How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

get your car ready for winter

The cold weather is getting closer and closer, so it’s time to start winterizing your car. This is an important part of staying safe while driving, so if you’re not sure how to do it, here are some tips to get your car ready for winter.

Your car has to work a little harder in the winter, so before the cold hits, get a tune up and make sure things are in working order. Check your battery, your antifreeze levels, your brakes, and your tire tread and air pressure. Pay special attention to your tires. If the tread getting low, pre-winter is definitely the time to have those replaced. And cold air can make your tire pressure low, so you should check it regularly and refill them when necessary.

It’s also a good time to make sure your heater is still working right, so you don’t go to turn on your defrost when the first frost hits and then realize your windows aren’t defrosting.

Follow oil change and routine maintenance rules closely. You want your vehicle to be as healthy as possible in winter!

Check Out Our Nissan Service Center!

Nissan service centerIf you’re having car trouble, or if you just want to get some routine maintenance done on your car, come see us at our Haddad Nissan Service Center in Pittsfield!

Our dealership is relatively new, but we have a top-of-the-line service center that’s well-equipped to meet all of your car’s needs. We work on everything from flat tires to transmissions, and our highly qualified staff is friendly and efficient.

We have three factory-trained Nissan technicians who are very knowledgeable, and Nissan cars are their specialty. Our 11 service bays ensure speedy service and convenience.

Our dealership participates in the Nissan One to One program, where you can earn points and free service visits from Nissan. Click here to learn more about this great program.

While you wait, we have a comfortable waiting area with free WiFi, refreshments, and a work station if you need to do some business while you wait. Schedule service ahead of time by giving our dealership a call or using our convenient Online Service Scheduler.

So if your car is in need of some service, be sure to think of Haddad Nissan. We’re happy to assist you!

The 2015 Nissan NV200 – the Perfect Commercial Vehicle

If you own a business, you need workers who are efficient, hard-working, and full of special talents that help to make your company great. If you hold your employees up to these standards, why would your company cars be any different?

The 2015 Nissan NV200 is a compact cargo van that’s up to the challenge of working hard for you and your business.

If lots of cargo room is what you need, the NV200 has plenty of it. It boasts 122 cubic feet of cargo space, and is loaded with hooks on the floor and ceiling to keep your cargo safe and secure.

Looking to save money on gas if you travel a lot? Look no further! The 2015 NV 200 is very efficient for its size, getting 25 miles per gallon combined fuel economy!

Finally, this van is easy on the wallet with an MSRP of $20,720. You really can’t beat that price when you include all of the special features it offers.

If you still aren’t convinced, read this review from Kelley Blue Book: “If you’re using a small pickup or converted minivan to transport goods, the NV200 offers a more versatile, secure and drier way to get the job done. Its small size makes it easy to maneuver, multiple mounting points keep things in place, and the passenger seat even folds to become a desk.”

So what are you waiting for? If you’re a business owner you need the 2015 Nissan NV200 in your life. Stop in to Haddad Nissan today and try one out!

2015 Nissan Sentra Wins J.D. Power IQS Award

2015 Nissan Sentra

The 2015 Nissan Sentra has proven yet again that it’s a leader in the compact sedan segment – it just took home the “Highest Ranked Compact Car” award in J.D. Power’s 2015 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The award recognizes the vehicle in each segment that received the lowest number of problems within 90 days of ownership. J.D. Power surveyed over 84,000 vehicle owners for this study.

“In the very competitive segment of compact sedans, Sentra continues to separate itself with a strong combination of quality, safety, value, style and more,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing Operations.

The 2015 Nissan Sentra boasts Dual Zone automatic temperature control, a Rearview Monitor, up to 40 mpg on the highway, and a sleek exterior design. And with a price starting at $16,480, it’s a compact car that anyone can afford.

Congratulations to our favorite compact car on the market, the 2015 Nissan Sentra! Come in to Haddad Nissan today and see why this car gained top marks for quality.

Nissan Murano Tops Segment in 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study

2015 Nissan MuranoAfter a undergoing a redesign for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Murano has been raking in the awards. The most recent addition to the popular crossover’s trophy shelf comes from the 2015 J.D. Power APEAL  (Automotive, Performance, Execution, and Layout) Study. After earning the top spot in the 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study Midsize SUV category, the Murano has quickly become one of the best choices for consumers in its segment.

“Given its bold new design, the APEAL Study results showed that exterior and interior styling are by far the leading purchase reasons for Murano buyers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America.

The Nissan Murano’s redesign offers a sleeker, more refined silhouette and a more comfortable cabin. New features include advanced Zero Gravity seating and a Power Panoramic Moonroof. Along with the Murano, the APEAL Study also recognized the 2015 Altima, which tied for second in the Midsize Car segment and 2015 Frontier, which finished third in the Midsize Pickup segment.

To see why these three Nissan vehicles are so APEAL-ing, make sure you stop in to Haddad Nissan and give them a test drive!

Nissan Ends Pathfinder Hybrid Production For 2016 Model Year

Pathfinder Hybrid Production graphic

After a two year run, Pathfinder Hybrid Production will cease due to consumers’ preference for the V6 version showed here.

Carmakers’ lineups are constantly evolving and Nissan’s is no exception. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it will be stopping Pathfinder Hybrid production after the hybrid SUVs two-year run. Instead, Nissan will use the 2016 lineup to focus on the 3.5-liter V6 Pathfinder.

While many consumers showed interest in going green by switching to the spacious, yet fuel-efficient hybrid SUV, the gasoline-powered Pathfinder was by far the most popular version of the SUV. June 2015 sales for the Pathfinder nameplate were up 4.9 percent with 41,938 units sold, with the V6 model being responsible for the majority of these. According to Dan Bedore, North American product communications director, “the hybrid was never a big part of Pathfinder sales.”

It is because of this dip in popularity that Pathfinder Hybrid production will cease. Compared to the 3.5-liter V6 Pathfinder, the Hybrid version only received three to four extra miles per gallon.

Do you think that Nissan should end the Pathfinder Hybrid production? Share your thoughts with Haddad Nissan below!

Global EV Sales Reach Record 250,000 Thanks to Nissan LEAF

Global EV sales graphic

Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold over 250,000 EV’s worldwide. This is over half of all global EV sales.

Four and a half years after the Nissan LEAF was introduced to the world, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has reached a new milestone with 250,000 electric vehicles sold. This number accounts for more than half of all the electric vehicles sold worldwide, encompassing all brands.

“The trend globally to impose tougher restrictions on automotive CO2 emissions, to mitigate the impact of climate change, means eventually all automakers will need to offer zero-emissions alternatives in their fleets,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn. “The most practical alternative today is the EV.”

Even though fuel prices have been dropping, the Alliance’s global EV sales were up 15 percent through the first five months of the year, in large part thanks to Nissan itself. LEAF sales were responsible for more than 180,000 of that milestone quarter million and the automaker was up 13.3 percent last month, setting a new June record with 124,228 units sold.

The most successful models included the Rogue and Murano crossovers, the Pathfinder SUV, the Altima sedan, and the all-new eighth-generation Maxima, which went on sale last month at Haddad Nissan. Overall sales of Nissan crossovers, SUVs, and trucks were up 30.3 percent, also a new record!

Going Rogue: The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo

If you weren’t already convinced that Nissan was the kind of automaker which didn’t blindly follow trends then the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo should provide overwhelming proof that Nissan can be a maverick.

Vehicles built for endurance races like the 24-Hour Le Mans are mid-engine, rear-wheel drive racers all across the board. This is largely due to the unique restrictions of the race but this arrangement is popular because Le Mans features tight curves where under-steer could be detrimental. A rear-positioned engine prevents under-steer.

Going against the grain, Nissan has built a front-engine, front-axle hybrid motor vehicle. In addition to curves, Le Mans has a lot of straight-aways. This means that a more aerodynamic car could make a huge difference. This is exactly what Nissan has done, designing a racer that creates an enormous amount of downforce.

Front-wheel drive also means a more efficient race car. Couple that with the GT-R LM Nismo’s electrical energy recovery system, and the efficiency reaches superior levels. A more efficient entry will fare better at an endurance race for obvious reasons.

Happy Travels: Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer Road Trip Tips

The advent of the summer season is finally upon us–and with it come festivals, parades, celebrations, and of course, family road trips. So to help our patrons, here are a few summer road trip tips to remember while embarking on your next motorway adventure.

  1. Get your car checked: Whether perusing over items yourself or choosing to have a thorough examination by a trusted professional at Haddad Nissan, be sure that wiper blades, fluid levels, belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, headlights, and your spare tire are all in working order and roadworthy before leaving.
  1. Take the essentials: This includes important documents like an up-to-date driver’s license, proof of insurance, wallet with money and credit cards, printed maps—in case you lose satellite reception, phone charger, and GPS. You also don’t want to forget snacks, games, and a musical playlist.
  1. Be ready for the unexpected: For those just-in-case scenarios, here are some “how to” videos to change a tire and jump-start your car battery. You also want to make sure you have a tire iron, jumper cables, bottled water, and a first-aid kit stowed somewhere in your vehicle.

Wherever your journey may take you, we wish you safe travels and hope that you will plan a visit to Haddad Nissan to see the latest Nissan fleet available to you!

The Nissan Autonomous Car – It’s Happening

Nissan Autonomous Car

The latest craze in automotive technology is the development of an autonomous car – one that can drive itself, without human intervention.

By 2020, “Our cars will be ready,” said Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn Monday during a press conference.

This is very exciting news, although it’s not very surprising, as Nissan has always been at the forefront of innovative automotive technology. And developing a successful autonomous vehicle has been a huge goal for popular automakers, and even companies like Google.

Can you imagine life 5 years from now if everyone “drove” cars that drove themselves? We would have so much more free time – all of those hours spent weekly communing from place to place could be spent elsewhere, and long road trips would be a lot more painless!

We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but it’s fun to imagine a world of driverless cars. How do you picture it? Tell us in the comments!