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Volunteer During the Holidays at Deridder Food Pantries

DeRidder Food Pantries

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. That’s why we’ve written a post on local food pantries, listing some of the great organizations that work to help those in need in the area. There are many Deridder food pantries that can use donations and volunteers this time of year, so volunteer your time today.

According to FoodPantries.org, one of the top food pantries in the area is God’s Food Box. Collecting and distributing food for those in need is this organization’s main goal. You can help by giving time, money, or food. Contact Boca Helping Hands if you would like to volunteer here over the holidays.

The Beauregard Community Action Association also provides support in the Deridder area. This location is for low-income families and individuals, providing USDA commodities, Medicaid, emergency shelter, community housing development, and more. Open from 8am to 4pm, you can call for more information.

Located a short drive away, the Vernon Community Action Council also helps those in need in the area. This non-profit social service agency can help low-income families, the homeless, the crisis-stricken, and more. Providing emergency assistance, crisis intervention, clothing, food, medical transport, and budget management among other things, the Vernon Community Action Council is glad to take donations and support.  For more information, feel free to reach out to us at 171 Nissan! We would be glad to help!

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Campaign: Giving Back

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity

Nissan is working harder than ever to partner with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that creates affordable housing for those in need. Nissan has pledged millions of dollars to the organization over the years in order to help those in the community, and it has also recently renewed a specific campaign in the Nashville area.

According to Nissan, the brand recently launched the House the Media Built campaign by drawing over 50 prominent journalists from around the globe in order to cover a new story on a house being built in Nashville. In addition to donating funds over the years, the Nissan brand has also managed to donate vehicles and volunteer, helping to build over 71 homes across the US in the past decade.

“Nissan began its relationship with Habitat for Humanity more than a decade ago with a donation of $1 million, 50 TITAN trucks and an abundance of employee volunteer time following Hurricane Katrina,” said Dan Bedore, director, Nissan Division Communications. “This relationship goes to the heart of our values, not only as a corporate citizen, but as neighbors in the communities in which we live, work and serve.”

The Nissan and Habitat for Humanity partnership is stronger than ever. The organization has managed to build more than 770 homes in the greater Nashville area, many of which were paid for in part by funds from Nissan. This is just one more way the company is giving back. Find out more about how 171 Nissan is helping to give back as well!

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Proper Fall Car Care

Fall Car Care

Summer is gone and fall has arrived, which means it’s time to take care of your car’s regular maintenance! Take the time to ensure your vehicle is up and running smoothly, especially before winter arrives—the cold weather will only make problems worse. If you aren’t sure what to do, here are some proper fall car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.

  • Oil – There’s a reason oil usually makes it onto car care lists. Oil plays three major, crucial roles in your engine, which is why it’s important to keep up with proper maintenance. Check your owner’s manual to see when your car needs an oil change. Old oil won’t perform as well as the weather grows colder and that can cause major problems.
  • Engine – Speaking of the engine, have any problems like rough idling, stalling, and hard starts, address it immediately. Doing so will save you a bundle of money and a good amount of headaches as it gets later in the year.
  • Lights – Fall and, subsequently, winter are a good time to address your headlights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs, clean the lenses, and inspect areas around the lights for chips, cracks, dents, or other possible problems. You’ll be glad you did!
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Improvements Coming to the 2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue

2016 Nissan Rogue Pictured

Among the vehicles in the Nissan lineup, one of the most popular is the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue has continued to appeal to drivers looking for economic crossovers, one of the largest growing segments in the automotive industry. However, Nissan is never one to rest on the laurels, always looking for new ways to improve—and they have some pretty impressive improvements coming to the Nissan Rogue.

A press release recently published by Nissan outlines all of the improvements coming to the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Among those improvements are additions to the Nissan Rogue’s safety systems. As a part of the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies, the 2017 Nissan Rogue will see the addition of systems like Forward Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection.

However, perhaps the most exciting change coming to the Nissan Rogue is the addition of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid to the vehicle lineup. This new model can achieve a fuel economy of 35 mpg on the highway!

“There are so many enhancements to Rogue for 2017, with every one of them designed to enhance its appeal with the fastest growing segment of buyers in the industry,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.

Don’t miss your chance to get a hold of the 2017 Nissan Rogue, which improves on what was already great. Stop in to 171 Nissan today to find out more about the Nissan Rogue.

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Tips for Better Fuel Economy in the City

fuel economy in the city

If you drive to the city every day for work, you know better than anyone that cities are the worst place for fuel economy. Backed up traffic and all those stop lights seriously work against you (unless you drive an EV). Here are some tips for improving fuel economy in the city.

Fuel efficiency tips are different in the city than on the freeway. Using cruise control and avoiding idling aren’t that easy in the city. If you can take an alternate route, do it, even if it’s a little more scenic or takes longer—in the end, avoiding the thicker city traffic will save gas and probably time. But if you have to sit through city traffic, it’s a little trickier to save fuel.

If you can avoid it, don’t use the air conditioner. It uses extra gas, and the air doesn’t even stay very cool while you’re idling. You should also make sure your car is as light as possible—excessive cargo, especially on the roof, uses more gas to move and can reduce your car’s aerodynamics.

Drive sensibly. Avoid slamming on the brakes or speeding up quickly after idling. You’re going to have to stop again soon anyway. Give yourself time to coast a little and brake gently, and speed up after a light slowly.

It’s also important to get routine maintenance done so that your car is in its best shape. A car in bad shape uses more fuel than one in good shape!

For more tips or to get your car checked for its regular maintenance, stop by 171 Nissan today and come into our service drive!

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Nissan Lucasfilm Partnership to Promote “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

Nissan RogueNissan was thrilled to announce earlier this month that it has teamed up with Lucasfilm to promote the newest Star Wars movie.

Lucasfilm is releasing the first ever standalone Star Wars film this winter on December 16. Called “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the production company plans for it to be the first in a series of standalone films, beginning a new era for the franchise and for Lucasfilm.

“Rogue One” is the story of a group of people tasked with the mission of stopping the Empire from building a new Death Star by stealing the plans from their ship. None of them Force users, the group must use their wits and other skills to accomplish the task, showing that it’s possible for normal people to do extraordinary things.

To promote the film, Lucasfilm has brought together five major brands: Nissan, General Mills, Verizon, Gilette, and Duracell. Lucasfilm expressed that these five brands will develop campaigns that will “match the tempo and tone of the overall marketing campaign” for “Rogue One.” Each brand will develop a unique campaign, and ultimately the five will be linked together for the overall campaign.

Nissan hasn’t announced any specific plans for the campaign, though some have speculated it will use the Nissan Rogue. We also don’t know if the Nissan Lucasfilm partnership will continue for future standalone Star Wars films.

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Back to School Driving: Staying Safe this Fall

back-to-school driving

Whether you are a teen, parent, or college student, back to school driving is always hectic. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind some of the following tips for safety, helping you to stay aware of pedestrians, buses, and other cars on the road.

The following tips are designed to reduce accidents and injuries that frequently occur in the back-to-school season, as recommended by Warren County, New York and the National Safety Council.

Slow down. Though you may have gotten used to zooming down the road during the summer, now that school is in session, you’ll need to slow down your speed. The speed limit in school zones is typically set at between 15 and 25 mph, with significant traffic fines if you choose to speed. Have patience, never roll through stop signs, check for kids at crosswalks, and always stay alert.

Eliminate distractions. Teens and college students are particularly notorious for texting and driving, though parents often do it too. It’s important to put down the phone when you’re behind the wheel. Texting is illegal for all drivers in Louisiana; however, calling or accessing social media while in a school zone is also against the law.

Finally, watch for bicycles. Many students rely on bikes to get to school, adding another obstacle for drivers. Always look twice when making a turn to be sure you didn’t miss a bicyclist, and never drive or park in a bike lane. Bike riders over 10 years of age are legally required to use the road, so be sure to have patience. Always give at least three feet of space when passing a bike.

To find the perfect new vehicle for you this back to school season, stop by 171 Nissan and check out our newest Nissan models!

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Cutting Through the Air: The Nissan BladeGlider Concept

On the open roads outside of Rio de Janeiro, a quiet flash could be seen zooming down the highway over the past few months. The Nissan BladeGlider Concept, an all-electric high-performance vehicle, demonstrates the potential of green technologies in the auto industry. With lightweight engineering that generates zero emissions, this battery-powered model can do 0 to 62 mph (or 0 to 100kph) in less than 5.0 seconds.

The BladeGlider is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With a narrow design that cuts through the air, the model can hold up to three passengers. According to Nissan, the model also has dihedral doors that swing up to provide a dramatic entry, as well as a reinforced roll cage and open roof to make it feel like a Formula racecar.

“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He further explains that “Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers.”

The BladeGlider has a maximum speed of 118 mph, driven by two 130-kW electric motors. Plus, it has 268 horsepower and an agile design that can turn on a dime. One glance at this innovative prototype will make you fall in love.

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Nissan Leaf Batteries Power Data Center

Nissan Leaf Batteries

The Nissan Leaf is one of the world’s best electric cars and the top model by sales alone. Considering electric cars are still young in the automotive industry, the question of what to do with the old batteries weighed on eco-friendly drivers’ minds. It looks like Nissan has the answer, and it’s one that Leaf drivers will support wholeheartedly.

By teaming up with power-management company Eaton, Nissan is providing Nissan Leaf batteries to Webaxys, a data storage center located in Normandy, France. The batteries will store renewable energy that will then power the data center.

Up to 2% of the world’s total energy usage comes from data centers and that number is rising. In 2015, data centers used more energy than the entirety of the United Kingdom. Running a stable data center on renewable energy alone is still a little ways off as the center is sensitive to outages but it’s certainly a start.

“By combining Nissan’s expertize in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, we hope to demonstrate that data centre energy management can be stable, sustainable and cost efficient in the near future,” said Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe.

We here at 171 Nissan are happy to see such powerful batteries repurposed to help make the world a better place to live!

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New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

After you’ve picked out and gained financing for a new car, the next step is to properly take care of it. While a new car doesn’t need much immediate maintenance, taking care in the beginning of the car’s lifespan will make the years to come much easier and more problem-free. Here are a few new car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.

  1. Insurance – Required to legally drive in most states, car insurance is the best way to make sure your purchase is protected. Considered you likely just dropped thousands upon thousands of dollars on a new car, getting more than the minimum required insurance doesn’t seem like a bad idea. The last thing you want is to get into an accident and find out you still owe money on a car you no longer own. If a dealership or your insurance company offers gap insurance, go for it.
  2. Owner’s Manual – A long, boring read sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, right? Of course not, but reading your owner’s manual could save you a good chunk of change down the road. Make sure to mark the service schedule for easy access later on!
  3. Driving – Rather than floor it or drive like a grandma, simply drive the speed limit and obey the rules of the road. Doing so ensures that your car will be able to maneuver and accelerate under those conditions for years to come.
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