For the second straight year Newton Nissan South has given away a car to a student with good grades. This year’s giveaway was especially heartfelt for the winner.
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 get an entry for each “A” that they received. Newton Nissan in Gallatin has given away a car for 8 straight years. The Shelbyville location, however, has now hosted the giveaway 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.
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
ROGUE ONE STAR WARS LIMITED EDITION
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The 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.