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In case you’ve dodged every automotive outlet on the planet for the past few weeks, let me be the first to inform you that Nissan’s European division has created a miniscule monster – a compact, all-wheel drive, matte-black beast with big wings and gaping louvers, to be more specific. Called the Juke-R, the one-off concept is a fusion of Nissan’s only two turbocharged models available in the U.S. – the funky-featured Juke and its tech-littered brother, the GT-R supercar. Two Juke-Rs have been built by RML (one of the silent ninjas of motorsports based in Northants, England) in collaboration with the Nissan Technology Centre for Europe. The Juke-Rs are legal for use on European pavement, and come in either right- or left-hand drive. If the goal of the Juke-R was nothing more than a publicity stunt, consider it mission accomplished. But under the surface, we’re betting Nissan is up to more than simply throwing a pre-2011 GT-R’s modified drivetrain (which includes a 485-horsepower VR38DETT engine, GR6 six-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system) into a diminutive Juke body and making a few tantalizing YouTube videos. The Japanese automaker appears to be subliminally taking the temperature of the public to see if developing a sportier, enthusiast-focused Juke is worth the effort. Gauging from the reaction to the Juke-R so far, yes, it most certainly is. After just a year on the European market, more than 100,000 people call themselves Juke owners. The CUV was recently launched in Russia, where dealers had waiting lists filled with potential buyers. Although less popular with the more traditional, extra-large-SUV-loving American populace, the Juke has been relatively successful thus far, with some 27,000 moved off dealer lots through September of this year. Fuel-conscious, parking-spot-stressed urbanites adore it for its tidy dimensions and decent 27/32 mpg city/highway fuel economy. A 1.6-liter turbocharged heart and torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system make the compact CUV a fun and economical means of transport. But as it stands, the all-wheel-drive Juke’s peppy 188-horse turbo mill is connected to a lackluster continuously variable transmission that drones and whines. Want the six-speed manual? You’ll have to make do with a front-wheel-drive layout. The Juke has the potential to be much more entertaining. Here’s where a Juke Sport, if you will, comes in. We’re talking a lower, slightly stiffer suspension, some tasteful exterior cladding, restyled wheels, bigger brakes, and boosted up into the 250-hp range. Throw in a proper gearbox (automatic or manual) and keep the all-wheel-drive setup, and we’re betting a significant buyer pool would gladly spend $25,000 or more on one. Need proof? Just ask Mini, which is selling $30,000-plus Countrymans like hotcakes. While it may not be time for a production version of the 480-horse baby Godzilla, I believe it is time for an affordable CUV that’s as fun for enthusiasts to toss into a corner as it is for teenyboppers to park at the mall. Unless Nissan is working on a successor to the much-loved Silvia/240SX coupe, a car that one product planner told me would be hard to push through the pipeline given the segment’s demise (ahem, what about the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S?), a souped-up Juke would be a great way to keep younger, urban enthusiasts engaged with the brand.
A few years ago, when the JDM box cars were all the rage, Nissan introduced the Cube subcompact to the U.S. market. Much like its rival Scion xB, the Cube has been far surpassed in terms of sales and popularity by the Kia Soul, with its less overtly weird styling, and strong value equation. But the Cube soldiers on, largely unchanged since its 2009 debut. The biggest change for the 2014 model year is the addition of Caspian Sea blue as a color, replacing 2013’s Bitter Chocolate. Starting at $17,570 for a Nissan Cube 1.8 S with a six-speed manual. The CVT automatic adds an even $1000 for $18,570, and the top-line SL CVT goes for $19,670. If you want a loaded Cube, check the box for the SL Preferred Package, which includes fog lights, a touchscreen navigation system, rearview camera, an upgraded audio system with a Rockford Fosgate 8-inch subwoofer, and a USB port. As with the 2013 model, the sole engine option on the Cube is a 1.8-liter, 122-hp four-cylinder engine. The Cube gets 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with the CVT, and 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with the six-speed manual.
Out of all the Nissan vehicles released for the 2014 model year, only one received a complete redesign, and a closer look at the all-new Rogue shows that Nissan really took their time to get the crossover SUV right. The Rogue has received a number of new features for 2014, many of which are either best-in-class or class-exclusive. Consumers are sure to appreciate that the best-in-class features of the Rogue pertain to capabilities that matter most to buyers in the SUV segment.
To assist consumers in researching the redesigned Rogue, Briggs Nissan, an automotive dealership located in Manhattan, Kan., has added a new model-specific Web page to their website, which focuses on highlighting all of the newest features and capabilities of the SUV.
The seven-passenger 2014 Nissan Rogue provides a best-in-class cargo capacity behind the second row of seats. When the flat-folding third row of seats is collapsed, the SUV offers nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space, but that space can be expanded even further when the second row of seats is collapsed. With both rows of seats folded down, the Rogue is able to accommodate 70 cubic feet of cargo, which is similar to some of the larger-sized SUVs on the market.
Among the newest class-exclusive features in the Rogue is an around view monitor which provides a 360-degree overhead view of the SUV at all times. It’s helpful for squeezing into tight parking spots and allows consumers to check their surroundings before proceeding. A Divide-N-Hide cargo system is also exclusive to the Rogue, and helps to provide up to 18 different storage options.
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. LEAF’s CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.
For 2014, additional enhancements include:
- RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
- Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
- Offered in S, SV and SL models
- Available December 2013
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- Voice recognition allows hands-free calling from Bluetooth®-compatible cell phones.
- Noise reduction software helps improve sound quality
- Pair up to seven different Bluetooth®-compatible phones
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- Heighten the style of your Altima® Coupe with an aerodynamic spoiler.
- Custom designed to help enhance vehicle aerodynamic appearance
- Comes pre-painted in factory-matched colors
2015 Nissan Leaf built with convenience and comfort. The price is affordable so that it could allow all average buyers to purchase it. However, there will always be pros and cons about the new redesign model. We found that the car has several changes in the term of speed performance and interior design. While some reports said that the car still has a problem with the navigation system.
2015 Nissan Leaf Exterior
2015 Nissan Leaf even if not a sexy car but it brings a lot of good things from its exterior. The car could be said has a different look because of the elongated headlamps there which is bulge out especially from front fenders and then cut the aerodynamic to the air that later reduces the drag and clear the wing mirrors path. We also found that there are tiny wheels that look like impossible because the size is small and make a contrast look with the leaf’s slab sides. We are pretty sure that the exterior is better compared to its predecessor. Hopefully there is something totally new as the icon of the car so that when you see the car we know that it is 2015 Nissan Leaf.
2015 Nissan Leaf Interior
The car is spacious enough especially for the rear hatch because it is possible for you to put all your grocery there. While there is no flat loading floor. It means that it would create a problem for bulkier items to transport there, but overall it is well for you. 2015 Nissan Leaf still has a problem with the navigation system especially for destination search because of limited POI database and it is clunky. Not only has that problem but the car still should fix the audio quality because of the unimpressive single-option stereo which is presented there. But still, we should thanks because it has a well-equipped features supported with telmatics and standard cabin technology usage.
2015 Nissan Leaf Engine
The power train designed best because it could make the car has a great speed performance. Furthermore, the car also has a good acceleration even more than the expectation. About the range, it has accurate estimation especially for suburban and city driving.
2015 Nissan Leaf Changes
2015 Nissan Leaf has a great change especially the performance that could even go through zero-emission. The speed performance and its affordability will be a great combination that you could find out in its change.
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The 2014 Nissan Altima ranks 4 out of 22 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Altima, as well as reliability and safety data.
With athletic handling, abundant power and excellent fuel economy, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a practical family sedan that also provides some kicks behind the wheel, reviewers say.
Test drivers are impressed with the ample power offered by the 2014 Nissan Altima’s standard four-cylinder engine and say the optional six-cylinder engine has even more juice. All models come with a continuously variable transmission that reviewers say is responsive and operates smoothly. However, they note that the powertrain can be loud, especially with the four-cylinder engine. The Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is great for the class. The automotive press says that sharp handling makes the Altima a standout among family sedans, most of which are a snooze to drive.
Automotive writers agree that the Altima has an upscale cabin design, and that its plush materials and special “zero-gravity” front bucket seats make for a comfortable ride. The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, test drivers note, though headroom is lacking. The Altima comes standard with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, keyless entry and push-button start. Optional features include NissanConnect, which links with smartphone apps like Facebook, a 7-inch navigation touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera and a moonroof. Available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.
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