Friday, 18 March 2016

For All The Road Warriors Out There!

Forget about the Deerfoot 500 for a moment, and let’s take a quick look at some road etiquette that we could all use a reminder on. Driving can be a joy, but at times it feels like a chore. If everyone took it upon themselves to use some road etiquette, we'd all be a lot happier during our morning commute.

Here's six of our tips for making the morning commute a painless one:

  • Doing the wave: I see you in the merge lane, yeah you. We're in gridlock traffic and you've been waiting to merge for a while now. I let you in and off you go. When did we stop acknowledging when someone has done something kind on the road? Where has the Calgary wave gone? We used to be well-known for that little wave when someone lets you into their lane. As if we're not stressed enough in this gridlock already, but think of the appreciation you feel when you do something decent and someone actually thanks you! When someone lets you into a string of cars, thank them.
  • Zipper-merging: There's such a thing as overdoing everything. Don’t let 15 cars in. The best way to keep traffic flowing is through "zipper-merging". Think of traffic as a zipper on your jacket. The teeth alternate, making them fit together perfectly. If you let in one car in front of you and the driver behind you lets one car in, that keeps traffic flowing nicely
  • The slow lane and the fast lane: Let's be real here. There is no such thing as the fast lane and slow lane. The speed limit on Deerfoot Trail applies to all lanes. But slower-moving traffic, cautious drivers and those not in need of passing should keep to the right, opening up the right lane for passing. The left lane isn't for doubling the speed limit though, it's a passing lane. When did we forget this? It seems the left lane is just as slow as the right lane nowadays, with large trucks, min-vans and more clogging up the flow of traffic
  • Back off please: You don't need to be riding my bumper and telling me to speed up or move over. I really don't need a back-seat driver telling me what to do. Your high-beams shining in my rear-view mirror certainly isn't going to make the situation any better either.  Apparently nobody cares that the Alberta Traffic Act prohibits following too closely, When you're following so close behind me that I can't even see your headlights any more, you can't even see past me, which is a road hazard. If I brake suddenly or try to avoid some road debris, you may have no hope of stopping in time.
  • Give me a sign: Believe it or not, I actually didn’t know you were going to swing into that parking lot, so an indicator would have been welcome. Using turn signals is about more than letting others know you’re taking a left: it tells us you know what you’re doing, and that you’re doing it on purpose. That quick lane change without signalling made me slam on my brakes. That sudden turn had me swerve to avoid you. Please Calgary, use your turn signals!
We are Nissan drivers. With that comes a certain responsibility. We're not animals, we're respectful citizens. Please use some road etiquette and teach the rest of Calgary's road warriors that a safer network of roads is better for all of us.

Monday, 8 February 2016

New to the Fish Creek Nissan Fleet!

It's all in the details. We just took delivery of two phenomenal new vehicles this month. Both are quite different in terms of their purpose, but are incredible feats of engineering in their own respect.

The first of which is the coveted Nissan GT-R NISMO. One of only three vehicles designated for the Alberta market, we are fortunate enough to have received a model for one of our long-time GT-R customers.

This black beauty features many additions on top of the standard GT-R model, including new springs, re-valved shocks, a softer, hollow 34-mm front anti-roll bar, and bushings that are softer in the vertical plane. Stiffer Dunlop tires (measuring 255/40-20 up front and 285/35-20 at the rear) give the car more grip on the road and track.

The NISMO receives more power too, 595 horsepower and 481 lb-ft to be exact. Thanks to larger turbos lifted from the GT-R GT3 race car, the NISMO GT-R is quicker and more exhilarating.

This is in addition to plenty of carbon fibre to lighten the weight of the car and a special ground effects kit to hug the road/track and provide more down-force, thus better handling. Special NISMO Rays wheels complete the look of this incredible machine.

The other new addition to the Fish Creek Nissan fleet is the Truck of Texas itself, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

Powered by a Cummins 5.0-litre V8 turbo-diesel with two-stage turbo, the XD produces 310 hp at 3,200 rpm and 555 lb/ft of torque at 1,600 rpm.

With five trims of the TITAN Diesel XD to choose from, there’s a TITAN for the needs of
every truck driver across Canada.

With a bigger, burlier chassis, the TITAN XD’s expanded towing and payload potential has also increased to over 12,000 lbs.

Handling, suspension, brakes, interior cabin space and more have all been redesigned to make this truck the ultimate in its class. It's been battle-tested throughout North-America and it's ready for you to take home. Come by and see the world's toughest pickup truck today!

Friday, 8 January 2016

Introducing the new 2016 Nissan Titan to Calgary!

One of the most exciting new vehicles of 2016 is almost here. The 2016 Nissan Titan is about to make a big splash in Calgary later this month when our first models arrive on the Fish Creek Nissan lot.

The 2016 Nissan Titan is offered in both half-ton size and XD three-quarter ton model, making it ideal for both small jobs and the most demanding commercial jobs in the city.

For those who need to tow heavy trailers, but don’t want a heavy-duty truck for daily-driving, the Nissan Titan is ready to roll. Properly equipped, the 2016 Nissan Titan can tow more than 12,000 pounds.With helpful towing features like a built-in brake controller and massive towing mirrors, the Titan is built with trailers in mind.  But what’s innovative with this model is an integrated goose-neck hitch, standard on XD models, plus the availability of blind-spot monitoring.

Powered by a Cummins-sourced 5.0-liter V8 turbo-diesel, it puts out a strong 310 hp and an impressive 555 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Titan diesel pulls along with confidence.

The Nissan Titan is also offered in V8 and V6 gasoline-powered variants.

To match the luxury of most sports cars, the front seats are both heated and cooled. Also featured on the Titan are heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

With plenty of open and covered storage, several cup holders, easily accessible USB and auxiliary ports and multiple 12-volt outlets, the interior is quite well-equipped.

The spacious rear seat comes standard with a clever storage system so valuables can be kept out of sight.

The bed comes standard with plenty of tie-down cleats on tracks to secure cargo. It also offers a power supply and well-placed lights so you can see what you’re doing in the dark.

Don't expect the tailgate to come crashing down when you release the latch. The tailgate system is nicely damped and opens smoothly.

All that's left now is for you to come explore this new truck in person.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

It's a green new world!

In a world where green innovations are capturing the world's eye in sustainability and usability, it's important for us to showcase one of Nissan's recent accomplishments that sets itself apart from other car manufacturers.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Nissan among the top five percent of global corporations participating in the international NPO's climate change program and included Nissan on its A-List.

Nissan scored a perfect 100 in the organization's Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI), which is quite an impressive feat for an automaker. Just like last year, Nissan was the highest ranked automotive company in Japan.

CDP provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. For the 2015 CDP Climate Change Report, the CDP collected and analyzed environmental strategies and CO2 emission-reduction efforts of more than 6,000 corporations.

Nissan received its perfect score in the CDLI by continuing to work towards its vision of reducing CO2 emissions from its vehicles by 90 percent by the year 2050 (compared with levels from 2000).

Nissan was named on the Climate "A" List due to its sales of the world's top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, and its implementation of such innovative initiatives as LEAF to Home, through which LEAF owners can use electric power from their vehicle to help cut energy use during peak hours.

Nissan's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions within its manufacturing process were also noticed by the CDP. In June, Nissan announced its achievements as part of the 2016 Nissan Green Program. The company reported that by increasing energy efficiency at its factories and expanding the implementation of recyclable energy, along with other policies, its corporate carbon footprint was drastically reduced, resulting in a 22.6-percent reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to 2005.

This was achieved two years earlier than originally forecast. Nissan is committed to minimizing CO2 emissions, led by the Nissan LEAF, as it aims to become the world-leader in environmental sustainability.

We're excited to be a part of this movement in Calgary. Even though the LEAF and its innovations are still in its infancy, the remarkable nature of the vehicle and what its accomplished are truly phenomenal. We're looking forward to bringing more sustainable vehicles to the Calgary market in the next few years, helping Nissan reach its goal of drastically reducing carbon emissions.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The most powerful GT-R is coming to Fish Creek Nissan!

The NISMO® is coming, the NISMO® is coming! That's right, Fish Creek Nissan will be getting its first NISMO® R35 GT-R, due to arrive in the first quarter of 2016.

We've been waiting for this for a long time, and it's finally about to happen. We couldn't be more excited.

The NISMO® GT-R features a whole host of additions that will make any fan of the famed 'Godzilla' weak at the knees. This is quite possibly the most aggressive and beastly model to come off the Nissan production line.

Featuring a NISMO®-tuned 600-hp, 3.8-liter, high-capacity twin-turbocharged V6 engine, providing plenty of passing power with a whopping 600 hp.

The NISMO®-tuned 17.3 mm hollow rear stabilizer bar is accompanied by an aerodynamic body design and tuned suspension to give it the ultimate performance.

Super-lightweight 20" RAYS® forged-alloy wheels and additional cooling air ducts are focal-points of the NISMO® GT-R's design.

This car is loaded with lightweight carbon fibre, from the rear trunk-lid to the front splitter, rear diffuser and more. A rear-spoiler increases down-force and traction while eliciting that "wow factor" from pedestrians on the street.

NISMO® Recaro® leather-appointed front seats with red Alcantara® inserts both help keep firmly in place while piloting this incredible machine as the most intense g-forces are experienced while providing plenty of comfort.

Did any of that capture your attention? If your heart isn't beating already, you'll have to see it in person.

One of only three NISMO® models designated for Alberta will be at Fish Creek Nissan in the new year.

Did you know Fish Creek Nissan is the top GT-R dealer in Alberta? We sell more GT-Rs than the other Calgary Nissan dealers combined. We also have two GT-R designated technicians ready to service your R35. We already have customers bringing their cars from all over Western Canada, so why not join them? You're only getting the best service.

Friday, 9 October 2015

It's all in the Letter Z

What's in a name you might ask? Well there's a lot of history behind the famed Z sport series, which has dominated popular car culture since 1969. The first Z car, the Nissan Fairlady Z, was only sold in Japan, but it was exported to North America as Datsun 240Z.

The rest is history. Six generations later, the Nissan 370Z remains a popular mainstay for both performance car lovers and daily commuters alike. But what's coming next is what we're getting excited about.

The mention of that word ‘sport’, along with the presence of the letter ‘Z’ has led the automotive world to speculate that the recently-previewed Gripz concept may very well be the next generation of the popular Z-car range.

Inspired by the classic Z rally cars of the 1970s, the Gripz concept is actually quite impressive. The concept design showcases a very aggressive body with sharp lines, a pronounced V-Motion grille and boomerang head- and tail-lights.

The proposed Gripz concept is 4,100mm long and 1,890mm wide with a 2,580 mm wheelbase, making it both shorter and wider than the current 370Z.

The Gripz also sits quite a bit higher with an overall height of 1,500mm compared to 1,316mm for the 370Z.

The Gripz concept uses a hybrid system that combines the Leaf EV's electric motor with a gasoline engine for what Nissan calls, "a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency."

Interior features include: racing-inspired bucket seats, a unique chronograph display for the gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel meant to replicate the car's road wheels.

How this concept may translate into future production has yet to be determined as the "Gripz concept is seen as a design statement rather than a replacement for an existing model"

Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer for Nissan, adds, "What influence this concept's design has on the next crossover generation from Nissan remains to be seen, though we are keen to gauge public reaction."

Friday, 11 September 2015

High-octane Nissans in the World of Cinema

In the last two decades, the Nissan brand has become synonymous with high-octane thrillers. With the S30Z, R34 Skyline and R35 GT-R dominating the screen-time in many box office hits, we decided to take a look at the five biggest Nissan appearances in Hollywood blockbusters.

1. The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet is a 2011 superhero action comedy film staring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz. In the action-packed film, a pivotal action sequence involving a car chase ad shootout showcased both a Nissan 370Z and a Nissan GT-R.

2. Elysium 
Elysium is a 2013 science fiction thriller film starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto Copley. The film takes place on both a dystopian Earth and a luxurious space habitat called Elysium. In one of the major action sequences in the film, the main character drives a battle-ready Nissan GT-R covered in armour plating and weaponry. In the film the Nissan GT-R is 140 years old and is still running in tip-top shape, a very remarkable and flattering feat!

3. Chappie
Chappie is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Neill Blomkamp, a self-proclaimed lover of the Nissan brand. In the film, in an effort to combat a record high crime rate in the city of Johannesburg, the South African government purchases a squadron of state-of-the-art robots to police the city. In a key scene in the film, the main robot character, Chappie, is seen driving in a Nissan GT-R, which belongs to the director of the film. Blomkamp revealed in an interview that he would like to see the GT-R featured in future films he directs.

4. The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 action film following the exploits of the underground racing scene in Tokyo. The film features numerous Nissans, ranging from an S15 Silvia to a trio of heavily-modified Nissan 350Zs. The cars participate in numerous races and chases throughout Tokyo. One of the featured cars, driven by the main antagonist, is shown racing through the busy streets of Tokyo in the film's climax and down a mountain road in the film's finale.

5. Fast & Furious
Fast & Furious is a 2009 action-racing film that re-joins the adventures of FBI agent Brian O'Conner and outlaw Dominic Torretto. Paul Walker's character, Brian O'Conner is seen driving an R34 Skyline in the second film in the franchise in the opening race. In the 2009 rendition, O'Conner drives another R34 Skyline throughout the first half of the film, including in one of the establishing race sequences and an action sequence involving a tunnel run between the United States and Mexico. The two films gave the R34 Skyline a name in North America, and helped spawn demand for the R35 GT-R, released in 2009. Paul Walker and his character, Brian, have become synonymous with the Nissan brand.