Fall Maintenance Tips to Keep You Safe All Season Long

Playing In The Fall

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!

New 2017 Titan King Cab Adds Selection to Nissan Trucks

2017 Titan King Cab

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.

New Safety Tech in the 2017 Nissan Altima

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.

Fourth of July History

Fourth of July History

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

 

celebrating Memorial DayCelebrating 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.

Veterans Parade

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.

 

Red Carpet Classic at Blackburn Motor Company

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!

Nissan Expands Availability of Popular Midnight Packages

Everyone looks good in black. But did you know that every Nissan looks pretty darn sleek in all black, too? Thankfully, it just got a whole lot easier—and cheaper—to give your Nissan vehicle an urban, stylish look. This is thanks to the new Nissan Midnight Packages, which dress your Nissan in black details for a dark and handsome appearance.

2017 Nissan Midnight Package Lineup - Vicksburg, MS

The Nissan Midnight Package isn’t exactly new. It first made an appearance in 2015 on a TV awards program, and was then featured on the Nissan Maxima. The brand had no plans to market it, but they didn’t have to. People saw the look and loved it. They began calling to inquire how they could buy a Maxima that looked like that. Nissan gave the people what they wanted and created a black-on-black package on the Maxima SR. The package made the look much more affordable than buying every part separately as dealer options.

The Midnight Package has been so popular that it’s made up 85% of all Maxima SR sales. With success like that, Nissan figured it was time to share the love. You’ll now find Midnight Packages on six different vehicles—the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and the Maxima. For your next car, consider paying a visit to Blackburn Nissan and choosing a Nissan with a polished, urban, black-on-black look.

Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept Unveiled in Detroit

Vmotion 2.0 concept

At the North American International Auto Show held last month in Detroit, Nissan showed off its latest concept, which it calls Vmotion 2.0. The Vmotion 2.0 concept is a vision of the where the future may take Nissan and is an example of an ideal vehicle for busy professionals.

The sleek design starts with the signature “V-motion” grille design visible on most Nissan products today. However, on this concept, the design is enhanced with a three-dimensional shape that illuminates when the vehicle is in autonomous ProPILOT mode. The sleek look continues with wrap-around rear glass and a “floating roof” design.

The total design is so striking; the Vmotion 2.0 was actually awarded the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle at the show.

ProPILOT mode is part of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” and is currently just in a visionary state, but would provide automated driving support on urban roads and at intersections.

Inside the concept, is a large open cabin featuring a “Gliding Wing” dashboard that includes both the instrument panel and infotainment system, which the driver and passenger can enjoy. Rear seat passengers share a center console display. In addition, all seats are designed to be comfortable and supportive with fine leather upholstery.

All in all, the Vmotion 2.0 concept is an inviting look into the future.

The Blackburn Nissan team is excited to see where the Vmotion 2.0 concept takes Nissan in the future.

Detailing Your Car for the New Year

Detailing your car

What’s the difference between cleaning and detailing your car? Well, one of them involves a car wash every once in awhile, while the other is much more in-depth and focuses on keeping the appearance of your vehicle like-new by doing meticulous detail-work. There’s no better time to give your car a good detailing session like New Year’s, so why not make it your personal resolution to make your vehicle shine?

Start From the Inside Out: The interior is crucial to keeping up appearances, so start with carpets first with a stiff brush and compressed air.

Don’t Underestimate Compressors: Spraying compressed air into the ductwork – like your heating and air conditioning system – on your vehicle will get rid of any dust and odd smells, and keep your car smelling brand-new.

Hand-Wash: Washing your vehicle with your hands is less harsh on your vehicle’s paint, and it allows you to get into any weird nooks and crannies an automated car wash couldn’t.

Polish and Wax: Polishing your paint will smooth it out, and you can use it in combination with wax for an extra layer of protection.

Do Glass Last: Get some top-notch glass cleaner and do your windows last – it’ll get gunk all over it from the previous steps, so wait until everything else is done first.

Detailing your car just takes a little bit of time and love, and doing some routine upkeep every season can keep the job from becoming too overwhelming.

Nissan Titan Review Praises Comfort and Performance

 

When consumers can’t decide what to buy, they turn to the Internet and professional reviews for help, especially when it’s for a vehicle that’s a little out of the ordinary. When it comes to pickup trucks, the go-to is typically an American brand, but iTech Post shook up expectations a little bit when its Nissan Titan review expressed all-around praise for the Japanese pickup, which showcased everything from family-friendly comfort to top-of-the-line power.

Nissan Titan review

The 2017 Nissan Titan offers a Crew Cab model with available Zero Gravity seats for optimized comfort, allowing for spacious interiors that can haul the whole family. Additionally, tons of storage and cargo space in the cabin, under the seats, and in a cargo organizer in the truck bed allow for additional room. The 5.6-liter Endurance V8 engine cranks out 390 horsepower matched to a seven-speed transmission for a smooth performance and heavy-lifting.

Nissan Titan review

If you’re looking for a pickup truck that veers away from the mainstream market but still preserves the bold, modern attitude of a great truck, along with all of the versatile configurations and features that can accommodate a family, iTech Post’s Nissan Titan review promises both of these. There’s also plenty of innovative capability engineered into the 2017 Titan’s powertrain, so make sure you give it a look if you’re in the market for a new truck.