The automotive industry is quickly bringing more and more technologies to the road, whether they’re for safety or convenience. That can be overwhelming for many drivers, but Nissan has a plan to help people understand the latest innovation. The Nissan-Star Wars partnership is bringing out special cars designed to do just that.
Lucasfilm, creators of the popular franchise, partnered with the Nissan Design Team to create vehicles geared towards helping people understand technologies. The team matched various Nissan vehicles, namely an Altima, Maxima, two Rogue crossovers, and a Titan, to Star Wars characters.
Many of the vehicles are inspired by the franchise’s most recent movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Nissan Maxima, for example, took on Kylo Ren’s personality. Red underside lighting and a mask of milled aluminum are reminiscent of the popular character.
More Than Just Cool Vehicles
The designs aren’t all about just creating a cool vehicle though. Nissan is using the vehicles to help customers understand its suite of driver-assistance technologies. Some technologies, such as ProPILOT Assist, offer semi-autonomous driving capabilities, like braking and steering at highway speeds.
Where to See These Vehicles
While all the Star Wars-inspired Nissan vehicles won’t be available for purchase at dealerships, they will be making appearances at major auto shows.
We here at Blackburn Nissan are happy to see Star Wars-themed Nissan vehicles continuing to help people understand the latest technological developments!
With the Christmas season almost upon us, many Americans will soon hit the road to visit loved ones. Since winter weather can create poor driving conditions and more difficulties while on the road, we at Blackburn Nissan want to help keep you safe, so here are some Christmas travel safety tips.
Prepare your car for winter traveling conditions
There are a few things you should make sure to check before setting out on your holiday trip. You will want to make sure that your tire treads are in good shape and not worn down, that your battery is strong, and that you have acceptable levels of windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, and oil.
Make travel plans ahead of time
Come up with your travel plans far in advance to avoid some of the busiest holiday travel days, and include some flexible time in your schedule to allow for traffic and challenging road conditions. Although you may have good weather and clear roads near you, wherever you are traveling to may not, so you will want to check the weather for your trip and plan accordingly.
Have a winter kit in your car with some essentials
This last one is simple: keep an ice scraper in your car, along with some water, food, and extra jackets/blankets in case you are stuck on the road far longer than expected.
Once the turkey and the pies have been eaten, many families turn their attention to Black Friday shopping. The exciting, early-bird race for excellent deals is just as much of a tradition for many as the Thanksgiving meal itself. Use these tips from Blackburn Nissan to make the most of your Black Friday shopping this year.
Plan Your Route
Before you head out, make a list of what you want to buy and where you’ll want to buy it. Order your items by priority, and then decide in what order you’ll hit each store. The more efficient and organized you are, the more likely you are to get everything you’re after
Even with the most organized shopping plan, it’s still impossible to cover all of the ground you may want. However, there is a way to be two places at once, and that’s by splitting up your shopping team. Don’t be afraid to go your own way in honor of the cause.
Sign Up for Emails
Want to know all of the secret deals from all of your favorite stores? Then joining mailing lists will be a productive move. This way, you’ll be clued into the when and where of the best sales.
Are you planning on having some friends over for the game? Make sure you’re serving the best football snacks in the neighborhood with these recipes.
Loaded Nachos: Who doesn’t love a plate of nachos loaded with all the works?
Buffalo Wings: Wings are a time-honored tradition of sporting events, and Buffalo flavor is a classic.
Beer Cheese Veggie Tray: Sneak in some “healthy” options by dipping them in this delicious beer cheese.
French Onion Dip: People love dipping options when watching the game, so here’s another yummy recipe.
Potato Skins: Potatoes, cheese, bacon, and sour cream—it doesn’t get better than this.
Homemade Onion Rings: Simple but delicious, onion rings are a sports bar staple and you can make them at home.
Grilled Cheese: Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? Toss some cheese and bread variants into the mix.
Deviled Eggs: No gathering is complete without deviled eggs.
Hummus and Pita Bread: Made with roasted bell peppers, this dish adds some Mediterranean flair to your event.
Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are made with rye flour and rye whiskey for a flavorful punch.
The best football snacks are made at home, so check out these awesome recipes for more information – hand-picked by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Try some of them for your next watching party!
Autumn doesn’t come gently to Mississippi like it does to our northern neighbors, with their gradual cooling and lovely changing leaves. Down south, we might not lose much in terms of temperature, but the aggressive fall hurricanes and stormy squalls blowing up from the Gulf can make it a hazardous time to be on the road.
Now is the time to get ahead of the bad weather, so we’ve compiled a quick list of easy fall maintenance tips to keep you and all your passengers safe all season long.
- Check your engine. Folks tend to drive longer and further in the summertime; your engine and/or other components under the hood might be in need of some attention. It’s always a good idea to stay one step ahead of that pesky Check Engine light.
- While you’re at it, change your oil and check your fluids.
- Replace your wiper blades. The rains, they are a-comin’—don’t leave yourself squinting through streaks on your windshield!
- Check your brakes and tires. Again, Mississippians don’t need to worry about early snows and weather of that sort, but southern falls can be troublesome in their own way, with rains, mud, and other such road burdens. Make sure your tire pressure is proper and your brakes are fully functional.
At Blackburn Nissan, we have an experienced service team standing by to assist you. If these fall maintenance tips rang any bells for you and your vehicle, give us a call today to schedule a check-up!
The 2017 Titan King Cab is causing quite a stir, offering a slot between the Single Cab and Crew Cab models. Like many similar cab configurations, the King Cab comes with a hinge in the rear to allow the doors to swing 170 degrees for easy access.
According to Motor Trend, the King Cab is designed to meet the needs of customers looking for added space. One unique option is the King Cab configuration that allows you to get rid of the rear seat and replace it with a flat floor. This provides secure storage inside the cab, a feature that you won’t find on competitors.
“The affordable premium pickup has been around for only 13 years, but it’s well-equipped to challenge [competitors],” said Chris Constantine at The Drive. “Now the Titan and Titan XD will get a King Cab version for those who want a middle ground between the massive Crew Cab and a Regular Cab.”
The Titan and Titan XD come with a standard 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine that gets up to 390 horsepower, though you can also opt for a 5.0-liter Cummins® turbo diesel as well. Promising added space and impressive power, the Nissan Titan is great as a work truck. At Blackburn Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming King Cab.
Nissan is always innovating and creating new ways to stay ahead of the pack, and with the 2017 Nissan Altima, they are doing just that with some new safety tech. While driver-assist and -alert features are quickly becoming standard in the auto industry under the pressure of more restrictive safety test requirements and competition, Nissan is always finding new features to add to the mix, such as the new automatic emergency braking system.
Automatic emergency braking will come with the SV and SL trim levels produced last month in June. The system works exactly as it says; it senses potential collisions before they happen and automatically applies the brakes to reduce or avoid the impact. The introduction of this new safety system follows close on the heels of Nissan updating the Rogue crossover recently to also include the new feature standard.
If you want to get your hands on the new safety tech in the 2017 Nissan Altima, you’ll have to keep that in mind when you head to the dealership. The change occurred mid-model year, so it may be difficult to discern between the trims with or without the automatic emergency braking system. Just ask the team at Blackburn Nissan and our friendly employees will help you find the Nissan Altima you’re looking for.
The Fourth of July is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, and for good reason—Independence Day celebrates the day the original 13 colonies announced their separation from Great Britain. While that’s the gist of it, there’s more Fourth of July history to be told. Here are a few more facts from us here at Blackburn Nissan.
The initial battles of the American Revolution began in April 1775, but few colonists wanted an all-out war with the world’s greatest power of the age. Taxation with representation drove more and more colonists to change their view and, by July 1776, the scales tipped.
While the Fourth of July was official made a federal holiday in 1941, its roots are found in the late 1700s during the American Revolution. On July 2, 1772, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence. The Declaration was drafted two days, on July 4, by Thomas Jefferson, unofficially marking the early days of the United States of America.
Prior to the war, annual celebrations had taken place on the king’s birthday. Following the war, some colonists chose instead to hold mock funerals for their defeated king. Festivities, such as concerts, parades, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence, took place as well. Many of those traditions continue to this day. Cities around the country hold parades and concerts as well as fireworks displays each Fourth of July.
Celebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg is a big deal, due to the area’s history as a key location in the Civil War. It also has the second-largest military cemetery in the US, and features a National Military Park. Here are just a few events that will be happening this coming Memorial Day.
One of the simplest ways to honor local soldiers and war veterans is by turning out for the Memorial Day Parade on Washington Street, with several local veteran groups participating, including American Legion and VFW.
Service at Vicksburg Auditorium
Join the community as we remember those lost in the wars of our past at Vicksburg Auditorium during a special service, including a military band.
National Military Cemetery
Following the service at the auditorium, there will be a motorcade to the military cemetery, where there will be speeches and other programs in honor of fallen soldiers who dedicated their lives to defending our country.
Battle of Vicksburg Re-Enactments
If you’re interested in seeing history up close and personal, take a self-guided tour of a re-enactment of the Battle of Vicksburg, which will give you a more accurate view of what actually happened.
Join us at Blackburn Nissan in appreciating all the veterans and soldiers in our community have done for us by celebrating Memorial Day in Vicksburg.
A car show is the perfect place for enthusiasts and history buffs to spend a weekend! The Red Carpet Classic is coming up fast, so be sure to mark your calendars. This year’s annual car show will be held at Blackburn Motor Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grab your keys, the kids, and your car! This year is bound to be one that you don’t want to miss.
All kinds of vehicles are welcome at the 11th annual Red Carpet Classic. Muscle cars, hot rods, race cars, antique vehicles, and tractors are just a handful of what we want to see on the lot! Registration starts at 11am on April 22nd, but attendees can pre-register and save a little money.
The Friday Nite Drive In starts at 6pm and will feature the animated movie Cars. Vehicles will be judged and could win a variety of awards. Several potential awards include the People’s Choice, Sweet 16, Mayor’s Choice, and Kid’s Pick. Awards will be presented at 2pm on the day of the show.
See vicksburgcruisers.com for updates regarding scheduling and event changes for the 11th annual Red Carpet Classic later this month. We here at Blackburn Nissan hope to see you there!