Mississippi Cotton and Agriculture Road Trip Destinations

American agriculture is a fascinating enterprise, making up a huge part of our economy and job market. The Mississippi cotton and agriculture industry is massive, and for those interested in it, the many conservation centers, farms, and research centers in the Washington County area are the perfect road trip destination this summer.

The Delta Conservation and Demonstration Center in Metcalfe, for example, teaches visitors about local conservation practices, see antique farming equipment, and even enjoy bird watching. The Jamie Whitten Delta State Research Center and the Stoneville Research Center both focus on developing technology to increase the efficiency of farming and offer tours of their facilities.

Catfish is a huge part of Mississippi agriculture, and you can tour Lauren Farms to see how these fish are raised. Little Bales of Cotton, a store in Stoneville, makes novelty items out of cotton. For a more complete look into the agriculture industry of the area, check out the Washington County Farm Tours.

The Washington County area is unique for its climate and major agricultural enterprises, making it a perfect vacation locale for the farming enthusiast or farming families. We hope to see you here soon!

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

Family Friendly Events in Greenville, Mississippi

If you’re going to be in West Mississippi with your kids this summer, there are tons of family friendly events in Greenville you won’t want to miss. From paintball to bowling to Kermit the Frog, Greenville has something everyone can enjoy.

Muppets creator Jim Henson was born here in Greenville, and the city has built a permanent exhibit in Henson’s honor, which also doubles as the Washington County Welcome Center. This is a perfect stop for young kids.

Older children who like animals and the outdoors have lots of options—there’s the Winterville Indian Mounds, Oliver Alpaca Farm, the Delta Paintball Park, and more. If your family’s into cars, on the other hand, visit the Black Bayou Motor Speedway and Greenville Speedway Racing and catch a few races.

Of course, there are plenty of everyday activities to do in Greenville—Riverbelle Lanes offers bowling and other family activities, and the Nelco Movie Theater and Diamond Jim’s Arcade both have great options for families.

Whether you’re a resident of Washington County or you’re just passing through, summer in Greenville is a great time for families, so drop in on some of our city’s many exciting events!

Nissan, NHTSA & IIHS Agree on Standard Automatic Emergency Braking by 2022

automatic emergency braking

In the future, a good part of what makes our cars safe will come from active driver-assistive technologies. As part of a pact between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and most automakers selling cars in the US market, one of these technologies will become standard by 2022—specifically, automatic emergency braking.

Nissan is part of the group of automakers that has agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on all of its vehicles by 2022, but you won’t have to wait that long to benefit from the technology. Most of the vehicles in our lineup at James Ceranti Nissan are already equipped with many advanced safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and numerous other safety technologies.

In fact, it’s likely that Nissan will make it standard across most, if not all, of its vehicles long before 2022 comes around. Other auto brands will just have to catch up.

2016 Murano Named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families

2016 Nissan Murano

The 2016 Nissan Murano has been named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. This is the second time the Murano received an award from the publication this year, after being named one of its “Best Cars for the Money” back in February.

US News & World Report looked at 256 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale to determine the best vehicles in each major segment. Safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, family-friendly feature availability, and professional automotive reviews were all taken into consideration during the ranking process.

“Though the 2016 Nissan Murano’s price qualifies it as an affordable mid-size SUV, reviewers say its cabin offers a near-luxury level of refinement,” the editors wrote. “The Murano, however, isn’t just a great value. It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”

Experience the 2016 Nissan Murano in a test drive at James Ceranti Nissan!

3 Reasons You Need Car Insurance

Benefits of Having Car Insurance

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than six million accidents every year. That’s an incredibly high number and it only gets worse once you learn that one-eighth of drivers don’t have insurance. In today’s world, insurance is a necessity, not a luxury. While you may think otherwise, here are three fantastic reasons you need car insurance from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.

  1. Out-of-Pocket Cost. The average cost of an accident is over $9,000. That’s not counting any medical bills or disabling injuries. It only goes up from there. If you don’t have thousands of dollars available to fix your vehicle or pay medical bills, car insurance is an excellent way to take care of unforeseen expenses should you be in an accident.
  2. Confidence. Driving is all about confidence. Shaky drivers tend to panic and that can easily result in an accident. If you’re constantly scanning the road for potential threats, you aren’t really paying attention to what’s in front of your car. With insurance, you won’t need to worry about getting into an accident. While you should definitely try to avoid it, you’re covered should something happen.
  3. Consequences. When you drive without insurance, you run the risk of serious consequences if your state requires a minimum amount of coverage. Fines, vehicle impoundment, and license suspension are just a few potential consequences should you get caught without insurance.

Can you think of any more benefits of having car insurance? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

2016 Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition

The Nissan Maxima has always been an attractive looking vehicle and with its most recent redesign, it’s likely to maintain its image. To make the sedan stand out even more, Nissan is offering a new package. While the changes in the new Midnight Edition are cosmetic, it’s still a fantastic deal in terms of price.

The Nissan Maxima Midnight Edition features blacked-out parts, most notably 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a rear bumper diffuser, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the SR trim is relatively the same. Aluminum pedals, paddle shifters, climate-controlled front seats, and a sport-tuned suspension are some major components on the list of special features.

Here’s the catch: the Midnight Edition is only available on the Maxima SR trim.

The normal Maxima SR starts at $37,770. Once you add on the $1,195 for the special edition package, it runs close to $39,000. If you were to add all of the package’s included parts individually, you’d pay over $1,000 more.

A deal in itself, several Maxima SR Midnight Edition models are already hitting dealerships across the United States.

We here at James Ceranti Nissan are pumped to see more special edition packages on fantastic cars!

Hatchback Model and Additional Engines in the Works for Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra

The Nissan Sentra is a frontrunner in the American compact car segment, and the current model year is the latest of seven generations of success and experience. The small sedan has always had a place in the market, even though it only offers one engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a modest amount of power — though, to be fair, a small, lightweight car such as the Sentra does not need a lot of power to deliver smooth, easy performance. However, Nissan still wants to expand the capabilities of the lineup; company reps recently unveiled plans for a Nissan Sentra hatchback, in addition to more variety in the vehicle’s engine lineup.

The hatchback variant of the Sentra nameplate hasn’t seen the light of day in over 26 years, when the hatchback disappeared from the Sentra family, but plans to revive the model are part of a strategy to compete with the increasing popularity of compact crossovers, which blur the line between traditional SUVs and the much smaller hatchback. In addition, Nissan representatives say the more engine options, including the possibility of turbocharged options, may be added to the Sentra’s available features in the near future.

When discussing the possibility of the Nissan Sentra hatchback, officials are cautious, with good reason; the brand will have to find a good strategy to break into the market dominated by Mazda and Ford, whose Focus and Mazda3 hatchbacks are at the top of the class in terms of sales. Plus, with more competition on the way in the form of the Chevy Cruze hatchback, the Sentra hatchback will need to offer class-topping quality to make a splash.

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 Leaf Mobile Power Supply System Being Tested

Nissan Leaf mobile power supply

Image is of 2014 Nissan Leaf.

With an electric vehicle, you typically have to use your house to charge your car, relying on your power plug-in to reload your car’s juice. But have you ever thought about using your electric car to charge your home?

That’s the vision Nissan has for the Leaf EV. By teaming up with energy provider ENEL, Nissan is launching a Vehicle 2 Grid system to turn the Leaf EV into a mobile power supply, as well as a Leaf-to-Home energy station in Japan.

A Nissan Leaf mobile power supply would be able to run a house, office, and entire power grid. Why would this be something that should interest Leaf owners? The idea is that owners could run their electrical utilities off the car’s 30kWh battery during peak hours when electricity is most expensive or limited.

This idea was conceived of by Nissan after Japan began limiting energy utilization following the 2011 tsunami. This would allow Leaf owners to conserve power and use it when they want to.

The price of the special charger device is speculated to be around $900, making it affordable for all Leaf owners. Unfortunately, this technology will take time before it spreads outside of test areas in Japan and Western Europe.

Six Must-See Historic Sites in Greenville, MS

In the heart of the Mississippi Delta, you’ll find our little town of Greenville. This small Southern city has a big history, which has been preserved over the years and can be explored on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If you want to experience the spirit of Greenville, visit these historic locations.

Cotton Row: Back when Mississippi used to be the home of cotton moguls who amassed large fortunes, this was a thriving merchant district. It still reflects the late 19th century architecture.

First National Bank: This Neoclassical building now housing the city’s court was the first federally chartered bank in the county.

Former Levee Board Complex: What was the city’s oldest commercial structure has been renovated into the Greenville Inn & Suites.

Mississippi Levee System: This towering structure runs along the downtown waterfront and revolutionized the area, making the Delta what it is today.

Mount Holly Plantation: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Shelby Foote used to live in this gorgeous mansion which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nelson Street District: For a century, this has been a thriving economic and cultural hub of the community, home to numerous iconic restaurants and stores.

Which of these historic sites in Greenville is your favorite?