Nissan Launches a Rogue Hybrid Model


Press Release issued by Nissan – September 9, 2016

The Nissan Rogue Hybrid, the newest addition to the popular Rogue crossover lineup, offers a second powertrain choice for Rogue buyers for the 2017 model year – in both FWD and AWD applications. Like the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine-equipped standard Rogue models, the Rogue Hybrid offers freshened exterior and interior styling, additional safety, security and driving aid technology and a wide range of standard and available comfort, convenience and utility features.

The new, compact hybrid powertrain is designed to balance performance with significant increases in fuel efficiency. It takes full advantage of an electric motor’s instant torque for exceptional acceleration and, in combination with the 2.0-liter engine and advanced Xtronic transmission, provides an energetic feel under all driving conditions.

The 2017 Rogue Hybrid produces projected fuel economy1 of 33 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and 34 mpg combined (estimated) for the front-wheel drive model. Rogue Hybrid all-wheel drive models are projected at 31 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined (estimated)1. Most significantly, it does so with virtually no compromise of performance, interior roominess or cargo space (compared to standard Rogue models).

The hybrid system combines an advanced 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine and a compact lithium-ion battery with an innovative one-motor, two-clutch control. The system’s gasoline engine is rated at 141 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque, while the advanced 30 kW electric motor is rated at 40 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid system net power is 176 horsepower.

At the core of the Rogue Hybrid gasoline-electric hybrid system is Nissan’s advanced Intelligent Dual Clutch Control system. The first of the two clutches is a dry clutch installed between the 4-cylinder engine and the electric motor, where the torque converter would normally be, and the second is between the motor and Xtronic transmission.

The high-output lithium-ion battery is able to charge/discharge quickly, which contributes to high-speed, precise control of the electric motor and optimum clutch control, and in combination enable smooth start and quick shift changes. An Intelligent Regenerative Braking system partially recharges the battery during vehicle braking and additional fuel economy is provided by an Idle Start/Stop system.

In addition, with use of the compact Lithium-ion battery located under the rear cargo area, the Rogue Hybrid maintains its flat rear floor for easy passenger access to the rear seat and little reduction of cargo room.

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1. Fuel economy based on targeted 2017 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2017 Rogue Hybrid. EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted 2017 fuel economy 33 mpg city or 35 mpg highway or 34 mpg combined (FWD) or 31 mpg city or 34 mpg highway or 33 mpg combined (AWD) estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.



Introducing the 2017 Kia Rio


The redesigned 2017 Kia Rio is one smart sub-compact car. Meet the 2017 Kia Rio and all the features it brings.


From the sculpted, aerodynamic shape, to its distinctive front grille, the 2017 Rio is sure to draw looks. Inspired by European design, Kia updated both the front and rear to be even sleeker than it was before.


The Rio’s bold and dynamic styling can be felt in the interior. Loaded with driver and passenger amenities, like extra headroom and legroom, the Rio is a compact car with lots of comforts.


The technology in the Rio is all designed to make the driving experience more convenient and comfortable. Tech like the available rear-camera display or interactive UVO display make driving the Rio one of Kia’s most convenient cars yet.


The 2017 Kia Rio comes equipped with a 1.6-liter GDI engine, which can achieve up to 37 mpg on the highway. The Rio strives for a balance of performance and efficient economy.

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Best Events Around the Jersey Shore


October brings with it many spooky events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you’re looking for a good fright this October in Jersey Shore, look no further than these upcoming events.

Historic Haunts House Tour

The perfect marriage of history and paranormal, visit the Emlen Physick Estate to learn more about the Victorian Era’s fascination with spiritualism, mysticism, the paranormal, and the macabre. You’ll also learn more about today’s methods of ghost hunting and paranormal research. The Emlen Physick Estate is a legitimate mansion from 1879. The estate is located at 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, New Jersey. The tour season starts October 5. A complete list of open tour dates is as follows: Oct 5, 7, 8, 9, and 31; Nov 5 and 12. The tours start at 7:45pm and run until 8:15pm.

Haunted Seaport

Visit the Tuckerton Seaport on October 20, 21, or 22 at 6:00pm for this unique event. Pirates and sea captains that were lost to the sea long ago will be out and about on the Tuckerton Seaport boardwalk for a night of frights. The event costs $8.00 per person. Head to 120 W Main St, Tuckerton, New Jersey.

Boo at the Zoo

The Cape May County Park & Zoo will host a family-friendly “Boo at the Zoo” event on October 22 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. There will be a costume contest, craft stations, children’s amusement rides, a magic show, candy, and, of course, animal exhibits. Head to 707 Rt, Cape May Court, House, New Jersey.

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Kia Maintenance Tips for Fall


Fall is officially here, which means that it’s time for some fall maintenance whether you have a Kia that you’re keeping or you just bought or leased a new Kia from Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. Fall is a funky season since the weather could turn at the drop of a hat. While you expect the weather to be cooler, it could get crazy enough to snow, especially later in the fall. Thus, you’ll need to get your vehicle ready for fall – and maybe a touch of winter.

Oil Change

When you change the oil and filter this fall, check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a different weight oil for the winter. If you do a lot of driving and change the oil frequently, you could fit one more change in before you switch to a different weight, but by November you should switch pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Belts and Hoses

While you are still seeing days that are warm enough for the air conditioning, you’ll be turning the heat on before you know it. Have our service department check all radiator and heater hoses to ensure that they are not dry rotted. The last thing you need is to turn on the heat or the defroster and have a hose pop.

You should also check your vehicle’s belts. Your vehicle could have one serpentine belt that drives all of the accessories; it could have two or more serpentine belts; V-belts or a combination of serpentine and V-belts. All of them should be checked for wear and tear and dry rotting.

Additionally, your vehicle may have a timing belt. Your owner’s manual will tell you when the timing belt should be changed, if applicable to your vehicle. Some vehicles may have a timing chain or even a gear drive that do not need to be changed as often, though the most common is a timing belt.

Other Things to Check

Be sure to have your brakes and tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for service. If your ABS light is on, that should be repaired so you have the full benefit of the computer helping you in tricky braking situations.

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The 2017 Kia Sportage


This fourth-generation compact CUV features a refined interior, new design and improvements on ride and handling. Additional changes include an advanced driver assistance system, UVO3 and additional technological features.

Updates that you’ll notice right away across the line include soft-touch materials, a more spacious and luxurious cabin and better efficiency and performance. The new generation has three trim levels: the LX, EX and SX Turbo.

New Design

The 2017 Kia Sportage has new body panels, higher-positioned headlights, a new sharply detailed hood, lower and wider front clip for better cooling, and a new planted, aggressive stance. The width remains the same at 73 inches but the wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer at 105.1 inches. The overall length of the Sportage is now 176.4 inches, 1.6 inches longer than the 2016 model year.

The Sportage retained its sloping roof line and raked rear window, plus the signature short overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners. The SX Turbo adds “ice cube” LED fog lights, LED tail lights, satin exterior trim, HID headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels and metal-look skid plates.

The Interior

The interior now features a driver-oriented cockpit including a laterally designed dashboard, a color touch screen that is angled 10 degrees toward the driver, switches for the dual-zone climate control that are easily identifiable for the driver and secondary audio controls.

Additionally, the Sportage features leather on the EX and SX Turbo trim levels and a D-shaped heated leather-wrapped steering wheel on the SX Turbo.

The headroom has increased by 0.2 inches in the front and 0.6 inches in the rear. Legroom has also increased to 38.2 inches in the rear. You also have more cargo room, including a dual-level cargo floor and a wider luggage area. This increased the cargo room from 26.1 cubic feet to 30.7 cubic feet.

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The Nissan Versa Note is a Top Back to School Car


The Nissan Versa Note is a good car for back to school – in fact, according to Kelley Blue Book, the Nissan Versa Note is named on its “10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2016.” This is the second consecutive year that it’s been included on the list.

To be included on the list, vehicles have to be available for under $20,000 and meet the editor’s criteria of being safe and stylish.

According to Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s, “Safety is the paramount decision when it comes to back-to-school cars, and practicality and affordability are also high on the list of desirable characteristics, at least according to parents. The kids involved also prefer to have a car they’re happy to be seen in, which suggests that style is part of the equation too. Our 2016 list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars addresses all of these wants with an array of cool cars that has something for just about any returning student.”

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If you’re interested in the 2016 Nissan Versa Note for your student (or even for yourself!) come check one out at Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66. For new and used auto sales, service, parts, and accessories in New Jersey, visit Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 today!


September Events Around Jersey Shore


Pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall and then plan to attend some local activities. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle yet, be sure to call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Hoboken Italian Festival – September 8-11

Jersey Shore has a lot of Italian heritage and this festival celebrates that. A waterfront extravaganza with international food and music. Celebrating the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri. Amusement rides and a carnival offer activities for kids as well. A fireworks display takes place Saturday night.

Roar to the Shore Wildwood Bike Rally – September 8-11

Come and see for yourself how local government officials, law enforcement, restaurant and bar owners, sponsors and rally attendees all work together to make Roar to the Shore one of the largest free motorcycle rallies on the east coast!

6th Annual Brew Blast on the Battleship – September 10

A great day of craft beer sampling (over 50 beers) & live classic rock on the tented deck of America’s most decorated battleship.  All tickets include a Free Tour of the Battleship New Jersey. Great food available for purchase. Tickets cost $35.

Ocean County Car Show – September 11

All cars that are at least 25 years old are welcome for judging. Over eighty trophies will be awarded! Proceeds benefit Ocean of Love and Seaside Heights Toys for Tots.

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Meet Virginia


After you buy or lease your new car or get your current vehicle serviced at Automall 66, it’s time to head out for some Virginia fun. The state is full of different landscapes for sightseeing, including mountains for hiking. Before the cold hits, head out in your new vehicle for some camping and hiking.

Drive up the Appalachian Trail to Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia. Mount Rogers is 5,729 feet above sea level. The actual hike begins at Elk Garden Gap and is 9 miles round trip. The trail you are looking for is the white blazed AT trail heading north.

If you really want to do some hardcore hiking or biking – or even horseback riding – take the Virginia Creeper Trail. Mile 0 is in Abingdon. You can also start in Alvarado (mile 8.5), Damascus (mile 15.5), Creek Junction (mile 25), and Whitetop Station (mile 32.3). The entire trail is 34.3 miles long and ends on Whitetop Mountain.

If you want a great valley photo op, take the Mountain Farm Trail to Humpback Rocks at mile marker 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail also has a 19th century interpretive farm. If you hike out to the rocks, you’ll get one of the best views of the Shenandoah Valley.

If you are looking for waterfall pictures, hike the Whiteoak Canyon trail. It’s one of the more popular trails because it has six waterfalls. The falls range from 35 feet to 86 feet. Each one also has a swimming hole, so be sure to bring swimwear. You can park your new Ford off of Route 600 at the Boundary Trailhead. You can also access the trail from Skyline Drive at mile marker 42.6.

If you want to hike but are not into doing a strenuous hike, then choose Cold Mountain Loop. This is a moderate 5.7-mile loop that starts on Rt. 755/Wiggins Spring Road at Hog Camp Gap. The trail head is about a half mile past Hog Camp Gap.

Because some of these places are way out of the way, you’ll want to be sure your vehicle is running perfectly – or have a brand new vehicle. Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 today to test drive a truck, sedan, coupe or SUV.


Take a Trip to Staten Island


A weekend jaunt to Staten Island can be a real adventure especially if it’s the first time taking in the sights and sounds of one of New York’s famous boroughs. Even if you’ve visited before, there’s plenty to see and do to fill your weekend itinerary.

A must do when visiting is taking a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The 25 minute ride provides panoramic views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The ferry runs daily, including weekends, from the Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan to Staten Island; and it’s free.

If you enjoy the wild side of things, then a trip to the Staten Island Zoo is for you. Visit the many species of wildlife, reptiles, aquatic creatures and birds in the tropical forest, African savannah, reptile wing and aquarium. Have lunch at the Zoo Cafe then head to the animal hospital to see the babies.

Several museums offer a look back in time at the area’s history. These include the Staten Island Museum, Sandy Ground Historical Museum, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and The Children’s Museum.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through the many themed gardens at this 53-acre natural woodland housing the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Step back in time at historic Richmond Town. Spend the day in the 100-acre park depicting 17th century life. There are over 30 historic structures that include the oldest schoolhouse in the U.S. and the 1695 Voorlezer’s House. Throughout the village visitor’s see people plying their trade such as tinsmiths, blacksmiths and soap makers. Stroll on your own or take a guided tour.

The September 11 Memorial is a solemn yet uplifting sculpture and a place for quiet reflection.

When planning a trip, it’s always a good idea to have your car checked out and serviced before hitting the road. The last thing you want is to have your car break down leaving you to find a local repair shop. To avoid this type of situation, schedule an appointment at Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall dealership.

At the dealership, factory trained technicians can take a look under the hood. Whether it’s an oil or filter change for your car or a new set of tires, the folks at Automall 66 will have you on your way with a road worthy vehicle in no time.


Road Trip: White Mountains


The White Mountains are located in New Hampshire and offer many sightseeing opportunities, including the highest point: Mount Washington at 6,288 feet. The White Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains and cover about 25 percent of New Hampshire and part of western Maine. Before you drive your car on a long trip through the mountains, make sure you check all the fluids, tires, brakes and suspension.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington features several campgrounds, both private and those provided by the United States Forest Service. Whether you prefer tenting it or traveling in an RV, you will find some of the best camping in the area. You can haul a small trailer behind your vehicle when you camp in a tent. This is one of the best ways to experience the White Mountains, as you can drive your car on the auto road or drive to many of the hiking trails in the area. You’ll find plenty to do and places to go with 43 state parks, seven recreational trails, 12 historic sites, four fishing piers and marinas, 39 islands and 14 natural areas to visit in New Hampshire.

Mount Washington Auto Road

Unlike many mountain parks and retreats, Mount Washington stays open during the winter months. Instead of driving the auto road, you can ride the snow coach on a tour of the road, which leads you into the heart of the mountain. It will take you right up to the treeline; and you’ll experience pristine snow and scenery like you have never seen before.

Winter visits to the area mean snow tubing and cross country skiing; and you can warm up at lunchtime at the Glen View Café or visit the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. To find the auto road, enter 1 Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham, New Hampshire in your GPS.

The Cog Railway

The one thing you can’t miss when you visit Mount Washington is the Cog Railway. The Cog Railway was built in 1869 by Sylvester Marsh. The train climbs a three-mile long trestle – the steepest railroad tracks in North America. The train takes you to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast while you enjoy spectacular views. On a clear day, you can see New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

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