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Nissan Gets its Kicks With New SUV

New crossover is “gateway” to the maker’s expanding line-up.

by on Nov.29, 2017

Nissan unveiled its new Kicks crossover vehicle targeted at millennials moving up a vehicle.

Nissan hopes buyers will get their Kicks on Route 66 – as well as I-405, the New York Throughway and pretty much everywhere else – in the maker’s newest sport-utility vehicle.

The 2018 Nissan Kicks becomes the latest in an expanding line-up of crossover models the Japanese maker has been rolling out and arrives at what would seem the perfect time, with utes now accounting for nearly half of the overall U.S. new vehicle market.

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Targeting millennials and others who might otherwise opt for an entry-level sedan or hatchback, the Nissan Kicks targets “buyers moving up,” and, said U.S. sales and marketing chief Dan Mohncke, will be “the new gateway to our CUV line-up.”


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 Cuts Price, and Weight, on New Pathfinder

Maker hopes to dent lead of its rivals.

by on Oct.11, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is lighter - and more affordable.

Over the years, we’ve come to expect three things will happen when an automaker introduces an all-new product: the vehicle will get heavier, it will get more content, and it will get a bigger price tag.

With stiff new fuel economy standards coming into play, we’ve begun seeing a shift in that occasion as manufacturers begin to slash weight which has a direct impact on mileage. But Nissan is apparently adopting an entirely new form of math, because its all-new 2013 Pathfinder is not only as much as 500 pounds lighter but also about $1,000 less expensive than the outgoing SUV – even while getting more standard equipment.

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The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder S launches at $28,270, exactly $1,020 less than the 2012 model, to be more precise – though you’ll need to add another $825 for delivery charges.  The S anchors a line with a revised series of upgraded trim levels, all the way up to the $39,170 Pathfinder Platinum edition.