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!

Versa Note is one of the 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000

10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000

If you’re looking to buy an inexpensive car, chances are you’re expecting it to be bare-bones without very many exciting features. Think again, because today’s cheap cars don’t come with cheap features. Quite the opposite, actually.

Kelley Blue Book recognizes the vehicles that load up on tech features while retaining a low MSRP with its annual 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000. And the Nissan Versa Note has made that list 2 years in a row.

“The 2015 Versa Note is a great example of value, technology, style and comfort all rolled into one rock solid vehicle,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “With an extensive list of technology features, unique exterior and interior styling cues, ample cargo space and much more, the 2015 Note is the full package at a starting price that even the most frugal buyer can appreciate. We’re honored to once again be recognized by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.”

The 2015 Versa Note comes with high-quality features like available NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, RearView Monitor, and available Divide-N-Hide Adjustable Floor. If you’re interested in test driving a Versa Note, stop by Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield and we’ll get you hooked up!

Our New Dealership is Open for Business!

New Dealership

There’s a new dealership in town, and luckily it’s a name you already trust – Haddad!

Haddad Nissan officially opened on March 2, 2015. We are at the site of the Haddad Preowned store on West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield. And we’re so excited to be serving the Berkshires!

“The Haddad Auto Group is so incredibly happy to have the Nissan franchise,” said General Manager Mike Coggin. “There seems to be a huge market for Nissans in Berkshire County- everyone I’ve talked to has owned a Nissan at some point in their life.  Nissan’s the fastest growing franchise and it’s an unbelievable opportunity to have one of the top 4 brands in the world!”

The Haddad Nissan store will retain the entire inventory that the Haddad Preowned store held, plus a full lineup of Nissan vehicles. We offer guaranteed credit approval and Nissan Service and Parts as well.

“Everyone’s been thrilled with the huge selection of new Nissans we have on our lot,” said Sales Manager Jarrod Blache.  “We have over 170 new Nissans in our inventory – Sedans, SUVs, Trucks, Utility Vans – Nissan offers them all!  Not only do we have the very popular Altima, we also have a great selection of the new and totally redesigned Nissan Rogue.  With the 2016 redesign of the Maxima and Titan coming out later this year, it’s a great time to be a Nissan Dealership!”

We have 6 salespeople including Jeff ‘Snowy’ Snow and Derek Thibodeau, who joined us from Johnson Nissan. Scott O’Connell heads up our Commercial & Fleet Sales.

Stop by and say hello today, and be sure to check out all of our new Nissan vehicles!

The Haddad Nissan Sales Team

The Haddad Nissan Sales Team

2015 Nissan Murano Interior is one of the 10 Best of 2015!

2015 Nissan Murano

Source: Nissan Image Library

Comfort. Style. Entertainment. Technology. These are a few things that people look for when shopping for a car. The 2015 Nissan Murano interior offers all of this and more, which is why it was named one of WardsAuto World’s “10 Best Interiors” of 2015.

To determine which vehicle received the honor, WardsAuto editors spent months driving 42 different vehicles and evaluating their interiors based on several criteria, including ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort and design harmony.

The 2015 Murano immediately stood out to the editors because of its luxurious styling and materials.

“First time I saw the new Murano interior, I was blown away by the pearlescent film that’s used to lovely effect on the doors, instrument panel, center console and armrest,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World. “The rest of the interior is brilliantly executed as well, from the smooth, flowing lines of the instrument panel to the ample cargo hold. Beige interiors often are perceived as boring, but this one is stylish and contemporary while achieving a serenity uncommon among midsize CUVs.”

So if you’re looking for a vehicle that’s beautiful on the outside and the inside, look no further than the 2015 Nissan Murano. See what else it has to offer today at Haddad Nissan!

Nissan wins ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

Source: Nissan Image Library

For the fourth year in a row, Nissan has received the honorable ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. This award is given to companies who strive to make their operations more energy efficient.

“Since Nissan became an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have made continual improvements to our operations, which has helped us reduce both our environmental footprint and manufacturing costs,” said John Martin, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. “In 2014, those improvements reduced the amount of energy required to build vehicles by 13 percent—that’s the same amount of energy it would take to power more than 5,400 homes for an entire year.”

Some things Nissan did to improve its energy consumption was switched to efficient LED lighting, repaired compressed air leaks, and began using an environmentally painting process.

We are proud to represent a brand that does so much to help the environment. Stop by today and check out some of our environmentally friendly vehicles, like the LEAF!

The 2016 Nissan Maxima – a “4-Door Sports Car”

2016 Nissan Maxima

Source: Nissan Image Library

It’s no secret that Nissan is a car brand for the performance-minded – just look at the 370Z and the GT-R! But another thing Nissan does well is create vehicles that are more mainstream and family-minded. Did you ever think these two categories could fit seamlessly together? Now they can, with the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.

The all-new 2016 Maxima is being called a “4-Door Sports Car” – its design is sleek, dramatic and cool. But because it’s in the large sedan segment, it can also function as a family car. If your family has a need for speed, that is. The Maxima’s V6 engine pumps out 300 horsepower and will achieve an estimated 15 percent increase in highway fuel economy.

The changes don’t stop under the hood, however. The all-new Maxima features a standard NissanConnectSM with navigation and a touch-screen display, rearview camera, and remote starter.

If you’re looking for a large sedan but you don’t want to compromise on cool, you have to check out the 2016 Nissan Maxima. This car screams cool! Check it out when it comes into our showrooms later this year!

2015 Nissan Murano Brings Home MotorWeek’s Best Small Utility Award

2015 Nissan Murano

The completely redesigned Murano has been named Best Small Utility in MotorWeek’s respected Drivers’ Choice Awards. The Murano has earned the Best Small Utility award thanks to its luxury appointments, modern styling, and advanced technology.

MotorWeek’s annual Drivers’ Choice Awards take into account the perspective of the people who actually drive the vehicles, focusing on trends, innovations, value, and reliability. As such, the vehicles that earn a Driver’s Choice Award should be considered the best practical, real-world choices for new car buyers.

“Following a strong finish to 2014, momentum surrounding the all-new Murano continues to climb into 2015,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan US Sales & Marketing and Operations in a recent news release. “The redesigned Murano is not only a great choice due to an incredible balance of style, comfort, innovation and more, but–as validated by this award–also due to its great value and reliability. MotorWeek‘s Drivers’ Choice Awards are among the best and most-coveted in the business, and we’re ecstatic to play a part in the celebration of the world’s best vehicles.”

The Murano adds value with its standard 3.5-liter V6, which is rated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined for both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive models. A variety of advanced safety features and driver-assist functions make the 2015 Murano a safe and reliable choice for any family.

Learn more about the 2015 Murano at the all-new Haddad Nissan!