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Month: April 2014

Nissan Expands Successful “ No Charge to Charge ” to 25 Markets

Nissan has just announced that its “ No Charge to Charge ” promotion, which has so far enjoyed great success in Texas, will be expanded to 25 U.S. markets, covering more than 80 percent of all Leaf sales.

No Charge to Charge will allow Leaf owners to charge their new car at no cost over the next two years, with a few limitations. Nissan will provide EZ-Charge cards that can be used as all-access cards at various EV charging stations, including ChargePoint, Blink Network, AeroVironment, and NRG eVgo.

Leaf owners can charge up to 30 minutes for free at CHAdeMO stations and up to an hour at Level 2 stations. According to Nissan, 30 minutes is enough to get the average driver’s battery back up to 80 percent charge.

Nissan intends to launch “No Charge to Charge” in the 10 top Leaf markets on July 1, 2014, and then expand to at least 15 additional markets in 2015.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Get your Nissan Leaf at 171 Nissan!

2015 Nissan Versa Sedan to Debut at New York Auto Show

The new 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan is making its official debut at the New York Auto Show, featuring a lot of tweaked visuals and everything you loved about the previous model.

The headlights have been enlarged and the grille modified in a style reminiscent of the Altima—nothing to complain about there. The rear headlights have also received some attention from the Nissan design team as well as the rear bumper, which now gives off a sportier vibe.

The really cool stuff comes on the top-end models, with the SL adding new mirrors with integrated turn signals and the SV adding new 15-inch alloys.

Inside, a new steering wheel and center stack stand out in an interior that continues to impress with its physics-defying spaciousness, and some of the materials have been upgraded. The Versa SL is also fitted with the NissanConnect infotainment system.

It’s the same old story under the hood: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out 109 horsepower and 107 pound-feet of torque. Nothing amazing when you put your food down, but enough to do the job and certainly wonderful when you remember that it only consumes 40 miles to the gallon on the highway.

Keep an eye out for the 2015 Versa Sedan at 171 Nissan!


Spring Car Maintenance Tips

We might not have had a winter as bad as our friends to the North, but our cars certainly weren’t immune to some of winter’s automotive punishments. Regardless of how you think your car is faring as we head into spring, it’s important to take the time for some spring car maintenance to make sure it’s in tip-top condition for that coveted arm-out-the-window, hair-blowing-in-the-breeze driving. We at 171 Nissan have some great spring car maintenance tips to make that happen.

  1. Replace your windshield wiper blades. These babies actually need to be replaced about twice a year. Now is as good a time as ever, since spring is traditionally the rainiest of seasons. You won’t want streaks across your windshield during a big storm.
  2. Clean the engine air filter. People often forget to clean this part of their car, but you should be doing this once or twice a year as well.
  3. Change the oil and top off fluids. Depending on how much you drive, you’ll need to change your oil about two or three times a year. The rule of thumb is between every 3,000 and 5,000 miles. If you aren’t comfortable changing your oil and topping off your fluids, our service department is more than happy to help!
  4. Check batteries, plug, and wires. Take a look under the hood to make sure these components are all in order, as cold weather can have negative effects. If your battery is more than a few years old, or if you’ve noticed that your car is having trouble starting right away, you may want to have it tested and replaced if necessary.
  5. Check your tire tread and pressure. If you don’t have a tire pressure monitoring function built into your vehicle, be sure to reference the inside of your door to determine your car’s proper tire pressure and check to be sure your tires are filled correctly. (Often, after winter, you’ll need to add some pressure to your tires.) To check the tread of your tires, grab a penny and place the edge into the tread of each tire. If no part of Mr. Lincoln’s is covered by the tread, you’ll probably need to invest in some new tires.
  6. Check wheel alignment. Potholes can be nasty foes of wheel alignment. If your car veers off to one side more than the other, you might need to have your alignment checked. Not doing so could cause your tires to wear out prematurely.
  7. Check your lights. Make sure no lights are in need of replacement bulbs. This includes inside lights, as well as all lights on the outside.

And while you’re performing routine spring car maintenance on your vehicle, you might consider a bit of spring cleaning for your car if it’s getting particularly cluttered!

Do you have any spring car maintenance tips of your own? Please share them below!


Nissan Delivers Top Fuel Efficiency for Truck Customers

Nissan’s 2014 mid-size Frontier pickup and full-size Titan were named to Edmunds’ list of the Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2014. We at 171 Nissan are pleased to afford our customers with this valuable feature.

“People have associated pickup trucks with low gas mileage for many years, but we’re defeating that stereotype,” said Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations vice president, Dan Mohnke.

“We’ve worked hard to produce pickups that not only provide excellent towing capability and ample cargo space, but also impressive fuel efficiency. This recognition by Edmunds validates our efforts to make fuel efficiency a priority across all platforms, from sedans to pickups.”

After a tie for first place, the Nissan Frontier sits in the second place spot on the list of gas-only trucks with its combined EPA rating of 21 mpg. The 2014 Titan rests at number nine with 15 mpg combined.

With the efficiency these trucks boast, you don’t have to let gas prices keep you from getting the most out of your Nissan pickup.