Must-Have Accessories for Your Truck

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 Ramp

Loading that lawnmower or your family’s off-road recreational vehicle just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a helpful loading ramp accessory.

Winch

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.

accessories for your truck - 2017 Nissan Titan

Top 5 Reasons to Own a Truck

Thinking about stepping up into a pickup for the first time? There are tons of great reasons to own a truck, as any truck owner can attest to. If you’re considering making the change from car or SUV to truck, take a look at some of our favorite reasons from Nissan of Lake Charles. They may just persuade you.

Off-Road Driving

Most trucks are equipped with all-wheel drive and large ground clearances, so these big vehicles have no trouble tackling some tough terrain. When you own a truck, things like camping become a whole new adventure.

Moving is Simple

You’ll never have to rent a U-Haul again. Just be ready to lend a helping hand when your friends and family have their moving days!

Powerful Performance

Today’s pickups, whether lightweight or heavy duty, boast some seriously powerful engines with high horsepower. As a result, not only will you have no trouble hauling and carrying big cargo, but you’ll also have a fun driving experience every time.

Bad Weather, No Problem

Just as trucks can handle off-roading like champions, they can also tackle snow, rain, and other bad weather with ease.

Variety

Today’s trucks come in plenty of sizes and configurations. You can get a truck as luxurious as a fancy SUV, or one that’s equipped with as many safety features as you’d find in a small car. With so many options, it’s easy to find a truck that’s sure to keep you happy in the long run.

reasons to own a truck or SUV - 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Spend Your Tax Refund at Nissan of Lake Charles to Get the Most from Your Money

Tax season is officially here, and if you’re like most Americans, you will be getting a tax refund this year. If you’re looking to make the most of your money, come spend your tax refund at Nissan of Lake Charles. Here are three ways to maximize the use you get from your refund.

  1. Down payment. Depending on the amount of your tax refund, it could go a long way towards funding a sizable down payment on a great new or used car. The larger your down payment, the smaller your car loan and monthly payments will be.
  2. Accessories. Make your car even more exciting with some new accessories. Get some quality floor mats, amped-up performance parts, premium seats, or a new sounds system.
  3. Repairs. If you’re not looking to buy a new car, but your current one needs some work, use your tax refund to pay for any needed repairs. Remove some dents, get a good tune up, get a thorough detailing, and anything else your car needs to make it look, feel, and smell like new again.

Whatever your car needs are, here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we will help you make the best use of your tax refund dollars.

tax refund at Nissan of Lake Charles

Autonomous Nissan Testing in London

Nissan is serious about its commitment to eventually creating a zero-emission, zero-fatality future, and part of that means developing self-driving vehicles. To that end, the company recently tested an autonomous Nissan vehicle on the real-world streets of London, revealing its new technology in full to the European media.

Nissan has conducted public testing in the US and Japan before in an effort to pursue self-driving technology in real life situations. Nissan allowed the public to participate by riding in an autonomous vehicle, which uses a wide array of technologies including wave radar, laser scanners, cameras, and a Human Machine Interface, plus many more, to sense vehicles around it and make decisions in seconds.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s program to improve mobility and autonomy around the world, combines three areas of innovation to produce fully autonomous, driverless vehicles: Nissan Intelligent Driving improves safety and control; Nissan Intelligent Power focuses on reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, including electric and hybrid technologies; and Nissan Intelligent Integration is all about connecting cars together, which will eventually lead to a smarter remote vehicle operation and more efficient driving.

If you’re curious about Nissan vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and the Nissan Intelligent Mobility program, ask us today at Nissan of Lake Charles!

autonomous Nissan

New Nissan GT-R Comes With Free Track Time

New Nissan GT-RFree 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!

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!

Nissan and BMW Partnership Promises Greater Access to Electricity

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the future of cars, and not just because they’re finally starting to look like the shiny, sleek beauties we’ve been imagining they’d become since the 60s. Now is the era of the best efficiency, the greatest safety, and the all-around most widespread driving accessibility – and the new Nissan and BMW partnership is taking that last point to a whole other level.  This partnership may just change the way we see cars in the future!

2016 BMW i3

2016 BMW i3

Last month, Nissan announced its intent to, alongside the worldwide engineering giant, BMW, supply the U.S. with 120 new dual fast chargers for the Nissan LEAF and the BMW i3. And no, this isn’t just intended to help Nissan and BMW (though it certainly does); the creation of these 120 locations is also meant to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles across the country.

The charging stations will be coming to 19 states for now, but keep an eye out for one near your home someday soon! We’re sure this new Nissan and BMW partnership is only the beginning of Nissan’s electric, eco-friendly push.

Tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles, if you are not currently driving an electric vehicle, would you switch to one if there were more charging stations?

Who Says Cute Can’t Be Cool? Meet the New Nissan Scoot Quad

Busy Street

All-electric is all-good in our opinion, and we’re not the only ones who think so! A bunch of people in California – specifically San Francisco – are learning the benefits of going all-electric and of ride-sharing, and it’s all thanks to the new Nissan Scoot Quad.

What is the new Nissan Scoot Quad, you might ask? It’s a small, 2-seater all-electric vehicle. The Quad is part of Scoot, a ride-sharing/ride-rental program in San Francisco that’s reimagining what urban transportation can look like.

Ride-sharing might sound strange and inconvenient, but it’s reshaping the way a lot of people get around, especially in cities. More and more people are adopting the ride-share way of life – and Nissan (ahead of the automotive-industry curve, as usual) is one of them.  This way of life helps save time, money and is great for the environment!

Nissan’s partnership with Scoot is just another demonstration of the car-maker’s dedication to new and innovative ways of approaching the future of the automobile.  This further illustrates Nissan’s commitment to helping the environment while also providing transportation that is innovative and exciting!

What do you think of the Nissan Scoot Quad and of ride-sharing? Is this the way of the future?  Tell us your thoughts at Nissan of Lake Charles!

The Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes

2016 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes is back, running from August 1 to September 30. With chances to win daily instant prizes and new cars, Nissan owners couldn’t be more excited!

Adding a fun element to vehicle maintenance, Nissan hopes to build stronger relationships with their customers. Although many owners probably don’t enjoy having their car serviced, earning fun and exciting prizes could make that oil change worth it.  And that’s exactly what the Sweepstakes will be offering!

“With our Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes, we’ve been able to engage with our customers and create a promotion they look forward to,” said Jack Wilkerson, Director of Aftersales Marketing & Sales. Jack goes on to say, “Nissan is dedicated to vehicle service excellence, and this sweepstakes helps remind people of the exceptional customer service and offerings available at their local Nissan dealers.”

In fact, Nissan is offering some lucky owners a chance to win a 2016 Rogue, 370Z Coupe or Maxima by entering a Service Competition. There are also on the go mobile prizes, found easily on Facebook and Twitter, as well as the new Nissan Summer Radio on Pandora.  Be sure to enter daily for your chance to win one of these great prizes!  And tell us at Nissan of Lake Charles if you win anything!

Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours

2015 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO

The Le Mans 24 Hours held each summer in France is one of the most difficult and prestigious endurance races. This is why Nissan’s main goal for the race was to get at least one of its three cars across the finish line, which is exactly what Nissan did.  It was exciting to see Nissan at the 2015 Le Mans

This year’s race was the debut of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and, while it didn’t land on the podium, the fact that it crossed the finish line after 24 hours is a feat unto itself.

“For sure we have had problems, but that’s what happens when you innovate,” said Darren Cox, NISMO’s Global Head of Brand, after the race. He said, “Most LM P1 manufacturers don’t finish Le Mans at their first attempt, so it was important for us to hit this target…We have done exactly what we needed to do: We dug in. We solved our problems. We exploited the limits of our current performance, and we finished the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

During the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, Nissan said all the teams learned invaluable information they can put to use for next year’s race to improve the GT-R car, which is still in its infancy stage of development.

Crossing the finish line was the #22 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO driven by Harry Ticknell, Michael Krumm, and Alex Buncombe. The #21 Nissan made it through ten hours of the race before it had to withdraw after losing a wheel and being unable to return to the pits for repair.

Perhaps the most painful experience from the race was when the #23 Nissan had to retire from the race because of a suspension issue just one hour shy from the finish.

Join with us at Nissan of Lake Charles as we congratulate Nissan on this great accomplishment. We can’t wait to see what will happen in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.