Looking for something to do for Easter in Elkhart, Indiana? Tom Naquin Nissan has your back. We scoped out events in the area and would like to recommend that families head over to Linton’s Enchanted Gardens for an Easter event you won’t want to miss. The event is called the Easter Egg-straordinaire and, for two weekends in April, it’s open to the public for free (with additional fees for some activities).
The Easter Egg-straordinaire isn’t just an egg hunt – it’s much more than that. The Linton’s conservatory will feature many animals for families to interact with, such as ducklings, chicks, lambs, baby goats, and even a calf. Cookie decorating and train rides are available on site, and if you bring along canned goods to donate, your family can get professional pictures with the Easter Bunny at the event. This will be a recurring event the weekends of April 8th and 9th, as well as the 14th and 15th.
Linton’s Enchanted Gardens is a stunning Home & Garden Center (and the largest in the state) featuring several shops, beautiful scenery, a conservatory, and even a lake, in addition to the many family-friendly attractions. Stop by soon for the upcoming Easter Egg-straordinaire and enjoy the warm spring weather. We guarantee you and your family won’t be disappointed!
Nissan had a bit of room for improvement in the 1990s but it saw a full recovery after Carlos Ghosn took the wheel. The Nissan CEO is known for reviving the Japanese brand and nurturing it to become the automotive powerhouse that it is today. Now, an era is coming to an end as Ghosn announced he would be stepping down from his position just a few weeks ago.
The Japanese brand thrived under Ghosn’s control and quickly rose to prominence as one of the most well-known companies in the world. Ghosn’s career at Nissan began when he was the executive vice president of Renault. The French automaker took on $5.4 billion of Nissan’s debt in exchange for a hefty stake in the company in 1999. Ghosn took up the top spot at Nissan in 2001 and quickly turned the company around.
He revamped the entire range of vehicles with fresh styling and more features, and responded to customer feedback by making vehicles more appealing. Combined with cutting costs, Nissan came back from the brink of death and became a force to be reckoned with in the modern day.
Ghosn isn’t leaving Nissan completely though. He plans to remain chairman and continue to do what he believes is best for the automaker.
We here at Tom Naquin Nissan couldn’t be prouder of Ghosn’s accomplishments as CEO of Nissan!
NISMO has served as one of the most premier performance divisions in the automotive industry and has come up with a line of unique, performance-driven designs since its founding in 1984. The latest model to roll off the line comes in the form of the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO, a compact car designed to offer thrilling performance and pristine handling.
The Sentra NISMO pounds pavement with a 1.6-liter DIG turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque without breaking a sweat. The model is designed for enthusiasts who want to put the thrill back into driving a compact car.
As with all NISMO vehicles, the Sentra boasts a NISMO-tuned suspension and a reinforced chassis. That, combined with a lower stance, adds up to incredibly responsive handling. The 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels come standard and large front brake rotors complement the powerful engine.
Style comes standard as well, with several NISMO-exclusive cues. The fascias come emboldened by a signature red stripe while black outside mirrors add to the overall flair. The unique LED daytime running lights and front grille create an intimidating presence. A NISMO badge wraps up the whole package as one of the most performance-oriented compact cars to ever hit the street.
We here at Tom Naquin Nissan are pumped to see more performance-oriented cars coming out of the NISMO division!
The Nissan Leaf is one of the biggest names in the green car segment, and as such, its fans are always looking forward to a better battery with a longer range. While the 2017 Leaf battery won’t be new to the lineup, it was formerly only an available option on higher trim levels. As a result, lower trim levels of the Nissan Leaf will have a longer range in addition to a slight price bump, according to a recent reveal by Nissan reps.
The battery in question is a 30 kWh pack that was originally only available on the Leaf SV and SL models, which means that every Leaf has a range of 107 miles. Following suit is the Leaf’s base price, up $1,600 from the 2016 model year. Now, the standard model will start at a price of $30,680, while the SV will be $34,200 and the SL tops the model range at $36,790. Even with the price jump, however, the Nissan Leaf’s base model is the cheapest price for the longest range on the market.
Some enthusiasts were hoping to see the 41 kWh pack that was seen in Renault’s new ZOE model at the Paris Motor Show, but the 2017 Leaf battery seems to be forgoing the 200-plus-mile range for now. However, this upcoming January the Nissan CEO is preparing a keynote speech for the 2017 CES show, so we might hear some news regarding future Leaf models.
Halloween has kicked off the holiday season and, with November already here, it’s time to start making plans for your Thanksgiving travels. Traveling around Thanksgiving can leave many drivers and passengers stressed out. Taking a step back and assessing the situation is sometimes the best way to determine the best course of action. Here at Tom Naquin Nissan, we have some excellent Thanksgiving travel tips to help you arrive at your destination this holiday season.
Plan – Thanksgiving is the busiest time to travel out of the entire year which means proper planning goes a long way. Schedule flights well ahead of time and arrive a few hours, if not more, early to avoid getting stuck in long lines. Make sure you have everything you need as well. The last thing any traveler wants is to have to head home to grab the plane tickets.
Drive – Driving is still a viable option for many travelers, but it’s gotten a bit more technical in the past few years. Navigation systems and smartphones can help avoid road hazards like accidents and traffic jams, making the trip go by much quicker. Use technology to your advantage this holiday season.
Pack – No matter how you plan on traveling, try to pack light. Doing so lowers the stress of forgetting something as there’s less to keep track of. If needed, ship your other items, like extra clothes, through the mail to avoid baggage fees.
Speed demons and car fans alike know the Nissan GT-R’s sleek style and power makes it one incredible supercar. Now the Japanese automaker is upping the ante with an even more powerful version of its supercar. The new 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo has arrived at dealerships and it packs the power to go along with its price.
The performance-driven Nissan GT-R Nismo boasts a starting price of $176,585, which sticks it around the range of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. That’s a significant increase compared to the GT-R Premium’s price of just over $111,000.
The new GT-R Nismo boasts a larger grille that’s as practical as it is aggressive. The new grille allows for more airflow to help cool the engine.
The new supercar brings a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces a furious 600 hp. The standard Nissan GT-R produces just 565 hp.
The sleek Nissan GT-R Nismo is assembled by hand and the name itself indicates upscale performance. The “GT” stands for “Grand Touring” while the “R” stands for “Racing.”
Differences between the standard model and Nismo performance version include the addition of carbon-fiber bumpers, black outside mirrors with a rear stripe, carbon fiber side sills, and a Titanium exhaust system. Inside, the GT-R Nismo boasts a leather instrument panel and lightweight seat design.
Here at Tom Naquin Nissan, we’re hyped to get behind the wheel of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo!
The Nissan Armada is one most versatile full-size SUVs on the market and the latest model promises even more capability. Available at dealerships now, the 2017 Nissan Armada comes fully stocked with all the features a driver could want. Nissan announced pricing information for the fan-favorite SUV not long ago as well.
To kick things off, the 2017 Nissan Armada starts at just $45,395 for the base SV model. The SL trim boasts a $50,145 price tag and the top-of-the-line Platinum trim comes in at $58,085. While the prices may seem steep, this SUV comes fully loaded.
The base SV model features standard navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen display, heated front seats, and a 13-speaker Bose audio system. Under the hood of every Armada is a 5.6-liter V8 engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The new Nissan Armada offers an available technology package that includes advanced safety features like intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring systems.
Meanwhile, the Captain Seat package replaces the second-row bench seat with captain’s chairs. Finally, the Driver package (SV only) adds convenience features like a power liftgate.
Nissan recently launched a new Sentra that will come equipped with the brand’s ProPILOT autonomous drive technology. Set to go on sale in late August in Japan, this technology offers convenient and safe autopilot technology behind the wheel.
According to Nissan, this technology is designed for single-lane traffic on the highway. Combining sensors with steering, acceleration, and braking control, drivers will be able to switch on a full automatic mode, easing the driver workload in heavy traffic and on longer commutes. The driver can easily activate and deactivate the system, which is designed to essentially drive itself.
“Nissan will advance its leadership in autonomous drive technology by introduction in each market’s core models, further improving safety and pioneering a new era for the automobile,” said the automaker in a release.
This breakthrough technology is something that other brands have been working on for years. Nissan has finally perfected autonomous driving, making it easier than ever to travel. Although there is no word yet when the system will hit the US, it looks like it could soon be on its way. The goal for Nissan is to reach a zero-emissions and zero-fatalities reality, making mobility cleaner and safer than ever. ProPILOT is just the first step. We can’t wait to see what else Nissan engineers have up their sleeves.
If you’re looking for something to do and are fascinated by history, or even just find the prospect of being transported into a time when America was dominated by historic railroad tracks and passenger trains, the New York Central Railroad Museum in Elkhart, Indiana is a great way to pass time, whether you’re alone or with friends or family. Founded in 1987, the museum continues to peer back through time to when railroads were a symbol of our progress and prosperity as a nation.
Once the second-largest railroad in the United States, New York Central is preserved in memory in Elkhart by the existence of the Robert R. Young Yard, which was the largest railroad freight classification yard along New York Central’s 11,000-mile-long track. The museum boasts many equipment displays, model trains, and artifacts related to the historic American railroad of our past, both indoor and outdoor. Steam, diesel, and electric locomotives are included, as well as several different cars, cabooses, and other memorabilia.
The New York Central Railroad Museum offers a glimpse at one of the most important railroads in our country’s history, located at the railroad’s most important stop in Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart was a vital connecting stop between the Atlantic coast and the Midwest, as well as two Canadian provinces.
Nissan is pushing for automotive innovation, so much so that the automaker recently began the Nissan Intelligent Mobility project by creating the Joint Research Center at Tsinghau University. Dedicated to the future of mobility, including electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies, this research center is bound to make driving better.
What’s this mean for consumers? Nissan began this project with the future in mind, so it is likely that the products of such an extensive research project will not be immediate. In particular, the Intelligent Mobility project is currently studying EV technologies like battery safety, as well as self-driving cars and new traffic systems. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is also promising, as well as intelligent/wired roadways.
“As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility here in this new research center in Beijing,” said Takao Asami, Senior VP of Nissan Motor Co.
Pollution is a major issue Nissan engineers are also tackling, looking for ways to reduce, if not eliminate, harmful vehicle emissions. Electric vehicles are promising because they do not burn fossil fuels directly; however, many electric plants are still powered by coal. The ideal Nissan vehicle will not only be able to drive itself, but it will also run on renewable electricity. We can’t wait to see the fruits of work done at this brand new research center.