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Randy Moore is the Internet Manager at Cronic Nissan in Griffin, GA. Cronic Nissan has been serving the Griffin and surrounding Georgia cities since 1975. With an intense focus on customer service and satisfaction, Cronic Nissan is the true hometown Nissan Dealer.

Nissan Introduces Sylphy Zero Emission in China

At the Auto China 2018 auto show held in April, Nissan made a big splash by introducing an all-new model. The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission will be the first electric vehicle made by Nissan specifically for the Chinese market.

“The new Sylphy Zero Emission is the next step in our electrification strategy for China,” said José Muñoz, Nissan’s chief performance officer. “The new Sylphy Zero Emission will be Nissan’s first mass-production electric vehicle for the China market and one of the 20 electrified models that we plan to introduce over the next five years.”

The Sylphy is built on the same platform as the American Nissan LEAF. The Sylphy’s batteries are stored under the seats to ensure that they don’t hamper passenger or cargo space. According to Chinese standards, the Sylphy will have an impressive electric driving range of 210 miles. That’s long enough for a nice road trip here in the U.S.

We all know how challenging an issue pollution has been for China and the entire planet, so here at Cronic Nissan, we are glad to see our company making such a big push for electrification and zero emission vehicles. The Sylphy Zero Emission is expected to go on sale in China late this year.

Sylphy Zero Emission

Finding Inspiration in Unorthodox Ways: Bunz the Nissan Rabbit

The new Nissan Altima was inspired — at least partly — by Bunz the Nissan rabbit.

You read that correctly. The Nissan design team has years of experience, some of the latest equipment on the market, and a staff of prodigies to help come up with styling and features to wow drivers. However, the team also has an adorable rabbit named Bunz that meanders around the office.

According to The News Wheel, the California branch of the Nissan design office frequently takes a break from the highly competitive world that is the auto industry to find comfort in their furry friend. Bunz, a four-year-old dwarf Lionhead rabbit, is primarily housed by team member Jacqueline Reeve, though the bunny is considered an essential member of the team by most of the crew.

“Designing cars is a serious and competitive business,” said Taro Ueda, vice president, Nissan Design America. “Designers thrive in unique, fast-paced and creatively demanding environments, but it’s important to have an open mind and outside inspiration, even if sparked by a bunny visiting the office.”

Frequently referred to as Nissan Design America’s “Ambassador of Hoppy-ness,” Bunz the Nissan rabbit looks like a ball of fuzz with a pink bow on top. While not a conventional asset among design teams, a rabbit like Bunz helps designers to clear their heads and step outside the box on occasion.

Bunz the Nissan Rabbit - 2018 Nissan Altima

2019 Nissan Altima Features Updated Style, Performance, and Tech

For more than two decades, the Nissan Altima has been a favorite among drivers looking for a versatile, functional, and stylish sedan that delivers big where it matters most. The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima pays tribute to this legacy — and it also takes things to a new level with drastically updated style, more tech-savvy features, and new engine and drivetrain options.

Longer, wider, and lower than ever, the 2019 Nissan Altima features a clean, aerodynamic profile, a stunning floating roof design, a bold V-shaped grille, and distinctive boomerang-styled taillights. Inside, the 2019 Altima comes standard with a 7-inch instrument cluster display and an advanced 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display that provides Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility.

The 2019 Nissan Altima features a more thrilling powertrain, too.  For the first time, the Altima offers optional all-wheel drive. It’s also equipped with a vigorous new turbocharged inline-four engine that’s capable of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

These updates represent the most significant reworking of this popular sedan in more than a decade, and the result of this total overhaul is Nissan’s most striking Altima ever. At Cronic Nissan, we’re proud of the new 2019 Altima, and we’d love to give you an up-close look at what this beauty can do.

2019 Nissan Altima (2018 Model Year Pictured)

New Nissan-Disney Partnership for A Wrinkle in Time Movie

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is a classic in children’s literature, and for many readers it’s the first time they’re exposed to sci-fi/fantasy books. Impressed by the success of Disney’s Rogue One, Nissan agreed to work with Lucasfilm and Disney on a new adaption of A Wrinkle in Time featuring Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon. At Cronic Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited for the Nissan-Disney partnership.

According to The News Wheel, the world premiere of A Wrinkle in Time will be powered by the 2018 Nissan LEAF, and this intelligent electric vehicle will be featured on the red carpet as well.

A Wrinkle in Time is a thrilling story written in 1962, and it features supernatural beings that travel through time using “tesseracts,” or what we might now call wormholes, to meet a thirteen-year-old girl. There’s space and time travel, alien worlds, and evil brain monsters. This space-age film pairs well with the futuristic LEAF, one reason Nissan was eager to work with Disney.

Nissan commented on the new partnership, stating, “As a propeller of change, the All-New Nissan LEAF® is inspiring innovation by bringing you the technology of tomorrow, today. In celebration of Black History Month, and in honor of the upcoming release of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Nissan and Walt Disney Studios are inspiring creatives, visionaries and dreamers with our Tomorrow to Today class. Together, we want to empower ingenuity and encourage innovation to help you move forward in your career. Whatever your passion is, we’ll help you get there.”

The latest LEAF comes with intelligent features like ProPILOT Assist to improve safety and to make driving easier, as this system lets you set a following distance and monitors traffic. There’s also a new e-Pedal that rethinks your experience behind the wheel.

To see the innovative LEAF in action, stop by Cronic Nissan for a test drive.

Nissan-Disney partnership, featuring 2018 Nissan LEAF

 

Could Nissan Make Telepathic Driving Technology Real?

Recent innovations in the auto industry pertaining to in-car technology have caused automakers to pursue different routes of how to increase connectivity in their vehicles. And Nissan is at the forefront of this experimentation. The automaker is hard at work brainstorming new kinds of technology to the point where we might be seeing something entirely new and quite unexpected in the industry telepathic driving. The concept of telepathic driving technology would rely on your brainwaves to control and communicate with your vehicle.

This may sound like a science fiction film, but Nissan is currently committed to studying and testing new tech like this. As part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility initiative, Nissan has consistently expanded autonomous technology including the safety systems that have become so common in modern vehicles.

Nissan’s telepathic driving technology would make use of so-called “Brain-to-Vehicle,” or B2V, systems, which would speed reaction times for drivers and lead to more adaptive cars. The technology, as demonstrated at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), would allow vehicles to adjust to your level of comfort as well as predict your driving habits.

Telepathic driving technology is a first in the realm of in-vehicle automotive tech, according to Nissan. Although there’s no word yet on when B2V tech will be available in vehicles we can sell here at Cronic Nissan, we are excited about the future of Nissan vehicles.

telepathic driving technology

What Is Nissan Intelligent Mobility?

Safety has come a long way in the past decade, and Nissan is ready to make the next major leap in innovation. Nissan ProPILOT Assist aims to provide drivers with a more intelligent way to operate their vehicle; but, that’s not all Nissan has in store. Here’s a quick breakdown of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

Designed to make driving both safer and less stressful, Nissan ProPILOTAssist is essentially a semi-autonomous system. When engaged, a series of sensors keep up with the flow of traffic on the highway. It can also handle stop-and-go traffic, effectively taking the stress out of traffic jams.

An all-in-one system, Nissan ProPILOT Assist is more than just self-driving technology. Cameras can keep track of lane markers and alert drivers if the vehicle is heading out of its lane. This awareness can give drivers enough time to take corrective action before things get dangerous.

In addition to a full suite of safety features, the Nissan LEAF features numerous Intelligent Mobility features. The latest model features instant torque and no emissions, making it both peppy and eco-friendly. The single e-pedal enables drivers to start and stop in a single action. Pressing down causes the car to accelerate while letting up on the pedal acts as the brake.

When it comes to mobility, there are few competitors that can keep pace with Nissan! See Nissan Intelligent Mobility in action when you pay a visit to Cronic Nissan.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

Nissan Takes Top Honors at 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards

2017 Nissan Titan

Nissan has a long history of producing award-winning vehicle of all types, and the 2017 model year is no exception. At the 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards, the Nissan Rogue Sport and Nissan Titan XD both took home top honors in different categories. To top things off, Nissan itself won the coveted “Manufacturer of the Year” award.

The 2017 Ruedas ESPN Awards were presented at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it was a night full of accolades for Nissan. The all-new Rogue Sport was named “Vehicle of the Year” and also took top place in the “Best CUV” category. Additionally, the Titan XD earned the award for “Best Diesel Pickup.” In each of these categories, Nissan came up against plenty of stiff competition. But in the end, only one could come out on top, and the victor was Nissan.

“The portfolio of Nissan vehicles available in the US Market is today better than ever,” said Jaime Florez, director of Ruedas ESPN. If there was any doubt that now was a great time to get behind the wheel of a new Nissan vehicle, we think it’s safe to say this clears things up.

Come to Cronic Nissan to learn more about the newest lineup of award winning Nissan vehicles and go for a test drive in one of them.

Altima and Murano Win Nissan J.D. Power Awards

From websites to your neighbor who seems to know everything, there are a lot of ways to get information about which new cars are the best. None are quite as reliable and trusted as J.D. Power, though. This year, the 2017 Nissan Altima and the 2017 Nissan Murano came out on top of their respective categories, winning Nissan J.D. Power Awards in two separate categories

The 2017 Altima beat out the competition in the hugely crowded midsize car category in J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. As one of the most popular car categories, the midsize segment presents some stiff competition, including the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, and a long list of others.

In the midsize SUV category, the 2017 Nissan Murano won the title of most appealing vehicle—no small feat in a category that includes such vehicles as the Subaru Outback, Jeep Wrangler, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Now in its 22nd year, the APEAL study uses actual driver evaluations to determine its most highly recommended vehicles each year. In the end, only one car can be crowned king in each category, and this year, the king was Nissan.

To learn more about what makes Nissan vehicles stand out amongst the rest, stop by Cronic Nissan and schedule a test drive!

Nissan J.D. Power Awards

5 Family-Friendly Fall Activities to Add to Your List of Traditions

With September in full swing and October on its way, autumn is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly fall activities to participate in. We at Cronic Nissan suggest you add these to your family’s fall bucket list.

Go to a Farm

In the fall, lots of farms open their doors to visitors for activities like corn mazes, picking pumpkins, going on hayrides, and more. Check out some of the local farms near you to see if they’re holding any fall festivities.

Enjoy Apples

While autumn has become associated with pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks, apples are also coming in for the harvest season, which means plenty of apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and other seasonal treats.

Have a Bonfire

There’s nothing quite like building a bonfire on a crisp evening. Sweaters, blankets, cups of hot cocoa, and s’mores—what more could you want?

Bake

This can be a fun way to teach the kids life skills. While there are plenty of fun fall treats you can buy from the store or from local farms, it’s also fun to make your own treats, like pumpkin pie or Halloween-themed sugar cookies.

Jump in Piles of Leaves

Simple, but a classic. Have the little ones help you rake the yard, then spend the day jumping in the piles of fallen leaves.

Try these family-friendly fall activities for an autumn you won’t forget.

family-friendly fall activities

Local Events and Activities: The Fairgrounds Farmers Market in Griffin

Farmers markets are a great place for people looking for fresh food that’s grown locally. It can be hard to know where fruit and veggies are from if you buy them at the supermarket, and many places don’t always provide the freshest produce. Farmers markets solve this problem, and they also provide a way for you to support the local economy. Check out the Fairgrounds Farmers Market this fall for a wide selection of food and crafts.

At Cronic Nissan, we’re proud to be a part of the Griffin, GA community, and often attend the Griffin Famers Market. The event is held at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds throughout the year, and the next one will be held on Friday, September 1st from 9am to 1pm, according to Eventbrite. There’s constantly a call for new vendors, so there’s always new produce and products at the market.

You can find local products at the farmers market like Baker’s Bark spice rub, Grazing Here grass-fed beef burgers, fresh pumpkins, honey, jelly, and jam. Pecans are ever-popular, though you can get virtually any veggie or fruit you might need for your next dinner recipe.

Visiting the Fairgrounds Farmers Market is just one way you can support your community. Hop in the car and explore what the area has to offer.

Fairgrounds Farmers Market