First of all, for those wondering, NAIAS stands for “North American International Auto Show.” Believe the hype about what you’ve heard, BIG things have been happening this year at the auto show in Detroit! A couple debuts have stood out in my mind, and I just had to share my favorites with you!
Nissan’s Rogue Sport
The Nissan Rogue has been Nissan’s #1 selling vehicle in America. SUV’s have been growing fast in popularity among car buyers. So, this was a smart move for them to expound upon their SUV lineup.
This new Rogue Sport has a 2.3-inch shorter wheelbase and is 12.1 inches shorter in overall length when compared to the Rogue. With the second row folded down, it offers 61.1 cubic feet of cargo space and their innovative “Divide-N-Hide” cargo system. While smaller, it has a standard 141-horsepower! It offers available Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield technologies and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD). Plus SO many more features to get you amped for the Rogue Sport.
Enough about the specs, the smaller size helps to make the vehicle maneuver easier, especially for those in city traffic and hunting for parking spots. It will go on sale nationwide beginning in Spring 2017 with choices of S, SV and SL grade levels and I absolutely cannot WAIT! For those who love the space an SUV offers but aren’t always in need of a ton of cargo capacity, this is the car for you.
Toyota’s 2018 Camry
The Toyota Camry has been America’s best selling sedan for years. But recently, car buyers have been showing increased interest in small SUV’s, so, Toyota took a smart move in unveiling an updated Camry in hopes to maintain its popularity against the competition.
While it’s still newly 2017, Toyota took no time in planning for the future. The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry boasts a surprisingly sportier style inside and out. This is the 8th generation of the Camry, so Toyota had to maintain what people know and love while still making it exciting, new, and relevant. It comes with Toyota’s dependable, safe, and durable expectations but has been redesigned to take the Camry in a new direction.
To simply state it, the 2018 Camry just looks fun to drive (and that’s a great first impression!) To break down some specs for you: the hood is 1.6 inches lower, dropping the occupants’ seating heights an inch in front and 1.2 inches in the back with resculpted front seats and dash. Thus, making the interior, while practical, more roomy and spacious with a sport-sedan feel, and a much more attractive look.
Toyota has moved away from the monotone, classic mid-sized sedan, and put the Camry through an evolution. If that isn’t enough to get you hyped, there’s plenty more details to sell you on what’s to come for the 2018 Camry (and I cannot wait)!
They’ve brought us innovative cars like the Leaf, trusty cars like the Pathfinder and funky rides like the Juke and the Cube. Nissan is an amazing automotive brand with quite the legacy — but do you know any of the details?
If you didn’t know before, read on and you’ll quickly be filled in on the fascinating history of this brand we all recognize so well in the United States!
Known by a different name
You may remember the “vintage” brand of Datsun. Well, that old brand is actually the same as the Nissan we know today! Datsun, a Japanese company, came about as an acronym of the company investor’s last names. The first car was even called DAT. The company went through several name changes (Kwaishinsha Motorcar Co., DAT Jidosha & Co., Ltd.) before arriving at the name of Nissan in the 1930s as a short name for the holiday company Nihon Sangyo.
Comin’ to America
Aside from several name changes, the company now known as Nissan experienced many merges and changes in top management. And when an American named William Gorham came into the picture as an engineer for the company, Nissan took its first steps to becoming a well-known brand in the United States.
Soon, most of the processes and machinery were coming from the United States to Japan. And later on, Nissan became a major vehicle producer for the U.S. Army. So by the 1950s, Nissan was a household name in America.
A new sort of car
Nissan was able to break into the United States market mainly because of its Datsun small car line, which was unlike anything being sold in out country at the time. The Datsun 240Z, the Datsun 510 and other similar models became huge hits in the U.S!
Now a well-established company in Australia, Brazil, India and all the corners of the world, Nissan is a major player in the automotive industry. They’ve forged partnerships with other iconic brands like Ford, Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo, and they now produce all their cars in South Korea instead of Japan.
Along with the other major players, Nissan is working on electric cars, autonomous cars and non-automotive products in the near future. With all these big things underway, I’m certainly excited to see where they’re headed next!
It’s been awhile since I talked about a new up and coming vehicle. This week I want to spotlight the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano, that is coming late 2014.
Nissan has redefined the crossover. Again. They first introduced us to the Murano in 2002. A vehicle unlike any other, it was a combination of utility and style. Edmunds.com stated in early April 2014, “(2015 Murano’s) bold new styling is bound to get you noticed in a way that few other SUVs will.”
Now they have made the Murano even better! I’ll let you in on some of the features it has to offer.
1. Safety Shield- I believe this is one of the coolest features. The Murano warns you of any blind spots, predicts forward collisions, carries forward emergency braking, and provides intelligent cruise control.
2. Heated steering wheel, which every person in Kansas City will need during those cold winter months! A cool thing about this heated steering wheel is that it can be turned on remotely. Talk about convenient.
3. Advanced driving assist display (ADAD)- This feature is practically the size of a mini tablet and has every feature you can imagine. It lets you know about your tire pressure, fuel stats, weather, traffic, and can even be an extra pair of eyes for you on the road.
There are so many features in the new 2015 Nissan Murano, check it out online and get ready for an amazing crossover!
“Introducing the All-New 2015 Nissan Murano Crossover.” Nissan USA
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Driving along, I often wonder about that split second before an accident occurs … does your life really flash before you? does the shock draw a blank? What about your vehicle; what’s it thinking?
With all the recent safety features and specs, it’s a fact – cars are safer to drive these days. According to the United States Transportation Department,
deaths resulting from highway accidents are lower. Thank goodness! Some positive news!
Not only do vehicles provide better safety equipment; drivers are wearing their seat belts more often and staying off the road after alcohol consumption. Smart move, I’d say! Read more about Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1949
, a report The Today Show
Vehicles on the rode today offer far more advanced technology; to keep us safe. Standard features like ‘front and rear crumple zones’ and ‘energy-absorbing steering column’ to absorb some of the impact when in an accident. Other features like ‘traction control’ and ‘electronic stability control’ which help prevent the accident from occurring. And ‘on-star automatic crash response & emergency services’ if in fact you are in an accident and need immediate assistance.
It’s nice to know your car is thinking of you … and your safety!
Kansas City is known for it’s crazy, sporadic weather. Last week, Blue Springs, Missouri experienced quite a storm. Bad news for a dealer may be good news for our customers. The insurance claims have been made, while the damage is being managed.
Our misfortune may be good news for you. Go see for yourself!
Today’s the day! It’s the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the McCarthy Auto Group and Price Chopper. What does that mean for you?
If you’re a current customer of Price Chopper, you have already passed the test! Flash us your Chopper Shopper Card and receive EXCLUSIVE VENDOR PRICING on all new McCarthy vehicles: Hyundai, Nissan and Chevrolet. No haggling! How about that? 🙂
Oh … I almost forgot! Thru September 30th, we will throw in $250 in groceries ON US!
When purchasing a vehicle for you and your family, safety is a major concern. What are some of the standard safety features in the brands that McCarthy carries? Here’s a short list for you:
- Six airbags – dual front & side impact airbags
- 4-wheel anti-lock brakes – to keep you from sliding out of control
- On-Star – if your airbags go off, emergency response is contacted immediately
- Front & Rear crush zones – to absorb energy from the impact
- Energy-absorbing steering column and laminated windshield safety glass
- Electronic Stability Control – keep you on the intended path when in trouble
- 5 years of Roadside Assistance – no need for AAA
- Six airbags – two in front, two curtain, and two side
- Anti-lock brakes
- XM Navigation Traffic – let you know of any blocked or congested roads
- VDC – Vehicle Dynamic Control – can’t do a donut in the parking lot
- Crumple Zone – absorbs energy from front & rear to reduce impact in cabin
- Active Headrests – headrest will move with head to reduce whip lash
- ABS – Anti-lock Brake System – helps control steering while stopping
Always remember to buckle up!
It’s been referred to as “the new funk!” And that’s exactly what it is. At first, I was a little hesitant about anything that looks like a box on wheels … but once I got in this bad boy, all I can say is “groovy.”
Check it out for yourself:
There were several things that really stood out in the Nissan Cube.
I’m a tall girl, so space is important to me. The head room in this vehicle is through the roof (literally). I could be seven feet tall and still not mess up my hair!
The large doors allow for easy in and out access.
And the refridgerator-style door in back is great for my shopping bags and groceries.
Not to mention, the “techno club-like” interior lighting you got going on inside. How cool is that?
So, what do you think about the Nissan Cube? Would you rock it?