Nissan Making More Hybrid Models

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Rumors have been circulating lately that Nissan will be adding more of its models to the list of hybrids sometime around 2015. The latest to join the family will be the Rogue and the Murano. In the past, Nissan has shied away from hybrid vehicles, offering only the Altima, which is limited in production. But changes can be expected as Nissan plans to launch a total of 15 electric vehicles by 2016.

The Pathfinder Hybrid will go on sale this fall, kicking off these new hybrid endeavors for the automaker. There has also been talk of a different variation of the Altima Hybrid as well. The Pathfinder’s specifications may be mirrored in the release of the new Rogue and Murano, so look forward to a 2.5-liter supercharged engine, and a lithium-ion battery pack.

We haven’t heard word on the release date of the Murano, but the 2014 Nissan Rogue will be revealed September 10. Are you excited to see more options available in the Nissan lineup?

Car Theft Prevention, Recovery Statistics

Car TheftAre you proactive when it comes to car theft prevention? Where and when are parked cars most susceptible to a break-in? What is the likelihood your stolen goods will be recovered?

Progressive Insurance claims trainer Todd Golling suggests that a passive approach to prevention is not enough to protect your car and/or your belongings from being stolen. A former Virginia State Trooper, Golling explains that preventative measures can and should be taken to reduce your risk. Drivers should always remove valuable items from their parked cars, keep their cars locked, and carry along a blanket to hide bags from visibility during shopping trips. Cars bearing stickers that suggest the car has an alarm system (whether it does or not) can also be useful deterrents.

“Thieves are lazy,” Golling explains. “So if you do anything to make their job more difficult, they’ll move on to the next car.” Some drivers go so far as to install lockable gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers. Be careful not to leave any personal information in your vehicle that would provide a criminal with your address, and never leave spare keys to the car itself or to your home in the vehicle.

Practice extra caution when you know your car will be parked for an extended period of time; places like sports arenas, concert venues, churches, and hotel parking lots are highly susceptible to vehicle theft.

In terms of theft recovery, Progressive Insurance reported that in 2012 the U.S. average was 46% with some states doing a much better job than others. Washington’s recovery rate was an impressive 71% followed by Utah with 63% while Michigan and Pennsylvania had the worst recovery rates with 19% and 26%, respectively.

Progressive data demonstrates that summer months and weekends are the times during which the highest numbers of theft incidents occur. Being aware of where, when, and how long you are parking your car and taking the suggested preventative measures are simple ways to protect your car, your belongings, and your peace of mind.

Nissan Bringing Jobs To Mississippi

New Nissan Jobs Building the MuranoMississippi governor Phil Bryant joined Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park in Canton at the end of last month. An existing Nissan vehicle assembly plant is already in Canton and this addition will add more than 800 jobs. Local officials were joined by Dan Bednarzyk, Nissan Vice President of Total Delivered Cost and David Aldana, Nissan Vice President for Manufacturing, who helped with the groundbreaking ceremonies.

“Today, we begin an exciting new chapter in Mississippi as we continue our localization and investment efforts in the United States,” Bednarzyk said. “Today’s groundbreaking supports our efforts to bring more Nissan cars and trucks to our plant in Mississippi and means more Mississippi jobs. Additionally, the supplier park will help make us more globally competitive at our Canton Mississippi plant.”

“For a decade, Nissan has been a loyal corporate partner and has created thousands of jobs for Mississippians,” Gov. Bryant said. “The addition of the new supplier park will bring more manufacturing jobs to Mississippi and serves to strengthen our growing automotive sector. I am grateful to Nissan for demonstrating to the world that ‘Mississippi Works.’ Great things are taking place in our state, and I wish Nissan many more years of growth and success in Canton.”

The Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant opened in 2003 and employs more than 5,600 people. There has been talk that the next-generation Nissan Murano assembly will be moved here. We are excited to see what other changes take place. Are you happy that Nissan is expanding its plant?

Why An SUV May Be Right For You

Until a few years ago, SUVs were not buyers’ first choice because of the heftier price-tag. Small mid-size cars won out. The economy was hard as it was and everyone wanted to save a buck or two. But thanks to the economy bouncing back and a rise in individual pay, SUVs became an option again. Recent trends show a shift away from high-end sedans towards family-size SUVs. Think about it, would you rather drive cross country in a tiny coupe or a spacious 7-seater? Nissan Xterra SUVDon’t sacrifice style just because you have to tote the kids around, though. The stereotype of minivan-driving soccer mom is waiting to be broken. With three SUVs to choose form, Nissan offers something for everyone. The Pathfinder may be the most common of the three with its bold lines and technology like the Nissan Intelligent Key. If adventure is calling your name, check out the Xterra. It seats five, has great cargo space and you can buy a hatch tent attachment to make camping a breeze. If elegance is more your style, the Armada is calling your name. Premium comfort and room for 8 mark this as the largest of the Nissan SUV lineup. Keep the kids entertained with dual headrest DVD monitors. SUVs are made for long-distance traveling, made with sturdy bones which also provide top-notch safety for your family. So step up your game and slide into a new 2013 or 2014 Nissan SUV and be the envy of all the playdate circles.