Nissan Donation of $250,000 to HBCU STEM Programs Brings Total Up to Almost $2 Million

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Investing In Our Future

Supporting Colleges & Universities

Since the opening of its facility in Canton, Mississippi, in 2003, Nissan has been dedicated to supporting local historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. The most recent Nissan donation of $250,000 brings their total support of local HBCUs up to almost $2 million. Nissan is especially dedicated to investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, which is why more than half of that $2 million has gone to STEM programs. In fact, Nissan was named a 2018 Top Supporter of HBCU Engineering Schools by US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine.

Nissan Donation of $250,000

The recent donation of $250,000 went to seven of Mississippi’s HBCUs, including two community colleges and three state universities, and will be used for resources and promotion of a wide range of STEM programs.  The Nissan North America director of Diversity and Inclusion, Jeffrey Webster, said Nissan’s investment in STEM at HBCUs is “vital to fostering the minds of the next George Washington Carver or Mae Jemison.”

STEM-Related Bachelor’s Degrees

According to a 2016 report from the National Science Foundation, HBCUs have a proven track record when it comes to STEM. They produce 27% of Black students with STEM-related bachelor’s degree while making up only 3% of colleges nationwide. Here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA, we are proud of the contributions of our manufacturer. It is constantly looking for ways to help in the community, just like the team here at the dealership.

All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut Set for 2018 New York International Auto Show

All-New Nissan Altima Global Debut
New Design. New Technology

Best-Selling Sedan

The Northeast region of the United States has always been considered the most popular market for the Nissan Altima, which is the brand’s best-selling sedan. That’s why the all-new Nissan Altima global debut will occur at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on March 28 before showing up in the Santa Cruz Nissan showroom.

6th Generation of Greatness

The 2019 Altima will offer a redesigned version of the sedan, replacing the fifth-generation model that has been on sale since 2012. We think that we can get an idea of what the Altima will look like based on the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept, which was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017.

V-Motion Grille

It’s likely the Altima will mirror the concept car’s new vertical V-motion grille, though it might stay away from the more futuristic design aspects to still appeal to traditional buyers. It will likely also have more headroom for rear passengers thanks to a slightly more fastback roof profile.

Coming Soon

For power, the Altima will likely keep an inline-four engine for its base engine, though whether or not Nissan will keep its beefy V6 engine is still up in the air. The sixth-generation Altima will go on sale later this year and will hopefully keep up with the current Altima’s top-notch sales, which allowed it to be the thirteenth top-selling vehicles in the United States.

To learn more about the 2018 Nissan Altima currently on our lot, come see us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA.

Nissan Brings Fun Winter Concept Cars to Chicago Event

winter concept cars
Nissan Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show happened recently, and automakers all over the globe brought their wares to the motor show stage to showcase their vehicles. To acknowledge Chicago’s chilly winter weather, Nissan decided to have some fun with the event by bringing along two winter concept cars designed to hold their own in hazardous winter weather. The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol and the 370Zki Roadster both made their debut onstage at the Chicago Auto Show, attracting attention from attendees for their unique designs.

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol winter Concept Cars

The Nissan Armada Snow Patrol is the less adventurous of the two cars. Nissan used a standard Armada for the concept, attaching various accessories and playing with the design to give it a winter-ready twist, including a lift kit for more ground clearance, LED exterior lights, and off-road tires.

Nissan 370Zki Roadster

Meanwhile, the Nissan 370Zki Roadster is essentially a sports car snowmobile in action. Based off a convertible and modified for winter weather, the concept is undeniably experimental, featuring another lift kit and 4-foot-long Dominator Tracks on the wheels.

These winter concept cars from Nissan won’t be making it to the mainstream market, of course, but it’s just one fun example of how automakers can get creative and have fun at auto shows, while still showing off the potential of vehicles like the Nissan Armada and Nissan 370Z. For more information visit us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA today.

2018 Nissan Titan XD Midnight Edition Unveiled

Titan XD Midnight Edition
Midnight Still Shines

Titan XD Midnight Edition

The winter solstice is the darkest day of the year, which makes it the perfect time to show off the 2018 Nissan Titan and Titan XD Midnight Edition. Nissan did just that on December 21, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Black Grilles

Both of these special edition models take being dark to the next level and feature black grilles with dark inserts, black exterior badging, 20-inch black wheels, dark headlamps, black mirrors, black fog lamp finishers, black door handles, black step rains, black front and rear bumpers, black interior trim, and “Midnight Edition” exterior badging.

Crew Cab

The Titan Midnight Edition is only available on Crew Cab SV and SL models. With the Titan XD Midnight Edition, you will also get black fender louvers. These special features are only available on the Crew Cab SV and SL 4×4 models and come equipped with the Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel engine. Along with these two truck models, there are other Midnight Edition Nissan models available including the Frontier, Pathfinder, Murano, and others.

Check It Out

If you are going for the dark and brooding look in your next truck, the 2018 Nissan Titan and Titan XD are on sale right now at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA. Stop by for a test drive to see if these trucks are dark enough for you.

2017 TITAN Capabilities Come in Handy During Hurricane Irma Cleanup

2017 TITAN capabilities
Hurricane Relief

September Storm

Hurricane Irma hit the southeastern region of the US hard in September, but many people are still recovering. Partnering with Hilary Hutcheson, a premier fly-fishing guide, Nissan offered its help in the cleanup efforts that have been ongoing in the Florida Keys area.

Giving Back To The Community

Nissan is dedicated to giving back to the community, one reason we at Santa Cruz Nissan are proud to be associated with the brand. Offering a 2017 Nissan TITAN for the cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irma, Hutchinson and her team were able to haul debris that’s been littering the coast for months. According to Nissan, Hutchinson also participated in a local fly-fishing tournament to raise money for the efforts as well.

“When I saw my friends in the Keys lose 30 guide days in the wake of Hurricane Irma – as well as their boats and homes in some cases – I felt a burning concern that was perhaps fueled by my own experience in the harsh smoke of Montana’s devastating wildfires,” said Hutcheson. “But I only lost nine days of guiding, not 30. I wanted to help those who took a gale-force slugging in the Keys.”

Power On Any Terrain

The 2017 TITAN capabilities make this truck ideal for the rough terrain and hard work required for the cleanup. For example, the tall ride height gives plenty of ground clearance, while the wide stance provides stability. The 2017 TITAN can also tow over 9,000 pounds, which comes in handy when moving big objects. Nissan’s participation in the cleanup efforts is just one of many ways the brand sets itself apart.

What do you think? Tell all of us at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA in the comments below!

Always Have Safe Holiday Travels When You Drive with Nissan

Safe Holiday Travels
Holiday Travelling Fun For The Whole Family

Whether you’re trekking across town or across the country this holiday season, the best way to get from Point A to Point B with all your passengers, pies, and presents safely in tow is behind the wheel of a cozy Nissan sedan.

For safe holiday travels, follow these simple travel tips, and don’t leave home without your Nissan!

Make Sure Maintenance is Up-to-Date

Have you been putting off changing your oil or checking your tire pressure? If so, don’t delay any further! Safe driving starts with a healthy vehicle. You can even schedule a check-up for your Nissan at our Santa Cruz Nissan service center today.

Change Your Wiper Blades

Old wiper blades can greatly decrease visibility if you get caught in inclement weather. In sunny Santa Cruz, we don’t have to worry about this very often, but if you’re traveling into fouler climates, you’ll want to make sure your wiper blades are smudge-free.

Don’t Drive Groggy

Safe holiday travels start with a well-rested and aware driver. Take your turkey-nap before you get behind the wheel, and never drive if you’ve been enjoying the eggnog a little too much.

From all of us here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruz, CA, we wish you a very merry holiday season!

Celebrate Halloween in Santa Cruz

Celebrate Halloween in Santa Cruz, CA

October is the perfect time of year for everyone to let out their inner craziness. You can dress in your favorite costumes and cover your house in spider webs and no one will say a thing. If Halloween is your favorite time of year or you just want to have some spooky fun, here are some great ways to celebrate Halloween in Santa Cruz.

  • Almaden Community Center’s Harvest Festival. This fun festival will be held in San Jose on October 21st starting at11 am. It features a spooky, haunted hallway, a carnival, pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, Tiny Transylvania Town, and more.
  • Halloween 40+ Singles Mixer. Have some fun with the Singles Supper Club with an incredible mixer and dance party at the Number One Broadway club in Los Gatos. The party will be held October 28th starting at 7 pm. Come in costume and make some new friends.
  • Trick or Treat Downtown. Bring the kids downtown to Pacific Avenue and go door-to-door to all the local shops. Trick-or-treating will begin at 2:30 pm and end at 5:30 pm. Pacific Avenue will be closed to traffic during this time.

What are your favorite Halloween activities in the Santa Cruz area? Need a new ride for your Halloween travels? Come check out the all-electric Nissan LEAF® available at Santa Cruz Nissan.

Ways to Lower Your Carbon Footprint

Lower your Carbon Footprint

 

Americans are becoming more and more interested in changing their habits to reduce their impact on the environment. This is part of why we’ve seen such a huge spike in electric and alternative fuel auto development, like the LEAF, Nissan’s all-electric car. Here are some ways to lower your carbon footprint and help the environment.

One great way to reduce your impact is to eat less meat. Livestock produces far more waste and harmful gases than crops, and farm animals consume much more than they produce, so lowering your consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy is a great way to preserve the earth.

You can also use more environmentally friendly household products like LED lightbulbs and energy efficient appliances, as well as using less water, using hot instead of cold water, and not running the air conditioning or heat when it’s not necessary. And buy things used as often as possible!

Of course, one of the best ways to make less of an impact on the environment is by driving vehicles with low or no emissions. Electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and other non-gas options like the Nissan LEAF put fewer ozone-unfriendly gases into the atmosphere, and as electric vehicles become more popular, it will have an exponential effect on the environment.

For more tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint or to schedule a test drive for the Nissan LEAF, give us a call today at Santa Cruz Nissan!

Electric ChargePoint System May Speed Up Electric Vehicle Charge Time

ChargePoint system
The Nissan LEAF Is Just Waving At You

The Nissan LEAF is paving the way for many electric cars in the US, and it may be getting a new supercharging system. While Nissan electric vehicle technology is about as innovative as it gets, one drawback for many electric car owners is the time it takes to charge electric vehicles—until now, it seems.

Quick Battery Charging System

According to Clean Technica, Nissan may be getting a new electric ChargePoint system developed by EVgo. Working with several other automakers to form a coalition of automakers, Nissan announced in January that it was working with Tesla and other groups to create a truly quick battery-charging system.

120kW Of Electricity

For many, the issue isn’t actually vehicles like the Nissan LEAF. Instead, many charging stations are not equipped to handle “fast charging,” or what is frequently referred to as “Level 3” charging. While many stations and public ports have Level 2 charging, few places let you get more than 50kw at a time. However, Nissan, working with Tesla, may be able to get as much as 120kW at a time across several places in the US.

Where To Find Charging Stations

In fact, several places in western Europe offer supercharging stations. Nissan announced in early August that it was working with a company named DBT to create 150kW charging stations, adding that it will hopefully have up to 2,100 stations in the US in the near future. Here at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA we can’t wait to see what happens over the next few years.

Travel Planning with an EV

Travel Planning with an EV
Nissan LEAF In The Spotlight

Just because you go 100% green and choose an electric vehicle, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the fun. With a little planning and foresight, it’s possible—even easy—to take a road trip in your EV. Travel planning with an EV is just a little different than with a gas-powered vehicle. Use these tips from Santa Cruz Nissan to make your first EV trip a success.

Use a Trip Planner

When you’re planning your route, you should be sure to focus it around charging stations. Resources like www.evtripplanner.com can help you create a route based on charging stations and the distances between them. You can also use these resources to determine charge times, which will help you plan your itinerary.

Take it Slow

Did you know that the faster you drive in an electric vehicle, the more energy you use? Opt not to put to petal to the metal and you can save on time at your next charge.

Know Your Vehicle

You can read other people’s advice online all you want, but nothing is as true as your own experiences in the car your drive every day. Try to spend plenty of time in your car before departing on a trip so you can get a feel for what driving depletes range versus what regenerates it. If you know what your car needs on the road, you’ll feel more confident taking your EV far from home.

Check out the Nissan LEAF at Santa Cruz Nissan in Santa Cruze, CA before you go on your first EV trip!