Nissan Scores Big in Vehicle Satisfaction


When you stop by Sansone Jr.s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle, be sure the 2016 Rogue, Maxima, Frontier or Murano is on your list. These four vehicles have been named top in their segments in the 20th Annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific. This is the second year in a row for the newly redesigned Nissan Murano crossover. With these four wins, Nissan tied for second place with the most wins awarded by AutoPacific.

The Survey

The survey asked more than 65,000 owners of new 2016 and 2015 light trucks and cars about 50 attributes for each vehicle. Instead of measuring what’s wrong with the vehicles, this survey looks at customer satisfaction.

The Vehicles

The Rogue, Maxima and the Murano were all completely redesigned during the past three years; and all three experience record sales. Through May 2016, Maxima sales increased by 146 percent, Rogue sales increased 6.7 percent and Murano sales increased 46 percent. The Frontier’s sales increased by 21 percent in 2016.

According to Dan Mohnke, the vice president of Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations, the Frontier is a true workhorse and the vehicle “continues to deliver on and exceed owner expectations year after year.”

The Maxima is Nissan’s flagship sedan; and it has excellent style along with great technology and performance. WardsAuto named it to its 10 Best Interiors list and 10 Best Engines list; and MotorWeek gave the Maxima a Drivers’ Choice Award.

The Murano also won several awards including Parents Magazine’s Best Crossover award and’s 10 Best Family Cars award. The Nissan Rogue was completely redesigned in 2014; and features an EZ Flex Seating System and a Divide-N-Hide Cargo System. The Frontier is a leader in its segment and features premium hardware, great off-road and on-road performance and extraordinary power.

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July Events Around the Jersey Shore


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

Duke Farms’ Firefly Festival

On July 8 and July 9, 2016, head over to Duke Farms, 1112 Dukes Parkway W., Hillsborough, New Jersey, 08844 to see fireflies. Walk along 1.5 miles of trails to see activity stations where you will learn to “talk” with the fireflies. You’ll also be able to see what a glowworm is and create your own firefly. For more information, visit

4th Annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival

From July 8, 2016 through July 10, 2016, visit the New Jersey Motorsports Park, 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, New Jersey, 08332 for the 4th Annual AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Festival. Enjoy vintage motorcycle race, food trucks, a swap meet, live music, craft vendors and more. The swap meet covers over 60,000 square feet where you might find any bike, part, collectible or merchandise you need. For more information, visit

NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival

From Jul 8, 2016 through July 10, 2016, head over to Olde New Jersey Avenue and 2nd Street in North Wildwood for the NJ State Barbeque Championship & Blues Festival. Enjoy the best barbecue while listening to the best blues music, live cooking demonstrations and more. Hours are from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday; 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit

Cumberland County Fair

The Cumberland County Fair is currently running and will run through July 9, 2016 at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, 3001 Carmel Road in Millville, New Jersey, 08332. Enjoy regular fair features, a demolition derby, daily music and entertainment, an amateur truck pull and mud bog, horse shows, animals displays, arts and crafts, a midway and more. For more information, visit

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Tips to Maximize Fuel Efficiency in Your Car


With the price of gas always fluctuating and ever increasing, you need to maximize fuel efficiency as much as possible. If you don’t want to change components on the engine or the rear chunk, you can maximize fuel efficiency on your Paul Sansone Jr. vehicle by changing your driving habits.

Component Changes

Today’s vehicles are fuel injected and use a computer, thus there is little that you can do to the engine without having to change out the computer. You can change the air filter to a K&N cold air intake system. With a little bit of mechanical knowledge, you can change this yourself, but if you are uncomfortable with working on your engine, ask the techs at Automall 66 to help you.

You can also change the gear in some vehicles to a higher gear, but keep in mind, if you move from a 3-series gear to a 2-series gear you will lose torque and gain upper end speed. If you tow with your vehicle, this is not a good move. You need torque to pull the weight of the trailer. Only an experienced auto technician should change the gears.

Driving Habits

Many people get into bad driving habits early. Changing your driving habits can significantly increase your fuel mileage.

  • Learn to drive at a consistent speed, preferably about 55 to 60 mph. Going much faster reduces fuel economy. Also, slowing down then speeding up significantly reduces fuel economy.
  • Don’t slam on the brakes. Start applying the brakes earlier so that you begin to slow down earlier. If the light changes or the person in front of you picks up speed, you can then pick up speed from a higher mph. When you have to start from a complete stop, you use more fuel. The faster you are going when you need to pick up speed, the less fuel your engine will use.
  • Keep the proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If that person has that bad habit of slowing down and speeding up, you will be forced into doing that, too, thus wasting fuel. If you keep six or seven car lengths between you and the person in front of you, that person can slow down by a couple miles per hour and you won’t have to if he or she picks up speed within a few seconds.

In addition to driving habits and mechanical changes, keep your vehicle’s maintenance up to date. Clean filters also help fuel economy. Stop by Paul Sansone Jr.’s Automall 66 to have your vehicle serviced or if you would like help in changing filters.


Kia Motors Launches Apple CarPlay!


When you pick up a new Kia from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, depending on the model, it could have Apple CarPlay. When added to UVO, your driving experience will be elevated as you’ll be able to stay connected through your iPhone.

The 2017 Kia Sportage and the 2016 Kia Optima will be offered with Apple CarPlay when you opt for a compatible navigation system or UVO3. The vehicles with this system will be at dealerships during the second quarter.

If you previously purchased one of these vehicles and it has a compatible navigation system or UVO3, you’ll be able to download the update at The new update will be available in the third quarter.

The 2017 Kia Sorento was the first Kia model that was offered with CarPlay support. Apple CarPlay will be available in other models; and those will be announced later.

Adding Apple CarPlay to the infotainment system will allow you to seamlessly integrate your iPhone’s easy-to-use interface to your favorite Kia model, according to Henry Bzeih, the managing director of connected and mobility services for Kia Motors America.

Apple CarPlay brings convenience and safety to being connected while you are in the vehicle. You’ll be able to listen to music, make phone calls, get directions and send and receive messages without taking your focus off the road. You’ll need to be able to connect your iPhone to the system via a USB port. Apple CarPlay also features hands-free support through Siri voice control or through your Kia’s touch screen and controls.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new Kia Optima, Sportage or Sorento and to learn more about your favorite model’s safety, security, entertainment and convenience features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance specials we may be running.


Nissan Receives Energy Star “Partner of the Year” for Fifth Year in a Row


The Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor that is given to organizations that show dedication to protecting the environment; and Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall has many Nissan models in its showroom. Because Nissan is dedicated to making its operation green, it continues grabbing this coveted award. This is the fifth year in a row that Nissan earned.

According to Rebecca Vest, the vice president of corporate development and social responsibility of Nissan, the auto manufacturer continues to make improvements to its operation to reduce its environmental footprint while still producing the “highest quality vehicles sold in North America.”

How Nissan Reduces Its Footprint

Part of how the auto manufacturer reduces its footprint includes using LED lighting, improving the efficiency of industrial motors, ensuring compressed air leaks are repaired immediately and using a paint process that is environmentally friendly. With just these changes, Nissan reduced energy usage by 30 percent.

Energy Star Collaboration

Working with Energy Star not only reduces Nissan’s footprint, but it also saves Americans money; and it helps drivers reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions when they buy Nissan. According to the EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, Nissan “demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

About Nissan

Nissan has manufacturing operations in Smyrna, Tennessee. This vehicle assembly plant has assembled more vehicles in 2015 than any other manufacturer’s automotive assembly plant in North America. The plant in Canton, Mississippi was awarded the Energy Star Certification for its 10th year in a row; and that shows Nissan’s superior energy management is in the top 25 percent of the automotive manufacturing industry.

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June Events Around the Jersey Shore


Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle so that you can attend events on the Jersey Shore in style. Or, if you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.


Head over to Red Bank on June 3 through June 5, 2016 for the Riverfest. Enjoy local bands on multiple stages and nationally well-known jazz and blues artists. Crafters and food vendors will be in Marine Park. For more information visit

Arts and Crafts by the Sea

On June 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., head over to the Boardwalk between Dupont and Blaine Avenues in Seaside Heights for over 50 crafters and artists. Shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays. Enjoy a day of shopping with the Jersey Shore in the background. For more information visit

Wildwood Beer Fest

Enjoy locally brewed craft beer from June 10 through June 11, 2016 in Fox Park. The festival features over 100 brews, live music, craft vendors and great food. Tickets are $40 and session are from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit

Skimmer Festival

On June 18 and 19, 2016, head over to Sea Isle City for the Skimmer Festival. Enjoy food and craft vendors, children’s activities, live music, a sand sculpting contest and more. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and then a concert will be held at Excursion Park from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday, enjoy vintage vehicles and live music at the Auto Antique Car Show, which will be held on the promenade. For more information visit

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All-New 2017 Kia Sportage Receives Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from IIHS


When you visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new Kia, be sure to test drive the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just awarded the Kia Sportage with a Top Safety Pick Plus since this model now comes with optional front crash prevention.

The IIHS is one of the most recognized organizations that tell consumers how safe a vehicle is. To receive the highest designation from them is a significant achievement, especially after the organization changed its requirements in 2014. The change mean that for a vehicle to achieve Top Safety Pick Plus, it has to score “Good” in five crashworthiness tests plus the vehicle must score “Advanced” or “Superior” in the front crash prevention category. The five tests that a vehicle must score a “Good” in include head restraints, side impact crash test, roof strength, small overlap front crash test and moderate overlap front crash test. “Good” is the highest rating in those tests.

About the 2017 Kia Sportage

The Sportage comes in three trim levels: SX, LX and EX. Some features are only available on higher trim levels. These features include autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, Bi-HID headlights with dynamic bending light, front and rear parking assist and high beam assist.

Furthermore, the new Sportage uses more advanced high strength steel. Now, 51 percent of the Sportage’s body features this type of steel, while the 2016 model year had only 18 percent. This means that the all-new Kia Sportage’s torsional rigidity improved 39 percent over last year. Additionally, the Sportage features over 338 feet of structural adhesive to further reduce the impact of a crash.

The SX features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 260 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower. The LX and EX trim levels come standard with a 2.4-liter engine that makes 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The new Sportage is also the first Kia model to feature UVO3, eight gigabytes of music storage, 14 telematics services, WiFi tethering and access to onscreen apps.

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Nissan Maxima Named to “2016 Wards 10 Best Interior” List


When you are test driving the 2016 Nissan Maxima at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall keep in mind that this vehicle one WardsAuto‘s 10 Best Interiors for 2016. With a premium-crafted interior and it’s driver’s cockpit that was inspired by a fighter jet, the Maxima is more like a luxury vehicle than a non-luxury sedan. The Maxima was one of 47 nominees, all of which had significantly improved or brand new cabins.

The eighth-generation flagship Maxima was touted at the “ideal front-wheel drive sport sedan” because of its inviting and warm interior that gives luxury brands serious competition. The senior editor of WardsAuto, Tom Murphy, said that the Maxima’s interior “makes a brilliant first impression.” The interior features a two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel and a black and camel color scheme. Nissan’s liquid chrome metallic trim and the leather-appointed Alcantara diamond-quilted seats tops the look.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima also features top of the line performance, design and innovation leadership. The vehicle features a wider stance and lower profile. The bold front end and the Nissan V-Motion grille makes the outside look as good as the inside.

Technology includes an available 11-speaker Bose system, standard NissanConnectSM with navigation, SiriusXM radio and an Around View monitor with moving object detection. The Maxima features a 400-horsepower 3.5-liter engine backed by an Xtronic transmission. Although the engine has tons of horsepower, it still get good gas mileage: 30 mpg* on the highway.

Available driving aids include intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and driver attention alert. Choose from the S, SV, SL, SR and the Platinum trim levels. The Maxima is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee and the engines are assembled in Decherd, Tennessee.

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2016 Nissan Sentra Achieves Top Safety Pick Plus rating by IIHS


For the 2016 model year, the Nissan Sentra, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, joined the Maxima, Altima and the Murano in safety features. All of these vehicles have earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Prior model year Sentra models earned the Top Safety Pick. This year, the IIHS make it harder to get a Top Safety Pick by requiring that a vehicle score “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness categories.

To earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must score “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness test and it must have available front crash prevention with a score of “Advanced” or “Superior.”

Michael Bunce, the vice president of Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan North America, Inc., stated that the auto manufacturer is proud to have another of its core vehicles earn the Top Safety Pick Plus award from IIHS. He also stated that the safety of owners and passengers is a top priority.

The forward emergency braking feature is available on the 2016 Nissan Sentra SR and SL trim levels when you add the optional Technology Package. Standard safety features include side impact beams, a low tire pressure warning system, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability control, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags and front airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, first and second row curtain airbags, a back-up camera, and rear child safety locks.

Additional features that make the Sentra safer include variably intermittent wipers, heated power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, fully automatic projector beam headlights with delay off and front fog lights.

Additional Features

The Nissan Sentra is not just a safe vehicle, it is a great vehicle for road trips and commuting. Keep yourself entertained with an AM/FM radio, CD player, SiriusXM radio, USB connection, Bluetooth, MP3 payer, a 5-inch color display, voice activation and a radio data system.

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new 2016 Nissan Sentra and to learn more about this model’s safety, convenience, security and entertainment features.


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, 2016, 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.

8th Annual Medicine Wheel Garden Festival

On May 14 and 15, 2016, 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, 2016, 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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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle and to learn more about your favorite model’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features.