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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!

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!

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.

First Nissan Intelligent Parking Chairs, Then Nissan Self-Parking Cars

Nissan is on the forefront of the upcoming self-driving movement, and one of the first autonomous features that commercial drivers will experience is going to be self-parking. So how is Nissan showing off its self-parking tech? With “intelligent parking chairs.”

In what is essentially an amusing–though still impressive–publicity stunt, Nissan has created self-parking chairs that will find their way back to the desk without their owners. You can check out a video of the Nissan intelligent parking chairs below.

These clever chairs know exactly where to “park” based on motion-sensitive cameras that are placed on the ceiling throughout the office. All a user has to do is clap their hands, and the chair will go right back to its original position.

Though the intelligent parking chairs may not be for sale anytime soon, self-parking Nissan cars absolutely will be. To stay on top of the trends or to explore our huge selection of current, high-tech Nissan models, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

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.

The e-NV200 Gets Turned into Nissan’s Mobile Party Van

party peopleRecently, the Nissan brand—a major sponsor of the UEFA Champions League—revealed a new, exciting version of the e-NV200 at the League Final match. The special e-NV200, called the “PART e-VAN,” showed up to rock the Olympiastadion in Berlin. The awesome van is basically a Nissan’s mobile party van, with awesome disco capabilities and more.

The van comes with a disco ball solar panel array, which allows the van’s roof to absorb sunlight and turn it right into juice for the perfect party. The vehicle also comes with an augmented reality system—including two screens that allow you to project that augmented reality on the sides of the van. Basically, the augmented reality system allows you to jump into your favorite party scenario and then show it off to all your friends via social media.

The van also has a DJ booth, a cocktail mixer, an LED dance floor, and all kinds of other features. The electronic mobile party machine, after its debut in Berlin, will continue to scoot its way around Europe. It will show up next at the 24 Hour of Le Mans. “Nissan has time and again proven its commitment to electric cars, and as we electrify Berlin with the 100% electric e-NV200 here at the Olympiastadion – it’s the energy from our fans that inspires us to innovate,” said Bastien Schupp, Vice President of Marketing for Nissan Europe.

Nissan’s Autonomous Vehicle Technology Goes Underwater

underwaterNissan’s autonomous vehicle technology has attracted a certain space exploration agency as well as a mining company. NASA plans to co-develop the technology with Nissan to use on Mars rovers and Hitachi will use Nissan’s tech to help better-navigate giant mining vehicles.

Now, Nissan is going to help deep-sea exploration become a little easier. According to a press release from the Japanese automaker, Nissan has agreed to help the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology make remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) better able to locate natural resources in the deep sea.

The specific technology with which the ROVs will be outfitted is called Around View Monitor. AVM is one of the “base technologies for Nissan’s autonomous drive vehicles.”

This tech will help the engineers operating the ROVs “avoid obstacles and navigate the ocean seafloor more easily.” Instead of looking at different images from multiple angles simultaneously, the engineers will be able to get a better perspective on the ROV’s environment using “a virtual 360-degree overview…from a bird’s-eye view as pictured from above.”

Contracting for other companies and agencies to use Nissan’s autonomous vehicle technology is one way that Nissan pays the bills. It re-invests any revenue back into development, which we at Blackburn Nissan think is a great idea.

 

The Titan Is Back: 2016 Nissan Titan Lineup Debuts in Detroit

2016 Nissan Titan Lineup
Current Nissan Titan Available at Blackburn Nissan

We at Blackburn Nissan have great news: the Titan is back and better than ever. Nissan recently debuted its new lineup of next-generation full-sized pickups. Showcasing rugged design, impressive capability, and much improved efficiency, the Nissan engineers didn’t hold back.

The 2016 Nissan Titan lineup will consist of several new cab, bed, powertrain, and model configurations such as the Titan Crew Cab and Titan King Cab, as well as the 4×4 and 4×2 models. Engines range from V8 and V6 gasoline and diesel engines. According to Nissan, the new 5.0-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is also available.

“The full-size pickup segment in North America is a market where Nissan sees an unmet need–the towing and hauling power of a heavy-duty with the drivability and comfort of a light-duty,” said Fred Diaz, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “Nissan is coming back into the market full-force with this new Titan XD, which does just that. We think that full-size truck buyers are going to take notice.”

The new lineup will feature the best in towing, utility, and convenience, such as RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides, Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Trailer Light Check system, and Blind Spot Warning. With this new technology, rugged design, and impressive powertrains, the new Titan is putting other pickups to shame.