Play the Nissan GT Academy 2013

Have you ever wanted to get behind the wheel of Nissan 370Z or a Nissan Leaf and hit one of the world’s most well known race tracks? Well now you can! Polyphony Digital released the Nissan GT Academy 2013, technically it’s only a demo for the new Gran Turismo 6 title releases this winter but we’re not going to talk about that part! In this new Nissan GT Academy game (ok fine Gran Turismo 6 demo) the only available cars to use on the race events and the qualifying race is the 2013 Nissan 370Z and the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

In the demo, drivers will be able to get a real look and feel of how these two vehicles can handle the hairline turns and quick stops that when someone puts the peddle to the metal on several different race tracks around the world. To top it off, the Academy chooses the very fastest times to select who will be invited to go through a racing school at Silverstone in the UK. If you’re interested in seeing some of the action, check out the video below of a member of AutoBlog.com hitting the track in the Nissan 370Z and showing off his skills against the computer opponents!

Hot Deals, Cool Rides sale going on now!

Nissan of Lake Charles’ Hot Deals, Cool Rides Sales Event is going on now!

Qualified buyers can get great financing offers on new Nissan vehicles, including 0% APR financing for up to 60 months on on the Nissan Armada, Titan, Quest, Pathfinder, Xterra, Juke, 370Z, and Murano! From family-friendly to off-road-ready, there’s something for everyone at this sales event.

If you’re not looking to buy, leasing options are available at low prices, and with $0 down, on plenty of big-name models, including the Sentra, Versa, Altima, and Frontier.

 

Stick Shifts could be Making a Comeback

For years, it has been all but a certainty that the manual transmission was going to fade from existence.  Several automakers had decided to do away with stick shifts completely, including in the production of the high-performing Audi R8 sports car and throughout the whole line of Lamborghini models, but this trend may be turning around.

A recent surge in popularity has manuals accounting for 6.5 percent of new vehicle sales during the first quarter of 2012, according to Edmunds.com.  This is the highest rate for stick shifts since 2006, and is almost a 3 percent increase from last year (stick shifts accounted for 3.8 percent of sales in 2011).

What accounts for this recent boost in popularity?  There are a number of factors that make manual transmissions more appealing.  The stick shifts generally run about $1,000 cheaper than their automatic counterpart, and a lower sticker price is more attractive than ever in the current economy.  Manual transmissions also last longer in the long haul than automatics, but what most car enthusiasts will tell you is that stick shifts are, quite simply, more fun to drive.

Nissan’s bestselling manuals include its sportiest rides – the 370Z and the GTR – as well as its truck lines. These rough-and-tumble rides are ready for anything, and manual transmissions may give you a little more bang for your buck.