Confused About Green Car Terms? Four Essential Words You Need to Know

Green Car Terms

2016 Nissan LEAF – 100% Electric Car

With all the new technology that green cars bring, the many terms and various jargon used to describe green cars can get a little bit confusing. To help you out, we’ve put together this little guide of green car terms:

  • Electric vehicle – An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that runs on electricity instead of gasoline.
  • Hybrid vehicle – A hybrid vehicle is a vehicle that runs on a combination of systems. For example, some hybrids combine an electric motor with a classic gasoline engine.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicle – A plug-in hybrid vehicle refers to a vehicle that uses more than one system (making it a hybrid), including an electric source that can be re-charged by plugging the car into an external source of energy. Often these vehicles can operate on only electric power like an EV or only gas power like a hybrid.
  • Fuel cell vehicle – Lastly, a fuel cell vehicle refers to another type of specific hybrid. In this case, one of the energy sources is electric, and the other is a fuel cell, which converts hydrogen gas into power.

For more information about green cars – or to get a bit more clarification on some of these complicated ideas – feel free to contact us or visit us anytime. Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we have many green cars, such as the Nissan LEAF, which you are sure to love!

American Nissan GT-R Nismo Debut to Show Off the New with the Old

Nissan GT-R Nismo Debut

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo promises to be the most stunning edition of the classic Nissan model yet, and now, it’s about to get its U.S. debut, after months of anticipation for stateside fans, at the Japanese Classic Car Show this month in California.

The new Nissan GT-R Nismo got its world debut earlier this year at the Nurburgring, but this will be the first opportunity for Americans to see it up close. The gorgeous model is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and it can produce up to 600 horsepower.

At the Nissan GT-R Nismo debut we learned that it has received a ton of upgrades, particularly to its newly renovated interior, which now sports more of a minimalist tone, with far fewer knobs and a sleeker design. The model’s all-wheel drive system has all been improved, making the GT-R Nismo safer in poor weather.

Cleverly, Nissan has scheduled this debut to take place at a show that is classic-car themed, so the newest GT-R Nismo will get its big day right next to some of the oldest, most-loved Nissan models, including the No. 05 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo? Visit us anytime here at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Best Summer Barbecue Recipes

Summer Barbecue Recipes

Grabbing a bite in summer is one thing, but making food yourself is another adventure entirely. Whether you’re a master chef or an expert with the microwave, this is the season to don your hat and apron. From new recipes to new food altogether, there’s plenty to learn this summer. We here at Nissan of Lake Charles have some of the best summer barbecue recipes to ever hit the grill!

  • Grilled Veggie Skewers – A quick-to-eat treat, grilled veggie skewers require the following ingredients: cherry tomatoes, eggplant in chunks, olive oil, Tabasco Original Red Sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, and minced cilantro. Preheat the grill while soaking wooden skewers to avoid burning them. Whisk the salt, pepper, sugar, cilantro, Tabasco sauce, and olive oil together. Slide the tomatoes and eggplant onto the skewers with space in between. Cover them in the mixed sauce then place them on the grill. When the eggplant is soft or has grill marks, turn them over.
  • Grilled Buffalo Chicken – To make grilled buffalo chicken, gather the following ingredients: hot sauce, unsalted butter, ketchup, boneless and skinless chicken breasts, ranch dressing, and hamburger buns. Preheat the grill while mixing the hot sauce, butter, and ketchup in a bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat it. Let it marinate for 20 minutes before removing the chicken. Grill the chicken until it reaches 165 degrees on the inside. Grill the hamburger buns until lightly toasted then add the chicken and dressing. Add blue cheese-apple slaw for an added burst of flavor.

How to Best Pack Your Car for a Road Trip

road trip

If your family is like so many others in the United States, then you probably have a road trip coming up soon this summer. One part of a successful road trip is having a well-packed car, so here are a few tips on how to pack your car for a road trip.

  • Luggage. When packing your luggage into the trunk or cargo area, make sure the heaviest items are on the bottom. You also want to avoid stacking items so high that the driver can’t see out of the back of the vehicle.
  • Overnight bag. If you’ll be stopping overnight along the way, consider packing an overnight bag (perhaps a single suitcase for the whole family) that includes only the essentials you’ll need for the night and the next morning—a change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. That way you don’t have to bring in all of your luggage and repack the car the next day.
  • Activity bag. Each member of the family should have a small bag of things to occupy them during the trip—books, tablets, coloring, handheld games, etc.
  • Snacks. If you’ve ever been on a road trip before you know how important food is while in the car. Pack a good supply of car-friendly snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy. Place the snack container in a central spot so everyone has access to it.

What are some road trip essentials that you pack in your car?  Let us know at Nissan of Lake Charles!

The Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo Makes its Debut During the Launch for Grand Turismo Sport

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo

There are several places that an automotive brand’s concept vehicles can make their debut. Some are revealed during automotive shows, while others are unveiled during a press conference for the brand. However, the latest concept vehicle from the minds of Nissan has made its debut in a more unorthodox way. It has been revealed through a video game!

According to a Nissan press release, the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo has made its debut during the launch for Grand Turismo Sport. So racing game fanatics were able to get the first glimpse of the new concept before anyone else!

Grand Turismo is a long-running video game racing series during which vehicles, both real and conceptual, race off against each other. The latest of the games in the series includes several concept vehicles, including the Nissan Concept 2020.

The development team behind designing the concept vehicle were given free reign by Nissan. The result is a fierce-looking vehicle that drives just as fiercely during the game!

For the best vehicles, whether they are conceptual or available for purchase, Nissan always comes in first place!  Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today to find out more about our current lineup of Nissan models.

Top Three Driving Simulators on the Market

Driving Fast

If you are a racing fan, but don’t necessarily want to don a fire suit and drive faster than 200mph, don’t worry—Nissan of Lake Charles has you covered. To get the racing experience without actually getting behind the wheel of a race car, consider getting behind the wheel of a simulator. Here are the top three driving simulators that are currently on the market.

iRacing

It really doesn’t get any better than iRacing. After all, it’s what some pros use to train. You race on tracks that were scanned using high-tech laser technology. That means you can feel the slightest bump from the actual track that the simulator was modeled from.

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The strength of this simulator is how realistic the feel of driving is. You can be driving on worn-out tires and this will have a real effect on how the vehicle handles. Same thing if you happen to drive through a wet patch of road.

Live For Speed

Live For Speed may not be the most realistic driving simulator on the market but it probably has the most active online community of all of the driving simulators out there. It has also been around a long time and has many loyal followers.

Of course, these top three driving simulators don’t have a dress code. So you could wear that fire suit if you wanted to…

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 GT-R Smashes the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Drift

2016 Nissan GT-R

Nissan has just smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift with a 190 mph, 30-degree drift in a modified Nissan GT-R NISMO. There’s a reason they call it a power slide, and this drift has plenty of power.

The GT-R NISMO was tuned to crank out a massive 1,380 horsepower, which is more than double the regular GT-R NISMO you can find at Nissan of Lake Charles. And at 600 horsepower, that one’s no slouch either.

If that wasn’t enough, all of the power goes to the rear wheels only. After getting up to speed on a 1.86-mile runway at the United Arab Emirate’s Fujairah International Airport, the GT-R NISMO went into a full, 190 mph drift. Of course, even the best car requires a driver, and keeping it all together behind the wheel was none other than Japanese drift champion Masata Kawabata.

What’s more impressive than the new record is just how thoroughly it destroyed the previous one (held at 135 mph), and in only just three attempts per Guinness’ rules!

Watch the video below and tell us what you think about this incredible feat at Nissan of Lake Charles, located in the heart of Cajun country in Lake Charles, LA.

Nissan GT-R Drift

Australian Artists Snake Hole and Chris Le Modify Glow-in-the-Dark Nissan JUKE Models

With its distinct shape and style, the 2016 Nissan JUKE is one of the most artistic vehicles in the automotive industry. Nevertheless, two Australian artists recently took the artistic aesthetic of the Nissan JUKE to the next level, by creating a pair of glow-in-the-dark Nissan JUKE models.

Australian artist Snake Hole and Chris Le recently took on the challenge to transform models of the Nissan JUKE into street art as a part of White Night celebration in Melbourne, Australia.

“Our initial impression when we saw the JUKE was it had snake-like characteristics,” said the Snake Hole team in the press release. “The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us. We decided to create a series of snakes that traced the shapes and features of the JUKE. We utilized negative space, so that the snakes were glowing, and everything else would be blacked out.”

Chris Le created a model based around the Chinese New Year, while Snake Hole appropriately selected a snake-like theme for their piece.

These pieces of art just go to show how truly creative you can be when you have a Nissan vehicle at your disposal!  What would you do to customize your Nissan Juke or other Nissan Models?  Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Four Creative Easter Craft Projects

Family Gathering

With the month of March already halfway over, Easter will be springing up on us soon! If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids for Easter, then don’t worry. These four creative Easter craft projects should keep your children engaged and entertained.

  1. Bunny Ears

Peter Cottontail won’t be the only one hopping down the bunny trail after your children complete their own set of big bunny ears to wear.

  1. Sock Bunnies

Speaking of bunnies, if you have some old socks lying around, then you can put them to good us by creating some very cute sock bunny creations.

  1. Jelly Bean Carrot

By wrapping up a large assortment of orange jelly beans, you can make a sweet craft that is the spitting image of the Easter Bunny’s favorite food.

  1. Dyed Easter Eggs

No Easter is complete without dying Easter eggs! Each child can choose his or her very own color and design to brighten up their egg in a unique way.

Easter is earlier this year than normal, so remember that Easter is on March 27th. No matter how you decide to celebrate Easter with your family, we hope that you enjoy your holiday!  Happy Easter from Nissan of Lake Charles!