Archive for October 2013

As Winter Approaches Kelly Nissan Helps Shoppers Prepare

The time has come for colds and overcoats as the leaves begin to fall and the temperature steadily drops, despite summer’s desperate attempt to cling to life. While fall folds fluently into the social consciousness, preparing for winter consists of more than just premature mall decorations and Ugg boots: its time to winterize your car Chicago Nissan shoppers.

We here at Kelly Nissan, the #1 name in Chicago Nissan service and sales, know full well how brutal and unforgiving an Illinois winter can be, and how devastating not being prepared for these harsh winter months can be. Your car is especially susceptible to Old Man Winter’s frigid hand, but taking a few precautionary steps in the form of simple winterizing vehicle services will keep you and your car warm and toasty till the spring thaw.

One of the first and most important things you can do for prepping your whip for winter is ensuring that your engine is equipped with the proper winter-friendly fluids. Switching out your “summer” oil for one with a thinner consistency will keep things moving smoothly, putting in an engine coolant with ethylene glycol to protect your engine from corrosion, and getting windshield wiper fluid that contains anti-freeze will help prevent the nozzles and tubes from freezing up.

Kelly Nissan Helps Drivers Stay Warm During the Winter Months

Chicago Nissan ServiceOnce you’ve got your engine’s fluids in order, the next step is to make sure your car has the necessary gear to prepare you for whatever the elements can throw at you. Packing an emergency kit in your trunk containing items like flares, blankets, boots, a radio, extra engine oil, washer fluid, coolant, and a flashlight will help keep you ready for any kind of unexpected hurdle you have to overcome.

Lastly, outfitting your vehicle with snow tires is a great way to prep for snowstorms this winter. Snow tires provide your car with the extra traction it needs to get throw flurries and snow banks alike, and if you don’t want to have to go through the effort of keeping and changing seasonal tires, there are all-season tires you can purchase that are great for any weather all year round.

If you’re interested in taking steps towards preparing for what winter has in store, we here at Kelly Nissan would like to invite you to stop by our Chicago Nissan service center and let us help you winterize your vehicle. If you’d like to learn more about the different winterizing services we have to offer, please feel free to give us a call at 888-699-0643.

Renault-Nissan CEO Product Tests New Autonomous Model

Sometimes when you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. Recently, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn got behind the wheel of Nissan’s latest prototype: an autonomous LEAF.

Although it’s going to be quite some time before Chicago Nissan shoppers can kick back and let their car do the driving for them, they can rest assured that the technology does exist and it’s currently in the testing phase. With such a leap in automotive technology on the horizon, the big wigs at Nissan decided to get a little oil on their hands in an effort to see first hand what they’re company is coming up with.

Renault-Nissan, the French and Japanese automotive powerhouse, decided to send their very own CEO Carlos Ghosn to get in on the trial phase of the new autonomous driving technology that the engineers at Nissan have been tinkering with. Set on a closed course, Ghosn confidently entered the vehicle, pressed the ignition switch, and off they went.

Nissan Once Again Breaks the Mold With Autonomous Driving Technology

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The vehicle that Ghosn was test “driving” was an outfitted Nissan LEAF, Nissan’s first completely electric automobile. Illuminated with a light blue glow radiating from the vehicle’s steering wheel and center console, a coy smile crept across Ghosn’s face as the LEAF took them around the track, his hands casually and comfortably placed on his thighs.

“I think, this test proving to me that first we have advanced a lot because the prototypes from two years ago were wayyyyyy less advanced than this one…I think we’re going to get there a lot sooner than we think.” Nissan estimates that they’ll have a fully-autonomous Nissan model available for the general public around 2020, with all of their models eventually having the autonomous drive feature as an option on all their vehicles soon there after.

While Seven years is a solid amount of time for Nissan to cultivate and develop this impressive new technology, Nissan shoppers who are just itching to get their hands on the latest technology from Nissan can check out the new Nissan LEAF models, currently available at our Chicago Nissan dealership here at Kelly Nissan. For more information about the LEAF and the other new Nissan models available, please feel free to give us a call at 866-450-8110.