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.
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.
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.
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!
Free 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!
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!
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!
Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program makes owning an electric vehicle even more affordable than it already is. While drivers don’t need to stop to fill up at the gas station, they do need to charge their battery packs. With the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF, drivers can do so for free for up to two years.
The two-year “No Charge to Charge” program offers drivers no-cost public charging which can save owners up to $1,000 over the course of the program. That’s a major chunk of change and, with the affordability of the LEAF already established, could change the minds of many drivers opposed to electric vehicles.
The new Nissan LEAF boasts a range of 107 miles. With the introduction of the “No Charge to Charge” program in Madison, Wisconsin, owners can travel to Milwaukee on just one charge.
“As a pioneer in bringing affordable EVs to the mass market, Nissan understands that EV owners want to be confident in their ability to drive longer distances and this program does just that,” said Brian Maragno, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing director.
Nissan has proven time and time again that they’re dedicated to making electric vehicle ownership affordable and available to a vast array of drivers. The latest rollout of the “No Charge to Charge” program further reinforces that dedication.
The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but it can also be incredibly stressful. Many people don’t travel throughout the year save for the holidays and that can cause some problems. Travelers that aren’t used to congested roadways or crowded airports can slow things down. Here are some helpful holiday travel tips from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles that will help make starting the most wonderful time of the year less stressful.
Pack Light – Heading home for the holidays? Consider shipping your extra clothes and presents through the mail instead of packing them. Doing so will ensure you get through security quicker and leave drivers will less to pack into the car. Flyers could also avoid hefty baggage fees by bringing a single carry-on.
Eat – No matter how much of a hurry you’re in, grab a bite to eat along the way. Many travelers choose to forego eating until they reach their destination in order to save time. As a result, they often grow irritable, and that isn’t good when stress levels are already running high.
Research – Do your research on which airlines offers the best deals. Drivers should plan their route ahead of time. Make sure to use the technology made available by smartphones, tablets, and navigation systems as well!
Nothing is more important than choosing the ideal car when you regularly transport your family. Thankfully, Nissan has made that decision easy with the new 8-seat 2017 Nissan Armada. Between its reliable performance, top-notch entertainment technology, and clever safety features, you are sure to love the Nissan Armada family SUV.
At its basic level, the Nissan Armada is fueled by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, getting up to 390 horsepower. And, with all-mode 4-wheel drive, there will be nowhere that your family cannot go – whether you’re planning a hiking trip or a snowy drive over the holidays.
Inside the new Armada, you will find two display screens for back-seat passengers, able to show different films and television shows at the same time. Never again will your kids have to argue about what to watch!
Lastly, Nissan knows that safety is paramount, especially when it comes to families. Nissan Safety Shield includes a long list of impressive safety features, including a surround-view camera system, Distance Control Assist, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection, and much more.
For more information on the new Nissan Armada or to take it out on a test drive, contact us or visit us anytime at Nissan of Lake Charles.
When it comes to the roughest and toughest trucks, Nissan raises the bar year after year, and 2016 is no exception. In fact, the automaker recently revealed the Nissan Titan Warrior Concept, based on the popular 2016 Nissan Titan XD.
The exterior of the Titan Warrior Concept could easily be described as futuristic battle armor, with sharp, chrome edges that contribute to an overall aggressive style. This model is tough, and its looks reflect that.
Plus, this concept model is ready to go just about anywhere, with a Cummins Turbo Diesel V8 engine, heavy-duty six-speed Aisin transmission, and a custom off-road suspension, making off-road conditions a worry of the past.
It just doesn’t get much wilder than the Titan Warrior Concept, a vehicle that looks like it was transported back in time from a science fiction war movie. Whether or not the Titan Warrior Concept model will go into production remains unknown, but we are certainly hoping that it represents the Nissan trucks of the future.
Want to learn more about what Nissan has in store? Contact us or visit us anytime here at Nissan of Lake Charles, where you can explore our enormous selection of new and used Nissan vehicles.
John Stelly is the owner of Nissan of Lake Charles and is active in the community with several not for profit organizations.