Pac-Man Creators Give Nissan SUVs New Sounds

Nissan-Pathfinder-Interior | Dixon, IL

Although we would never recommend playing a video game while driving your Nissan, you might feel like you are in a video game when you ride in a new 2021 Nissan Pathfinder or Rogue at Ken Nelson Nissan.

Why is that? Nissan teamed up with the Bandai Namco Group, the makers of Pac-Man to redesign the sound signals inside some Nisan models — and you can hear the difference.

The Bandai Namco Group’s imaginative sound designers wanted to create sounds that would communicate with drivers in a more musical, organic way, as opposed to the harsher sounds previously used in those SUV models.

“We wanted to make it easier to understand the information in the car and provide an emotional tone so that people feel the Nissan brand,” explained Hiroyuki Suzuki, Nissan’s lead engineer for in-car information sound design.

Like in a video game, the sounds you hear in your Nissan are telling you critical information, for example, one tone pattern will remind you to put on your seatbelt, while another sound tells you your headlights are still on. These new Nissan SUV sounds are much more friendly, which you can hear in the automaker’s video spotlight on the sound creation process.

During the process, Nissan engineers realized the monotone device usually used to emit sounds would not work, so they created a new speaker. These updated Nissan models come with a high-quality speaker underneath the dashboard that is optimized for the new custom sounds.

To hear these new sounds in person, test-drive a Pathfinder or Rogue at Ken Nelson Nissan. If you’re a young parent in Dixon, Illinois, who has a soft spot for childhood nostalgia and care about the safety of your family’s SUV, you’ll enjoy owning these Nissan models.

Nissan Cookbook Is a Gift to the Community

You may not associate Nissan with cookbooks, but after a difficult 2020, the automaker wanted to celebrate its families, communities, and a shared love for tasty meals. It asked thousands of its hardworking U.S. manufacturing employees to share their favorite family recipes and compiled the most delectable ones into the Nissan Family Cookbook.

Nissan Cookbook | Ken Nelson Nissan | Dixon, IL

Nissan says the cookbook was “created with hopes of helping people feel connected to one another, break up the pandemic-induced monotony and make new memories.” So what’s inside?

The cookbook features 140 recipes including everything from appetizers and main courses to soups and desserts. According to the foreword, the variety of recipes is emblematic of the diversity of its customers and employees.

Many of the recipes use canned goods as ingredients, which is handy if you’ve been stacking your shelves with them in preparation for lockdowns, or receiving food bank donations. Nissan also peppered the cookbook with lovely backstories that give you a little background info on the people that work for the company.

“My dad, Tim ‘Boss Hogg’ Boisseau, retired from the Smyrna plant a few years ago,” said Tim’s daughter Christy. “His recipe is well-known and I’m happy to keep the family tradition going by sharing it with our Nissan family and neighbors.”

If sharing food is a favorite pastime of yours, or you’re just looking for new dishes to cook up, make sure to check out the free-to-download Nissan Family Cookbook. And if the cookbook whets your appetite for something more substantial, make sure to visit Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, Illinois, for a look at Nissan’s collection of high-quality vehicles, produced by the same people whose recipes make up the Nissan cookbook.

The Nissan Re-Leaf Concept Is Prepared for the Worst

Nissan Leaf Interior | Dixon, IL
Nissan Leaf Interior | Dixon, IL

This fall, Nissan debuted a new concept car that’s built to handle natural disasters. The Nissan Re-Leaf is modeled after the Nissan Leaf EV, and comes with durable, weatherproof sockets attached to the exterior. With these, the Nissan Re-Leaf serves as an emergency power source that’s capable of charging 110-volt to 230-volt devices straight from its battery.

This feature is already available in Japan on the Nissan Leaf, and has proven helpful during emergencies. According to Nissan, a fully charged Leaf can run a medical ventilator or a flood light for at least 24 hours. The Nissan Leaf is an incredible EV option for practical, conscientious drivers. Its life-saving potential makes it all the more appealing.

In addition to its bi-directional charging, the Nissan Re-Leaf concept has an open cargo area with no back seats and a pull out desk with a 32-inch LED screen. This would allow it to serve as a mobile office or information center after a disaster. It also has 8.8 inches of ground clearance, all-terrain tires, an LED light bar, and fender flares, making it all the more capable.

Although there are no current plans to make the Re-Leaf for production, this concept car does serve to demonstrate the brand’s progressive direction. Bi-directional charging is proving to be of interest to many people who’d like to use vehicles for emergency power sources. The concept is called “vehicle-to-grid” or “V2G” technology, and will likely become increasingly available as more people upgrade to electric cars.

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Upgrade Your Altima for 2021 With These Nissan Accessories

Nissan Altima | Dixon, IL
Nissan Altima | Dixon, IL

If you’re looking to upgrade your Altima for 2021, Nissan offers a spectrum of accessories for you to choose from. Here are just some of the add-ons you can embellish your 2021 Altima with here at Ken Nelson Nissan.

Rear Spoiler

Make the athletic Nissan Altima even sportier with the addition of a rear spoiler, which is pre-painted and factory-installed.

Aluminum-Alloy Wheels

The 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a five-spoke design will do wonders for your Altima’s curb appeal.

Splash Guards

Indiana winters can get messy with rain, snow, and slush. These elements can quickly cover your shiny new Altima with grime. Splash Guards are designed to fit into wheel openings. They simultaneously protect your Altima’s flanks while adding a sporty vibe.

All-Season Floor Mats

Keep the unwanted wintry mix out of your 2021 Altima’s carpets with All-Season High Wall Floor Mats. Hooks, grommet holes, and grippy undersides keep them securely on top of your carpet, preventing mildew and bad odors.

Portable Trunk Organizer

This collapsible cargo organizer easily fits in your trunk and allows for simple, effective, and convenient storage thanks to customizable dividers.

Not sure which accessory to pick? Call us at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, IL. We’ll help you pick the right add-ons to suit your needs and lifestyle.

Business Insider Praises Nissan LEAF’s Suburban Qualities

Nissan LEAF | Dixon, IL
Nissan LEAF | Dixon, IL

The Nissan LEAF is a versatile electric car that will save you money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, this model is especially well suited for driving in town. In fact, Business Insiderrecently named the 2019 Nissan LEAF Plus to its list of the Best Cars for People Moving to the Suburbs.

Along with the Tesla Model 3, the Nissan LEAF Plus was chosen in the EV category thanks to its budget-friendly design, spacious hatchback body style, and versatility. The 2019 LEAF Plus comes with an available 226 miles of range and generates zero emissions.* You can also upgrade to the 2020 LEAF for the latest features, including smartphone connectivity, remote access, and Bluetooth®.

According to Kristen Lee at Business Insider, “The Nissan LEAF is wonderful at doing just plain-old car things without necessarily the flashiness and badge-snobbery that the [Tesla] Model 3 carries. Plus, with its hatchback design, it can carry quite a bit of cargo in its trunk.”

The LEAF and LEAF Plus will seat five people comfortably, and the 2020 model year has ProPILOT Assist, with a standard e-Pedal for smooth acceleration and braking, optional Intelligent Cruise Control, and an Intelligent Around View Monitor. Plus, with the available NissanConnect® EV system, you synchronize your phone to your car to monitor the vehicle’s charge level.

Find out more about the Nissan LEAF when you call us at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon.

*2020 EPA range estimates. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy. Actual range will vary with trim levels, options, and driving conditions. See Customer Disclosure Form for details.