Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Keeping your car in good shape throughout summer is just as important as during the winter, since hot weather can have a big impact on your car’s fluids, tires, and engine. Follow these summer car maintenance tips and your summer will be smooth sailing!

Summer Car MaintenanceInspect your tires fairly regularly, about once every two weeks. Check the tread and the tire pressure, as tires might become overinflated during the summer, and make sure there are no bulges or cracks in the tire.

Get your oil and oil filter changed, or do it at home if you know how. Clean motor oil will keep your vehicle running more smoothly. You should also check the coolant levels and consider whether it might be time to do a coolant flush. Coolant lasts much longer than motor oil, though, so it may not be necessary.

Check your belts and hoses for leaks, cracks, and fraying, and measure the width of your brake pads to see if they need to be replaced. Finally, keep your battery clean. Disconnect the battery cables and wipe the terminals down. This will keep the battery from overcharging.

Nissan’s Self-Parking Chair Is Way Cooler Than It Sounds Even Though It Sounds Way Cool

Nissan was so impressed with its own innovation, their super-intuitive Intelligent Park Assist system, they began to wonder what else they could invent to park itself besides the good ol’ automobile. Thus, Nissan’s self-parking chair was born.

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid - Nissan's Self-Parking ChairNissan’s self-parking chair is more of an exciting innovation in the realm of office organization than in the realm of sitting. With one simple clap, every self-park-equipped chair in the room turns itself to face its desk or table of origin and tucks itself it. Say so-long to tripping over chair legs and shimmying through a sea of seats.

The technology was adapted directly from the European model of the X-Trail Hybrid. It combines a sensor in the chair and information gathered from four strategically-placed cameras in the room. The cameras generate a clear birds-eye map of the room, which is then transmitted to the chair, giving it the easiest path to its final park position.

Is this the technological revolution we’ve been waiting for? The biggest innovation to come to sitting since the lever-activated recliner? We think it just might be.

Gas Pump Safety Tips

Gas Pump Safety - Gas PumpWhile filling up your gas tank is usually a mundane task – and one you’ve probably been doing since you first started driving – there are a few things you should know to ensure a safe an incident-free fill-up every time. Here at Lewis Nissan, we’ve come up with five gas pump safety tips you should make habit.

Shut her down. Make sure you always shut your car down before refueling. Opening your gas cap will signal to your car that there is a leak in your fuel system, which will engage your check engine light. Leaving the engine running is terrible for your car, and can also be dangerous.

Stay off the phone (and other electronics). Fuel is a dangerous and combustible fluid, making it imperative that you pay attention to everything happening around you at the pump. Directing your attention to your phone both makes you less aware of your surroundings, and can prove to be dangerous.

Avoid fire. This may sound obvious, but it’s well-worth mentioning. Avoid smoking, lighting matches, or anything else that could ignite the fuel.

Don’t walk away. Never leave your vehicle while you are refueling. Although pumps are engineered to automatically shut down when the tank is full, it’s impossible to know for sure that it won’t malfunction, leaving gallons of flammable liquid on the ground.

Only used approved containers. When filling a container with gasoline, be sure it’s an approved container. Only fill the container when it’s placed on the ground, and keep the nozzle inside the container until it’s about 95 percent full, leaving room for expansion.

For more information, visit nfpa.org.

Nissan Wireless Charging Aims to Improve EVs

At the recent Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the new IDS concept car, which included a number of innovative and futuristic technologies, such as a mobile app that syncs car owners with the vehicle and autonomous driving. Among these innovations was a Nissan wireless charging feature, which allows the IDS concept to charge without cables.

Nissan wireless chargingThe technology works by the use of a designated parking spot. Once the IDS is parked in the spot and aligned with the receptors, the vehicle begins charging wirelessly. This technology is still being developed by Nissan and carries the possibility of being implemented in future vehicles, eventually spreading to production models in the company’s EV lineup.

Nissan wireless charging is just one of many innovative systems being researched and developed by the company’s engineers. Another feature being worked on is the EV lanes feature, which will allow electric vehicles to charge in small increments while they are on the road. Nissan predicts that these features may be available as soon as a decade from now.

Nissan Titan XD named the 2015 Truck of Texas

2015 Truck of Texas - Nissan Titan XDTexas is a pretty tough place. Therefore, you need a pretty tough truck to be named the official truck of Texas. Evidently, Nissan has just the right vehicle for the job.

According to a Nissan press release, the Nissan Titan XD was named the 2015 Truck of Texas.

It really comes as no surprise when you consider the endurance and durability of the Nissan Titan.

The new Nissan Titan XD has an impressive towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, able to haul pretty much any load.

The Titan XD also received awards for the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas and the Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, proving how versatile the vehicle truly is.

“This prestigious Truck of Texas award gives us tremendous validation heading into the TITAN XD launch in December,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “We are humbly honored to accept this award.”

Be on the lookout in December for the official truck of Texas: The Nissan Titan XD.

Nissan Unveils 2016 Altima Redesign

The Nissan Altima has been one of Nissan’s most popular, best-selling vehicles in the United States for some time now. Now, the 2016 Altima redesign has received a number of new features and options along with its entirely new shape.

2016 Nissan Altima - Lewis NissanSome of the 2016 Altima’s dramatic updates include entirely new front fascia, bumper, fenders, hood, and lights. The redesigned V-Motion grille and headlights resemble Nissan’s Maxima sedan, and the SR, SV, and SL trim levels come with fog lights. The base model comes standard with halogen high beam and projector low beam headlights. The new overall shape of the exterior has made the Altima 10% more aerodynamic, reducing wind noise in the cabin and improving fuel efficiency.

The interior has also been completely redesigned. The 2016 Altima features a 5- or 7-inch touchscreen display with NissanConnectSM and available NissanConnect Navigation. The cloth upholstery has a more open weave pattern, and the front seats have been entirely reshaped for a new look.

The 2016 Altima redesign will also be available in seven different trim levels, with pricing still to be announced.

2015 Nissan Summer Camp Gives High School Students Hands-On Learning Experience

Did you know that Nissan is not only dedicated to making top-quality vehicles, but is also committed to investing in future scientists and engineers with its 2015 Summer Enrichment Program?

Nissan Summer CampRecently, the automotive company’s Smyrna production plant sponsored a Nissan Summer camp for 52 Junior and Senior high school students. The experience, held over the course of four Saturdays, focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as it relates to the automotive industry and production. Students were able to see first-hand how Nissan engineers utilize the knowledge from these fields to problem solve at the plant.

“The objective is to give these students the interest and preparation needed to succeed in a university-level science or engineering curriculum,” said Justin Saia, corporate spokesman for Nissan North America.

The enrichment program concluded with student project presentations in which groups were asked to solve a problem. The prompts ranged from finding a new route for supply trucks, improving the front-end assembly process, averting risks at the plant, and reducing the time it takes to thread a nut.

We at Lewis Nissan are thrilled that Nissan is investing in the future of our students and wish all participants of the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program success in the STEM field!