Monthly Archives: February 2017

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

Gas coming from a nozzle

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.