Monthly Archives: April 2015

New Nissan Maxima Production Starts at Tennessee Plant

New Nissan Maxima

The Nissan brand recently shocked its fans with an all-new design of the flagship Maxima sedan, which was shown off last month at the New York Auto Show. While the reaction was somewhat mixed, most Nissan fans—including us here at Cronic Nissan—love the bold new direction. And we have even more exciting news now—the Maxima recently started production at the Tennessee plant in Smyrna.

Nissan is obviously excited about the new Maxima, and so is the state of Tennessee. The governor was even on hand for a ceremony celebrating the start of production for the new Nissan Maxima.

“With today’s launch, Nissan and Tennessee begin another chapter in their long and successful partnership defined by high-quality vehicles and the innovation of its workforce,” Governor Bill Haslam said at the ceremony. “We want to thank Nissan for continuing to invest here, helping build Tennessee’s reputation as a leading automotive manufacturing state.”

The new Maxima will hit the market this summer. It will come in five different trim levels, all of which feature that sporty and aggressive new design. It also includes Drive Assist Display, optional heated/cooled seats, a Bose audio system, and even a 3.5-liter engine good for 300 horsepower. Come see us here at Cronic Nissan to learn more about the new Maxima and prepare for its arrival this summer!

Nissan Murano Honored on Ward’s 2015 10 Best Interiors List

Ward's 2015 10 Best Interiors List

A vehicle’s interior can make or break it. If you want an interior that combines luxury and comfort, then look no further than the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano. This popular midsize crossover was recently named on Ward’s 2015 10 Best Interiors list, making it a top choice for those who want the ultimate comfort in their vehicle’s cabin.

“First time I saw the new Murano interior, I was blown away by the pearlescent film that’s used to lovely effect on the doors, instrument panel, center console and armrest,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor for WardsAuto World. “The rest of the interior is brilliantly executed as well, from the smooth, flowing lines of the instrument panel to the ample cargo hold. Beige interiors often are perceived as boring, but this one is stylish and contemporary while achieving a serenity uncommon among midsize CUVs.”

The third-generation crossover combines a modern design, premium materials, and innovative, practical technology to offer a never-before-seen level of refinement. NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seating provides the ultimate comfort, while the oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof allows the outside to come in, blending with the design for the ultimate effect.

To see the award-winning Nissan Murano interior, stop in to Cronic Nissan today!

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

distracted driving awareness

In today’s busy, connected world, it can be hard to only focus on one thing at a time. But, there is surely no place more important to do this than in your car. Distracted driving is a major problem for drivers here in the United States and to help alleviate it, April has been declared as national Distracted Driving Awareness month.

According to The News Wheel, in 2012, 3,328 drivers were killed in the United States in accidents involving distracted drivers. And, an additional 421,000 people were injured. What makes these numbers even scarier is that at any moment in the U.S., 660,000 drivers are using their phone or other electronic device while driving.

Our smart phones are undoubtedly the biggest culprit when it comes to distracted driving, but other activities can be just as harmful, such as eating while driving, grooming, adjusting your radio, and even talking to other passengers.

While some of these activities may be unavoidable—sometimes, you just have to talk to your kids in the backseat—you should make every attempt to only focus on the road when behind the wheel. One simple way to reduce your distractions is to put your phone away so you can’t see it, like in the glove box or in a storage bin. You can also encourage your passengers to help you keep distractions to a minimum.

Do you need to reduce your distractions while driving? Share the steps you’ll be taking with us in the comments below.

Sporty 2016 Nissan Maxima Reveal Impressed at NY Auto Show

Nissan Maxima Reveal

Nissan finally revealed the 2016 Maxima model at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, in the midst of a sea of product launches and major debuts from auto companies all over the world.

The 2016 Maxima has been seriously upgraded on the outside, with a new stylized design that makes the car look sleeker and more aerodynamic. Creased side panels add to a racecar tone that catches the eye.

At the top of the large sedan market, the 2016 Maxima faces some challenges, as U.S. buyers continue to opt for crossovers and smaller SUV’s. However, thanks to the tech upgrades as well as cosmetic changes, Nissan has faith in their new Maxima to turn that around.

Concerning the 2016 Maxima, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said “(it) will build on the success that Nissan has achieved in North America. We are expecting it to do great things for us.”

Check out a gallery here, and let us know what you think of the 2016 Nissan Maxima reveal in the comments.

Nissan Titan Truckumentary Continues With “Heart Of Cold”

Nissan Titan Truckumentary

The saga continues as Nissan tells the fifth chapter in its Nissan Titan Truckumentary. This time around, we see Nissan engineers testing the new Titan in Alaska, Colorado and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Chapter Five, “Heart Of Cold,” is all about Nissan’s experiences in cold-weather durability testing.

While we are treated to images of snow dogs and the snow-covered Alaskan wilderness, one engineer says, in a dramatic understatement, “This weather is tough.” But that’s exactly why they are there.  Speaking on the new Titans, he says, “If they can survive here, they can survive anywhere.”

One test in particular involved what are called “cold starts.” This test is about making sure that the truck starts up in extreme cold. Then it’s about measuring how long it takes the trucks to get warm. You can see the engineers instructing volunteers on how to rate their experience.  Melaina Vasko, marketability engineer, liked very much how the Titan performed.