2011 Nissan JUKE First Impressions Review – Not making sense has never been this much fun

Monday March 21st, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Nissan JUKE
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Potent 1.6L turbocharged engine
  • Slick shifting 6 spd manual transmission
  • Surprisingly capable handling
  • Snappy interior design

Cons:

  • Sub-compact size means limited practicality
  • Exterior design is a bit cartoonish

Sometimes it seems like car designers are developing new models simply by taking the existing categories and just scrambling them together. Take the new Juke from Nissan. Styled like a crossover and based on the same B platform as the Versa and Cube, but armed with a potent 1.6 liter turbocharged and direct injected engine, the Juke is unlike any other car on the road today.

On paper the concept of a sub-compact sport crossover seems almost goofy, but after spending some time behind the wheel of the Juke, we can’t help but be impressed. This little micro-ute is just a ton of fun to drive.

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Japanese Automakers Resume Limited Output

Monday March 21st, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Japanese Automakers Resume Limited OutputJapan is slowly taking steps to resume auto and parts production after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit on March 11, with auto companies starting limited production throughout the week. Due to aftershocks, rolling blackouts and infrastructure problems, Japanese auto factories have remained idle costing Japanese automakers an estimated $150 million a day, according to Goldman Sachs.

The IHS Automotive Insight states that “lost production outside of Japan is so far about 10,000 vehicles, but that number will rise ‘exponentially’ as more parts suppliers are affected, reducing stockpiles of components for cars and trucks built overseas”. The U.S. is starting to feel the effect, as General Motors Co. will shut down production at its 900 employee pickup plant in Shreveport, La. next week, which relies on Japanese made transmissions.

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Video: Nissan Juke Model vs. Model

Thursday February 17th, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Posted by: Derek

NIssan Juke Model vs. Model AccelerationIn the spirit of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition going on sale this month, Nissan released a series of four ads that were created to answer the age-old question: what’s better, the Nissan Juke or a tall blond bombshell in high heels?

The Juke marketing campaign pits Amber and the car against each other in the categories of acceleration, agility, appeal and aerodynamics. Neither really wins in the end, but we get to see Amber in four bikinis, plus a few slow-motion shots that really test your pacemaker. I think the biggest achievement is not Nissan’s newest crossover, but Amber running the sprint and slalom course in a pair of high heels without breaking an ankle.

Watch the videos below and you be the judge.

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Video of Nissan Esflow EV Sports Car Concept – The Sports Car of the Future?

Monday February 14th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

Nissan Esflow EV Sports Car ConceptNissan will unveil the new electric Esflow EV sports car concept at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, to demonstrate how a sports car of the future might look.

Nissan’s Esflow is based on the technology from their first practical Zero Emission car, the Nissan Leaf; however, the powertrain is tuned to offer a more sporty driving experience with rear-wheel drive and two motors. The two electric motors are positioned above the axis of the rear wheels to control the left and right wheels independently, producing optimized torque (60mph/100kph in under 5 seconds), vehicle stability, and efficient power regeneration. Like the Leaf, the motors will be powered by laminated lithium-ion battery packs, but will be situated low along the axis of the front and rear wheels, to help out the center of gravity, allowing the Esflow to travel over 150 miles (240km) on one charge.

Video clip and photo gallery of the Esflow after the jump
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2011 Nissan Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL Review – Economy with Benefits

Wednesday December 22nd, 2010 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Nissan Versa HB
By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Plenty of head room
  • Decent acceleration if you keep your foot down
  • Decent trunk space for a hatch
  • Easy access

Cons

  • Could use more power
  • Quirky Gallic styling
  • Better MPG would be nice

My first car that I drove in high school was a dark blue 1986 Nissan Sentra coupe. It had a 1.6 L engine that probably put out just over 84 HP. It was a pretty base model with an aftermarket radio that had a push button auto reverse cassette deck. It had no side view mirror on the right hand side, but hey, who needs that. It had no AC, which was a bit problematic in the SoCal summers where temperatures routinely shoot up to the high 90s and low 100s in the valleys. To kick a man when he’s down, the Sentra used to overheat regularly and I had to pump the hot air into the cabin in order to cool the engine down. What the Sentra did have, though, was a five-speed manual transmission and a smooth clutch. So I was pretty interested to see what the new econobox from Nissan is like, almost a quarter of a century later.

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Video Review: 2011 Nissan Rogue vs. 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Monday December 13th, 2010 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Mitsubishi redesigned the Outlander Sport for 2011, but can it go toe-to-toe against the more established sport ute – the Nissan Rogue? Watch the video as Ryan and Aaron take these city crossovers deep into the forest on a holiday challenge and drive over some real terrain more challenging than a urban street riddled with potholes.

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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet to Debut at 2010 LA Auto Show

Sunday November 14th, 2010 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabrioletDrop-top Drivers Can Now Bring Along 2 Bags of Luggage and their Golf Bags

The world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, delivers the open-air exhilaration of a convertible while extending the versatility of the Murano in exciting new ways. With room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage (even with the top down), and a premium level interior, the Murano CrossCabriolet represents a breakthrough in concept and design. Set to go on sale in early 2011.

Insider sources close to the project say the 2011 Murano convertible will be produced in limited numbers, and will be targeted at empty-nesters who need room to carry the grandkids, but still want something fun. But the kids will need to pack light, as the current Murano offers just 31.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and the convertible mechanism will certainly cut into that space.

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Review – An exceptionally rugged and versatile SUV

Thursday September 2nd, 2010 at 1:99 PM
Posted by: Francois

By Francis Cebedo

The Good

  • Legacy car with pedigree
  • Body on frame chassis
  • Good towing ability
  • Good off-road ability
  • Powerful V6 motor
  • Seats 7 with many available configurations

The Nissan Pathfinder has been around the block a few too many times. It was quite revolutionary when it debuted in the mid-1980′s and a great response to Toyota’s 4Runner as it defined a new category of truck that could move 5 passengers with all their gear. Fast forward a few years and the Pathfinder has been slowly updated but never quite redone. New features for this year include a standard moonroof on the LE V6 model, a standard navigation system on the LE V8, and simplified exterior and interior color combinations. Minimal updates allowed Nissan to hold on to a loyal customer base and offer a vehicle to the person looking for a traditional body-on-frame chassis as opposed to the new crop of unibody SUVs.

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Featured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa 5-door Hatchback

Tuesday July 13th, 2010 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: mswig

2008 Nissan Versa HatchbackFeatured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa
European car comfort for the cost of a Japanese compact car

by Martin Swig

Price Paid: $13000.00
Review Date: July 13, 2010
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for:
2 1/2 years

Summary:
After more than two and a half years and 30,000 miles of Versa ownership, I was happy to see that the rest of the world is recognizing this superb car. I’m referring to June 2010 sales of new cars in the sub-compact / small hatch category. Versa was at the top of the list, outselling Kia Soul (2nd), Chevrolet HHR and  Aveo, also Dodge Caliber, Hyundai Accent, Mini, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Scion xD.

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Nissan Arrives Fashionably Late With First Hybrid Infiniti Aiming to Double Mileage

Tuesday July 6th, 2010 at 3:77 PM
Posted by: Derek

Infiniti M35 Hybrid rear deck Nissan, Japan’s number 3 automaker is due to launch a gasoline-electric Infiniti M sedan, lagging rivals Toyota Motor and Honda Motor by more than a decade in offering a proprietary hybrid model.

The Infiniti M35 Hybrid, known in the Japan-market as the Nissan Fuga, is not Nissan’s first hybrid — that distinction goes to the Altima Hybrid. The M35 Hybrid is Nissan’s first hybrid developed in-house. The Altima hybrid uses a customized version of Toyota’s hybrid technology.

But unlike the Altima’s system, Nissan claims its new setup is more technologically advanced and less complex at the same time. For example, Nissan’s single electric motor arrangement is reportedly close to 70 pounds lighter than Toyota’s double-motor system.

While admitting to the late start, Nissan said its one-motor, two-clutch system would achieve far better fuel economy, at a much lower technical cost compared with hybrid leader Toyota’s complex, two-motor “series parallel” system.

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