Nissan Brings Fun Winter Concept Cars to Chicago Event

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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!

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.

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.