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In today’s day and age, teenagers are often castigated for being a little too obnoxious with their demands. Not that all teens are like this, but for sure, there are those that feel entitled to have everything they want and will try to through crazy lengths to get it.

Take this 17-year old Florida teenager, for example. In her determined and desperate attempt to buy a car, she ended up pistol-whipping her mother and forced her to drive at gunpoint to a Nissan dealership in Fort Myers, Florida.

When the teenager went to the Sutherlan Nissan dealership and was told that she needed a co-signer to be able to buy a used 350Z , the teenager asked her mother if she could co-sign the papers for the car. When the mother said no, she pulled out the gun and threatened her mother.

Needless to say, the young girl didn’t get the car and is now being detained at a juvenile detention center. As any mother would want to protect their child, the mother of this crazy teen refused to press charges against her daughter out of fear that it would be frowned upon by some Ivy League universities that have apparently accepted her.

The police, however, arrested her anyway upon learning that the gun she used to threaten her mother was stolen last year and she was not charged in that particular crime.

Just goes to show that what goes around, certainly comes around. Poor mom.

Believe it or not, this is not the work of some crazy tuner, but a stock vehicle from Nissan. Yes, Nissan has put together a special edition GTR that just screams "Made for the Middle East," and this is exactly where this special edition will soon be cruising the streets.

Nissan Middle East took it upon themselves to create this amazing Nissan GTR VVIP because they felt that the 2012 GTR needed a special edition. The 2012 GT-R VVIP will be distinguished by a black carbon fiber rear spoiler and 24 karat gold plated side panels, grill, and all exclusive VVIP badges. Inside, the 2012 VVIP GT-R features hand crafted leather interiors by master craftsmen at Seton Company Inc. Muelheim an der Ruhr in Germany. The seats feature an exclusive quilted design combined with a reticular pattern.

With a price tag of about $220,000, we can only imagine that "VVIP" stands for Very, Very Important Person.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Nissan GT-R VVIP.

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The small car market in the United States has been growing by leaps and bounds in the recent years and new offerings have made existing vehicles seem outdated. These machines, such as the Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze , make the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla seem more at home with a horse attached to the front.

Yet, what happens when one gets a vehicle that seemed outdated before the launch of those new models? The Nissan Sentra is just one of those models, as its styling inside and out could easily be from 1999, but does that really matter? Styling is, after all, something that each person sees differently and the interior of a vehicle, as important as it is to the media, doesn’t seem to matter much to Americans. Just look at how many Impalas sold last year and this point will hit home.

So, with that being said, is the Nissan Sentra a work of art hidden under a bland exterior, or is its 20th century appearance a sign of what’s to come once on the road? In order to find out, Nissan gave us a 2011 Sentra 2.0 SL to drive around for seven days.

Hit the jump to read what we discovered.

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America is unlike any other country on the planet, larger than most and with the most diversified population. Why do you think they call us the “melting pot”? This diversity is for certain, but another thing that makes America unique is their taste in vehicles. Unlike many countries around the world, the United States seems to enjoy riding high, while having the luxury of a car-like ride. Seems counter-intuitive, as those that like riding high go for trucks and those that want a smooth and cushy ride opt for sedans. Yet, the crossover, or CUV, has become a bigger hit than the Whopper and that’s mighty impressive.

Nissan has come to the table a tad late, but they have made up for their tardiness with a pleasant all-rounder: the Rogue . It blended Murano style with smaller proportions and, for some, it worked. Now, three years later, Nissan has revamped the Rogue in the hopes of garnering strong sales before a major refresh is in order.

More details on the 2011 Nissan Rogue after the jump.

In the midst of all the debuts coming out of the Geneva Auto Show, Nissan has decided this would be a perfect opportunity to reveal the Esflow, their new electric concept. However, this isn’t just any old electric car like the Leaf. No, this is an electric sports car that will carry the setup of Nissan’s other electric with a RWD setup and a more stylish exterior.

The new Esflow concept is powered by two electric motors that are charged by laminated lithium-ion batteries. Each motor is designated to its own rear wheel, taking the Esflow from 0 to 60mph in around 5 seconds with an autonomy of 240kms (150 miles) on one charge.

The concept is said to take its color inspiration from glaciers with its highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints. The hood of the car is stretched to capacity for a longer and sleeker look while the steeply raked, wrap around windscreen adds a touch of finesse to the vehicle.

We can’t imagine seeing this concept hit the production line, but it will be interesting to see what Nissan can get out of something like this in the future.

UPDATE 03/01/11: This review has been updated with the Esflow’s full specs, as well as new images.

Nissan may have plenty of models to boast of, but the one car that stands out to anyone looking for a vehicle with a little pep in its step is the Nissan Z car. Back in 1964, Nissan began toying with the idea of building a sports car to add to their lineup, but it wasn’t until 1969 that a vehicle was actually produced. The Datsun 240Z was available in two versions - and proved to be the successful sports car that Nissan had anticipated. Six generations later and Nissan had produced many variations of the vehicle, including the ever-popular 370Z . Now, after only four years since the latest 370Z was created, rumors are flying suggesting that Nissan is ready to go at it again with a new generation Z. Not only will the world be getting one of their beloved sports cars once again, but it may also be powered by a hybrid drivetrain, a rumor we first heard back in 2010 most likely the same one used in the Infiniti M hybrid . Yes, the world is going hybrid, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Z.

The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.

Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.

Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show is turning into a regular environmental fair - with the exception of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 of course - and now Nissan is joining the bunch with a special Micra model. The new Micra DIG S will be powered by a petrol engine, but that engine will only produce 95g/km of CO2. Sales will begin Summer 2011.

The new Micra DIG S is powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger engine that delivers a total of 98 HP and 142Nm of torque, while emitting only 95g/km for the manual version and 115 g/km for the CVT version. The car can hit a top speed of 112mph when coupled with a manual gearbox. The DIG-S uses the Miller cycle and direct petrol injection to raise the compression ratio to 13 to one for greater combustion efficiency and a supercharger for instant throttle response and added power.

"Ultra low emissions with no compromise when it comes to drivability means the Micra DIG-S sets new standards for the current generation of city cars. No other petrol-powered compact hatchback can beat its overall efficiency... and it is more than a match for an equivalent diesel. We have been able to achieve this ultra low CO2 figure in a cost effective package and without the complication of particulate filters needed to clean up diesel engine emissions and which are not entirely compatible with a car that spends much of its life in the city."

Thanks to an order guide released by Nissan , we have the skinny on just the type of edition Nissan is offering for those GT-R lovers that require a little more luxury for their driving experience. Along with five other version of the GT-R - "Pure Edition," "Black Edition," "Premium Edition," "SpecV," and "ClubTrack" - Nissan will be offering the "EGOIST" model. This model is the first and only Nissan GT-R in the world exclusively created by Takumi, or "master with greatest skills."

This unique edition will provide a great amount of interior and exterior modifications to provide the ultimate GT-R. Each unit will be unique, as customers will be able to choose from a combination of 20 interior colors, and that is just the beginning.

Power for the EGOIST edition will continue to be provided by the standard 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine with 530 HP at 6,400rpm and a maximum torque of 612Nm delivered from 3,200 to 6,000 rpm. All this means is that Nissan has focused more on the look of this version, while saving the power upgrades for the Club Track edition.

Prices for the 2012 Nissan GT-R EGOIST will be announced closer to its official market launch, but check out the details after the jump to see what Nissan has in store for their latest GT-R.

Update 02/08/2011: Nissan has revealed new images of the special edition GT-R Egoist. Also we have the official performance numbers: a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in 3.046 seconds while top speed is 195 mph.

Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.

Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.

We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.

Details after the jump.

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