There are plenty of benefits to owning a truck, but some of them are only prevalent when disaster strikes. Natural disasters and major life events could leave sedan owners out in the cold. Truck owners, on the other hand, could find themselves quite comfortable in the elements. Here are some of the best situations to own a truck in from us here at Nissan of Lake Charles.
Natural disasters, such as mudslides, can be devastating on those who suddenly have no form of transportation. Fortunately, tough trucks like the Nissan Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD, can roll through mud like it’s nothing. While a midsize sedan could find itself stuck rather quickly, a truck’s four-wheel drive system will allow it to plow forward with little resistance.
Cars may be heavy, but they aren’t designed to travel through deep water. Many models are low to the ground and don’t offer the clearance required to travel through flood waters safely. That’s where trucks come in.
Full-size pickups offer the ground clearance to traverse flood waters with relative ease, depending on the level of flooding in the area.
Moving house tends to be a major life event most people only experience a handful of times. Owning a truck can make moving much easier and cheaper, as using the bed to haul possessions saves on moving truck costs. Plus, there’s no need to worry about having the truck back at a certain time or on a specific day!
You’ve got the truck, now what will you need to go with it? There are plenty of ways to amp up your pickup, adding more personality, more capability, or whatever you’d like. Here are some must-haves on the list of possible accessories for your truck.
Truck Bed Extender
When you’re in need of some extra room in the bed of your pickup, it’s helpful to have a truck bed extender handy. This accessory allows you leave the tailgate open and to support long items that would otherwise hang free out the back of your bed.
Tie Down Straps and Tow Hooks
If you recently purchased a Nissan Frontier® or a Nissan Titan® from Nissan of Lake Charles, you likely have plans to carry plenty of cargo, and for that purpose you will need the straps and hooks to make it possible. Owning a sturdy set of tie down straps is imperative when carrying heavy loads safely.
Loading that lawnmower or your family’s off-road recreational vehicle just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a helpful loading ramp accessory.
Speaking of off-roading, having a winch on hand is extremely helpful should a vehicle get stuck in the mud. You can also use a winch to help carry the extra heavy loads. When it comes to getting the most out of your truck, anything that can offer extra power and performance does right by our standards.
If you haven’t been following Nissan’s Titan Truckumentary series, we recommend you start with Chapter One, and get caught up to the newly released Chapter 5. The fascinating video series takes viewers behind the scenes of the design, construction, and capabilities of Nissan’s workhorse pickup truck. The fifth installment, just released, takes a peek into how engineers test the truck’s cold weather capabilities.
“Heart of Cold” was appropriately shot in late 2014 and early 2015 in Colorado, Alaska, and Michigan, as engineers tested the next-generation Titan’s performance in some of the U.S.’s most frigid and snowy terrain. The tests highlighted in the video focus on the kinds of things that could never be replicated on-site in Arizona (where much of the Titan’s other types of testing takes place).
Planning manager Carl Phillips points out that, “There is a lot that our engineers can do behind the computer screen and in the laboratory or in the proving grounds. But you can never replicate what goes on in the real world.”
Here in Lake Charles, we don’t see the same cold temperatures and snow that other parts of the country fight every winter, but as Craig Pike, Nissan Titan’s durability engineer says, “If it can survive here, it can survive anywhere.”
Stop by Nissan of Lake Charles today to get behind the wheel of the pickup that’s capable of taking you anywhere – even Alaska!
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD uses a unique frame and chassis to handle its powerful Cummins 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel and expand its towing and payload potential. Everything about the new truck is stronger, tougher, and more durable—it would scream heavy-duty at you, if it could scream, but we imagine that V8 Turbo Diesel sings a deeper and rougher tune.
When properly equipped, the Titan XD will offer a maximum payload of more than 2,000 pounds and a maximum tow rating of more than 12,000 pounds, along with snow plow capability and numerous available towing aids (incl. Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control, Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control, and Trailer Light Check system).
For all the details, and there are many, check out the official press release. In the meantime, we’ll be impatiently waiting for the 2016 Titan XD at Nissan of Lake Charles!
We hate to point out the obvious, but we’ve been waiting for the Nissan Titan’s replacement….for a while. Like, four years awhile. We aren’t complaining though, because there is no doubt Nissan has spent that time getting it exactly right, but now – we can’t wait for the big reveal (finally)!
After a partnership with Chrysler to sell version of Chrysler’s under-development new Ram pickup fell through, Nissan was left to start from square one and develop a fully-redesigned pickup from scratch. Because the Titan was never the best-seller Nissan had hoped for, the automaker threw out pretty much everything they knew about that truck.
The large pickup is making its way to the market at an important time. There’s no room for Nissan to miss the mark on this one, with the early success of the aluminum-based 2015 F-150 and the fuel-efficient mid-size Canyon and Colorado. Nissan’s new full-size pickup will have to make a statement in order to compete in this market, and we have no doubts that’s exactly what it will do.
Here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we can hardly wait to see what Nissan will unveil – but for now, we’ll have to be patient. Is it January yet?
After first being announced at the beginning of the year, the journey of the Nissan Project Titan pickup truck culminated September 26 with its public debut at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.
Prior to wowing the crowds in Dallas, the crowdsourced Titan was the vehicle of choice for Wounded Warrior Project® Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon, who took the pickup truck to its limits in Alaska during a 10-day trip across the Last Frontier State. Both the vets and the truck managed to make it through adverse conditions and numerous obstacles.
“We were a little nervous coming into the trip because we really had no idea what to expect out in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska,” said Guzman. “But as soon as we got going, we felt right at home and never doubted that Project Titan would be more than capable of performing whatever we needed it to.”
“Project Titan was absolutely the perfect vehicle for this incredible journey through the Alaskan countryside,” said McMahon. “From towing ability to camping needs to the very best electronic equipment, Project Titan had it all. David and I feel fortunate to have been a part of this unbelievable adventure that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”
You can experience the maiden voyage of the Project Titan truck later this fall when Nissan launches a series of videos on YouTube. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
If you’d like to take a Nissan Titan pickup truck on an adventure of your choosing stop in for a test drive at Nissan of Lake Charles!
Nissan of North America is planning to give the keys of a Nissan Titan truck to the Greening of Detroit, an environment-focused not-for-profit promoting environmental education and advocacy in Detroit.
“We rely heavily on trucks to move equipment, supplies and materials throughout the City of Detroit in our efforts to promote urban agriculture practices and activities,” said Rebecca Salminen Witt, president, Greening of Detroit. “The donated Titan will significantly help us with our initiatives citywide, and all of us here are very appreciative of Nissan’s support.”
The Nissan Titan has been well-recognized for its outstanding towing capability, making it the ideal truck for delivering trees to parks. To date The Greening of Detroit’s tree planting initiatives that have resulted in delivering more than 70,000 new trees to parks, schoolyards, and neighborhoods.
Nissan is now in its sixth year of contributing to Habitat for Humanity, the international non-profit organization focused on building affordable housing for those in need throughout the United States.
Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity began five years ago, following the devastation of the 2005 hurricane season. It started with an annual donation of $1 million dollars. By 2011 that dollar amount had more than doubled, with the company giving $2.5 million to support sustainability, building efforts, training and awareness. To date, Nissan has given a total of $7.5 million to Habitat projects and sponsored the construction of 50 homes.
In addition to monetary donations, Nissan assists the organization by donating vehicles and encouraging Nissan employees to volunteer. 5,000 Nissan employees have helped with construction projects since the partnership began; last year, Nissan donated 50 Titan trucks to support rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region.