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Nissan Hopes to Sway Small Car Buyers with New Concept

Nissan Sway concept expected to reappear as the next Nissan Micra.

by on Feb.25, 2015

The Nissan Sway concept is believed to be a close-to-production design tease for the next Micra.

Nissan is out to prove that big things really can come in small packages, the maker offering up a first teaser image of the new Sway concept vehicle it plans to unveil at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

The small hatchback is expected to be a thinly disguised version of the next-generation Micra, according to several sources spoke with. The Nissan Sway concept underscores the increasingly competitive nature of the minicar market, particularly in Europe, where buyers expect many of the same features, and much the same level of creature comfort, as they’d get in larger products.

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“Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback,” Nissan said in a short release accompanying the teaser image.


Nissan Takes Juke Design to New Extremes

Edgier look, more room, new engine.

by on Mar.06, 2014

The updated Nissan Juke has been generating a wide range of opinions about its updated styling.

One thing about Nissan, the maker doesn’t shy away from edgy designs.  And that’s especially true when it comes to the maker’s various crossover models.  Case in point: the newly updated Juke that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

The original version of the compact crossover was arguably the edgiest of the Nissan CUV designs, opting for a more youthful, funky approach than the more elegant – shall we say “mature” – Murano.  It appears Nissan has decided to push the needle quite a bit further with a design already polarizing the media covering the Geneva Show.

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The 2015 update features updated split headlamps framing a beefed-up chromed grille that almost appears to be grinning.  There are even more pronounced flares to the wheel arches, and the even more angular tail gets distinctive boomerang-style taillamps.  The overall look is decidedly more angular than before.


Nissan Teases Hi-Cross Concept

Should reappear as next X-Trail.

by on Feb.27, 2012

Nissan will show the Hi-Cross concept in Geneva, the design exercise likely setting the stage for the next-gen Nissan X-Trail CUV.

It’s going to be a busy couple years for Nissan, which plans to be rolling out at least one new models every six weeks or so for the foreseeable future.  So expect to be seeing plenty of new products lining up on the 2012 auto show circuit.  We already got a look at the new Nissan Pathfinder and, as reported earlier today, we’ll see the striking Infiniti Emerg-E plug-in supercar concept charge into the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

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With the sort of schedule Nissan’s product team has going, however, it’s no surprise there’ll be yet another new model debuting at the PALExpo Convention Center next week.  Officially, Nissan is calling the Hi-Cross a concept vehicle, but the slick little crossover is all but certainly going to re-emerge as the replacement for the Nissan X-Trail.


First Look: Nissan Invitation Concept

Geneva preview for sleek B-segment hatchback.

by on Feb.06, 2012

The Nissan Invitaton will debut in Geneva next month.

When Nissan said it was extending an invitation for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show we didn’t initially realize it had a double meaning.

Along with 10,000 other journalists, we’re on the list to attend the maker’s upcoming preview at PALExpo, where it will unveil the Nissan Invitation Concept, a slick little B-segment hatchback that likely provides a hint of where it’s going with its future subcompact 5-door family.

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Could this provide a hint of the next-generation hatchback version of the Versa – after the launch of the more sedate Versa sedan last year – or perhaps something entirely new?  A spokesman would only quote the official line: “Nissan will debut more than 20 new or redesigned models in the Americas in the next 24 months, with many exciting details to be provided in the coming months. Stay tuned.”