La Crosse offers a number of fun activities for your family to enjoy during the holiday season in Wisconsin. Here are just three holiday events that are worth attending this December.
La Crosse Wisconsin Rotary Lights
Have a merry and bright holiday when you witness the La Crosse Wisconsin Rotary Lights at Riverside Park. The event is open to the public on select evenings from Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, so make sure to check the schedule as you plan your visit. You can walk, drive or take a carriage ride through the park as you take in the light displays. There are also hayrides, live music, breakfast with Santa and live reindeer at the event.
The Rose Ensemble at St. Rose Convent
Catch The Rose Ensemble’s seasonal concert “And Glory Shone Around: An Early American Christmas” at the St. Rose Convent on the evening of Dec. 14. The group’s vocalists will pair with instrumentalists to perform a program of Shaker hymns, Appalachian ballads, colonial carols and bluegrass compositions.
Cheers Big Band Holiday Dance and Waltz Lesson
Pack your dance shoes and head to Concordia Ballroom La Crosse on Dec. 20 for the Cheers Big Band Holiday Dance and Waltz Lesson. You can catch the waltz lesson from 7-7:45 p.m. then enjoy dancing from 8-10:30 p.m. while Cheers Big Band supplies a variety of tunes so you can waltz, foxtrot, rumba, and tango throughout the evening.
Pischke Motors Nissan wishes you and your loved ones a happy holiday. Be sure to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment to get ready for the winter weather.
In Europe, Nissan has been introducing various electric vehicles as it ramps up toward an EV-dominated future. Although the same vehicles haven’t been announced for the U.S., the Nissan lineup does include the LEAF, which is a great eco-friendly option for drivers in the states.
The Nissan LEAF has long been a popular all-electric vehicle in the U.S., and it indicates the brand’s commitment to electrification in its lineup. As is evident of this commitment, Gareth Dunsmore, the electric vehicle director for Nissan Europe, announced that the European portfolio of EVs would broaden. Some of the new vehicles in that portfolio will be entirely electric, while others will utilize e-power technology.
E-power vehicles use a small internal combustion engine to charge the battery pack, eliminating any fears over range. The fuel-efficient Note e-power model has already found success in Japan, so it stands to reason that similar vehicles may do well in Europe.
In 2020, the Nissan IMx concept crossover is also set to hit certain markets in 2020. This coincides with the plan for Nissan to have pure electric vehicles. As stated by Dunsmore, EV-modifiable internal combustion engine platforms and bespoke EV platforms are also going to be created.
There are still many unknown details about the new vehicles, such as if they will be coming to the U.S. However, it’s clear that electrification is important to Nissan and its future strategy.
We at Pischke Nissan love how committed Nissan is to protecting the environment. Come take a test drive at our dealership and see all that our vehicles have to offer.
Summer is here again, and there’s no better time than now to make sure that your Nissan is up-to-date on key maintenance and service. Taking care of your Nissan this summer starts at Pischke Nissan, and it continues with some steps that you can take yourself.
Your A/C is your best friend come the dog days of summer, and there are few feelings worse than realizing that your system isn’t working smack-dab in the middle of a hot day. Get ahead of a potential “sweat-astrophe” by getting your air conditioning system looked at by the experts at Pischke Nissan. We’ll quickly diagnose any problems and help you stay cooler for longer.
Keep it clean…
Having a nice, clean Nissan isn’t just easier on the eyes — regular washes and waxes help it hold up longer, which is especially nice if you plan to trade in and trade up one of these days. Washing off the grime and gunk of winter and spring and coating your Nissan with a fresh sheen of wax helps preserve resale value and increases your odds of getting complimented.
…on the inside, too
If you’re planning on taking a road trip with the kids or your old college buddies, then you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve got a nice, clean interior. Take the opportunity of a warm day and vacuum out your Nissan, wash your rubber floor mats, clean the glass, and swap in a fresh air freshener. Not only will this liven up your road trip, it’ll make your daily commute all the more pleasant.
There’s much more you can do to take care of your Nissan this summer, but your first step should be to bring it on in to Pischke Nissan. Whether you need new wiper blades, a battery test, tire rotation, or a tune-up, our service experts have you covered every mile of the way.
Are you looking for an exciting place to try out the off-roading features of your new Nissan from Pischke Nissan? Our home state has plenty of great places to seek out adventure. Here are four of our favorite off-road parks in Wisconsin:
- Cheese Country
Cheese Country is open year-round, and it’s completely free to thrill seekers. You’ll find the 47-mile Cheese Country Trail System out in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, including Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties, about two and a half hours from our dealership.
- Florence County
Florence County is a 5-hour drive north, situated near Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — but the trip is worth it for the area’s natural beauty and, of course, great off-roading trails. This is a great spot for nearly year-round adventure, and it’s completely free. Just keep in mind that the trail closes in April.
- Chippewa County ATV Trails
The Chippewa County ATV Trails are just 2 hours away from our dealership here in La Crosse. This trail system includes 19 miles of hills and valleys. While admission is free, the trail is only open from May 1 through November 15 each year.
- Black River Falls
Like our other three options, Black River Falls is completely free. Located just an hour away, it’s open for summer fun from May 15 to October 15 and winter adventures from December 15 through March 15.
Need to get your Nissan ready to hit the trails? Buy accessories or get service at Pischke Nissan.
Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Kelley Blue Book named the winners of its annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. The 2019 Nissan Armada claimed a victory in the Best Full-Size SUV Crossover segment.
Why is this important? This award signifies that over the first five years, the 2019 Nissan Armada is the most affordable full-size SUV to own based on upkeep costs, like maintenance and fuel.
“Spacious and versatile, with near-Infiniti levels of luxury, the 2019 Nissan Armada also boasts the lowest predicted 5-Year Cost to Own in its class,” Kelley Blue Book writes. “The Armada rides on a proven, rugged foundation, which contributes to this SUV’s durability. The Nissan Armada offers comfortable eight-passenger seating, can tow up to 8,500 pounds and has legit off-road chops.”
The 2019 Armada is available here at Pischke Nissan across four trims: SV, SL, Platinum, and Platinum Reserve. No matter which option you choose, your new Armada will take its power from a hearty 5.6-liter V8, towing up to 8,500 pounds and cranking out 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque.
KBB was very impressed with the power under the hood but also by the roomy interior and advanced technologies, including safety systems like Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking.
The impressive 2019 Nissan Armada value makes it one of the most popular models in Nissan’s current lineup. Check it out at Pischke Nissan.
Last month, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition alongside the 2020 Rogue Sport compact crossover at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. This special-edition Pathfinder stands out with unique exterior and interior treatments that cost an extra $995. The package is available on SV and SL trims.
“The Rock Creek Edition name was chosen to connect to Pathfinder’s family outdoor adventure-minded target customers. The Rock Creek Edition name also connects to Pathfinder’s proud rugged heritage,” explained Scott Shirley, vice president of CMM & Marketing Operations for Nissan North America, as he presented the special edition.
What makes the Rock Creek Edition stand out from regular 2019 Pathfinders?
It bears many exterior enhancements. You’ll notice black molded overfenders, black front and rear fascia accents, a black mesh grille, black door handles and outside rearview mirrors, black roof rails, and package-specific “Rock Creek” badging on the Pathfinder’s front doors. It rides on special dark 18-inch wheels, wrapped in 255/60R18 all-season tires.
All Pathfinder Rock Creeks get a standard trailer tow hitch, harness, and splash guards. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition can tow up to 6,000 pounds — that’s a best-in-class rate.
Inside, the 2019 Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition benefits from high-contrast stitching for the door, steering wheel, seats, and console lid; Rock Creek Edition two-tone seating surfaces and badging; and a premium metallic interior trim.
If you’re interested in the Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, contact Pischke Nissan and we’ll help you take this impressive SUV home.
These days, cars come with a plethora of cutting-edge features: top-quality stereos, hands-free technology, and even intuitive driver-assist tools. Technology continues to improve in the production of your vehicle, but they can still benefit from great aftermarket products.
Once you drive off the lot at Pischke Nissan, consider adding one of these must-have car accessories to your new ride.
- Dash cam — Purchasing a dash cam will give you more security on the road. If you have a dash cam, it’s significantly easier for police and insurance companies to see who is at fault in the event of an accident. You won’t have to worry about being falsely accused of violating the law.
- Vent phone mount — Texting and driving is incredibly dangerous, but so is holding your phone to use its voice-recognition software. A simple vent mount for your phone will free up your hands and create safer driving habits.
- In-car garbage can — It’s easy for trash to accumulate in the car, especially during long trips. Eliminate the clutter inside your car with an attachable, in-car trash can. You and your passengers can toss all your garbage in one place and you can empty it out after each trip.
Pischke Nissan sells many OEM-official aftermarket parts and upgrades that you can equip to your Nissan. Call our parts and service center for more information.
Winter weather has arrived early this year across the United States—and here in Wisconsin, we are used to it. But for any drivers who are new to wintry roads in Wisconsin, take some time to review what to do if your vehicle is sliding on ice, courtesy of The News Wheel:
First things first, do not brake. That is the worst thing you can do if your vehicle begins to slide on ice, but unfortunately, it is almost a gut instinct. Just remember: If you slam on the brakes, it will only make the sliding worse, especially if your vehicle has an anti-lock brake system.
Instead of braking, decelerate slowly by removing your foot from the accelerator. While decelerating, steer gently. Any jerking motions at the wheel could cause you to overcorrect, which may send you sliding (or spinning) in any direction.
If you know your rear wheels are skidding, just turn the steering wheel in the direction that you are sliding while decelerating. This should help you to regain control. If your front wheels are skidding, just decelerate and try to drive straight. After you have slowed down a little, you can lightly—very lightly—press the brake.
If your car gets ice or snow damage this winter, come visit the experts at Pischke Nissan and the Pischke Collision Center.
Traveling with turkey, a scrumptious side dish, or dessert during the holiday season can be a risky proposition. Avoid spills in your car or your lap by heeding our tips for traveling with food this Thanksgiving.
Turkey or Ham
If you have been tasked with cooking a delicious turkey or ham for your family’s Thanksgiving get-together, kudos to you. That’s no easy task. However, don’t let a fast turn down a city street ruin all that work. Instead of attempting to keep it hot in a large dish that could easily spill, cook your turkey or ham the day before, slice it, and store it in smaller containers. Bring these containers to the party in a cooler and heat it up at your destination.
Don’t let your delicious sweet potato casserole overturn on your back seat. Instead, put a lid on the dish and place it in a laundry basket. Then, fill it with towels so the dish can’t move. As an added bonus, the towels will keep the casserole dish warm for your eager eaters.
Whether it’s pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie, or even peanut butter pie, your family and friends will be eager to try your dessert. Ensure it arrives safely by using an extra metal pie tin as a lid for your pie. Tape it on to protect the pie, and use tin foil to further seal the lid on.
Of course, the generally unspoken rule is to drive carefully – holidays are a busy travel time. Above all, if your vehicle needs some attention or just needs replaced, come visit us at Pischke Nissan.
Are you and your family most content when you are exploring the great outdoors? Then pack up your Nissan Titan, head out of the driveway, and set your sights on one of our state’s many great outdoor destinations. Not sure where to start? These are the four best outdoor locations in Wisconsin:
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: If you and your loved ones could spend all day fishing, kayaking, and swimming, then take a trip to the Apostle Islands. You’ll find a number of beaches and places to relax, but true adventurers will want to explore the sea caves.
- Devil’s Lake State Park: Wisconsin’s most visited state park is Devil’s Lake, a spring-fed lake surrounded by 500-foot bluffs that were formed 1.6 billion years ago. Experienced rock climbers will find great challenges here.
- Big Manitou Falls: One of the most beautiful spots in Wisconsin is Big Manitou Falls, a 165-foot waterfall, located in Pattison State Park. This is the fourth-tallest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
- Chain O’Lakes: If you thought one lake was enough, how about 28 all at once? The Chain O’Lakes is a series of interconnected lakes—the largest inland chain of lakes on earth. Spend some time exploring in canoes or kayaks.
Of course, if you need a new Titan to take you to these scenic outdoor locales, make sure to stop in at Pischke Nissan in La Crosse.