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First Look: Nissan Juke Crossover

The latest econobox with a funky and a tad exaggerated look.

by on Feb.10, 2010

Alternative or more of mainstream same?

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today confirmed that an all-new small crossover SUV, the Nissan Juke, will join the Nissan lineup in the United States in the fall 2010.

A European version of the Juke subcompact was revealed to the media at the Chicago Auto Show today.

Juke will make its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The North American version of Juke is scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show in late March.

The compact Juke, said to be inspired by the Nissan Qazana concept car that debuted to as I recall mixed reviews at Geneva in 2009, is supposed to give customers a sporty crossover alternative to traditional small hatchback vehicles.

In North America, Juke complements other  Nissan crossovers — including the Nissan Murano and Rogue.

The usual claims for both “dynamic” styling and an “exhilarating” driving experience were made about the Juke.

Pricing will be keyhere as all makers need to sell unnatural amounts of small cars to meet impending 35.5 mpg CAFE regulations.

Nonetheless the new Juke (econo) box does have good stance, the now almost expected high waistline, and complex curves, which define the segment.

Whether it has a “coupe-like profile” we leave for you to decide, and — as always — our comments section is open for polite discussion.

The interior design has a wide center console that is said to take its inspiration from a motorcycle fuel tank.

Heard that before, too.

Sneak Peak: 2010 Nissan Qazana

Is that "Q", as in suqqess?

by on Mar.02, 2009

Nissan's latest Q-car, the Qazana, debuts at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Nissan cues its latest European Q-car, the Qazana. Qazana debuts at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

 What do automakers have for specific letters? Ford has traditionally loved names that begin with “F,” as in Flex, F-Series and Five Hundred. Toyota has its “C” cars, such as Camry and Corolla. In Europe, Nissan is becoming addicted to Qs, as in the Qashqai compact SUV that debuted at the Paris Motor show, in 2006, and went on sale shortly afterwards – with significant success.

This week, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Nissan will cue up another “Q” car. Superstition? “Maybe,” said a source within Nissan Europe. “It clearly is a name that people think of immediately as a Nissan.” Whatever the reason, building on the success of the Qashqai, it’s now adding Qazana.

This global debut is important to Nissan, which hopes to underline its position as a pioneer in the field of crossovers. The Qazana not only builds on the tradition of the Qashqai, but also the Murano, of which the second generation is in production.

Sadly, all we can offer, until later this week is a teaser picture, but Nissan insists the Qazana concept has a striking design, dominated by large wheel arches and a lower, sportier stance than your typical crossover. Qazana is a five-door model, with rear doors opening forward after the front doors have been opened. (We promised not to call them “suicide doors,” but you can pick whatever name you choose.)

Nissan has been backing off on its auto show presence, abandoning the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, earlier this year, and nearly pulling out of Chicago. This past week, executives announced they’ll make further cuts in their near-term show presence. But Geneva will nonetheless be a big event for the Japanese maker. We already showed our readers the Pixo city car, and the NV200 commercial van. Nissan better pack them in now, while it can.