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Month: December 2014

January Events in Lake Charles

While northern states shiver and are forced to hibernate in January, here in Lake Charles we can enjoy a nice, mild January (usually—let’s not talk about last winter)! If you’re experiencing the blues now that the holiday season is over, there’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying some of these January events in Lake Charles. Stop by 171 Nissan if you see any of these events and let us know how they were!

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Mardi Gras 12th Night

Where: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30pm
In order to prepare you for Mardi Gras, 12th Night celebrates the three kings’ arrival at the nativity 12 days after Jesus’ birth with a grand promenade. Tickets are $5   in advance (available at Joseph’s Electric, Gordon’s Drug Store, and Party Time Store on Lake Street), and $6 at the door. Each attendant receives a piece of king cake—12     of which contain grand prizes hidden inside.

Color Vibe 5K

Where: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Saturday, January 10th at 9:00 am
You might only be 10 days into your New Year’s fitness regime, but this can be the point where you start to drag. Sign up for the Color Vibe 5K to give you                     something to train for. You’ll show up for this fun run nice and clean, and leave covered in multiple paint colors which are thrown at you as you run. Registration is $65     online and $75 in person, but the memories of the day will be priceless.

Charlestown Farmers’ Market

Where: Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA
Every Saturday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
If you’ve never checked out Charlestown Farmers’ Market, make January the time you start. Here, you’ll find a variety of goods; like local produce, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and sauces; potted plants and trees; baked goods; homemade candles, soap, and bath products; and local arts and crafts. Entry is free, and we bet you won’t leave without sampling something delicious and locally made!

Best Balance of Fun and Practicality Found in Versatile, Affordable Nissan Juke

2013 Nissan Juke

It might be hard to believe, but the Nissan Juke has now been around for five years already. This year, of course, the compact crossover segment really took off—which proves, once again, that Nissan is way out in front of the market and its competition. However, the new Nissan Juke is more than just a compact crossover. It’s a unique fusion of style, fun, and practicality that all adds up to a new car buyer’s dream.

You can check out the vehicle online right now—and you’ll see a compact crossover with bright orange accents and even a rear spoiler. Those styling cues give off a definitively sporty vibe—and the Juke delivers very well, especially for a car of its size. It comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, 188 horsepower engine, all-wheel-drive capability, and even a Sport driving mode to top it all off.

On the other side of the equation, the vehicle gets up to 34 mpg on the highway and starts at barely over $20,000. So like we said, the versatile, affordable Nissan Juke has a great mixture of affordable and fun features, making it a favorite for new car buyers of all ages.

The Juke comes with even more features than we’ve mentioned here—from a backup camera to Bluetooth technology—so come see us here at 171 Nissan to learn more and to explore the Juke for yourself.


Nissan VP Predicts Multiple Engines for the Newest Nissan Z

Nissan 370Z

Nissan 370Z

The car industry is known for having a world-renowned rumor mill that is, more times than not, correct. The newest rumor coming up the car industry’s grapevine is one that is sure to make all fans of the Nissan 370Z excited. Recently, Nissan VP, Roel de Vries, told Australia’s CarAdvice he thinks the 370Z “doesn’t need a V6” to deliver great performance numbers. While many people might consider this to be de Vries stating that the next generation Z won’t come with a V7, many others believe that this means there will be multiple engines for the newest Nissan Z.

The coupe currently has a 3.7-liter V6 to power its small frame, but de Vries believes to sell this sexy car in Europe, Nissan needs to also offer a four-cylinder. Even Motor Trend magazine has gotten in on the rumor action, reporting the next Z would offer “a mixture of smaller but powerful engines,” one of which could be a hybrid.

What engines do you think Nissan should offer for the next generation Z? Share your thoughts with 171 Nissan below!


Nissan Titan Truckumentary Looks at the Evolution of the Model

There’s no denying that the Nissan Titan is one hard-working, tough truck. Nissan is taking a closer look at the Titan’s evolution in a new video series called the Titan Truckumentary.

Nissan has released a teaser video to prepare for the series, which will begin in mid-December. More than a dozen videos will be released over the coming year in preparation for the next-generation Titan.

“The ‘Truckumentary’ is not meant to be the all-encompassing last word on Titan,” said Chief Product Specialist for the next-generation Titan, Rich Miller, in a statement. “Rather it’s the continuing story of the vehicle’s evolution, accompanied by a close look at the American-based team that is bringing this all-new truck to market.”

In the series, we’ll learn about how the Nissan Titan came to be, it’s progression over the years, and the future of the Titan, including the Cummins diesel engine that will be available soon.

What features or capabilities do you hope to see in the next-generation Nissan Titan?


Craigslist Maxima: A Story for the Ages


When you make a short film that’s designed to poke a little fun at the marketing strategy of the maker of a certain car, it’s got to come as quite a surprise when that automaker is the one to step in and support your endeavor.

It was surely a surreal moment for Luke Aker when Nissan contacted him. He had made a short film about his 1996 Nissan Maxima as a funny way to promote it after he offered it for sale on Craigslist.

The film features various close-ups of the car, looking quite derelict: torn interior, ripped bumper and a strap holding the hood in place. This contrasts with the voiceover describing the car—in a low, quiet, serious tone—as luxurious.

The video went viral, racking up 200,000 views in the first week.  Eventually, someone at Nissan saw it and the automaker contacted Aker to make an offer. Certainly, he first thought someone was pranking him.

Nissan not only purchased the car from Luke, the company also donated $1,000 to his charity of choice. As if that wasn’t enough, Nissan went on to fix up the car, now known as the Craigslist Maxima, and give it back to Luke.

We here at 171 Nissan simply love this story and urge you to check out the original video here! It is certainly amusing.