Three Car Myths Dispelled

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Does Listening To Music effect Your Driving?

When it comes to driving, there seem to be a lot of untruths floating around out there. Some of them seem like common sense but that doesn’t change the fact they aren’t true. Some of them might be perpetuated by the need to make a few bucks. Whatever the reason, the car myths that aren’t true need to go! Here are a few car myths we can dispel:

Traffic Signs Make Things Better

It’s difficult to know at what point traffic signs go from helping to hurting. But there is research out there that indicates they have the potential to make driving more dangerous. Why? How? Turns out, traffic signs can actually cause us to trust other drivers more than we should. They effectively discourage observation.

Music Doesn’t Affect Your Driving

Cracked.com points out an Israeli study that measured heart rate and other vitals while people were driving in a stimulator. Some listened to music. Others did not. The people who listened to music in the car were more likely to get in accidents and run red lights.

You Can’t Eliminate Blind Spots

We call them blind spots for a reason, right? We can’t rid of them. Actually, you can significantly reduce your blind spot if you know how to actually set your mirrors up right. The trick is to angle the mirrors away just beyond the point at which your own car goes out of view.

Did you find this illuminating? Tell Economy Nissan in the comments below, or tell us at our dealership in Durango, CO today.

Rock Out with the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday Playlist

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Commence Charging

The Nissan LEAF is one awesome car. In fact, it is the best-selling electric vehicle around. So what better way to celebrate its fifth anniversary than a rocking playlist put together by LEAF fans themselves?

There are some tunes on the list that you might have predicted, like MGMT’s groovy little psychedelic number “Electric Feel.” But you may also find some surprises in there as well, like “Float Like A Feather” by Dawn Mitschele. You can listen to the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday playlist here!

The new 2016 Nissan LEAF features the best range in its class at 107 miles, thanks to an innovative new 30 kWh battery. The new LEAF is no slouch on performance either, delivering 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft. of torque.

There’s no poking along here, just plenty of fun-to-drive dynamics and the privilege to laugh derisively every time you pass a gas station. For extra fun, throw in the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF 5th Birthday playlist, and see it for yourself at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.

Cummins and Nissan’s TITAN XD Triple Nickel Aims at Class Land Speed Records

TITAN XD

What You Looking At?

We here at Economy Nissan can go on at length about the awesomeness of the 2016 Nissan TITAN XD and the power of its Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel and how it’s all quite useful for your day-to-day needs. Nissan and Cummins, however, wanted to know if the truck could hold up as a land speed record racer, leading to the creation of the 2016 TITAN XD Triple Nickel, which was revealed earlier this month at the 2015 SEMA Show.

Cummins and Nissan have had an innovative partnership for more than five years, with excellent results, including the award winning powertrain for the all-new 2016 TITAN XD truck,” Jeff Caldwell, general manager of Global Pickup & Van Business, Cummins, told Nissan’s press site.  “Our working teams have been discussing a land-speed record racing project for some time now, and we are thrilled to debut this truck at the 2015 SEMA Show. Our founder, Clessie Cummins, would be proud of the volunteers willing to spend the time pushing his diesel to its limits.”

Truly, the TITAN XD Triple Nickel is a looker with lowered suspension and a sharp black/white Cummins livery, but it’s more about function than form. The Triple Nickel is fitted with everything from a Stroud Safety parachute to Mickey Thompson tires, and it will eventually be fitted with a roll cage and other safety equipment necessary for it to vie for class speed records.

The 2016 Nissan TITAN SD Triple Nickel will compete in the D/DT class and FIA class A-III-9, in which the current class speed records are 191 mph and 115 mph, respectively. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project.

Nissan Drivers Make WD-40 SuperSprint Top 10 at Phillip Island, Australia

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It’s Nissan Racing Time

Three Nissan drivers made it into the WD-40 SuperSprint top 10 finalists, which took place during the weekend of November 20-22 on Phillip Island, Australia. The racers, all driving Nissan Altimas, were Todd Kelly, Rick Kelly, and James Moffat, with another Nissan driver, Michael Caruso, also participating in the race but not placing in the top 10.

Todd Kelly, who took fifth place in the race, saw his strongest race of the year and became the highest finishing driver in the Nissan Motorsport quartet. Rick Kelly came in sixth place even after being rear-ended by competitors, making a comeback thanks to smart use of pit stops and excellent racing.

James Moffat was the eighth place finisher, but he started off much stronger, even leading the pack at one point. A problem with his breaks forced him to fall behind and outside of the top 10, but he fought his way back in. Caruso was another driver whose misfortune caused a drop in the rankings—his rear wheels spinning during a pit stop earned a penalty that took him from the top 5 to 22nd.

Congrats to all the Nissan drivers at the WD-40 race from Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.

Remember These Holiday Decoration Guidelines for a Safe Season

Holiday Decoration Guidelines

Cats Don’t Make Good Ornaments

Now that Halloween is behind us, many people are already looking towards the future of holiday decorations. However, we urge you to remain safe this year with your festivities, by following these holiday decoration guidelines:

  • If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure to get one that is labeled “fire resistant,” and keep natural trees away from your fireplace.
  • Only hang lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized company, and be sure that none of your old lights have fringed wires.
  • Turn off your holiday lights at night, once everyone has gone to sleep, as they could short out and start a fire.
  • Be careful with candles, and be sure not to place candles near any evergreen accents, be they real or fake.
  • Lastly, be careful when decorating the mantle above your fireplace, as those objects are more likely than other decorations to catch on fire.

Do you have any other safety tips? Let Economy Nissan know your thoughts in the comments below. Visit us in Durango, CO to check out all of our great holiday Nissan sales today!

Innovative Nissan Teatro for Dayz Concept Revealed in Tokyo

Nissan Teatro for Dayz

Part Car, Part Computer, Part Phone

The Tokyo Motor Show has so far been the location of many wild reveals, from surprising updates of current models to innovative new projects and technologies. One such unusual concept has been that of Nissan’s Teatro for Dayz concept model.

The Teatro for Dayz concept is essentially a hybrid of an automobile and a tablet, with an interior that is almost entirely covered in screens. As a passenger, you’re able to watch movies, play video games, and more – with the screens all around you.

While the Teatro for Dayz model isn’t going into production anytime soon, it certainly offers an exciting look into the future of what’s to come with tablet technology in automobiles.

What do you think of the Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept? Check it out here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. And if you’d like to explore some current innovative Nissan models that are available for purchase, visit Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.

Nissan Named Fastest Growing Car Brand

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Nissan in the Spotlight

According to Interbrand, a global leading brand consultancy since 1974, Nissan is the fastest growing car brand in the world.

This year, Nissan reached the 49th spot for all brands, which is a seven-spot hop from their ranking of 56th in 2014. Think seven spaces is a big deal? It is, but then Nissan’s giant leap from 90th to 56th since 2011 is the biggest of all the big deals in international brand tracking.

Nissan’s ranking is based on a lot of things, one of them being the value of the Nissan brand. What’s that shockingly large number? It’s a 19% gain from last year to a whopping $9.082 billion.

Nissan’s success as the fastest growing car brand in the world is also, thanks to the carmaker’s popularity with millennials. By sponsoring topics popular with the younger market, like NBC’s hit TV show, “The Voice,” Nissan is quickly endearing itself to the world’s most prolific spender category.

All this gain in the past five years makes all of us at Economy Nissan very  excited to see what Nissan does next.

The Best Fall Fun in Durango, CO

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Fall Is A Beautiful Time of Year

Fall is upon us out here in the west, and it’s already showing us some stunning, breathtaking colors and sights. There’s plenty to do and see throughout the state of Colorado, but even right here in great town of Durango, there’s more than enough to keep the whole family entertained with autumn affairs. Here’s our quick list of the best fall fun in Durango :

Peanuts the Great Pumpkin Patch Express

Take the family on a beautiful, relaxing train ride that the kids won’t soon forget (and not just because they get to meet the one-and-only Snoopy)! The Pumpkin Patch Express departs from the Durango Train Depot at 9:00 am, Sunday, Oct. 18th and Sunday, Oct. 25th.

Pumpkin Painting Contest

On every remaining Thursday of October from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., come on down to The Clay Room to pick up a ceramic pumpkin and paint it however your heart desires! Bring it back by the 29th to be judged.

Durango Nature Studies Full Moon Hike

Learn more about nature while you’re in nature this fall – and do it in true Halloween style under the light of a full moon! Let Durango Nature Studies teach you all about everything nocturnal and know a little bit more about the moon by the end of the night.

It’s hard to say what the best fall fun in Durango is when the city offers so many unique and exciting events, but wherever you end up, we’re sure you’re looking at a really good time. After trying some of these events out, let Economy Nissan know how it was!

Refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF Offers More Range, Technology

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This White Nissan LEAF Is Green

The refreshed 2016 Nissan LEAF has arrived featuring improvements in range and technology. With the incoming LEAF, Nissan has shown the same kind of ingenuity and design prowess that brought us the original LEAF back in 2010.

Pick up the LEAF SV and LEAF SL models this time around and you will enjoy the best range in the EV class. A new 30 kWh battery permits a range of 107 miles, thanks to an 80 kW A synchronous motor. In total, the LEAF delivers 107 horsepower, making for a “highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience,” according to a press release from Nissan.

Not only will you be able to travel further in the new LEAF, you will be able stay better connected. For the LEAF S models, the automaker is making standard the NissanConnect infotainment system with Mobile Apps feature included, all displayed in a high-resolution 5-inch color display. For the upper trim levels, SV and SL, the display screen grows to seven-inches, adds Navigation and Nissan Voice Recognition.

Regardless of the trim level, you receive a terrific, eco-friendly vehicle with the 2016 Nissan LEAF. Stop in to Economy Nissan to learn more about the Nissan LEAF at Economy Nissan today!

Futuristic Car Technology Offers Look Into Future

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Nissan Is Leading the Way In Technology

In the movie Back To The Future II, released in 1989, the filmmakers depicted the year 2012. In their estimate, all cars would have the capacity to fly. As we all know, 2012 came and went and no flying cars. It doesn’t look like we will see flying cars anytime soon, if at all. But here is some futuristic car technology that you might see soon!

Energy-Storing Body Panels

In the Future Car Tech may not have a battery. That’s because a group of automakers have been experimenting with body panels that store energy. They can even charge faster than conventional batteries, according to HowStuffWorks.

Talking Cars

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a technology that does just what you think it does. It allows vehicles to talk to one another, telling each other things like if there is an obstacle in the road ahead. One study suggested that this technology has “the potential to reduce 79 percent of target vehicle crashes on the road.”

Super Dashboards

For anyone who saw Terminator 2, from time to time the audience would see what the Terminator sees, and we could see how the computer would identify and label all of the objects in the environment. Soon, dashboards may very well look like this. They are called Augmented Reality Dashboards.

Nissan is certainly no stranger to futuristic car technology. The automaker recently experimented with glow in the dark paint and their Around View Monitor technology is even being used for deep-sea exploration. There’s no doubt that you get futuristic car technology when you purchase one of our many Nissan vehicles at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.