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2011 Nissan Juke

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The Japanese automaker Nissan has revealed the first official details on it’s latest crossover, the Juke, a CUV that will be coming to America this fall, before the car’s official debut in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With an almost identical design to the Qazana concept, the new Juke was designed to "inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market" with its chunky wheels, wide tires, extended ground clearance and robust stance. Meanwhile the interior features a center console that was inspired by a motorcycle’s gas tank.

The European market will get three engine choices: one diesel and two 1.6 Liter gas burning units. The most powerful will be the new turbocharged MR16DDT complete with technologies like direct injection to deliver a total of 190 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. Then there is a 16 valve naturally aspirated unit that produces a more economical 117 HP, while the 1.5 Liter dCi common rail diesel cranking out 110 HP takes over duties for the alternatively fueled crowd.

The new Juke will be offered in Visia, Acenta and Tekna trim levels, with a total of nine color choices for the exterior, including two shades of white, both solid and pearl, and three other hues unique to the Juke: Force Red, Haptic Blue and Machine Brown. One thing is for certain the new Juke will definitely turn the small CUV market on its head.

Updated 08/11/2010: Nissan today announced prices for the 2011 Juke crossover. The car will go on sale in October and will be priced at $18,960 USD. The 2011 Juke is available in eight models, each powered by a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline Turbo engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Hit the jump to see prices for each of them.

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Nissan Surprises Us With an Update to the Aging Juke, Effectively Extending its Lifespan a Few More Years

Nissan Surprises Us With an Update to the Aging Juke, Effectively Extending its Lifespan a Few More Years

Mild upgrade keeps the crossover somewhat fresh

So far, the 2018 Geneva Auto Show has been mostly about extreme supercars and exciting concepts. But, if you’re looking for a new daily driver, there are quite a few cars to talk about, including the Toyota Auris and Aygo, the Peugeot 508, or the Smart EQ ForTwo. The Nissan Juke also made a surprise appearance at the show, but not in second-generation clothes. Instead, the Japanese automaker added a few new features inside and out, which suggests that the almost eight-year-old Juke is here to stay for a while longer.

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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups

Hold on to your butts, things are about to get weird

Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.

Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups.

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Nissan Wants To Let You Know When You Need A Swig Of Water

Nissan Wants To Let You Know When You Need A Swig Of Water

New sweat-sensing technology can monitor your hydration level

Most of you have probably heard about the study conducted by the European Hydration Institute back in 2015 that concluded that dehydration has the same effects on a person as driving under the influence of alcohol. Whether its tiredness, headaches, dizziness, and slower reactions times, these symptoms have been suggested as being evident in cases of people who are dehydrated or are under the influence. Nissan is well aware of the situation and is addressing it with Dutch design brand Droog. Their solution? A sweat-sensing material on the steering wheel and driver’s seat that informs drivers when they’re dehydrated and in need of some rehydration.

The video provides a proper demonstration of how the technology works, though, in a nutshell, it essentially involves a material called SOAK coating that’s placed on the two aforementioned locations. The material works by changing colors to indicate the driver’s hydration levels with “yellow” indicating that they’re dehydrated and “blue” signifying that they’re fully hydrated. It is worth mentioning that Droog actually owns the rights to the equipment, which it initially developed to help and inform athletes of their own hydration levels. Now that it’s partnered with Nissan, there’s the possibility that the technology can be applied to the auto industry. There’s no telling when that’s going to be since Nissan itself hasn’t indicated its plans for the SOAK technology and its potential application for its model lineup. That said, the Japanese automaker must be intrigued enough with the product to enlist Nismo racer Lucas Ordoñez to help spread awareness regarding the real state of affairs as far as driving while dehydrated is concerned.

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The Jukes On Us As Nissan's Funky Crossover Appears to be Headed For An Exit

The Jukes On Us As Nissan’s Funky Crossover Appears to be Headed For An Exit

Get it? Jukes on us?

There’s a certain amount of respect that needs to be given to a model that has outlived its expectations. In the case of the Nissan Juke, it deserves a medal for lasting as long as it has. But now, after seven years in production, Nissan’s quirky little crossover is reportedly nearing the end of its run, at least that’s the sentiment shared by sources who spoke to The Truth About Cars about the Juke’s fate. Apparently, Nissan plans to slowly phase out the crossover either after the 2017 model year or the year after that.

North America is reportedly one of the first markets to be rid of the Juke as Nissan already has a replacement – the Kicks – lined up to take its place. It’s not all that surprising when you consider that sales of the Juke have fallen precipitously here in the in the last few years. In fact, sales of the Juke from 2016 added up to just 19,577 units for the whole year, a massive drop from the 38,184 units that were sold in 2014, as per GoodCarBadCar. Things haven’t gotten any better in 2017 as Nissan only sold 986 units of the crossover in May here in the U.S. The departure of the Juke will leave a subcompact crossover-sized hole for Nissan in the American market and while signs do point to the more traditionally designed Kicks to take its place, the automaker has yet to confirm on that possible scenario. For all of its accomplishments, it is time for the Juke to call it a day because its novelty wore out a long time ago.

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Would 181-Year-Old Technology Stop You from Texting and Driving?

Would 181-Year-Old Technology Stop You from Texting and Driving?

Nissan seems to think it will

With the current global climate and World War III seemingly around the corner, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about Faraday cages lately. If you haven’t, you must not know a single “prepper.” You’re probably also blind to the potential chaos an EMP device could cause if detonated over our country and why this old technology could be your best friend. To put things simply, a faraday cage is a container surrounded by a continuous covering of conductive material that is also insulated on the inside. Electrical current – or in this case, cellular signals – are unable to reach any electronic device placed inside of it. So, what does this have to do with texting and driving, or Nissan? Well, Nissan has just announced a new conceptual idea known as the “Nissan Signal Shield” for the upcoming Nissan Juke that would integrate a Faraday cage into the central armrest.

The idea behind this conceptual idea is to cut back on texting and driving by preventing cellular signals from even getting to the phone in the first place. If you can’t get that text or phone call, you can’t be distracted by your phone while you drive either, right? Nissan seems to think it might be the magic trick. But it’s not all peaches and cream, even if you’re all for some phone-free time on the road. See, we’ve all come to rely on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for things like hands-free calling or audio streaming. Some infotainment systems even allow you to use certain phone apps, including navigation, right on their built-in touchscreen. But, if you put your phone inside the Nissan Signal Shield, all of that becomes a thing of the past – electrical current or cellular signal can’t get in or out. Of course, you would still be able to stream music stored on the phone via an auxiliary cable, or in some cases, a USB cable, but you’re going to have to live without your favorite online playlists. Is it a fair tradeoff?

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Nissan Juke Sets World-First "Blind" J-turn Record

Nissan Juke Sets World-First "Blind" J-turn Record

With the automotive market being so competitive these days, manufacturers are bending over backward to do everything they can to generate just a little bit of extra consumer interest in the vehicles they produce. One prime example of this is pushing to break or set various records. And, I’m not just talking about speed records for production cars either – for the record, that’s still held by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport at 258 mph – but other weird records too. Just recently, a new record for the first “blind” J-turn was set by stuntman Paul Swift in a Nissan Juke.

So what’s a “blind” J-turn? Well, that’s a J-turn that takes place using only the onboard camera for a line of site. All windows were completely blacked out, leaving Swift with only the small infotainment display to see where he was going. He managed to execute a complete J-turn in between two lines that were just 18 cm wider than the length of the Juke itself. Of course, it didn’t happen on the first try, but he did eventually pull it off.

When speaking of the maneuver, Swift said, "Looking at the 360-degree view on the dashboard screen – rather than over my shoulder through the rear window – was strange at first, but I quickly adjusted. The AVM cameras gave me a clear view of the track, so I was confident of staying within the lines."

The stunt took place at Nissan’s Manufacturing plant in Sunderland. And, for the record, this isn’t the only record now held by the Juke. It also holds the record for the fastest mile on two wheels. Nissan seems to think that the completion of this stunt is a demonstration of its brand promise (innovation that excites,) but what do you think? Is it cool or just another way to advertise the funky little Juke?

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2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition

Finally a dark-themed model that really makes sense

The Nissan Juke is by far the funkiest crossover available, and things are about to get a little funkier with the introduction of a new special-edition model being called the Juke Black Pearl Edition. Manufacturers have been going crazy the past couple of years with the whole “dark theme,” with everybody and their brother jumping on the bandwagon. While a good portion of those models are relatively boring compared to their standard models, this new special edition from Nissan takes the dark theme to a whole new level. Instead of showcasing a model with a few black accents, Nissan did it the right way by blacking out nearly the entire exterior, save for a few Pearl White accents. It’s based on the Juke SV and can be had in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, but will only be sold in just 1,250 examples. You have a little time to get to the dealer here in the U.S., as 1,000 of them are slated for this market. But, if you live in Canada, you might want to head to the dealer now as only 250 of them will be available to our northern neighbors.

Michael Bunce, the VP of Product Planning for Nissan North America, said, “Juke has always followed its own path as a distinctive urban sport cross, standing apart from ordinary crossover SUVs from both design and performance aspects. The new Black Pearl Edition continues Juke’s performance formula while adding a bold-on-bold appearance inside and out.”

Well, he certainly has the “bold-on-bold” thing right, as a model this black, and with white accents, is a pretty bold move. But, being so limited, and being based on a vehicle like the Nissan Juke, it’s sure to find a place in the heart of many. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves in that regard, let’s take a closer look on the Juke Black Pearl and why it is worth your consideration.

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2016 Nissan Juke "Stinger Edition by Color Studio"

2016 Nissan Juke "Stinger Edition by Color Studio"

Nissan’s Color Studio customization program for the Juke has been live since 2014. When it was first launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan envisioned it to be a tool owners of the Juke could use in bringing a personalized flavor to their funky crossovers, for an added cost, of course. It was, and continues to be, a great way for owners to essentially dress up their Jukes in the manner they see fit. Now, Nissan is once again putting the Color Studio directly under the spotlight with the launch of a pair of limited edition Juke models, both dressed to the nines to once again highlight the enormous customization possibilities tied

Called the Juke Stinger Editions, the pair of Jukes are dressed in the two colors - yellow and black - that Nissan North America Vice President Pierre Loing says are the company’s two most popular colors. Playing around with these two shades, the Color Studio managed to create unique identities on the two Stinger Edition Juke models. One has a yellow body with black trim while the other - the one I like more - has a black body with matching yellow trim.

The Juke Stinger Editions are just two of the many personalization examples available with the Color Studio. You don’t even have to pick these two colors; you can choose from a variety of other colors that suit your taste and preference. But, as far as the Juke Stinger Editions are concerned, Nissan isn’t planning to offer these specific options on a limited basis. If any of the two suit your style, it might be best to let Nissan know about it as soon as possible. Otherwise, you can just head to the Color Studio website and work on your own personalization program for your Juke.

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS - Driven

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RS - Driven

The 2015 Nissan Juke is as funky and odd as they come – there’s no denying that. Stares, pointing, and in at least one case, laughter, followed this car wherever I drove it. But this isn’t an ordinary Juke. No, this is the Juke Nismo RS – Nissan’s second-hottest Juke available. Only the 2016 Nissan Juke-R Nismo is faster, though by quite a margin thanks to its 2016 Nissan GT-R powertrain.

Nevertheless, this four-cylinder, turbocharged, hot-hatch on stilts scoots down the road with plenty of speed. That’s thanks to an extra 27 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension, summer performance tires, and some fancy electronic wizardry. But even with the extra ponies, the main focus tends to return to its styling. None of the folks I showed it to cared that it had extra power or electronic torque vectoring. It was all about that “frog face.”

While the looks garner the majority of attention, there’s plenty more about the Juke Nismo RS that’s worth talking about. Nissan has fitted this bug-eyed monster with Recaro seats, a suede steering wheel with an on-center marker, and a host of aerodynamic upgrades.

The Nismo RS might not be the fastest crossover/hot-hatch on the market, but it does pack plenty of fun. Plus, it offers three pedals and a stick – allowing drivers to get the most out of the experience.

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Nissan Plans To Produce Up to 17 Units Of The Juke-R 2.0

Nissan Plans To Produce Up to 17 Units Of The Juke-R 2.0

Back in June we brought you news on the 2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept and its debut at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed. It has since demonstrated just what a 600 horsepower, subcompact crossover can do. If you weren’t fortunate enough to see it perform, Nissan UK has released a two-minute video of Jann Mardenborough and the 2.0 doing the hill climb in just 57 seconds. It would have placed 3rd in the supercar class if it weren’t a concept – a remarkable feat for a subcompact crossover.

At the time of its debut at Goodwood, it was unknown if the 2.0 would be produced at all, but we now have new information. Nismo has confirmed that Nissan will be taking orders and will produce up to 17 units of the 2.0 – depending on how many orders it receives. We have yet to receive confirmation of an actual price for the beast, but our sources indicate it will run somewhere around 500,000 Euro (about $548,000 USD.)

Furthermore, we have been unable to determine when Nissan will begin taking orders, but we will keep our eyes and ears open. To date, it is the only subcompact crossover fast enough to be considered a supercar, so it is worth keeping an eye on.

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS Sets New Two-Wheeled Record

Nissan Juke Nismo RS Sets New Two-Wheeled Record

Plenty of skilled drivers are happy to live life on the edge. A select few even take that literally. At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, stunt driver Terry Grant took to the famous track in a 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS, and drove the entire 1.16-mile course with two wheels in the air. Like a wheel-lifting Volkswagen GTI taken to extremes, the bone-stock Juke Nismo RS navigated the course with its passenger-side wheels in the air, and completed it in two minutes and ten seconds.

The stunt set a Guinness World Record for the fastest two-wheeled mile. The video has to be seen to be believed. Usually two-wheeled stunts are performed in a straight line, which limits the distance, but Grant takes the Juke Nismo RS around a rather twisty and technical course without drama. Please note: this is not the best way to conserve rubber during a race!

The stunt’s intent was partly to draw attention to the unveiling of the 2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 concept, which was teased before Goodwood. As expected, the sequel to the insane Juke-R is thematically the same, with the 600-horsepower V6 from the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo stuffed into the Juke’s diminutive body. The Juke’s updated styling has been be-spoilered and be-finned similar to the Juke-R, with new panels that are equal parts functional and flashy. The Juke-R 2.0 concept took to the hillclimb track at Goodwood with Le Mans LM P1 driver Jann Mardenborough at the wheel.

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2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

2016 Nissan Juke-R 2.0 Concept

Four years have passed since Nissan blew our minds with the amazingly awesome Juke-R Concept. As if the idea of cramming the running gear of a 2012 GT-R under the quirky body of the Nissan Juke wasn’t good enough, though, Nissan’s engineering and motorsports teams are at it again. Meet the Nissan Juke-R 2.0. Equipped with the latest performance of both the GT-R NISMO and the updated styling of the 2015 Juke, the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 continues to be the world’s only crossover supercar.

The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will be unveiled this weekend at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and like the first Juke-R, this concept will not be a static display. When it isn’t lounging around at the Goodwood Supercar Paddock, the Juke-R 2.0 will be making hill climb runs with Nissan Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough behind the wheel.

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

Nissan has seemingly built the craziest version of its Juke crossover yet: the Juke Nismo RSnow. It features tank-like treads that replace the 18-inch wheels and sticky tires for blasting through snow drifts atop a frozen lake.

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2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

2015 Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow

The Nissan Juke Nismo RS is a pretty sick little crossover right from the factory. Its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes a respectable 211 horsepower when mated to the optional AWD system, propelling the five-seater to 60 in just 6.8 seconds. Its lowered ride height and sticky tires help it take corners at impressive speeds. All that changes though when the white stuff starts falling.

Enter: The Juke Nismo RSnow.

This bad boy is a one-off build by Nissan that serves a larger purpose than just looking awesome. The RSnow is actually a support vehicle for an ice-driving event taking place in Lapland, Finland. Obviously this Juke’s running gear is not stock. In place of the 18-inch wheels is the Dominator Track System built by American Track Truck. Like other aftermarket track systems we’ve seen, this is a direct bolt-on kit that utilizes the vehicle’s original suspension bits. Slide the car in gear, and the main drive wheel turns the rubber treads along the internal structural system just like a tank or bulldozer. Seven miniature axles run a total of 28 wheels to keep the treads rolling. The result is a nearly unstoppable machine that can tackle anything from deep mud and loose sand to massive snowdrifts piled on a frozen lake.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow.

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2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio

2015 Nissan Juke Color Studio

One of the funkiest cars in the market today is about to get funkier. Not content with designing one of the most polarizing vehicles today, Nissan is giving its customers the chance to play dress-up with their own Juke models through its new personalization program, Color Studio. For an added cost, customers will have the freedom to choose individual colors for 12 different parts of the Juke. The idea, it seems, is to add personalized touches on the crossover to make it stand out even more, as if its quirky design doesn’t to that enough already.

For example, a customer opts to buy a Pearl White Juke. With the Color Studio, that customer can change the color of the headlight trim rings to red, turn the front and rear bumper accents blue, add yellow side sills, and splash some orange on the wheels. The result may not be to everyone’s liking, but for that particular customer, it might be worth paying the premium for turning his Juke into his own personal rainbow car, or in this case, a Rainbow Juke.

For better or for worse, that’s the objective of the Nissan Color Studio. There’s a chance that somebody might make the Juke a little more fashionable, but as much as that is likely to happen, so is the very real possibility that we’ll be seeing a lot of hideous-looking Jukes in the future.

It’s the price we must all pay now that Nissan has introduced the Color Studio into our lives.

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Video: 800-Horsepower Nissan Juke R Is Unleashed At The Nurburgring

Video: 800-Horsepower Nissan Juke R Is Unleashed At The Nurburgring

If you thought the GT-R-powered Nissan Juke and its 545 horsepower was a crazy idea, then you’re in for a big surprise. Nismo’s crazy limited-edition crossover is far from being the fastest Juke ever built and it’s quite slow compared to the monster a Russian company managed to create. How’s that possible, you may ask? Well, the folks over at Shpilli Villi Engineering squeezed no less than 800 ponies out of Godzilla’s twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine, while adding a shot of nitrous for an extra 200 horses. That’s right, this Juke has no less than 1,000 horsepower traveling through its drivetrain, albeit only for a few seconds.

So what do you do when you have at least 800 horses to spare besides winning a dozen drag races against the world’s most powerful supercars? You take it to the Nurburgring track, of course, the place where all production cars go to have their engines and chassis refined. Not that this Juke needs further tweaks or any race-course time given its purpose, but at least the Juke R isn’t one of those massive SUVs BMW and Mercedes-Benz keeps bringing at the ’Ring.

Naturally, the overly powerful crossover isn’t the kind of vehicle you’d expect to set a new Nurburgring record, especially on a wet track, but owner and race car driver Vladimir Ulanov manages to put the Juke R through its paces and clock a few fast laps. Thankfully, the Russians captured it all on tape and you can watch the madness in the video above.

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10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

10 Best Budget Enthusiast Machines Under $20k

There is an overlying stigma that trying to buy a fun and sporty car will cost you an arm and a leg. We decided to set the record straight, and with a shoe-string budget of only $20,000 we have been able to come up with 10 brand-new cars that will make any enthusiast happy without breaking the bank. To make the list, each car must demonstrate a certain level of character, fun, and practicality. Cars were chosen based on weight, handling ability, and power. Also, every car chosen offers a manual transmission on the engine/trim level that we have chosen. So fun, practical and available with three-pedals. There isn’t much more that you really need when looking for a fun and cheap car.

Before you start frying about the great cars that are available for just a little bit more like the Mazda Miata and Ford Fiesta ST, or the amazing cars you can get used, we wanted to focus on the really cheap side of things. If you are already stretching your budget to get a $19-$20k car, buying something at $23k is just not an option. Also, if you are already stretching your budget to hit that $20k mark, the last thing you can afford is the cost of repairs and maintenance that comes with every used car. A full warranty is a very important thing for this market.

With all of that out of the way, let’s jump into this. As always, feel free to tell me how awesome and right all my choices are. If you think I left something off this list, let me know that too. Now hit that jump and enjoy.

See our top ten enthusiast cars for less than $20,000 after the break.

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo - Driven

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo - Driven

The 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo is perhaps the most underrated and under-loved hot hatch on sale today. But I can’t seem to work out why. It takes the successful recipe utilized by names like GTI and Mazadspeed3 and adds a dash of Nissan flair. Sounds like fun to me.

Marketed as a crossover, the little Juke is the last car that anyone expected Nismo to fettle, but the results speak for themselves.

The car is basically pocket-sized, it is 16 inches shorter than a Honda Civic, but it comes loaded with a 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder, three pedals and six forward gears. That is more than enough grunt to make any enthusiast happy. You can pout all you want about the fact that the Mk VII GTI has 215 horsepower, but the current MK VI model only has 200 ponies, and it weighs more than the Juke to boot. The Juke will hit 60 in about 6.5 seconds, only a hair away from the Focus ST despite its 50+ horsepower advantage.

This little Nissan can hang with the big-boys, regardless of what that horsepower number says.

Read more about the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and see my video review below.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 013 - "Audi, Porsche and Nissan, Oh My!"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 013 - "Audi, Porsche and Nissan, Oh My!"

Ladies and Gentleman, it is Thursday, and that means it is time for Justin, Mark, and myself to fill your ears with banter about the automotive universe.

It is time for the TopSpeed Podcast. No video this week folks, sorry, but we are working on getting a live show setup soon! That means you can see us and chat with us all in rel time. We hope to have it ready by next week.

We start the show in the usual fashion with Weekly Wheels. Justin has been driving the Mazda6, I spent some time with Nissan Juke Nismo, and Mark blasted around in the supercharged Audi S5.

For the news this week, we talk about Nissan’s love of fun cars, the Audi S7, and the changes coming to the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

We keep the horsepower high with talk about our exclusive image of some of the Challenger Hellcat’s cooling equipment, and we speculate on the upcoming small Porsche 718.

We conclude the news with a quick talk about my recent time with Grid Autosport.

Our Q/A segment features some talk of F1 cars, and we finish the show with Own, Drive Burn. This week we have a trio of the greatest supercars of all time. This one was far from easy.

As always, you can find us on iTunes. Feel free to rate, review and subscribe, it makes us all very happy. If you prefer the Twitter thing, you can find us @TopSpeedPodcast, and you can always reach us be email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com. Of course, we love the comments and enjoy chatting with you.

See you fine people next Thursday.

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And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

And The Award For Best Enthusiast Brand Goes To...

So let’s just get it right out in the air. I don’t think Ferrari or Lamborghini or any other purveyor of exotic metal is the best enthusiast brand. Part of the enthusiast car market is to make great cars that enthusiasts can actually buy. The Miata, the Mustang and the GTI are the kinds of good fun that we can actually buy.

When trying to figure out who the best enthusiast brand is, I didn’t stop at pure numbers. I looked for cool cars, and interesting cars, not just fast ones. I also tried to focus on the more modern petrol head. Back in the 60s every car company was making wacky and crazy cars, but over the years the enthusiast market has kinda dried up a bit.

I almost went with Honda. The CRX, early Si badged cars and the NSX all hit the right buttons, but over the last 15 years or so Honda has really lots its magic. It feels like they started to care more about Consumer Reports scores than steering feel and spoilers, and so they didn’t make the list.

But who was it? You have to hit the jump to find out.

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2014 Nissan Juke

2014 Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke is one of those cars that you either love or hate. There’s no in-between when talking about this baby. Fortunately for the Juke, it belongs in a market where the word "style" seems to have taken a vacation, so by default, it already has a leg up on the rest of its rivals. Looks aside, the Juke also has a nice engine to fall back on that is highlighted by 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which makes it one of the highest in its segments.

There’s something about the Juke and the way its packaged that makes us wonder whether Nissan was trying to make amends to this particular segment after introducing the world to the Cube, a ratchety-looking lump of steel that a lot of people hope never to see again.

So give credit to Nissan for taking the leap with a more dramatic crossover that doesn’t lack in aesthetics.

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2015 Nissan Juke

2015 Nissan Juke

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.

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2014 Nissan Juke NISMO - Driven

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO - Driven

The Juke NISMO is a hilarious riot to drive. If you take one thing away from this full review, that should be it.

Highway fast lanes clear rapidly when any hint of GT-R or NISMO is coming up from behind.

As the second NISMO-tuned effort after the incredibly transformed 370Z Nismo, the Juke is the perfect combination of economy-car basics, but with the highest-tech racing components outside, inside and under the hood.

A similar upgrade in a past Nissan phase would have been the Nissan Sentra SE-R. Nismo isthe new hotness.

There are amazing details all over the Juke Nismo, especially with its very fun and entertaining persona on the roads. This car loves to be floored in AWD V-spec and Sport modes, slamming through seven virtual - and seriously sporty — upshifts at the red-line. In a CVT!

It is true. A huge part of the NISMO magic in the Juke is the reprogrammed ECU that makes sport mode a mandatory button push - right after lighting up the push-button ignition.

TopSpeed’s Juke Nismo press loaner is the $25,000 AWD automatic with the navigation system upgrade, but all the joy and fun cornering stance is also on offer in the manual-transmission, front-drive Juke Nismo from just $22,990.

The Nissan Juke NISMO is an incredible machine for sports-car fans and hooning boy-racers alike.

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo

The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.

Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.

That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.

Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.

The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.

Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.

Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.

A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Considering how surprisingly popular the Nissan Juke has been since it was first introduced a few years ago, nobody’s going to hold it against Nissan if it continued to produce more powerful versions of the funky-looking crossover.

To be fair, it’s hard to top the 500-horsepower Juke-R, but Nissan has continuously produced more and more powerful versions of the Juke, and at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, another one is set to grace us with its presence.

The new tuned-up crossover will pick up where the Juke Nismo left off. Taking that into account, the Juke Nismo RS offers an even more powerful engine, sport-tuned suspension with new springs and shock absorbers. There will also be a more aggressive exterior look, an updated interior and other cool Nismo features.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 02/28/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2014 Juke Nismo RS which will be put on sale at national dealers later this spring. Prices for the sporty crossover will start from $26,120.

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

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2013 Nissan Juke 15RX Personalized Package

2013 Nissan Juke 15RX Personalized Package

Well, that was a bummer.

We’re not exactly sure how the whole Star Wars theme was adopted on this new package for the Nissan Juke, but considering that there are little to no hints of Storm Troopers in the crossover, you could say that the Japanese automaker may pulled a fast one on all of us through creative advertising.

There are still some noticeable upgrades to the Japan-exclusive 15RX Personalized Package - that’s what Nissan’s calling it - specifically the rather plump Passion Red and Night Veile Purple color options. Very rare do you see these two shades on the car, particularly the latter and it’s eggplant-like hue that gets a top grade from us. The sports stripes are also a nice touch, especially on a crossover that exudes attitude like the Juke. Contrasting mirror caps are also part of the package, as well as a new set of 17" aluminum wheels.

Inside, there’s not a lot to go by except for what looks like a two-tone upholstery that can be had in either a black-and-red combo or a black-and-grey variety. Other than that, the 15RX Personalized Package is a massive disappointment relative to what was teased with the involvement of the Storm Troopers. Coming off the heels of the ridiculously cool Dark Knight Rises Juke, this program just fell flat of our expectations.

But hey, if you like the new digs offered by the 15RX Personalized Package, we can’t blame you. All you need to do is shell out the ¥1,943,550 price tag ($19,950) attached to it.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition that had our hopes so high on this model

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2013 Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

2013 Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

The popularity of the Nissan Juke came as a surprise to a lot of people. We’d like to think that Nissan knew what it had from the very beginning, but it’s hard to argue that even it couldn’t have expected the kind of traction the funky crossover has achieved in the short time that it’s been around.

The Juke’s popularity has even translated to a number of special edition models, including the Juke-R, the Juke Nismo, and arguably most peculiar, the Juke Dark Knight Rises Edition.

The Dark Knight Rises Edition, in particular, ushered in a new approach that Nissan is once again taking advantage of with another unique movie franchise collaboration.

Set to be unveiled on the 26th of August, Nissan went ahead and teased the Juke Star Wars Edition.

Mercifully, the automaker didn’t use Jar Jar Binks in the teaser, opting for the far cooler Storm Troopers to drop hints on what we can expect when the Juke Star Wars Edition breaks cover tomorrow.

As somebody who grew up loving the franchise, this is one car that I’m getting giddy just imagining what it’d look like. Fortunately, the wait won’t be that long of a wait.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser video of the Nissan Juke Star Wars Edition

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo by Senner Tuning

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo by Senner Tuning

The Nissan Juke has surprisingly been one hot seller, especially in Europe, and the Juke Nismo is particularly hot. With a 197-horsepower 1.6-liter in tow, it is really no surprise that it is such a popular model.

Well, Senner Tuning is about to make the Juke Nismo even more desirable to you by offering up a comprehensive kit that makes the peppy crossover pop both aesthetically and performance-wise.

The Ingelhein-based tuner started by dousing the Juke in a black metallic Z11 paintjob, then it installed candy red-painted, carbon-fiber mirror caps for some extra contrast. A set of 9-by-20-inch Barracuda Tzunamee wheels in "Glossy Black" with red spoke accents and red center caps — matching the mirror caps — make their appearance on the corners wrapped in Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires sized 255/30R20. To help the rims fill the wheel wells perfectly and to bring the center of gravity down, Senner also installed a set of 35 mm (1.4-inch) lowering springs.

Senner then took to task under the hood, installing its ECU software, a performance air filter and a stainless-steel exhaust system with 130-by-105 mm (5.1-by-4.1-inch) tailpipes. These updates took the Juke Nismo up from 197 horsepower to 225 horsepower — a 14-percent increase. Not too bad for so little work.

With the Juke Nismo included, this total package comes in at €37,650 ($50,545 at the current exchange rate), but you can opt to upgrade your existing model for €7,990 ($10,726).

Click past the jump to see the package in a little more detail

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Nissan Juke Nismo "Dark Knight" Finds Its Way Into The Arms of Welsch Baker

Nissan Juke Nismo "Dark Knight" Finds Its Way Into The Arms of Welsch Baker

Back in December of last year, Nissan unveiled a unique one-off Juke crossover, adorned in everything and anything Batman. Or in this particular case, the Dark Knight Rises.

At that time, nobody had any idea what Nissan had planned for the one-off Juke, only saying that it would be a prize in some competition "down the road.”

Well, that "down the road" has come and passed, and the one-off Batman-inspired Juke Nismo has found a lucky new owner. His name is Adam Williams, a self-confessed action film fan and local baker from Wales.

After winning Nissan’s Thrill Test, Williams’ prize was unlike any other: this one-off Juke that features a host of Batman-inspired details making it the envy of every movie fan and car buff.

Williams took delivery of the one-off Batman Juke in front of Carmarthen Castle and to no one’s surprise, the man was thrilled to be the proud owner of a truly unique showpiece vehicle.

"I can’t believe I’ve won this fantastic car - it was the biggest surprise of my life and I was so excited to take delivery of it," Williams said. "I’ll certainly turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen - it’s great to think I’m the only person in the world with my very own version of the Batmobile!"

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises

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2013 Nissan Juke n-tec Special Edition

2013 Nissan Juke n-tec Special Edition

Nissan is preparing to roll out a new special-edition Juke, except that unlike the Juke-R that has been the subject of numerous dreams and fantasies, the Juke n-tec Special Edition is not to be confused with a performance monster.

Unfortunately, the Juke n-tec doesn’t carry any power enhancements the same way the Juke-R, and to a lesser extent, the Juke Nismo, had it in droves. Nevertheless, the Juke-n-Tec does come with a unique and new feature, namely Google’s Send-to-Car technology.

With this technology in tow, a Juke n-tec owner can make travel arrangements on any form of technological device - a PC, a tablet, or a smartphone - from just about anywhere and then sent those instructions to the car. The Juke n-Tec’s Send-to-Car technology then proceeds to map out the entirety of the trip by itself, including checking for the best route, avoiding traffic and specifying how many pit stops to make. Pretty cool, right?

On top of the Send-to-Car technology, the special-edition Juke also comes with a choice of eight exterior colors, three interior color choices, glossy-black mirror caps, a new set of 18-inch black/silver alloy wheels, the new generation Nissan Connect infotainment system with remote connectivity and a choice of three different engine trims.

Customers can choose from a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine that delivers 117 horsepower; a 1.5 dCi with 110 horsepower; and best of all, a 1.6-liter turbocharged DIG-T that produces 190 horsepower.

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2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RC Prototype

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RC Prototype

Well that didn’t take long.

A few days after it was reported that Nissan’s in-house tuning firm, NISMO, was preparing a more powerful version of the NISMO Juke, the fine folks over at Sport Auto released a video of the said crossover during a recent test run of the prototype model in Spain.

As was earlier reported, this prototype model, which could take the name of Juke NISMO RC, is set to produce an output of 221 horsepower, a significant uptick from the 197-horsepower output of the NISMO Juke. More importantly, it’ll come with a host of other modifications, including a more aggressive body kit, a more in-tune suspension system, and a drivetrain option of either front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual transmission or all-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission.

As far as the video goes, the prototypes - we saw at least three of them in there - were all being subjected to numerous testing activities, including handling, cornering, and straightaway speeds.

It’ll be interesting to see how NISMO offers the final package for the Juke NISMO RC. But the early returns seem to suggest that it’s going to make the Juke that much more of an attractive crossover. It still looks a little quirky, but if it runs the way it’s been hyped, then we’ll take the quirkiness as part of the overall package.

We’ll keep you updated.

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NISMO Preparing a More Powerful Nissan Juke

The Nissan Juke is a pretty interesting car. On its face, the Juke doesn’t exude the kind of bravado and confidence you’d normally associate with a powerful crossover. For some reason, however, the quirky-looking crossover has been the subject of some of the most insane aftermarket programs we’ve seen in a while.

Nowhere was that more evident than when Nissan itself decided to drop the GT-R’s supercar-like powertrain in the crossover. The Japanese automaker’s in-house tuning firm, NISMO, also went to work on the Juke and as it turns out, they’re tinkering on the crossover is far from finished.

According to Autocar, NISMO is preparing for a more powerful version of the Juke NISMO, one that’s meant to be a step up from their current program that we saw at the Paris Motor Show. Whereas that version saw its output bump up to 197 horsepower from the 186 horsepower of the standard model, the hotter NISMO Juke is expected to generate 217 horsepower and 220 pounds per feet of torque.

In addition, NISMO will also revise the Juke’s suspension setup, lowering the crossover by 20 mm (0.78 inches), thus giving it equal handling improvements relative to the power bump it’s going to get.

Unfortunately, we are uncertain what name this new hot Juke will carry. There is a chance that it will be just a new-generation Juke NISMO, but we suspect it will carry a different designation that will set it apart from a standard Juke NISMO – possibly Juke NISMO R, or something to that effect.

It appears that the Juke’s popularity has given Nissan even more confidence to play around with it. We’re looking forward to seeing this hotter Juke in the coming months and more importantly, we’re not closing the possibility of seeing more Juke programs in the future.

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Nissan Launches Juke Personalization Program

Nissan Launches Juke Personalization Program

The past year has seen the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and even Aston Martin launch their own customization programs. What initially seemed like something reserved for high-end automakers apparently isn’t the case because Nissan has jumped into the picture with its own personalization program for the Juke crossover.

We’re under no illusion when we say that personalized Ferraris and McLarens are in a different league than a personalized Juke. We get that. But we’ve got really high hopes for the funky Nissan crossover, especially because we already saw what Nissan is capable of (the Juke R, anyone?) when it goes creative with the Juke. Even more exciting is the phrasing the automaker used in their press release, seemingly suggesting that "more components [are] set to be added as [the] program expands."

For now, the personalization program for the Juke includes three design packages — Style, Premium, and Exclusive — with each offering a host of unique features for customers. In addition, Nissan is offering five different color schemes, including Force Red, Glossy White, Orange Racing, Piano Black or Silver Grey, plus a host of new components, including side sills, a trunk handle, a roof spoiler, mirror caps, fog lamp rings, and yes, even some alloy wheels.

The personalization program is only limited to Europe, for now. That might be a bummer for U.S. customers, but don’t fret, as the personalization program could head across the pond eventually. At least that’s our hunch.

UPDATE 01/02/13: Nissan will be bringing the first samples of the Juke’s new Personalization Program at the Tokyo Auto Salon. That’s something to look out for if you’re interested in getting your own customized Juke crossover.

Read Nissan’s press release after the jump

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2013 Nissan Juke Nismo "The Dark Knight Rises"

2013 Nissan Juke Nismo "The Dark Knight Rises"

Straight from the Cross Promotion 101 handbook comes this one-off project car from Nissan and Warner Bros., celebrating the UK release of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster movie, "The Dark Knight Rises" on DVD and Blu-Ray.

As only Nissan can, the Japanese automaker decided to build a one-off Juke Nismo crossover solely to promote the new DVD and Blu-Ray. Appropriately enough, the crossover is called The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo.

The crossover features plenty of Batman-inspired details, something that you should expect from a car promoting The Caped Crusader. Matte-black paint was used to give the Juke Nismo a Batmobile-like appearance. A shark fin antenna was also installed in lieu of the traditional set-up on the Juke, and aluminum bat badges have been plastered in various parts of the Juke Nismo, including the front grille and the tailgate. Rounding out the exterior modifications is a set of 18-inch gloss-black alloy wheels with red detailing.

Moving to the interior, Nissan gave it a Batman-inspired look, beginning with Bat logos on the kick plates. Reflective Bat badges on the suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats’ headrests pays homage to the inspiration for the one-off project car. The puddle lights in the door mirrors are particularly cool because they project the Bat symbol on the floor area by the doors. The same setup can be found on the uplighter, projecting the same Bat symbol on the headlining.

Unfortunately, the Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises will neither be sold nor be sent off to the auction block. The question of how to get it has yet to be answered, although expect the Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises to be a prize in some sort of competition down the road.

Based on the new Nissan Juke Nismo, which goes on sale in the UK in January 2013, The Dark Knight Rises Juke Nismo features the same 200PS (197-horsepower) 1.6-liter turbocharged engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, giving it a 0 to 62mph (0 to 100 km/h) time of 7.8 seconds. It also gets a Nismo body kit and upgraded suspension.

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2013 Nissan Juke-R #001

2013 Nissan Juke-R #001

When the Juke-R hit the show circuit as a concept car, Nissan pretty much laid out that it wasn’t going to be a reality. Well, after a few tours around the world and on a few of the toughest tracks that the world has to offer, Nissan finally let us know that the Juke-R would indeed be a production model, but only in very limited quantities. Here we are getting ready to put the wraps on 2012 and Nissan has just completed Nissan Juke-R #001 – the first ever of its kind.

When the Juke-R was touring the world, it boasted a 3.8-liter V-6 with a pair of turbochargers strapped to it – AKA a Nissan GT-R engine. Unlike the 2011 GT-R version of the V-6, which pumped out 530 horsepower, the original Juke-R’s V-6 engine was detuned to “only” pump out 480 horsepower. This still made the Juke-R a screamer, getting it to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

With Nissan knowing that its butt was on the line with this release, it actually gave the Juke-R a healthy bump in power and even changed up its styling a little bit, giving us all a little shock in the process.

Click past the jump to read all about the changed made to the production-model Juke-R #001.

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2013 Nissan Juke-R by Shpilli Villi Engineering

2013 Nissan Juke-R by Shpilli Villi Engineering

So what’s a car buff to do when Nissan completely crushes your dreams of ever owning a Nissan Juke-R by building only a handful of them and charging €500,000 ($649,550 at the current exchange rate) for it? Build your own, silly. Then build more, market it, and hope to God that Nissan doesn’t sue you into bankruptcy.

Well, this is exactly what Russian Company, Shpilli Villi Engineering, has done – well, almost. So far Shpilli Villi has only built a one-of model and it’s downright ignorant. This custom-built Juke-R features the GT-R’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine, but Shpilli Villi fitted it with a pair of HKS turbochargers and what sounds to us like the GT-R’s transmission and driveline too. This is good for a whopping 700-plus horsepower on regular pump gas or over 800 ponies when you manage to get a little 109-octane petrol in it.

This one-off Godzilla-meets-Juke features a coat of white paint – unlike the official Juke-R – a set of monstrously wide rims, wheel flares and a center-dump exhaust that produces all sorts of awesome tones. Though the images are a little scarce and the videos don’t show much of it, you can make out that this Juke-R does boast at least the instrument panel from the GT-R, but reports indicate that it has the entire GT-R interior.

What’s best is that the creator of this monster took it to the Nürburgring and let it loose, all while taking plenty of videos for us to see. We’re still trying to dig up more information on the vehicle, but at this point there isn’t much available on it. The only other bit of information we have is that Shpilli Villi will be building and selling these Juke-Rs to customers.

Hit the jump to see the video!

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Video: Nissan Juke-R Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Video: Nissan Juke-R Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS

It was confirmed that the Juke-R will hit production, based on the 2012 GT-R specs, so this means it is time to pit it against some of the best sports cars on the planet. Car and Driver did just that with a great piece pitting the Juke-R against the best Porsche has to offer, the 911 GT2 RS. We need to keep in mind here that the test-model Juke-R is based on the initial run GT-R’s drivetrain, including its 495-horsepower, 3.8-liter (the video says 3.7-liter for some reason) V-6 twin-boost engine. The production Juke-R will come with the 2012 GT-R specs, including a boost to 530 horsepower, but will also cost about $590,000. No, that’s not a typo.

In the other corner sits the $245,000 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which boasts a 620-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-6 and a significant weight advantage. In the video, this crazy driver decides to take the cars to Bedford Autodrome and put their lap times to the test. Following that test, the team hits up an airfield and puts the two to a 1-mile test.

Putting a 620-horsepower GT2 RS against a heavier Juke-R with a 125-horsepower deficiency typically means a win on all fronts for the GT2 RS. However, this test involves a slightly wet track and the Juke-R features the GT-R’s impressive AWD system, so the Juke-R just may come out on top.

To find out, you’re going to have to check out the video. Not only is the video chock-full of racing action, but it also features some kick-ass slow-motion scenes that will blow your mind and tons of sweet, sweet noise.

Enjoy!

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2013 Nissan Juke Midnight Edition

2013 Nissan Juke Midnight Edition

The Nissan Juke doesn’t lack in funkiness. It certainly has a design that can be best described as ’unconventional," so there’s no measure of surprise that Nissan is bullish on releasing special edition models of the Juke because, hey, it catches attention and, at the crux of it all, it sells.

The latest of these special edition models is the Midnight Edition Package, which is being made available as an accessory for a number of Juke trims, including the S, SV, and SL models. Among the new digs, the Juke Midnight Edition is set to include a choice of three new color options, including Atomic Gold, Brilliant Silver and Pearl White. The model will also get a new Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire black mirror caps, and a new set of 17" Black wheels.

Nissan is only charging $1,200 for these extras, which is pretty sweet considering the additions the crossover will carry in its Midnight Edition guise. As part of the 2013 model, the Juke SV will also get a RearView Monitor added to the Navigation Package while the SL model will get a revised Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH audio system for the SV Navigation Package.

Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc, commented on the Juke Midnight Package, saying: "The Midnight Edition JUKE stands out by its subtlety."

"The combination of black-on-black-on-black wheels, spoiler and mirrors gives JUKE a dramatic new look, which we think enhances its already bold styling. We expect it to be a very popular addition to the JUKE lineup for 2013," Castignetti adds.

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Report: Loads of Performance Nissans are Coming Soon

Recently, Auto Express had a sit-down with Andy Palmer, Nissan’s executive vice president of product planning, and he let us all in on what’s coming up for the Nissan lineup. In the interview, Palmer confirmed that the Nismo Leaf would make it to production with numbers expected to be in the 125-horsepower and 320 Nm (236 foot-pound) range. That’s nothing spectacular, but it is a significant bump from the standard specs.

Palmer also confirmed that the 370Z Nismo would make its way to the UK, which we already get here in the U.S. He also let us know that the GT-R would receive the Nismo treatment sometime in late-2013.

The biggest news comes in the form of the announced Nismo RS models. We already know that the Juke-R is heading to production, but it will almost certainly carry with it a $100,000+ price tag. Buyers can opt for a lower—powered Juke Nismo RS and still get good performance, without the huge price tag. This model will likely push 270 horsepower from its boosted 1.6-liter 4-pot.

The biggest of the big news is Palmer’s announcement that the 370Z and GT-R will both get an RS configuration in their next generations. We have no idea what to expect from these models and we likely won’t know until their respective base models arrive in 2014. The 370Z has a very high ceiling, as little has been done to make it perform on a higher level, but how exactly Nissan plans to add to the 545 horsepower that the GT-R already pumps from its 3.8-liter V-6 engine just baffles and excites us.

We will keep a close eye on the entire Nissan RS lineup and keep you updated as these models inch closer to production.

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2012 Nissan Juke Box

2012 Nissan Juke Box

To audiophiles, 18,900 watts of power in a sound system is music to their ears, but to us normal folk, it seems like ear drum torture. Regardless, Nissan decided to team up with the Ministry of Sound to create a Nissan Juke with a monstrous sound system in it and released it for public viewing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans festivities.

On the outside, this flat-black Nissan Juke looks wild enough, with its unorthodox paint job and various black matte decals affixed to its body. On the inside, however, this Nissan Juke takes a turn toward the extreme, in the form of an 18,900-watt mobile DJ booth.

With the hatch closed the two speaker boxes, which each house an 18-inch subwoofer and several mid- and high-range speakers, feed through a perfectly tuned box to provide 150 dB of bone-rattling audio through the compact crossover. When the hatch is opened, the massive speaker boxes go with it, turning this Juke into a rolling PA system.

Complete with a DJ station and ambient lighting, there is no need to go to the club; you are rolling the club around with you. The tunes are piped in through the head unit via Ministry of Sounds digital radio app, so there’s no CDs to change or logging songs onto an iPod or flash drive.

This type of system requires extreme electrical power and the puny 12 volts from the Juke’s system just isn’t enough. This system includes its own power source, which Ministry of Defense does not identify. We can only assume that it is a series of deep cycle batteries, or it runs at a limited capacity when running off of the Juke’s electrical system and can be cranked to full power only when its power supply is plugged into a standard household electrical outlet.

I am not a huge fan of rolling boom boxes, but even I have to say this thing is pretty bad ass!

UPDATE 08/20/12: Nissan has announced a multitude of updates on the Nissan Juke Box, beginning with it’s UK price of ₤17,895 ($28,000), a new batch of photos, and a new video of the crossover hitting the road! Plenty to check up on with the Juke Box.

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2012 Nissan Juke Nismo

2012 Nissan Juke Nismo

After debuting the Juke Nismo Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show, Nissan brought out the production version at the 2012 Le Mans. It looks like the company wanted to give customers an alternative to those who can not afford the Juke-R’s $590,000 asking price.

The new Juke Nismo will combine the radical Juke design with a unique blend of styling lines from Nismo. The new crossover has received a new aerodynamics kit that includes lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and sill side skirts, and a modified grille and tailgate spoiler which control airflow. The final touch of the exterior is a new set of 18" alloy wheels. The same Nismo treatment continues on the interior where the crossover gets redesigned steering wheel, pedals, gauges, gear knob, and door trims, but also special suede-trimmed Nismo sports seats with red stitching.

Under the hood, Nissan has placed a tuned-up version of its 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, combined with stiffened suspension settings and new steering modifications for sportier direct handling and improved traction control.

The new Nissan Juke Nismo will go on sale in Europe in January 2013. Sales in Japan and USA will begin at a later date.

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Nissan Juke R hits the Dubai desert; limited production announced

Nissan Juke R hits the Dubai desert; limited production announced

The Nissan Juke-R has become kind of like a cult vehicle that people have been dying to see go to production. Well, to all you expecting folks out there, your prayers are about to be answered as Nissan acquiesced to the clamoring.

The Japanese automaker will be building the Juke-R in a build-to-order basis. And that’s not the end of the good news either.

According to Nissan, the production version of the Juke-R will carry the 2013 Nissan GT-R’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, one that carries an impressive output of 542 horsepower and 466 lb/ft of torque. That’s a significant output increase from the 485-horsepower Juke-R Concept!

Talking about Nissan’s decision to give the production green light for the Juke-R, Nissan’s marketing product manager for the Juke, Gareth Dunsmore, said: "The Juke-R was originally intended as a one-off concept to marry two of Nissan’s most innovative models. But the reaction we had to the car in Dubai was amazing – people were making offers for the original on the street!"

We know that a lot of people are jumping at the chance to be one of the owners of the Juke-R. So to give you a small taste of what you’re going to be in store for, check out a video of the vehicle, called "Desert Nemesis" after the jump. Join GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez as he takes the Juke-R to the streets of Dubai to take on some of the fastest and most powerful supercars on the planet!

Hit the jump to watch the car in the Dubai desert.

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Video: The Juke-R, Far and Away the Best Sounding Crossover Ever

Video: The Juke-R, Far and Away the Best Sounding Crossover Ever

We are quite aware of the fact that the Nissan Juke-R has the same chance of appearing in Nissan’s lineup as the Prowler has a chance to come back into Chrysler’s stable of vehicles. Despite its rarity and the slim chance it’ll ever see production, there are more sightings of the satin black Juke-R than there are of Bigfoot. The latest sighting shows this twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6-powered crossover SUV tearing up Goodwood Hill.

The Nissan GT-R simply sounds awesome and not much else can compete with it from a pure sound standpoint. Well, after viewing the video of the Juke-R accelerating through Goodwood hill, we are convinced that this supercrossover is right up there with the GT-R. You are likely thinking “of course it sounds as good as the GT-R, it has the same engine.” For some reason, the Juke-R has a different sound than the GT-R does. This could quite possibly be due to the lack of sound insulation, but you sure can hear the 3.8-liter’s two turbochargers whistling away more in the Juke-R.

There is also something extra in the exhaust note that the Juke-R emits. It just sounds more like a racecar than the GT-R. Don’t get me wrong, we love the GT-R, but we would prefer the Juke-R to dilly dally around town in… Well, dilly dallying at a rather high speed, that is.

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All In The Family: Nissan Juke-R meets the Nissan GT-R

All In The Family: Nissan Juke-R meets the Nissan GT-R

The Nissan Juke-R is arguably one of the most intriguing cars on the planet. Matching that quirky look with an aerodynamic package and the Nissan GT-R’s engine can do that. Suffice to say, the Juke-R’s existence owes itself to the Nissan supercar.

So what happens when you put one against the other? Auto Express went to the Bedford Autodrome to find out the answer.

While we certainly won’t disillusion anybody to think that the heavier and less powerful Juke-R can actually match wits with the GT-R, the video does have some interesting bits of information about both cars that we didn’t know about before.

What we do know is that the Juke-R comes packed with a 3.8-liter V8 engine that develops 480 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. Compare that to the Nissan GT-R and its 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 542 horsepower with a 0-60 mph of just 2.72 seconds, and there’s no question which one comes out on top.

Check out the video of the Nissan GT-R and the Nissan Juke-R get put through their paces.

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Video: Nissan Juke-R blows away fancy European exotics

Video: Nissan Juke-R blows away fancy European exotics

If there was every any skepticism surrounding the Nissan Juke-R, this amateur video of the Nissan UK project taking on some of the world’s most powerful supercars is all the evidence Nissan needs to validate the tuned-up crossover.

The site of this race is the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai, where the Juke-R incidentally served as the official safety car. We can imagine that this race was set up pretty quickly with the Juke-R taking on a Lamborghini Gallardo, a Ferrari 458 Italia, and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on a short and improvised sprint track.

With the credentials of the European exotics, it appears that the Juke-R has some serious competition - at least until the light turned green. That’s when the Juke-R simply flexed its GT-R-powered muscles, blasting the three exotics like they were plastic traffic cones.

Surprising is an understatement, but we do have to pay attention to the track conditions. It wasn’t the best one for racing, but all things considered, elements included, the Juke-R more than held its own against three of the most powerful exotic cars in the world.

Consider us very impressed.

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2012 Nissan Juke-S by Fox Marketing

2012 Nissan Juke-S by Fox Marketing

The Nissan Juke-R that was revealed late last year caught a lot of people by surprise, not so much because it was done under our noses, but more so because it was a Nissan Juke being given such an impressive tuning program.

All that being said, some people have taken the Juke-R as a peg for their own programs for the Nissan crossover, including the boys over at Fox Marketing Cars. When they first got hold of what Nissan UK was building with the Juke-R, lightbulbs went off in their heads. So they went out and took a Nissan Juke and went ahead and built their own specially-tuned vehicle, called the "Juke-S."

Full details have yet to be revealed, but Fox has given us some tidbits of information to nibble over, particularly the impressive engine upgrade given to the crossover’s 1.6-liter MR16DDT engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 177 lb/ft of torque. Thanks to a turbo and intercooler upgrade, Fox Marketing was able to spike the Juke’s output all the way up to 400 horsepower.

Other upgrades given to the Juke include a new body kit, an eye-catching BASF Foxy Orange paint finish, a new set of 20" wheels with 14" six-piston caliper brakes, and an interior that will feature a pair of Yonaka Ronin racing seats.

Fox Marketing is preparing the car for its debut in the coming months to coincide with their 12th year anniversary. We’d love to see how the finished product turns out because looking at those two photos of the car, we can’t help but think just how hot it looks.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2011: Concept of the Year

There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.

Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.

From three different, color coordinated layers of information to V12 engines with spectacular power outputs, concepts have a way of getting underneath our skin and staying there until the production model is attained. This year, our choices are unmistakable and in no particular order: the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, the BMW i8 Concept, the Aston Martin V12 Zagato Concept, the Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept, and the Nissan Juke Nismo Concept.

Hit the jump for details on each of these imaginative concepts.

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2012 Nissan Juke Nismo Concept

2012 Nissan Juke Nismo Concept

Nissan is headed to the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show with the Juke Nismo - a concept car that offers a first glimpse of Nismo’s future. The vehicle that was designed to "inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market" is getting even more agile and aggressive with the addition of the kickass Nismo package.

The new Juke Nismo Concept will be distinguished by Nismo’s signature colors - pearl white with red highlights - and an extreme body kit that not only offers a sportier look but improves the car’s aerodynamics as well. The body kit includes revised bumpers in the front and rear, wider fenders, and sill side skirts. The grille pattern has also been changed and the tailgate spoiler has been modified with the addition of side elements to control airflow more efficiently. The concept will sit on a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior has also been highly modified. Everything from the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob, and door trims have been redesigned to provide greater involvement when driving. The sporty bucket seats are covered in leather and are highlighted by dials and needles illuminated in red.

"As the Concept shows, Nismo brings new levels of individuality to mainstream Nissan cars like Juke. The future for Nismo is to develop premium sports designs for an ever-widening range of customers," said Nismo President, Shoichi Miyatani.

Hit the jump for a video showing the new Juke Nismo Concept in all of its glory, as well as an explanation for the idea behind the concept.

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2011 Nissan Juke-R

2011 Nissan Juke-R

There’s something about the Nissan Juke that just stirs up animated discussions. Whether its the funkier-than-usual design or its rather impressive performance capabilities, a lot of us in the industry have strong opinions about Nissan’s quirky crossover.

If you’re Nissan, all these discussions can only be good press for the Juke and if you want to stoke the proverbial flames, why not up the ante by building a one-off creation that places the powertrain of Nissan’s Godzilla sports car - the GT-R - inside the Juke.

You read that right, folks. A GT-R-powered Juke. Let the discussion begin.

The car is going to be called the Juke-R, which took its name from the GT-R-sourced twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 powertrain it’s set to have. The Juke-R is expected to produce the same 520-horsepower output as that of the GT-R. Based on the sketches Nissan has released of the one-off car, it appears that the Juke-R will also feature some aerodynamic modifications, including sport flared fenders, a new front splitter, a new rear diffuser, and a new set of wheels, tires, and brakes.

Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing said that the Nissan Juke lends itself perfectly to a sports derivative and Juke-R explores that territory. "The Juke-R showcases two of the most exciting cars in our range and highlights the technical innovation that drives Nissan," he said.

"This car will more than live up to the dynamic driving experience we engineer into all our cars."

There doesn’t appear to be a timeline as to when the Juke-R will break cover, but considering it’s nature, we’re crossing our fingers that it makes an appearance at SEMA this coming November 2011.

UPDATE 01/11/12: The latest update to come out of Nissan regarding the Juke-R has something to do with performance numbers, and we’re really blown away by what it’s capable of doing. After running a series of tests, the Japanese automaker was able to pick up the Juke-R’s output with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 171 mph. Check out the figures being drawn out in the latest video, which you can see by clicking on the photo above.

UPDATE 05/24/12: Nissan has unveiled a new video featuring the Juke-R in action on the Losna Isbane Ice Track in Norway. Check it out!

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Nissan jumps into the custom graphic wraps bandwagon

Nissan jumps into the custom graphic wraps bandwagon

A few months ago, Ford struck a deal with Original Wraps to create custom vinyl wraps for the Ford Fiesta. Now, it looks like another manufacturer is looking to dig in to the custom vinyl wrap pie.

Nissan’s jumping on-board and unlike Ford, they’re receiving custom wraps for a number of their models. The first Nissan vehicle to receive a customized vinyl wrap is the Nissan Cube, which will be followed by the Nissan Juke, and then the Nissan Frontier.

More products are expected to be added in the future, possibly for a number of newer Nissan models.

According to Original Wraps, each of the wraps have a life span of up to three years and will be installed by a professional and can also be taken down easily without the fear of leaving any marks on the car.

Contrary to what others may think - that vinyl wraps are a little tacky - these wraps for Nissan actually look pretty cool. You can even customize your own design according to your personal whim. But if you’re a dude, we highly suggest you stay away from that “Flower Power” design.

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Video: The Nissan Juke is donut-friendly

This commercial is a far cry from the last commercial we saw featuring the Nissan Juke – that one, for a lack of a better word, has ‘weird’ written all over it – and much to our delight, this new ad is certainly right up our alley.

We know the Juke is capable of a lot of things, but to be able to pull off some pretty sick donuts – the kind we enjoy doing to our cars, not the kind we stuff our mouths silly with – is a definite turn-on for prospective buyers of Nissan’s quirky little crossover.

We just hope that in the event you find yourself in that dude’s shoes – pun intended, by the way – you might want to take the more prudent action and use the doors of the donut shop instead of crashing through a glass window.

We’re just saying.

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Video: Nissan's Juke commercial has all the elements of weird

Video: Nissan’s Juke commercial has all the elements of weird

There really isn’t a whole lot of words we could use to describe this video other than if you choose words like ‘spooky’, ‘creepy’ and ‘weird’. Whether or not Nissan intentionally made this Nissan Juke ad that way, well, they’re the only ones that can explain it.

Nevertheless, if you go past all the spookiness and look at this in a glass half full sort of way, Nissan is positioning the Juke as a vehicle that’s brimming with energy, enough to power an otherwise doldrum city. If you look at it that way, then this ad isn’t all that bad. Heck, that image of a pseudo Richard Simmons in a stationary bike does add a bit of humor to it, although that in itself is still a little creepy given how the whole tenet of this commercial runs.

In any case, there is something to be said about this commercial. If for nothing else, we can all take comfort in knowing that the Juke crossover can never be associated as a boring car. Weird? Maybe. Bland? Not after this ad.

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2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

The Japanese automaker Nissan has revealed the first official details on it’s latest crossover, the Juke, a CUV that will be coming to America this fall, before the car’s official debut in March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With an almost identical design to the Qazana concept, the new Juke was designed to "inject some masculinity and dynamism into the small car market" with its chunky wheels, wide tires, extended ground clearance and robust stance. Meanwhile the interior features a center console that was inspired by a motorcycle’s gas tank.

The European market will get three engine choices: one diesel and two 1.6 Liter gas burning units. The most powerful will be the new turbocharged MR16DDT complete with technologies like direct injection to deliver a total of 190 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. Then there is a 16 valve naturally aspirated unit that produces a more economical 117 HP, while the 1.5 Liter dCi common rail diesel cranking out 110 HP takes over duties for the alternatively fueled crowd.

The new Juke will be offered in Visia, Acenta and Tekna trim levels, with a total of nine color choices for the exterior, including two shades of white, both solid and pearl, and three other hues unique to the Juke: Force Red, Haptic Blue and Machine Brown. One thing is for certain the new Juke will definitely turn the small CUV market on its head.

Updated 08/11/2010: Nissan today announced prices for the 2011 Juke crossover. The car will go on sale in October and will be priced at $18,960 USD. The 2011 Juke is available in eight models, each powered by a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline Turbo engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Hit the jump to see prices for each of them.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan Juke Off To Fast Start In U.S

Nissan Juke Off To Fast Start In U.S

We have yet to see how well the new Nissan Juke will sell in the United States, but Japan is eating them up at record pace. It’s affordable, looks pretty good and offers plenty of room in a small compact crossover, all for under $20,000.

Nissan knew theJuke was going to sell, but they had imagined that it would be around 1,300 orders in the first month. Amazingly, Nissan has sold 11,000 Jukes in Japan, with over 5,296 orders in the first week alone.

The most popular color for the Juke buyers is Radiant Red and the most chosen interior color is red. Sapphire Black came in second with White Pearl in third. We would have chosen Pacific Blue, but only 2 percent did.

The Juke also appears to be a male car. Almost 20 percent of Jukes sold were to men, age 50 or over. Who said the older generation didn’t like change?

Press Release after the jump.

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Nissan Juke selling like hotcakes in Japan

Nissan Juke selling like hotcakes in Japan

Don’t look now, but a certain Nissan crossover is jukin’ and jivin’ it’s way to the top of the sales charts over in Japan. If you didn’t get our little play of words there, let’s do it in simpler terms.

The Nissan Juke - see! - has been such a hit in the Land of the Rising Sun that it’s been selling faster than a box set of discounted anime novels. According to Nissan, the little Juke that could has surpassed the company’s estimated orders in its first month by a whopping 300%. In just a week’s time since it was launched back in June 6, Nissan has already sold 1,300 units of the Juke and according to reports, orders for the Juke through Tuesday has already reached 5,296 units.

The Juke’s stronger-than-expected showing in its home country could be a sign of things to come for the quirky crossover as it is expected to set sail for Europe and North America in the coming months. When that happens, consumers should expect the crossover to be priced under $20,000. Whether or not it’s positive run in Japan translates to a positive reception in other parts of the world is still anybody’s guess, but if we were Nissan, we would take whatever good news came our way and the Juke’s strong showing in Japan is enough for us to open a bottle of sake and sing the night away in a local karaoke pub.

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Official photos of the Nissan Juke to be released on Wednesday, February 10

Official photos of the Nissan Juke to be released on Wednesday, February 10

Nissan’s new baby crossover, the Juke, is scheduled to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but according to Nissan, they’re planning to release the first batch of official photos and technical specifications a little ahead of schedule.

The official photos of the Juke will be released on Wednesday, February 10, giving all of us a sneak peek of the crossover that is being touted as being based on the polarizing Qazana concept that was unveiled last year.

Despite supposedly looking like the Qazana concept, the Juke is still expected to have a few unique modifications of its own. More importantly, Nissan will also be releasing details behind the car, which should end speculation regarding the performance capabilities of the baby crossover.

After its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show concludes, Nissan is expected to start producing the Juke where, according to Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan America, the crossover is expected to find its way into dealerships in the US sometime towards the latter part of the year.

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2010 Nissan Juke

2010 Nissan Juke

The Japanese automaker Nissan will add a fourth crossover to their lineup at the Geneva Motor Show with the all new Juke. Inspired by the current Qazana concept. The compact CUV will be slotted somewhere between the compact family car, Note, and the other crossover, the Qashqai. According to the manufacturer, "The Nissan Juke has been designed and developed to give customers an alternative to the traditional small hatchback in Europe." and will feature a fresh fun design like the Kia Soul and open up a whole new market segment for Nissan.

Press release after the jump.

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