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When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke.

Ever since the Nisan Versa came to the U.S. back in 2007, the little car proved that cheap transportation didn’t have to be so dreary. While it’s no GT-R in terms of styling, the sedan and hatchback versions of the car sold well. In 2013, Nissan revamped the Versa for its second generation and added the Note name to designate the Hatchback version from the sedan .

Now for 2015, Nissan is adding a little more spice with the SR trim package on the Versa Note hatchback. While nothing changes mechanically, the SR trim does bring some sportiness to the car’s interior. Things like a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, suede look-alike material on the seats with orange accent double stitching. A refreshed center instrument panel is finished out in piano black plastic with silver accents and chrome knobs. It also gets a Fine Vision three-dial gauge cluster with a floating trip computer.

The SR sport trim package is also joined by the new top-of-the-line SL trim package for 2015, rounding out the S, S Plus, and SV trim lines.

The Versa Note SR represents Nissan’s up-marketing of the Versa in response to the stiffening competition. Cars like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Spark, Honda Fit, and Toyota Yaris are all strong in the segment. The argument gets even easier to debate once IIHS ratings are taken into account, with the Spark earning the relatively best score of the bunch.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Versa Note SR.

Jann Mardenborough is a name we probably should get used to hearing. The young 22-year-old English driver has been added to Red Bull’s driver development program for 2014, largely due to his winning the 2011 Nissan GT Academy and subsequent stops at GT racing, Formula 3 and LMP2.

But none of that can compare to Mardenborough’s biggest achievement to date: debuting at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year with Greaves Motorsport, in a Zytek Z11SN Nissan , finishing third in class with co-drivers Lucas Ordonez and Michael Krumm.

So the kid can drive and as it turns out, Red Bull is snapping him up for its driver development program, and a big part of that will be his debut into GP3 class racing with Arden Motorsport. As if that isn’t pressure enough, Mardenborough will have some big shoes to fill at Arden as he is essentially replacing another Red Bull-backed driver Daniil Kvyat, who has since moved on to Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

From what we’ve seen of him, Mardenborough has a good head on his shoulders and he should be able to make a comfortable transition into GP3. That being said, we’re gonna keep a close eye on the kid to see how far he’s come along since winning the Nissan GT Academy in 2011.

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima ’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series , but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

Thanks to a few new players in the market, the midsized truck battle looks be reviving. News about GM’s new mid-size trucks getting diesels have also stirred up a frenzy, starting with Nissan .

What you see here is the Frontier Diesel Runner, a “concept” truck built to gauge consumer interest in diesel-powered, midsized trucks. The truck itself is barely changed from the production line, but features a 2.8-liter, I-4 turbodiesel built by renowned engine builder Cummins. The Cummins/Nissan partnership isn’t new, however, as the pair have plans to power the next-generation Nissan Titan with a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel in 2015.

The Frontier ’s diesel engine is expected to produce around 200 horsepower and more than 350 pound-feet of torque — all while increasing fuel efficiency by 35 percent over the standard 4.0-liter, gasoline V-6 engine. It’s backed by a ZF-sourced 8HP70 eight-speed automatic transmission. The new engine-transmission combo is expected to tow and haul roughly the same as the conventional gasoline Frontier.

Nissan and Cummins did have to modify the truck slightly to get the powertrain nestled within the engine bay and transmission tunnel. Saving room and further development, this frontier lacks the optional four-wheel-drive and added complexities the system brings to a driveline.

It’s very unlikely the Frontier will be sold with a diesel option in its current generation. Nissan is hard at work developing the second-generation Titan pickup, and will likely turn its attention it the Frontier once development is competed there. We expect a new Frontier won’t be far behind the new 2015 Titan. If Nissan chooses to include a diesel as a powertrain option, it’s likely to happen then.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner Powered by Cummins.

We cover a lot of automotive-related material here at TopSpeed. From the latest and greatest vehicles with promises of fast quarter-mile times, insane 0-to-60 sprints , and the occasional gravel-shredding off-roader , it’s all about the newest and fastest.

But sometimes, you just have to slow down and enjoy the drive — to bask in every last mile of a pure driving experience in a pure sports car . That’s exactly what one man set out to do.

Scott Fisher and his beloved 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster are on a meandering mission to travel the United States in a clockwise fashion, while soaking in the experience on the timeless journey. No schedules needed.

Fisher started his epic journey last spring from his home in Las Vegas after selling his manufacturing business that he ran for 16 long years. It has since taken him over 30,000 miles through the American heartland, rolling over local highways and byways, while avoiding major routes and interstates “like the plague.” And it was all done in his beautiful ’67 Fairlady.

“I knew I needed to kinda’ get out, and unwind, and get my mojo back,” the 45-year-old man says. His journey has taken him north through the Pacific Northwest and over through the flyover states. Fisher’s goal was to stay up north during the summer months to avoid the extreme heat and sun exposure. “[It’s] allowed me to keep the top down, maybe 80 percent of the time.”

Click past the jump to keep reading about Scott’s amazing travels


$1.35 million is an extremely ridiculous price to pay for an ordinary Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 , but truth be told, there’s nothing ordinary about his particular model.

For one, it’s actually a movie car and one that was heavily used in the film it was on. More importantly, that film was "Fast & Furious 4," and the man who drove this Skyline was none other than the late Paul Walker. So yeah, it’s a pretty special ride driven by one special dude.

But after Walker’s sudden and unexpected death late last year, the car now finds itself on the market and the attached price tag — €1 million, which is around $1.35 million at the current exchange rates — speaks not only to the uniqueness of this particular Skyline GT-R (fully souped up and all), but also to the man who once treated the ride like one of his own.

Normally, we’d be turned off by a sticker price like that. After all, there are a lot of things you can do with that much money. But not this time.

See, the car itself will probably gain value as the years go by and Walker’s legend grows. But that’s trivial and inconsequential to the more important reason as to why if we had the money to spare, we’d buy it in a heartbeat.

What’s more, this car is going to help a great cause. See, 50 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) charity, one of the finest charitably organizations you’ll ever find.

Unlike other movie cars that have gone on sale in recent years, we’re pretty sure that this one will find a new owner soon enough.

Click past the jump to read about the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

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When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.

So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.

For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

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The 2014 Nissan GT-R is the flagship of the Nissan brand and represents one of the greatest price-to-performance bargains of all time. Thanks to a 545 horsepower engine, a quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission and an advanced all-wheel drive system, the GT-R has set multiple track records for production cars around the world.

Despite its ability to blitz most Ferraris and Lamborghinis around a track, the GT-R carries a price that is less than half those competitors.

Nissan has even tried to infuse a large dose of day-to day livability by giving the GT-R four seats and a large trunk.

But where did Nissan sacrifice to keep the price down? Can it match the more expensive competitors in refinement, comfort or technology? I spent 10 days and more than 1,600 miles behind the wheel to figure out if the newest version of Nissan’s ultimate sports car is everything it seems to be.

Just when you thought that the Nissan GT-R couldn’t be more awesome, British tuner Garage D built a program that really turns Godzilla into a full-blown mega monster.

It’s arguably one of the most impressive programs for the GT-R and that might even be a safe assessment. Don’t be fooled by the seeming absence of aero upgrades because Garage D’s work is solely devoted to turning the Nissan supercar ’s engine into a mind-blowing piece of performance engineering.

It was a comprehensive program and its numbers really do back it up. After Garage D was done with it, this GT-R was capable of hitting 1,200 horsepower, which allowed it to cross the quarter-mile mark in an astonishing 9.450 seconds while blasting along at speeds in excess of 164 mph.

Even more impressive, the GT-R can cover one mile in 22.528 seconds at a top speed of 230 mph. Totally bonkers, we tell ya.

But here’s the most impressive part: this 1,200-horsepower GT-R is completely street legal, which means that you can run around the roads, flex your muscles, and blast off leaving everyone eating your dust.

That’s what a 1,200-horsepower GT-R is capable of doing. And we should all thank Garage D for making it possible.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Nissan GT-R


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