Why the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is the Next Big Thing


Subcompact crossovers are quickly becoming a dominant force through their market share, taking up more and more consumer purchases each year. Entering into this highly competitive market is the 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, and it’s got a lot to recommend it.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is finally hitting the U.S. market after being sold internationally for a few years under a different name. Smaller than the standard Rogue by about a foot in length and shorter by about five inches in height, it’s no mistake that the Nissan Rogue Sport is using its big brother’s name to fuel recognition and give it a boost into the market — the Rogue, after all, is Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in America after it blew past the Altima in 2016 and even surpassed the Toyota Camry to grab the #1 best-selling non-pickup spot this year.

The Rogue Sport offers a lot of what the standard Rogue does, just in a more compact size and with a cheaper MSRP. Fuel economy is also expected to be better overall.

At the end of the day, the fact that Nissan is introducing a smaller version of their best-selling SUV means that subcompact crossovers are definitely in vogue. Young couples, single professionals, and other such consumers are flocking to the subcompact crossover category in what used to be the provenance of the Sentra. And if a flexible, compact, sporty, and affordable vehicle appeals to you, you’re in good company.

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Top 5 Places for a Weekend Road Trip in the Northeast


When it’s time for a vacation, one of the things that you need to do is to make sure your vehicle is up to the trip, especially if you are going to be traveling in remote areas including the mountains. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to pick up your new vehicle before you head out. And, if you don’t plan on a new car this year, call us to schedule a service appointment so that we can check your vehicle and make necessary repairs if needed.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre piece of woods and mountains that was designated as a national park in 1919. If you want to spend some time getting a good workout and relaxing, visit this park to get the best of both worlds. Climb mountain peaks, hike woodland trails and explore the coastline. Enjoy kayak trips in the many lakes or drive the carriage road system to see the stone-faced bridges. Don’t forget your camera – you’ll want pictures of everything including the waterfalls.

Look for peregrine falcons on Echo Lake Beach, watch for moose and black bear and relax on Sand Beach. You can also take the Island Explorer bus system around Acadia’s Park Loop Road.

Cog Railway

Climb Mount Washington on the Cog Railway – the train takes you to the summit of the highest point in the Northeast. The cog train travels at about 3 miles per hour at a 40-degree angle up the White Mountains. The trip up takes about an hour while the trip down takes about 40 minutes. Visit the gift shop and be sure to bring your camera for some of the best scenery shots you can find.

Mystic Seaport

Visit Mystic Seaport to see a working preservation shipyard, a recreation of a 19th century coastal village and exhibit galleries. Things you can do include taking a carriage ride through the village, exploring a cooperage, a lobster shack and the Fishtown Chapel. Listen to musicians singing sea shanties and learn tons about the 1800s-era New England Coast.

Stowe, Vermont

Visit Stowe to see the old covered bridge and sight see. Stop at some of the 40-plus restaurants and shop on the old-fashioned Main Street. Be sure to visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and the Cabot Annex Store.

Casco Bay Islands

Visit these Maine coastal island outside of Portland to enjoy sandy beaches, an artists’ community and many restaurants. Ride your bikes on Cliff Island’s dirt roads and visit Fort McKinley.

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Little Known Kia Facts

Kia has been around for decades now, but recently they’ve been gaining in popularity. If you’ve never owned a Kia but are now thinking about shopping for one, these little known Kia facts may help to inform your decision.

Fact #1

Kia is South Korea’s oldest automaker. Founded in 1944 as Kyungsung Precision Industry, they originally fabricated steel tubing and bicycle parts. This included making Korea’s first indigenous bike, the Samchully, in 1951. It moved on to motorized bikes in 1957 by building Honda motorcycles under license, then Mazda trucks in 1962. The partnership with Mazda extended to cars in 1974. Kia also made Fiats and Peugeots in the 70s and 80s. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that Kia began to make cars under their own branding.

Fact #2

The Kia brand entered the highly competitive US market in 1992 with the founding of Kia Motors America. Their initial models included the Sportage and Sephia. These days, Kia’s most popular models are the Soul, Optima, and Sorento.

Fact #3

Kia is actually part of the Hyundai Motor Group, which possesses the Hyundai and Genesis brands as well in its portfolio. Taken as a group, they are the world’s fourth largest car manufacturer behind Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors. Kia became part of Hyundai during Asia’s financial crisis in 1997 when Kia declared bankruptcy. Hyundai Motor Group acquired them with a 51% controlling stake. That stake is only 33.88% today.

That’s why the entire Kia product line shares platforms and components with Hyundai products. Despite this sharing, there’s no confusion of the brands or any outwardly visible signs that the two brands are related.

Fact #4

Kia is getting more popular every year. This uptick in popularity is largely attributed to Peter Schreyer, the designer responsible for the “Tiger Nose” design cue, which gives the Kia brand a unique identity and look. Kia sold over 3 million cars worldwide last year, and is one of the fastest growing brands in many global markets.

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May Events Around the Jersey Shore


After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the May events around the Jersey Shore including birding festivals, kite festivals and garden festivals. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, just give our service department a call to schedule a maintenance appointment before you head out.

Cape May Spring Birding Festival

From May 20 through May 22, 2017, head out to the New Jersey Audubon / Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Rt. 47 North, Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 08210 for the Cape May Spring Birding Festival. Birders of all experiences enjoy the festival; and this year, since the festival falls during peak horseshoe crab spawning season, you should be able to see tons of birds. Watch the birds looking for the horseshoe crab eggs under a full moon for unique picture opportunities. For more information call (609) 861-0700.

9th Annual Medicine Wheel Garden Festival

On May 14 and 15, 2017, head over to the Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park, 50 Neilson Road and 4-H Trail, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461. Enjoy live music, a bake sale, plant sale, vendors, crafters, an art display, food, children’s activities, historical displays and more. Proceeds go to the restoration of the historic Lusscroft Farm. Admission is $7 for only. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. until dusk both days. For more information call (862) 268-1557.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

From May 27 though May 30, 2017, head over to Wildwoods Beach, Rio Grande to Burke Avenues in Wildwood for the Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Enjoy an illuminated kite fly at 9:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Avenue and the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach at 9:00 a.m. each day. Also, enjoy kite workshops and exhibits. And, see how to fly a kite without wind. For more information call (609) 729-9000.

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The 2017 Kia Cadenza


The 2017 Kia Cadenza features a new body structure that is lighter and more rigid and, for the first time, an eight-speed transmission in a front-wheel drive model.

New Features

The new Cadenza has a newly crafted cabin, stronger body structure, powertrain enhancements and cutting edge technology. According to Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America, everything in the Cadenza’s cabin has been improved. The Cadenza designed at Kia’s design studio in California. Using “the simplicity of the straight line,” Kia’s chief design officer Peter Schreyer designed a sleek profile inside and out.

The Cadenza features the tiger nose grille with a new hexagonal shape, wide lines and a long sleek body. The grille curves in toward the engine, giving it a new look. The lower trim levels come with the Diamond Butterfly grille and the higher trim levels feature the Intaglio grille. The piano key taillights feature LED technology; and chrome accents adorn the trunk lid, side mirrors and rear quarter windows.

The new Cadenza is wider and lower than the outgoing model, but it has the same length. The wheelbase is a bit longer, which adds almost a half inch of legroom for the rear passengers. The extended roof line gives the Cadenza a sportier look and more trunk space. Headroom for the rear passengers has not changed.

While materials used in the outgoing model were of high quality, the new generation’s interior materials are of even higher quality. The dashboard wraps around onto the door panels and has real stitching. The door panels features soft touch materials and leather fills the cabin space. This year, Kia has given buyers the opportunity to customize the Cadenza, allowing them to choose from four interior color combinations.

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Spring Maintenance Tips


It’s definitely spring now and summer is well on its way. If you still haven’t checked your vehicle since before winter or you’re just wanting to prepare for a summer road trip, now’s the time to go see a certified technician. Set up a service appointment with Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to have your vehicle thoroughly checked for the spring.


Detail the interior and exterior of your vehicle. When it’s cold, people tend to ignore their vehicles – after all, most people don’t want to spend a couple of hours cleaning and detailing the interior when it’s cold. Be sure to use the appropriate products for the materials in your vehicle.

Detail the exterior to remove any rust-producing and paint-fading crud and salt. Once you’ve washed the vehicle, be sure to put a coat of good wax on the paint. And, don’t forget to wash the undercarriage.


Be sure to follow your maintenance schedule for your vehicle’s powertrain, brakes, suspension and steering. Be sure you change the oil and top off the fluids. Have your service technician check the brakes, belts, hoses and fluids. Test your air conditioning. If it’s not cold, our service technicians will check the system for leaks and clogged expansion blocks or orifice tubes.

Have our vehicle’s charging system checked. The battery may have taken a hit this past winter. A weak battery makes the alternator work harder and could wear it out sooner rather than later.


If you have all-season tires, you just need to have them checked for uneven wear, normal tread wear and to see if you may have a separated tire. Hitting a big enough pothole could cause a tire to separate. If you have winter tires, it’s time to change over to all-season or summer tires.

Suspension and Steering

Riding on rough roads could also affect the steering and suspension components on your vehicle. Be sure to have your service technician check all steering and suspension components. As part of this, have the alignment checked.

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Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or visit our service page to set up a service appointment to have your vehicle checked for the spring and summer months


Nissan Named “Best Environmental Performance Brand” for 2017 by ASG


Nissan today was announced as the “Best Environmental Performance Brand” for 2017 by the Automotive Science Group (ASG), a lifecycle data-driven research group founded by environmental policy consultancy Eco-innovations, LLC. ASG’s annual study also found Nissan “to embody exceptional environmental integrity along its production and distribution chains, as well as in the Nissan products themselves.” In addition to the overall brand award, four Nissan models finished among the top vehicles in their categories in ASG’s 2017 Automotive Performance Index (API).

The 2017 Rogue – Nissan’s top-selling vehicle – and 2017 Pathfinder each earned double recognition in their classes as “Best All-Around Performance” and “Best Economic Performance” honorees. “Best All-Around Performance” designates vehicles demonstrating the top combined environmental, social and economic attributes.

In the “Best Economic Performance” analysis, Rogue bested 146 vehicles in the Midsize SUV category, while Pathfinder was selected over 127 competitive models in the Full-size SUV class. The award criterion includes purchase and operating cost during the first 6.5 years of vehicle ownership.

The Nissan Versa Sedan and Nissan LEAF were also honored as “Best 5 All-Around Performance” winners in the Compact and Midsize Cars classes respectively.

“We are honored to be recognized as an environmentally and socially responsible brand, as well as for the strong environmental and economic performance of four of our popular Nissan vehicles,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations.

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April Events Around the Jersey Shore


After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the April events on the Jersey Shore including Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow and the Historic Downtown Somerville Arts and Crafts Festival. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for spring service.

Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow

Head over to the Raritan Valley Community College Athletic Field, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey, on April 9, 2017 for the Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the pow wow will benefit the creation of a Native American scholarship program and will help to further develop the Native American studies program at the RVCC. Performers and guests include WarPaint, SilverCloud, Red Blanket, Wild Band and Medicine Horse, Sister Nations Color Guard, the Sinquah Family Dancer, the Aztec Dancers and Eagle Pines Falconry.

Hub City Music Festival

Visit New Brunswick, Highland Park and Somerset from April 14 through April 24, 2017 for the Hub City Music Festival. Start out at 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. This festival is an annual festival that features performing artists and supports the local music scene. The festival will be held at various restaurants in the three cities.

Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival

On April 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., head over to East Main Street in Somerville for the Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts, handmade items for yourself and open air seating at many of the restaurants in the area. There will also be live music and a hands-on free craft section for children. Items available including pottery, sculpture, paintings, decorative fiber works, garden works, metal works and tons more.

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3 Car Accessories You Can’t Live Without


Your vehicle is probably one of your biggest investments, and that means you want to keep it looking and feeling good inside and out. The 66 MVP customization shop is your on-stop shop in New Jersey for all of the latest and greatest vehicle parts and accessories, The following are three accessories you don’t want to drive without.

Remote Starters

Nothing is more convenient than being able to start your vehicle ahead of time on a cold or extremely hot day. We offer a number of remote starter options right here at the 66 MVP customization shop. Whether you’re interested in a one-button remote starter that’s compatible with most OEM keyless remotes, a one-way security and remote start system or the two-way security and remote start system for additional safety, you’ll love the added comfort and convenience of a remote starter.

Window Tinting

Window tinting is a vehicle improvement that does far more than make your car, truck or SUV look better. Tinting your vehicle’s windows can keep the interior cooler and protect interior cargo and features from the sun. Tinting can even keep you safer by protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. Our window tinting is available in a number of high-performance options, so you get the effective and stylish tint you’ve been seeking.

Top-Quality Wheels and Tires

Your vehicle’s wheels and tires endure the demands of the road day after day. Treat your vehicle to upgraded wheels and tires at the 66 MVP customization shop’s state-of-the-art facility operated by highly trained specialists. Whether you want upgraded tires to help you get through grueling winters or simply to make your vehicle look better, the 66 MVP shop is the place to get your upgrades done right.

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Whether you’re looking for an upgraded car audio system, vinyl wrapping, multi-piece wheels or full interior and exterior detailing, the 66 MVP customization shop is your No. 1 place for vehicle parts, accessories and top-quality service. If you need to shop for a new car, truck, or SUV, just stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall.


Nissan Rogue Earns 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award


The 2017 Nissan Rogue has been named a 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award winner. The thorough evaluation of process for the award examines every aspect of every vehicle that is being considered and how it pertains to consumers’ real-world driving experience. The award was presented today in conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

“Nissan is honored to have Rogue recognized by the editors of Consumer Guide – a true testament to the strength and value of this great vehicle,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “With visual and safety enhancements for the 2017 Rogue, as well as continuing sales growth of this vehicle and segment, we are excited to see what is to come for the Rogue nameplate in 2017.”

To create the annual Consumer Guide Automotive awards, editors test drive and thoroughly evaluate more than 150 new vehicles each year, culminating in an exclusive list of vehicles receiving a Best Buy Award, the publication’s highest ranking.

The Consumer Guide Automotive editors said, “the Rogue offers respectable fuel economy, refined interior materials, and passenger and cargo versatility that few compact SUVs can match.”

The Nissan Rogue, following three straight years of sales growth since the introduction of the completely redesigned second generation for the 2014 model year, takes another major step forward for 2017 with a new look, enhanced utility and an expanded suite of Nissan Safety Shield technologies. And, in an expansion of the Rogue lineup, a new gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain – available in two grade levels and a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive – is offered for the first time in Rogue history.

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Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to check out the Nissan Rogue and see what makes it a best buy. Once you’ve test driven the Rogue, you’ll want to take it home with you.