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

Should I Buy My Tires at the Dealership?

You probably don’t realize it, but your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Think about it. If your tires fail, your brakes won’t be much help and neither will your stability control. That is why it is so important to get the right tires for your car, and when you buy your tires at the dealership, that is exactly what you will get.

If you purchase tires here at Cronic Nissan, we will make sure the tires you choose are the right size for your vehicle and will work with the type of driving you do. Of course, tires come in a wide range of price options, so we will give you variety of tires to choose from, usually good, better, and best options.

Once you have chosen the tires you want, we will install them for you. While doing that, our trained technicians can check for any potential problems like poorly aligned wheels or brake issues.

Visit us at Cronic Nissan for all of your tire needs.

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Former NASA Scientist Maarten Sierhuis Helps Develop Nissan Autonomous Vehicles

For years, former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis worked on technology that would help the human race reach out to the stars. However, for his next project, Sierhuis is focusing on technology that is a little more grounded. According to a press release from Nissan, Former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis will help develop Nissan autonomous vehicles.

During his time at NASA, Sierhuis worked to develop a series of robotics-based intelligence systems to help aid the organization with their pursuit of space exploration.

Maarten Sierhuis will now take the knowledge and expertise that he used at NASA to help Nissan with a goal that they are currently trying to pursue: autonomous vehicle technology. Autonomous driving systems allow for vehicle to drive themselves without the direct aid of the driver. Even when the driver is in control of the vehicle, autonomous driving would serve as a monitoring system to help optimize vehicle safety.

Maarten Sierhuis is currently working on a project at the Nissan Research Center that uses autonomous vehicle technology to help navigate during travel on the highway.

“Bringing this new technology to society, it will change so many things,” says Sierhuis. “And call me crazy, but for me part of my drive of wanting to be thinking about these kinds of problems is that I want it to be done right.”

For Maarten Sierhuis, space was not the final frontier. Rather, his exciting journey continues with Nissan and their autonomous vehicle project!

Maarten Sierhuis

4 Varieties of Lemonade

This summer has already been pretty hot and humid, and it’s only going to get hotter! With the dog days of summer headed our way in August, we could really use a nice, refreshing drink. No drink is better during the summer than lemonade! Try mixing up your summer drink flavors with these 4 varieties of lemonade.

Varieties of Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Perhaps the most famous spin on lemonade is the Strawberry lemonade. Often referred to as pink lemonade, this variety is often more popular than even the classic lemonade.

Raspberry Lemonade

For another type of berry added to your summer drink, try and sample raspberry lemonade. However, unlike the sweet strawberry lemonade, this flavor pairs the sour lemon flavor with the tart flavor of raspberries.

Peach Lemonade

For a splash of the South added in your glass of lemonade, try a Peach Lemonade. It’s a sweet way to try and beat the heat outside.

Lemonade Ice Tea

Ice tea may be the only other drink that is as iconic during the summer as lemonade is. So it only makes sense to combine the two drinks for a refreshing beverage.

When it comes to lemonade, it’s OK to drink and drive, just don’t spill!

Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” Program

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Two years ago, Nissan launched a “No Charge to Charge” program that changed the way we drive electric cars. And now, their program is expanding!

Nissan started their “No Charge to Charge” program in just 10 markets in July 2014. This program gave great benefits to Nissan LEAF owners. It set up complimentary public charging stations and gave LEAF owners free use of these stations for two years from their purchase date.

After the popularity and success of the program, Nissan has decided to expand on the program. Recently added are 28 new charging stations in the top markets for Nissan LEAF. And Nissan is all about rewarded LEAF drivers and giving them additional confidence.

“We know that public charging is a key element in providing additional range confidence for electric vehicle drivers, and free public charging is a great way to make Nissan LEAF an unrivaled value for the average American driver,” said Brian Maragno, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.

Near Cronic Nissan, you can find a charging station in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. You can download a map here so you can find charging stations along your road trips, too!