Nissan Launches ProPilot System

ProPilot

Unlike Nissan’s fully autonomous concept, the ProPilot system is designed to merely assist human drivers

Welcome to the future—or at least, the near future! Nissan is premiering their first semi-autonomous driving system this year, and it’s going to be a driving experience like never before. It’s called the ProPilot system.

This system will debut in Nissan’s home country of Japan first before it comes to the United States, where interested families can get their hands on a new minivan with the ProPilot system. It will debut in the Nissan Serena in Japan, which is slightly different than the Quest.

The system acts as a highway assist using a single camera to read lane markings and distance from other cars. It differs from Subaru’s twin cameras and the camera/radar/ultrasound in the Tesla.

ProPilot doesn’t rely on any radar or lidar sensors, but it can steer, brake, and accelerate your car automatically. It takes cruise control to a whole new level, working between 19 and 62 mph when in constant traffic. You’ll get a button on the steering wheel that starts ProPilot.

The system is expected to improve even more and be capable in higher speed once it gets to the U.S. So get excited, soon you might be a Nissan co-pilot with Nissan as the driver!

The Dealership Service Advantage at Haddad Nissan

Haddad Nissan

Imagine yourself in this situation: you just recently purchased a new vehicle and you now have to bring it in to get serviced for the first time. This may be a situation you have faced before, or one you are going to encounter within the near future. Are you going to bring your vehicle back to the dealership you purchased from or are you going to go to an independent local garage? If you look at the pros and cons of each, it is clear to see that returning to the dealership is the obvious choice.

Luckily, we have an exceptional service department here at Haddad Nissan in the Berkshires! Let’s take a look at why servicing here in Pittsfield at our dealership is the best bet for your money.

Staff

Our technicians here at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield are the absolute most qualified to be servicing your Nissan. Each technician is a specialist with manufacturer training for working on Nissan vehicles. This specialization gives our technicians very specific knowledge of Nissan vehicles, contrary to a technician at an independent garage. Local garage technicians have knowledge and experience that is broader and more spread out, as they require a knowledge of numerous makes and models. With manufacturer training for specifically Nissan vehicles, our technicians have experience that is much more relevant to you, and can do the highest quality work on your Nissan.

Warranty

Depending on the issue you are having with your Nissan vehicle, it may be covered under warranty. In this case, Haddad Nissan will service your vehicle free of charge. Despite having a warranty, you will still be charged for the servicing if you go to a local garage instead of the dealership. Haddad is paid by Nissan to repair vehicles under warranty or that have recalls, which means that there is no way a local garage can match this level of coverage. Another great reason to choose Haddad Nissan for your service needs is that we will send you timely reminders before your scheduled service, as well as keep a complete history of your maintenance visits.

Facilities

Being a Nissan dealership means that Haddad Nissan gets access to Nissan’s new service tools and specifications faster than any local garage. Alongside this, having a larger facility than the average local garage means that we have more service bays available to customers. Having more service bays means a quicker turnaround time for you! While the location of a local garage could potentially be easier for you to get to, Haddad Nissan does offer a free shuttle to anywhere within 10 miles of the dealership. Not to mention that the extra distance is well worth it for service under warranty. We also have free Wi-Fi, and a plentiful supply of coffee and snacks should you choose to wait at the dealership instead. A local garage simply does not have the organization and customer service that you will find here in Pittsfield at Haddad Nissan.

Price

It can’t be denied that servicing at a dealership may be a bit more expensive than a local garage, but the end result is worth it. Brian Hafer, the Vice President of AutoMD, stated that “car owners should not look just at the labor costs but at the bottom line. Especially in newer model cars needing complex repairs, dealers will sometimes have more sophisticated diagnostic equipment than independents.” This is a good summary of how the quality of service you will receive at Haddad Nissan outweighs the possible difference in price with an independent local garage.

Schedule service with us today! Here at Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield, our Nissan trained technicians are waiting to service your vehicle to its best performance. Check out the Nissan Service Center on our website for more information!

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat Tire

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat TireGetting a flat tire is a sure way to ruin your day, especially if you’re on your way to somewhere fun. While flat tires can be unpredictable, there are certain ways to tell if you have gotten one while driving. Here are a few signs that your car has a flat tire.

Wonky Steering. Do you suddenly feel like your steering wheel is being pulled to one side? If you’re fighting to keep it straight, then you probably have a flat on one side. If you notice any unusual vibrating or pulsating, this also might be a warning sign of a flat.

You’re Losing Speed. If you notice you’re slowing down more easily than usual or it’s taking longer to accelerate, that might be because you have a flat slowing you down.

Sinking. A sinking feeling can occur in your car when you get a flat. It can be subtle but when it’s your driver’s side front tire, you can feel a significant change, especially if you have a vehicle that’s high off the ground.

Loud Noises. A loud bang is typically an indication that you just experienced a blowout. There can also be scratching, grinding, or flapping sounds when you have a flat.

Remember, if you ever need new tires or any other service, contact our Haddad Nissan Service Center! 

Haddad Accounting Spotlight

A usual visit to Haddad consists of meeting with a sales consultant and perhaps looking at vehicles on the lot or going for a test drive. While these are everyday activities here at Haddad’s, there is a substantial amount of work that may go unnoticed, despite being absolutely crucial to the functionality of our dealerships. Last time, we showcased our Business Development Center, so today the spotlight is on the Haddad Accounting Department!

Haddad Accounting Department

(Left to Right: Michelle Flaherty, Nick Roe, Nicole Kellogg)

Nicole Kellogg has been with Haddad for over 2 years, but became a part of the accounting team about 5 months ago. Haddad is the largest organization she has worked for, so she has developed both a “team effort” attitude as well as many friendships. Nicole believes that these are crucial to a good working environment, and that everyone should be accommodating and willing to help out, even with matters unrelated to work. Nicole is a lover of nature and animals, and particularly enjoys horseback riding. Aside from this, she is also a big fan of NASCAR! Of all the good food located here in The Berkshires, Nicole absolutely loves Koto Steakhouse and Hibachi right here in Pittsfield.

Michelle Flaherty is fairly new at Haddad, working here for around 3 months. Michelle finds that working at Haddad is very rewarding because she can set a goal for the day and almost always accomplish it by the time she clocks out. Michelle has been married for 35 years and has a son that lives all the way across the country in San Diego, California. Swimming, bike riding, and sitting on her deck with a good book are some of Michelle’s favorite activities outside of work. For local eats, Michelle absolutely loves Mario’s Restaurant located in New Lebanon

Nick Roe has been a part of the Haddad team for around 15 months in our accounting department. Similarly to many of our employees, Nick feels that everyone at Haddad works as a team for both work related and personal matters. Nick’s favorite local restaurant to order lunch from is Hot Harry’s in Pittsfield, a common favorite here at Haddad. When he’s not at work, Nick is generally spending time with his family and dogs, or cleaning and detailing his Dodge Ram.