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Chrysler Unveils Electric Vehicle

by Tim Joseph

There are three reasons why Chrysler is going to be okay through this tough time in the auto industry pictured above. A demonstration was given today outside the Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The little yellow sports car was demonstrated on CNBC this morning by Chrysler chief executive Bob Nardelli. It is able to drive 150 miles before it needs charging again. It was unclear from my sources if this will be a production model or if another electric vehicle will grace the showroom floor. They did, however, say they would have an electric vehicle for sale by the end of 2010.

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What Impacts Fuel Economy

by Tim Joseph
A lot of saving money at the gas pump is knowing what factors affect your fuel economy. There may be things costing you money that you don’t know about and that’s why educating yourself is so important. Today I came across an interesting website (http://www.willyoujoinus.com) created by the good folks at Chevron. I don’t believe we have any Chevron gas stations here in the Detroit area but this website can help us none the less. If you click on the MPG Optimizer you can move these little sliding icons around to see what is impacting your fuel economy.

The website asks you to set the icons based on a series of seven questions. By moving the icons I found that I save 15 miles per gallon. The questions are:

  1. What kind of car do you drive?
  2. Are you an aggressive driver in the city, accelerating and braking suddenly?
  3. How fast do you drive when you’re on the highway?
  4. Do you use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil?
  5. How much extra weight do you have in your backseat and trunk?
  6. Do you get your car’s engine tuned up regularly?
  7. How well-inflated are your tires?

Most people are not sure how often they need to tune their car up. Usually it’s 60,000 – 100,000 miles so most people would answer “Always” to question 6. By changing a few little things, you could save big just by knowing that you need to change.

Inside The New Cube

Found this one on http://www.examiner.com

We have seen the future and it is…a Cube? It is for Nissan, anyway, beginning in the spring of 2009. Sold in the Japanese market since 2002, the Cube is aptly named because, well, it’s a cube.

Technically it’s a parallelepiped, defined as “a solid with six faces, each a parallelogram and each being parallel to the opposite face,” or more colloquially, a rectangular solid. Or more simply, a box. Who says you don’t learn anything here?
Even more precisely, however, the Nissan Cube is two parallelepipeds stuck together, one box for the engine and another for the people. And of course, with wheels, which at least with today’s technology, makes it easier to move about.

The Cube—Nissan calls it the “CUBE” but we have no intention of wearing out our shift key—fills the same space, so to speak, that the Scion xB does for Toyota. They’re both rectangular to the max, though in its second generation the Scion has had its edges significantly beveled.

The Scion is also significantly larger. The current JDM (Japanese domestic market) version of the Nissan Cube has a wheelbase of only 92.9 inches, almost ten inches shorter than the xB. The Cube is a mere 146.9 inches long; the Scion stretches out more than twenty inches longer—nearly two feet! The xB is also a half-foot wider.

The Cube is fairly conventional with its transverse front-mounted front-drive four-cylinder engine, even if rather small by American standards at 1.3 liters. Optional, however, is an electric motor powering the rear axle for a sort of four-wheel drive. Not only does it aid in slippery conditions but it also gives a needed boost during low-speed acceleration, making it a hybrid of sorts, sacrificing a little trunk room in the process by raising the floor by a couple of inches.

The cabin is quite roomy for its exterior size. At 64 inches tall, the Nissan is almost exactly as tall as the xB, allowing tall seats and therefore generous legroom. The interior of the Japanese market car is very spare, almost industrial though certainly inexpensive to make. Five doors, with a side-hinged door for access to the cargo area, allow easy access.

American journalists have been clamoring for an American edition of the Nissan Cube almost since its Japanese debut and, with exquisite timing—assuming prices don’t plummet between now and then—the second generation of the Cube arrives Stateside in the spring of 2009. It’s likely to have a larger engine, perhaps a whopping 1.4 liters. However, with an overall vehicle weight we estimate will be less than 2,500 pounds, its 90 to 95 horsepower engine, particularly with the bump from the rear-mounted electric motor, should be adequate for urban and suburban driving, based on a brief drive in on rural roads.

Although the split front bench is comfy enough, there’s a lot of road noise that comes up through the floor even at moderate speed on less that perfect speed. That wouldn’t be a problem on city and suburb streets but on long highway hauls it would be tiresome. One hopes this will be ameliorated by the time the North American-spec Nissan Cube crosses the Pacific.

The Americanized Cube—we expect it will be designated a 2010 model—should also be able to hold its own on the freeway and highway, though its tall, blunt contours will be harder for a 1.4-liter to push through the air. No doubt crosswinds and the wakes of semis will also play with those slab sides.

We expect Japan market version of the Nissan Cube’s rather Spartan accoutrements to make it across the Pacific. Buyers of the ultra-utilitarian Cube will probably prefer it that way, something of a hair shirt to prove their commitment to the environment, as well as a concession to price. One should expect price to range between $12,000 and $15,000, depending on the level of equipment.

The ultimate upside, however, is the high-volume utility—yes, the rear seats will fold or remove or whatever it takes to maximize the interior, well, cubic cargo capacity—combined with fuel economy in the 33 to 40 miles per gallon range, and that without complicated full-hybrid technology.

We forecast a major hit. We’ve seen the future, and it’s a parallelepiped. Or a Nissan Cube.

Additional thoughts: Timing is everything, and while Nissan clearly had to commit some time ago—considering design changes, certification, production engineering, &c., &c.—to bring the Nissan Cube to the United States, as fuel punched through the $4.00/gallon barrier, the Cube is certainly seemed to be arriving when the time is right. Of course, that assumes that a year from when this is written, prices will not have fallen. Any retreat will be slow, however, much like earlier spikes and retreats, but while consumers may not have elephantine memories, having been burned once they’ll be twice wary. And that’s all the Cube will need to be a hit.

Nissan should, in our opinion, avoid the temptation to dress up the Cube or overly civilize it. Not that Nissan should upholster the seats with barbed wire, but we think Cube customers will want some austerity as proof of their ecological piety, just as sports car drivers want a modicum of discomfort to justify their purchases.

Not immediately visible on the Nissan Cube is asymmetry of design: For example, the C-pillar (rearmost) on the right side is exposed and larger than that on the left, which is concealed behind wrap-around glass. It’s ostensibly form over function, an “industrial” touch, though with most cars in the world symmetrical, there’s little reason that the Nissan Cube must be different one side to the other. But there you go.

NISMO GT-R

by Tim Joseph

Edmunds said it was the fastest car they’ve ever driven but it’s not fast enough for you! Your new GT-R is here and for the most part you’ve enjoyed every minute of it. If only it could be faster you hear yourself saying over and over.

NISMO (Nissan Motorsports), Nissan’s motorsports and performance division has released a package that may help you. The GT-R NISMO package (only available in Japan at the moment) includes Bilstein adjustable dampers combined with firmer coil springs and a set of 20-inch Rays forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Bridgestone RE070R tires. To make the vehicle lighter the package also includes an exhaust silencer that’s shed 11 pounds, manually adjustable seats with carbon fibre backing and a carbon fibre undertray.

The price tag is set at 5,460,000 yen which is currently $50,074.32. We’ll keep you updated on the package when it comes to America.

Nissan’s Electric Vehicle

by Tim Joseph

You are looking at Nissan’s upcoming electric vehicle. It looks like it’s built from a Nissan Cube which will go one sale in the United States early next year. My sources tell me March. The electric vehicle that you are looking at will go on sale in 2010. Today Nissan tested the vehicle on their track for a small audience of journalists. It is powered by a 660 pound Lithium Ion battery that is designed to offer more power than the type commonly found in today’s hybrids. Those who were there said the vehicle was extremely quiet and being absent of engine noise. They also said that the vehicle accelerated quicker than comparable gas engine cars.

There is still no word on things like top speed, range between charges or price. I’ll keep you posted as I find things out. This might be something you want to get on the waiting list for. No one wants to pay for gas and I bet they’ll sell quickly.

Dick Scott Nissan (734) 495-1000

Jeep Patriot Least Expensive SUV To Own

by Tim Joseph

Last week was a busy week here at Dick Scott. Chrysler Financial had announced that they would no longer be leasing. There were a flurry of customer who came in and leased before the deadline Thursday night. But what if you weren’t ready to lease? What if you wont be ready till this month or even four months from now? With high gas prices and now higher car payments the outlook may seem bleak.

BuisinessWire.com had an interesting article. They compiled a list of the least expensive Sport Utility Vehicles to own. Jeep Patriot will cost you the lease according to Edmunds.com’s True Cost to Own ratings. The total price of the vehicle over the course of 5 years will cost you $0.48 per mile (based on 15,000 miles per year). The Jeep Compass came in #3 and in the category of Mid size Sport Utility Vehicle the Nissan Rogue was #1 at a cost of $0.53 per mile. The Dodge Durango got top honors in it’s Large SUV category at $0.70 per mile.

Edmunds calculates True Cost to Own based on-

  • Ownership expenses for 5 year time span
  • Vehicles are driven 15,000 mile per year
  • Vehicles are financed using traditional financing and not leased
  • Buyers pay 10% down on vehicle
  • Buyers are in the “Gold” credit tier for the purpose of determining the finance rate
  • The loan term is 60 months
  • Buyers represent the average demographic in their state for insurance rates
  • Assumes a cost of $4.05 per gallon of gas

Edmunds.com also has a list of current rebates and incentives on the Jeep Patriot.

To test drive a Patriot or other Chrysler vehicle please call us at:

Dick Scott Dodge – 800-571-6906
Dick Scott Motormall – 800-486-2415

Nissan Getting Greener Every Day

by Tim Joseph

It really is amazing how quickly the auto industry is changing. Just a few years ago gas was in the mid-$1 range and now with it over $4 per gallon everyone is turning to hybrids and alternate forms of fuel. I found a couple of articles that I thought I would share with you all.

Today New York City Mayor Bloomberg will hold a press conference to give an update on the city’s five year plan to create an all hybrid fleet of taxis. Nissan has been donating 200 Altima Hybrids a month to help out. They are by far the biggest contributor to the program. If you’re interested in purchasing a Hybrid Altima when they become available in Michigan in the next couple years you may want to go to New York and hail a tax ride in one. You can read a full article here: http://www.nysun.com/new-york/mayor-to-thank-ford-gm-nissan-for-hybrids/81966/

In other parts of the world, Nissan unveiled it’s first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle yesterday at Imperial College London. The vehicle is a 4×4 X-Trail which is not available in the United States, however, they are available in Canada. I’m sure they will put this technology in US vehicles when it is ready. According to the article, the emission free vehicle only emits a few drops of water for every 300 miles it travels. This model is 40 per cent more efficient than previous models but will probably not be available until after 2015 due to high production costs. For more, read the original article here: http://www.platinum.matthey.com/media_room/nissan_unveils_fuel_cell_4x4_18684906.html

While we don’t have these vehicles for sale right now, Nissan’s vehicles are very efficient. Check out our Dick Scott Nissan Fuel Saver page for more info.

Tire Safety Part 2

There’s Safety In Numbers

You can find the numbers for recommended tire pressure and vehicle load limit on the tire information placard and in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tire placards are permanent labels attached to the vehicle door edge, door post, glove-box door, or inside of the trunk lid. Once you’ve located this information, use it to check your tire pressure and to make sure your vehicle is not overloaded-especially when you head out for vacation.

Checking Tire Pressure

Because tires may naturally lose air over time, it is important to check your tire pressure at least once a month. For convenience, purchase a tire pressure gauge to keep in your vehicle. Gauges can be purchased at tire dealerships, auto supply stores, and other retail outlets. Remember, the tire inflation number that vehicle manufacturers provide reflects the proper pound per square inch (psi) when a tire is cold. To get an accurate tire pressure reading, measure tire pressure when the car has been unused for at least three hours.

  1. Locate the correct tire pressure on the tire information placard or in the owner’s manual.
  2. Record the tire pressure of all tires.
  3. If the tire pressure is too high in any of the tires, slowly release air by gently pressing on the tire valve with the edge of your tire gauge until you get to the correct pressure.
  4. If the tire pressure is too low, note the difference between the measure tire pressure and the correct tire pressure. These “missing” pounds of pressure are what you will need to add.
  5. At a service station, add the missing pound of air pressure to each tire that is under inflated.
  6. Check all the tires to make sure they have the same air pressure (except in cases in which the front and rear tires are supposed to have different amounts of pressure).

Checking Tire Tread

Tires have built-in tread wear indicators that let you know when it is time to replace your tires. These indicators are raised sections spaced intermittently in the bottom of the tread groves. When they appear even with the outside of the tread, it is time to replace your tires. You can also test your tread with a Lincoln penny. Simply turn the penny so Lincoln’s head is pointing down and insert it into the tread. If the tread doesn’t cover Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.