Nissan Promotes New Altima with Altimatums Card Game

Have you ever heard of the Altimatums card game? It’s Nissan’s brand new game that you play on the road, with a name inspired by the 2016 Nissan Altima. The unique promotional tool was developed by Nissan and game-makers TBWA\Chiat\Day LA in order to help the Altima appeal more to a younger age demographic — more specifically, millennials. With game mechanics inspired by popular millennial games such as Truth or Dare and Cards Against Humanity, Altimatums is designed to make car rides with your friends more entertaining.

The concept is simple: the game has two separate decks of cards. The driver draws a “destination” card that tells you where to go. Then, the passengers draw an “Altimatum” card that tells them what to do when they reach the destination. Destinations can be things like the busiest road in your neighborhood, a fast food drive-thru, or a nearby park, while Altimatum cards can have commands like “hug a stranger!” or “empty out your purse for everyone in the car to see.”

Physical copies of the Altimatums card game were available on Nissan’s website and handed out at events, but the promotion has ended online. However, you can still get your hands on the game in the form of a free downloadable PDF file available on the website that you can easily print and cut out.

Nissan Plans Substantial Altima Midcycle Changes

2015 Nissan Altima

Nissan plans some serious Altima midcycle changes including an appearance redesign.

Nissan is reportedly planning substantial Altima midcycle changes for the 2016 model year to keep up with the recently-refreshed Toyota Camry.

For the 2015 model year, the current Altima had been updated with new standard content like NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and several other tweaks and bonuses.

Its appearance had remained unchanged, however, something that Nissan intends to address with this midcycle refresh. Pierre Loing, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning, said they were planning something “significant” for the Altima midcycle, though he declined to mention what kind of changes exactly.

“If you look at fuel economy, we’re very good,” he added. “Altima is 38 miles per gallon. It’s a light car. It’s already up there, and of course we will reinforce this when we do the midcycle.”

We at James Ceranti Nissan look forward to seeing what Nissan comes up with!

Nissan Sales Breaks August Records

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Nissan is on a roll, and growing quickly. The automaker has reported its August sales figures, and Nissan is boasting an impressive 15.3 percent jump for the brand. Nissan sales totaled 125,224 units in August, which marks a record for the brand and 22 consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.

It seems that drivers were anxious to get out of the house and into a new car in August this year, with Nissan’s cars breaking several sales records across the lineup. Not surprisingly, the Altima led the way with 32,153 units sold, which marks a 3.8 percent year-over-year increase and a monthly record.

The Nissan Leaf also saw its best August ever, 3,186 vehicles sold, a 31.7 percent year-over-year increase. Since just the beginning of 2014, LEAF sales have climbed a massive 34.1 percent.

The Rogue also came in big, with August sales totaling 21,419 units – a 24 percent increase. This doesn’t just mark the best August for the Rogue, but its best month in sales ever.

In addition to the above all-stars, the Sentra was up 36.3 percent having sold 17,182 units, the Versa was up 46.4 percent with 14,630 vehicles sold, the Maxima was up 62.1 percent with 6,110 vehicles sold, and the Murano was up 42.5 percent with 5,594 vehicles sold.

If Nissan is setting the pace for sales in the years to come, we have a whole lot to look forward to. Drop by James Ceranti Nissan to learn more about our impressive lineup!

Nissan Makes Our Hearts Race with ‘Ride of Your Life’ Campaign

Nissan's 'Ride of Your Life' Campaign Changes Minds about the AltimaNissan has its fair share of thrilling vehicles with motorsport-inspired NISMO editions and the always fast and furious GT-R… Of course, some of the more commonly popular Nissans that share real life roads, like the Altima sedan, don’t inspire quite as much as excitement as their revved-up siblings. Don’t get me wrong, the Altima is one of our ultimate favorites, but it’s not exactly known for it’s racing capabilities. To change the way we think of the Altima forever, Nissan recently played an amazing trick on some willing participants in its campaign coined ‘Ride of Your Life’.

They strapped everybody into what appeared to be a race-ready Nissan Altima, one that was specifically designed for the racetrack. Then the participants rode along with motorsport drivers, navigating thrilling laps around the track at top speeds. The video below is worth the watch for the passengers’ reactions alone. What happens at the end is the shocking part… watch now before you continue to read on!

The real kicker takes place at the end of the video as the passengers watch the pit crew strip one of the Altima sedans of all its “racetrack-ready” exterior features – what remains is simply the Altima, and it’s simply awe-inspiring.

Were you surprised, too? What’s so amazing about this is that Nissan used a standard 3.5 SL Altima with only a modified exhaust for the extra noise, and, of course visual changes like the spoiler and body moldings for the big trick.

We have the 2014 Nissan Altima available now at James Ceranti Nissan. Come take it out for a spin and make your commute feel like the ‘Ride of Your Life’ each and every day!

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?

What Should You Keep In Your Trunk?

Car Trouble- what to keep in the trunkIf you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know that the car always breaks down in the middle of the woods right before a storm and your cell phone isn’t going to work. Thankfully, cell phone towers are pretty strong nowadays, and most scary dark roads aren’t on your way home, but it’s still smart to be prepared in case of an emergency. There are a few things you should always carry with you.

Probably one of the most important things you can have with you is a good flashlight. With battery-less options out there now, you won’t have to worry about them going dead (like they do in those same scary movies). Check out wind-up emergency lights that also have built in red blinkers to signal for help. If you do prefer to have a flashlight with batteries, invest in a Maglight® . Not only are they super powerful, but the heavy weight can be used as a weapon if need be.

Jumper cables better be hiding in your trunk as well. While you may have a membership to a company like AAA, a quick jump from a friend could save you a lot of waiting time. Just make sure you know how to use them safely. Remember- positive to positive (red to red) and negative to negative (black to black). Trust us; you’ll know if you do it wrong.

Lastly, pack a little survival kit just in case you are stranded for a while. A few water bottles, packets of crackers or imperishable food, a blanket and a jacket could make a huge difference for you if you end up staying the night in your car.

Whatever else you have rolling around the trunk of your Nissan is up to you, but make sure to have these things handy and you won’t regret it. With great cargo space, the Altima would make for an easy travel companion and leave plenty of room for the less important stuff, like those shoes you kicked into the back one day and forgot to take out….. Just remember to watch out for those ax murders on dark and stormy nights!

The Nissan Altima Coupe Has Seen Its Last Days

Nissan Altima coupe and sedanThe 2014 model year brings many changes to the Nissan family, including the next-generation Rogue, but for the Altima coupe, it’s time to say goodbye. The current generation won buyers over with its clean lines and sharp styling. While it’s unlikely that Nissan will release another coupe, the current one was released about a year after the sedan hit dealerships.

New For the 2014 model year are the Versa Note hatchback, the NV200 Compact Cargo van and the next-generation Rogue compact SUV. The Pathfinder hybrid will also be added later in the fall. Several models are also receiving enhancements this year, including the sedan version of the Altima, which now comes standard with the CVT transmission, the Frontier, which gets updated options packs, enhanced navigations functionality, and a sliding rear window.

For the latest information on the 2014 models, check back often or come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan for a test drive of the 2014 Versa Note!

2013 Altima Awarded ‘Best New Model in Class’ by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

2013 AltimaThe 2013 Altima has done it again! Since launching in 2012, Nissan’s completely redesigned midsize sedan has received numerous awards and accolades. Recently Altima earned another title to add to its already impressive list as it was awarded ‘Best New Model’ in the $25,000-$30,000 price range by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  

Kiplinger has been a trusted source for personal finance and business forecasts for years. Annually, the online source combs through hundreds of vehicles to award the best values in its yearly buyer’s guide. Winner of these awards are ranged by price, performance, safety, roominess, value, and driving impressions.

“The Nissan Altima has coma long way in the 20 years since it was first introduce,” said Al Castignetti, Nissan Division Vice President and General Manager. “We took great strides to completely redesign this vehicle with a number of innovative features that improve upon the driving experience while maintaining its affordability. Being honored by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance validates all of our hard work and highlights our passion for developing innovative yet affordable products.”

Find the stylishly award-winning 2013 Altima now at James Ceranti Nissan. Visit our Greenville, MS dealership for a test drive today! Learn more about Altima and other great Nissan vehicles online at www.jamescerantinissan.net.

Nissan Dominates 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 List

2013 PathfinderThe 2013 model year has been an exciting one for Nissan. With several models receiving fresh new looks and features, Nissan is ready and able to compete among the best brands in the world, and win! Proof of this can be found on Kelley Blue Book’s recent list of 10 Best Family Cars of 2013. The redesigned 2013 Altima took the ninth spot on the list, while the all-new 2013 Pathfinder beat out every other contender and cinched the number one spot. Both vehicles are now available at our Greenville, MS dealership.

The 2013 Nissan Altima debuted earlier this year with a sharp new look, excellent fuel economy rating, and a comfortable, tech-savvy interior. This five passenger sedan also received excellent safety ratings and an abundance of new safety features including blind-spot monitoring. Needless to say, it is a very worthy contender on this list from Kelley Blue Book.

And now on to the champion of this list, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder! To say Pathfinder was redesigned for this model year is an understatement; this SUV has been completely reinvented. Gone is the boxy, rigid, truck-like styling of previous Pathfinder models and in its place is a smooth yet sporty exterior design that resembles today’s crossover more than an all terrain SUV. Improved fuel economy, better handling, and a more comfortable ride make the new Pathfinder more appealing to families that may have overlooked it in years past. With these updates, Pathfinder is finding its niche now in suburban garages rather than back road trails.

For your next family-friendly vehicle, be sure to stop by James Ceranti Nissan. Visit us online to view photos and information of our complete new Nissan inventory, www.jamescerantinissan.net.

Success for Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert

Easy Fill Tire AlertTire pressure gauges too confusing to figure out? Never sure just when to put more air in your tires? Had more flats than a shoe store? Thankfully, James Ceranti Nissan has a solution—Nissan’s all-new Easy Fill Tire Alert.

The Easy Fill Tire Alert system was just named one of six finalists by AOL Auto for the 2012 Technology of the Year Award. The winner will be announced January 9, 2013 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We at James Ceranti Nissan are feeling confident about the chances for the Easy Fill Tire Alert.

So what makes the Easy Fill Tire Alert so incredible? The system uses tire pressure monitoring sensors that will alert you as soon as your tire pressure drops below a safe level. This is very important as so many drivers unknowingly drive at dangerous pressure levels, which makes them much more likely to get into an accident.  Once you stop to put more air into the low tire(s), the system will activate four-way flashers that indicate that a tire is being filled. When the tire has reached the appropriate level, the car will honk. If for some odd reason you persist, the car will keep honking to let you know you’ve filled it too high, and then as you release air, it will honk again to let you know you’ve reached the right level.

The technology is really ingenious. For 2013, Nissan plans to add the system to the Nissan Altima, the Quest minivan, the all-new Pathfinder three-row SUV, and the Sentra sedan. We expect it will make its way into all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in the coming years. Find this technology now in some 2013 Nissan vehicles at James Ceranti Nissan, www.jamescerantinissan.net.