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Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition Debuts at New York International Auto Show

Nissan GT-R | Vicksburg, MS

The Nissan GT-R boasts a long and prestigious history and, over the past half-century, has worked its way into the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere. As a tribute to this remarkable vehicle, Nissan unveiled the 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 New York International Show, and it made quite the splash. From its increased performance potential to its beautifully modern design, the new GT-R definitely impresses.

The Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition elegantly balances style and grace. The car will be offered in three different heritage-era exterior color combinations, paying homage to the car’s original colors. For instance, the Bayside Blue finish returns to the GT-R for the 50th Anniversary Edition, offering a bright exterior that includes fun racing stripes. A Peal White edition with red stripes and a Super Silver edition with white stripes will also be available.

The bold style of the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition extends to its interior, which features a gray interior color scheme and a luxurious design. The 50th Anniversary Edition offers a distinctive steering wheel and shift knob, special embossed seats, and luxurious Alcantara® leather accents. To entertain you while you conquer the road, the special edition features a NissanConnect™ integrated audio, navigation, and communication system with an 8-inch touch-panel display.

Want to get behind the wheel of your very own Nissan GT-R? Call or visit Blackburn Nissan and we’ll fix you up with all the power you could ever need.

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Team Up to Produce the Nissan Ultimate Work TITAN

Nissan Ultimate Work TITAN | Vicksburg, MS

Nissan has a proud history of working with Habitat for Humanity. Earlier this year, Nissan announced that the partnership it shares with Habitat for Humanity had successfully reached a whole new dimension. Nissan and Habitat for Humanity worked together to produce the Nissan Ultimate Work TITAN.

The Ultimate Work TITAN is the latest in a series of custom vehicles built by Nissan for its Calling All TITANs campaign. The truck, based upon a Nissan TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab Midnight Edition, was tailor-made for Habitat for Humanity’s workers.

To determine what this custom pickup truck should include, Nissan and Habitat for Humanity spent time talking to the latter’s worksite supervisors and volunteers. Those workers noted three things the custom TITAN should possess:

  1. Off-road capability
  2. An interior akin to a mobile office
  3. A bed filled with useful tools

The decision to use the TITAN XD Diesel Crew Cab Midnight Edition as a base for the custom TITAN model certainly addressed that first requirement, although Nissan went the extra mile by adding ICON Alloys REBOUND wheels and other exterior features to the truck. To make the TITAN cabin feel more like an indoor office, Nissan included a 13-inch laptop and a backseat computer storage space for said laptop. Finally, the appropriate tools, including a full-size ladder, were added to the bed and roof of the custom pickup truck.

Since 2005, Nissan has donated 150 trucks and $16.9 million to Habitat for Humanity. Here at Blackburn Nissan, we are proud to represent an automaker that does so much to give back to the community.

Preparing Your Car for Spring

As they say, a little preparation goes a long way. Keeping up with routine car maintenance is of the utmost importance for your vehicle’s health and longevity, and a great way to stay on top of it is to perform seasonal vehicle checks, preparing your vehicle for the season ahead. Here are some tips on preparing your car for spring.

  • Give your car a good cleaning: To preserve your car’s exterior paint job, it’s a great idea to thoroughly clean it in the spring. You should also clean out the interior, vacuuming the upholstery and carpets and clearing out any trash that has accumulated on the interior.
  • Check your tires: Before the spring rains, you should check your tire pressure and your tires’ tread depth. Appropriate tire pressure increases efficiency and promotes even wear, while adequate tread depth helps maintain traction and control on slippery roads.
  • Check your windshield wiper blades: It’s also important to have effective wiper blades in the springtime, as they help maintain visibility when it’s raining. Check your wiper blades to make sure they’re not cracked or streaking when in use.
  • Check your oil: Adequate engine oil promotes a clean, optimally-functioning engine. It also helps keep your engine cool, which is particularly important when the weather begins to warm.

For all of your vehicle’s spring maintenance needs, stop into Blackburn Nissan and we’ll get you squared away so you can feel ready for the season ahead.

Tips for Taking a Test Drive

Test Drive

Before you make your final decision to buy a car, you need to take it out for a test drive. However, a test drive is more than just driving around the block. Here are five tips for taking a test drive that will help you make the most of your experience.

  1. Do a thorough visual inspection. Before you start the engine, walk around the car and look for any dents, rust, and cracks. Test the exterior lights and look at the tire tread.
  2. Idle the car. Take a seat inside and start the engine. Sit in the car for a few minutes and listen any troubling sounds. While you’re there, you can also test the radio, make sure the seats are comfortable, and try both the heater and air conditioner.
  3. Do stop-and-go driving. Do some normal city driving with frequent stops and turns. How does the car feel when you stop? Do you hear any squeaking noises? Does the car offer a comfortable ride over rough roads?
  4. Do some highway driving. Head to the highway to drive at least 55 mph. Does the car accelerate easily? Are the gear shifts smooth? Test out highway features like cruise control.
  5. Practice parking. Find a good place to park and practice both parallel and perpendicular parking. Does the car shift easily into reverse? Do any advanced parking features like a rear-view camera work properly?

Now that you know what to do, do it at Blackburn Nissan. We’ve got all the latest vehicles from Nissan in stock and ready to try.

Introducing the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan Concept

Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan Concept

Nissan is applying its exceptional performance know how to its EV industry leadership with the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept. Making its debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show, this fully electric all-wheel drive sports sedan demonstrates the current peak capabilities of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ and radiates high-end refinement.

“This bold Nissan IMs concept represents the birth of an entirely new segment of vehicle – an elevated, electrified sports sedan,” said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of Management Committee, Nissan North America. “It makes sense that the first automaker to bring the world a mass-market EV would bring you the future of the electric high-performance sports sedan.”

The Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept boasts an electric powertrain with dual electric motors that deliver a whopping 483 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. With its 115-kilowatt-hour battery, the IMs EV sports sedan boasts an estimated range of 380 miles on a single charge, making it as practical as it is powerful.

Embracing the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility™ — Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power, and Intelligent Integration — the Nissan IMs EV Sports Sedan concept offers Autonomous Drive mode, which conveniently signals to other drivers that the vehicle is in self-driving mode by turning the headlights and rear combination lights blue.

The exterior of the vehicle looks sleek and futuristic (yet decidedly like a Nissan), but the IMs EV stands out from other concept cars with its revolutionary Premier Seat. This seat is centered in the rear row and oversized, providing enhanced comfort for rear-seat passengers.

If you’re wondering what the future of travel might be, look no further than the Nissan IMs concept. In the meantime, check out the best of what’s around at Blackburn Nissan.

Hidden Gems of Mississippi

Lion Cubs

Mississippi features many unique places that draw in visitors from around the country. Check out these hidden gems of Mississippi that are well worth taking the trip.

The Shed

Is there anything better than blues guitar and Southern barbecue? The Shed is home to pulled pork, chicken platters, and brisket that’ll make your mouth water and live music that’ll make your heart sing. Outdoor bonfires and a warm indoor dining area make The Shed the perfect spot for all seasons. Head down to Ocean Springs to see what all the fuss is about!

Hattiesburg Zoo

Kids and adults alike will enjoy an afternoon at the Hattiesburg Zoo. The Sloth Experience features a tour of the animal kitchen, participation in meal preparation, and a hands-on experience with an actual sloth, making it a must for curious children of all ages. Outside of observing the animals, a carousel, playground, and four-story ropes course are just a few activities kids and parents can take part in.

U.S.S. Cairo

The U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum is the very same gunboat that was sunk in 1862 and has the distinction of being the first ship to be sunk by an electrically detonated torpedo. The Cairo was hauled up from the depths and shipped to Ingalls Shipyard on the Gulf Coast in Pascagula, Mississippi, in 1965, where it was reassembled and restored. This time capsule is worth visiting if you’re a history or nautical buff.

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Vicksburg if you know where to look. For a reliable and stylish ride to get you there, look no further than Blackburn Nissan.

 

Have a Very Merry Christmas in Vicksburg This Year!

Though you’re no doubt still recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to start looking ahead to the holiday season proper. This time of year, Vicksburg comes alive in celebration of the season, and you have plenty of opportunities to take part. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

In the evenings, it’s ideal to take a drive past all of the area’s gorgeous plantation homes to soak up their splendid holiday décor. Across the South, you won’t find yuletide beauty as you will right here in Vicksburg. If you’re looking at taking a special holiday staycation, many of these lovely plantation homes also serve as bed and breakfasts, giving you the perfect setting for an intimate and memorable weekend break.

No Christmas in Vicksburg would be complete without an afternoon with Santa himself. This year on Dec. 9, you can bundle up the kiddos and head over to the Vicksburg Convention Center for the 16th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Magical Adventure in Candyland.

From Dec. 14-16, The Warren Central High School Madrigal Dinner & Singe Feaste provides a full four-course dinner, music, and a play. You’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance, so mark your calendars now.

If you need an exciting new ride for all of your holiday adventures in Vicksburg, look no further than Blackburn Nissan!

The Best Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving in Mississippi

Thanksgiving in Mississippi

Want to nail your Thanksgiving in Mississippi this year? We have a few special suggestions to help you take your turkey day from so-so to wow, no matter what sort of holiday you’re hoping to have.

Make it a Thanksgiving getaway

If you’re looking to take a break from the big spreads and bloated bellies that usually come with an self-respecting Thanksgiving in Mississippi, consider taking a little weekend trip. There are plenty of delightful locations right here in our home state that are ideal for a quick fall escape, like a visit to Gulfport for seafarers or a jaunt to Oxford for you University of Mississippi alumni.

Bring a cheese spread from Mississippi State Cheese

Are you meeting your significant other’s family for the first time? Looking to impress your successful cousins with a classy dish this year? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve this Thanksgiving, you can get it done with a tasteful cheese spread from the scrumptious Mississippi State Cheese company. They’re taking orders now!

Try Cooking a Classic Mississippi Dish

Mississippi has some of the best cuisine in the country, if we do say so ourselves, and we really shine when it comes to Thanksgiving fare. Try one of these delicious Mississippi favorites, like Cola Ham or a classic Southern cornbread.

From all of us here at Blackburn Nissan, we hope you have a happy, safe, and very filling Thanksgiving.

2018 Nissan Kicks Offers Fun, Versatility

Nissan Kicks

Compact crossovers are red-hot these days, and they don’t get any hotter — or, for that matter, cooler — than the 2018 Nissan Kicks. The all-new Kicks balances every consideration of what you’d want in a crossover, from tech and intelligence to style and poise. The result is an impressive vehicle that’s got quite a lot to offer.

 

On the inside, the Kicks is cozy and comfortable with a clean, stylish layout, Zero Gravity seats, and 93.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume that tops some of the segment’s stalwarts. For shopping and taking trips, the Kicks offers 25.3 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 32.3 cubic feet of space with the seats down. Whether it’s bringing the kids to school or running out to pick up groceries, the Kicks has you covered.

 

The 2018 Nissan Kicks is an ideal choice for the individual thanks to Kicks Color Studio, which allows you to customize your ride down to the finest detail. Not only do you have the option to select a contrast roof, but you can match it to your choice of the door handle, mirror cap, bumper accents, wheels, and spoiler. The result is a vehicle that is definitively and completely all yours.

 

To experience why the 2018 Nissan Kicks is no mere compact crossover, stop into Blackburn Nissan for a test drive.

Fan-Favorite Game Day Recipes

Game Day

Football season is here again, which means parties and celebrations with your friends and families. To fuel you and your crew as you cheer on your favorite team, you’ll need delicious snacks. To get you off the bench and into the game, try these four excellent game day recipes.

Bacon-and-Greens Salsa

For a Southern-style take on salsa, this recipe incorporates mixed greens and bacon and is best served with pork rinds, sweet potato chips, and hot sauce.

Hoppin’ John Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are the perfect handheld snack for an on-your-feet kind of game. With a mixture of peas, ham, rice, and onions, you can craft a unique take on the classic hush puppy that is perfectly crispy and will have them begging for more.

Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

If you’re looking for something a little harder, you can please the delicious baby back ribs. Make sure you’ve got the time necessary for this meal: It requires eight hours to marinate and two hours or so to grill. But once you bite into that tender meat, you’ll realize that the best things come to those who wait.

Cheese Straws

If you don’t eat meat but love savory snacks, these cheese straws are quite easy to make and will fit the bill. All it takes to make these straws are flour, cheese, butter, salt, baking powder, and 10 minutes of your time well-spent.

Be creative when it comes to your game day recipes and you’ll find yourself the talk of the water cooler on Monday morning. If you want to be the talk of the office from the moment you roll up into your parking spot, stop into Blackburn Nissan and get yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Nissan.