Nissan Resonance Concept Crossover creates bold style

The concept crossover called Resonance debuted over the weekend at the 2013 North American Auto Show is getting, well, some echos back.

The Resonance, which features boldly futuristic aerodynamic styling as well as superb fuel efficiency, debuted in Detroit on January 15. The concept’s exterior design showcases Nissan’s V-Motion, an aerodynamic shape that strongly rounds the front hood and highlights the iconic boomerang-shaped headlights. The roof is of a unique “floating” design, which uses steep A-pillars and a full-length glass panel to keep the car looking long.

Inside the vehicle is a host of high-tech. The advanced instrument panel uses a generously sized console for information and entertainment, and the open glass roof makes the crossover seem even bigger.

Right now, the Resonance is strictly a design concept, being used to showcase the efficient hybrid electric drivetrain developed recently by Nissan. The all-wheel drive vehicle uses a one-motor, two-clutch system to combine gas and electric systems. This technology may be seen in later Nissan vehicles.

For more information, check out Nissan’s press release.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Unveiled

Nissan recently unveiled its 2013 Pathfinder, which features enhancements across the board.  The new Pathfinder boasts increases in both performance and fuel efficiency, and has a plethora of  new features; many of which can only be found in the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.

As the Pathfinder enters its fourth generation, the adventure-inspired SUV clearly sets the bar for others in its class.  The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder offers best-in-class fuel economy of 26 mpg highway, best-in-class interior passenger volume and best-in-class front headroom and legroom, but don’t think the 2013 Pathfinder is simply for taking the kids to the lake.  With the most standard towing capacity in its class, the Pathfinder will have no problem getting the boat there too.

A slew of class exclusive features are also available in the 2013 Pathfinder, including: Xtronic CVT® transmission, 3rd row seat recline, Around View™ Monitor and Easy Fill Tire Alert System.

“The new Pathfinder carries on the tradition of the previous generations of adventure-ready Pathfinders that have come before – offering a new level of family enjoyment and engagement that is just right for today’s real-world, everyday uses,” concluded Castignetti. “After more than 25 years, Nissan is ready to tackle new terrain and the new challenges of modern family lives with the Next-Gen SUV, the 2013 Pathfinder.”

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

New Nissan smell at Detroit show

The Detroit Auto Show is one of the industry’s biggest events, and gives car manufacturers an opportunity to show off new concepts, upcoming models, and developing technology. But it’s not just about cars – OEMs  also create exhibits reflective of their brands and vehicles. Nissan plans to kick it up this year by adding their own “brand smell” to the exhibit. reports that Nissan said in a statement Tuesday, “As is tradition in luxury hotels and retailers, which pipe pleasing music and fragrance into their lobby and common spaces, the Nissan display features its own special scents and sounds, carefully choreographed to create a complete experience for visitors.”

Although it’s not the first automaker to experiment with aromatherapy (Subaru piped in a pine scent about a decade ago), Nissan plans to create a signature scent that it may one day incorporate into dealership showrooms.

What’s the new scent of Nissan? The statement Edmund’s references says it’s “quite a modern smell – a bit Oriental.”

Nissan of Lake Charles’ Take It To the Limit Event going on now

Right now, Nissan of Lake Charles is clearing out inventory, and that means great deals for you!

Every vehicle in our inventory has been marked down for our Take It to the Limit sales event. Leases are available for lowered prices, including the Nissan Sentra for $169 per month and the popular Nissan Juke crossover for $249 per month.

For those looking to buy, Nissan of Lake Charles is laying down some of its lowest prices ever! In addition to rock-bottom prices, Nissan of Lake Charles is offering 0% APR financing on dozens of vehicles, including the rugged Nissan Titan and the Nissan XTerra.

For more information, call Nissan of Lake Charles at (337) 439-9955.


IIHS awards 2013 Nissan Altima with “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently awarded the 2013 Nissan Altima with an award recognizing passenger vehicles for outstanding performance in five passenger safety crash tests.

The IIHS now performs front, side, rollover, and rear crash tests, as well as the small overlap frontal test, a new addition for 2013. The Altima’s high scores in every area earned it a the “Top Safety Pick Plus” designation.

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan, which is why we make features like Safety Shield technologies available,” said Bob Yakushi, Nissan’s director of product safety. “The 2013 Altima is truly Nissan’s most innovative Altima ever, and the ‘Top Safety Pick Plus’ designation by IIHS reflects the engineering and design that have gone into this car to make it stand out in the class.”

The Nissan Altima was also awarded a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year.
The 2013 Nissan Altima was awarded a Top Safety Pick Plus designation by the IIHS.

New-Car Fuel Economy at an All-Time High

Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute recently reported that fuel economy ratings are at their highest. These researchers used data collected since October of 2007 – and the auto industry has made big changes in five years.

Remember where you were on Halloween of 2007? If the car you drove to pick up your candy was at the national average, it earned 20.1 mpg.  That has now risen to 24.1 mpg: a huge 20 percent increase.  The number has even increased from this September when the average was at 23.8 mpg.

“The improvement in fuel economy in the past five years corresponds to a 17 percent reduction in fuel consumption per distance driven,” said UMTRI research professor Michael Sivak.

As usual, Nissans are no average vehicles – the 2013 Sentra, for example, gets an average 34 mpg. Even the massive Pathfinder earns 26 mpg on the highway – so your whole family can stay ahead of the curve.

To learn more about UMTRI’s research, visit them online at

Advanced Braking Systems save lives, shows study

A study by federal safety regulators show that drivers can thank advanced safety features such as computer-controlled braking and stability control systems for an increase in safe travels.

The study was conducted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from 2008 to 2010. From 2008 to 2010, it’s estimated that electronic stability control (ESC) systems saved 2,200 lives, with that number increasing every year as more equipped vehicles hit the road.

Today, all Nissan vehicles come standard with ESC. The system continuously monitors the steering and braking actions of the driver, senses any oversteer or understeer, and compensates by reducing engine speed and/or applying brake pressure to specific wheels. It’s built into the vehicle along with traction control, which senses slippage and helps the driver regain control of the vehicle on.

Nissan Season to Save Sales Event Extended

Nissan’s Season to Save Sales Event has been extended!

Now through January 2, buyers and lessees can get the same great deals on favorite Nissan cars, trucks, and SUVs. Every model is included in this holiday sale!

It’s a great time to buy a new car or truck. The Nissan Maxima is currently available for 0% APR financing for 60 months and up to $4,500 total savings – that’s a lot of extra money to spend on stocking stuffers! The Nissan Titan is available for up to $7,450 off in total savings, and every new truck is available with 0% interest for 60 months for qualified buyers. For more great offers, visit our site or check out our YouTube page.


Nissan of Lake Charles Holiday Sales Event

Nissan of Lake Charles is home of huge savings this holiday season.

Right now, buyers can get 0% APR on nearly a dozen models all over the lot! The Murano, Quest, and Armada are all available at 0% financing for up to 60 months for qualified buyers.

The Titan is also available at this low interest rate. The 2013 Nissan Titan is the workman’s truck of 2013, with 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway gas mileage, an available Endurance V8 engine, and up to 9,500 towing capacity. The Titan comes in four trim levels, the S, SV, PRO-4X featuring increased off-road capabilities, and the SL. The S, SV, and PRO-4X are each available in a King or Crew cab.

Lessees will also find great deals at Nissan of Lake Charles this season, with great loow rates on cars like the Nissan Sentra, now available for $179 per month! The Rogue, Frontier, and Murano also feature great deals.