The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a government-run organization that rates vehicles on their safety. The group has adjusted to the ever changing market over the years more than in the past. Technology has come a long way but the group’s most recent change isn’t for autonomous technology.
Beginning in 2017, the IIHS will score vehicles on their headlights. In order to earn top scores, vehicles must earn a “Good” or “Acceptable” rating in the headlight category. That category joins the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side crash tests as well as roof strength and head restraints & seats. Front crash prevention includes optional technology that reduces the impact or avoids frontal crashes entirely.
Most automakers pass the front and side crash tests with flying colors. Unlike the other tests, the IIHS will test every trim that uses a different type of headlight. With this most recent change, the roadways are about to get even safer in one of the simplest ways possible: visibility.
To earn Top Safety Pick awards, automakers will have to improve their vehicle’s lighting as well as their overall structure.
Here at Bates Nissan, we’re confident that Nissan will adjust to the new headlight category and come out on top!
The Texas State Parks are some of the finest in the country. The parks are pristine and offer lots of opportunity for activity.
Mother Neff State Park
Highlights: This park lies along the Leon River. A picnic on the bank of the river makes for a truly beautiful and memorable experience. The park also features 5 miles of hiking trails.
Colorado Bend State Park
Highlights: Almost no other park offers the diversity that Colorado Bend State Park does. You can do everything from mountain biking to exploring caves to jetting your boat on Lake Buchanan to simply admiring the surrounding canyons.
Inks Lake State Park
Highlights: Nowhere else can you better appreciate the beauty of Texas Hill Country than at Inks Lake State Park. The gorgeous lake offers opportunities to swim, scuba dive, fish and ski.
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Highlights: A 1.25 mile round trip through the cavern is a stunning experience. Take a guided tour for a more enhanced experience.
There is plenty to do at these four great Texas State Parks. Of course, you can also just simply pay a visit, take it easy and marvel at the unique and diverse beauty found in this great state. Make sure you have a reliable car to get you to and from these state parks. Let us know which Texas State Park is your favorite and why!
The second round of the 2016 Super GT Championship recently transpired at the Fuji Speedway in Japan. Nissan made a great show of force in not one, but two classes.
The Nissan GT-R took the cake in both the GT300 and GT500. In the latter race, the #1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R, manned by the team of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda, finished first. It was a result that may not have been. The #12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R, driven by JP de Oliveira, had passed his teammates and
was on his way to victory when he tragically blew a tire on lap 96 and spun out.
In the GT300, GT Academy alumnus Jann Mardenborough and his partner Kazuki Hoshino won in their #3 B-MAX NDDP GT-R. This is an exceptional feat considering that it was only Mardenborough’s second Super GT race.
After the race, the young driver said, “I feel great to be able to take victory in my second race in the Super GT. Kazuki and I both carried out a good race with no mistakes so I’m happy about that.”
When Nissan, Toyota, and the Japanese government team up for new technology – you know it’s going to be good.
New reports say that this stunning trio of forces will combine powers to create impeccably intelligent maps, making it easier than ever to navigate while driving – the next big step towards self-driving cars.
These standardized intelligent Nissan maps will have data from both automakers and the government, making them as complete as absolutely possible. Plus, it’s likely that the maps will continue to generate data based on drivers.
When it comes to self-driving cars, it makes sense that one of the most important tech aspects is map design, telling the vehicles where to go, when, and why. We’re glad to see that Nissan is on top of it.
The automakers didn’t comment on the subject, so we don’t have a timeline indicating when the technology will be available. But in combination with the government of Japan, it’s safe to say that it won’t take these innovators long.
To learn more about all the technology Nissan has made available, visit us anytime at Bates Nissan.
If you find yourself in our area, that means you’re just a short drive away from Waco, Texas – where you’ll find the brand new Magnolia Market, operated by the hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Uppers.
Magnolia Market at the Silos is home to tons of shops, food trucks, and various activities, ideal for a personal stroll or a family event. If you’re looking to shop or if you’re looking to relax, the Magnolia Market is for you.
The Market is mostly focused on home design, with the goal of making you excited about your home. You are sure to find something in one of the market’s many shops that will inspire you.
And in between shops or for your little ones, Magnolia Market is home to a huge lawn with a long list of games for families and friends, such as cornhole, football, and potato sack races.
Lastly, if you’re stopping by, don’t forget to bring water and sunscreen!
The Nissan Juke is spunky and creative—we all know that. But did you know that its unique look can inspire other art? A glow-in-the-dark Nissan Juke was used as art recently in Melbourne, Australia.
Melbourne’s White Night celebrations are a dusk-until-dawn celebration of the culture and creativity in the city. Local artists participate and everyone can marvel at the expression of art, music, and writing.
This year, local Melbourne artists Snake Hole and Chris Le accepted the challenge to re-imagine the Nissan JUKE. Nissan helped by providing two Nissan JUKEs wrapped in a special glow-in-the-dark skin, then gave them black paint and pens. The artists used these to demonstrate simple and raw talent, drawing all over the Nissan JUKE to make it pop. Onlookers could both watch or join by using a smartphone light to draw on the canvas skin.
“Our initial impression when we saw the JUKE was it had snake-like characteristics. The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us,” said artist Snake Hole.
There you have it: the Nissan JUKE isn’t only a car, it’s a work of art.
You never know when an emergency situation can hit, and if you’re on the road when it happens, you want to be prepared. Here are some things to always keep in your car.
Siphon pump – This is helpful for when you run out of gas and a kind passerby can offer you some from their tank.
Gas can – This is always handy in case there isn’t someone there to offer you their gas. Make sure you don’t keep it full, because an accident can cause a big explosion. Have it handy in case you have to walk to a gas station to fill it.
Bottled water – You never know when you’ll need it most, or if you’ll get stuck without some for a while.
Cash – Always have cash on you for emergencies that don’t take credit cards.
Jumper cables – Batteries die, unfortunately, and you want to have a way to jump them if they do.
Duct tape – When you have an accident, duct tape can be there to save you. You can save money from towing costs if you can just duct tape your side mirror or grille back on for the drive to the repair shop.
Last year, the Juke Nismo RSnow swapped its wheels for tracks and took on arctic challenges in Lapland, Finland. This year, the Nissan Rogue Warrior is doing something similar, except this time a little closer to home, in Canada. Here at Bates Nissan, we understand that we are not as affected by the winter season as much of the rest of the country. That doesn’t mean we don’t think this snow machine is super fierce!
A Quebecois company called Motorsports in Action fitted the Rogue with a Dominator track system to allow it to tackle the snowpocalypse. To make the system work, the group increased the ground clearance, adjusted the suspension, and widened the fenders, but few other changes were needed. According to Nissan, the powertrain was unchanged, and the Rogue Warrior could climb a 45-degree incline and reach 62 miles per hour.
The vehicle is shown off in a new video, in which it tows several people up a ski slope, and—why the heck not—heads back down with them. Going down a ski slope in a crossover equipped with Dominator tracks? There’s no way that’s not going on our bucket list at Bates Nissan.
These ratings are good enough to cinch the Top Safety Pick recognition—also achieved by the Rogue and Sentra in our lineup—but the Altima scored that extra “+” at the end by earning a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Forward Emergency Braking, giving it the Top Safety Pick Plus award.
When a front collision is imminent, the system alerts the driver; if the driver fails to respond, the system can even apply the brakes to mitigate or entirely avoid the crash. This is just one of the many safety features available on the 2016 Nissan Altima. Explore them all at Bates Nissan!
Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:
Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.
Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!