Archive for August 2013

Is the Future Here Yet? Nissan Says Self-Driving Car Will Arrive by 2020

At one point or another, you’ve probably daydreamed about having a car that could drive itself. The day you could plug in an address, put your seat back, kick your feet up on the dashboard and your car would take it from there.

That day may be closer than you think! Nissan is actively working to turn that dream into a reality, and the automaker plans to do so by the end of this decade.

If all goes according to plan, you’ll see several Nissan models on the market by 2020 that will come equipped with a fully functioning “Autonomous Drive” option, which includes the ability to independently change lanes on the highway. And, of course, these vehicles could be synced up to a standard navigation system, so typing in an address is the only work you’d have to do during your commutes.

Nissan Motor Company CEO Carlos Ghosn had this to say about the bold project:

“In 2007, I pledged that – by 2010 – Nissan would mass market a zero-emission vehicle. Today, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling electric vehicle in history. Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new groundbreaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it.”

The project is an extension of Nissan’s Safety Shield initiative, which aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from car accidents. Nissan is using more than 80 years of research to produce these innovative vehicles and has also partnered with about two dozen prestigious institutions worldwide, including Boston-based MIT.

We’re looking forward to the day we can bring these self-driving cars to Stratham, but until then, feel free to check out what we have in stock at our NH Nissan dealership.

5 Simple Steps for Maintaining Your Vehicle

Vehicle Maintenance

You’ve probably heard the spiel about how regular maintenance can uphold the condition of your vehicle, and even extend its life for years, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the time comes to pay the service bill.

You’ll be happy to learn, then, that regular maintenance can also lead to immediate benefits, both for your vehicle and your wallet, in addition to those potential long-term savings. For instance, according to, simple measures such as taking care of your tires and engine can improve your gas mileage by up to 7 percent. Considering the price of gas these days, that’s no small gain.

So, without further ado, here are five easy ways you can maintain the condition of your vehicle, both for the short and long terms:

1. Change your oil on a consistent basis. On average, you should get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles (3,000 miles for conventional oil, 5,000 miles for synthetic), which translates to approximately every 3 to 6 months. According to, you can boost your vehicle’s gas mileage 1 to 2 percent by using the manufacturer-recommended grade of motor oil, which is offered at most local dealerships, including our Manchester, NH Honda dealer.

2. Monitor your brake pads closely and replace them before they wear down completely. Not only do worn-down brake pads make you less safe on the road, but they can also cause damage to the rotors and calipers. While it may be aggravating to regularly replace your brake pads, it will cost you only a fraction of what you’d pay for new rotors and/or calipers.

3. Rotate and inflate your tires regularly. Rotating your tires every 6,000 to 7,500 miles will significantly reduce the amount of wear and tear they experience, while having a properly inflated tire will extend its lifecycle and boost your gas mileage up to 3.3 percent. Making sure they’re properly aligned can improve the life of your tires, too.

4. Keep your engine well-tuned at all times. This includes everything from regular inspection and valvetrain adjustments to replacing the filters. A properly tuned engine can increase gas mileage an average of 4 percent, according to Fuel Economy.

5. Clean your vehicle and keep it rust-free. This may sound like common sense — or something that a nagging parent would say — but it will pay dividends down the road. Regularly cleaning your vehicle helps to prevent rusting, which in turn will help you earn some extra money when you go to trade it in.

The 2014 Hyundai Equus Has Arrived

2014 Hyundai Equus

The Hyundai Equus has always exuded a high-class aura, and the full-size luxury sedan recently earned recognition for it when it was named the best luxury car at AutoPacific’s 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVAs).

The Equus’ IVA victory was no small feat, either. Not only was competition for the award fierce — other candidates in the luxury car segment included the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Lexus LS and GS — but the results were based on survey responses from 52,000 new car and truck owners. The survey polled drivers regarding 15 interior, exterior and tech-related features, so it speaks volumes about the Equus that it was able to come out on top.

And the good news didn’t end there for Equus fans, as the 2014 model recently reached dealership lots nationwide, including our Manchester, NH Hyundai dealer. The new Equus sports a different look, better safety, enhanced convenience and many other improvements drivers would want a new car to have. Here are some of its highlights:

  •    A newly designed grille and bumper fascia.
  •    Standard LED fog lamps.
  •    Improved cabin atmosphere via a climate control system with three settings.
  •    A 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 421 horsepower.
  •    Standard Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-traffic Alert systems.
  •    Blue Link-powered Assurance Connected Care package complimentary for three years on all purchases of the 2014 Hyundai Equus.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Don’t hesitate to test-drive this elite luxury sedan today at your local dealership!

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