Discover NissanConnect

Connect to more than the road.

Featured on your dashboard, and available as a standard feature across the majority of our new Nissan vehicles, NissanConnect is a handy way for you to stay connected while navigating around town. If you’re unsure if your vehicle includes NissanConnect, get in touch with your Nissan’s model and year and we’ll let you know!

NissanConnect uses hands-free technology together with your smartphone to help you stay in touch with the outside world. It combines navigation, security, entertainment and more in a single dash-mounted system designed to reduce distractions. NissanConnect is loaded with features including a handy navigation system and comes with apps such as Facebook, Google and Pandora, all so you can safely stay connected while driving.

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Our sales team run though these NissanConnect features when customers pick up their new Nissan vehicles, however we realise that sometime it’s hard to remember everything about your new vehicle at once, especially when caught up in the excitement of it all, so we’ve included the below handy guide running through how to set up your NissanConnect.

  1. Compatibility Check: Check to confirm that your smartphone is compatible with NissanConnect Mobile Apps using this compatibility guide.
  2. Install the NissanConnect App: You can install the NissanConnect App for free for your iPhone or Android phone.
  3. Register: Register on your new NissanConnect smartphone app.
  4. Connect your smartphone to your Nissan vehicle: For Android, pair your phone using Bluetooth. For iPhone, connect your phone using Bluetooth, or via your Apple USB Cable into the USB port located in the console of your NissanConnect equipped vehicle. If you’re unsure how to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth, check out our blog post which includes a video demonstration.
  5. Log into the NissanConnect App: For the first log in, you must enter your username and password that your entered when you first registered in Step 3.
  6. Configure the NissanConnect App: Go into the ‘Manage My Vehicles’ screen to give your vehicle a name, and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), this can usually be found on the drivers side in the corner where the dashboard meets the windscreen.
  7. Manage your Mobile Apps: Head to the ‘Manage My Apps’ page and select the apps your wish to use in your vehicle. Some apps do require you to already have the app installed onto your smartphone, while some require you to enter your credentials to log in.
  8. Enjoy your NissanConnect Mobile Apps! Your apps will now appear on your vehicle’s touch screen menu, but only when your phone is connected to both your vehicle and the internet. If you want to turn any apps off, simply head back to ‘Manage My Apps’ to deactivate any apps in the vehicle.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team, they’re always happy to help!

*Features and functions may vary by grade.

Nissan Bluetooth Connectivity

How to pair your smartphone via Bluetooth

When you collect your new Nissan from our showroom, our professionals will talk you through the vehicle’s main features and help you to pair your mobile device to your new vehicle via Bluetooth. However, we often find that guests can get caught up in the excitement and forget what was said at the time. After all, there can be a lot to take in and most people are usually pretty keen to hit the road in their new car!

For that reason, we’ve put together the above video. Luke Wielsma, one of our Nissan Product Specialists, talks you through the process of how to connect your smartphone to your Nissan – in this case a Nissan Navara – using Bluetooth. While Luke’s using a Samsung Galaxy S7, the process is similar on other devices. If you get stuck, feel free to drop by our showroom with your Nissan during our open hours and we’ll be happy to take a moment and show you through the process.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to accompany the video:

  1. Turn on your vehicle (the engine doesn’t have to be running) and your mobile
  2. On your mobile, head to the Bluetooth settings screen and activate Bluetooth
  3. On your Nissan, select ‘Setup‘, and then ‘Telephone & Bluetooth‘, and ‘Pair new device
  4. On your phone, select ‘My Car‘ (this should appear as a nearby device in your Bluetooth settings list)
  5. On your Nissan, select ‘Yes‘ to accept the pairing
  6. Your phone should now be connected (if prompted, enter the passcode shown on your Nissan’s screen)

After a few seconds, your phone will ask if you’d like to sync your contacts to your Nissan. Accepting this will allow you access to both your address book and your call history from your Nissan.

Need assistance? Be sure to drop by our showroom with your Nissan and we’ll help you out.

The Test Drive Process

Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting experience, but it’s also a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The only way to make this decision, and to truly appreciate what owning a vehicle could be like, is to get behind the wheel and experience it for yourself.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect when you come to test drive a new vehicle with us.

Meet and greet

On your arrival at our dealership, a Vehicle Product Specialist will be on hand to greet you at our Showroom Reception. We’ll take a few minutes to introduce ourselves, offer you a complimentary coffee, water or other beverage, and get to know you a little better while discussing the vehicle that’s caught your eye.

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Getting behind the wheel

For insurance purposes, we’ll need to see and make a copy of your driver’s license, along with making a note of your contact details before going ahead with the test drive. This ensures that we’re both fully covered while the test drive is underway. Once this paperwork is out of the way, you’ll be ready to get behind the wheel.

Your Vehicle Product Specialist will accompany you on the test drive, taking the opportunity to showcase features and technologies the vehicle is equipped with and answering any questions you may have. If you would prefer, your Vehicle Product Specialist will happily jump into the driver’s seat first to explain the vehicle’s features while in action, letting you take over once you’re more familiar with the vehicle.

Market Trade Appraisals

Once you’ve selected the perfect vehicle and are ready to purchase, we can appraise your trade-in vehicle. This process takes about 40 minutes. Our Sales Managers will carry out an inspection on your vehicle to evaluate how much it’s worth, aiming to offer you the best market trade price possible.

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Need to discuss finance?

We offer an extensive range of vehicle finance and leasing options. Our on-site Business Consultants, Brent Sullivan and Alice Brydon, are available to discuss how we can help get you into the driver’s seat sooner rather than later, with tailored packages based on your budget and requirements.

Options are available for both private and business purchasers.

We’ll keep in touch

We understand that purchasing a new vehicle is not a decision to be taken lightly. Once you’ve completed your test drive, you’re welcome to take some time before making a decision on purchasing. Your Vehicle Product Specialist will keep in touch with you following your test drive, should they be able to offer any assistance during your decision making process.


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Which Navara is right for you?

The full range has arrived, the fully powerful, fully clever Nissan NP300 Navara is now available in Dual Cab, King Cab and Single Cab.

Whatever body you choose, the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara is loaded with power and technology, as well as all-day comfort seats, plus 7 airbags. The twin-turbo diesel engine offers best-in-class diesel fuel economy plus powerful performance.

View our range below, and see which Navara would suit you the best.

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Single Cab

If you need all the load space you can get, the single cab with its extra-long tray is your best bet. The interior is loaded with all the features you want for a comfortable day on the job.

The Single Cab range is available is two model ranges – DX and RX – with either a 2.5L four-cylinder petrol engine, or the 2.3L single-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. Both 2WD and 4WD drivetrains are available, both controlled by a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed automatic is available as an option for the turbo-diesel RX 4WD.

All Single Cab models are cab-chassis in configuration, a pickup style side rear body is not available.

Maximum load capacities for NP300 Navara Single Cab models range from 1,196kg to 1,362kg, depending on model grade and drivetrain. All variants are fitted with leaf spring rear suspension.

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King Cab

Adding space and style is the all-new NP300 Navara King Cab. If you occasionally need to throw mates in the back or keep your gear more secure, the King Cab offers heaps of flexibility with its fold-down rear seats, longer tray and wide- opening rear doors.

The King Cab body design offers seating for up to four occupants, with rear seat access available via a clever reverse-opening door panel behind each side door.

The King Cab range is only available in turbo-diesel power, specifically single turbo-diesel for the RX grade and twin turbo-diesel for the ST and ST-X grades.

The RX grade for the King Cab is available in either cab-chassis or with a pickup style rear body. The ST and ST-X grades are available only as a pickup. All King Cab variants are fitted with leaf spring rear suspension.

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Dual Cab

The Dual-Cab has an SUV-like interior that seats five comfortably, perfect for the whole work crew or family holidays. Also, there’s plenty of room in the tray for your tools or camping gear.

The workhorse-oriented Dual Cab variant will allow fitment of a drop-side tray cargo body and comes fitted with leaf spring rear suspension and a maximum load capacity of 1,151kg. It is available only in the RX model grade as a 4WD with single turbo-diesel power.

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Nissan Genuine Accessories

Your Nissan vehicle is an important investment. Don’t compromise on quality or fit – insist on Genuine Nissan Accessories. Make your Navara unique and the best looking Nissan out on the road – in your eyes – with accessories that are designed and developed specifically for your vehicle.

The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara is no exception, with a large range of Nissan Genuine Accessories for whatever you need to do, whether you’re at the work-site, or the camp-site.

Find out more about the NP300 Navara, or view our range of Genuine Nissan Accessories.

If you’d like to find out more, or book a test drive, don’t hesitate to contact our team on 03 366 2644

Planning a road trip? View our essential safety checks.

Before you head out for this summer’s road trip adventure, for a Christmas family reunion, or for the annual family holiday, make sure that your most essential road trip item – your vehicle – is all ready to go!

Bring your vehicle into Cockram Nissan before you head out and we’ll carry out the below essential summer vehicle checks to ensure you have a hassle-free summer with your vehicle.

1. Check your air conditioning

Your air con system may not be working as well as it should after the long winter, and it is definitely a summer road trip essential. During long trips, keeping the windows up and the air conditioning on improves aerodynamics and reduces driver fatigue, while also keeping passengers comfortable. A marginally operating system is more likely to fail in hot weather, so before you head out we’ll make sure your air con is working efficiently.

2. Check your cooling system

The biggest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. An overheating radiator could indicate that the coolant level is too low. Before heading away, you can check your coolant level for yourself. The coolant reservoir will be located directly underneath your bonnet, towards the front of the engine bay, and your coolant level should always lie between the minimum and maximum markings.

3. Check your oil

If you are planning on making long trips or towing a trailer, boat or caravan, it’s a good idea to get your oil and your oil filter checked, and changed if needed, to prevent the possibility of your engine overheating.

4. Check your windshield wipers

Your windshield wipers may be damaged from scraping across an icy windscreen during the winter, so we’ll give those a check to make sure they are working efficiently. We’ll also top up your wiper fluid, you may need to wipe dust or bugs off your windscreen during a long journey. Topping up your window wiper fluid is also something you can do yourself, if needed.

5. Check your tyres

As the heat rises, so do the pressure levels of your tyres, this should be checked before a summer trip. We’ll also examine your tyres for tread life or uneven wearing. Before you head out, ensure you have a spare tyre and a tyre changing kit in your vehicle in case it is needed.

6. Check your car battery

We’ll check this to make sure that it is in good working condition and won’t be at a failure risk on your trip.

Lastly, before you head out on your adventure, make sure you have a first aid kit in your vehicle for emergencies, that you know how to work your Sat Nav and, most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Book your vehicle in for a Summer Road Trip Check today, or contact our team on 03 366 2644 for more information.

 

*Other checks may be carried out. Please enquire with our team at time of booking.

Winter Motoring Tips

These winter nights have been pretty cold and frosty. If you have no choice but to leave your Nissan vehicle outside at night, you’ll probably often find your windscreen covered in frost. We have a few tips for you in order to help solve this problem.

1. Do not use your wipers until you have covered the windscreen with water.

Without the lubrication that water gives, the rubber blades of your windscreen wipers are ‘rasping’ over the ice crystals and potentially tearing the rubber, therefore making them ineffective and wearing out long before they should.

2. Don’t use hot water on your windscreen.

It is true that hot water will melt the ice a little quicker, but cold water will also work and can actually be a safer option. When hot water is used you may run into problems. If your windscreen has a chip or a crack, the sudden change of temperature caused by pouring boiling hot water on it can accentuate the crack, resulting is a fully cracked windscreen.

3. Be patient.

Pour cold or warm water over the entire windscreen (and side windows too), Refrain from using your wipers until all of the ice has melted, Allow time for your heater to work and drive safely as if the frost has affected your vehicles windscreen, it may have of affected the roads too.  Remember ice on the road is often hard to spot.

4. Have your vehicle’s Anti-Freeze changed.

Anti-Freeze is used in the engine of your vehicle and helps prevent the engine coolant from expanding and potentially bursting its confines when all the liquid freezes. If you cannot recall when it was changed last – then it’s probably due!

Get To Know Your Vehicle’s Pollen Filter

Do you or your family suffer from hayfever or other allergies? Reducing irritants, along with other unwanted factors such as exhaust fumes, in your vehicle can be as easy as replacing your vehicle’s pollen filter.

What is a pollen filter?

A pollen filter plays an important role in the the day-to-day operation of your vehicle. Not to be confused with an air filter, which keeps contaminants out of your vehicle’s engine, a pollen filter is responsible for filtering any air flowing into the vehicle through the air vents, working hard to protect your vehicle’s interior and its passengers.

By trapping particles such as pollen, dust, bacteria, and exhaust gases that may try to find their way into a vehicle’s ventilation system, a pollen filter helps to make your car an altogether healthier place – especially if you or your family suffer from hayfever or other allergies.

Do I really need to have my pollen filter replaced?

Nissan and many other vehicle manufacturers, along with the New Zealand Allergy and Asthma Society, recommend replacing your vehicle’s pollen filter annually, but there are many benefits to regularly replacing your pollen filter.

When your pollen filter is in optimal condition, you can expect:

  • A sufficient supply of fresh, clean air throughout the vehicle interior
  • Protection for passengers from dust particles, pollen, and other irritants
  • A reduction in the likelihood of driver fatigue that can be caused by dust particles and micro-organisms inside your vehicle
  • Less external odours and exhaust fumes entering the vehicle
  • A cleaner, more hygienic vehicle interior

Along with these positives, a pollen filter in optimal condition will continue to assist the performance of your vehicle’s air conditioning system. A clogged pollen filter is unable to function satisfactorily, and can allow contaminants, bacteria, and other unwanted external particles to enter your vehicle’s air conditioning system. This can have a negative impact on air conditioning system performance and operation, which can lead to costly repair work.

What’s the next step?

Protect your vehicle and its passengers by ensuring your Nissan’s pollen is doing its job well, and allow our authorised Nissan Service Centre to replace you Nissan’s pollen filter.

Book your Nissan in for a pollen filter and air conditioning system inspection by phoning (03) 366 2644 or completing our online booking form.

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Buying a new car? Here’s a handy guide.

To some people, vehicle sales staff can be quite intimidating. And there’s so much to think about when buying a car – technical terms for vehicle features, finance rates and options, how can I tell I’m getting a good deal, and so on. Our team are well aware of this and that’s why their primary goal is to help put your mind at ease from the very first point of contact.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share this guide with you. It’s been put together by Nissan themselves and is aimed at helping to give you some pointers on the car buying process, as well as a few things to think about before you start your search for your next vehicle.

View the guide below or view and print a PDF version here to take with you.

The Car Buying Guide

Take control of your next car purchase. Browse through this Buying Guide to find tips on selecting a car that’s right for you. It will help you make the most of your Nissan purchase and ownership experience.

Browse before you buy

You’ll find hundreds of models on the market – which should you buy: 4WD, sports car, wagon, coupe or sedan? And which make and model? Many factors can influence your decision. To get you started, consider these three:

USE: How will you use this car?

  • Who will drive it? Just you or other members of your family? Different driving styles may require different performance and safety features.
  • Who will ride in it? Family, pets, co-workers, clients? This will tell you how much luxury or room you’ll need.
  • Where will you take it? For commuting, comfort is a primary concern. Road trips require convenience and performance. Going out on the town calls for style. Whatever your destinations, make sure to keep these factors in mind.
  • What will you demand of it? Heavy work, such as hauling equipment or towing? Lots of active, off-road driving? Shopping for groceries or home improvement supplies? Consider what your requirements are: heavy, moderate, or light.

PRICE: What can you afford?

  • What monthly payment do you want?
  • How much is your trade-in worth?
  • How large a down payment do you want to make?
  • What does it cost to insure this car?
  • What does it cost to fuel and maintain it?
  • Do you want a pre-owned or a new car?

QUALITY: What do others have to say about the vehicle?

Discuss all of the above questions and considerations with friends or family members, as well as experts such as your Nissan Dealer. Then, narrow your selection to 3 or 4 cars.

To make your final decision, visit the Dealer and explore each car in person. How does the car make you feel? Does it speak to your needs? Can you envision yourself in the car? Relationships with vehicles often extend beyond the practical; take the time to find the one that matches your unique personality and needs.

Make the most of your visit to the Dealership

The key to a pleasant and successful dealership experience is preparation and making sure all of your questions are answered. To avoid dealership anxiety, come prepared with questions in mind and goals for making your visit to the dealer an enjoyable experience.

Prepare Yourself

  • Before visiting a dealership, schedule an appointment for immediate service.
  • If you want to trade-in a car, bring the current Loan, Lease or Title papers.
  • Dress comfortably, as you would for any shopping trip.
  • Be sure you’ve done your research: sales consultants can answer questions, but it helps if you know what to ask.

In the Showroom

Thoroughly examine the vehicle’s exterior and interior in daylight or in a well-lit area. Be sure to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Does it fit my lifestyle?
  • Does the car fit me, or is it too big or small?
  • Is it easy to enter and exit?
  • Do the front and back seats feel comfortable?
  • Does it offer enough cargo and passenger space?
  • Do the interior features “feel right”: Are controls where I need them?

Test Driving

We recommend you test drive a vehicle before buying no matter how others may praise it.

A few notes:

  • Schedule a test-drive appointment, particularly for popular cars on a weekend.
  • Before you embark, the dealership may ask to hold or photocopy your Driver’s Licence. Some may also request other background information.
  • Most dealerships require a sales consultant to accompany you. Consider this an advantage: the consultant can answer questions and demonstrate features while you drive.
  • Use the stereo, turn on the air conditioning, and generally determine how easy it is to adjust controls while you drive. Also, check for visibility or noise issues.

By taking these factors into consideration, you’ll be better prepared and more likely to have an enjoyable experience while looking for your new vehicle.

Compare the all new Nissan X-Trail

The all new Nissan X-Trail has landed and it’s itching to show you just how much of a joy every day driving can be. Available in three model grades, the X-Trail ST (from $39,990), X-Trail ST-L (from $47,290) and X-Trail Ti (from $53,290) are now available from Cockram Nissan.

Packed full of practical features, it’s a whole new school of thought in family proof, launching a more stylish era for the X-Trail. With robust capability for the practical and its new bold design the all-new Nissan X-TRAIL is set to impress!

Available in three model grades and in 2WD or 4WD, the all new X-Trail includes a refined 2.5L petrol engine that offers an impressive 126kW of power, 226Nm of torque and 1500kg braked towing capacity.

The all new X-Trail is just as at home off-road as it is navigating the city streets with the 4WD range, with the intuitive All-Mode 4×4-i system to constantly control the balance of power between front and rear wheels. Hill Start Assist is standard on the 4WD models and helps prevent rollback when starting on an incline, so you can get moving with confidence.

 

Cleverly designed tiered, theatre style seating means everyone onboard can always see the road ahead, while gloss black trim with metallic accents, the atmospheric LED front passenger interior lighting add to the theatrical mood. More than a few in your family? You’ll be pleased to hear that the ST model is also available with a 7-seat configuration.

When it comes to technology, X-Trail is jam-packed with advanced features. From the 5″ Advanced Driver Assist Display (ADAD) – which keeps you updated with navigation, phone calls and vehicle performance and much more while you’re on the go – to NissanConnectTM (available in ST-L and Ti) X-Trail doesn’t disappoint.

This latest X-Trail has been designed with not only comfort, but safety in mind. Starting with the innovative Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection on the Ti grade, and the Around View® Monitor on the ST-L and Ti grades, the vehicle keeps its eyes open for you. The all new Nissan X-TRAIL also has a host of safety features as standard across the range including: 6 airbags, rear view camera, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Compare the X-Trail with other models in its class

Keen to see how the al new X-Trail measures up against other similar vehicles? Nissan have put together a comparison of all four models. Click the images below to view the full table as a PDF.

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Your questions: LSD and diff locks on a Navara D40

Not so long ago, we got together with New Zealand 4×4 legend, Pete Ritchie, and took a number of customers and two brand new Nissan Navaras for an off-road adventure. For those that missed it, you can view the video below.

Yesterday, a fellow Nissan owner, posted a question on the video through YouTube. To help answer the question, we gave Pete Ritchie a shout.

Leon’s question:

Awesome video presentation, I have a Nissan Navara D40 LE 4X4 6Speed manual model, tried taking it offroad, but easily got stuck, due to the fact that it had an open differential at the rear not an LSD. Can you explain why Nissan wouldn’t install LSD or even a diff lock in the 4×4?

Pete Ritchie responds:

Hi Leon, thanks for the great question! My first response would be to say it sounds like an import!

Each country has its own spec levels and this is beyond any influence of Nissan NZ. And we know all NZ-new Navara’s come fitted with either a manual LSD or an electronic LSD package as part of their stability program that works on both front and rear axles (Nissan New Zealand knows the importance of these features to New Zealanders!).

The best way forward for you would be to choose from the following options should off road ability be an important issue.

  1. Ensure suitable tires with enough tread depth, run at the right pressure to optimise traction and self tread clearing
  2. Upgrade to a New Zealand new Navara, preferably with the full traction control features (through Cockram Nissan, of course!)
  3. Have an ARB manual rear diff lock fitted to your existing Navara (is not a total fix)
  4. Attend a Cockram Nissan Drive Day to learn how to maximise traction without any mechanical changes to the vehicle (no disrespect intended here – you may already be an excellent off-road driver … but you’ll still have some fun at the Drive Day!)

We hope this is of some assistance to you, Leon. And thanks to Pete Ritchie of Natural Instincts for taking the time to respond.