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!

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Get A Little Help from Football Players


You expect a Heisman Trophy winner to be good at football, but you might not know that many of them really know how to hammer a nail, too. For the fourth year in a row, the Heisman Trophy Trust has partnered up with Nissan to construct a Habitat for Humanity home in Nashville.

The Heisman Trophy winners participating in the build are:

  • Tim Brown (Notre Dame)
  • Mark Ingram (Alabama)
  • George Rogers (South Carolina)
  • Billy Sims (Oklahoma)
  • Current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (Oregon)

These Heisman Trophy winners are joined by the future homeowner Mohammed Berema and his wife, Khadija Aldom. They will also be joined by various teams of Nissan volunteers for a month-long build.

Jeremy Tucker, VP of marketing for Nissan said, “We’re grateful to these athletes for joining in this unique partnership…to help Berema and Aldom and their family improve their living conditions through home ownership.”

The partnership between Nissan and Habitat for Humanity has been a long and fruitful one. According to a press release from the automaker, Nissan employees have helped to build 70 homes and the Nissan has donated $13 million since 2006.

To find out more about the Heisman Trophy and Nissan alliance, stop by and ask us at Nissan of Lake Charles!

2016 Nissan Sentra Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2016 Nissan Sentra

The 2016 Nissan Sentra received full marks in the latest round of crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning the highest possible Top Safety Pick+ rating when equipped with optional Forward Emergency Braking technology.

This year, getting IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation was made even more difficult. Vehicles must now earn the best score of “Good” in all five crashworthiness categories and have an available front crash prevention system to earn any kind of award. To earn that extra “plus” sign, vehicles must also receive an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention (the Sentra earned the latter).  So as hard as it is to earn a Top Safety Pick rating the extra + is even harder.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra joins the 2016 Altima, Maxima, and Murano among our lineup at Nissan of Lake Charles in earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. To enjoy the safety benefits of Forward Emergency Braking technology when shopping for a new Sentra, make sure to equip the optional Technology Package on either the SR or SL models.

If you are interested in getting the 2016 Nissan Sentra, stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today to find out more and check out inventory!

Nissan Sway Concept Car Shatters Expectations of Hatchback Segment

In the car industry, each segment has a specific set of unwritten expectations. For the hatchback segment, this means a sporty, roomy vehicle that offers both versatility and performance. Nissan is looking to shatter these expectations, though, with the brand-new Nissan Sway Concept Car. With an innovative design and sleeker silhouette, the Sway Concept offers something completely unexpected in the hatchback segment, making it obvious that the future of Nissan’s hatchback lineup is sure to shake things up.

The Sway Concept Car debuts a new, bolder design that has never been seen before from a Nissan car. Sharp angles, edgy bodylines, and a slim silhouette give the hatchback vehicle a sophisticated air. This is enhanced even more so by the Nissan’s floating roof design, which uses a panoramic glass roof and a special window design to give the illusion of 360 views.

Hidden behind this stylish exterior is an interior that combines elegance and simplicity. There is no doubt that we’re excited to see where the Nissan Sway Concept Car will take the carmaker’s lineup. For more information on the future of the Nissan brand, make sure you check back with Nissan of Lake Charles in the future!

Nissan Leafs in High Demand

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the positive impact the Nissan Leaf has had on our environment and the benefits it brings to its drivers both on the road and in their wallets. But today we have some bad news about the Nissan Leaf…sales are so high there’s not enough to go around! Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing, says the sales numbers for the past few months the numbers are much higher than expected. Combine this high demand with the lower production levels of the Nissan Leaf and that leads to more and more show rooms coming up short on inventory. A Nissan is aware of the issue with a representative being quoted saying “…[there’s] going to be a short on inventory all through the summer…”

One of the primary Nissan Leaf plants in Smyrna, Tennessee has a production capacity of 150,000 Leaf EVs annually. Unfortunately, this is production plant has yet to catch up to the surprisingly high demand. One of the primary reasons behind the demand increase is most likely due to the fact that the Nissan Leaf received a fairly decent price drop earlier in the year, not to mention the expansion of the primary marketing area of the model. With the West Coast being its primary market, excitement over the Leaf has spread to many major cities which includes a new third largest market holder, Atlanta.  Gottfried stated “we’re doing everything we can to get them more inventory. Bit its taking time… It will be late fall before we can produce enough to satisfy everybody.”

Nissan Leaf Hits Sales Record

The Nissan Leaf would probably be the first car to pop into you head if we asked you to name an all-electric car. It was first introduced for the 2011 model year and quickly became the world’s best-selling all-electric car. In March, the Leaf made a new record, selling 2,236 units! The next closest record was in June 2011 with 1,708. And, sales in both January and February stayed steady around 650 units for each month. So, what made March so great for the Leaf? Nissan introduced the 2013 Leaf, which is less expensive, more capable, and American-made (in Tennessee). All-in-all the 2013 Leaf is an improvement over the 2012 model. The 2013 Leaf has a shorter charging time and is more affordable with a new S model. With all of these improvements, 2013 looks promising for Nissan’s initial goal of 20,000 units per year. But you don’t have to take my word for it. The latest Nissan Leaf is available for a test drive right now at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Nissan Leaf

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.