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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.

iPhone Users Can Rejoice for the 2017 Nissan Maxima will have Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

2016 Nissan Maxima

Nissan has extended their range for which phones can connect to their newest Nissan Maxima.  For the 2017 Nissan Maxima, Nissan will be including Apple CarPlay!  We can’t tell you how excited we are for this here at 171 Nissan!

For those of you who don’t know, Apple CarPlay basically turns your car into an iPhone.  All the cool things you can ask of Siri (be sure to ask what Zero divided by Zero is) can now be done while you are driving your vehicle, in a way that keeps you and other drivers on the road safe.  Just like your iPhone, when your car features Apple Carplay, you can talk to Siri using voice commands, which keeps your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

Currently, many other automakers already include Apple Car Play in their vehicles, including Ford, GM, Honda, and Mitsubishi.  Now adding to this list will be Nissan with its integration into the new 2017 Nissan Maxima.   The best part about Nissan including this new technology, it’s doesn’t hike up the price like it might with other carmakers!  The price difference between the 2016 and 2017 is no more than $50 for any trim level!  That’s less than buying a new iPhone!

As you can tell, we are pumped about the latest addition to the Nissan Maxima and can’t wait to try out this new feature at our dealership!  Be sure to stop by and check out the technology yourself and see how cool and easy it can be!

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GT Academy 2016 Is Open for Competition

The dream of gamers around the world is about the come true, with the chance to turn their virtual driving skills into real life racing credentials. Welcome to GT Academy 2016. This is a collaborative project between Nissan and PlayStation where gamers can compete for the best lap times while playing Gran Turismo Sport.

Currently, the competition is open to gamers in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, the Philippines, and Thailand. More regions will have their own competitions when Gran Turismo Sport officially launches on the PlayStation 4 on November 15th. Here at 171 Nissan, we anticipate (and very much hope) that North America will be part of that release.

GT Academy 2016

Gamers from each region with the fastest lap times are invited to the GT Academy, where they go through intense, face-to-face, real world race challenges where the winner of that competition gets the opportunity to become a NISMO Athlete.

The first GT Academy competition was held in 2008 and since then the program has stunned the racing world with its success. GT Academy winners that are current NISMO Athletes include Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordonez, Ricardo Sanchez, Romain Sarazin, Matt Simmons, and others.

While the competition currently isn’t open for North America, that doesn’t mean you can’t start practicing!

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Nissan and Mitsubishi Combine Forces

Nissan Mitsubishi

As Mitsubishi has struggled to maintain its hold in the automotive market, and with recent discrepancies in Mitsubishi’s mileage testing, its future has taken a dark turn.  In light of this, Nissan has stepped in and had purchased a 34% stake of Mitsubishi to salvage Mitsubishi and combine efforts.  Nissan and Mitsubishi will be joining forces, and we believe this will develop into a beautiful relationship!

This 34% stake gives Nissan control over Mitsubishi because of the ways laws in Japan work.  This alliance stands to provide great benefits for both companies:  Mitsubishi will gain the backing of a great company that can offer advice to advance their brand, and Nissan will gain a strong ally in technology and in the field of EV vehicles that Mitsubishi has developed successfully over the past few years.

Time will only tell what will become of this alliance, but for us at 171 Nissan, we hope that this will bring great vehicles to our customers, ranging from sedans, SUV’s and more.  If it’s anything like the Nissan-Renault alliance from 1999, then we can hope this will bring great things to both Nissan and Mitsubishi.

To learn more about our current lineup of Nissan models available for sale, stop in to 171 Nissan today!

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New 2016 Nissan Titan XD Now Available with V8 Engine

2016 Nissan Titan

When the new Nissan Titan XD was launched last year, it only offered a single engine: a Cummins 5.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that produces 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. It’s no slouch, but some of our customers at 171 Nissan were wondering—what about a gas-powered engine? What about a V8?

Well, Nissan has heard the requests and delivered, as the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is now available with a gas-powered 5.6-liter V8. It’s cheaper and makes 390 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, a whopping 73 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque more than the V8 that powered the previous Titan, thanks to direct injection, a significantly higher compression ratio of 11.2:1, and improved thermal efficiency.  And we thought the original Nissan Titan XD was powerful!

That extra horsepower makes the V8 feel quicker and more responsive than the diesel, though the diesel’s superior torque gives it the towing advantage—at least at sea level, where the turbocharger still has air to suck in. Be sure to visit us at 171 Nissan to understand all of the differences between the two engines and make your decision!  We love talking about the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD and telling our customers about its great performance!

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Pledge to Drive Distraction Free During Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving Awareness

In today’s world, many of us have our cell phones with us at all times. We can’t imagine leaving the house without it and it can be really hard to ignore all of the bells and whistles that work to get our attention throughout the day. But, there is one place where it is imperative to completely ignore your phone—in your car.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and we want to talk about how there is more to distracted driving than just texting. While texting is perhaps one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel, talking on your phone, even with a hands-free device, can be just as risky.

While you might think using Bluetooth to connect your phone so you don’t have to use your hands is a safer way to talk or text, it isn’t. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drivers talking on their phones, with or without using their hands, are four times as likely to be involved in an accident. And, the NSC estimates that 21% of all accidents in the United States involve a driver who was talking on his or her cell phone.

Both driving and holding a conversation are thinking tasks. Because of this, your brain cannot simultaneously focus on both at the same time and actually rapidly switches between the two activities. This can cause drivers to miss up to 50% of their driving environments.

Now, this does not mean you can’t hold a conversation while you drive. It simply means if you want to talk to someone they have to be in the car with you. An adult passenger in the car can give drivers an extra set of eyes and can adjust their talking when driving gets difficult and can even help point out potential road hazards. A person on the other end of a cell phone can’t do any of these things.

If you want to drive distraction free, you can sign this online pledge to take back your drive and promise to not text, have conversations, or do anything else on your phone while driving.  Let us know if you are taking the pledge to bring awareness about distracted driving at 171 Nissan!

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Nissan Unveils 2017 Nissan TITAN at the New York Auto Show

2016 Nissan Titan XD

2016 Nissan Titan XD

Expanding its all-new truck lineup even more, Nissan showed off the 2017 Nissan TITAN at the New York Auto Show. This half-ton pickup is expected to be Nissan’s best-selling truck and is a little bit smaller than the recently introduced TITAN XD.

“The 2017 TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is about a foot shorter in wheelbase,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., in a statement. “They share the same cabs, but while it offers similar ruggedness and durability, the TITAN half-ton’s chassis is completely different than XD.” 

Powering this all-new truck is a 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine rated at 390 horsepower. This will be paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Initially, the 2017 Nissan TITAN will come only in a Crew Cab design, but both a Single and King Cab variations will be added later. The Crew Cab will arrive in dealerships this summer.

With the addition of the TITAN XD and the all-new 2017 TITAN, Nissan’s full-size pickup lineup will have a wide range of options for buyers to choose from, including two chassis sizes, two fuel options, a range of cab and bed sizes, and so much more.

Here at 171 Nissan, we love the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD and can’t wait to see the all-new 2017 Nissan TITAN when it arrives later this summer.

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Nissan Develops Intelligent Parking Chair with Park Assist Technology

Showing off some of its innovative parking technologies, Nissan recently developed the first Intelligent Parking Chair. You heard right. Engineers developed this pet project using intelligent park assist technology, creating chairs that automatically arrange themselves.

Although you might initially think there is a ghost in the room, the Intelligent Parking Chair is capable of finding its “target position,” or place at the table, and move 360 degrees to get there. According to Nissan, four cameras in the room’s ceiling generate a bird’s-eye view to wirelessly transmit the chairs position and its route, and a small motor propels the chairs forward.

“With this innovation in office technology, Japanese businessmen are now freed from the troublesome task of arranging chairs, using this new technology already adopted in the European model X-Trail Hybrid and other Nissan vehicles around the world,” read the Nissan website.

Videos of the Nissan technology caused quite a stir on video-sharing websites like YouTube, demonstrating just how intelligent the Nissan engineering and design labs are becoming. A single clap of the hands and the chairs spring to life, finding their place in the room. This is just one more way Nissan sets itself apart from other brands.

Tell us what you think of this new “ghostly” technology of Nissan’s at 171 Nissan in DeRidder, LA!

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The Dangers of Drunk Driving: Staying Responsible on the Road

Driving Safely

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, a holiday synonymous with good cheer and Irish celebrations. However, this time of year is also one of the worst when it comes to impaired driving. At 171 Nissan we want everyone to have a great holiday, but we also want everyone to have a safe one as well.  Statistically, someone is killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash, a number that increases this time of year.

Last year, roughly 9,878 people were victims of alcohol-impaired drivers, demonstrating the dangers of drunk driving. According to the CDC, the two groups most at risk are young people and motorcyclists. In fact, one of the leading causes for the deaths of young people is alcohol-related vehicle accidents.

So, what can you do to prevent these drunk-driving numbers from increasing?? If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. There is no way to become sober other than through time, which means that cold showers, coffee, and other remedies are just myths. To put it simply, your body must digest and eliminate the alcohol in your system. Impairment is directly related to the rate of alcohol consumption, as well as the percentage of alcohol consumption. That means that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is affected by both how fast/often you drink a beverage, and by how much alcohol is in a beverage.

Knowing what is in your drink is also important. Beers tend to have 3.5% to 6% of alcohol (some have up to 12%), wines have 8% to 20%, and distilled liquors can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf brands have 45% to 80%). You should also be aware that fortified beers and wines tend to have much higher alcohol content than normal.

Everyone is different, which is why it is important to know you limits. If you have been drinking at all, you need to get a ride or call a taxi. Drink and drive responsibly. For more information on drinking and driving, visit DoSomething.org.

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Kick These Bad Driving Habits This Year, For Your Own Sake

Texting and Driving

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.

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