“Driver Attention Alert” available on new 2017 Nissan Muranos and Maximas at Nissan of LaGrange

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One of the smallest details of the 2017 Nissan Murano might just be one of its most important – a little amber coffee cup symbol that may appear in the center of the instrument panel. The cup is part of the visual and audible warning provided by Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, which is designed to help detect drowsy and inattentive driving. DAA is offered on 2016-2017 Maximas as part of a comprehensive suite of safety and driving aids, and is also available on the 2015 and newer Murano crossover.

According to a November 2014 study by the AAA (formerly the American Automobile Association), 37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep while driving at some point in their lives, with 11 percent having done so in the past year. Results of the survey suggest that drowsy drivers are also involved in approximately 300,000 crashes each year, 6,400 of them fatal. Driver fatigue and inattention also pose safety concerns, which the Driver Attention Alert system is intended to address.

How Nissan’s DAA Works

Nissan’s DAA system adapts to each individual driver. DAA monitors steering input patterns (using steering angle sensors) during a period of driving to establish a baseline. It continuously compares subsequent driving patterns to a baseline using a statistical analysis of steering correction errors.

If it detects driving behavior consistent with a drowsy or inattentive driver, the system uses an audible chime sound and displays the amber coffee cup with a message reading, “Take a break?” in the vehicle’s information display. The DAA includes logic to help address false detection, road curvatures, lane changes, braking and even poor road conditions. The system automatically resets when the engine is turned off. It can also be turned off by the driver if desired.

It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation.

Here’s the official Nissan video explaining the system –

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

35 Years of the Nissan Maxima

Seven generations of Maximas have built a strong foundation for the newest Maxima model. According to the magazine reviews, Nissan’s flagship is a lean, elegant sedan with a mother lode of standard luxury features, a smooth engine, rock-steady operation, and a feeling of complete control.

 

But don’t run down to today’s newsstand looking for those quotes. It was 35 years ago that the editors of Road & Track, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, and Popular Science penned those words of praise for what was then the Datsun 810 Maxima.

Through seven generations since that time, Maxima has continued to provide customers with a unique blend of styling, luxury, and performance. In fact, Maxima is second only to the Z-car as the longest-running nameplate in the history of Nissan.

It’s also a strong contributor to the Nissan brand image, with one of the highest loyalty ratings among Nissan vehicles. As Maxima’s eighth generation is about to begin, take a look back at Maxima’s proud history.

 

IN THE BEGINNING

Maxima was introduced in 1980 as a 1981 model. At the start, it was a trim level of the Datsun 810, featuring a 120-hp in-line 6-cylinder engine. It was the first high-volume 6-cylinder Japanese sedan.

“The Maxima is loaded for American bear,” wrote Car and Driver at the time. “Gimmicks, comforts, and competences are everywhere, and delivered in a very handsome package.”

When the 2nd-generation model arrived for the 1985 model year, Maxima started making its mark. For the first time, it featured front-wheel drive and a V6 engine.

Motor Trend called the engine “a wonder of smoothness, with a broad power curve.” Car and Driver called the engine “a real sweetheart” and also said Maxima’s brakes were “phenomenal, spot on in front-rear balance.” With a “crisp-shifting” 5-speed manual transmission, “its ability to hustle traffic is a revelation.”

The rest of Maxima lived up to its powerplant, being “easy and predictable to drive” with “comfortable and supportive seats . . . excellent leg room . . . [an] absolutely huge trunk,” according to Road & Track. All in all, the magazine found the new Maxima SE “an exceptional value in its class, offering a high level of performance and luxury for the price.”

 


MAKING THE TEN BEST

In 1989, Maxima was redesigned again, this time with the U.S. market in mind. The 3rd-generation version became the 4-Door Sports Car, establishing a new performance benchmark for its segment.

Car and Driver named Maxima to its Ten Best list in January 1990, quickly followed by a May 1990 vote as the Best Buy in sport sedans. “Maxima leads the pack in refinement and execution,” the magazine declared. “In sum, the Maxima SE is a supremely comfortable, thoroughly refined sports sedan that offers the best mix of quality, space, performance, and value available . . . you owe it to yourself to drive one.”

The praise was just beginning. Road & Track declared the Maxima SE among The Ten Best Cars in the World for 1991. Automobile named it to its All-Stars list.

The 4th-generation Maxima followed in 1994 as a 1995 model. It was built on a new platform, featuring the patented Multi-Link Beam rear suspension and Nissan’s 3.0-liter VQ V6 engine, producing a then-impressive 190 horsepower. It was an immediate hit with the press.

Motor Trend named Maxima its 1995 Import Car of the Year. Maxima was also the choice of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as Best New Car for 1995. And in January 1995, the editors of Ward’s Auto World and Ward’s Engine and Vehicle Technology Update included Maxima’s V6 engine in their first 10 Best Engines list.

Maxima made Automobile’s All-Stars list in 1995, as well as Car and Driver’s annual list of Ten Best Cars for 1995 and 1996. Kiplinger’s 1996 Buyer’s Guide called Maxima SE Best in Class in its price range.

 

THE DAWN OF A NEW CENTURY

Maxima continued to evolve with the introduction of the 5th-generation Maxima for the 2000 model year. It was positioned as the “cut above” sedan that provides an inspiring blend of luxury and performance. Two years after its debut it received Nissan’s legendary 3.5-liter VQ V6, which would also be featured in the 350Z when it was introduced a year later.

This generation set off another round of praise. Road & Track named Maxima the winner in a comparison test with the heavyweights of the sedan class, beating Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Taurus, and Pontiac Grand Prix. “Maxima nearly swept our instrumented performance categories,” the magazine noted, and “Maxima’s equally strong showing in the subjective rankings speaks of its well-rounded nature.”

The next step up was the 2004 Maxima, which for the first time was assembled in the U.S. It used the same platform as Altima, but re-positioned as the premium sedan with the soul of a sports car.

For 2009, Maxima was completely restyled to emphasize its performance personality. Its aggressive design reasserted Maxima’s 4-Door Sports Car personality and sophistication, further distancing it from Altima.

 

THE FUTURE IS NOW

Over the past 35 years, Maxima has carved out a unique place in the midsize sedan market. Maxima offers style, luxury, and performance that sets it apart from the sedans of other mainstream manufacturers. Maxima also offers the premium appeal of luxury nameplates without the luxury price tag. And it offers sports-car-like performance that puts it in a class of its own.

Now the 8th-generation Maxima is poised to set even higher standards for design, performance, and luxury.

Source: Nissan Virtual Academy

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition In Magnetic Black due to arrive this week!

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The first Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition in Magnetic Black with Charcoal Cloth is due to arrive this week at Nissan of LaGrange.

Here’s the upgraded equipment:

Sun and Sound Touring Package includes –
Power Panoramic Moonroof and Bose Audio System

Limited Edition Exterior includes –
Signature LED Headlights
Black Front Grille and Front Lower Finisher
Black Lower Rear Finisher
Black Rear Door Finisher
Black Roof Rails
Black Door Handles
Limited Edition Badge on Front-row Doors
Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire Logo Decals – D-pillar, Tone-on-Tone
Black 17″ Aluminum-alloy Wheels with All-Season Tires
Star Wars Logo Rear Bumper Protector

Limited Edition Interior includes –
Limited Edition Logo Carpeted Floor Mats
Star Wars Logo Illuminated Kick Plates
Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire Logo Cup Holder Inserts
Interior Accent Lighting
Charcoal Cloth Interior

This one also has Factory Splash guards. Being an upgraded SV model this 2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition also qualifies for the $500 Nissan Customer Cash or low NMAC special APR financing for well qualified buyers including 0.9% APR to 60 months and 1.9% APR to 72 months.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com. You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Look for the 2017 Nissan Titan in the 40th Annual LaGrange Christmas Parade on December 1st

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The all-new 2017 Nissan Titan will make it’s LaGrange Christmas Parade debut this Thursday evening (December 1st) at the 40th annual occurrence of this event. The Titan will be pulling the Christmas trailer for May Martial Arts and we are excited to be a part of this great event! According to the LaGrange Chamber of Commerce’s website, “The parade will begin at Granger Park and head south on North Greenwood Street. Marching groups will be merged into the parade from St. Mark’s. The procession will go down North Greenwood to Haralson Street, where the group will turn east. The group will turn right from Haralson onto Church Street and travel south through the square and down Bull Street, turning left onto Broome Street and making another left to head north up Main Street, again through the square, and up Ridley.”

May Martial Arts is located at 229 South Davis Road Suite 400, here in LaGrange. Check them out if you are interested in martial arts for you or someone in your family.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.

Four 2017 Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition Crossovers Coming to Nissan of LaGrange – Only 5,000 to be built for the US.

Thanks to Nissan for a great introduction at the LA Auto Show!

Nissan of LaGrange has been selected to receive four of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition Crossovers. Our first two arrive this December –  One in Magnetic Black and the other, Glacier White – and one interior color, charcoal.

Call us at 706-884-1744, or stop by Nissan of Lagrange in person to check them out. We will post once they arrive.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.

Safety Saturday – Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) explained

 

Every Nissan car at Nissan of LaGrange has Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC). VDC takes traction control a step beyond the Traction Control System. It helps the driver keep the vehicle on its steered path in certain handling situations.

VDC works in conjunction with ABS, Traction Control System, and 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (if applicable). Based on input from various sensors, VDC controls the amount of engine power and/or applies brake pressure to individual wheels as needed.

How VDC Works

Seven sensors determine the vehicle’s operating characteristics at any given instant.

  • Four wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of each wheel individually, and compare wheel speed to actual vehicle speed.
  • The brake pressure sensor monitors the amount of brake pressure being applied to the wheels.
  • The steering angle sensor monitors the angle of the steering wheel to help determine the driver’s intended direction.
  • The yaw rate/lateral g-sensor is located in the center of the vehicle and monitors the vehicle’s position in relation to the road. Yaw refers to how much the vehicle rotates around its vertical center axis. Lateral g’s refer to forces exerted on the vehicle from the side. The sensors help determine if the vehicle is moving in a direction different from its steered path — for example, if it’s sliding through a curve.

Together, all seven sensors provide the VDC control unit with information about the vehicle’s behavior at any instant. Based on this information, the VDC control unit sends a signal to actuate the ABS, traction control, and throttle or individual brakes as necessary to help maintain the vehicle on its steered path.

Compensating for Oversteer and Understeer

If a vehicle oversteers when driving through a curve, the back of the vehicle will tend to slide outward. With VDC on, the system senses the beginning of the slide and reacts by braking the outside wheels and reducing engine power to generate force in the opposite direction of the spin. This helps hold the vehicle to the steered line of travel.

If a vehicle understeers on a similar curve, the front wheels lose traction and push out beyond the intended line of travel. In this situation, VDC applies brake force to the inside wheels and reduces engine power. The front wheels regain their grip, and the driver can maintain the steered line of travel.

In both cases, full power becomes available again as soon as VDC has helped stabilize the vehicle.

Benefits

VDC offers several benefits:

  • It helps compensate for oversteer and understeer by controlling brake pressure in one or more wheels and by controlling engine power output.
  • It enhances performance in emergency avoidance maneuvers and helps provide improved control on slippery road surfaces.
  • It works automatically and seamlessly — in fractions of a second..

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.

Maxima Takes Top Spot in Total Quality Award

The Nissan Maxima, available now at Nissan of LaGrange, earned the top spot in Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact (TQI)’s full-size car segment rankings. Maxima had a total evaluation score of 720 out of a possible 1,000, well above the segment average.

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According to the study results, Maxima stood out in all key factors — including safety, durability, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), comfort, workmanship, style, power and pickup, and thoughtful engineering. Maxima also ranked highly in excitement and individuality measures.

More than just counting problems, the TQI rating allows owners to fully reflect their experiences with their vehicles, including tangible aspects such as acceleration and visibility, intangible aspects such as vehicle image, and emotional aspects and involvement, as well as a comprehensive survey of the number and severity of the vehicle problems reported.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.