Check Out These Vehicle Emergency Kit Basics

Vehicle Emergency Kit

Emergency Car Kit Set

The best way you can prepare yourself for emergencies on the road is to have an emergency kit in your car, prepared for scenarios throughout the year. You never know when it could come in handy.

If you don’t have a vehicle emergency kit and would like to start one, here are some items to consider:

  • A standard first-aid kit, which should include bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze, etc.
  • A spare cell phone charger and even, perhaps, a spare cell phone; you may also want to keep a written list of emergency contact information
  • A quality flashlight with spare batteries
  • A full bottle of unexpired sunscreen, as well as a few pairs of sunglasses and hats
  • A spare dosage of any sort of medication you use regularly, as well as anything similar that may be needed for regular passengers
  • A stock of non-perishable food items and fresh, clean water, which can be used for drinking as well as rinsing out wounds

Be safe this year, and for more tips and tricks, contact us or visit us anytime at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO.

Nissan GT-R Hybrid Powertrain Could Power Future Gen of Sports Car

Nissan GT-R Hybrid

Nissan GT-R Hybrid

While official details concerning the next-generation Nissan GT-R have been sparse, sources are now saying that the model will, in fact, switch to a hybrid powertrain sometime in the very near future.

AutoGuide broke the story in an interview with an absolute expert: Matt McCulloh, co-founder of the North American GT-R Owners Club. McCulloh believes that the next gen GT-R will have a hybrid engine and may even look something like the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

Of course, the switch to a hybrid powertrain would mean untold savings and even higher levels of fuel efficiency for the Nissan GT-R, already a sleek, efficient model. Just how impressive its fuel economy could be remains unknown.

Hopefully, more information will be revealed about this next-gen Nissan GT-R hybrid, which is expected to be a 2020 model, sometime in the near future. Economy Nissan in Durango, CO will keep you up to date on the latest Nissan models.

Proper Tire Maintenance Can Increase Fuel Economy

Proper Tire Maintenance

Proper Tire Maintenance

What do tires and fuel economy have in common? You would be surprised. Believe it or not, proper tire maintenance can save you serious dough in terms of fuel economy, ensuring that your cars rides just right. Not only does this include tire pressure, but proper grip is also important.

According to the EPA, you can increase fuel economy by about 3.3% if you keep tires inflated properly. Although that doesn’t sound like much, over the course of ten years it can lead to thousands of dollars, depending on how much you drive. Tire pressure changes with every 10 degree change in temperature (a rise increases psi, while a low temperature decreases psi). That’s why it is important to keep track regularly.

Why does tire pressure affect fuel economy? Tires are the only part of your car that comes in contact with the road. Flat tires can lead to added friction, which slows down your car very slightly. Overinflated tires can stress the rubber compounds, leading to bulges and cracking. Check your manual to see the proper pressure.

Having the right tires is also important. Plenty of tread ensures proper control. Bald tires can lead to tire spin, sliding, and a host of other problems. To avoid bad fuel economy and to stay safe on the road, perform proper tire maintenance frequently. For these and more helpful tips keep checking back to the Economy Nissan blog in Durango, CO!

Nissan Geneva Show Lineup Revolutionizes Mobility

Nissan Geneva Show Lineup

Nissan Lineup

Nissan made quite a splash at the recent Geneva Auto Show. With intelligent mobility designs and never-before-seen concepts, the automaker is quickly becoming an industry leader. New features include Piloted Drive, Premium Concept, IDS, and a range of electric vehicle technologies as well.

According to Nissan, the Nissan Geneva Show lineup featured some truly unique designs, especially the IDS or Intelligent Driving System concept. This complex system of sensors works with an artificial intelligence unit to avoid virtually all dangers on the road. This on-road autonomous design may appear in testing by the end of the year.

Piloted Drive is a European vehicle design, but it will be the first autonomous system on that continent. This new technology allows cars to drive autonomously in heavy traffic and gridlock, borrowing technologies like automated cruise control and a range of sensors. Although this system is also in the testing stages, it may appear as early as 2020.

The LEAF is getting some added technologies as well. This includes an augmented LEAF-battery system, 100 vehicle-to-grid chargers, and added efficiency. By this rate, Nissan will lead the industry to zero-emissions, zero-fatality driving in the next few decades. We can’t wait to see the future that is in store for us at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO!

Which Car-Related Tax Deductions Are You Eligible For This Year?

Car-Related Tax Deductions

Deduct For Your Truck… Or Any Vehicle

Have you started your taxes yet? If not, it’s time to get started. Before you know it, you might be too late!

Fortunately, there are different deductions available to you, and a good handful of those are based on your vehicle. Here are a few examples of car-related tax deductions to keep in mind:

  • General business use – If you use your car exclusively for business, you may be able to write it off entirely.
  • Business miles driven – If you use your car sometimes for work and sometimes for leisure, you may be able to write off the miles you drove while on the job.
  • Sales tax on older vehicles – Some vehicles that were purchased before 2010 are eligible for special deductions.
  • Depreciation – This one’s a bit tricky, but if your car has depreciated in value and you use it for work, you may be able to get even more back for it.

Of course, if you are unsure what applies to you or how to appropriately file your taxes, you should seek the help of a professional.

For more car-related tips, visit us anytime at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO!

Nissan January Sales Break Records, Starting the Year Off Right

Nissan January Sales

Innovation That Delights

New reports have been published on Nissan’s most recent – and they represent proof that bad weather can’t get the automaker down. Nissan January sales saw a solid rise of two percent of the prior year.

Plus, Nissan set an all-time high record for sales in the month of January alone, selling 105,734 units.

Largely to thank for the sale were Nissan’s larger models, as overall sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set their own January record. The Rogue and the Pathfinder saw increases of 26 percent and 5 percent respectively.

However, the Nissan Murano also saw an increase in sales of a whopping 46 percent, while the Sentra and Maxima also made significant gains.

It appears that Nissan is seriously starting the year off right, and if we had to guess, these trends will likely continue throughout 2016.

Want to get in on the action? Visit us anytime at Economy Nissan to explore the full Nissan lineup today!

Three Car Myths Dispelled

car myths

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

Nissan LEAF

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

WD-40 SuperSprint top 10

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.