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Be a St. Jude Warrior in the Warrior Dash this September!

Looking for a way to get down and dirty and for a Great Cause? Check out the upcoming Warrior Dash coming September 21st in Walker Michigan!

    Here’s how:
    Pick a Dash.
    Sign up to be a Warrior*
    Raise money for the kids
    of St. Jude. We’ll help!
    Run your race, and go home clean.

Here’s why:

The patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital aren’t fighting imaginary monsters. They’re fighting for their lives. And for the past 50 years, St. Jude has been fighting alongside them, revolutionizing the way the world treats pediatric cancer.

Let’s send these kids back to the playground. It’s time to get dirty.

Here are the details for the September Warrior Dash:

Michigan II – Sept. 21, 2013

1400 Maynard Ave SW
Walker, MI 49534

*Obstacles, location, venue, date and course are subject to change.
Race Length

3.31 miles
Wave Times

Waves of up to 500 participants will start at the following times:









$75* until 11:59pm** on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

$90* until 11:59pm** on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Transfer/Registration Guidelines:
Registration will be closed on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at 11:59pm**. Absolutely NO registrations will be accepted after this time. Request to modify any details of registration information must be submitted prior to this date. This includes wave time, date, participant information and location. Transfers may only be made to a wave that has open space available.
Note: There is a $10 transfer fee to transfer to a new event, plus any additional difference in price between events, if applicable. There is also a $10 transfer fee to transfer to a new participant

To transfer participants and process the $10 transfer fee, please call 773-687-4595, Monday -Friday between the hours of 8am-7pm CST.

Sorry, NO refunds under any circumstances. See our FAQ for details.

*Additional processing fees will be applied during the checkout process.
**Central Time.

You must bring a signed copy of our participant waiver with you to the Dash. CLICK HERE to print yours. For a waiver in Spanish, please contact us.

Please note that parking is $10 per vehicle.
BECOME a St. Jude VIP!

Raise $100 – Wear a cool St. Jude bandana on dash day.
Raise $300 – Gain access to the St. Jude Warrior tent for everything you’ll need on dash day:

    Free food and drinks
    Private showers and bathroom
    Private bag check

Raise $500 – Get a St. Jude trail backpack.
Reach $1,000 – Earn a pair of sport headphones from Yurbuds.

Just select “Yes, I want to be a St. Jude Warrior!” during registration, and St. Jude will contact you with details. They’ll be with you every step of the way, with fundraising tips, tools and more.
Need a hotel room?

Want to extend your Warrior Dash experience into the greatest frickin’ weekend of your life? We’re pumped to announce that when you book your hotels through our Warrior Dash accommodations page you’ll receive the lowest rates on rooms and get special Warrior perks! For more information or to book now CLICK HERE

Warrior Dash in partnership with USAgain is presenting participants a unique opportunity to recycle surplus shoes at 2013 races. Participants are encouraged to bring unwanted shoes from home, as well as recycling their muddy race shoes at the USAgain tent near the finish line. Shoes will be diverted from entering into landfills and given a second life by people around the world, making this unique recycling opportunity a win-win for our planet. USAgain will also make a charitable donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of Warrior Dash.

After you conquer the Battleground, stop by the USAgain tent and give your muddy shoes a second life!

Please note that all shirt sizes are final and cannot be exchanged on site.
S     18″     26 5/8″
M     20″     27 5/8″
L     22″     28 5/8″
XL     24″     29 5/8″
2XL     26″     30 5/8″
3XL     28″     31 5/8″

Race results and photos will be available approximately two to three days following the race. Participants will be notified via email when results and photos are posted.

Visit: for complete details and to Sign-up for this years Warrior Dash!

Arts, Beats and Eats Festival!

Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity returns August 30-September 2, 2013.

Now in its 16th year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by FirstMerit Bank takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local attractions that will make the city of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend 2013.

Festival admission is $3 until 5pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday and $5 after 5pm everyday.  Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is free to enter until 5pm on Friday only.  Get free entry by donating three non-perishable food items at your local FirstMerit Bank branch.  List of participating branches here

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5 Things to Know About the PENN-TASTE-TIC Restaurant Crawl

What’s better than eating out in downtown Plymouth? How about eating out at multiple restaurants at once?

The 8th Annual PENN-TASTE-TIC, Downtown Plymouth Restaurant Crawl will return in a few weeks.

Here are five things to know about the event:
1. Date, time
The annual PENN-TASTE-TIC Restaurant Crawl will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5–8 p.m.

2. 15 restaurants will participate

Participating this year are :

Candy Trail
Cozy Café
Cupcake Station
E.G. Nicks
Greek Islands
Ironwood Grill
Jay’s Stuffed Burgers
Nico & Vali
Panache 447
Sardine Room
Sweet Afton Tea Room
Thai Café
Yogurt Palooza
Zin Wine Bar & Restaurant

3. Portion of proceeds go to Friends of the Penn

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Friends of the Penn and the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce.

4.  Vote for your favorite

Attendees will get a chance to vote for their favorite taste and restaurant!

5. Tickets are still available

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, located at 850 W. Ann Arbor Trail, and Sun & Snow, located at 388 S. Main St., in downtown Plymouth. Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $15 for children 10 and under.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Monday, September 9, 2013

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive.  There is a great need for blood resources and every pint helps meet the critical demand in our area.

WHEN:      Monday, September 9, 2013
TIME:        11:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

WHERE:    Plymouth City Hall
201 S. Main Street
Plymouth, MI 48170


SCHEDULE ONLINE AT and enter sponsor code PCH


*WALK-IN’S are welcome!*

Donors are eligible who have not donated within the last 56 days as of Sept. 9th
Visit  for additional donor information.

Those donating between 9/9/13 and 9/30/13 will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a pair of Detroit Lions game tickets!

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2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000

One-upmanship is the name of the game in the side-by-side world, with each manufacturer trying to outdo the competition with more power and better suspension. Every model year the technology and engineering marches forward with new models that seem to render the last batch of high performance rippers obsolete. But how much further can the envelope be pushed before the prices and speeds are just too much for the average Joe. Polaris seems intent on taking it to the limit, and its latest RZR, the $19,999 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000, might be the machine that is the first to bump up against that ceiling.

The 2014 RZR XP 1000 is a whole new machine from the ground up. It’s bigger, faster and better suspended than any RZR that has come before. Even the most extreme, race-modified side-by-sides from a few years ago couldn’t match the specs offered up by the XP1000. It’s clear this new RZR is the king of the hill even before getting behind the wheel. 107 horsepower, 18 inches of travel, 13.5 inches of ground clearance and a MSRP of $19,999. The numbers are impressive in every way.

We headed to Parker, Arizona to find out if the numbers don’t lie. Polaris set us loose for the day on sections of the Best in the Desert Parker 425 racecourse. That right there shows how much confidence the Minnesota manufacturer has in the XP 1000. Not much is harder on equipment than desert racing and that is effectively what we did for the day.

From the first stab at the gas pedal, it was clear that the power on tap from the XP 1000’s ProStar powerplant is on an entirely new level. The bottom-end grunt that is put to the dirt through the PVT transmission is eye opening. There is so much on tap right from the get-go that you either spin the tires in the loose dirt or get pressed deep into the seat when the traction is good. The power continues to build just as strongly through the mid-range and finally tapers off at the top-end. I’ve never driven a stock machine with so much speed and power on tap. For the first time in a side-by-side, I actually say that this is fast enough. I was never left wanting more.

Throttle response is snappy and along with the strength of the powerplant, breaking the rear end loose in both 2- and 4-wheel drive is easy at just about any speed. And when things go sideways, you’d better be ready. Due to its abundance of suspension travel the XP 1000 has more body roll than previous models, even with a new, larger sway bar. When the weight rolls to the outside of the corner, the rear suspension squats on the gas and lifts the front inside wheel. At first it can be unsettling for a novice driver, but after a few times you adjust your comfort level and driving style. Just don’t expect to jam it into a berm like you would with a slower and lower machine. Respect the power, speed and wheel-travel and all is good.

And, wow, does the RZR XP 1000 have wheel-travel. Up front the 2-inch Walker Evans piggyback shocks stroke through 16 inches, and at the rear massive 2.5-inch units give 18 inches of travel. Just for comparison, the RZR XP 900 has 13.5 and 14.5 inches front and back. Both ends are adjustable for preload and compression, but the stock settings are just about perfect. After slamming through some seriously deep whoops we stopped and added four clicks of compression damping to counter some bottoming of the chassis with two butts in the seats. No other changes were needed for the rest of the day. This RZR just eats up anything you point it at. It is complaint in the small stuff and can handle huge jumps with ease. Although there is no option for rebound damping adjustment, the rear end doesn’t kick up unless the suspension is slammed hard into a steep-faced obstacle. Most of the time it is well controlled and confidence inspiring.

Polaris’ Electronic Power Steering makes tight turns and rock trails a dream. Not once did we experience any kickback to the wheel, and the response is quick. One small criticism is that the front-end feel is slightly numb in comparison to non-EPS machines. The trade-off is quite worth it, however.

Braking performance from the four-wheel disc brakes featuring 248mm rotors and dual piston calipers is spot-on for the speed and weight of the XP. Pedal feel is very positive and the wheels do not lock prematurely. When they do lock, the rear does first allowing the front wheels to continue slowing the machine.

The new cockpit feels slightly larger than the XP 900 and the switchgear, gauges and layout is similar, yet is of higher quality. The glove box is significantly larger and the second center box features a handy smartphone holder. Honestly when I read about this feature I wrote it off as a gimmick, but it is my favorite user feature on the dash. The clear screen allows for you to use your phone as a navigation device.

The addition of half doors to the XP could be the most useful non-performance improvement. No longer do you have to fight with the silly netting and clips when getting in and out of the side-by-side. Opening and closing is easy and secure, thanks to its solid slam latch. I will say that a full door would have been better as roost off the front wheels can enter the opening below the door.

Driver and passenger comfort has also been improved with the new seats. Under-seat sliders allow for easy forward and back adjustment of both the deeply bolstered seats. In the corners they limit side-to-side movement, giving the driver more control. Not to mention they are some of the most comfortable OEM units out there.

The 2014 Polaris RZR XP 1000 has, without a doubt, raised the bar for performance side-by-sides. It is truly the first UTV that requires the driver to be aware of how much power, suspension and handling is on tap and to drive accordingly. It’s an intense experience that even the best drivers will find satisfying. We’ve entered a new era in side-by-sides, one that will take talent and willpower from the one behind the wheel. I can’t wait for what comes next, but for now the XP 1000 is more than enough.

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the 1st Annual Northville food Truck Rally and Beer Garden! It is going to be the perfect weekend to be outside! Come enjoy great food and some family fun event in beautiful Downtown Northville!

Saturday, August 24
Located on West Cady
(between Wing & 1st Street)

1:00pm     Beer Garden Opens

1-3pm JustPushPlay
Music on the Green

3:00-8pm Food Trucks Ready to Serve!

El Guapo
Kona Ice
Meen Weenie
Ned’s Travel Burger
Rollin’/Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Treat Dreams

Admission to the Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden is free; there will be a fee for all food and beverages.

Sponsored by: Northville Sports Den & Patti Mullen – Remerica Hometown One (

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The New 2014 Nissan Models

Following a banner 2013 model year that saw the introduction of all-new generations of the Nissan Altima, Nissan Sentra and Nissan Pathfinder, the parade of innovative all-new designs continues for 2014. Leading the way is the right-sized Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo commercial van (on sale now), the stylish entry-level Nissan Versa Note hatchback (on sale now) and the next-generation Nissan Rogue compact SUV (coming late 2013).


Also, the previously announced Pathfinder Hybrid model joins the Pathfinder lineup in the fall. In addition, significant enhancements are offered in 2014 for Altima, Frontier, GT-R (including the limited production Track Edition and upcoming Special Edition Package), Versa Sedan, Xterra and 370Z NISMO.

The 2014 lineup also introduces the all-new NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration platform on several models, including Altima and Sentra, with plans to expand throughout the entire portfolio.

Here is a top-line overview of the changes, followed by more complete “Fast Facts” product information. As always, stay tuned to for the latest updates on Nissan products, pricing and other activities in the United States and around the world.



Nissan Altima

An all-new fifth-generation design – the most innovative Altima ever – was introduced for the 2013 model year. For 2014, the major enhancements include:

  • Technology Package replaces previous Navigation Package on 2.5 SV and 3.5 SV grades (late availability) – includes NissanConnect℠ with Navigation, NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration and SiriusXM Travel Link®, plus Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection and Lane Departure Warning
  • New Sport Value Package with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, remote engine start, trunk lid spoiler (2.5 S models)
  • New Display Audio Package available on 2.5 S and 3.5 S (late availability) – includes 5.0-inch color display, RearView Monitor, USB port, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (standard on 3.5 S, SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android™, diversity antenna
  • New accessory 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Gun Metallic exterior color replaces previous Metallic Slate; eight available colors total
  • Chrome exhaust finishers added to 2.5 grade
  • Improved navigation system capabilities – NissanConnect Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM Travel Link® (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather, revised button labels
  • Standard driver and front passenger visor illumination and extensions on 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 3.5 S grades (previously part of Convenience Package)
  • Rear passenger air conditioning vents added to Convenience Package (from previous standard on SV grade)
  • Offered in seven models: Altima 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL with 182-horsepower (179 hp CAL) 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine and 3.5 S, 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL with 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Next-generation Xtronic CVT® standard on all models
  • Available early August 2013

Nissan Altima Coupe

  • Discontinued for 2014

Nissan cube
The innovative Nissan cube continues to offer unique style and flexibility – with an asymmetrical rear window, refrigerator-style rear door and wide range of personal accessories. The 2014 cube is carried over virtually unchanged from the previous model year:

  • Turquoise color replaces previous Bitter Chocolate; eight available colors total
  • Offered in two grades: S (6MT and Xtronic CVT) and SL (Xtronic CVT), each powered by a standard 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
  • Available November 2013

Nissan Maxima
Nissan’s flagship Maxima sedan enters the 2014 model year with the following enhancements: 

  • Addition of a new S Value Package with smoked appearance headlights, HID Xenon headlights, compass in rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver wheels, rear spoiler, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim treatment
  • Previous Monitor and HID Xenon Packages no longer available
  • Standard RearView Monitor, USB connectivity and 7.0-inch color monitor with QVGA display added to SV grade
  • Two new exterior colors: Gun Metallic (replaces Dark Gray) and Midnight Garnet (replaces Tuscan Sun); eight available exterior colors total
  • Offered in two models, 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, each powered by a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine mated to an Xtronic CVT® with manual and “DS” (drive sport) modes with available paddle shifters
  • Available late August 2013

Nissan Sentra

An all-new seventh-generation design was introduced in fall 2012. Enhancements for 2014 include

  • Revised CVT transmission tuning
  • Revised steering and suspension tuning
  • Sliding front armrest now standard on SL grade and added to SV/SR Driver Package
  • New front seat lower cushion storage pockets standard on all models
  • Updated NissanConnect℠ with Navigation with all-new NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, improved voice recognition and one-shot destination entry
  • Auto Hazard Warning Signal added
  • Offered in seven models, each equipped with a standard 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and next-generation Xtronic CVT® (except S 6MT): S 6MT, S CVT, FE+ S, SV, FE+ SV, SR and SL
  • Available late November 2013

Nissan Versa Sedan


The second-generation Nissan Versa Sedan continues to redefine entry-level car value with a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and exceptional room for five adults – including more rear legroom than some mid-size sedans. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • The addition of standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 195/55R16 tires, 4.3-inch LCD audio display and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) for Versa Sedan SL models
  • New standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and key fob trunk release for Versa Sedan SV models
  • Addition of tachometer and low rolling resistance tires for Versa Sedan S models (features now standard on all grades)
  • Addition of chrome accents (S grade) and brightened silver interior finishers
  • All models receive a suspension and steering tuning change, along with revised interior finishers
  • Versa Sedan SV and SL models receive a new high-gloss black B-pillar treatment and improved seat comfort (bottom cushion and foam density)
  • The optional SV Convenience Package has been revised to add 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and tricot fabric headliner to the previous Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, audio upgrade (MP3, aux jack, RDS), map light and front passenger vanity mirror
  • The SL Tech Package now includes RearView Monitor plus NissanConnect℠ with Navigation featuring 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth® Pandora® radio capability and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Offered in S, S Plus, SV and SL models
  • On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

Nissan Versa Note


The 2014 Nissan Versa Note is the fourth of five all-new vehicles being introduced in 2012 and 2013 – following the totally redesigned Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra.

The all-new Versa Note, while sharing many attributes with the second-generation Versa Sedan (introduced in 2012), has its own distinct look, feel and added hatchback utility. It adds the global Note designation for the new generation design, along with an extensive list of key features such as:

  • Energetic new exterior styling with steeply sloped windshield and sculpted body panels
  • Available Active Grille Shutter
  • 40 mpg highway and best-in-class 31 mpg city and 35 mpg combined fuel economy (CVT-equipped models)
  • Smart packaging and ample cargo space, with available Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor height)
  • Available NissanConnect℠ with Navigation with 5.8-inch color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for audio and navigation, NavTraffic and NavWeather, POIs powered by Google®, Google® Send-to-Car, Streaming audio via Bluetooth® Pandora® radio capability and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
  • Available RearView Monitor and Around View® Monitor
  • Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)* of $13,990 USD
  • Offered in S, S Plus, SV and SV with SL Package
  • On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

For full information and specification on the all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Note, please visit

* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price.



Nissan GT-R


Following performance enhancements last year that upped the horsepower and torque of the GT-R’s advanced VR38DETT 3.8-liter twin turbo V6 to 545 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, the development and refinement of Nissan’s legendary supercar continues for the 2014 model year – including the addition of a new limited production 2-seat GT-R Track Edition*. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • Improved engine response in the mid- and upper-rpm ranges
  • Increased body rigidity and specification changes to the shock absorbers, front anti-roll bar and springs that result in a lower center of gravity, resulting in improved high-speed handling and more refined ride comfort
  • An aluminum nameplate is added to each engine showing the name of the individual engine builder (every GT-R engine is hand-assembled in a special clean room)
  • Addition of a new Premium Interior Package, which features hand-stitched Amber Red semi-aniline leather appointments (front seats only)
  • A new red-accented steering wheel is added to Black Edition models
  • New GT-R Track Edition features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling air guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside
  • Availability of the GT-R Track Edition is limited to 150 units for the United States
  • The 2014 Nissan GT-R is offered in three models – GT-R Premium, the GT-R Black Edition and new GT-R Track Edition
  • New Special Edition package, featuring special paint and trim, will be available in late 2013 in limited numbers
  • On sale now at select GT-R certified Nissan dealerships nationwide

*Damage resulting from racing, competitive driving, track and/or airstrip use not covered by warranty. See your New Vehicle Limited Warranty and Owner’s Manual for proper vehicle operation and complete warranty details.

Nissan 370Z Coupe

The 2014 Nissan 370Z continues to offer extraordinary performance design and an unmatched heritage as one of the most iconic sports cars in automotive history.  There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

  • Offered in 370Z and 370Z Touring models
  • Available now

Nissan 370Z NISMO

The 2014 370Z NISMO, which is set to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer, follows the new NISMO design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • New dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element (except side sills) featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents
  • Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices
  • Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara® appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer
  • Continues to offer 350-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension and brakes and 19-inch forged aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Offered in one fully equipped model
  • Available late summer 2013

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Like the 370 Coupe, the 2014 370Z Roadster offers unique design, performance and value – with the added exhilarating sensory experience of an advanced fully automatic convertible design. There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

  • Offered in 370Z Roadster and 370Z Touring Roadster models
  • Available now



Nissan Armada

The stylish and roomy Nissan Armada once again combines unbridled power, premium interior comfort and a wide range of available technology, making it a standout in the full-size SUV segment. There are no major enhancements for the 2014 model year.

  • Offered in SV, SL and Platinum models in 2WD and 4WD drive configurations
  • Available September 2013

Nissan JUKE™

The big news regarding Nissan’s popular JUKE SUV continues to be the new JUKE NISMO, which made its debut in spring 2013 at the Chicago Auto Show.

JUKE NISMO features nearly 100 individual revised components, including a NISMO-tuned 197-horsepower 1.6-liter DIG turbo engine, NISMO-tuned suspension, bold aerodynamic styling with a 37 percent improvement in downforce (versus non-NISMO models). The NISMO interior includes deeply bolstered front seats and red accents and lightweight 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Enhancements to the JUKE (non-NISMO) for 2014 include:

  • Addition of two new exterior colors: Red Alert and Bordeaux Black (Metallic Bronze is no longer offered)
  • Offered in S, SV, SL and JUKE NISMO models (all models available in AWD and FWD)
  • Available November 2013

Nissan Murano

Murano, Nissan’s premium crafted crossover, continues as one of the most distinctively styled vehicles in its class both inside and out. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • Graphite interior now available with Tinted Bronze exterior
  • Offered in four models: S, SV, SL and LE (all models available in AWD and FWD)
  • Available September 2013

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

The 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet was introduced in early 2013 calendar year. It continues to provide a unique, all-season perspective on driving as the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible.

  • Offered in one fully equipped model
  • On sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide

Nissan Pathfinder


After revitalizing sales of the legendary Pathfinder nameplate with the 2013 introduction of an all-new fourth-generation design, Nissan’s iconic SUV takes another major step forward in the 2014 model year with the introduction of the first-ever Pathfinder Hybrid.

At the heart of the new Pathfinder Hybrid – which is offered in 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive configurations – is its supercharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor paired to a compact Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. The Li-ion battery fits under the 3rd row seat so there is no compromise of passenger seating capacity, 2nd or 3rd row legroom or cargo space.

The hybrid system uses a Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch System (one motor / two clutch parallel system) that efficiently manages power from both the electric motor and the gas engine. The 15 kW electric motor and gas engine work in tandem to provide performance equivalent to the non-hybrid Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter gasoline V6. The system is rated at 250 net horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque – versus the 3.5-liter V6 ratings of 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.


In addition to the new Pathfinder Hybrid, enhancements for 2014 include:

  • New SL Tech Package, featuring Bose® 13-speaker Premium Audio System, Nissan Navigation System, voice recognition, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather capability (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Zagat® Restaurant Survey, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and 8.0-inch color touchscreen monitor
  • Offered in four models: S, SV, SL and Platinum (each available in 4WD and 2WD); Pathfinder Hybrid offered in SV, SL and Platinum (4WD and 2WD)
  • 3.5-liter V6 models available late summer 2013
  • Pathfinder Hybrid available fall 2013

Nissan Quest

For 2014, the boldly styled Nissan Quest again offers a range of family friendly features, including one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System, and an always-available rear storage well. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • Two new exterior colors added: Titanium and Gun Metallic (Twilight Gray, Platinum Graphite and Titanium Beige no longer offered)
  • Offered in four well-equipped models: S, SV, SL and LE
  • Available August 2013

Nissan Rogue

An all-new generation of Nissan’s popular Rogue compact SUV is set to debut in fall 2013. Full details will be available at a later date.

Nissan Xterra

The adventure-ready 2014 Nissan Xterra continues to combine power, utility, value and authenticity – inspiring and facilitating outdoor enthusiasts to “attack life” wherever they go. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • New 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs for the S and PRO-4X grades
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, steering wheel audio controls and sunglass holder (overhead console) added as standard on X and S grades
  • Push-type HVAC controls added to X grade
  • Heated front cloth seats added as standard on PRO-4X
  • Heated leather front seats available on PRO-4X
  • Updated NissanConnect℠ with NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM TravelLink (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores) SiriusXM Weather and audio voice recognition
  • Upgraded audio system on X grade
  • Offered in Xterra X, Xterra S (4×4 and 4×2) and PRO-4X (4×4 only)
  • Available October 2013



Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier continues to be a leader in the mid-size truck segment, combining premium hardware, extraordinary power and an exceptional level of on- and off-road performance. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • Heated front seats added to the SV VTP package
  • Three new available aluminum-alloy wheels designs: 16-inch SV grade, 16-inch PRO-4X grade and 18-inch SL grade
  • Manual sliding rear window added as standard on all Crew Cab models (except S)
  • Heated front cloth seat available as standard on PRO-4X and optional on SV
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, manual air conditioning, cruise control and steering wheel controls (audio, Bluetooth® and cruise control), front sunglass holder, Bluetooth® microphone and upgraded audio system added as standard on S models
  • Enhanced navigation system functionality (smartphone integration, enhanced voice recognition and device control, one-shot destination entry)
  • NissanConnect℠ Apps smartphone integration for iPhone® and Android, SiriusXM TravelLink (fuel prices, movie times, stock updates, sports scores), SiriusXM Weather
  • Offered in both King Cab and Crew Cab body styles and in 4×2 and 4×4 driveline configurations, along with five trim grades: Frontier S (4-cylinder and V6), SV, PRO-4X, Desert Runner and SL (Crew Cab only)
  • Available October 2013

Nissan Titan

Titan is again offered in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4×2 and 4×4 drive configurations, along with two wheelbases (138.9 inches and 159.5 inches) and three bed lengths. There are no major enhancements for 2014.

  • Offered in S, SV, PRO-4X and SL models
  • Available September 2013



Nissan Commercial Vehicles started business in the United States in spring 2011 after operating in Japan and globally since 1935. The lineup now includes the NV Cargo, the NV Passenger and the all-new NV200 Compact Cargo. The NV Cargo and NV Passenger are assembled in Canton, Mississippi and the NV200 Compact Cargo is assembled in Cuernavaca, Mexico. All three vehicles are sold through a network of 300-plus certified Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide. The innovative NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” goes into service in New York City in fall 2013.

Nissan NV Cargo

For 2014, the Nissan NV Cargo van again provides exceptional utility – thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls.  Along with maximizing cargo space, the sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification. Enhancements for 2014 include: 

  • Revised content between S and SV grades
  • Tow Mode A/T, Class-IV receiver hitch, 7-pin connector pre-wiring, brake controller pre-wiring and heavy duty battery now standard on all V8 engine-equipped models
  • Offered in three innovative versions, NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD, and in two roof configurations – Standard Roof and High Roof
  • Available January 2014

Nissan NV Passenger

The 4-row/12-passenger Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van is offered for both personal and fleet use. It features the most flexible seating configurations in the full-size passenger van segment, along with segment-exclusive roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact and rollover head protection for all outboard passengers, and standard headrests and integrated seat belts for all rear seating positions. Enhancements for 2014 include:

  • Tow Mode A/T, Class-IV receiver hitch, 7-pin connector pre-wiring, brake controller pre-wiring and heavy duty battery now standard on all V8 engine-equipped models
  • Offered in three well-equipped models, the NV3500 HD S, the NV3500 HD SV, and NV3500 HD SL (V8 engine only)
  • Available October 2013

Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo

The all-new NV200 Compact Cargo van – the “next innovation for business” provides large cargo capacity with a small exterior footprint. Launched in the U.S. in spring 2013, it offers an efficient 2.0-liter 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, next-gen gen Xtronic CVT, roomy cargo area (allows for loading standard U.S. 40×48-inch pallets) and 1,500-pound maximum payload. There are no major enhancements for 2014.

  • Offered in S and SV models
  • Available January 2014

Nissan NV200 Taxi

The Nissan NV200 Taxi is New York City’s “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The product of a unique development collaboration, the NV 200 Taxi reflects the input of hundreds of taxi owners and drivers, and thousands of passengers from all walks of life.

Key features include:

  • Ample room for four passengers and their luggage, offering substantial improvements over current taxi models
  • Sliding doors with entry step and grab handles, which provide easier entry, and exit and also may lessen risk of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists getting struck by doors opening unexpectedly
  • Transparent roof panel, presenting unique views of the city
  • Independently controlled rear air conditioning
  • A mobile charging station for passengers, including a 12-volt electrical outlet and two USB ports
  • Breathable, antimicrobial, environment-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean seat fabric, simulating the look and feel of leather
  • Flat “no hump” passenger floor area for more comfortable ride
  • Proven 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, engineered to enhance the emission performance and fuel efficiency of the taxi fleet
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags and driver and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags
  • It is scheduled to enter New York taxi fleet in October 2013

Do you know all your Local Library has to offer?

Libraries are often overlooked as places that can provide free or low-cost entertainment in the community. Here are 5 things you may, or may not, know about the Plymouth and Canton Libraries:

1. Need to brush up on basic computer skills or prepare for college entrance exams? Curious about digital photography or need to learn Powerpoint? Take a computer class. Both Plymouth and Canton libraries offer a wide variety of computer education classes.

2. You can use your library card to print a pass, at your home or at the library, to one of 60 participating museums across the state. The passes will give you either complimentary or reduced admission. Popular museums include Cranbrook Art Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts. These passes are available on the Plymouth District Library’s Michigan Activity Passes page

3. Don’t want to spend $10 going to a movie or a few dollars renting from Redbox? Check out the movie selection at the Plymouth and Canton libraries. You might be surprised to see many new releases and classic favorites.

4. Did you know that you can now rent e-books for your Kindle, Nook, iPad or tablet through the library? Both the Plymouth and Canton libraries have extensive e-book catalogs. You can search book titles and more on their websites.

5. Whether you want to join a book club, build Lego fortresses or learn to make bleach or Tye-dye shirts – the library has a class for you. Both libraries have calendars full of events for all ages. Check out what they have to offer and join in the fun.

The Plymouth District Library is open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m; Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. The calendar of events can be found here. The Canton Public Library is open Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12-6 p.m. The calendar of events can be found here.

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Plymouth car collector is still cruising along at 103

When Margaret Dunning takes her ’66 Cadillac on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue this week, Dream Cruise fans will see two classics on display — her car and its amazing 103-year-old driver.

“Oh, I wouldn’t miss it, the Dream Cruise,” Dunning said. “I’m out on Woodward every year.”

The 19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise is Saturday although, as always, hordes of auto enthusiasts have been cruising Woodward for weeks.

Dunning turned 103 in June, but this remarkably spry, 5-foot-tall “lady driver,” as she calls herself, still loves to drive. And sometimes, floor it. Like the proverbial Little Old Lady from Pasadena, immortalized in song by California duo Jan and Dean in 1964, Dunning likes to go fast.

“Which one?” she replied with a laugh, when asked whether she’d ever had a speeding ticket.

“I got clocked at 72 awhile ago,” she said with a grin, declining to say on which local road.

Last week, she showed visitors her stable of collector cars parked in an oversized, heated garage behind her house in Plymouth.

She chatted knowledgeably about each car, sat in the driver’s seats and patted the side of her 1931 Ford Model A pickup, saying, “This is my sweetheart. It’ll go all day.”

As Dream Cruise fans know, Woodward’s cruising heyday was the 1950s and ’60s, when young men revved hot rods from drive-in to drive-in. For the annual reincarnation of cruising Woodward, however, no one shows off the populist, come-all quality of the Dream Cruise better than Dunning.

And for her, that’s old hat because she has trashed age and gender expectations for nearly a century when it comes to cars — learning to drive at 8, becoming her newly widowed mother’s licensed chauffeur at 11 and being the rare single woman who trucked vintage cars to collector shows since the 1950s, according to her biography at the Plymouth Historical Museum.

Explaining her passion for cars, she sounds like any enthusiast.

“You just get into into internal combustion and it takes over on you,” she said, standing next to her ’66 Cadillac DeVille, with sandalwood tan paint and beige leather-and-cloth seats.

“I grew up on a farm with a lot of machinery, and my mother maintained everything. I was an only child and my father would be fixing something so he’d ask me to get him a tool. I couldn’t help but be fascinated,” she recalled.

Soon, she was tinkering and fixing.

Dunning’s father died in 1923, “and my mother couldn’t drive, so she got me a car to drive her — a Model T, of course,” Dunning recalled. “I could drive because I was used to driving all over our farm.”

Dunning still lives in the tidy Tudor house her mother built near downtown Plymouth in 1927, after they moved off the farm. Somewhere around World War II, she started collecting classic cars.

Dunning has a fondness for Caddys. Her daily drive is a silver 2003 Cadillac Seville. She also owns a two-tone 1975 Cadillac Eldorado in chocolate-brown and tan with matching tan convertible top, wide whitewalls and a steering wheel wrapped in faux leopard skin.

One car clearly close to her heart is a cream-and-black 1930 Packard Model 740 convertible. According to the ClassicCarZ website, Dunning bought the car in poor condition in 1949, had it fully restored and soon was the recipient of the first 100-point winner from the Classic Car Club of America. She took it on some hot laps this spring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Video of Dunning’s laps made her a hit on YouTube.

Close to home, she’s been driving on Woodward each year for the Dream Cruise for more than a decade. Her usual Dream Cruise ride is the ’66 Cadillac DeVille.

“It’s all-original — all factory, right down to the exhaust,” and never been repainted, said Dan Clements, a Ford engineer who maintains Dunning’s collection.

“Got about 73,000 miles now, and she bought it with 29,000,” said Clements, 56, of South Lyon.

What keeps this dynamo running strong after more than a century? It might be her daily bowl of oatmeal. It can’t be the rest of her diet: friends say she shuns vegetables.

But part of how the never-married Dunning stays remarkably vigorous at her age, they say, is by nurturing her love of owning, driving and appreciating old cars, and by mixing with people who share that interest.

“At the car shows we go to, she’ll stand there all day, talking to anybody who comes along,” Clements said, after loading Dunning’s Packard into a trailer for a car show Saturday in Benton Harbor.

“And she does Woodward every year, her and my mother-in-law,” he added.

Dunning can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t get at least a tingle of excitement from the memory-triggering cultural history that’s revving on Woodward Avenue, she said.

“I think everybody has a car somewhere in their life, maybe their father’s car, or even a neighbor’s car from their childhood, that’s their dream car,” she said.

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2014 Dodge Durango – Best Equipped 7 Passenger SUV on the Market!

Starting under $30,000, the 2014 Dodge Durango is the best-equipped seven-passenger SUV on the market!

2014 durango

There are five different trim levels but every 2014 Dodge Durango features a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, floating split crosshair grille, signature LED racetrack taillights, bright chrome or body-color accents, 18-inch or 20-inch aluminum wheels, Bluetooth, 5-inch or 8.4-inch touch screen, rotary shifter with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 7-inch customizable gauge cluster, Keyless Enter ’n Go with push-button start, seven airbags, seven passenger seating (now is the time to catch your breath here).

There are so many features loaded into the 2014 Dodge Durango you will want to sprint to the nearest showroom to check out this ultimate “No-Compromise SUV.”…

2014 Dodge Durango SXT: starting U.S. MSRP of $29,795
2014 Dodge Durango SXT w/ Rallye: starting U.S. MSRP of $32,990
2014 Dodge Durango Limited: starting U.S. MSRP of $35,995
2014 Dodge Durango R/T: starting U.S. MSRP of $38,995
2014 Dodge Durango Citadel: starting U.S. MSRP of $40,995
All prices exclude $995 destination.

The 2014 Dodge Durango will start arriving in dealer showrooms at the end of the third quarter but you can stop in now to order your Durango.