Kia Soul Wins Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Award

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If you are looking for a Kia that is great for an active lifestyle, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the 2016 Kia Soul. This model won the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year award for it’s superb styling, spacious cabin and excellent performance.

The 12th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards were held in Chandler, Arizona; and this is the fourth year in a row that the Kia Soul won the best in the Urban category. Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America said that the auto manufacturer combined a refined interior, the iconic design of the Soul, the Soul’s copious cargo volume and many tech features to build a vehicle that is conducive to those with active lifestyles.

The Kia Soul also has a very reasonable starting MSRP, so it is affordable to buy; and with it’s excellent gas mileage, affordable to drive, especially when you want to take it on a road trip to your favorite hiking trails or favorite lake.

The founder of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle program, Nina Russin, said it is “unprecedented for a vehicle to win the ALV award for four years in a row.” Because the Kia Soul won the award, it shows that this model is very appealing to young buyers who need a vehicle that is easy enough to drive and park in urban areas yet is spacious enough to hold sporting gear and multiple passengers.

The Soul’s base model features a 1.6-liter engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, sportmatic shifting, remote keyless entry, privacy glass, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, hill hold control, brake assist, a tilt and telescopic steering column, cup holders, air conditioning, a day/night rearview mirror, cargo space lights, power windows and air filtration.

Safety features include curtain first and second row airbags, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, rear child safety locks, side impact beams ABS and driveline traction control and electronic stability control.

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Tire Safety for the Winter

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When you buy a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall this close to winter, you don’t have to worry about getting your tires ready since they are new. However, if you purchase a used vehicle or you’re not ready for a vehicle, you’ll need to make sure the tires are safe for the winter.

Check the Tread

Your vehicle’s tires should have plenty of tread for the winter. If the tread is low, it’s better to change the tires now rather than wait. The more tread you have on the tires, the better traction you’ll get in the snow.

The tread should also wear evenly. If you look at the tires and notice that the tread is worn more on one side than the other, you most likely have an alignment problem. This could cause the vehicle to slide on the snow because of the worn tread and because of the pulling if the alignment is out.

If the tread is worn evenly on both sides but not worn in the middle, the air pressure in the tires is too low. And, if the center is worn lower than the outside of the tire, the air pressure is too high. When the pressure is too high, less tires is touching the ground, thus you’ll have less traction.

Winter and Summer Tires

If you prefer to have summer and winter tires, be sure you make an appointment to have the tires changed as soon as possible. The last thing you want to do is to get caught in a snow storm with those summer tires on the vehicle. Before you change over to the winter tires, check them carefully for worn tread, dry rot and other issues. If the tires are the same age and one has a problem, you can expect that problem to crop up in the other tires sooner rather than later. Replace them with another set of winter tires or all-season tires.

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Call the service department at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to schedule an appointment to balance and rotate the tires or get new tires. If you are considering a new vehicle, stop by our showroom to test drive your favorite model.

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All-New Nissan TITAN XD Wins Prestigious “2015 Truck of Texas” Award

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When you go to a rodeo in Texas, you expect to see horses: High quality horses that are bred to be the best of the best. But there’s one rodeo where you won’t see horses unless they’re iron and the corral is under a hood. The Texas Auto Writers Association holds an annual truck rodeo – the Texas Truck Rodeo; and in this place, you’ll find lots of iron horses. The Titan XD will be available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall in New Jersey in December.

Nissan Titan Slams the Competition

The Nissan Titan XD won the 2015 Truck of Texas award this year. The top Platinum Reserve trim level also grabbed the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas honor. And, the Titan XD PRO-4X ran away with the Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas honor. As if that’s not enough, the Cummins V-8 5.0-liter diesel version won the best powertrain award.

All competitors are put through a grueling two-day evaluation at Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas. The 2016 Titan XD was driven hundreds of thousands of miles during development; and that includes the miles driven by the Texas Auto Writers Association, according to Fred Diaz, the senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. Diaz also stated that the prestigious award gives the company “tremendous validation heading into the Titan XD launch in December.”

The Nissan Titan XD won in part for its interior, exterior and strong performance. Sixty-nine journalists evaluated 80 vehicles.

New Generation

The new generation – the first new generation since the Titan was originally released – give the Titan a beefier suspension, heavy duty brakes, an Aisin six-speed transmission, a tougher transfer case, a fully boxed, full-length ladder high-strength steel frame, a new axle and differential and an integrated gooseneck hitch.

And this isn’t all! The new diesel engine, a better interior and more techie stuff makes this… well, the Best Truck in Texas. And, it will be the best truck in New Jersey, too!

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When the Titan XD is released in December, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for a test drive so you can see just how much this truck has changed.

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November Events Around New Jersey

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If you’re looking for something to do this month, take a walk on the wild side, visit with mermaids or take the kids to a storytelling and musical performance just for kids. Before you head out, be sure to call Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to make an appointment for service or stop by our showroom to test drive a new vehicle to take to these events.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Through November 18, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., take a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Allison Jackson, a Senior Naturalist. Learn about the changes of the season and benefit from being outside. Walks are rain or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately. Be sure to bring a camera, binoculars and even a nature journal if you want. This event is co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Audubon. Admission is free if you are a member of either organization otherwise admission is $5. Walks start at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennnington, New Jersey. For more information call Maryann Polefka at (609) 737-7592 or visit thewatershed.org. This event is for adults only.

Milk & Cookies

On November 7, 2015 and December 5, 2015, visit the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, New Jersey at 10:00 a.m. or noon for the free Milk and Cookies series. Enjoy storytelling and musical performances. All ages are welcome. For more information email info at statetheatrenj.org. Although the event is free, a reservation is required.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids – The Magic Returns

Though November 8, 2015, visit Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey to see the Weeki Wachee Mermaids. Tickets are $25.95 for adults and $18.95 for children 2 to 12 years. Children under 2 years are free. Watch real life mermaids swimming with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and more in the aquarium’s 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit. For more information and tickets call (856) 365-3300.

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Gearing Up for the Fall with Remote Start

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If your vehicle did not come with remote start nor offer it as an optional feature, you can still have remote start by getting an aftermarket system installed. When you have Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall 66MVP shop install a remote start system, you have several options from which to choose.

One Button Remote Start

Choose a one-button remote start that features a compact key and a variety of ranges. This system works easily with most OEM keyless remotes.

Keyless Entry

If you prefer to have keyless entry, add this feature to remote start so that you don’t have to fumble with a key with gloved hands while you are trying to get into your warm vehicle.

One-Way Security and Remote Start

You can kick up the remote start feature by adding one-way security. This system features keyless entry, remote start and security.

Two-Way Security and Remote Start

If you need a security feature that works with a user-friendly interface, choose the two-way security and remote start system. This system features a mini-USB charging port and remote control.

Why Add Remote Start

Add remote start to your vehicle for two major reasons: convenience and safety. When you can remote start your vehicle without going outside, it will be nice and warm for you when you get ready to head out on your commute or a road trip. Remote start also adds a level of security to your vehicle. When you can remotely start your vehicle, you’re not fumbling for your keys in an emergency. This could be the need to get to the hospital quickly or the need to get away from danger.

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Call Sansone Jr.’s 66 MVP to set up an appointment to have remote start, remote entry and one or two levels of security added to your vehicle. Whether you have an older vehicle or a newer vehicle that did not come with remote start, it can be added to enhance safety and convenience.

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The 2016 Kia Optima

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If you are waiting for the 2016 Kia Optima to become available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you won’t have much longer to wait. The new Optima will features five trim levels and pricing undercuts most of Kia’s competition for a sedan in this class.

Optima LX

The LX features cruise control, a 5-inch touch screen, Sirius satellite radio, a backup camera, Bluetooth, automatic down driver’s window, 16-inch aluminum wheels and chrome trim on the exterior. The LX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 185 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Optima LX 1.6T

This trim level features a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that makes 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission backs the engine. The LX 1.6T features 16-inch gray-finished aluminum wheels, acoustic front window glass, heated power-folding side mirrors, leather steering wheel and shifter knob, automatic up and down front windows, keyless entry and push button ignition.

Optima EX

The EX features a 2.4-liter engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, dual projector-beam headlights, two rapid-charge USB ports, a standard USB port, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel and a 12-way power driver’s seat.

Optima SX

The SX features a 2.0-liter engine that makes 245 horsepower and transmission with paddle shifters; 18-inch aluminum wheels, red-painted brake calipers, gloss black exterior trim, dual exhaust outlets, a rear spoiler, self-leveling HID headlights, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation and sunshades for the rear side windows.

Optima SXL

The SXL features a turbocharged 2.0-iter engine, 10-way power passenger seat, quilted Nappa leather seats, adaptive cruise control, electronic parking brake, automatic high beams, panoramic sunroof, heated rear seats, 18-inch wheels, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and a surround view camera.

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Keep your eye on this blog or stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall for more information about the 2016 Kia Optima and its various trim levels; and to keep updated as to when you’ll see the Optima in our showroom.

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New 2016 Nissan Altima Adopts the Latest Design Language for a Fresh New Look

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A few years ago, Nissan started presenting vehicles with a futuristic look. Not too many people thought that look would make its way into Nissan’s lineup, but it has. You see it in the 2015 Nissan Murano, where the look was shown on the Nissan Resonance Concept; and then in the 2016 Nissan Maxima, where the look was shown on the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept, both available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall.

Now, it’s the Altima’s turn. The all-popular vehicle features the “Gliding Wing” interior styling and the “Energetic Flow” exterior styling. You’ll see the new look in the 2016 Altima’s front end: All of the pieces in front of the A-pillars have been changed, including the lights, hood, bumper, fenders and fascia. The V-Motion grille was also redesigned. The headlights are similar to those you see on the Maxima and the Murano. The lower bumper also features integrated fog lights on the SL, SV and the SR trim levels, along with a chrome-trimmed grille.

The headlights have halogen high beam light and projector low beam lights. The new Altima also features LED daytime running lights that are swept into the wide hood. You’ll find these changes on the 3.5 SL and SR trim levels; and they are an option in the 2.5 SL and SR trim levels. The SR trim level also adds smoked headlight bezels to complete the look.

And that’s just the front. The rear also has a new look. The dark lower accent and a newly sculpted bumper, combined with a new trunk lid with its integrated spoiler and the boomerang-shaped combination lights that were moved lower and made wider give the Altima a hefty stance from behind. The combination lights integrate the stop lights, tail lights, turn signals and backup lights into one light.

In addition to these changes, Nissan added more colors to its already impressive choices for the lineup. The new colors include Java metallic, deep blue pearl, super black, gun metallic, pearl white, cayenne red and storm blue.

Additional changes include 17- and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a redesigned interior, newly shaped seats and a newly refined steering wheel.

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October Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle, and then take it to some of the events around the Jersey Shore. And, if you’re not quite ready for a new vehicle because your current vehicle is only a couple years old, call our service department to schedule an appointment for maintenance. Keeping up with the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance means your vehicle will last much longer.

Atlantic City Marathon and Half Marathon

For those who love to run, join in the marathons on October 11 through October 13, 2015. The meeting point is at Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Avenue. Registration fees range from $50 to $100. For more information call (609) 348-4411.

Wildwood Zombie Mud Run

Runners will enjoy the Wildwood Zombie Mud Run on October 12, 2015. Run in this post-apocalyptic 5k race that starts at Morey’s Piers, 3501 Boardwalk. Registration ranges from $20 to $105. For more information call (609) 522-3900.

Cape May’s 41st Annual Victorian Weekend

From October 11 through October 15, 2015, enjoy a citywide celebration of history from the 19th century. Take a tour of 19th century houses, have a tea luncheons, take in a fashion show, and attend educational programs and wine trails. Admission is charged for some events. For more information call (609) 884-5404.

Ocean City Three Day Fishing Tournament

Join in this surf fishing for charity tournament. Fish the beach from October 17 through October 19, 2015. Registration is $450 pr team. For more information call (856) 303-0906.

Sea Isle City Halloween Parade and Family Dance Party

Stop by Landis Avenue between 40th Street and 45th Street for the Sea Isle City Halloween Parade and Family Dance Party on October 18, 2015. Admission is fee. For more information call (609) 263-0050.

Halloween Happenings in Cape May

From October 18, 2015 through October 31, 2015, enjoy a citywide Halloween event including murder mystery dinners, ghost tours, scarecrow shows, psychic tea and more. Admission is charged for some of the events. For more information call (609) 884-5404.

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Kia Cadenza Earns AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

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When you stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new Kia Cadenza, keep in mind that this model won AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award. This award is given to vehicles that have product designs that best fill buyers’ needs and expectations.

AutoPacific looks at more than 66,000 surveys that have been completed by new car owners during the first half of the year. Upon comparison, the Ideal Vehicle Award is given to vehicles that have the best responses regarding driver seat comfort, the vehicle’s ride and handling, safety features, interior storage, technology and engine power and acceleration.

The Cadenza was introduced because customers wanted a Kia product that was larger and that was more luxurious than the SXL trim level on the Optima midsize sedan and the Kia Sorento CUV. The Cadenza was Kia’s first premium vehicle; and it paved the way for the K900, according to the vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America, Orth Hedrick.

Hedrick states that the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award is an important award to win because it is based on customer reviews; and that the award confirms that the Cadenza’s features, quality of materials and design is a hit with Kia customers.

In addition to the Ideal Vehicle Award, the Kia Cadenza won the Vehicle Satisfaction Award from AutoPacific in the summer of 2015.

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If you are in the market for a luxury sedan, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the newly crowned 2015 Kia Cadenza to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. Standard features may include four-wheel ABS brakes, a premium sound system, heated power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, power seat, power windows and door locks, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. Be sure to ask about additional packages that are available including the Luxury Package, Technology Package and the White Interior Package.

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Nissan’s “Keep Summer Rolling” Service Sweepstakes

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The 8th Annual Nissan Keep Summer Rolling Service Sweepstakes is running at over 1,000 Nissan dealerships, including Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. The sweepstakes runs through September 30, 2015. As part of the sweepstakes, Nissan owners could win a 370Z coupe, Maxima or a 2016 Nissan Rogue from NissanUSA.com.

According to Jack Wilkerson, the director of aftersales marketing and sales at Nissan, the company is “dedicated to vehicle service excellence,” and that the sweepstakes serves to remind people of the excellent customer service they receive at Nissan dealerships.

Anyone that owns or leases a Nissan may participate in the sweepstakes. Owners and lessees could win daily prices through the end of the sweepstakes. The campaign also features social and mobile aspects, and a crowd-sourced mixtape on Pandora called Nissan Summer Radio.

Service at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall

When your Nissan needs service, call or visit our service web page to schedule an appointment. You can create an account or you can just click through the “I’m in a hurry” button to get your service appointment set.

When you bring your vehicle in for service, it will be worked on by A.S.E. Certified auto technicians and you can expect to be treated like family. We use only quality Nissan parts for repairs and maintenance.

Service hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Our service department is closed on Sunday. If you are not sure when your vehicle is due for service, give us a call at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall with the year, make and model; and with the VIN number and mileage, and we will let you know when your next appointment is due.

You can also find your service schedule in the owner’s manual that you received with your Nissan.

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