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Best Louisiana Colleges To Attend Near Lake Charles

best Louisiana colleges

Shearman Fine Artws Center, McNeese State University

If you or someone you know if preparing to move up from high school to college and you live in the Lake Charles area, here’s some of the best Louisiana colleges to attend near us.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

A number of academic benefits and innovative SMART classrooms await you at one of the best colleges in Louisiana, which offers over 80 degree programs and counseling services for first-generation college students.

McNeese State University

One of McNeese State’s main draws is that it’s one of few universities that house a farm on campus – with over 1,400 acres of land dedicated to agriculture and research. Also, newly-admitted students can attend “Cowboy Camp,” a special and exclusive orientation.

Louisiana College

If you’re looking for a Christian private school, head to Louisiana College. There are various degree programs, an on-campus chapel, spiritual programs, and accreditation through professional organizations.

Louisiana State University in Alexandria

This branch campus in Alexandria offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs as well as benefits like varsity rodeo and rugby teams and an undergraduate academic journal. Check out the exclusive Honors Program, too.

Some of the best Louisiana colleges are near us right here in the Lake Charles and Alexandria area. If you want to stay close to home, schedule a tour for one of these schools today.

 

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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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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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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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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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New Nissan Pickup Production to Double in South Africa

Nissan LogoNissan is always looking to tap into growing markets around the globe. Most recently, the automaker laid plans to increase production of a new Nissan pickup production at its South African plant. Set to begin in 2018, production of the new Nissan pickup will double the factory’s current annual output.

The factory, which is located in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, produces about 40,000 vehicles every year. Once the latest model begins production, that number is expected to rise to 80,000 vehicles per year.

South Africa has become a hotspot for Nissan and many other automakers, including Ford and Volkswagen. The country currently uses state provisions to attract new companies. The program will be extended past 2020 and qualification for the program will fall to 10,000 vehicles produced annually.

As for 2015, the number of vehicles produced in South Africa is expected to rise above 620,000 units. In 2014, 277,491 vehicles were produced in South Africa. That’s an enormous difference in any industry.

Nissan will likely announce more details about plans for a new pickup truck in early 2016.  We want to know what’s to come of the new Nissan Pickup here at 171 Nissan!  Tell us what you think about this truck and what your speculations are!

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Nissan Electric Car Concept Teased Ahead of Tokyo Auto Show

Nissan LEAF

Recently, Nissan posted a vague press release accompanied by a dimly lit photograph as a teaser for a new concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Show. This new Nissan electric car concept is described as part of the company’s “future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” The information that the concept will be electric has led many to believe this is the unveiling of the next-generation Leaf.

The first hint that the concept is an all-new Leaf comes from the fact that the released teaser picture has the front of the car illuminated in blue light, which is a recurring motif with the Nissan Leaf. The overall styling of the car, however, is similar to the new Nissan Maxima, with a V-motion grille and flared-out wheel arches.

If the vehicle is not a Leaf, however, that means Nissan will have a second all-electric vehicle joining the Leaf in its lineup. However, after several mid-cycle upgrades and refreshes including a better battery range for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Leaf is long overdue for a new generation. The Nissan electric car concept could be exactly that.  Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think of the new Nissan Electric Teaser in the comment below!

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