Nissan on the Rise with New 2016 Altima Facelift

2015 Nissan Altima

2015 Nissan Altima

Nissan seeks to top the field with their re-touched 2016 Altima. It’s hard to imagine how Nissan can improve on the already top selling model, however, the company announced plans to make mid cycle changes and improvements to their 2016 midsize sedan.

“We’re going to do something significant for the Altima for the midcycle,” said Pierre Loing, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning. Although Nissan will not disclose the specific changes planned, styling improvements and technology upgrades were assured to be part of the new 2016 Altima facelift.

Nissan must be doing something right! In the past two years, the Altima has gained momentous sales by selling 335,644 new cars in 2014, an increase of 5% compared to the previous year.  They outsold Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys in December of 2014 – which must be due to the base model’s NASA inspired seats, NissanConnect audio visual display, premium finishes, and improved fuel economy.

Come visit us at Nissan of Lake Charles, where we will be happy to show you why the Nissan Altima is one of the top selling cars in its class!

NYC Taxi of Tomorrow Program Set to Launch April 2015

NYC Taxi of TomorrowSome major changes will soon come to the streets of New York City. According to a Nissan news release, New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has declared April 20th the official start day for the Taxi of Tomorrow program. It will require that almost every retiring taxi be replaced with a Nissan NV200, and will also significantly increase the number of wheelchair-accessible vehicles in the fleet.

The NYC Taxi of Tomorrow guidelines require all Manhattan yellow taxis be replaced by a NV200, an alternate wheelchair-accessible vehicle, or a hybrid. Nissan has been working closely with BraunAbility (the global leader in automotive mobility) to provide wheelchair-accessible NV200s, which are currently available for purchase.

The Nissan NV200 is the ideal taxi for NYC due to its unique safety features and production. The NV200 is the only taxi which leaves the factory with an installed partition. Partitions that are installed aftermarket usually compromise other safety features (like rendering the airbags useless), so this approach won’t pose a problem. In addition, the NV200 meets global pedestrian-protection standards that reduce the impact to a pedestrian when hit by a vehicle.

In an effort to ensure the NV200’s performance, Nissan created its own “New York Ave” at its Arizona proving grounds. The street was designed to replicate the congested traffic and pedestrian conditions of New York City, and the NV200 was rigorously tested and refined with the help of actual NYC taxi drivers.

Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we are excited to see New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission making our environment, safety, and accessibility major priorities.

Could Your Car Color get you Pulled Over?

We know that certain car colors simply stand out more and earn more attention. It wouldn’t be a far cry to assume that a red or yellow car is more likely to get pulled over than a white or black car, purely because they are more likely to grab a cop’s attention as they zoom by.

Usually though, once the cop’s attention is directed at that particular car, they then notice that the car is speeding, has a broken tail light, is swerving, or another legitimate concern for which they then pull over the car. But could your car color get you pulled over?

It might sound crazy, but according to autos.yahoo.com, “In 2010, a deputy in Florida’s Escambia County saw one Kendrick Van Teamer drive by in a bright green Chevrolet. The deputy ran his plates, and found the registration matched a blue Chevrolet. There were no warrants out for Teamer, no reports of stolen vehicles and no pending crimes that involved either a blue or green Chevy. Teamer also wasn’t violating any traffic laws.”

The cop went ahead and pulled the car over, despite the driver not breaking any laws. As it turned out, the car hadn’t only been repainted – it contained small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and $1,100 in cash.

Despite this, the court recently ordered Teamer free on the basis that the deputy was wrong to stop Teamer simply because the color of his car didn’t match its registration. While this ruling was made by the Florida Supreme Court, we shouldn’t be surprised if we see a case like this eventually work its way up to the Supreme Court. States across the country have dealt with similar cases, with rulings falling on both sides.

What do you think? Should law enforcement be able to pull a car over on the basis of its color?

Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today and let us know what you think!