Nissan Versa Wins KBB’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Award

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own award winner, the Nissan Versa. The Versa won this award, in its fifth year, for the subcompact car category. The award, as its title suggests, tells consumers which new vehicles have the lowest projected cost of ownership. Factors that are taken into consideration include expected fuel costs, depreciation, maintenance and repair costs, finance and insurance fees and state fees.

When most people buy a vehicle, they consider the up front costs – what it costs to buy or lease a vehicle; and they may even consider fuel economy. However, many do not consider the total five-year cost of ownership. If vehicles are compared properly, a more expensive vehicle could actually be less expensive over time.

For 2016, the Versa Sedan and the Versa Note received new enhancements, according to Michael Bruce, the vice president of Product Planing, Nissan North America, Inc. The vehicle is roomy and features mid-size conveniences without the mid-size price. The 1.6-liter engine features twin continuously variable valve timing and a dual fuel injector system to help with fuel economy. The engine puts out 109 horsepower and makes 107 pound-feet of torque, giving it plenty of power so as not to be sluggish, yet not a ton of power that sucks up the fuel.

If the vehicle is fitted with the Xtronic transmission, it gets 31 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. If the vehicle is fitted with the five-speed manual transmission, it gets 27 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway. And, if it is fitted with the four-speed automatic transmission, it gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway.

Choose from four trim levels: the S, S Plus, SV and the SL. The S trim level features the five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the trim levels only offer the Xtronic transmission.

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Fun March Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to the many upcoming March events along the Jersey Shore. Once you have a new vehicle, you won’t have to worry about whether it will get you there or home; and you get to drive in that new car smell all the way to the event.

JJ Bitting Annual Charity Chili Cook Off

Head out to the JJ Bitting Brewing Co., 33 Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey, 07095 for their annual charity chili cook off on March 6, 2016. Enjoy a live DJ, tons of fun and door prizes. If you decide to compete, you could win cash prizes of up to $600. Admission as a spectator is $10 at the door and $20 if you want to participate in the chili cook off. The event will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 634-2929 or visit njbrewpubs.com.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

From March 11 through March 13, 2016, head out to the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, 08873 for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Pick up unique gifts for upcoming holidays and graduations. Choose wares from over 250 American artisans. For more information call (800) 210-9900 or visit sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/somerset/spring.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade

On March 12, 2016, head out to 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 08260 for the ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. and the parade at noon. The reviewing stand is located at Old NJ Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit northwildwood.com.

Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival

On March 13, 2016, head over to Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, 08611 for the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This event runs from noon until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy music from The Fighting Jamesons, food trucks, an outdoor beer garden, live music and more. Admission is $18 for general admission and $45 for VIP admission. VIPs have access to the hospitality area and complimentary beer and food. For more information call (609) 989-7777 or visit trentonsocial.com.

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Kia Sorento: Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality

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The Kia Sorento, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, ranked the highest in its segment in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Kia nameplate ranked second only to Porsche in this study, which measures initial quality by owners who have had their vehicles for 90 days. The lower the score, the better the ranking as it measures problems per 100 vehicles (PP 100). Porsche came in with a score of 80 and Kia came in with a score of 86.

Thirty three auto manufacturers were named in the initial quality study. Kia ranked the highest in the non-luxury brands. Kia’s score of 86 is 26 PP100 better than the industry average; and it is also a 20-point improvement over the auto manufacturer’s 2014 score of 106 PP100. The 2015 study is the 29th year that J.D. Power and Associates conducted the study.

What the Study Looks At

The IQS looks at eight different categories including the driving experience; the exterior; interior; features, controls and displays; seats; audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; the engine and transmission; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Participants are questioned about defects, malfunctions and design-related issues. This means features that operate as they are intended to operate, but are hard to use or are located in an awkward position. Kia had the least number of design-related issues of all of the non-luxury brands.

The Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has the least number of issues with its design; and it also had the least number of defects or malfunctions in the midsize SUV segment. This seven-passenger SUV earned a score of 81 PP100 in 2015, an increase from 55 PP100 in 2014. This year’s score is also 33 PP100 better than the average score for the midsize SUV segment.

To break it down, the Sorento saw an 11 PP100 improvement in audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; a 6.4 PP100 improvement in engine and transmission; and a 5.4 PP100 improvement in the exterior category. The Hyundai Santa Fe came in second with 85 PP100 and the Toyota Venza came in tied for last with the Nissan Murano with 114 PP100.

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Nissan Titan XD named “Best Pickup of 2016″

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If you are in the market for a pickup, but you want something that is useful every day and has the features and durability you need, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Nissan Titan XD, recently named “Best Pickup of 2016” by Cars.com and PickupTrucks.com. The Nissan Titan beat out the other five nominated vehicles.

The Nissan Titan XD is Nissan’s first attempt to compete in the full-size truck segment. Additionally, the Titan opened up another first in the industry: a “tweener” model that fits between the 1500 and 2500 segments. This model features a 5.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel engine, which is backed by a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The Titan gives you five trim levels: the S, SV, SL, the Platinum Reserve and the PRO-4X grade for those who want something sporty.

The Titan’s Security Features

The Platinum Reserve’s security features include side impact beams, ABS and driveline traction control, emergency S.O.S., blind spot sensor, electronic stability control, front and rear parking sensors, a low tire pressure warning system, dual stage driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, curtain first and second row airbags, rear child safety locks, an airbag occupancy sensor and cameras located on the front, left, right and rear.

Convenience Features

Some of the Titan’s convenience features include heated and cooled captain’s chairs, eight-way power driver’s’ seat, a heated leather steering wheel with auto tilt-away, valet function, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, proximity key for the doors, push button start, dual zone front air conditioning, a leather shift knob, full floor console with covered storage, remote engine start and power door locks with auto lock.

Additional features include an engine immobilizer, perimeter alarm, air filtration, outside temperature gauge, two AC power outlets and three 12-volt power outlets.

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Kia Soul: Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality

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If it is important for you to have a high-ranked multi-purpose vehicle as far as initial quality goes, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Kia Soul, which ranked the highest in its class in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial QualitySM Study.

Additionally, Kia ranked second out of 33 nameplates in initial quality for the automotive industry; and the auto manufacturer received the highest score of all of the non-luxury brands. Kia earned an overall score of 86 per 100 vehicles (PP100) in the study; which is 26 PP100 better than the industry average and a 20 PP100 improvement from its rating of 106 PP100 for 2014.

This is the 29th year the study has been run; and it looks at eight categories including driving experience; exterior; seats; features/controls/displays; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; audio/communication/entertainment/navigation; interior; and engine/transmission.

Reviewers look at defects and malfunctions; and it also looks at design-related issues, which are features that work but are hard to use or that are located poorly.

The Kia Soul earned a score of 77 PP100, which is 20 PP100 over last year’s model. This is the third time that the Soul received an IQS segment award since 2012. The lower the score, the better; and Kia showed significant improvement with the interior and exterior with 7.1 PP100 and 10.2 PP100 improvement respectively.

The vehicle with the closest score is the Scion xB with a 126 PP100 score, which is lower than the segment average of 89 PP100.

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February Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle; and then take it to these February events, including Valentine’s Day events. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to call our service department to have your vehicle serviced before heading out.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow

On February 6, 2016, head over to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, 1 College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey for dinner, a meet ‘n greet and a show. At 6:00 p.m., dinner will be held in the Grunin Center Gallery. Dinner is provided by Panini Ristorante and is $50. At 7:00 p.m. you can meet Peter from Peter, Paul and Mary. The cost for this is $35. And, at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a concert by Peter. For the concert, admission for adults in $35; for seniors, $32 and for subscribers, $30. For more information call (732) 255-0500 or visit ocean.edu.

12th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday

If you think you can brave the cold Atlantic, be at the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach at 1:00 p.m. You’ll take that plunge and be home in time for the game. For more information call (609) 494-8861 or visit stfranciscenterlbi.org/special-events.

Valentine’s “I Heart Ice Cream” Party

On February 13, 2016, head over to The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 35 Archertown Road, Lavallette, New Jersey for the show. When you order an ice cream sundae, the show is free. If you have a Reservation Club Membership, you can reserve a table for the entire family. The waiters sing and perform an upbeat Broadway Revue. Showtimes are at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 854-2779 or visit themusicman.com.

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The Best Winter Accessories for Your Car

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When you want accessories installed on your vehicle, visit 66 MVP to have them installed. If you have a vehicle, whether newer or older, we can install the accessories needed to make your ride more comfortable and convenient.

Remote Starter System

Older vehicles and some newer vehicles that don’t have remote start can have this convenience installed. We will provide and install a remote starter system and alarm system for your vehicle if you purchased one without remote start. Some systems features a security system and smart phone capability.

Remote start is great for warming up the vehicle during the winter – not only will it warm the inside, but it will start to melt some of the snow and ice, making the vehicle easier to clear off.

Seat Heaters

Many vehicles have heated seats at the higher trim levels; however, if you don’t feel you need all of the other features available in those trim levels and heated seats are not available in the trim level you are interested in, 66 MVP can install seat heaters for you. Since installation is complicated, it’s better to have our experienced technicians install the seat heaters for you.

All-Season Floor Mats

When you live an an area that gets tons of bad weather, all-season floor mats keep the carpets from getting trashed with ground-in dirt and mud; or salt from snow and ice. Keeping slush and melting snow away from the carpets not only helps to preserve the carpets, but it also preserves the metal floor. We’ll ensure that the floor mats fit correctly and won’t slip out of place.

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When you need accessories installed, give 66 MVP a call to set up an appointment. You’ll be able to choose your preferred accessories including remote start and heated seats. Additional accessories include car audio systems, window tinting, vinyl wraps, and wheels and tires.

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IIHS Awards Top Safety to Key Nissan Models

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If you are in the market for a vehicle that was awarded for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Nissan Rogue or the Nissan Sentra. When these models are equipped with forward emergency braking, they are awarded with this coveted award.

Additional models also received top ratings. The 2016 Nissan Maxima also earned the Top Safety Pick Plus, as well as the 2016 Murano. The Maxima rated “Good” in all five of the top safety pick categories and has a “Superior” rating for front crash prevention if it is equipped with forward emergency braking.

The 2016 Sentra and the 2016 Rogue with forward emergency braking are going to be tested and are expected to reach the top safety pick plus rating. The 2016 Altima is also expected to reach this coveted rating.

Pierre Loing, the vice president of product strategy and planning for Nissan North America, Inc., stated that “Nissan is proud to again have our core vehicles recognized by IIHS for vehicle safety.” He also stated that the Murano and the Maxima are setting high class standard for performance, styling and interior refinement.

In order to earn a top safety pick this year, since IIHS has tightened its standards, vehicles need to rate a “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness categories. This makes the available front crash prevention system mandatory for all of the awards. To earn the Plus designation, vehicles need to earn a “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness tests and must receive an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for the front crash prevention system.

Safety features in the 2016 Nissan Maxima include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, the LATCH system for child seats and seat belts that feature pre-tensioners and load limiters. The seat belts also feature adjustable upper anchors.

Additionally, every Maxima features Zone Body construction with crumple zones in the front, rear and occupant zones; child safety rear door locks; an anti-theft system and Nissan’s immobilizer system. Three of the trim levels also feature blind spot warning, intelligent cruise control, forward emergency braking, predictive forward collision warning and rear cross traffic alert.

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2016 KIA Optima Earns Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com Best Buy Award

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Only 12 vehicles won the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards this year; and the 2016 Kia Optima was one of those 12 vehicles that received this coveted award. Part of the reason Kia won this award includes value, design and driving dynamics. To see what Kelley Blue Book loved about the Optima, top by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Optima.

The publication reviews vehicles for a year by testing the vehicle, collecting data and evaluating the models. Forty-nine of over 300 mid-size vehicles made the finalist list; and those were narrowed down to 12 vehicles. This year, Kia made significant improvements on ride and handling. Add that to the Optima’s premium interior materials and the European sport design, and the 2016 Kia Optima was well on its way to garnering one of the top 12 spots on this coveted list.

According to Kia Media, Jack R. Nerad, the executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, there isn’t one single attribute that made the Kia Optima stand out, but a combination of all of the high-value attributes and elements that made this model stand out.

This year’s Optima has a longer and wider chassis; it is stiffer, making the handling and ride much better; and the cabin has more room. This allows this model to remain athletic, yet classy and comfortable at the same time. Consumers have a choice of five trim levels and three engine choices. The trim levels include the LX, LX 1.6T, EX, SX and the SXL. Two of the engine choices were previously available; however, Kia added a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine backed by a seven-speed dual clutch transmission to this year’s line up. The 2016 Optima is built in West Point, Georgia.

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January Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Before you head out to any events around the Jersey Shore in January, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. Or, if you are considering a new vehicle, now is the time to pick up some great deals in our showroom.

Annual Beef & Brew St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser

On January 24, 2016 at Off the Hook, 1 Navesink Ave, Highlands, New Jersey, 07732, the Beef & Brew Fundraiser will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. All of the proceeds will benefit the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day parade. Tickets are $25 for a buffet dinner and brew. For more information visit visitnj.org/nj-events/annual-beef-brew-st-patricks-day-parade-fundraiser#sthash.ArBeoEOz.dpuf.

Winter Fest

Visit Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, New Jersey, 07738 on January 30, 2016 for the Winter Fest. Bring the whole family from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. for ice skating, cross country skiing, wagon rides, nature hikes, make & take crafts, a living history display, photo opportunities, food vendors, live music and more. Parking and admission are free. For more information about Winter Fest, visit visitnj.org/nj-events/winterfest#sthash.1UaJ00vR.dpuf or call (732) 842-4000.

World Cinema Series: Brick Lane

Visit the Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, New Jersey, 07764 at 7:30 p.m. for Sarah Gavron’s “Brick Lane.” This event is rated PG-13 and is about a young Bangladeshi woman who arrived in London in the 1980s. She left her home and sister behind to enter into an arranged marriage. Needless to say, the marriage is loveless and she is trapped in her East London flat with a middle-aged man. For more information call (732) 571-3483 or visit visitnj.org/nj-events/world-cinema-series-brick-lane#sthash.CZZduXO2.dpuf.

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