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4 Best Tips For Packing Your Car

2017 Nissan Altima interior - packing your car for vacation or moving

One of the biggest problems when traveling or moving is trying to fit everything in your vehicle (2017 Nissan Altima, anyone?). We’ll share some of our favorite space-saving tips that will make packing your car a breeze!

  • Pack similar items together – Make sure that you have breakable items at least kind of together. This will help you make sure that they’re placed carefully in a low-risk area of the car.
  • Take advantage of all space – The trunk isn’t the only place to store things in a car! Store items under seats and anywhere else you can find it.
  • Use bags, not boxes – As you may realize, it can be hard to fit a squared-off object into a rounded car interior. By packing in bags your cargo becomes more pliable and easier to fit.
    • Bonus tip: use vacuum bags for even more space!
  • Use an overhead carrier – There will always be times when you just need more space than you have. Add a carrier to the top of your car and pack it with the items you know you won’t need until you reach your destination.

Whether you’re going on a road trip, leaving for vacation or moving, let’s face it: space is always coveted when packing your car. Make the most of it with a new 2017 Nissan Altima sedan from 171 Nissan in DeRidder, LA!

Nissan’s Electric Platform Brings Lower Prices

Nissan Leaf | DeRidder, LA

Nissan has been one of the most vocal advocates for lowering the cost of electric vehicles, and now it may get its wish. The Nissan-Renault alliance is welcoming Mitsubishi into its fold, effectively increasing the range of vehicles it has to work with. Reports indicate that all three brands will use Nissan’s electric platform as the underpinning for all electric vehicles.

By sharing an electric vehicle platform, Nissan hopes to see the price of electric vehicles drop by 20%. Currently, the most affordable electric vehicle is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at just under $23,000. By comparison, many gas-powered cars are much cheaper.

Renault and Nissan previously struggled to reach their desired price drop as they developed electric vehicles separately. Now, with Mitsubishi on board, the alliance plans to share the platform of the Nissan Leaf. They’ll also share the battery, motor and inverters in an effort to further save money.

A redesigned Nissan Leaf is expected to hit the market during 2018, which makes that the prime year for any major changes. The drive to create more affordable electric cars is on, and Nissan is leading the charge for greener roads.

We at 171 Nissan can’t wait to see how the alliance shapes the future of the electric vehicle segment!

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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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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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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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