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Nissan Gets a Gripz on the Next Juke

A hint of a sportier Juke to come.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The Nissan Gripz Concept aims to blend the functionality of a Juke with the sportiness of a 370Z.

Even before it rolled onto the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, the Nissan Gripz was already generating some wild rumors suggesting it might be anything from the next Juke crossover to a replacement for the Nissan 370Z sports car.

In a sense, both of those ideas are accurate. No, the Z-car isn’t going away, but today’s buyers want something more than the minimal soft-roaders of years past, and the Gripz suggests the next-generation Juke will bring not only the flexibility and utility of a crossover vehicle, but also the fun-to-drive characteristics of a sports cars.

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Exactly how much of the Gripz concept will carry over into production remains to be seen, but expect to see some key elements, including the so-called V-Motion grille, which Nissan global creative director Shiro Nakamura confirmed will be the new face of Nissan products.

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Nissan Teases Mystery Car Before Frankfurt Show

But crossover likely to be next-generation Juke.

by on Sep.08, 2015

Nissan's show car teaser has kicked off plenty of speculation prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Who is that masked man? Or so went the line from the old Lone Ranger TV show. Lately, the question might be, what is that masked car? There’s been plenty of speculation about the teaser image Nissan has released in advance of its news conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Unlike some manufacturers who have given us a clear sense of what to expect next week, Nissan has issued only a most cryptic comment, its news release asking, “”So can Nissan continue to innovate and move the bar higher? What if Nissan created a new way to feel driving excitement? The answer will come at the Frankfurt Motor Show.”

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Among the wilder theories, some are speculating this mystery vehicle might be an all-new replacement for the Nissan Z-Car. Considering the huge migration from passenger cars to utility vehicles, perhaps that might actually make a bit of sense. But the reality is likely a lot simpler.

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Big Things in Small Packages: Americans Falling for Pint-Sized SUVs

Demand for B-segment crossovers expected to triple in 2015.

by on May.05, 2015

The compact crossover is quickly becoming one of the world's fastest-growing market segment.

When it comes to cars, Americans have traditionally thought that bigger is better. Yet, Honda is betting big on the smallest entry in its expanding SUV line-up. The new 2016 HR-V shares the same underlying platform as the Japanese maker’s subcompact Fit hatchback, and it’s expected to serve as “a gateway to our line-up,” says Jeff Conrad, the general manager of the Honda brand.

But Honda is by no means alone. What was once a modest niche is rapidly becoming one of the market’s hottest segments. It’s hard to find a single major manufacturer that doesn’t have a small utility vehicle in its showrooms, or at least one on the way.

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Sales are expected to nearly triple this year, to around 236,000, forecasts Stephanie Brinley, a lead analyst with IHS Automotive, in large part because automakers have been able to supply both the chicken and the egg.

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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.

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Nissan Puts Sentra, Juke in Overdrive with Nismo Editions

Along with Nismo GT-R, Nissan rapidly expands performance line-up.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Nissan's Nismo Sentra helps the sedan shed its "sedate" reputation. The maker has three vehicles in the Nismo stable.

Anyone who thinks of the Nissan Sentra as a sedate, even stodgy four-door may be in for quite a surprise when they get a look at the 2014 Nismo Concept version that made its first appearance today at the annual L.A. Auto Show.

The sportiest version of the Sentra yet is actually one of three new models to carry the Nismo badge as Nissan moves to expand the presence of its high-performance brand-within-a-brand. Also on display in Los Angeles is the all-new 2014 Nismo Juke, while Nissan is using the simultaneous Tokyo Motor Show to highlight the debut of the equally all-new Nismo GT-R.

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“Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past,” said Nissan Vice President of Product Planning, Pierre Loing. “With Nismo, our in-house motorsports arm already producing versions of the 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, JUKE Nismo RS and upcoming GT-R Nismo, we wanted to demonstrate where we could go in the future.” (more…)

Nismo 370Z Coming This Summer

Nissan second product joins Juke Nismo.

by on May.01, 2013

Nissan announced the 370Z Nismo will reach dealer showrooms this summer.

Nissan announced back in February that it would be expanding its performance-oriented sub-brand, dubbed Nismo for Nissan Motorsports, which will offer sportier, enthusiast versions of Nissan products. And now the second Nismo-inspired vehicle is coming.

The Nismo version of the Nissan 370Z will reach showrooms this summer.

The 2014 370Z Nismo follows the new Nismo design theme with distinctive new exterior and interior accents.

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“The 370Z Nismo, since its introduction as part of the original Nissan 350Z lineup, has embodied the spirit of Nismo – race-proven engineering that is attainable,” said Pierre Loing, vice president, Product and Advanced Planning and Strategy, Nissan Americas.

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Nissan Reveals TeRRA Concept

Hint of next xTerra styling?

by on Sep.12, 2012

Nissan envisions a zero-emissions off-roader in the form of the TeRRA Concept.

Nissan is giving a sneak peek at the new TeRRA Concept it will formally unveil at the Paris Motor Show later this month.

Don’t expect to see the all-wheel-drive crossover, or more precisely, its hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, in production anytime soon, the TeRRA may just give some insight into some of the things Nissan is working up for the near future.

While some elements of the styling are clearly over the top, notably the prismatic LED headlamps, the broader design cues just might have an influence on the next-generation xTerra sport-utility vehicle or the eventual update of the smaller Juke CUV.

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“We took our inspiration from the lifestyles of youthful customers in Northern Europe,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan senior vice president and chief creative officer. “We heard their aspiration for sustainable mobility that can take them anywhere they want to go.”

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com 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.

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First Look: Nissan Juke-R

Dubbed the “ultimate compact crossover,” Super Juke gets a GT-R powertrain.

by on Oct.07, 2011

Nissan will squeeze a GT-R drivetrain into a heavily modified Juke.

Practical? Check.  Affordable? Check.  High-performance? We’ll get back to you.

While the little Nissan Juke crossover might be reasonably peppy in its modest class it’s not exactly a supercar.  Well, not until the automaker decided to see what would happen if it tried to squeeze the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 found in the GT-R under the hood of the Juke.

Now, says the Japanese maker, it has created the “ultimate compact crossover,” a concept it is calling the Nissan Juke-R

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Though final figures aren’t available for Nissan’s “Super Juke,” expect something short of the stock 2012 GT-R’s 530 horsepower and 448 lb-ft of torque.  More likely, the pony count will be capped at 480, which is still a significant bump up from the 188 hp and 177 lb-ft made by the crossover’s stock 1.8-liter inline-four.

That’s expected to let the Juke R top 60 in under four seconds and hit a peak 170 mph – which would exceed the numbers of a Porsche Boxster.

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Nissan Planning to Expand North American Capacity

Another U.S. plant a possibility; maker may also add Infiniti production.

by on Jun.29, 2011

With the Juke and a number of other new products coming to the U.S., Nissan needs to expand North American production capacity.

This story has been updated to include details on Nissan’s individual U.S. and Mexican plants and more on its plans for Infiniti.

Anticipating significant growth in both North and South America Nissan is working up plans that will call for the expansion of its current production base in the U.S. and Mexico, a senior official confirms, hinting that the maker may also resume production of Infiniti models in North America.

Nissan earlier this week unveiled a new 6-year plan, dubbed Power 88, that projects a 50% increase in global sales, with much of that expected to come from China, India and other emerging markets, but the U.S. and other parts of the Americas are central to what global marketing chief Simon Sproule acknowledges is an “aggressive” plan.

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“What’s clear is if we look at our aspirations for growth in the U.S. and the role the (two Nissan) Mexican plants play for our growth in North and South America we’re going to have to have more capacity,” said Sproule, who was interviewed during a segment TheDetroitBureau.com hosted on Detroit NPR affiliate WDET-FM.

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