Archive for September 2014

Nissan Fuses Together LEAF and Frontier Models, Creating Tiny Electric Pickup Truck

Nissan LEAF TruckEver wonder what would happen if you melded an eco-friendly small car and a large, powerful truck? Nissan was curious, too. And when you have the wherewithal to make it happen, why not try it out?

The tiny pickup, nicknamed “Sparky,” was built from the front-end of the Nissan LEAF and fused with the Frontier’s truck bed. The result was a unique-looking tiny electric pickup truck that appeared, well, surprisingly stylish. Although Nissan’s creation won’t be available for the public to buy, it certainly could open up the proverbial doors to the company’s future creative endeavors.

But Sparky wasn’t just made for fun. Nissan is using it as an eco-friendly alternative to a larger truck at their technical center in Arizona, where it was built to haul people and cargo through the 3,000-acre facility. It may have just been a fun experiment for the company, but the end result was an impressive vehicle that Nissan fans may actually want to get their hands on.

“We tried to keep it a secret,” said Roland Schellenberg, Nissan’s durability and reliability manager. “But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘what is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation.”

While it might be some time before you can get your hands on your own electric pickup truck, it’s clear that Nissan has already made a commitment to eco-friendly cars their customers can drive off a lot now. So while you can’t get the keys to this unique LEAF-Frontier pickup truck, you can get behind the wheel of either a Nissan LEAF or a Nissan Frontier. Or, you can check out another eco-friendly model, like the Nissan Versa or Sentra sedan, both of which return nearly 40 mpg on the highway. Visit our Nissan dealership in Stratham today to set up a test-drive in your own fuel-efficient vehicle.

All-New Honda Civic Special Edition Presents High-Value Option for Civic Fans

2015 Honda Civic Special Edition2015 Honda Civic sedans and coupes are now available at dealerships nationwide, and there’s no better way to ring in the new model year than getting behind the wheel of the brand-new Civic Special Edition (SE) sedan. With a plethora of features available to drivers at an affordable price, the SE offers Honda fans a tremendous deal to satisfy both their wallet and their overall driving needs

The SE model is positioned between the LX and EX, providing customers with an option that gives them the features they crave at a value they’ll love. The Honda Civic Special Edition adds over $1,100 worth of telematics, audio, comfort, convenience and style upgrades for a price that’s just $700 higher than the more basic Sedan LX.

Take a look inside the SE model and you’ll be impressed with the amenities Honda has given you. The Civic Special Edition model comes loaded with a new CVT to enhance the engine’s responsiveness. It also boasts the Honda LaneWatch system, automatic climate control, display audio with HondaLink and additional tweeter speakers on top of the already abundant list of features the standard Civic is equipped with. Honda fans who want to stay connected on the road at an affordable price will love the user-friendly technology offered in the SE.

Along with the full lineup of traditional Civic models, Honda fans can also drive off in a Civic Si sedan or coupe, as well as a Civic Natural Gas or Hybrid version. If you wanted options, look no further, because Honda’s new Civic lineup has something for everyone.

Come see what all the fuss is about for yourself – visit our Honda dealership in Manchester today and test-drive one of the many new Honda Civic models in our showroom!

Crowd-Sourced Nissan Titan Is Unleashed in the Alaskan Wilderness

Crowd-Sourced Nissan TitanAfter receiving 10 rounds of design input from Facebook voters, a customized 2014 Nissan Titan pickup truck has set off to tackle the Alaskan wilderness, and all the action can be followed at facebook.com/nissantrucks in advance of a YouTube series this fall. The rugged Project Titan was created in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project, and two alumni of the veteran-support organization are helming the truck as it takes on some of the most treacherous terrain on earth.

Donning a “Recon Titan” digital-camouflage wrap, the Project Titan’s military theme is immediately apparent, while 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires ride on 18-inch Fuel Revolver D525 wheels. An ARB Deluxe Bull Bar will protect the pickup truck’s front-end from large branches and rocks as it goes bushwhacking, while Bulldog LED Lighting will illuminate a clear path in the dark. Inside the customized Nissan Titan, the Wounded Warrior Project Alumni are being treated to Katzkin leather-wrapped seats with coordinated tan stitching that is also found on the steering wheel and door panels.

“Nissan’s Facebook fans have helped prep the Titan for anything that the Alaskan wilderness can throw at it, and their final design has resulted in a very intimidating pickup truck,” said Gabe Despres, general manager of AutoFair Nissan Tewksbury, a Massachusetts Nissan dealership. “That said, the factory-built Titan only received minimal changes to its powertrain for this remote adventure, which is a testament to the truck’s extensive capability.”

Based on the range-topping 2014 Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X, the Project Titan houses the same Endurance 5.6-liter V8 engine that churns out 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque for buyers while adding a NISMO cold-air intake and Borla cat-back exhaust system to open up airflow. The impressive output of the Endurance powerplant enables a towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds, allowing the crowd-sourced truck to easily haul a matching all-terrain camping trailer containing a kitchen, tent, spare tire, and storage for water and fuel. Other off-roading enhancements carried over from the Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X include front skid plates, an electronic locking rear differential and Rancho shocks.

About AutoFair Nissan Tewksbury:

AutoFair Nissan has been serving the needs of Massachusetts drivers for years, providing new and used Nissan vehicles, service and parts from its location in Tewksbury. With a focus on quality and customer service, AutoFair has a great selection of Nissan models, including the Nissan Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder. Visit their dealership at 623 Main St. in Tewksbury, Mass., or call them at 866-825-4444. You can also find them online at www.autofairnissanma.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AutofairNissanTewksbury.

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