2018 Nissan Altima: What’s New?

By krosenbaum | Posted in Buying a New Car, Murfreesboro, New Nissan Owners, Nissan News on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Last month, we took a closer look at the 2017 Altima, and saw how it stacked up against a strong competitor: the 2017 Toyota Camry. The upgrades made on the 2017 model proved that upgrades are becoming standard for Nissan’s already impressive and durable lineup. With the 2018 Nissan Altima, the bar for what is becoming standard just got set higher.

2018 Nissan Altima

A New Standard

With the 2018 model year, Nissan set a new standard with many of its models, including the Rogue, Murano, and Altima. On a million of these models, the revolutionary Automatic Emergency Breaking (AEB) technology was placed as a standard feature–not for special editions only, but on base models, with no excess charges. This is double the amount of Nissan vehicles with AEB from 2017.

2018 Nissan Altima

What is AEB?

AEB is a new technology that helps a driver stay alert to possible collisions with vehicles ahead. It offers both visual and auditory alerts as it tracks the space in between your car and the car ahead. If the driver fails to respond to these warnings–i.e., not slowing down–the car will automatically apply the breaks. This will either help you to avoid rear-ending someone altogether, or it will at the very least reduce the speed at which the collision occurs.

An Intelligent Interior

2018 Nissan Altima

On the inside, the 2018 Nissan Altima complements its exterior.  It features a standard Advanced Drive Assist display and a 5-inch color audio display. Its primary goal is to help the driver stay focused on the road while staying informed of incoming messages. The driver can respond with preset or custom messages through the smartphone connection via the USB port below the controls.

The 2018 Nissan Altima features new standards, alongside optional upgrades, and is available at Newton Nissan South! Come see us today to check it out!


Trunk or Treat 2017

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nissan News, Shelbyville News + Events on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Here at Newton Nissan, we pride ourselves on our involvement in the community. It is very important to us to know our customers and their families as more than numbers or sales, but as neighbors, friends, and family. For this reason, we have many different events to do this, including Spirit Nights and our car giveaway for high school students. But by far, the most fun event we love to host for the community is our annual Trunk or Treat!

Each year, we shut down our dealership and host thousands from our community for fun, games, food, and, of course, candy! It is always a fun time for kids and adults alike to enjoy a few hours celebrating together. Cars, as well as children & adults, are dressed up in fun costumes, and a good time is always had by all.

Come to our Trunk or Treat here at Newton Nissan!

Where: 2801 Highway 231 N Shelbyville, TN

When: 3-5 PM

Details: Everything is free! Come dressed and ready to have fun! Rain or shine!

This year, we hope we can join us at this family-friendly event for all ages! We’ll serve pizza, have a euro bungees, and more!

Past Trunk or Treat Photos

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2017 Nissan Altima Sedan vs 2017 Toyota Camry

By krosenbaum | Posted in Buying a New Car, New Nissan Owners, Nissan News, Versus the Competition on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:51 AM

2017 Nissan Altima vs 2017 Toyota Camry

Two great cars. Two reputable manufacturers. How do you decide?

Here at Newton Nissan, we don’t want you to only take our word for it when it comes to buying a car. We want you to make an informed decision. So we’ve put two of the top sedans available on the market head-to-head: Nissan’s 2017 Altima Sedan vs Toyota’s 2017 Camry to help you decide.

2017 Toyota Camry

Toyota’s Camry this year offers gasoline-powered models in a 4-cylinder or V6 engine, as well as a hybrid model. The gasoline models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the hybrid model offers Toyota’s Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

On the interior, the XLE and XSE models newly feature the Entune™ Audio Plus system with navigation. Other select models are equipped with a Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging system for certain phones.

2017 Nissan Altima Sedan

Nissan’s version of Toyota’s CVT, Xtronic CVT® comes standard on the 2017 Altima Sedan, giving every model smooth acceleration and quiet performance. It also has a better fuel efficiency than the Camry, with a larger fuel tank and an average of 30 mpg with a 4-cylinder engine; Camry’s estimates for the Camry’s 4-cylinder is 27 mpg. Also standard on the 2017 Altima is Push Button Ignition.

In the driver’s seat, the Altima has the Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, providing easy recognition of vehicle information and warnings. For added comfort, a heating steering wheel is available on select models. This feature is not offered on any of the Camry models.

A Standard Upgrade

The 2017 Nissan Altima considers standard what competitors count as luxury upgrades. It is the clear choice for someone looking at the 2017 Nissan Altima versus 2017 Toyota Camry this year, because of these standard luxuries that Nissan offers on the Altima.

Click here to view Newton Nissan South’s available 2017 Altima Sedans!

2017 Nissan Titan vs. 2016 Chevy Silverado; Which One Should You Buy?

By bharrison | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 9:54 AM

Thinking of buying a new truck this year? Let’s take a look at two of the hottest trucks currently on the market: a 2017 Nissan Titan SL 4×4 Crew Cab with Chrome package, and a 2016 Chevy Silverado Z71 4×4 Crew Cab All-Star Edition.

Exterior Styling

Titan has a bigger modern muscular look and has a much more updated look compared to the outdated Silverado. Both trucks feature full-length running boards and power-sliding rear windows.


Titan’s V8 Endurance Engine has a more advanced dual-overhead design than the overhead valve design of the Silverado.

Front Seat

The Titan has a grip assist on the driver’s seat door, while the Silverado does not. The Silverado features a traditional steering column ignition requiring a key. Titan features a more convenient push button ignition so you can keep your keys in your pocket (or purse). Both cars feature the option between box and bucket seats, and have climate controlled front seats. The Titan and Silverado both have a rear-view camera, but only the Titan can offer a trailer guide. The Titan is also set on safety, as it’s the only truck in it’s class with individual tire pressure displays, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert.


Rear Seat

The Titan also offers a superior ride for those in the back seat. Only the Titan can give those passengers heated seats, their own cup holders, a full 120 volt power outlet, and dividable under-seat storage that’s lockable.


Cargo Bed

The Titan has a few advantages in terms of its cargo bed. Only the Titan can offer tailgate assist for lowering and raising the tailgate. The Titan’s cargo bed also has the distinct features of a 120 volt power outlet, movable floor channels, and waterproof in-bed storage system.




Shelbyville Student Wins Free Car for Good Grades

By bharrison | Posted in Nissan News, People, Shelbyville News + Events, TN on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 10:47 AM

For the second straight year, Newton Nissan South has given away a car to a student with good grades. This year’s giveaway story was especially heartwarming.

Allyson Bivvins, the winner from the Shelbyville location, is a junior from Victory Baptist Academy. She succeeded in school this year despite personal trials. Allyson’s father just got out of the hospital on Friday for his first round of cancer treatment. Because of the crowd and potential for germs at the car giveaway event, Allyson’s father sat inside his car while the car giveaway was going on inside. When Allyson’s name was drawn, Allyson’s mom rushed out to the car to tell her dad the good news.

The annual contest, hosted by Newton Motor Group’s two Nissan dealerships, is open to all students enrolled in a middle Tennessee high school. Students enter the contest by bringing in their report card, and they get an entry for each “A” on their report card. Newton Nissan in Gallatin has given away a car for 8 straight years. Their newest Nissan location in Shelbyville has now hosted the giveaway for two straight years. 

A 2017 Nissan Versa, valued at $15,370, was the grand prize at each location. “Newton Nissan pays for both the car and sales taxes, so the winning students don’t have to pay anything for their new cars,” says Mike Abbondanza, Newton Motor Group’s Vice President. Producer Eddie from the Bobby Bones Show came in to DJ the event and officially give the car to Allyson.

More info: Car Giveaway   |   More info: Nissan Versa

Newton team wins Nissan Dealer of the Year Award

By Kelsey | Posted in Nissan News on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Shelbyville Nissan team

Most shoppers don’t have an affinity for car dealerships, but Newton Nissan has proven that it is the exception to the rule. For the second year in a row, Newton Nissan has been named the #1 Nissan Dealership in America by shoppers on DealerRater.

“Car buyers have spoken and have identified Newton Nissan as the best Nissan dealer to do business with in the U.S,” said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker. “The quality and number of reviews for Newton Nissan speak volumes of the top-notch experiences they provide to customers.”

Out of 1,080 Nissan dealerships in the United States, Newton Nissan’s PowerScores emerged at the top of the class. The PowerScore is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2016 calendar year.

Founded in 2002, DealerRater, a Cars.com Company, is the world’s leading car dealer review website that connects consumers with the right dealership. The 2017 Dealer of the Year awards were announced at the National Automobile Dealers Association Awards Ceremony on January 27th.

The annual awards are based on reviews by car shoppers and those who took their vehicles into dealerships for service. Reviewers evaluated Newton Nissan on its customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

“This feels like a David and Goliath moment for us,” says Mike Abbondanza, the Vice President of Newton Nissan. “Most dealerships are owned by big corporations with lots of resources; but our team is small, local, and we put a lot of heart into everything we do.”

Newton Nissan has two award-winning locations on the outskirts of Nashville; one in Gallatin, and one in Shelbyville. Beyond it’s national recognition, the Newton team is known for its community involvement like Trunk or Treat, and its annual car giveaway for high school students.

More info about the Dealer of the Year Awards can be found at: www.dealerrater.com/dealers/awards


By mhughes | Posted in Nissan News on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 4:57 PM


Nissan joins forces with Lucasfilm to present the first-ever Star Wars-branded full-size production vehicle – the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. It is based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue crossover. There will be only 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. The Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition features battle-tested Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies and exclusive custom STAR WARS features.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will come in two colors, both inspired by the iconic troopers from the film.

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It is based on the popular SV trim level for the 2017 Nissan Rogue, but upgraded with high-tech LED headlights. Each Limited Edition Rogue also features exclusive embossed badging designed for Nissan by Lucasfilm.


This is the first time they have put the Star Wars mark on a vehicle, and we are honored to be a pioneer. Both the  rear bumper and the illuminated kick plates feature the Star Wars logo.

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Also, the symbols of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire show up throughout the vehicle. The logos on the outside are not visible all the time, but when the light shines the right way, others will see the beautiful artwork inspired by the film.

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In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet. The helmet is worn by the elite special forces of the evil Galactic Empire that make their debut in the new film, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.


This compact SUV is worthy of even the truest Star Wars fan. Go online to NissanUSA.com to sign up for a reminder of its arrival from your local Nissan dealership. Don’t miss out!

2017 Nissan Rogue Partners with Star Wars

By mhughes | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 10:56 AM

Nissan has joined forces with Lucasfilm for an unforgettable reveal  exactly one month before ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY hits theaters. Be sure to watch the live unveiling of the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition—the world’s first official STAR WARS vehicle.

2017 Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue is Nissan’s top-selling model. It has undergone some major changes for the year 2017, both exterior and interior.  It has also been equipped with an expanded suite of Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies. It has convenient features such as Bluetooth for phone use and streaming audio, RearView Monitor, Advanced Drive-Assist Display, Intuitive All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and Hill Start Assist put into place with the driver in mind. Also included are a premium AM/FM/CD audio system with 5″ color display, auxiliary input, NissanConnect w/ Mobile Apps,  an Xtronic CVT with Sport Mode Shifter and Eco Mode, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, EZ Flex Seating System, Divide-N-Hide cargo system, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This is all on the standard 2017 Nissan Rogue S trim level. Even more is available with each ascending trim level or with optional packages for each trim level.

Nissan’s Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition takes this midsize crossover to a stellar new level with features that will make any Star Wars fan proud.

The reveal will be on Facebook and YouTube at 9:45 AM PST, or 11:45 AM CST. Check it out here!

Self-driving Cars in Nashville

By mhughes | Posted in TN on Friday, November 11th, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Nashville, TN has been chosen as one of the ten cities, including Buenos Aires and Paris, around the world to work with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, moving forward and preparing for the arrival of self-driving vehicles. This means that Nashville will have access to data and coaching from urban planners so that the cities may research how to use the technology to address local challenges.

Even though she does not believe autonomous vehicles will solve all of the city’s traffic issues, Nashville Director of Transportation, Erin Hafkenschiel, says  she hopes the cars could be used to increase mobility for senior citizens and those with disabilities.

Self-driving vehicles are a fairly new concept, but over the past couple years, it has become normal to hear about them in conversation. From Google’s self-driving cars, that have now logged over 700,00 miles of accident-free driving time, to Uber’s self-driving truck that just made its first delivery of 50,000 beers, they are now very much a part of our reality. There is no telling what the future holds.

Holiday Music on SiriusXM

By mhughes | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 4:27 PM

imageThe holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the best parts of the season is the music that comes with it! Ever notice that when you actually want to listen to cheery holiday music, there seems to be none on the radio? Well, not to fear, for SiriusXM brings Christmas cheer! That’s right! There will be lots of holiday music on SiriusXM for your listening pleasure. They have officially announced their 2016 channel line-up for holiday music. There will be eight satellite radio channels dedicated to the sounds of the holidays.

Holiday Music on SiriusXM

Holly (Ch. 17, streaming online on Ch. 781), Wednesday, 11/2 at 5 p.m. ET – Friday, 12/30 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Traditions (Ch. 18, streaming online on Ch. 782), Monday, 12/5 at 5 pm ET – Friday, 12/30 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Pops (Ch. 76, streaming online on Ch. 783), Saturday, 12/24 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Country Christmas (Ch. 58), Monday, 12/5 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Navidad (Ch. 785), Monday, 11/28 at 5 pm ET – Saturday 1/7 at 3 am ET,

Holiday Soul (Ch. 49, streaming online on Ch. 786), Tuesday, 12/13 at 5 pm ET – Monday, 12/26 at 3 am ET,

Radio Hanukkah (Ch. 787), Friday, 12/23 at 5 p.m. ET – Monday, 1/2 at 3 a.m. ET, and

New Year’s Nation (Ch. 18), Friday, 12/30 at 5 p.m. ET – Monday, 1/2 at 3 a.m. ET.

Not to mention, you will be able to stream most of them online at siriusxm.com or via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other connected devices (streaming channels listed above). For details on the stations themselves and what type of music will be played on each, visit the blog here.