Check Out These Exciting Nissan Armada Highlights

2017 Nissan ArmadaBack when it first made its debut on the market, the Nissan Armada—like other full-size SUVs—wasn’t built to be a smart, technology-packed vehicle. However, 2017 is a new era, and the new Nissan Armada for the 2017 model year makes use of plentiful tech to compete in a segment and automotive market that increasingly rely on connectivity features to sell vehicles.

It doesn’t disappoint, thanks to new safety systems, a new Around-View monitor, and various other strides in performance that make it a great off-roading vehicle.

The Around-View Monitor is useful in multiple situations, from backing up, to changing lanes on the highway, to navigating difficult terrain. This is due to its ability to display a bird’s-eye view of the area around the Armada. Additionally, the Nissan Armada has several of the most “basic” safety tech systems, like blind spot detection and lane departure warning.

The Nissan Armada is also built on the same Patrol platform as the Infiniti QX80, which means you get the look and space of a luxury-class vehicle for a fraction of the cost. Premium features like a 13-speaker Bose audio system, an 8-inch color touch radio, and LED exterior lights come standard on the Armada, too, so you won’t be missing any amenities, either.

The new Nissan Armada offers a ton more features for families in need of a large hauler, so make sure you check out the new 2017 model year loaded with technology and luxury materials. We’ve got the new Armada on our lot here in Vicksburg. Be sure to stop by Blackburn Nissan to check it out!

The History of Labor Day Weekend

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Happy Labor Day from Blackburn Nissan!

What do you associate with Labor Day? No school? Three-day weekend? Barbecues? The end of summer? Pool closings? Technically, all of those are correct, but there’s more to Labor Day weekend than just being able to sleep in.

Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was created to recognize the efforts and contributions of American workers during the Industrial Revolution, a time when working conditions had few regulations and American workers were often overworked and underpaid from a young age and in unsafe conditions.

The history of Labor Day began when it was celebrated on September 5th in 1882, when 10,000 workers in New York City marched from City Hall to Union Square in the first-ever Labor Day Parade. The idea of the holiday caught on afterward and spread across the country like wildfire. The holiday known as Labor Day was nationally recognized by Congress 12 years later following a major wage strike in Chicago.

Credit for the idea behind Labor Day is given two men–Peter J. McGuire, who co-founded the American Federation of Labor, and a secretary of the Central Labor Union named Matthew McGuire. Either way, the brave workers who fought for their rights during the late 1800s and early 1900s are yours to thank for your relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Nissan is Upgrading the Nissan Pathfinder for 2017

Roughly three years ago, Nissan revealed its latest version of the Nissan Pathfinder. The result was a SUV that was an instant hit for the brand! However, Nissan is not one to rest on its laurels. That is why the Nissan brand has announced some exciting news.

According to Drive.com, Nissan is upgrading the Nissan Pathfinder for 2017.

The 2017 model of the Pathfinder is set to undergo major upgrades for its exterior design, engine capabilities, and technologies.

Drivers will notice the first change to the Pathfinder when they first lay eyes on it. The latest Pathfinder has a newly-redesigned exterior, which helps it more closely resemble the rest of the Nissan family of vehicles.

The Pathfinder is also receiving some upgrades under the hood. The 3.5-litre V6 engine equipped to the Nissan Pathfinder will now possess direct injection, which provides it with more power and efficiency.

Finally, a new vehicle wouldn’t truly be upgraded without some great new technologies. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has been packed with more active safety technologies, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Monitoring, to provide drivers with a ride that is not only safer, but more advanced.

If you already loved the Nissan Pathfinder, then you are certainly going to get a kick out of the brand-new 2017 Nissan Pathfinder!

2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Current Nissan Pathfinder Available at Blackburn Nissan

3 Jackson Museums and Zoos That Celebrate Nature

Summer is the best time of the year to explore the nature that surrounds us. Some of the country’s most beautiful natural surroundings can be found here in Jackson, Mississippi. Discover our natural world in Jackson by visiting the city’s various museums and zoos. Before the summer ends and schools starts up again, be sure to visit these three Jackson museums and zoos that celebrate nature!

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Check out the Jackson Zoo this Summer!

The Jackson Zoo

Jackson is home to a diverse collection of animal life, but to find animals that are a little more exotic, you should take a trip to the Jackson Zoo. This zoo is home to amazing animals from around the world, such as the rare and majestic orangutan!

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

To discover the creatures of the past, the perfect place to go is the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The museum is also home to an exhibit showcasing local wildlife and several outdoor nature trails.

The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum

The people of Mississippi have always relied upon their natural surroundings as a means of jobs and resources. The Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum explores the long-rooted connection that the environment and the people of Mississippi have continually shared.

Hydrogen-Powered Nissan Vehicles Will Arrive By 2020

Nissan LogoIn around three years from now, expect to see Nissan vehicles on the market fueled by hydrogen. Only, these Nissan vehicles will differ greatly from the current hydrogen fuel-cell models offered by competitors. And that difference is ethanol.

There are vehicles on the road now that use ethanol as a fuel. But the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will use the ethanol as a hydrogen source, converting the ethanol to hydrogen and then using that to generate electricity.

This approach offers a number of benefits that current hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles don’t have. The first benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t have giant hydrogen tanks because they won’t have to store hydrogen (only ethanol). This has been a struggle for other automakers, forcing them to compromise cabin space. The second benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t need hydrogen filling stations. An ethanol infastructure is already in place.

The range of the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will be around 500 miles. We look forward to driving these eco-friendly cars!

4 Great 4th of July Party Ideas

Are you hosting a party for Independence Day this year? Spice things up with these great 4th of July party ideas that are sure to make this holiday a memorable one.

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# 1 – Something Different: A Hot Dog Bar

Instead of spending $200 on steaks and burgers, why not do something different, like a hot dog bar? Set out all of the fixin’s and let your guests make their own. Make sure you’ve got your staples like chili, cheese, relish, mustard and ketchup out. But get creative too! For instance, offer blue cheese crumbles, Sriracha, and pico de gallo,

# 2 – Show Your Spirit: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

Use your preferred Jell-o recipe to create layers of non-alcoholic blue and red-layered Jell-o “shots” by using blue raspberry jell-o and cherry or strawberry Jell-o in small cups. To create the white layer, use cool whip.

# 3 – A Sweet and Salty Treat: Patriotic Popcorn

This awesome snack is sure to be a hit with all of your partygoers. It’s essentially popcorn and pretzel sticks, covered in melted vanilla almond bark and then subsequently mixed with red, white and blue M&Ms. Sound amazing? Find the recipe here.

# 4 – Don’t Forget the Games!

Cornhole is a must at a 4th of July gathering. Make it holiday-appropriate with red, white and blue bean cornhole boards. Painting them doesn’t take much time and you can always re-paint them for the next holiday!

Nissan EVs at UEFA Final Match in Milan

Nissan acted as the official global sponsor of the Union of European Football Association Championship League final, which took place from May 26th-28th. As an official sponsor, Nissan supplied the event with over a hundred electric vehicles for transporting guests and officials during the tournament. Nissan EVs at the UEFA final included Nissan LEAFs and e-NV2000s.

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

The UEFA final took place in Milan, where Nissan is partnering with the clean energy company A2A to sponsor the installation of 17 public electric vehicle chargers, most of which will remain free after the UEFA final.

Nissan was given the honor of transporting the UEFA trophy to the Duomo di Milano fan festival on Thursday in a special e-NV2000 and then to the San Siro stadium in a LEAF on Saturday, May 28th, the day of the match.

Nissan also sponsored the UEFA final last season, which took place in Berlin. There, Nissan installed charging ports and provided EVs at that event. According to Gareth Dunsmore, the Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, the brand was excited to be able to do it again in Milan.

Father’s Day Photo Contest!

Photo ContestThe team here at Blackburn Motor Company is at it again! We’ve launched a new photo contest on our Facebook page – Blackburn Motor Company’s Father’s Day Photo Contest!

All you have to do to enter the contest is to submit a photo of you and your dad. We’ll post the photo to our page. The photo with the most likes by June 17th at 12PM CT will be our lucky winner!

The winner of our Father’s Day Photo Contest will win a gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors. It may not repay dad for everything he’s done for you over the years, but it sure is a great way to say “Thanks!”

If you would like to enter your dad or another father into our contest, simply submit a photo via Facebook Messenger. Tag your friends and share photos to get as many likes as possible. You could be our lucky winner!

Please keep in mind that only one photo entry/participant will be accepted and only “Likes” on the photos on our page will be counted toward the total. Feel free to shoot us a message if you have any additional questions.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there!

Safety Tips for Driving near Bicycles

bicycleNow that spring is here, many more cyclists will be out and about. As drivers, we have to make room for them and respect their right to share the road. Driving near bicycles can be nerve-wracking, but if we follow these safety tips, we can make the road safer for cyclists.

First of all, you should understand that bicyclists are legally allowed to bike on the road, but they are not allowed to bike on the sidewalk, so don’t complain about them being in the road. If there’s no bike lane, you just have to deal with going slow for a while. It won’t kill you, but you could kill them, so keep that road rage in check.

Be very cautious when turning, especially making left turns. You may not realize how fast a bicycle is coming toward you and end up causing a collision, so it’s best to wait for them to pass. Always signal before changing lanes or turning, too—this is a given, but especially when cyclists are around.

Just be courteous, pay attention, and accept that cyclists aren’t going anywhere—and that isn’t a bad thing.

2016 Nissan Maxima Named to 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List

It was announced in mid-April that the 2016 Nissan Maxima has made the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List. Wards states that the Maxima’s interior “competes with more expensive cars” and has “spectacular touches” that improve the look and feel.

2016 Nissan Maxima Interior
2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

The Maxima’s interior is anchored by its fighter jet-inspired cockpit. Wards cited the Maxima’s expert craftsmanship, sophisticated color scheme, and the accents to the trim and seating surfaces.47 nominees were chosen as finalists for the 10 Best List, among them the Nissan Altima and TITAN.

The 10 Best Interiors List is chosen by a panel of eight judges from WardsAuto who test each vehicle not just for looks but for comfort, ergonomics, the driver information display, the materials used, and safety. They also consider the value of the car in relation to the quality of the interior.

The winners will be honored at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, which will take place on May 11th in Detroit.

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