Things to Do in Grand Junction This January

If you’re looking for a list of things to do in Grand Junction this January, Economy Nissan has you covered. We know that the period after the holidays can feel a bit deflating, but luckily we live in an area that offers fun events all year long for residents and visitors alike. Take a look at our list, and start making plans for your new year!

The Secret Garden – A Broadway Musical

Where: High Desert Opera, 1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Wednesday, December 31st at 7:30pm and Saturday, January 3rd at 1:30pm and 7:30pm
The Tony Award-winning musical, The Secret Garden, is coming to Grand Junction. Features include a live orchestra and a mixture of professional singers and local singers for an unforgettable time. Tickets range from $10 to $39, and are available from High Desert Opera’s website.

It will be a similar show to this, we’re sure!

Comedian Ralphie May presented by James Logan

Where: Avalon Theatre, 645 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501
Thursday, January 15th at 7:00pm
Well-known comedian Ralphie May will perform his stand-up show right here in Grand Junction. May featured on the first season of Last Comic Standing, and although he came in second, he’s enjoyed a successful career than includes four Comedy Central specials. Tickets range from $25.50 to $50.50 and are available from Outhouse Tickets

“Divine Incline” Ski Mountaineering Race

Where: Powderhorn Mountain Resort, 48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa, CO 81643
Saturday, January 31st at 9:00am
The “Divine Incline” race is held as part of the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC). Whether you’re looking to compete or just watch the fun, head to Powderhorn Mountain Resort early to get your spot! More information is available at COSMIC’s website.

Self-Cleaning Nissan LEAF Freaks Out Passers-By

Sometimes, the best way to reach people is to make them laugh—even if that means scaring the wits out of innocent passers-by.

That’s exactly what went down in a recent marketing ad campaign by Nissan. You’ve got to excuse automaker; when you’ve created something as sensational as a self-cleaning electric car, you need a sensational way to show it off.

The self-cleaning vehicle in question is none other than the illustrious Nissan LEAF. Its self-cleaning property comes courtesy of Ultra-Ever Dry paint. Clean Technica describes this special paint’s ability to cause “any liquid to slide off the LEAFs glowing finish without leaving a trace.”

As for the hijinks, two “painters” dressed in appropriate garb are painting a light pole that happens to be right next to a beautiful, white, self-cleaning Nissan LEAF. As one painter very dramatically moves out of the way of people walking on the sidewalk, he “accidentally” bumps into his partner, who in turn “accidentally” throws an entire bucket of paint on the LEAF.

Reactions vary, to some extent. Most passers-by are shocked and speechless. One dude appears to run away. Those who stick around, their shock eventually turns to awe. That’s definitely the sentiment we get here at Economy Nissan when we see this hilarious prank!

Multiple Next-Generation Nissan Z Engines Could Be a Possibility

The phrase “one size fits all” is almost never true, especially when it comes to cars. This is why the next-generation Nissan Z will likely come with multiple engines options. While this rumor has been floating around for a while, a Nissan executive further hinted at this idea in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice.

Nissan’s corporate vice president and global head of marketing/brand strategy, Roel de Vries, said any engine in the 370Z “[needs] to deliver on what the car stands for and if the 370Z stands for real performance and real driving I think it doesn’t need a V6 to do that.”

next-generation Nissan Z engine

The next-generation Nissan Z engine could come in several variations.

At first read, it might sound like Nissan is downsizing the Z’s engine and getting rid of the V6, but what this really means could be Nissan won’t offer a V6 in the European version of the Z (since V6 engines are nearly extinct there anyway) and will continue to offer it here in the United States.

If Nissan adds a four-cylinder engine option, the next question for the 370Z is what do you call it? The “370” part of its name is based on its current engine displacement (3.7-liters). De Vries suggested that with multiple engines, the sporty coupe could simply be called Z.

Here at Economy Nissan, we are looking forward to seeing the next-generation Nissan Z engine updates. A smaller engine would likely lower the base price point opening up the model for new customers.

What do you think? Would you ever consider buying a Nissan Z with only a four-cylinder engine?

2016 Nissan Maxima Theories Describe Sleek Look, Roomy Interior

Nissan grabbed enthusiasts’ interest this year at the Detroit Auto Show when they teased the idea of a new sports sedan concept–likely that of the 2016 Nissan Maxima. Shortly after, a new Maxima was caught in test drives, all covered with secrecy tape.

Now, speculation about the new vehicle has run rampant all over the internet, where experts have made predictions about the new model, based on Nissan trends and the limited public exposure given to the car thus far.

2016 Nissan Maxima Theories

There is speculation that the new 2016 Nissan Maxima could resemble this Nissan concept.

Some postulate, in the 2016 Maxima “we will probably be seeing the new V-shaped grille in the front and the boomerang shaped headlights. The inside will have better quality this time and also more legroom and headroom for the passenger.”

Apparently, the rumor also says the Nissan Pathfinder’s hybrid system might be utilized for the new Maxima, combining “a supercharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol with an electric motor for an output of 250 horsepower plus.”

We at Economy Nissan can’t wait to see the new Maxima for ourselves and are excited to read these 2016 Nissan Maxima theories. What do you think? Let us know your speculations in the comments.

2015 Nissan Juke Color Choices Are Getting a Whole Lot Jukier

Some say that the Nissan Juke is so ugly, it’s attractive. Others say it looks…interesting. And still others claim that it’s the most beautiful thing on four wheels. In any case, people are talking—and there’s no such thing as bad press, right?

It looks like silence won’t come any time soon. The 2015 Nissan Juke is only upping the ante, as far as the Juke’s weirdness is concerned. It was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show;  Digital Trends tell us that the mid-cycle refresh “accentuates the Juke’s unique personality while leaving the basics of the car intact.”

The most unique aspect to the new Juke is what Nissan is calling “Color Studio.”

This allows buyers to get their hands dirty…with paint that is. Customers can choose from eight colors on 12 different accessories. As Digital Trend surmises, combinations are likely to get pretty crazy thanks to the new Nissan Juke color choices.  But after all, that is what the Juke is about.

We here at Economy Nissan are looking forward to seeing some of these crazy combinations!