Nissan & Star Wars Partner Again

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nissan News on Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Star Wars Nissan

Last year, Nissan & Star Wars partnered with the premier of the film Rogue One with beautiful movie-inspired Rogue models to promote the film as well as the top-selling car. This year, they’re at it again, but on a much bigger and better scale. At the Los Angeles’ Auto Show last month, Nissan unveiled 7 concept vehicles modeled after 7 major characters and crafts from the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film premieres on December 15th. Until then, check out these amazing designs!

The Dark Side

Nissan & Star Wars

“Fear is the path to the dark side.”–Yoda. And these three cars are quite fearsome, literally drawing inspiration from the Dark Side of the Force. From the left, first is the 2018 Nissan Maxima, designed based on Captain Phasma’s metallic helmet. The other two vehicles are also both Maximas. The middle vehicle models Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, complete with wings on either side. And the final vehicle to the right embodies Kylo Ren himself, with the front fascia (grille area) redesigned to reflect his unique facemask.


The Light Side

Nissan & Star Wars

The best characters are the ones you can cheer for. Remember when we all thought Poe Dameron died in the crash in The Force Awakens? Even BB8 cried! But then he lived to fight another day, and everyone rejoiced. The new 2018 Nissan Rogue hosts his X-Wing fighter with wings so realistic that the Rogue looks like it could fly away. Nissan even brought BB8 into this design, and kept the droid fully functional.

So… Which side are you on?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, 2017!

Watch the video below for more behind the scenes details about this iconic Nissan & Star Wars partnership!



*For full story, please visit the Nissan Newsroom here.

Jaci’s Favorite Things: the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

By krosenbaum | Posted in Buying a New Car, Cars for Sale in Nashville, Newton Nissan, Nissan, Nissan News on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Newly-minted Dove-award winning artist Jaci Velasquez recently took the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum for a month-long test drive! It was her first time to drive a Nissan, and she was impressed by the many features that made her life as a busy mom easier. Read on to find out more of her favorite features!

A Smarter Back-Up Camera

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Many makes & models now feature rear-view or back-up cameras to help assist drivers; however, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has a special upgrade.  Instead of simply having the camera at the back, Nissan added both more cameras with the available Around View monitoring system, as well as the Moving Object Detection system. The combination of the two means you can back up your car seeing all of your surroundings: front, back, and side. You can even be alerted to objects that you cannot see!

Family Entertainment Package

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

This might have been Jaci’s favorite feature! With the available Family Entertainment Package, you can let your kids in the back watch 2 different movies–at the same time! Think of how much easier family road trips could go. In addition to the two screens in the back, there is one up front, which houses available navigation and Bluetooth. This front screen will also play the selected DVD if the car is in park! Finally, staying connected is easy–with multiple ports for USB, AUX, and even one HDMI.

Hands-Free Liftgate

2017 Nissan Pathfinder

We’ve all been there: hands full of groceries or equipment, keys stuck in a bag, staring at the rear gate of our car, wondering how to open it. With this vehicle though, you don’t have to worry: simply wave your foot underneath the bumper of your Pathfinder (SL and Platinum). And, automatically, the lift gate will beep and rise!

Simple, luxurious, and easy to use–these three words define the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder experience. Jaci got to experience it for herself, and so can you!

Come see us at Newton Nissan, and find your Pathfinder today!

A huge thank you to Jaci for her review! Watch her full video here!

Newton Nissan Gives: Mustard Seed Communities Update

By krosenbaum | Posted in Newton Gives, Newton Nissan, Nissan News, Staff on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Newton Nissan Gives

A few months ago, we told a story, about how “Newton Nissan gives” is a major part of our DNA here. We strive to be a part of our communities, not just a place for customers. And this is not limited to Middle Tennessee; for seven years now, we have partnered with Mustard Seed Communities: an international organization dedicated to helping children around the world. Our partnership began through our founder’s wife, Mrs. Terry Newton, going on one of their trips, and has led to more employees going with them. Every year, we partner with them for their annual Dare to Care Fundraiser. October 7th, 2017 marked its 13th year, and the Newtons hosted it in Atlanta.


And we’re so happy to announce that this event raised

over $200,000 for abandoned & disabled children.

It’s amazing what happens when communities from near and far come together for an important cause! Newton Motor Group once again proudly donated a vehicle to auction off. It is always an honor for us to give back in this way.

Newton Nissan Gives

What’s the impact?

Mustard Seed Communities holistically meets the needs of children with disabilities who have been abandoned or neglected. They strive to meet physical needs, as well as spiritual and emotional ones. The money raised from this event goes directly to make sure that these children, though once abandoned, are never abandoned again.

Some Very Special Guests

Some of our very own staff members and their families attended the event last month, including Mike Abbandonza, pictured below with Bill Newton. Mike Castro, from our South location in Shelbyville, came with his wife also.

Newton Nissan Gives

In addition, some of the very men who help run the day-to-day activities of these communities attended. Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon (below right), founder of Mustard Seed Communities, and Father Garvin Augustine (left), Executive Director of MS International both attended. Here they are with Terry Newton, who chairs this event every year. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mustard Seed USA.

Newton Nissan Gives

How can you help?

Join as Newton Nissan Gives to Mustard Seed Communities:

Find out more about Mustard Seed Communities by visiting their website.

Stay up to date with Mustard Seed news & events on their Facebook page.

The Best of the Best: 2017 Nissan Global Award Winners

By krosenbaum | Posted in Newton Nissan, Nissan, Nissan News on Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Newton Nissan

Here at Newton Nissan, we don’t say we’re #1…unless we are.

And we’ve been named the #1 Nissan Dealership in America by DealerRater in 2016 & 2017. Today, we are proud to announce that we are recipients of the 2017 Nissan Global Award. This award is given to the “best of the best”–the top 50 Nissan Dealerships worldwide, based on volume of sales for 2016.

However, that’s not what this award–what any award–is ultimately about for us. We don’t want to be the best of the best because of sales, but because of our relationships: on our team, in our community, and with our customers. We support our staff by making the workplace positive. And, we link arms with our community by hosting car giveaways, holiday drives, and fun events like Trunk or Treat.Newton Nissan

Finally, day in and day out, we strive to meet our customers where they are and get to know them personally, as well as to get them in the best car for them and their family.

But don’t just take our word for it! Look at what our one of our customers recently said:Newton Nissan


Thank you for trusting us at Newton Nissan with your car needs as well as your personal concerns. We are happy to serve you in whatever way we can.

YOU make us the best of the best!

Newton Nissan

That’s a Wrap! Trunk or Treat 2017

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nashville Events, Newton Gives, Newton Nissan, Nissan News, Our Customers on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Trunk or Treat

We love Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat is easily our favorite day of the year, because we here at Newton Nissan love getting to see our community. It’s also an important day for us, because it is a day that we promote the community we are in. This year, the Gallatin High School Band helped us decorate 40 trunks that we filled with enough candy for all the afternoon’s visitors! In return, we donated funds that will help them continue to develop their program!Trunk or Treat

Battling the freezing temperatures, the band’s trunks showed up early and began decorating their cars, trucks, and SUVs into spooky entrances, fun characters, and pop culture references, such as Jurassic Park and Star Trek. We brought in fun bouncy houses and euro bungees for the kids to enjoy for a few hours! The cold weather would not keep us from having fun with our community.

So, why do we do this?

Because we here at Newton Nissan believe that our community is more valuable than our bottom line. And to show this, we simply want to be a part of our customer’s lives. Trunk or Treat is one of those days when that becomes a reality, a day that allows us to host a fun event, get to know our community, and to give back. Ultimately, we hope that this community relationship extends from fun events into the daily interactions we have with every person that walks through our doors!

Trunk or Treat

Thank you for being a part of our community!

We hope to see you next year at Trunk or Treat 2018!

Our Happy Newton Nissan Family!

By krosenbaum | Posted in Newton Nissan, Our Customers on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Here at Newton Nissan, we think our customers are worth more than our cars. That’s why we want to highlight some of those who join the Newton Nissan Family! Check out these smiling faces!

Newton Nissan Family

Alexis found the perfect replacement for her previous vehicle in the 2017 Nissan Sentra!


Newton Nissan Family

Tyler bought his first car with us: a powerful 2017 Dodge Charger! See more of our certified used car inventory here!

Newton Nissan Family

James found a Nissan NV200 van to fit the needs of his growing business! See our commercial vans here!

What are you looking for? Will you be next to join the Newton Nissan Family? We hope to see you soon! Contact us now!

Fun Nashville Events: October 2017

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nashville Events, Nissan News on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Fall…the season of sweaters, pumpkin flavored everything, and football. And, this October, Fun Nashville Events abound!

Just a few weeks ago, the first day of fall was upon us. The weather seems to be cooperating now that October has begun. It has been a beautiful first couple of weeks of the season, don’t you think? School is swinging into a rhythm, with fall break happening for many students in the area, but there is still so much to do this month!  From your friends at Newton Nissan, put on a light sweater, get out, and have fun!

Historic Gallatin’s Main Street Festival

Fun Nashville Events: Gallatin's Main Street Festival

Where: Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square, Gallatin

When: Saturday, October 7; 10 AM to 5 PM

Details: Free Admission

This is Gallatin’s 35th annual Main Street Festival, always held on the first Saturday in October. It features vendors, selling many different items from handmade soaps to baked goods, whose proceeds will go to local non-profits. Food will also be sold from many different area offerings. There will also be a children’s play area with inflatables during this day-long event. Click the link above for more information.


Jazz on the Cumberland Concert Series

Fun Nashville Events: Jazz on the Cumberland

Where: Nashville Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St.

When: Sunday, October 15; 5:30-8 PM

Details: Free Admission

The 6th annual Jazz on the Cumberland concert series is coming to an end for 2017 in just a few weeks! Don’t miss out on hearing some of the best jazz artists from across TN and the U.S. This is a family-friendly event with a kid’s play area and no alcohol allowed on the premises. There will also be food trucks, a visual artist’s work on display, and a youth performance. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy.


And of course, the most fun of all fun Nashville events (in our opinion) is also this month–Newton Nissan’s Trunk or Treat on October 22nd (Shelbyville) AND October 29th (Gallatin) from 3-5 PM! Click for more information!

Fun Nashville Events: Trunk or Treat


Trunk or Treat 2017

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nashville Events, Nissan News on Monday, September 25th, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Here at Newton Nissan, we pride ourselves on our involvement in the community. It is very important to us to know our customers and their families as more than numbers or sales, but as neighbors, friends, and family. For this reason, we have many different events to do this, including Spirit Nights, a Nissan Factory tour, and our car giveaway for high school students. But by far, the most fun event we love to host for the community is our annual Trunk or Treat!

Each year, we shut down our dealership and host thousands from our community for fun, games, food, and, of course, candy! It is always a fun time for kids and adults alike to enjoy celebrating together. Cars, as well as children & adults, are dressed up in fun costumes, and a good evening is always had by all.

Come to our Trunk or Treat here at Newton Nissan!

Where: 1461 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN

When: 3-5 PM

Details: Everything is free! Come dressed and ready to have fun! Rain or shine!

This year, we hope we can join us at this family-friendly event for all ages! We’ll serve pizza, have euro bungees, and much more!

Past Trunk or Treat Photos

Nissan Trunk or Treat 2017 Nissan Trunk or Treat 2017

Nissan Trunk or Treat 2017

Newton Nissan Gives: Mustard Seed Communities

By krosenbaum | Posted in Newton Gives, Nissan News, Staff on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Newton Nissan is made up of people who genuinely care about their communities as well as their customers. And that caring spirit extends straight from the top: our owner, Bill Newton, and his wife, Terry. In 2003, Terry went on her first mission trip to Nicaragua. While there, she fell in love with a little boy named Joey, whom she and Bill later adopted. This trip was the beginning of a now well-established relationship the Newtons have with a non-profit called Mustard Seed Communities.

Newton Nissan Gives

“Once abandoned, never abandoned again.”

Mustard Seed began as a residential home in Kingston, Jamaica, and now is established in 5 countries: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. They are committed to caring for the most defenseless populations of societies. This includes those suffering with social and/or developmental disabilities, as well those with HIV/AIDS.  Even as they have expanded and grown, their foundation remains the same: “Once abandoned, never abandoned again.” Each community cares for residents’ physical, mental, and spiritual needs for as long as needed.

Taking Newton Nissan to Jamaica

Bill and Terry both have led numerous trips to these homes, and they have taken their family as well as staff from Newton Nissan, including owner Mike Abbondanza and his wife, Karen, and co-owner and General Manager at Newton Nissan South, Mike Castro along with his wife, Regina.

Mike Abbondanza in Jamaica

Smith in Nicaragua

Newton Nissan Gives

When Terry returned from that first trip, she and a group of ladies began a fundraiser called Dare to Care to raise money for Mustard Seed Communities. “The needs are enormous and continue to grow daily. Because our residents are disabled, we require more staff members to care for these fragile children. This, along with food, medicines, diapers, etc, adds up to huge expenses,” Terry says. Dare to Care has grown into a large annual event that brings in $150,000, with over 200 attendees, hosted by Bill and Terry Newton in Atlanta, GA.

For 7 years now, the Newton dealership has participated in this fundraiser by donating a new car to be raffled at the event.

Newton Gives

How can you help?

Join as Newton Nissan Gives by participating in the Dare to Care online auction!

Find out more about Mustard Seed Communities by visiting their website.

Stay up to date with Mustard Seed news & events on their Facebook page.

Fun Nashville Events: September 2017

By krosenbaum | Posted in Nashville Events on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 4:40 PM

I don’t know about you, but this cooler weather makes it feel like Fall is coming quickly! Summer is fading fast, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to fade. Here are a few fun Nashville events in September to begin welcoming in this Fall season, which officially begins on September 22nd. From classic family affairs, to history and craft enthusiast gatherings, and local competitions, September is the month for getting out and about! From your friends at Newton Nissan, have fun!

The Tennessee State Fair

TN State Fair

Where: The Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Avenue, Nashville

When: Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 17

Weekday hours: 5 PM-10 PM

Saturday hours: 10:30 AM-10 PM

Sunday hours: 12 PM-10 PM

Details: Advance Tickets $6; At-the-Gate Tickets $8 (adults), $6 (youth and seniors);

Rides and special event prices vary

An annual, do-not-miss event! With thrilling rides, competitions, and a never-ending supply of fun food, there is something for everyone at the Tennessee State Fair. Click the link above for more information.


Music and Molasses Festival

Music and Molasses

Where: The historic Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville

When: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24

Saturday hours: 9 AM-5 PM

Sunday hours: 11 AM-5 PM

Details: Advance Tickets $5

Join the fun and fellowship as history comes to life, and don’t forget to purchase local vendors’ arts & crafts! The 24th annual event features live demos of molasses making, pony rides, and much more.


Taste of Hendersonville

Taste of Hendersonville

Where: Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd, Hendersonville

When: Thursday, September 28

Hours: 5-8 PM

Details: VIP Tickets $35; Advance Tickets $15 (adults), $5 (children over 5); At-the-Door $20 (adults), $10 (children); Advanced VIP and Sponsorship Tickets also available

For a fun evening a little bit outside of the city, go local and taste the best that Hendersonville has to offer at this event featuring music, food, and a kid’s zone. The vendors offering food are competing for many “Best” awards, which all attendees can participate in.