the wheel and take on the Virginia International Raceway’s complicated configurations with an instructor. As you would expect, hitting the track will not void the GT-R’s factory warranty.

Owners will have to provide their own food, lodging, and transportation. Considering drivers will need to provide their own GT-R, transportation won’t be much of an issue.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the NISMO performance brand of vehicle is getting the same track-time treatment – yet.

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles are happy to see drivers getting such an incredible deal on an even more incredible car!

Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

Auto enthusiasts and car lovers alike can be particularly difficult to shop for, especially if you don’t understandmuch of what they talk about. Fortunately there are some gifts that almost any driver will love and enthusiasts are among them. Here are some gifts for auto enthusiasts in your life as suggested by us here at Nissan of Lake Charles!Gifts for Auto Enthusiasts

Garage Sign

A personalized garage sign is one way to signify that your loved one enjoys working on and driving cars. There are few one-of-a-kind gifts in the modern world, and this one is perfect for those who love being around cars. It isn’t the cheapest gift around, but it comes from the heart.

Speedometer Cuff Links

Add a touch of oil grease to a special occasion with speedometer cuff links. This classy gift fits right in with most special occasions including graduations, weddings, and more. In fact, there are few better gifts that allow your auto enthusiast to wear what they love.

Heated Massage Cushion

A heated massage cushion is a gift every driver can enjoy, regardless of whether they’re an auto enthusiast. Spending a lot of time behind the wheel can be uncomfortable, but this cushion changes that with massage and heat capabilities that one-up standard heated seats!