Category Archives: Altima

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.

See the Dramatic 2016 Nissan Altima Facelift

Nissan AltimaMost mid-cycle refreshes are light updates to keep a model year from becoming passé before its next generation. However, the 2016 Altima is receiving one of the most dramatic makeovers ever seen in Nissan’s history. With better performance, new looks, improved safety features, and the best fuel economy in its class, the 2016 Nissan Altima facelift gives it an edge in the competitive midsize sedan market.

The Altima by itself is difficult to improve; the outgoing model is touted by Nissan as the only midsize sedan with five consecutive years of sales growth. The refreshed 2016 model, however, employs the use of Nissan’s new, more aerodynamic Energetic Flow design language, an aspect of its design that it shares with the new Murano and Maxima.

The Altima comes with a new grille, bumper, fenders, hood, headlamps, and a redesign front fascia that gives it a more muscular appearance. The technology features added include the NissanConnect infotainment system, which comes with a variety of audio and navigational features and options. In addition, the sedan will be offered in seven trim levels, including the sporty SR trim that comes with 18” wheels, a more rigid suspension, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler.

The 2016 Nissan Altima facelift gives the car a more sleek and dramatic appearance, keeping it stylish and packed with cutting-edge features in the face of competitors. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the new model is expected to be available sometime in November.

New Nissan Crossover Models in North America: A Change in Focus

new Nissan Crossover Models
Nissan Rogue – Available now at Blackburn Nissan!

When you think of Nissan, models like the Altima and Sentra and words like “reliable” and “affordable” generally come to mind. However, in North America, Nissan is following the market and moving its focus to new Nissan crossover models like the Murano and Rogue. New car customers increasingly want a balance of performance, size, and efficiency from their vehicles, and Nissan delivers that thanks to the CUVs.

“The U.S. market (is) moving so quick right now away from traditional sedans to crossovers,” John Martin, senior vice president-manufacturing for Nissan North America, said to WardsAuto. “The dealers were telling us, ‘We’re seeing this switch.’ And we don’t see that switch as stopping.”

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we certainly don’t see it stopping either, so come see us here as soon as possible to check out the beautifully designed Rogue and Murano. Or, if you’re still a sedan man—or woman—we’ve got plenty of those for you as well. Come see our whole inventory today!

Nissan’s New Design Studio Opens in Brazil

Nissan opened a new satellite design studio in Rio de Janiero on August 13th. The studio, called “Nissan Design America Rio” (NDA-R), is located near the corporate headquarters of Brazil, and hopes to incorporate local flavor into the design and research of future Nissan vehicles.

“Brazil has been one of Nissan’s key markets for years and can offer new inspiration for the design of our products for Brazil as well as globally. Soon, you may see some results of the work done by this team in collaboration with other design centers around the world,” said Taro Ueda, Vice President of Nissan Design America. “Rio has a wonderful combination of vibrancy and diversity that represents the Brazilian culture and people, with each region being unique in its own way. This is an ideal location to establish a design studio.”

Ueda was present at the opening of NDA-R, and also took time to meet with local design students and professionals. Autoevolution.com points out that Ueda spoke at the Rio’s Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) and hosted a design workshop at Nissan Brazil’s headquarters.

Nissan is hoping that by incorporating local design elements, they will more broadly appeal to South American markets, where they already sell the Versa and March hatchbacks, the Sentra and Altima sedans, and a market-specific minivan called the Livina.

Nissan's Design Studio
2015 Nissan Altima

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we’re excited to see the impact that Nissan’s new design studio will have on future Nissan cars globally.

“Shift” Into Relax Gear with Nissan’s Improved CVTs

Nissan's Improved CVTs
Nissan Altima

Nissan vehicles like the Altima, Rogue, and Sentra all feature a special kind of transmission, a “continuously variable transmission” or “CVT.” This kind of transmission doesn’t feel as smooth as an automatic transmission, which has caused some Nissan owners to fret that their transmissions are in fact broken. Of course, Nissan could just issue a statement explaining how CVTs work, but that’s just not how this great company works.

Nissan has gone a step further—creating a tweaked version of their CVT that makes it feel much more like an automatic transmission. In other words, Nissan has added a new technology, called D-Step Shift Logic, just to put their customer’s minds at ease. That’s the kind of excellence and service you already expect from Nissan if you’re a returning customer—if not, simply swing by Blackburn Nissan today to check out our excellent lineup, CVT-capable or otherwise.

Here’s how the D-Step Shift Logic works, according to Driving.ca: “once the car reaches 4,000 rpm, the software tweak creates a subtle drop in driving force and a slight jump ahead, giving the sense of a changing gear.” Nissan’s improved CVTs are just one tiny example of the automaker’s excellence–Nissan pays this kind of attention to detail to every aspect of their vehicles, so you’ll feel safe and sound in any of the excellent cars and trucks in our inventory.

Experience NissanConnect with Mobile Apps Technology in your New Car

NissanConnect with Mobile Apps
NissanConnect Available in 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Every year Nissan finds new ways to excite drivers. Less than a year ago, Nissan introduced the next big thing when it comes to in-car entertainment and connectivity. Drivers around the world love the new NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system in their new Altima, Rogue, Sentra, and more!

This new system allows drivers and their passengers to stay connected while out on the road. NissanConnect uses information from hand-held devices to personalize the driving experience. Drivers can connect with their social media sites such as Facebook through their in-car infotainment system. Drivers can also enjoy apps like Pandora Radio and iHeartRadio while cruising down the interstate. Along with apps, the system can also connect you to others via text messaging and Bluetooth. For example, drivers can get their messages read to them and respond completely hands-free.

NissanConnect with Mobile Apps
Interior of the 2014 Nissan Sentra

The NissanConnect system is so innovative that it received an award at the Telematics Detroit Conference for being a cutting-edge Industry Newcomer. People who voted for the award liked the system’s ability to keep people connected while being able to focus on the road, a huge issue in among drivers across the globe.

The newest NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system is available on some of the models we carry here at Blackburn Nissan! Swing by the dealership to see how Nissan’s system can work for you.

2015 Nissan Altima Gets Some Enhancements

2015 Nissan Altima Gets Some Enhancements
Nissan Altima Currently Available at Blackburn Nissan!

The Nissan Altima is Nissan’s top selling vehicle and the 2015 model is looking to keep up the tradition. Drivers everywhere enjoy the 2014’s sleek design, engine options, and interior comforts for a low price. The 2015 is no exception.

First the Altima is available with two engine options. You may opt for a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine that makes 182-horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 270-horsepower. The enhanced V6 offers an extra mile per gallon for the 2015 model year making it even better on your wallet. All models are equipped with an Xtronic transmission that offers a smooth shift.

Inside the 2015 Altima, experience a greater amount of available features including NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front seats, an 8-way power driver’s seat, 2-way power lumbar support, Intelligent Climate Control, black carpeting and seat trim, and fog lights. You may also opt for a Bose® premium audio system, a 7.0-inch color touch screen, and leather appointed seating for the best in interior comfort and technology.

Here at Blackburn Nissan, we couldn’t be more excited about the advancements of the 2015 Nissan Altima! If you would like to know more about the 2015 model, stop by our dealership or give us a call at (601) 631-0079.

Nissan Promotes Performance in Altima “Ride of Your Life” Campaign

Just because Nissan is investing heavily in green technology—launching their second all-electric vehicle, the e-NV200 just recently and promising more green cars in the future—doesn’t mean that they don’t still care about making the sexiest, sportiest cars on the planet. Just take the Altima’s new ad campaign as evidence.

Ride of Your Life
2014 Nissan Altima

It’s called the “Ride of Your Life” campaign, and basically it features Nissan enticing customers into a “race-spec Altima,” taking them for a thrilling ride around the Horse Thief Mile at Willow Springs Raceway, and only then admitting to them that the “race-spec Altima” was actually a production-version Altima. Customers were unanimously shocked when it was revealed that they could coax that much power out of a normal, road-ready car.

“Performance is still very relevant to the audience for Altima,” Jon Brancheau, Nissan’s Chief Marketing Officer in the U.S., said. “In this case, we’re trying to show that in an entertaining fashion with consumers who are genuinely surprised.”

So come on in to Blackburn Nissan and allow yourself to be surprised by the purring power of the Nissan Altima—you’ll be looking for a racetrack of your own as soon as you drive off the lot. We guarantee it.

Three Nissans Make KBB.com’s List of 12 Best Family Cars

12 Best Family Cars
2014 Nissan Rogue

Kelley Blue Book (KBB), The Trusted Source®, recently recognized three Nissans on their list of 12 Best Family Cars! Recognized for being great family-friendly cars were the 2014 Rogue, 2014 Pathfinder, and 2014 Altima. Vehicles were chosen for the list by actual families alongside KBB.com’s editorial staff.

There were a total of 21 vehicles evaluated by KBB and families. The 21 vehicles were spread across 11 different brands. Of those 21, only 12 were chosen as the best with Nissan taking up a quarter of the top 12 spots.

The Rogue was recently redesigned for the 2014 model year and is Nissan’s second best-selling vehicle. KBB liked that the all-new Rogue included more features, better styling, and plenty of interior space. The Rogue was recognized by KBB for being a “compelling choice for young families looking for practical, comfortable and inexpensive transportation.”

12 Best Family Cars
2014 Nissan Pathfinder

KBB found very little to dislike about the 2014 Nissan Altima. They noted the Altima’s interior spaciousness, excellent driving dynamics, and comfortable interior.

The Nissan Pathfinder commanded the attention of KBB for its overall value and roomy interior. KBB noted the excellent cargo space, excellent interior and exterior design, and great pricing.

To find the perfect new family-friendly vehicle, stop by Blackburn Nissan in Vicksburg, Mississippi! We have the Rogue, Pathfinder, Altima, and more!