Nissan ProPILOT Assist System is Just the Beginning

Nissan ProPILOT Assist is a driver-assist system that’s extremely user-friendly, and offers the next generation of safety technology today. The hands-on system helps keep Nissan vehicles in their lane, handle traffic, and keep a set speed and distance. ProPILOT Assist technology is a huge hit, but it’s just the beginning of what Nissan has in store for the automotive industry.

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa was more than happy to discuss the success of ProPILOT Assist earlier this year. The technology launched on a minivan in Japan, then made its way to the all-electric Nissan LEAF.

The array of systems proved extremely popular amongst drivers of all ages, and continues to make its way to more models on the Nissan lineup. The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, for example, will feature the ProPILOT Assist system.

“[Nissan ProPILOT Assist’s] acceptance by consumers has been beyond expectations, and we’re pleased to expand its availability to more popular models such as Altima, X-Trail and Rogue Sport,” said Philippe Klien, Nissan chief planning officer.

Part of what has made the technology so successful is its user-friendly design. Activating the technology is as easy as pushing a button on the steering wheel. Deactivating the safety system is just as simple.

In addition to making the roads safer, the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system takes the boredom out of long road trips. See it in action today with a test drive at Haddad Nissan!

2018 Nissan 370Z First Drive Review

2018 Nissan 370Z

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a sporty roadster that brings nimble handling and a powerful engine to the road. In short, it’s everything a driver could want in a sports car. Digital Trends took the Nissan 370Z for a spin and found that it offered an exhilarating drive from start to finish.

The 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition coupe was the test car the publication took to the streets and highways of California. The interior is fairly modern, and includes comfortable seats with plenty of bolstering to keep the driver in place while cornering. The two-seat roadster offers more interior room than comparable competitors.

When it comes to performance, the 2018 370Z excels beyond belief. The 3.7-liter V6 engine generates an astounding 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Drivers have their choice between a sporty six-speed manual transmission and a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain is rated for an EPA-estimated 18 city/ 26 highway mpg, making the 370Z one of the more efficient sports cars on the market.*

When it comes to finding the most exhilarating driving experience at a value, the 2018 Nissan 370Z is the sports car of choice. For drivers serious about performance, the 370Z NISMO boasts 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque that meshes well with its sportier exterior styling.

The best way to review the 2018 Nissan 370Z is behind the wheel. Come to Haddad Nissan for a test drive!

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.

New Nissan Altima Interior Goes for Clean Look

No one likes a cluttered work environment. It can make it hard to find what you need and can make you work less efficiently. That is why Nissan is cutting back on the clutter with the new Nissan Altima interior. This clean look is aimed at giving drivers a more serene environment.

New Nissan Altima Interior

“There’s been a conscious decluttering and grouping – consciously reducing buttons but then also keeping (the ones that remain) away from each other,” Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president-global design, told WardsAuto in a recent interview.

The next-generation Altima will make its debut for the 2019 model year. It will feature a floating-style infotainment screen on the upper dash as opposed to a smaller screen found in the center stack in current models.

It will still utilize a few hard buttons for functions like audio settings, the camera, day/night control, climate controls, and others. In fact, the buttons will actually be larger than before. Albaisa said this change was made after input from drivers who found small knobs frustrating.

Separating the top screen from the lower climate controls is a sleek, faux-wood and satin-silver trim that gives the cabin an upscale, sophisticated feel. We will learn even more about this new model as it gets closer to its on-sale date later this year, so stay tuned to Haddad Nissan for all the relevant information!

What Is the Nissan X-Trail?

Nissan X-Trail

2018 Nissan X-Trail

If you have been outside of the United States, you may have noticed many car manufacturers offer different models than they do here. Often, these models are similar, but have different names. That is the case with the Nissan X-Trail. So what is the Nissan X-Trail?

The X-Trail is the global version of the American Rogue and is the world’s best-selling SUV. Just like the Rogue, it is designed as a family-friendly vehicle that can take you on great adventures. The second-row features EZ Flex™ second-row seats that slide and recline to allow for flexible passenger and cargo space.

Also similar to the American Rogue, the X-Trail offers a suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies. These features work together to protect the X-Trail from all sides so you can feel more confident as you drive. The Around-View® Monitor is particularly useful when navigating tight parking spaces.

The X-Trail also offers numerous connectivity features. Bluetooth® comes standard along with a 7-inch touchscreen display. With satellite navigation, the X-Trail will always keep you on the right path. The Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display puts important information right in from of the driver to minimize time spent looking away from the road.

While the X-Trail may not be available here in the United States, you can experience many of the same features and styling with the Nissan Rogue. Test drive it today at Haddad Nissan!

All-New 2019 Nissan Altima Design Sketch Revealed

all-new 2019 Nissan Altima

Official exterior sketch reveals an expressive, sophisticated all-new 2019 Altima and hints at the future of Nissan’s sedan design language.

The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima made waves last month when its official exterior sketch was revealed. The sketch helped to build the anticipation for the newest version of the top-selling vehicle, and its unveiling at the 2018 New York International Auto Show secured its status as the new global face of Nissan sedan design. If you’re looking for a car that perfectly straddles the line between a professional business vehicle and a sporty weekend vehicle, the sophisticated 2019 Altima hits it out of the park.

The all-new sixth generation Altima is longer and sits a little lower than previous versions of this beloved vehicle, achieving a sportier silhouette without sacrificing sophistication. In recent years, sedans sales have been waning as American drivers turn to crossovers and compact SUVs—including Nissan’s popular Rogue. With the all-new Altima, Nissan hope to reinvigorate the midsize sedan segment.

The Altima sketch shows how the car uses the elegant Vmotion 2.0 concept car as inspiration for its new design, featuring bold and sporty lines while also maintaining an expressive and sophisticated air. For drivers who still prefer the sedan segment for its efficiency, functionality, and style, the all-new Altima is sweeping in to impress these drivers with all the performance, elegance, and Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology it has to offer. Make sure to come see it at Haddad Nissan later this year!

Nissan Announces Participation in FIA Formula E Championship

FIA Formula E championship

GENEVA (March 6, 2018) – Nissan has taken the next steps toward its debut in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship by revealing its concept livery at the Geneva Motor Show.

As the auto industry continues its pivot towards intelligent electric vehicles, the fast and fun sport of auto racing is making the pivot as well. In 2011, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship began with the promise of reinventing auto racing in the twenty-first century. Since then, Formula E has lived up to its promise and put the most innovative and advanced electric vehicles head-to-head on the road. Many automakers have competed in this elite competition, but beginning in late 2018, Nissan will become the first Japanese automaker to participate.

The announcement that Nissan will compete this year at the Formula E Championship coincides with the release of its all-new Formula E race car. With a mere glance at this vehicle, you feel as if you’ve been transported into the future. Featuring an aerodynamic design with sleek contours, the Formula E comes with an innovative design that matches its innovative battery and powertrain system. This vehicle has creating buzz since Nissan unveiled its Formula E plans at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. This year, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, it revealed the Formula E car in its concept livery.

The Formula E series will begin this December, so be ready to see Nissan’s Formula E race car make its entrance and show the world what its electric technology and Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology have to offer.

Service Checklist for Spring Car Care

We at Haddad Nissan know how important it is to service your vehicle seasonally. Winter is coming to an end, so we’ve put together this spring car care checklist to get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the new season.

spring car care

Catch up with routine vehicle service

If you have not been doing this already, all drivers should be keeping up with the routine service schedule as outlined in their owner’s manual. This can range from replacing burnt out bulbs to streaky windshield wipers to checking the tread on your tires.

Correct any seemingly minor mechanical issues

Sometimes, drivers will dismiss minor issues such as stalling, rough idling, or hard starts as something that can be ignored. Instead, make sure to have these problems checked before they turn into potentially major repair items.

Change oil and coolant fluids

Both oil and coolant fluid help your engine function more efficiently and safely.

Inspect belts and hoses

The engine contains networks of belts, hoses, clamps, and other moving parts that can become worn out or damaged. Make sure to replace these when needed.

Have your air conditioner checked

Air conditioning may not feel like a “necessary” part of spring car care, but keeping yourself cool in the warmer months is a must.

Call us at Haddad Nissan to schedule your springtime maintenance appointment, or to find answers to your vehicle upkeep questions.

Nissan Frontier Pickup Provides Affordable, Capable Small Truck

There are plenty of reliable choices in the pickup truck segment for full-size, heavy-duty trucks. But not every truck enthusiast wants the biggest and heaviest vehicle that money can buy. Small trucks are becoming more and more popular as drivers flock to them for affordability and efficiency without sacrificing that signature capability truck lovers enjoy. That’s what makes the Nissan Frontier pickup such a great choice. Between its standard toughness and low price tag, there’s a lot to love about the 2018 Nissan Frontier.

Nissan Frontier pickup

2018 Nissan Frontier

The Nissan Frontier, for starters, has the lowest starting MSRP of any other vehicle in its class, as well as the highest standard towing capacity.* While other competitors in the small truck segment only start out with towing capacities of 3,500 pounds or lower, you don’t have to tack on any additional features or packages to take advantage of the 2018 Nissan Frontier’s full 3,760-pound capacity.

Drivers can also take advantage of the Nissan Frontier’s available Utility-Track ® Channel System, which makes use of five mounted bed rails and four movable cleats to create a versatile cargo management system that keeps your cargo secure on the go.

Performance features such as its standard 4×4 drivetrain system and 10.1 inches of ground clearance equip the 2018 Nissan Frontier pickup for off-roading. The pickup’s all-around excellence has earned it accolades, including the J.D. Power “Highest Ranked Midsize Pickup in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row” award.**

Experience the sheer force and capacity of the 2018 Frontier for yourself when you stop by Haddad Nissan for a test drive.

 

*Ward’s Small and Large Pickup Market Segments compared. 2018 Frontier vs. 2017 and in-market 2018 competitors. Based on lowest MSRP models. Price is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  MSRP excludes tax, title, license, destination/handling fees and optional equipment. Dealer sets actual price. Comparison based on manufacturer websites.

**The Nissan Frontier received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles reflecting higher quality among midsize pickups in the J.D. Power 2016-2017 Initial Quality Studies. 2017 Study based on 77,419 total responses, evaluating 189 models, and measures the opinions of new 2017 vehicle owners after 90 days of ownership, surveyed in February-May 2017. Your experience may vary. Visit jdpower.com

Rogue and Rogue Sport Make 2018 Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award” List

This past December, Consumer Guide Automotive named both the Rogue and Rogue Sport to its exclusive “Best Buy” list. The Nissan Rogue received the “Best Buy Award” in the compact crossover category; the Rogue Sport version was honored with the award in the subcompact crossover category.

Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award”

2018 Nissan Rogue

Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluates vehicles before it grants the awards. It judges each auto based on performance and value, then compares the vehicle with other members of its class. Consumer Guide Automotive stated that the Rogue offers “respectable fuel economy, refined interior materials, and passenger and cargo versatility that few compact SUVs can match.” The Nissan Rogue Sport gleaned a similarly radiant review. “The Nissan Rogue Sport takes all the winning traits of its compact Nissan Rogue sibling and condenses them down into a nicely executed subcompact SUV,” while also “remaining especially easy to maneuver and park in cramped urban areas.”

Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy Award”

2018 Nissan Rogue Sport

Consumer Guide Automotive believes that these two vehicles offer unparalleled value. Both models suit city streets as well as back-road paths, providing a pleasant driving experience whenever you hit the road.

Haddad Nissan is a proud advocate of the Rogue and Rogue Sport, and we’re thrilled that it’s able to satisfy drivers’ needs while giving them exceptional performance at a reasonable price. Visit us today to take one of these Rogue versions out for a test drive.

Upcoming Events in the Berkshires

The Berkshires offers many opportunities to explore the great outdoors and take part in various outdoor activities. While exploring, you will also want to take advantage of the Berkshires’ thriving food and art scene. Here are a few upcoming events in the Berkshires that we recommend.

WinterFest - Events in the Berkshires

21st Annual WinterFest

On February 17th from 10am to 4pm, the 21st annual WinterFest will take place and feature fun for everyone. The festival will include ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, a winter farmers and crafters market, hot chocolate and marshmallows, and lots of other winter fun in the snow.

REI Western Mass Nordic Adventure

Take part in an adventure traversing the Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA on February 24th. You’ll have the opportunity to explore part of Notchview’s 3,000 acres of forest and meadow.

Thunderfest 2018

Come out with the whole family to Adams Visitor Center on February 25th for a day of food, live music, and vendors. Fun children’s activities will provide young ones with age-appropriate entertainment.

High Mud Comedy Fest with Mike Birbiglia

On March 16th to 17th, come out to MASS MoCA’s High Mud Comedy Festival, which is the museum’s annual mud-themed event. Enjoy comedy-club acts, funny films, beer tastings, and museum tours.

For even suggestions about local events to attend in the next few months, call us at Haddad Nissan; we’ll be glad to recommend a few of our favorite festivities.