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Everything you need to know about Nissan Concierge

Nissan is selling the 2020 Titan with available Nissan Concierge service.

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Nissan Concierge is just like having your own personal assistant along for the ride. Certain Nissan cars, trucks, and SUVs are available with the service (more are on the way), which is accessed using the car's infotainment touch screen.

Scroll down to learn more about the service.

What is Nissan Concierge?

Think of NissanConnect as a better connection between you, your car, and your lifestyle. Nissan Concierge takes that a step further acting as a personal assistant.

How are NissanConnect and Nissan Concierge different?

NissanConnect Concierge

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NissanConnect can assist with remote starting your car, unlocking your doors, or checking to see how much fuel is left in the tank, among other services. Nissan Concierge goes further, giving you access to a truly

Nissan Concierge offers a variety of services.

Need someone to place a pizza, coffee, or burrito order? Looking for showtimes for a movie? Wondering what traffic is like on the highway? Need to plan a road trip route? Have a three-year old that keeps asking questions about life and you're sick of answering them? Nissan Concierge is there to help.

They can also do things you might not otherwise think of, like help with homework and suggest a good place to stop and use the restroom, and pay your bills.

Nissan has information on their website about the security features that are in place to keep your information secure.

You'll need to give them access.

If you want to spend money through your Nissan Concierge representative, you'll need to have them keep a credit card number on file. They'll use this to charge for purchases.

This also means that they'll need access to your accounts. If you want to order that Papa Johns pizza, they'll need your username and password.

There are limits to the system.

When you can't get a signal via your cell phone, your vehicle might also not be able to get a signal. Inclement weather, road hazards, and topography all play a role.

You won't always have to talk to someone.

NissanConnect Concierge

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There are multiple ways to take advantage of Nissan Concierge services that don't require talking on the phone. Texting, emailing, and using Amazon Alexa are just some of the ways. Scroll down to see more.

When you do need to talk to someone, there's a human ready to help.

Nissan Concierge isn't just a tech-heavy answering service. You'll connect with people that are there to help.

Some features rely on your car's telematics device to be in proper working order.

This means that your vehicle must be able to connect to a wireless network that is available, provide navigation map data, and have GPS satellite signal reception.

Some features rely on third-party vendors.

Nissan works with third-parties to deliver its NissanConnect Services. Some service providers may restrict or terminate parts of the service or activate additional parts of the service.

You might not be able to use all the features while driving.

Driving is inherently dangerous. With safety in mind, Nissan has restricted some services while the vehicle is in motion.

Here's the ways to access Nissan Concierge inside or outside your vehicle.

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  • Press the headset icon on the vehicle's display and say "Concierge".
  • Access the NissanConnect Services app on your smartphone
  • Use the NissanConnect Services Skill with Amazon Alexa or Action for the Google Assistant
  • Send a SMS Text: 88635
  • Call on your phone: (888) 717-1411
  • Email: requests@nissanconcierge.com

You'll need to verify your identity.

Nissan Concierge requires enrollment in NissanConnect Services. Once enrolled, your phone number and vehicle VIN will be used to verify your identity. Requests can be made from the phone number on file and do not require a username/password or PIN. Interactions may be recorded for quality and safety purposes.

You may be eligible for a free trial.

With the purchase of a new Nissan, you may become eligible for a trial of NissanConnect Services. When this occurs, owners will typically get a 1 GB or 30-day trial. During that time period, however, some feature availability may not be available and subject to a subscription.

To see if your vehicle is able to be equipped with NissanConnect Services, click here.

The monthly cost is less than the cost of a month of Netflix.

After your free trial is over, you can purchase Nissan Concierge services for less than the price of a month of Netflix every month.

There may be additional fees.

In addition to the monthly cost, there may be fees for installation, activation, or taxes. You'll want to check with your dealership before committing.

Wondering how your privacy and account security are protected?

The Nissan Legal Privacy Policy here details the legal specifics of information collection in plain terms.

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Bugatti is selling just 40 Divos worldwide.

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Only 40 Bugatti Divos will be made. Four of them were recently delivered to U.S. customers. The latest customized version of the supercar to be delivered by the French automaker pushed the limits of what the Bugatti craftspeople are capable of. As company founder Ettore Bugatti once said: "If it is comparable, it is no longer Bugatti."

Meet the Bugatti Divo named "Lady Bug".

The Divo premiered in 2018 and shortly thereafter a prospective buyer and noted collector from the U.S. approached Bugatti with an idea in mind. They wanted a strict geometric pattern that featured diamond shapes in a unique color contrast on their Divo. The Bugatti design and development team set about figuring out how to make that happen.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" design process

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Two special metallic paint colors were developed: Customer Special Red and Graphite. The diamond pattern was designed to run precisely from the front over the sides to the rear – matching the silhouette of the Divo.

Bugatti's team spend a year-and-a-half to develop and implement the technical and graphic solutions the Divo owner required. Adding the diamonds to the car was far more complex than they expected. They would have to be painted onto the body with precision and exact definition.

What made it so hard? According to Bugatti, "the digital patterns in the CAD program bear little resemblance to reality: owing to the three-dimensional, sculptural form of the Divo with its contours, curves and ribs, the 2D-printed diamonds became distorted on the surface of the exclusive hyper sports car. As a result, they had to be digitally modified."

Being off by as little as one millimeter would ruin the entire visual effect. The total would be 1,600 diamonds by the time the pattern was fully executed.

Weeks later, designers discovered a way to match the CAD data with reality. They ended up being able to pull the film over the deeply concave surfaces of the Divo without the diamonds becoming distorted or developing folds.

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug" graphics application

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During the pattern's development, a test car was used to perfect the pattern. After the initial steps of the application process were applied to the customer's Divo, Bugatti's team need to remove each diamond. Graphite paint and a clearcoat were applied on top of the effect paint in Customer Special Red in order to invert the pattern. As part of this process, the paintwork was sanded, smoothed, checked, retouched and then re-sanded. All in, the total time spent on the paint on the customer's car alone was two weeks.

"Every Bugatti Divo is one of a kind. With the custom-made 'Lady Bug', Bugatti has demonstrated the full range of its customization expertise. What initially seemed impossible was executed to perfection by the designers and developers in collaboration with the customer," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti."We are proud to have matched the customer's personal taste and expectations with this unique Divo. The car really demonstrates what the marque is capable of in terms of creativity and craftsmanship."

Bugatti Divo "Lady Bug"

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There were no changes to the car's W16 powertrain for the project.

Each Divo is priced at $5.6 million USD but buyers pay more depending on which options they choose. All Divos are produced by the Bugatti Alelier in Molsheim. The first deliveries of the supercar happened in August 2020. All models will hav been delivered by this spring.

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The Nissan GT-R probably isn't the first supercar that comes to mind, but it's worthy of consideration if you're not all about being seen.

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You put the pedal down. A confident growl busts out the back end. The wheels may squeal, and you might too. It's not all about the power, though it has plenty. The 2021 Nissan GT-R delivers the type of drive experience that you're never going to get from an electric vehicle - and it's magnificent.

Godzilla has been in production since 2007 with nips and tucks and add-ons here and there along the way. It's not as sleek or stylish as the Audi E-Tron GT or even Audi's R8. There's no giant wing out back à la McLaren and certainly nothing Italian about it. The GT-R is it's own man.

Even areas of the country that are supercar-heavy, aren't heavy with GT-Rs. A Ferrari or Lamborghini is a bigger status symbol for adoring eyes. It's the real drivers out there who know that a GT-R is perhaps the better investment for someone who wants a supercar to drive, not just to be seen in. Its unique looks are subtle but properly athletic.

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium The car is capable as a daily driver but it can also push the limits during a track day.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

The reason for that starts but doesn't end with Nissan's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It rests below the hood, not behind your ears, and delivers 565 horsepower and 467 pound-feet of torque creating a visceral acceleration experience. It's enough to satisfy you, bring a smile to your face, impress those around you, and make you realize that Godzilla really is a beast.

The six-speed dual-clutch transmission in the GT-R Premium ($113,540 base price) manages the power nicely and shifts relatively smoothly - it's no Ford 10-speed automatic and that's okay. If you want a GT-R with a manual transmission, you'll have to upgrade to the NISMO model. Don't "save the manuals" me. So few people are buying them that they're becoming extinct despite your bumper sticker saying and hashtag. Most supercars don't have them. Nissan is just simply following an industry trend and the DCT is perfectly fine for drivers not spending the majority of their time on a track.

All wheel drive is standard on the model, meaning that the GT-R sticks to the road as you put it through its paces. That also means that you don't need to head home every time there's rainfall or snow in the forecast, and you can take corners a little faster than the local constabulary may prefer.

The car has athletic looks despite not conforming to the typical supercar design language.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

2021 Nissan GT-R Premium

Proper engineering has made the GT-R a great daily driver. It's fun to push it around the twisties on a winding road in the country during a long weekend, but it's also not a bad car to commute or run errands in (it has a real trunk!). Like any good supercar, the GT-R goes right where you want, when you want it, whether you're doing slow speed maneuvering around a neighborhood or putting the throttle down on the highway. The speed-sensitive steering calibration is spot-on.

Parts of the interior are dated, especially when compared to other vehicles in its price point. But none of those parts are enough to make the GT-R even the least bit undesirable. The seats are surprisingly comfortable and the ride isn't too harsh. Analog dials are a nice break for the eyes.

But the real reason you're in the GT-R isn't because of the the amenities. It's because you love to drive. Because you're confident enough to go with Godzilla rather than a flashy Italian or German. Because you understand that the car nicknamed after a fictional monster, and its gasoline-powered ilk, are in danger of going extinct as carbon neutral priorities seem keen on removing the type of visceral fun that internal combustion engines provide.

The car has analog dials in front of the driver.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If we're going to have to make concessions to make the air and water cleaner, it would be nice if, on the other end of the spectrum, the powers that be let us keep having the muscle of the GT-R.

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