Feeling Thankful

Happy ThanksgivingHere at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to wish all of our customers, their families, and everyone in our local Greenville community a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re feeling thankful this time of year to be able to provide our customers with friendliness and professionalism when it comes to their car-buying and auto service experiences.

Be sure to stay safe on the roads, driving to and from various Thanksgiving dinners, holiday parties, and shopping destinations (for those brave enough to venture out on Black Friday)!

Come see us after Thanksgiving to get a head-start on your Christmas shopping. Who wouldn’t love a new Nissan under the tree?

2015 GT-R NISMO Powers onto LA Auto Show Floor

GT-R InteriorNissan shared news so big at the LA Auto Show that they needed six-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt to help announce it: The 2015 GT-R NISMO has arrived in North America.

The GT-R NIMSO is the fourth model in Nissan’s GT-R lineup.

The NISMO prioritizes power-packed performance yielding a whopping 600 hp and more than 480 pound-foot of fun (also torque).

With numbers like that, it seems fitting that Bolt, the “World’s Fastest Man,” helped with the unveiling. Bolt is Nissan’s appointed “Director of Excitement,” and he drives a customized gold GT-R himself. We’re thinking gold is a something of a symbolic color for him.

“Nissan has always been the brand that did things differently. Our designs have stretched the envelope over the years,” said Nissan’s Divisional vice president of Sales and Marketing, Fred Diaz, who also participated in the reveal.

“All Nissan products, just like the new GT-R NISMO, stand out among the competition because they are about the driver first and foremost and about using innovation to transform the driving experience.”

We at James Ceranti Nissan expect the 2015 GT-R NISMO to be available some time in 2014 after sales of the GT-R Premium, Black Edition and Track Edition models begin in January.

Where would you drive if you had all that power behind you?

Coming Soon: The e-NV200, Nissan’s All-Electric Commercial Van

tire with leavesNissan was already the first to introduce a mass produced all-electric vehicle to the public with the debut of the LEAF in 2010.  Now, we at James Ceranti Nissan are excited about the recent announcement of production plans for the new e-NV200, Nissan’s all-electric commercial van.

The van was exhibited earlier this week at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.  Production is scheduled to begin mid-year 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  The e-NV200 is expected to hit the market in Japan during the 2014 fiscal year.

With zero CO2 emissions, the e-NV200 has the potential to drastically change the workplace; these vans are able to be driven inside, and its operating costs are the lowest in its segment.

Nissan is also hoping to change the public transportation scene all across the world.

The NV200 was originally chosen as New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow and has begun to appear in droves on the streets. Nissan is also working with Yokohama Mobility Project Zero to positively affect Yokohama, Japan’s carbon footprint.  Additionally, Nissan is making plans to incorporate the e-NV200 as a part of the taxi lineup in Barcelona, Spain.

We’ll keep you updated on any future plans for its U.S. introduction.

Driving Green Made Easy

Driving GreenGreen is the new black in the automotive world. It’s a buzzword we hear almost daily as we struggle to right the wrongs we’ve done to our environment while still maintaining a functional society. As one of the largest sources of pollution, driving has, in response to its pollution, been made greener with the advent of new car technologies in the last several decades: hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, diesel variants, and hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles, oh my! But driving a green car isn’t always enough. That’s why we at James Ceranti Nissan have collected several green driving tips to help you out, no matter the car you drive.

Improve Your Driving Habits

Sorry, speeders. We’re talking to you. Speeding can be incredibly expensive, and not just because of the tickets you’ll likely get. Speeding is also very wasteful when it comes to fuel. The perfect speed is somewhere between 45-65 miles an hour. Anything over that, and you’re likely burning more fuel than necessary. Try to drive the speed limit at a constant speed (which means no suddenly speeding up to pass one car only to brake behind the next one until you can make your next move to pass), and you’ll notice an improvement.

On top of that, try to use cruise control whenever possible, and learn to anticipate stop signs and stop lights, that way you’re not burning gas until the last second, only to hit on the brakes right as the light changes. Coasting to stops is your friend when it comes to driving green.

Try not to leave your car idling for more than 30 seconds. At that point, you would have saved more gas by turning it off and then back on when it’s time to go. In addition, use common sense when it comes to the famous debate: air conditioning vs. windows rolled down.

Keep Up with Maintenance

Regular car maintenance can also improve fuel-efficiency. If you stay on top of routine tasks, such as changing your oil, inflating your tires properly, and replacing your air filter, you’ll notice a marked increase in fuel economy.

Think Ahead

There are several things you can do before you hit the road or before you go to a gas station that can really improve efficiency. For starters, make sure your car is road-ready. Remove any unnecessary weight from the car (Come on, do you really need your golf clubs at all times? You’re not that spontaneous). You can reduce drag by removing any roof racks you have added when you don’t need them.

You should also research where the lowest gas prices are before leaving your house with GasBuddy. Plan your driving for times with the least start-and-stop traffic if possible, and be sure to buy gas at optimum times (like when it’s cool out and in the middle of the week).

Oh Yeah, One More Thing

Drive less! For goodness sake, you don’t need to drive everywhere you go. Take a bike, go for a walk, or don’t go at all. Try carpooling or public transportation, or consolidate your three trips a week into one. You’ll save big and spend more time doing what you want than waiting at red lights and stopped traffic.

Have any green driving tips of your own? Share them with us below!

How to Save Money on Gas

Save Money on GasBuying a newer, more fuel efficient car isn’t the only way to save money on gas. (But if you’re in the market for a new ride, James Ceranti Nissan has plenty of models prized for their fuel conomy!)

No matter what car you drive, there are some helpful hints you can follow to make sure that your car is reaching its potential in terms of fuel efficiency. We don’t think anyone would miss an opportunity to save money on gas, especially if it’s as easy as following a few simple steps.

  • Avoid traveling during ultra-busy times of the day, if at all possible. Sitting in a rush hour traffic jam is a waste of your precious time and money. If your job offers flexible hours, consider waking up a little earlier or be willing to stay a little late in order to avoid traveling during chaotic, high-traffic hours. Plan ahead by taking less-congested routes.
  • Take advantage of lower gas prices at wholesale clubs with gas stations, or be a member of a rewards program that provides gas discounts. Be smart about when you’re purchasing your gas; weekends and holidays tend to be accompanied by higher gas prices. Fill up in the middle of the week, and do a little digging to see where gas prices are lowest near you. But don’t drive way out of your way to save a few cents.
  • Remember what your car needs. Regular oil changes, routine tune-ups, and tire inflation checks are crucial when it comes to maximizing your car’s fuel efficiency. Save money on gas by staying on top of your car’s maintenance.

These helpful hints aren’t difficult to remember, and they make a lot of sense. We hope these will help you save money on gas during this holiday season! Spending money on Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas presents is much more enjoyable!