It’s that time of year again when people start thinking about spring cleaning projects. And if you’re like a lot of other people, your garage is probably one of the places in your house that could stand to benefit most from some cleaning and re-organizing. Getting your garage decluttered may seem like mission impossible right now, but read over some of our helpful hints below, and you may just feel a little bit better about the project.
- First, of all you have to find time in your busy schedule to get this project started. Ideally, picking a weekend is the perfect solution so that you have several uninterrupted days to get things done. Plan for a dry weekend, preferably.
- Create a task force. Get family, friends, and/or neighbors to help. Two (or more) heads are better than one, and having extra sets of helping hands will make the project take less time, and it will make all of the organizing much more enjoyable.
- Never underestimate the power of lists. Make a list of all the things in your garage that need to find suitable homes. Knowing what you need to store will make it easier to envision how to store it.
- Get to grouping. Group like items together. Make piles of things like automotive accessories, gardening supplies, tools, seasonal decor, etc. Once you see how much of each group you need to be able to store, you’ll have a better idea of the sizes of storage bins, shelving, etc. that you need.
- Don’t be afraid to part with items that you no longer need or want. To get your garage decluttered, you have to be willing to get rid of some things. Donate, donate, donate.
- Decide how you want your garage to look and feel. Pick a layout that helps the space be functional and helpful for your everyday needs. Store things that you only use once or twice a year differently than you would store things that are used daily or multiple times a week.
- Invest in strong/sturdy shelving. There are plenty of options that can be professionally installed, or some that you can simply build yourself. Find what works best for your storage needs and budget constraints.
- The finishing touches include actually cleaning the garage once all the items are out and grouped, and then of course, putting everything back in their new homes.
- Remember, keeping on top of things will make the task much easier in the future. Set a reminder on your phone or mark it on your calendar to make garage organization a priority. Two to four times a year should be plenty to keep your garage decluttered.
If you have any organization tips that work well for you and your family, feel free to share them with us!
Fuel efficiency is not the only factor taken into consideration when determining the cleanest or greenest of cars. The Automotive Science Group (ASG) recognized this and sought to calculate which production model was truly the cleanest car in the United States. The ASG’s ultimate determination: the Nissan LEAF, which the organization named the cleanest overall vehicle in the United States.
ASG studied more than 1,300 cars (with at least four seats) across nine categories. They considered a wide range of factors including fuel efficiency, end-of-life processing, materials used in production, and more. ASG calls their calculations “wildly complex,” but the results are decidedly simple.
In the end, the Nissan LEAF reigned supreme. The LEAF being the cleanest car is not a huge surprise considering it produces zero emissions and has an 84-mile electric range. Nissan’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact is also clear in the manners through which they acquire the materials to make their EV and the methods through which they produce them.
The LEAF, which ASG put in the mid-size car category, also won the awards for Best All-Around Performance, Best 5 All-Around Performance, Best Environmental Performance, and Best Social Performance.
Here at James Ceranti Nissan we are so excited to see the LEAF doing well, both in sales, and in recognition from the automotive industry. Are you a LEAF driver and proud of it? Sound off!
Diesel engines are all about doing a heck of a lot of work in an efficient manner—a perfect fit for a pickup truck and a savvy buyer who wants to get the most for their money. However, until recently, diesel engines have primarily been used in the biggest, heavy-duty trucks while the mid-size segment has gone largely ignored. Now, Nissan has introduced a Cummins-built diesel engine in its midsize Frontier pickup—the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept, which debuted last week at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.
The Frontier Diesel Runner powered by Cummins is quite a sight to behold. Even more impressive than its eye-catching exterior is what lies beneath the hood. The Frontier Diesel Runner is equipped with a 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces almost 200 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Nissan has paired it with an eight-speed automatic transmission and says it will be 35 percent more fuel efficient than its V6-powered gasoline counterpart.
While Nissan is calling this a “project truck” to test the waters, we think it has a great chance of making its way into production in the very near future. After all, when it comes to pairing superlative fuel efficiency with powerful performance and full-size capabilities, what’s not to love?
“Nissan has always valued the mid-size pickup segment, and with this technical study project, we are looking to explore what is possible for the next-generation Frontier,” says Fred Diaz, a Nissan senior vice president, in a statement. “We are always looking for ways to engage our customers.”
How much would you love to see the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner appear on the James Ceranti Nissan lot? Voice your opinion in the comment below, and maybe Nissan will make your wish come true!
With the popularity of the Nissan LEAF, the carmaker has shown that it knows how to make successful electric and hybrid cars. The newest model in Nissan’s hybrid lineup is the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid.
The standard Pathfinder won the Full-Size Crossover Utility Vehicle of Texas at the Texas Truck Rodeo in October. Adding the hybrid option should increase the fuel efficiency by about 25 percent to 25 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway. And, because the battery pack is stored under the third row, you don’t lose any cargo space or leg room.
Also added to the Pathfinder Hybrid are unique LED taillights and Nissan PUREDRIVE Hybrid badges. Otherwise, the Hybrid version is visually identical to the standard Pathfinder.
Powering the Pathfinder Hybrid is a turbocharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine paired with a 15kW electric motor with a compact lithium-ion battery. Combined, the system is rated at a net 250 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. These systems are joined together with Nissan’s Intelligent Dual Clutch System that controls power from both the gasoline engine and electric motor.
Want more information on the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid? Give us a call and James Ceranti Nissan – we’ll help you out.