The holidays are just around the corner, which means there are plenty of fun things to do in Long Island. Whether you are looking for a fun Thanksgiving Day event or merely hoping to get an early taste of the winter holidays, there is an activity for you and your family. Here are some great Long Island holiday events.
9th Annual Smiles Turkey Trot. Work off the extra calories of Thanksgiving Day before you even dig in with the 9th Annual Smiles Turkey Trot. This 5K Fun Run will take place in the morning on November 24th to benefit Smiles Change Lives and Kids Run Long Island. Along with the 5K, which begins at 9 am, there will be a Kid’s Fun Run, in which children 10 years and under can participate.
Bayville Winter Wonderland. For a taste of winter fun, visit Bayville Winter Wonderland. This holiday-themed amusement park will put you in the holiday spirit with bright light displays. Not only can children meet Santa, but they can also enjoy plenty of fun activities, like a funhouse, a light show, ice skating, and a train ride. There is even an arcade. Adults can also get their holiday shopping started early at the Winter Wonderland Holiday Shop, which has plenty of toys, ornaments, gifts, and more.
Creepy clowns have become somewhat of a terrifying joke that’s spread across the east coast and into the Midwest. The problem is that the joke isn’t nearly as harmless as it may seem. Just recently, a man dressed as a clown in Fort Wayne, Indiana was shot and many are blaming the paranoia and fear spread by reports. Do you know what to do if you see a clown? Safety is no joke and the police are spread thin so here are a few tips from us here at Nissan 112 to prevent any harm from coming to you.
Stay Away – It doesn’t matter if you’re armed or not. Many of these clowns are actually quite frightening and their appearance could distract you from a hidden weapon. A clown armed with a machete tried to lure a woman into the woods in North Carolina. If you see a clown, walk – or run – away.
Call 911 – These clowns are no laughing matter and present a significant threat to communities across the United States. Call the proper authorities and alert them to the situation. They’ll take it from there. There are seven clown-wearing people in Alabama charged with felonies for making terrorist threats. Let the justice system take care of the problem.
Stay Alert – Reports of clowns driving through areas scaring kids are becoming more common. If a vehicle appears to be following you, call the police and try to walk into an area where they can’t follow you. Take note of the vehicle, number of passengers, and license plate number.
Summer may be nearing its end, but here in Long Island, that just means that a fall season full of festivals, carnivals, and events is about to begin. Here is a list of some of the many September Long Island festivals (open to the public, family-friendly, and sometimes even free) to plan for in the coming weeks:
Annual Greek Festival, Sept. 9-11: Offers Greek food, music, and more, in addition to a flea market and grand raffle. More info here.
Stars & Stripes Festival, Sept. 16-18: A patriotic festival that has rides, games, food, vendors, and local bands. More info here.
Annual Long Island Garlic Festival, Sept. 17-18: Celebrates all things garlic, with garlic-themed foods and crafts as well as music. More info here.
Noche Latina Festival, Sept. 18: Brings together Long Island’s diverse Latino community with music, food, and art. More info here.
Long Island Apple Festival, Sept. 25: Includes old-fashioned games, apple-head doll making, and an apple pie contest. More info here.
Be sure to stick together and stay hydrated at any festival you go to. And while you are in town, don’t forget to stop by at Nissan 112, where our enormous selection of vehicles might just include your new car!
Outside of Rio de Janeiro, Nissan has been busy testing one of its latest creations. Cutting through the hot air, the new Nissan BladeGlider Concept was showing engineers and testers exactly what it’s made of. This fully electric battery-powered three-passenger vehicle is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With a high-performance powertrain that produces zero emissions, this futuristic car could just reshape the auto industry.
The Nissan BladeGlider Concept is making news for two reasons. First, this model can do 0 to 62 (0 to 100km) in less than five seconds, with a top speed over 115 mph. Nissan says it’s powered by two in-wheel motors, which power the rear wheels while also manipulating torque to increase handling. Best of all, this fully electric model will challenge expensive sports EV models like those made by Tesla and BMW.
“With the Nissan BladeGlider, Nissan’s vision was for an agile, efficient EV that would provide new dimensions of driving fun and excitement – a car that would ‘glide,’ thanks to the near-silent performance of its electric powertrain and aerodynamic shape,” said Nissan in a press release.
This concept is also unique because of its design. It can hold three people—the driver in the front and two passengers behind. It’s surprisingly narrow, capable of cutting through the air with ease. The BladeGlider also has a V-shaped front end, open-air roof, and a roll cage. Most notably, perhaps, its doors swing up and out in a dramatic statement. Although there’s no word on when or if it will go on sale, the BladeGlider is truly unforgettable.
At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed on the weekend of June 23rd, one of the biggest parties for gearheads of the year, the new Nissan 4D virtual reality simulator was revealed. The simulator allowed festival goers to experience the Goodwood Hill Climb with GT-R NISMO driver Jann Mardenborough, putting them—virtually—in the passenger’s seat with him.
Fifteen people at a time will be able to experience the 4D simulation, using Samsung Virtual Reality headsets to simulate the visual cues and integrating the fourth dimension with dynamic seats, which move in time with the vehicle.
Known as the supercar for the Playstation generation, the GT-R was the perfect car to introduce 4D driving simulation. Nissan has always been at the forefront of developing new driving technologies, and the use of 4D is a great way to engage fans and further driving research.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the latest model to get the Apple CarPlay treatment, meaning that – if you have an iPhone – you will be able to seamlessly sync your cell phone directly to your new vehicle.
We all know how tempting it is to send a text message or switch to a different playlist while driving, but with Apple CarPlay, this becomes a danger of the past. You will be able to make calls, change songs, and more, right from the infotainment center of your Nissan Maxima.
Every 2017 Nissan Maxima comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce up to 300 horsepower, which works with a continuously variable transmission. Plus, the model can get up to 30 mpg on the highway.
The 2017 Nissan Maxima just recently went on sale, so if you are interested in this brand new vehicle and all the perks that come with it, don’t hesitate to contact or visit us here anytime at Nissan 112.
It is no secret that Mitsubishi has been having a problem lately. Once the news broke that it had been performing its own version of cheating by overinflating its tires during testing in Japan, its value has been in freefall.
So now, Nissan has come along to catch them. Nissan and Mitsubishi Motor Corporation have announced that they have created an agreement to create a long-reaching alliance, starting with Nissan picking up a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi for 237 billion yen. This agreement builds on an existing collaborative partnership where the two companies have cooperated for the last 5 years.
This share buy will make Nissan Mitsubishi’s largest shareholder, and will lead to an agreement for the two companies to cooperate in purchasing, sharing vehicle platforms, sharing technology, sharing production plants, and in sharing growth markets.
CEOs of both companies were very excited by the Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership, with Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn calling the deal a “win-win for both Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors” and a “dynamic new force in the automotive industry.” Mitsubishi’s Osamu Masuko said that “This agreement will create long-term value needed for our two companies to progress towards the future. We will achieve long term value through deepening our strategic partnership including sharing resources such as development, as well as joint procurement.”
The Nissan GT-R debuted nearly ten years ago in 2007, when it became the halo car for the Nissan brand. Since then, the GT-R’s design and performance have remained surprisingly relevant without any major makeovers since its initial launch. However, the new Nissan GT-R, unveiled in New York at the end of March, is receiving its first significant overhaul since it first appeared in Nissan’s lineup — though it’s good to keep in mind that the new GT-R manages to cut a more modern shape and offer top-of-the-line performance, while still remaining in its first generation.
Exterior changes to the 2017 Nissan GT-R includes a newly redesigned front nose that’s more in line with Nissan’s newer design philosophy. The most notable new feature will be the grille, with its v-shaped lines extending back into the creases on the hood. Additionally, the new LED headlamps follow the lines of the dynamic V-motion grille, and the GT-R will come with a new color option titled Blaze Metallic.
The engine has also undergone some upgrades. Tuned to optimize horsepower and torque output, the GT-R’s engine now provides 565 horsepower, which is an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model. Plus, with features like active noise cancellation, a new titanium exhaust system, a dashboard with an 8-inch touchscreen, and more comfortable seating, the interior looks just as good as the exterior and is more accommodating and quiet than ever.
The new Nissan GT-R was unveiled on March 23rd at the New York International Auto Show, and is expected to hit showrooms across the United States as soon as this upcoming summer. Pricing has not yet been released, but the current model carries a starting MSRP of $101,770.
US News & World Report draws information from reviews made by professional automotive journalists, as well as seating and cargo space, family-friendly features, and safety ratings to determine the best family cars in 21 categories across the auto industry.
Obviously one of the most affordable cars on the market given its Best Cars for the Money win, US News cited its affordable price as a high point for families and said that “reviewers say its cabin offers a near-luxury level of refinement.”
This is just one of many reasons the Murano was named the Best 2-Row SUV for Families, though—the Murano leads its segment in interior space, safety ratings, and features, making it the best car for families in its class.