Nissan Brings Star Wars to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Star Wars themed Nissan Rogue

Nissan has brought Star Wars to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show with a display celebrating the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Edition and the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story film released late last year.

The Nissan display at the Chicago Auto Show will feature the Rogue One Edition, as well as other Star Wars-inspired Rogues and even replicas of spaceships featured in the film as well as other interactive displays.

Nissan North America vice president of Marketing Communications and Media said that the Rogue One Edition has tripled online searches for the Rogue and made the Rogue Nissan’s best-selling vehicle. Nissan hopes to continue this trend with its Rogue-focused Star Wars display at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Stormtrooper-like Rogue One Edition was featured at CAS as well as one modeled after the X-wing, which will have movie-inspired thrusters, blasters, an astromech droid, and Rebel logo projectors in the side mirrors.

Nissan had a variety of interactive displays and activities for consumers to check out, including scale models of several Rogue One ships including the X-wing, the Y-wing, and the TIE Striker, as well as a Digital Mirror Experience where consumers can be turned into Stormtroopers or robots. There were also special appearances by live Stormtroopers on the weekends. Hanging above it all was an enormous 17-foot Death Star hanging over the Nissan display.

Look online to see fun photos of the Nissan display at the Chicago Auto Show!

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency

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Fuel economy is always an important concern for drivers, but it’s an even bigger one during the winter, when cold, wet weather makes our cars use more gas. So, what can we do to improve fuel efficiency, especially in winter? Here are some easy tips to integrate into your routine.

One thing that makes your fuel efficiency worse is low tire pressure, which is extremely common in winter. Cold weather reduces the amount of air in your tires, which also reduces your car’s traction and makes your engine work harder to pull your car forward. Regularly checking and refilling your tires will have a big effect on fuel economy.

Another problem caused by cold weather is a cold engine. The colder your engine, the longer it takes to heat up and the more energy it uses. Combat this by cutting out the “warming up” period—your car doesn’t need to be warmed up, and it actually gets warm much faster when driving, so leaving it to idle for 20 minutes in the morning just wastes gas.

In general, you can improve your fuel economy just by slowing down a little and only braking when you have to. Give yourself more room to coast for a while before you stop, leave more distance between yourself and the cars in front of you so you never have to hit the brakes too hard, and let yourself slow down going uphill and coast downhill.

Plan your drive ahead of time. In winter, if you have to run a bunch of errands at once, go to the furthest one away first so your car can heat up during the drive and won’t cool down much the rest of the way, reducing engine load. Avoid roads with lots of stoplights, and avoid rush hour. All of these tips, plus a well-maintained vehicle, will save you tons of money on gas.

Nissan ParisTech Visit

Nissan ParisTech Visit: The Future Industry Leaders

Visiting the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Carlos Ghosn recently spoke with graduate students about the future of the industry. ParisTech is a leading engineering and research graduate school often considered a member of the French ivy league. Ghosn, CEO of Nissan-Renault, studied for years in Paris, so he decided to come back and have a lively discussion with students, by facilitating a Nissan ParisTech visit.

According to Nissan, the Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership was one of the major topics of the Nissan PartisTech visit. Ghosn, who is now a chair member for Mitsubishi, explained that Nissan-Renault and Mitsubishi have worked together for years, yet these were mostly in one-off deals. Now, the two can partner to develop new technologies, forming a massive research team.

“There are two reasons why we decided to take 34% of Mitsubishi,” said Ghosn, “first, for a strategic reason, and then for a financial reason…It is an industry of scale, which is to say that an automaker that is bigger than another automaker has an advantage.”

Students also asked the Nissan-Renault CEO about the surge of autonomous vehicle technologies. Nissan hopes to complete the second stage of its self-driving technologies by 2018, releasing fully-autonomous vehicles by 2020. Though a long way off, this could redefine the entire industry.

This visit is just one of the many ways Nissan is trying to get students more excited about the auto industry, paving the way for future industry leaders.

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Topping Off Vehicle Fluids: Simple Maintenance Tips

One of the best ways to take care of your vehicle is to regularly top off the fluids. This is an easy task that you can do at home. We’ve put together a guide for topping off vehicle fluids, as well as information about which components need checking. From oil to antifreeze, it’s easy to take care of your car.

According to Consumer Reports, engine oil is one of the most important fluids to top off. To do so, simply remove and wipe clean the dipstick. This will help you get an accurate read. After reinserting it, take it out again and look to see that the oil levels are at a normal range. Be careful not to overfill, and try to use the same exact oil. Oil can burn off in the engine over time, so it’s likely that you may have to top it off.

You should also check coolant every three months at the very least. Coolant is just what it sounds like—it cools the engine and moves heat away from moving parts. It’s usually a mix of antifreeze and water, and it is often in a clear reservoir under the hood. There may be two fill lines—hot and cold—so be sure to fill to the right one.

Washer fluid is also essential, especially because you may need it for visibility. This is easy to top off, but it should be noted that many companies also make de-icer for colder climates.

Finally, check transmission fluid with the engine running and warm. This can be dangerous to check, because of moving parts, so be especially careful. Read the dipstick to see which type of fluid to use (there are a range to choose from), or check the owner’s manual. Transmission fluid is essentially a hydraulic oil that needs checked at least twice a year.

Two 2017 Nissan Models Debut Before LA Auto Show

Nissan is shaking things up this year before the Los Angeles Auto Show. Rather than waiting for the auto show, the Japanese carmaker has decided to take the cover off two 2017 Nissan models—the 2017 Nissan Versa Note and the 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition.


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“The Nissan new product onslaught for the 2017 model year is so extensive, we’re bringing out the new Versa Note and JUKE Black Pearl early,” said Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning with Nissan North America. “The four latest additions to the lineup follow our ongoing ‘Year of the Truck’ campaign, which has seen the introduction of an all-new Armada, new Rogue, revised Pathfinder, and new Titan half-ton and Titan Single Cab.”

The 2017 Versa Note showcases a new design and a variety of interior changes that were driven by customer input. With these changes, Nissan is hoping the Versa Note will become even more popular this year.

The JUKE Black Pearl Edition is looking to appeal to those consumers that love aftermarket looks. Nissan has turned the JUKE SV into a limited-edition model that has exclusive white bumper accents and trim, along with a number of black-and-white accents in the cabin.

These models are the first of four new Nissan vehicles that will debut during the LA Auto Show. Along with the JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the 2017 Versa Note, the Japanese carmaker also unveiled a new NISMO product on November 15th and the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model during a press conference on November 16th.

Finish Last Minute Holiday Shopping with These Top Gifts for Car Lovers

The holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to decide on those final presents you’re going to get your friends and family. If you’re not sure what to get the car enthusiast in your life, never fear—Cronic Nissan is here to help. We’ve put together a short list of the top gifts for car lovers that you can use to help finish your holiday gift list.

Top Gifts for Car Lovers

Personalized garage sign. For someone that spends a lot of time tinkering on his or her car in the garage, a personalized garage sign is a great choice. There are plenty of options to choose from to fit your loved one’s unique style.

Car speedometer cuff links. Everyone has to dress up every now and then, so purchasing cufflinks for the car-loving man in your life is the perfect way to make sure he isn’t wearing a pair of boring cufflinks when he does. Shaped like a car’s speedometer, this gift is a subtle way to showcase how much he loves to drive.

Authentic Morgan three-wheeler. If you want to go big this holiday, then there is no better way than to get your car-loving friend or family member an authentic Morgan three-wheeler. This gift has a very high price point, but will make any car enthusiast weak in the knees. This motortricycle can even be legally driven on the road in the United States!

Base Nissan Leaf Battery Upgrade Makes Going Green Even More Appealing

When it comes to going green, there are two major factors consumers consider—price tag and battery range. Because of this, Nissan has decided to increase the range of its base trim level, making the Leaf more environmentally friendly than ever before.

 

This base Nissan Leaf battery upgrade provides the Leaf S with a larger 30 kWh unit, which is usually seen in the SV and SL models. The larger battery replaces the old S trim level’s 24 kWh unit. With its beefier power, the 30-kWh battery helps increase the EPA-estimated maximum range from 84 miles to a much more impressive 107 miles. This means you don’t have to worry as much about getting a good charge on your daily commute.

 

While this boost in range is significant and impressive, it does have one minor side effect—the cost has also increased, too. Before, this electric vehicle’s starting price was around $29,000, but it is now at $32,450. While this might seem like a major increase, the Nissan Leaf is still one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the market.

 

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a cheaper 24-kWh Nissan Leaf, never fear—there are still plenty hanging around dealership lots.

Base Nissan Leaf Battery Upgrade

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept Truck

The Nissan Navara EnGuard concept truck is one of the coolest emergency vehicles the automotive industry has seen in years. The Japanese automaker unveiled the concept truck at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany. The concept itself is based on an already existing model, the Navara pickup, that’s sold in Europe.

The Navara EnGuard concept truck features a 2.3-liter twin-turbocharged diesel engine that pumps out 187 hp. Compared to the current Navara, the EnGuard concept offers more ground clearance and off-road capability that out-performs most other comparable models.

Boasting two portable battery packs that can be charged by the diesel engine, the EnGuard concept offers the ability for drivers to power equipment in hard-to-reach places, like caves.

Did we mention that there’s also a DJI Phantom 4 drone that can soar nearly 20,000 feet above the truck? The image is displayed on a 20.5-inch HD screen in the EnGuard concept.

The Nissan Navara currently holds the International Pickup Award and is sold globally, although it’s engineered differently from market to market. In the United States, we know it as the Nissan Frontier.

That leaves one question. Is the Nissan Navara EnGuard concept a preview of the Nissan Frontier?

Here at Cronic Nissan, we can’t wait to see what becomes of the Nissan Navara EnGuard concept!

 

Back to School Driving Safety

back to school drivingNow that the school year has started, it’s time to refresh our memories with some back to school driving safety tips. Whether you drive your kids to school, they ride the bus, walk, or ride their bicycle, these tips are important for everyone.

Undeniably, the safest way for your child to get to school is by riding the bus. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, children are about 50 times as likely to get to school safely when riding a bus than if driven by a teenage driver. They are even safer on a bus than riding with their parents.

For those of us not on the school bus, it is important to follow the following rules.

  • If you are driving on an undivided road, you may never pass a school bus if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • You are required to stop for a school bus when it has its yellow or red lights flashing and the stop arm is extended.
  • Allow plenty of room for children to enter and exit the bus by stopping at least 10 feet away from the bus.

When driving near schools, be extra cautious. Do not block crosswalks and do not honk your horn at pedestrians.

With these simple rules, we can all make the school year safer for everyone.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Winter brings the most dangerous roadways of any season due to the constant variations in the weather. Fortunately we’re in the early weeks of fall which means there’s plenty of time to freshen up on driving in winter. Here at Cronic Nissan, we have some helpful tips for driving in the snow that will help you arrive at your destination safely this winter.

  • Hills – Hills can be a driver’s worst enemy and winter only makes them worse. Avoid powering up hills as that will just leave your wheels spinning. Don’t stop on a hill if possible as you’ll likely end up at the bottom and have to start over again. In order to reach the top of a hill, start moving prior to reaching the hill and allow the inertia to carry you to the top.
  • Braking – Drivers who don’t know how or when to brake often end up struggling to get moving in winter. Instead of stopping at a light, try to slow down just enough to roll through it. Doing so will allow you to keep moving and forego any fishtailing or spinning wheels.
  • Preparing – Put together an emergency kit before winter, just in case something does happen. Bring a first aid kit, plenty of food and water, blankets, extra clothing, and ensure your gas tank is always at least a quarter full.

Tips for Driving in the Snow