There’s no denying that the technology within cars has come a long way in the past few years. Newer models feature technologies that can do some amazing things, such as drive themselves, prevent collisions, and more. Even so, Nissan make have just taken the cake. Meet the Nissan Juke SOAK, a crossover designed to sense driver dehydration.
After a study by Loughborough University found that dehydration can affect reaction time as much as driving under the influence, Nissan took action by partnering with Droog Design. The two went on to create the Nissan Juke SOAK, or “Sweat Sensitive Textile Coating.” The spray-on compound is capable of detecting dehydration through sweat.
As we’ve seen from all of the brand’s latest innovations, Nissan leaves no stone unturned when it comes to safety. The SOAK technology changes color when it comes in contact with sweat. If it’s yellow, the driver needs to drink more water. Blue means that the driver is sufficiently hydrated.
While there’s no word on whether the Nissan Juke SOAK will make it to production, the concept is interesting all on its own. This latest technology is just another way that Nissan is looking to make the roads of the future a safer place.
We here at Nissan of Silsbee can’t wait to see what the Japanese automaker comes up with next!
Nissan brought its best game to the Chicago Auto Show recently, putting a ton of effort into a slew of production models, debut models, and cool new announcements to boost anticipation for upcoming vehicles. The Nissan model lineup impressed with a variety of cool new features and options.
Nissan attracted some attention with a few cool concepts: the NV Cargo X, an unusual take on commercial cargo vans that gives it a ground clearance boost and off-road capabilities, and the Rogue One: Star Wars model. The NV Cargo X was built in collaboration with Ian Johnson of “X-Treme Off-Road,” while the Rogue One, which was designed to look like a Rebel starfighter, was a nice nod towards the Nissan Rogue’s “Rogue One” campaign last fall.
A few vehicles also made their debut, like the 2017 model years for the Pathfinder, Rogue Sport, and Titan. The 2017 Titan will even include a new King Cab body configuration in its model lineup, with seating for six and an optional rear-seat delete option. Nissan also revealed it would be extending its Midnight Edition package to six additional models.
The Nissan model lineup at the Chicago Auto Show wowed fans and experts alike, and we’re excited to see some of the new models and features. Visit us at Nissan of Silsbee to learn more about the impressive Nissan lineup!
Filling tires with air is one of the easiest DIY maintenance tasks for your car, and it’s also one of the most important, especially during the winter. Cold air reduces your tire pressure, which makes your tires have worse traction, so they’ll slip more easily in wet and icy conditions. Follow these easy steps to filling your tires with air.
First, check your owner’s manual to determine what the proper PSI for your car’s tires is. Then use a pressure gauge to find out the pressure in each of your four tires. Locate the valve stem in the rim of the wheel, take off the cap, and push the tip off the gauge into the stem. If the number it reads is lower than your suggested PSI, add air to the tire.
Many gas stations have a spot where you can fill your tires with air if you don’t feel like buying your own automatic or manual air pump. Just make sure you bring lots of quarters. Park near the air pump and take the caps off all the valve stems, but don’t lose them!
Then, just like checking the pressure with the gauge, push the tip of the hose into the valve stem and fill the tire with air, stopping periodically to read the pressure again. Once your tire is at the appropriate pressure, replace the valve stem cap. Repeat with the other tires as needed.
Kelley Blue Book presented the Resale Value Awards at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, which took place at the end of January this year. KBB recognized the eighth-generation Maxima for its revised styling and upgrades, including standard Apple CarPlay and two new packages in addition to the previously available Midnight Edition.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima will be available in five trim levels and will start at $32,610. With an excellent rating on KBB.com and an amazing 42.8% of its value kept after 3 years, the new Maxima is already one of the highest rated vehicles in the full-size segment.
KBB commented on the Maxima’s exceptional interior, which was also redesigned for the new model year, with highlights like the leather-covered seats and Zero Gravity power-adjustable seats. The new Maxima’s exceptional quality inside and out led KBB to choose it as their Best Resale Value Award segment winner.
Nissan and Nissan Arc, Ltd. have teamed up to push for further developments in the auto industry. With the popularity of electric cars, Nissan has been finding new ways to improve innovation.
Together, they found a way to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries. How? The simple answer is silicon.
Current lithium-ion batteries use graphite, but Nissan’s recent finding suggest that silicon holds more lithium than graphite. When it’s charged, graphite materials expand. But silicon materials expand even more. This discovery means that if silicon is used, batteries can store more lithium-ions than they currently do, which would improve the battery’s range.
“The utilization of this analysis method in our future R&D will surely contribute to extending the cruising range of future zero-emission vehicles,” said Takao Asami, senior vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and President of Nissan Arc Ltd.
The reason it hasn’t been used so far is because the silicon’s base structure was unknown. But with Nissan’s new studies, they’re able to better understand silicon’s structure, which makes it easier to develop it and utilize it in new batteries.
Hopefully, we’ll be seeing these developments for ourselves soon!
The 2016 Nissan Murano is a standout amongst SUVs, and it proved that with its recent honor from U.S. News & World Report. The new Murano was named the 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families.
This wasn’t the Murano’s first award this year from U.S. News & World Report. It was honored with one of the magazine’s “Best Cars for the Money” awards. But its latest honor was being named top choice in the 2-Row SUV category as part of the Best Cars for Families awards program.
The Murano earned this award for a number of reasons. It expresses Nissan’s advanced design and amazing available technology. NissanConnect with Navigation, an 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System are just some tech elements that make the Murano more convenient.
Its luxury and safety played a factor in its award, too. Its affordability makes it the best car for the money, but it’s not just the long-term low ownership costs that keep it affordable. The editors wrote, “It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”
Check out the Nissan Murano for yourself today at Nissan of Silsbee!
Car and Driver – one the foremost international automotive sources in the world – has put together an awesomely detailed Nissan Heritage Collection highlight gallery. From peeks at Nissan’s oddly-shaped 1947 Tama Electric Car (that’s right – an electric car from 1947) to the delightfully styled 1966 Nissan Bluebird rally car and beyond, the Heritage Collection highlight shows off bits and pieces of Nissan’s interesting and colorful history.
One of our favorite features is the beautiful 1967 Prince Gloria Super 6, one of the first products of Nissan’s merger with the Prince Motor Company in 1966. The Gloria Super 6 is a timelessly beautiful vehicle, which somehow still speaks of the same luxury and high-performance today that it was intended to nearly 50 years ago.
Another interesting – dare we say quirky – item on the list is the 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R. This strange but sleek muscle car would have been the perfect choice if The Dukes of Hazzard were set in rural Japan instead of deep down in Georgia.
There’s so much more Nissan history to discover in Car and Driver’s Heritage Collection highlight, for the Nissan lover and general automotive enthusiast alike.
Some people may have spent their Black Friday drifting from store to store in search of savings, but Nissan and the bold team at Hoonigan Racing spent theirs drifting through an abandoned shopping mall in LA—in a 1000-horsepower Nissan 370Zs.
This Black Friday stunt was executed by two professional Hoonigan drivers, Chris Forsberg, and Ryan Tuerck (so don’t try this at home, even if home happens to be an abandoned shopping mall). The impressive video shows the daring pair looping through tight, dramatic turns and burning rubber (literally) on rooftops and through parking garages. In one jaw-dropping scene, Forsberg drifts his 370Z so close to the edge of a 30-foot drop that the rear clears the precipice.
To shoot the super-cool video, cameramen had to wear respirators to endure the years of dust and pollutant build-up in the enormous, long-vacated shopping mall. The air got just a bit thicker as the two Nissans whipped through, kicking up black-slate clouds of grime. The effect of all that dust makes the Black Friday stunt look more like some death race straight out of a post-apocalypse flick. Michael Bay should be contacting Nissan and Hoonigan reps for the movie rights shortly.
The app is free to download from diehardfan.com. Using the app, college sports fans can virtually apply their college’s colors and mascots to an image of their face.
To create these game faces, Nissan first looked to a professional face painter. Nissan then took the designs and digitally converted them.
The app is developed in conjunction with the announcement that Nissan has become the official automobile sponsor of over 100 universities across the nation.
“The Diehard Fan mobile app delivers on Nissan’s brand promise of innovation and excitement for everyone,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media at Nissan North America. “This is just one way for sports fans to unleash their colors anywhere, anytime, and engage with Nissan and our College 100 Sponsorship of men’s and women’s college sports programs throughout the US.”
You can show off your love for college sports with the Nissan Diehard Fan App. To show off your love for Nissan, stop by Nissan of Silsbee today!