January 19th, 2015
The 2015 Super Bowl is right around the corner, and its got us at Quirk Auto Group feeling a little nostalgic.
This year, the New England Patriots will be pitted against the Seattle Seahawks February 1st, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
We all know this means a whole slew of new of entertaining commercials and hopefully, some new automobile advertisements. So, we figured we’d take a drive down memory lane and visit some of the favorite past Super Bowl automobile advertisements.
See if you remember any of these popular commercials that so many people enjoyed and let us know which you think the best (and worst) ones are.
Chevrolet: Grad Happy
Chevrolet got pretty funny with this 2012 Super Bowl ad. Except GM didn’t write this commercial, Zach Borst, a 26 year old filmmaker from Long Island did. GM ran a contest for people to submit their ideas for a Super Bowl commercial, and the winner would be granted the funding for their project. Here’s the winner.
Volkswagen: The Force
The 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl Commercial, The Force, was a big hit. Breaking new ground on what is said to be one of the biggest advertising platforms of the year, Volkswagen combined an online campaign as well as a television massive audience to showcase the new Volkswagen Passat.
Chrysler: Imported from Detroit
Or how about when Chrysler unveiled its Chrysler 200? In a two minute short film, titled “Imported from Detroit,” showing clips of Detroit, alongside dialogue depicting the unbreakable will of the city and Chrysler itself, followed by an appearance by Eminem with instrumental music from his 8 Mile track.
Flash back to 1990 when Nissan displayed its “Dream” commercial advertising a then new 1990 Nissan 300ZX. It is really fascinating to see how far Nissan and the rest of the world has come since then.
Jeep: Snow Covered
Jeep also gets a blast from the past here. In 1995 Jeep-Eagle released “Snow Covered,” a clever clip of a Jeep trucking through snow well over its roof line. But, this trusty Jeep plows through, even though not once does the Jeep need to be shown. Classic.
January 13th, 2015
What the future looks like:
Electric vehicles used to be the stuff of sci-fi. So the funky, futuristic styling of the new Nissan Leaf doesn’t surprise us all that much. Nissan designers may have had future fantasies in mind, but, don’t worry, the engineers did too.
A real EV:
The Leaf doesn’t mess around. It is a pure electric vehicle, powered exclusively by battery. In short, it’s not a Prius. All electric, all the time. With efficiency and power–it doesn’t always have to be one or the other. The Leaf still gets an impressive 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. That’s not bad for a 100% electric car.
MPG is old school:
Now we have MPGe. Hardly much difference in name at least, but there is an important distinction. The new increment is intended to reflect EVs with accuracy, assigning a gallon of gasoline a certain kilowatt hour value. With the Leaf, you’ll get 84 miles of battery range, giving it a solid 114 combined city and highway MPGe rating.
Electricity has never been free:
And it isn’t with EVs. Sure, you will happily pass gas stations with a gloating smile, but just like filling up costs, so does charging up. Obviously, not nearly a much however. Local utility services will charge you fees. It is least expensive late at night, when you’d rather be sleeping than charging a car. Luckily, with the Leaf you can schedule charging times in the vehicle or with your smart phone. Win, win.
You have options:
Of course, the ideal option costs an extra grand. Charge your Leaf up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes, or leave it in overnight for four hours and it will be all juiced up. Now, those numbers only come with the optional 240-volt home charger. Getting a lower volt charger will significantly extend your charging time.
New technology can have its setbacks, but there’s no need to fear for your battery’s life with the Leaf. All Leaf batteries come with a 100,000 mile / eight year warranty, and you can finance the new pack should you feel the need to replace your battery in 2023.
Worried about charging locations?
Don’t. The EV market is a growing one, and that means an expanding of the current network of charging stations worldwide. Even better, with the Leaf, you get a useful IT system that works with the car’s navigation to find local charging stations. Punch your destination into the GPS and plan out the most ideal route based on charging station locations.
Small yet spacious:
Try not to judge the 2015 Leaf by its size. Categorized as a subcompact car, the Leaf has 24 cubic feet of total cargo room. Considering its size, that number is quite impressive. Fold down seats for even more space, if needed.
Electric isn’t a synonym for expensive:
As far as EVs go, the Leaf is one of the least costly. Starting price is $28,980, however you can get a standard model at $21,480 with the $7,500 federal income tax credit. Even a SL model comes out to $27,520 after the tax is factored in.
The best way to purchase a Leaf, however, is at Quirk. Not only will you receive the federal tax credit, but you’ll also get up to $2,500 off in Massachusetts rebate. Currently, you can get the 2015 Nissan Leaf for as low as $15,990 at Quirk Nissan.
December 24th, 2014
Quirk Nissan in Quincy MA, and serving Boston for decades, is excited for this brand new model.
Say hello to the 2015 Nissan Murano.
The new 2015 Nissan Murano is getting quite the makeover. A new cutting edge face-lift, and comfortable high-style offering, premium interior, and cost effective technology introduces a groundbreaking standard in the ever expanding midsize crossover segment.
This 2015 Nissan Murano is very different than even the most recent of previous Murano models. Following Nissan’s evolution of style, the new Murano is a fresh design which incorporates a striking aerodynamic body as if it were shaped by the wind. The fluid body profile starts at the grill, which Nissan has named its V-Motion Grille, which sweeps into the roof-line above the cabin and ends at the side pillars resembling a jet’s tail. This new style is seen across the Nissan brand, and has caught the eye of many new car shoppers.
Nissan has also redesigned the interior of this new Murano. Ambient lighting and subtle chrome accents give the cabin a warm and gentle glow. And, with remote start, this cabin can be ready to go at a comfortable 72° should it be one of those New England winter nights. Passengers in the rear of the Murano can enjoy heated seats, and a USB connection port. Also, a panoramic sunroof stretches across from the front of the Murano to the rear, allowing star gazers a chance to stay inside and enjoy the scenery. Nissan calls this, “seductive by design” and it’s clear why. It’s sleek and effective.
In the front of the 2015 Murano, there are lot’s of tech options but thankfully not a lot of clutter. There is a programmable high resolution screen in the center of the gauge cluster. Here you will find all sorts of useful info, like navigation, vehicle diagnostics, safety alerts, and fuel stats. And in the center display, a rear view camera displays what’s behind the car, which comes in quite handy, especially here, in an SUV that could be parking in Boston.
Now to the fun parts, a V-6 engine churns out 260 horsepower that also earns up to 28 mpg on the highway. With this much comfort, convenience, and now fun and efficiency, this new 2015 Murano is turning into a well rounded crossover. Speaking of which, the drag coefficient in the new Murano is similar to that of a sports car, cutting down on wind noise and improving fuel efficiency.
But all this luster wouldn’t be much without safety features. And thankfully the new Nissan Murano has that covered. Intelligently too as a matter of fact. With Brake Assist, which applies additional braking power if the system senses it is needed, Blind Spot Monitoring and Intelligent Cruise Control, driving on the highway has never been easier or even more importantly, safer. That means as drivers we can dedicate our attention on the road, without having to worry about someone in a blind spot, or constantly fiddling with cruise control switches.
Finally – the new Nissan Murano offers shoppers a lot of additional accessories, as if it didn’t already feel enough like home. From extra cargo storage to back-lit door sills to chrome accents and larger wheels, Nissan made sure we can accessorize our Murano as we’d like. This new model and design is exciting. It is likely that the Murano will turn a lot of heads, and it is because of that Quirk Nissan in Quincy MA will be sure to have plenty in stock. So check back here, or on our Facebook if you would like to get the latest details. And, of course, let us know what you think. Does this new ‘shaped by air’ style appeal to you? Quirk Nissan is always happy to connect with car shoppers and enthusiasts. Let us know! And of course, have a safe and and happy holiday season.