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Pumpkin Contest Winner

Congradulations to Derek Baer, winner of our pumpkin carving contest. Derek and his wife Sara stopped by yesterday to claim their $500 gas card. Thanks to Derek and everyone else who made our contest so successful.

2008 SEMA Show Highlight: Hemi Jeep

 

by Tim Joseph

The 2008 SEMA show is going on in Las Vegas right now and the pictures we’re seeing are very interesting to say the least. SEMA is the self described premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.

I found this photo to be particularly interesting. It’s a V8 Hemi powered Jeep Wrangler. A 7.0L 426 HEMI with 665 horses under the hood. While I haven’t seen anything to indicate that it’s built for speed or torque, I’m sure it offers an ample amount of each. The Jeep is code named Orange Crush and they didn’t say if it’s because you’ll have a crush on the vehicle or it’ll crush you.

Dick Scott Motormall

Nissan: 0% On 5 Models and Versa Under $10,000

by Tim Joseph

I didn’t know what I should write about first so I decided to write one post for two subjects. This has to be one of the most exciting announcements coming from the auto industry in a long long time. Let’s face it, the economy is weak and history tells us that it’ll rebound but for now we need to do some things to keep our heads above water. Vehicles are essential to our lives and sometimes you have to get a new one.

Nissan announced this weekend that it will have 0% financing for 5 different models through January 5, 2009. The Rogue, Murano, Altima, Sentra and Versa will all start at 0% financing, with approved credit. See Dick Scott Nissan for more information.

How about this one? A Nissan Versa for $9,900 brand new off the showroom floor? Nissan announced that the new “bare bones” Versa Sedan will go on sale November 18th for under $10,000 (minus delivery, tax, title, tag…). This is more than $2,000 less than the current model. Yes, there is a slight catch. You’re going to get a smaller engine. A 1.6L, 107 HP engine which puts it on par with a Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit which sell for the price of the 1.8L Versa.

When I get more details about this Versa I will be sure to post them. The Nissan Versa is a vehicle you can’t say enough good things about. It offers more HP, options and interior space than its Toyota and Honda competitors at the same price. Now you’ll spend a lot less.

2009 370Z It’s Official

There she is. The first official pictures of the upcoming 370Z, named for it’s 3.7 Liter V-6 engine. This is the same engine used in the G37 which puts out 330HP. Nissan hasn’t officially released exact specs yet but most people speculate that the Z will have about the same number of horses.
The interior is mostly the same as the 350Z with some improvements to the center dash. It has the same upgraded look as other new Nissan models, such as the 2009 Nissan Maxima.
The 370Z will make its digital debut in the upcoming Need for Speed Undercover video game on November 18th.
Official unveiling of the 370Z will be held at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19th.
It should be an exciting couple of days. I will keep you updated when I get information

Dick Scott Automotive Group on the PGA Tour

I’m sure you will agree that the warm weather we have been having brings back fond memories of things that happened over the summer. For us here at Dick Scott Dodge, we remember a visit from Professional Golfer Ken Duke. Mr. Duke stopped by the dealership while he was in town for the PGA Tour.

Dick Scott is pictured here with Professional Golfer Ken Duke and his new Dick Scott Golf Bag that he used on the PGA Tour. We would like to thank Mr. Duke for his support!

Nissan In The Future

by Tim Joseph

Nissan is becoming quite the innovator. They are scheduled to release an Electric Car in 2010, they’ve developed a paint that fills in it’s own scratches and they have developed their ECO Pedal that pushes back when you push the gas too hard. They already have advanced technology like CVT transmissions, intelligent key and GPS navigation.

The big buzz on the internet today is Nissan’s new BR23C robot. The robot is equipped with a collision avoidance system that works the same way a bee’s eye does. It is able to detect objects in a 180 degree range in it’s forward direction. While I would like to take one of these robots home with him to watch it run around, Nissan has no plans of selling it. It’s more of a concept robot that they hope to integrate with their PIVO 2 electric concept vehicle. When the system detects an object it is able to quickly move around an object.

If you’re interested in seeing what Nissan has to offer, please contact Dick Scott Nissan at (734) 495-1000. Ask for Terri Young!

When To Shift Into 1st?

by Tim Joseph

I read an interesting article today. You can click the below link to read it for yourself. Someone wrote in and asked a couple of car experts an interesting question I wondered about when I got my stick shift vehicle two years ago. The guy had just purchased a 2008 Nissan 350Z and let his friend drive it. When his friend would take off from a red light he would start off in 2nd gear. He said it was better for the engine and easier on the clutch and transmission.

The answer was the complete opposite. It is actually harder on the clutch and engine and will wear out 2nd gear quicker. Typically 1st gear does not get worn out and if any gear does, it’s usually 2nd according to the article.

If you are interested in saving money at the pump, this is not the way to do it. We have several articles written here about how to save money. You can check some of them here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 3 1/2, Part 4

http://www.courant.com/business/yourmoney/hc-ymclick0928-ylif.artsep28,0,6207868.story

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.

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.