Bunz the Bunny Helps Inspire Nissan Designers

Nissan Design America

A crew of over 60 employees at Nissan Design America in San Diego got a real treat when one employee, Jacqueline Reeve, brought in her sweet four-year-old dwarf Lionhead bunny for a visit.

 

Some people like hops in their beers. At Nissan, they prefer hops in their office—hops from a cute bunny, that is. A crew of over 60 employees at Nissan Design America in San Diego got a real treat when one employee, Jacqueline Reeve, brought in her sweet four-year-old dwarf Lionhead bunny for a visit. Bunz the Lionhead bunny arrived in the spring just around Easter, making Bunz an apropos guest. Bunz’s light-hearted cameo on the design floor was perhaps the cutest source of inspiration possible.

 

At Nissan Design America, the team of designers works on designing exteriors and interiors of cars, as well as colors. Reeve, Bunz’s owner, is a color and trim designer. Anyone who has worked in arts and design knows that inspiration is sometimes hard to come by. A visit from Bunz was a fun way for the Nissan design team to take a break from focused routine, and to have a laid back change of pace.

 

Nissan has always been innovative, and now it’s clear they’re just as innovative when it comes to sources of inspiration. Who knows? It might be that Bunz—also known as the “Ambassador of Happiness”—provided designers with the fresh perspective they needed to design your next favorite Nissan car. Let us know what you think about Bunz the Bunny and his inspiration to Nissan designers at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Don’t Miss Lake Charles’ Downtown at Sundown Concert Series

Downtown at Sundown Concert Series

The Downtown at Sundown concert series is a fun way to get out with family and friends and make the most of a beautiful summer evening.

If you’re located near Lake Charles, Louisiana, there’s one summer series you definitely don’t want to miss. The Downtown at Sundown concert series is a fun way to get out with family and friends and make the most of a beautiful summer evening. Every Friday starting May 18 to June 8, 2018, downtown Lake Charles will host a free concert along with additional entertainment, foods and beverage for sale, vendors or many kinds, and activities for all ages.

 

Each Downtown at Sundown event begins at 3 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Families and neighbors of Lake Charles are invited to show up any time and to stay for as long as desired. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs to set up for the concert. No outside food or beverage is permitted, but it won’t be needed with so many great vendors selling snacks and dinner items.

 

Downtown at Sundown is located on Ryan Street from Iris to the Phoenix building parking lot. In the event of rain, concerts will be held inside the Lake Charles Civic Center. Don’t miss these fun concerts coming up, starting with The Tugboats on May 18th, Rusty Metoyer & Zydeco Krush on May 25th, Lost Bayou Ramblers on June 1st, and Flamethrowers on June 8th.

 

If you need a stylish ride to get to the concert, head over to Nissan of Lake Charles and we’ll get you all set up!

Nissan Creates Custom Nissan LEAFs for A Wrinkle in Time

Custom Nissan LEAFs

If you haven’t already seen Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie adaptation, you’re missing out! And if you have seen it, you’ll love the nod Nissan is making to the infamous film with three custom Nissan LEAFs!

If you haven’t already seen Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time movie adaptation, you’re missing out! And if you have seen it, you’ll love the nod Nissan is making to the infamous film with three custom Nissan LEAFs!

Nissan teamed up with Disney to create A Wrinkle in Time-themed Nissan LEAFS that represent each of the three celestial beings from the movie.

Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling, inspired a LEAF that features a wild combination of colors, with a bright orange-and-red hood, blue wave-like designs on the side and multicolored patterns throughout.

Reese Witherspoon’s Mrs. Whatsit is represented by a light-and-bright LEAF. Large blue waves flank the sides, and an orange-red roof and front fascia represent her bright-red hair.

Oprah Winfrey, inarguably the most prominent member of the film, plays Mrs. Which. Her car is bathed in sleek, metallic dark-grey with subtle purple accents. This simplicity is paired with a rear screen on the back of the LEAF that plays video.

The three LEAFs are meant to represent the costumes of the three characters, or even their hair in the case of Mrs. Whatsit. All of the vehicles feature touchscreens on the windshield and side windows that change color when touched, creating a “wrinkle” effect.

If you’d also like to customize your Nissan LEAF, you’ll need a Nissan LEAF. Check out our lineup at Nissan of Lake Charles!

Necessary Components of a Pirate Costume

Pirate Costume

If you’re from Lake Charles, then you know about the Louisiana Pirate Festival. And if you’re going to celebrate like a pirate, you have to look like a pirate. These are some of the components you’ll need for the perfect pirate costume.

If you’re from Lake Charles, then you know about the Louisiana Pirate Festival. And if you’re going to celebrate like a pirate, you have to look like a pirate. These are some of the components you’ll need for the perfect pirate costume.

Bandana

Many pirates boast bandanas. Of course, it’s up to you how you wear it. You can tie it over your eyes as a nod to the “Dread Pirate Roberts” or sloppily around your head like Captain Jack Sparrow.

Hat

If bandanas aren’t your pirate-style, you can opt for the dramatic skull-and-crossbones hat. You can also swap between a hat and a bandana throughout the day.

Ripped Clothing

A pirate goes through a lot—and so does their clothing. Whether you choose cutoff pants or a long skirt, you’ll need to make sure that your clothing is somewhat tattered to show off the pirate’s life you’ve survived.

Eyepatch

A pirate’s eyepatch represents their battle scars, which of course means that you’ll need one. An eyepatch gives off the ultimate “don’t mess with me” vibe.

Sword

You can’t be a pirate without the pirate’s classic weapon. Whether you have a small dagger or large sword as a prop, you’ll need some kind of sword to give off pirate power. Just make sure it’s not real.

With these accessories, you’ll have everything you need to pull off a convincing pirate costume. Nissan of Lake Charles hopes to see you and your costume at the Louisiana Pirate Festival!

How to Properly Wash Your Car

Properly Wash Your Car

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of vehicle maintenance is washing. Follow these steps for how to properly wash your car.

One of the most important, yet often overlooked, aspects of vehicle maintenance is washing. When you let dirt and other debris linger on your car’s surface, it can eat away at the finish and potentially cause corrosion. Regular washes can help avoid this unfortunate circumstance, and here at Nissan of Lake Charles, we love clean, sparkling cars. Follow these steps for how to properly wash your car.

  • Use the right cleaning materials. Make sure you use the right kind of soap on your car and not just dish soap. In fact, dish soap could strip your car wax and dry out plastic or rubber pieces.
  • Use clean cloths. Microfiber cloths are a great choice for washing your car. Make sure they are clean and that you have a lot on hand, so you can switch to a clean cloth every so often.
  • Use two buckets. To get a clean, swirl-free finish, use a two-bucket method. One bucket holds the soapy solution and the other is clean rinse water. After a pass of washing, dip your cloth into the clean water to rinse out the soap and dirt, then dip it back into the soapy water.
  • Work top to bottom. Start washing from the top of your car and work your way down, one panel at a time.

If you follow these tips, then you will soon have a bright and shiny vehicle in your driveway in no time.

Make Plans for the Flying Tigers Car Show

Flying Tigers Car Show

Nothing quite says summer like a fantastic car show. It may not be summer yet, but early next month, you can kick off the warm weather by heading out to the 3rd Annual Flying Tigers Car Show.

Nothing quite says summer like a fantastic car show. It may not be summer yet, but early next month, you can kick off the warm weather by heading out to the 3rd Annual Flying Tigers Car Show. It will be held April 7th at the SOWELA Technical Community College Regional Training Center. You can be sure that many of us here at Nissan of Lake Charles will be going.

This show is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Vehicles from a wide range of makes will be on display, ranging from classics to modern hot rods. Furthermore, there will be first responder vehicles to look at and explore along with food vendors and car show awards.

If your kids are feeling squirrelly, take them to the Kids Zone. There, they can burn off some of their energy in the bounce houses, run some remote control car races, participate in an Easter egg hunt, and complete some crafts.

Tickets to the event cost $5 per person and children 12 and under are free. If you want to show your vehicle, early-bird registration costs $30. It is $35 the day of the show. The first 100 registered vehicles will receive a goody bag. All money raised from the car show will go towards scholarship awards and enhancement funds for the college.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in your community while simultaneously celebrating your love of all things automotive.

Upcoming Models from Nissan

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

Auto Show season is upon us, and with it comes numerous new concept vehicles and the unveiling of upcoming models. Nissan, always at the forefront of innovation, has a very exciting season before it – and Nissan has already debuted very exciting vehicles. Here are a couple cars that we at Nissan of Lake Charles are very excited about.

Vmotion 2.0 Concept

This January at the North American International Auto Show, Nissan revealed its Vmotion 2.0 Concept, and it definitely turned heads. Its sleek sedan design earned the auto show’s EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence. Its exterior features sleek, yet edgy contours that sweep back from front to rear, and its interior takes luxurious styling to the next level with leather seats and wood floors. Furthermore, the Vmotion 2.0 includes Nissan’s state-of-the-art driver assist technologies: Nissan Intelligent Mobility with ProPILOT autonomous driving system.

Titan Warrior Concept

The Titan Warrior is imposing with its tough, rugged exterior that looks ready to take on any terrain. It also features advanced off-road technologies to match its sophisticated, rugged look – called “modern armor” by Nissan designers. Its tough style is matched by its performance capabilities, as the Titan Warrior Concept features a Cummin’s® Turbo Diesel V8 engine, a six-speed Aisin transmission, and special off-road suspension.

You can learn about all of the upcoming Nissan vehicles right here at Nissan of Lake Charles.

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Lake Charles

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It’s almost upon us: the time of year where we celebrate our Irish-American heritage—or pretend to be Irish – with some tasty food, drinks, and revelry. This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day right by taking part in some festive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Lake Charles. Here are few suggestions from us at Nissan of Lake Charles on where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

7th Annual St. Paddy’s Day Festival at MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub

Head to MacFarlane’s Celtic Pub in downtown Lake Charles for a full day of festive fun. The pub will offer breakfast at 5:30am, followed by a day of traditional Irish food, drink, games, and entertainment.

In addition to this event, check out the offerings at your favorite local bars and restaurants, as most will be offering St. Patrick’s Day specials on Irish beer, whiskey, and food.

Annual Athletes Corner St. Patrick’s Day 3-Miler

Any runners out there? Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 3-mile run. You’ll get a fun t-shirt and top finishers will get prizes.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock at The Children’s Museum

Like last year, it’s expected that The Children’s Museum will run some fun and creative programing for children this St. Patrick’s Day. For instance, they will most likely have some St. Paddy’s-themed art projects, and a “Luck of the Irish” Scavenger Hunt as they have held in past years.

Keep your eye out for announcements, and enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day!

Nissan Trucks and SUVs for Driving in the Snow

driving in the snowDriving in the snow might be difficult for some local residents, likely because we rarely see snow or ice in Southwest Louisiana. However, many may have been shocked this year by recent weather patterns, but there’s no reason to worry. We at Nissan of Lake Charles have created a list of the top Nissan vehicles for driving in the snow to keep you safe and in control.

First, check out the Nissan Frontier. The Frontier is America’s most affordable pickup, and though smaller than the Titan and Titan XD, it’s great for getting around in the winter. As noted by Nissan, There are multiple engine options, offering up to 261 horsepower, as well as an optional Desert Runner trim that’s great for harsh weather and terrain. Bilstein® off-road shocks keep you comfortable, and snow-rated all-terrain tires will provide traction.

Next, consider the previously-mentioned Nissan Titan or Titan XD. With a little weight in the bed of your truck, you’ll be driving like a professional in the Titan whether there’s rain, snow, or sunny skies. The Titan has extensive safety, but it also has convenient features like all-season floor mats to keep the interior nice, an available advanced 4×4 system, and off-road performance shocks.

Finally, the Nissan Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada are also great options for winter driving. SUVs often come with 4×4 systems to prevent you from getting stuck in the snow, and wide stances keep you stable on the roads. Test drive any one of these Nissan models today to see just how great it can handle in rough conditions.

Prepare for Mardi Gras: An Annual Celebration

prepare for Mardi GrasMardi Gras is a tradition in the Lake Charles community, one that dates back years. Mardi Gras has its roots in religious traditions, but it also marks an important cultural holiday for many. While New Orleans has one of the most famous celebrations in the world, Lake Charles also holds one of the biggest Mardi Gras events around. That’s why we at Nissan of Lake Charles have written about ways to prepare for Mardi Gras.

According to the Lake Charles website, the event will be held on February 13. There will be a parade, museum tours, and more. One of the best things you can do to prepare is to get your costume ready. Believe it or not, the average costume weighs more than 50 pounds. Aluminum foil is a popular material, but you’ll also want to spend plenty on fringe.

Next, visit the Mardi Gras Museum to learn more about the event. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 1 to 5 pm, and it has information dating back centuries about the sounds and sights of Carnival. Located in the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, the Mardi Gras Museum opened in 1998.

Finally, have fun! People have been celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles since 1882. Hosting one of the largest events in the region, Lake Charles is home to a joyous celebration that’s fun for all. Be sure to get out and enjoy the holiday festivities this year.