Sometimes, it really pays off to step away from the stress or mundane atmosphere of a normal routine and get a breath of fresh air in nature. Since 171 Nissan is so close to the surrounding area, we like to take regular hikes in one of these two favorite hiking places near Alexandria, LA. Once you’re there, you will be amazed at what a little time away can do for you.
Kisatchie National Forest
This national forest is located right next to Alexandria, LA. You can drive out to a variety of trailheads when you take a capable and maneuverable vehicle like the Nissan Rogue as your transportation. Bring camping gear and set up for the night, or use your Nissan Rogue to travel off-road until you find the perfect picnic location.
Sabine National Forest
West of Kisatchie, you’ll find another national forest. Sabine National Forest is actually just across the Texas border, and it’s a bit of a drive from Alexandria. However, the Nissan Rogue has plenty of entertainment technology to keep you occupied on the drive. Once you’re there, you can go backpacking or choose from a number of long trails for a day hike in this breathtaking forest.
Photo by Justin Meissen
Every year at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the best looking vehicles are recognized and rewarded. This year, Nissan’s innovation Vmotion 2.0 concept earned the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle.
The EyesOn Design award winners are chosen by a panel of automotive design leaders from around the world. The award is given to both the best concept vehicles and best production vehicle at the NAIAS.
Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Nissan Global Design Strategy, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said, “This prestigious award, earned from top design leaders from around the world, exemplifies the enormous potential of Nissan’s newest design direction. We’re honored to be here and excited to continue to show the world the limitless capability of Nissan design.”
Vmotion 2.0 represents the future of Nissan’s production sedans, both in design and technology. While it might seem to be off in a far distant future, technology like autonomous driving isn’t too far off at all.
Along with its autonomous technology, Vmotion 2.0 has a “floating roof” design and crisp character lines throughout the car’s body. On the front end, sharp cut-outs and a 3D “V-motion” grille give the concept its distinct look.
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Are you guilty of any bad driving habits? It’s hard for any driver to say that there isn’t a single bad habit that they tend to fall into, but now that the New Year is upon us, the time is perfect to start fresh.
This year, try to avoid these hazardous, money-wasting driving habits:
- Stop riding the brake, which can cause brake damage or even brake failure over time.
- Stop leaving garbage in your car when you get out, which will surely pile up over time.
- Stop skipping your oil changes and keep a log of how frequently you get your oil changed.
- Stop leaving cruise control on when it’s raining, which could lead to hydroplaning.
- Stop driving near-empty, which forces your vehicle to get fuel from the bottom of the gas tank, which is likely dirty.
- And lastly – stop texting while driving, which is one of the most dangerous habits of all.
Follow these tips to help ensure that you keep yourself and other safe on the roads this winter. For more tips and advice, or to check out our enormous selection of new and used Nissan vehicles, visit us anytime at 171 Nissan.[Top]
After seeing a huge jump in their quarterly profit from October to December, Nissan actually raised their earnings forecast for the fiscal year, which looks to be a successful year for the Japanese auto company.
In fact, their quarterly profit increased by an astonishing 21 percent, which many are citing as a result of the cheap yen. This has seriously impacted sales overseas. U.S. sales are reportedly strong as well, particularly that of the Rogue and Altima.
Nissan now expects to earn about $3.5 billion in profit this fiscal year through March, whereas previously, they were only expecting to achieve around $3.4 billion. Those numbers are pretty close, but you have to remember – we’re talking about billions here.
Weak yen aside, Nissan’s spectacular sales are also due in part to their positive association with electric cars, like the Nissan Leaf. Though sales of the Leaf are still low compared to more conventional models, it remains one of the most popular electric cars in the world.
It’s no surprise that the Nissan earnings forecast have raised, and perhaps, it could even get pushed higher as their winning streak continues.[Top]
Nissan LEAF sales continued to be the envy of every competing automaker as the plug-in EV shattered yet another sales record, with 30,200 LEAF vehicles sold in 2014—the most of any plug-in EV and the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 units in a single year.
This new record was punctuated by incredible growth. Nissan sold 3,102 LEAFs last December, up 22.7% from last year and setting a new record. It seems as though every month we sell more LEAF’s than the last at 171 Nissan.
And it’s no small wonder. With MPG ratings of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined, the LEAF has exceptionally low operating costs—and with the available $7,500 federal tax credit, even the starting cost is a bargain!
“From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, “which is what makes Nissan LEAF the best-selling electric car in the world.”[Top]
Not long ago, Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn struck out in a speech and stated the company’s plans to have full autonomous cars by no later than 2020. After this statement, many car enthusiasts and industry leaders (although skeptical) were excited to see what Nissan may have in store for the future and even more excited for the changes this could bring to the auto and travel industries as a whole. Nissan escalated the energy levels by revealing a self driving LEAF prototype as proof of their plans to quickly have these new vehicles hit the road as soon as possible. With these plans finally out in the open, our inner child and imagination ran wild with idea of future self driving cars and how much closer that may have us to the Jetson’s way of travel!
Sadly, during a speech in Japan, Mr. Ghosn stated that Nissan’s plans for self driving cars are going to be tapping the brakes and would take longer than originally planned. Another speed bump in the future of this technology is that instead of created a fully automated vehicle; Nissan now says it will slowly rollout more and more automated technologies over the next few years which will slowly build into a full autonomous car. The good news is that none of this means we won’t be getting our self driving cars, merely that we may just have to wait a few more years before we’ll be able to watch a movie or take a nap as the car drives itself safely to our destination.[Top]