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 |  May 25 2012, 1:32 PM

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Crossovers have pretty much taken over the Sport Utility Vehicle market, thanks to lower prices, better fuel efficiency and the handling that comes part-in-parcel with being based on a car platform versus truck architecture. Continue Reading…

 |  May 11 2012, 1:13 PM

After the confirmation of the Juke-R going into production and the release of “Desert Nemesis,” the mini-movie that details an Italian exotic vs. Juke-R street race, Nissan has released two more videos showing off the Juke-R.

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 |  May 04 2012, 7:32 PM

The small crossover market isn’t very well explored yet, which makes it ripe for picking. Nissan already caught on to this with the Juke, but it seems Audi is smelling blood in the water too.

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 |  May 03 2012, 9:07 AM

Update: The price referred to in this story does not reflect American pricing. We now know that the Juke-R will cost around $590,000 in U.S. dollars.

In a surprise move, Nissan announced that it will offer production versions of its insane Juke-R concept though only on a per-order basis and in a limited supply.

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 |  May 01 2012, 3:01 PM

What happens when you scoop a Nissan Juke’s guts out with a mellon baller and replace them with pure testosterone? In case you forgot, it’s the Juke-R.

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 |  Mar 28 2012, 8:32 AM

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Ever wonder just how different men are from women when it comes to picking their vehicle of choice? Here’s a top 10 list of vehicles with the highest proportion of female buyers, provided by Polk via InsideLine. There are a few unexpected models on the list, and a couple of models that, to our surprise, are missing.

Tied for 10th is the Jeep Compass, the only American vehicle on the list. In a way it makes sense, the Compass never gets the respect it deserves, packing a four-cylinder engine and hardly has the rugged off-road ethos that traditional Jeep fans embrace. So in our most sexist tone possible, it makes sense that women embrace the Compass – no really, it’s Jeep’s baby SUV.

 

 |  Feb 27 2012, 2:45 PM

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Nissan is recalling 79,275 vehicles after finding that an improperly tightened fuel pressure sensor may lead to gas leaks and an increased risk of fire.

The vehicles affected are certain 2011-12 Jukes, Infiniti QX and Infiniti M vehicles. The leak is prone to happen because of heat and vibration, loosening the sensor and allowing the leak.

Owners driving an affected vehicle can expect Nissan to contact them directly and repair the issue free of charge. If you have any concerns, you may also contact Nissan customer service at (615) 725-1000 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s safety hotline at (888) 327-4236.

 |  Feb 06 2012, 2:32 PM

Today Nissan announced its list of concepts that will bow at the Geneva Auto Show next month. There are two world premiers in the group, the Invitation and one other that the company is keeping closely guarded.

The Invitation, which from what we can tell is a lot like a cooler version of the Versa, will feature Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) which gives a bird’s eye view of the car for easy parking.

“The future product vision promised by these four concept vehicles – when added to the strength and depth of our full range – shows the confidence coursing through every aspect of Nissan today. We are on target to become the top Asian brand right across Europe by 2016,” said Paul Wilcox, the senior vice president of sales and marketing in Europe.

Aside from the Invitation and the secret concept which has us wondering, the company will also display the Juke NISMO concept that will wear speedy-looking trim on the dressed-up Juke, but little in actual performance improvements.

The e-NV200 is Nissan’s next foray into the EV market and will first gain entry to the U.S. market as a fleet of New York City taxi cabs. The e-NV200 will be the fourth and final concept unveiled by Nissan at the Geneva show.

 |  Feb 06 2012, 10:15 AM

Nissan announced today that it will be revealing a new B-segment concept car called the Invitation at next month’s Geneva Auto Show.

The little car that slips between Nissan’s Micra and Juke vehicles in the European market is aimed to attain the company’s Pure Drive badge for efficiency with 100g/km CO2 emission. What isn’t clear is if we’re looking at a replacement to the brand’s current B-segment car, the Versa.

Few actual specifications are available now, but François Bancon, deputy division general manager of product strategy and product planning division, said “the name we have given to this concept is self-explanatory. It is designed to be inviting thanks to its sensuous exterior design and generous and comfortable interior space, cleverly packaged within compact overall dimensions.”

The interior has a futuristic feel that Nissan said will have “impressive levels of quality and purposeful technology features.”

We do know that the Invitation will feature Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) safety technology, though looking at the pictures reveals an array of colorful buttons that we’re curious to jump in and press, making the Invitation seem surprisingly cordial.

GALLERY: Nissan Invitation Concept

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 |  Jan 27 2012, 11:45 AM

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Pricing details are now available for the rethought 2012 Honda Crosstour featuring a more cost-minded four-cylinder engine.

The 2012 Crosstour will start at $27,655 and go all the way up to $36,540 for the four-wheel drive version with navigation. At the base price, you get a 192-horsepower engine that squeaks out an extra three miles-per-gallon in the city and two on the highway. The 271-horsepower V6, which is unchanged over previous models, is still available as well.

The company made the official announcement about their plans to launch a less expansive version of their crossover last December. They hoped it would help the Crosstour finally feel marketable in light of failed sales. Despite that failure, Honda still seems confident and determined to make the Crosstour work.

“The new four-cylinder Crosstour offers sleek design, unmatched passenger comfort and ingenious functionality now with four-cylinder pricing and fuel economy,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. “With four-cylinder and V6 options and a long list of standard features, Crosstour should be on every CUV buyer’s shopping list.”

That might be how Honda feels, but the Crosstour has been consistantly criticized as the ugly duckling in the lineup. Consmers complain that it’s too much like a larger Accord, which makes sense because that’s how it was originally marketed.

Speaking of ugly ducklings, it’s probably important to point out that the top-of-the-line Nissan Juke sells for about $4000 less than the base Crosstour. It also gets better mileage than the two-wheel drive crosstour, with all-wheel drive. Sure, you sacrifice four horsepower, but who cares?

The only new selling point for Honda’s less potent 2012 Crosstour is a lower price, but we say that fails to deliver against the competition.

Gallery: 2012 Honda Crosstour

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 |  Jan 21 2012, 12:00 PM

We just can’t get enough of the Nissan Juke-R project, and probably won’t until we get our grubby little hands behind its steering wheel. But until then, we’ll just have to continue living vicariously through those fortunate enough to experience the monster first hand.

While it was in Dubai to pace the 24 Hour race, Nissan took its Juke-R out to the Dubai International Marina where a makeshift course was created and the funky Japanese crossover was pitted against a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and a Ferrari 458 Italia. You know, just some of Germany and Italy’s finest supercars.

Now it goes without saying that we’d expect the Juke-R to look mighty impressive in the video against the exotics since it was probably staged by Nissan. But there’s no denying just how remarkable its performance looks and how undoubtedly fun it was for Lucas Ordonez, the first GT Academy winner, to pilot it. And obviously by watching the video, the drivers were putting on a show more than they were looking for a fast lap time.

We just hope a better resolution video surfaces soon.

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 |  Jan 04 2012, 9:00 PM

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Fox Marketing has been building project cars for over a decade now, and it appears that Nissan‘s Juke-R project has inspired them to tackle the funky crossover themselves. They’re not in the mood to one-up the Juke-R project though, as Fox Marketing has always specialized in building projects any real car enthusiast could do also.

The team will utilize Nissan’s factory 1.6L AWD powertrain but will add a custom intercooled turbo setup in order to motivate it to 400-hp. Braking will be upgraded with a six-piston, 14-inch setup while custom 20×9-inch wheels will adorn all four corners. Fox Marketing will also add a simple, yet clean and functional aerodynamic kit to the exterior while performance springs will handle the suspension duties.

Once the body modifications are completed, BASF will contribute with some Foxy Orange paint while the interior will feature racing seats from Yonaka’s Ronin line. Fox Marketing anticipates the project to make its official debut in the coming months, so we’ll keep our eyes out.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Nisasn Juke-S Renders

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 |  Jan 04 2012, 8:00 PM

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Nissan‘s Juke-R project may not be the favorite of Nissan executives, but there’s no denying the amount of brilliance that’s been packed into this custom crossover project.

Now the team has a new bragging right, with the Juke-R being confirmed as the world’s fastest crossover. That’s probably not a huge surprise considering they shoehorned the GT-R’s 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant into the body, packing 480-hp. In addition, the Juke-R has the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive system, gearbox and suspension.

The numbers posted say that the Juke-R does a 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.7-seconds with a top speed of 160-mph. Compare that to the standard Juke that does 0-62 mph in 8.6-seconds and has a top speed of 124-mph.

Currently only two Juke-Rs exist in this world, one left-hand-drive and one right-hand-drive. Too bad there’s probably little to no chance it will ever make it to production – especially considering the costs, but it should inspire Nissan to pump just a tad bit more performance into the Juke. You know, to go along with those good looks.

GALLERY: Nissan Juke-R

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 |  Dec 09 2011, 8:15 PM

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Nissan shows off its new direction for Nismo at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show by introducing performance models on less expensive vehicles such as the Juke. Even though none of the details are finalized, Nissan did stress that an expansion is occurring and bringing Nismo to markets outside of Japan has become a priority.

There’s no doubt Nismo is hugely popular with the Nissan crowd here in America, from their 370Z to even 240sx enthusiasts. We’re not 100-percent sure we like the direction that Nismo is taking by offering tuning packages for less expensive vehicles, but we do like the sound of lower costs on their products.

As of now, Nismo will continue on the path of developing engine upgrades, suspension parts, braking components, interior trim and aerodynamic packages for various Nissan models hopefully giving American retailers a new avenue for parts sales.

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 |  Dec 09 2011, 6:45 PM

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Nissan is recalling 118,000 Juke crossovers world wide due to a pair of defects that could pose problems for owners. Nissan says that the door locks could freeze in cold-weather, presenting an annoying problem for owners in cold climates. In addition, a boost pressure sensor on the turbocharger may malfunction, causing a check engine light to appear.

Both issues aren’t exactly critical, but definitely could be annoying for affected owners. Nissan also said that the issues were regional, with Japan, North America and certain European countries affected by the door lock issue. Virtually every continent save for Australia is affected by the turbocharger issue. Nearly every Juke sold worldwide – 118,000 in total, will have to have something fixed.

 |  Dec 08 2011, 12:15 PM


Prior to heading out to Silverstone where some very lucky journalists got to enjoy Nissan‘s Juke-R project in the flesh, the development team took the vehicle to MIRA’s proving ground to give it some shakedown runs, tweaking and tuning the crossover to perfection.

And quite frankly, we love how Nissan describes the Juke-R on this particular video: “It looks like a Juke but sounds like a GT-R, and performs like one on its first circuit tests.” On the list of vehicles we’d love to take for a spin, this has not surprisingly reached towards the top and the video after the break doesn’t help ease our eagerness.

The GT-R powered Juke packs 485-hp in the funky crossover body and is admittedly a brilliant way to get people interested in the Juke. Chances are we’ll never see a production vehicle like this, but Nissan loves stressing that the Juke-R is street legal and this is just a small taste of what’s to come with their project.

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[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Nov 30 2011, 4:00 PM

The automotive world is filled with comparison tests, but these usually are held between two or more cars that are currently on sale.

What Inside Line did was pit an old Datsun 510 versus a new Nissan Juke. You might think that the Juke would have an unfair advantage, but the 510 they brought out to this comparo was not an ordinary, run of the mill model. No, it is a rally spec version that has been gutted of its interior to save weight and been given a roll cage for safety. It also has skid plates to protect its parts.

The Juke on the other hand was a completely stock model. Both cars recorded their time on a 2.6-mile gravel road.

And the winner is… well you’ll have to watch the video to find out which was just less than a second quicker.

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 |  Nov 30 2011, 9:45 AM

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The 500 hp Juke R might be a wild performance machine, but the track capable crossover isn’t likely to ever see the inside of a showroom. More likely is a custom NISMO tuned model, or in-house aftermarket accessories from the brand’s racing division.

Unveiled today at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Juke NISMO Concept gets pearl white paint with red accents. Along with the obvious bodywork and 19-inch wheels with an upgraded suspension system, while the cabin receives red accenting throughout.

And despite it being a concept, we’re pretty confident that Nismo will be offering these parts for Juke enthusiasts in the near future.

It’s still unknown to us what power modifications were made to the 1.6L turbocharged engine, but hopefully Nismo will give out more information on that soon. Either way, this “first glimpse into Nismo’s future” has, surprisingly, turned out to be a promising one.

GALLERY: Nissan Juke NISMO

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See AutoGuide’s Complete 2011 Tokyo Motor Show Coverage here and watch video of the Juke NISMO below:

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 |  Nov 29 2011, 5:15 PM

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It’s definitely not as awesome as the Juke-R, but the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept is probably a more realistic variant of the Juke and gives the first glimpse into Nismo’s future. Featuring a lower, wider and tougher stance, the Juke Nismo Concept received an aerodynamic-enhancing body kit, more power from a tuned engine, a stiffer chassis, larger tires, sporty interior treatment and a Nismo-colored paint scheme.

The outside of the Juke Nismo Concept has been finished off in signature Nismo colors of pearl white with red highlights. But more significant is the body kit created by Nismo’s aerodynamics team that normally specializes in perfecting race cars. New parts include a front and rear bumper, wider fenders and side skirts – all of which have been refined to enhance the Juke’s aerodynamic performance. Minor changes on the grille pattern, tailgate spoiler and door mirrors have all been tweaked to benefit the Juke’s aerodynamics.

Nismo then outfitted the Juke with a set of 19-inch wheels and tires, while the suspension has been upgraded with stiffer and lower springs. Nismo did mention that the 1.6L turbocharged powerplant received some power upgrades but didn’t specify an actual figure. On the inside, Nismo redesigned the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob and door trims to provide a greater involvement while driving. Special leather-trimmed bucket seats have been added while the tachometer’s needle and dial are now illuminated in red.

AutoGuide.com will be sure to check out the Nismo Concept in person at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Check out two videos of the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept after the break.

GALLERY: Nissan Juke Nismo Concept

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 |  Oct 11 2011, 6:45 PM

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Outlandish engine swaps are usually a fool’s errand that cost far more time and money than most people ever expect. Of course, if you’re a major automaker with endless financial and mechanical resources behind you, you can do whatever you want.

When Nissan set out to create the Juke-R, considerations like “budget”, “space” and “access to materials” didn’t matter. Since they had a Juke, a spare Nissan GT-R and a full workship at their disposal, they were able to go buck wild. Fitting the GT-R drivetrain into the Juke required serious work far beyond the pale of even an experienced hobby mechanic, but we’ll let the video explain how it all went down.

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 |  Aug 17 2011, 7:14 AM

It may just be the ugliest car on the market, but there’s little else wrong with the Nissan Juke. The sub-compact crossover has captured the hearts of auto journalists and delivers a level of driving fun perfectly suited to its targeted demographic of young urban males. So far, its only rival in the marketplace is the significantly more expensive MINI Countryman, but that could all change soon with Chevrolet reportedly considering a rival to the sporty softroader.

Much like how the Juke borrows its underpinnings from the sub-compact Versa, the Chevy version would be built on that brand’s entry-level Gamma architecture, which is currently being used for the new Sonic.

GM’s plans at present call for two new crossovers based on that architecture, with an MPV van that seats seven, and a new five-seat crossover. The Juke rival would then be in addition to these and would reportedly feature “heritage Chevrolet design cues,” (yuck!) similar to the HHR.

As for the engine, look for a version of the turbocharged 4-cylinder currently used in both the Cruze and Sonic.

[Source: GMI]

 |  Jun 23 2011, 4:42 PM

Ever driven on two wheels? Nissan, apparently having just watched that one scene from Diamonds Are Forever, is planning to set some goofy records at the hallowed grounds of Goodwood—including driving up the entire course while balanced on two wheels.

Hey, if you can’t beat them, distract them. Nissan plans to drive a Juke up the 1.16-mile hill balanced entirely on one side, presumably to practice escaping from Wint and Kidd, as well as an attempt to drive the Nissan Leaf up the hill—in reverse.

On paper, this sounds even slower than the Leaf already is. But the Leaf’s electric motor is capable of going just as fast backwards as it is the regular way: all the way up to 90mph. On production models reverse speed is restricted for rather obvious reasons, but on this attempt Nissan is pulling out all the stops.

Both vehicles will be driven by professional stunt driver Terry Grant, though not at the same time. The festivities begin July 1st to the 3rd at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed in Britain, where Nissan will prove that just because you’re not the fastest doesn’t mean you can’t be the most flamboyant. Hey, isn’t that how drifting got started?

 |  Jun 05 2011, 8:21 PM

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There’s a major love/hate relationship going on with Nissan‘s Juke in North America, but over in Japan the aftermarket has embraced its funky styling and its interesting 1.6L turbocharged engine. Impul, one of Japan’s most famous Nissan tuners, has opened up their catalog and added a huge collection of Juke performance modifications, from engine tuning to suspension to a pretty wild aero kit.

The aerodynamic kit features a front half spoiler, front grille, side skirts, rear half spoiler, aero side visors, and rear double wing spoiler that would make a Supra blush.

As for power, currently under development is Impul’s hi-power control unit, which will essentially be an ECU swap to improve horsepower and gas mileage. Their extra power kit will include an Impul power throttle valve and a differently tuned ECU to support it. No estimated power increases have been announced.

For wheels, Impul has a 19×8-inch +42 offset one-piece selection called Impul Racing Aura SR-08. They’re available in hyper black or just black. For suspension, Impul has lowering springs for the 2WD and shocks to go with them.

Last but not least, those who wouldn’t mind a little more noise out of their 1.6L can order up Impul’s Blast II stainless steel muffler. Pricing for everything can be seen (in Yen) over at Impul’s website.

GALLERY: Impul Nissan Juke

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 |  May 26 2011, 11:47 AM

Nissan has had a successful year with the Nissan Juke, Cube, Leaf and Infiniti M37/56  on the list of 2011 top safety picks. Today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2011 Nissan Juke a “Top Safety Pick” rating. The Juke earned this award by earning a “good” rating in front, rear and side impact protection, coupled with electronic stability control as well as good roof strength.

“Nissan’s commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in the Nissan Juke receiving the Top Safety Pick from IIHS,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Nissan Juke has a unique combination of motorsports-inspired design and unexpected levels of technology and safety features– all with a starting MSRP under $19,000.”

All 2011 Juke models come equipped with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags as well as seat belt and occupant classification sensors. There are also roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection. There are also seat mounted driver and front passendger side-impact supplemental air bags and front-seat Active Head Restraints. Other standard equipment includes LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

Check out our review of the Nissan Juke, and JukeForums.com for more info.