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Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production

Nissan Is Actually Putting the GT-R50 by Italdesign into Production

We’ll see the first, $1 million example at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

We’ve seen the Nissan GT-R50 Concept and then Nissan showed us a “production” model, but we never thought the crazy-expensive version of Godzilla would actually go into production. Well, as it turns out, it’s already happened, and the first customer example will be shown off at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Don’t expect to get close to it though – with a Price tag of €990,000, you can expect Nissan to be excessively cautious of who comes close.

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2019 Nissan IMq Concept

2019 Nissan IMq Concept

A look into Nissan’s future crossovers and electric cars

The Nissan IMq is a concept crossover that the Japanese firm unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Part of a series of IM-badged concepts that also include the IMs and IMx, the IMq previews an upcoming subcompact crossover, likely the second-generation Juke, but also "signals the direction" of Nissan’s next generation of SUVs.

"Its styling reflects Nissan’s role as a pioneer and leader in crossovers, with a striking look that pushes the boundaries of what a European crossover can be," Nissan said, suggesting that the production version of the IMq will be Euro-spec only. This strengthens the scenario that it may preview a new Juke, which was replaced by the Kicks in the United States in 2018. On the other hand, it could also be a preview for the third-generation Qashqai, due in 2020. In the U.S., the Qashqai is sold as the Rogue Sport.

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The 2019 Nissan IMQ Concept Previews Questionable Crossover Design for the Future, But Nice Tech

The 2019 Nissan IMQ Concept Previews Questionable Crossover Design for the Future, But Nice Tech

It doesn’t really look all that great outside, but the interior and technology might redeem it

The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is overflowing with new tech concepts, including this fresh entry in the crossover segment from Nissan. It’s called the IMQ, and although we’re not really into the weird exterior styling, features like the torquey hybrid powertrain, futuristic interior, and intriguing tech ideas make it worth a look.

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Nissan's Geneva-Bound IMQ Concept Is a Hideous Mutant

Nissan’s Geneva-Bound IMQ Concept Is a Hideous Mutant

It could preview the second-generation Juke

A couple of weeks ago Nissan announced plans to unveil a new concept vehicle at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. With the event just around the corner, the Japanese firm unveiled that it will be called the IMq and released a teaser photo of what appears to be a crossover. And, to put it simply. it’s Nissan’s ugliest concept yet!

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2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show

2018 Geneva International Motor Show - Worst In Show

Picking out the losers in an otherwise brilliant show

We went a little gaga in our list of the best debuts from the 2018 Geneva International Auto Show, including no less than five honorable mentions in addition to our regular list of five winners. But, as is tradition, we must now don our collective troll faces and single out those rides that not only failed to make the cut, but also elicited our ire and dismay. So read on for our list of the Worst In Show from Switzerland this year, and don’t forget to post your opinion in the comments!

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Nissan Shows Off Cool Formula E Nismo Livery in Geneva

Nissan Shows Off Cool Formula E Nismo Livery in Geneva

The Japanese firm joins the series for the first time

A small series that didn’t get too much attention a few years ago, Formula E has become quite the big thing. Larger automakers all over the world are now interested in the series, with Audi, Jaguar, Renault, and Mahindra already competing this season. In addition, Venturi, DS, Nio, and Andretti run their own team. Although the 2017-2018 season is far from over, the FIA is already rounding up the lineup for the next championship and has already introduced the second-generation Formula E car at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Here, three competitors unveiled their liveries for next season, including Nissan, which joins the championship for the very first time.

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Nissan Redefines Laziness by Slapping a Kuro Badge on the IMx Concept

Nissan Redefines Laziness by Slapping a Kuro Badge on the IMx Concept

Seriously, this is the same concept from six months ago, folks…

Six months ago, Nissan debuted the Nissan IMx concept, a car that was said to embody the brand’s future design language and give a glimpse into the future of personal mobility. And, in all honesty, it may have done that. Well, the brand showed up with a “new” concept called the IMx Kuro, which supposedly has a “completely different personality.” In reality, Nissan slapped a darker color on it, added in a different grille design, and added an extra name. That’s seriously it – Nissan even went so far as to include duplicate images of the interior from the original IMx that debuted in Tokyo.

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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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2017 Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition

2017 Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition

A premium sound system rides with Nissan’s resident subcompact

The Nissan Micra is a good subcompact car that Nissan has relied on to compete against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz. It’s certainly made a name for itself in its segment, but the last thing you’d probably associate with the Micra is a premium sound system company like Bose. Then again, the auto industry is a business of never-ending surprises, and we were treated to one such surprise at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan brought with it the Micra Bose Personal Edition, a special edition iteration of the subcompact car that was developed to celebrate the collaboration between Nissan and, you guessed it, Bose.

There is some initial surprise in seeing a car like the Micra get the full Bose treatment, but once that first reaction wears off, you’ll be happy to know that the Micra Bose Personal Edition is actually a pretty interesting offering. Sure, Bose is heavily involved, particularly when it comes to the car’s sound system, but the car isn’t just about Bose either. It also has a choice of unique paint colors and a wide range of added accessories courtesy of the car’s very own personalization program.

Yep, the Nissan Micra has its own version of Porsche Exclusive or McLaren Special Operations, relative, of course, to the quality and price point of its segment. Oh, and while we’re at it, the Micra Bose Limited Edition also has a trove of tech and standard equipment, all thanks to the fact that the whole run of limited edition models – 3,000 in total – are based on the range-topping Tekna trim.

As far as cars with personalities are concerned, the Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition makes no bones about what makes it special. You can point to the fancy-schematic color scheme or the aforementioned menu of tech and equipment, but at the end of the day, this limited run version of the Micra is all about Bose.

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Nissan Micra Receives Its First Special Edition In Geneva

Nissan Micra Receives Its First Special Edition In Geneva

Nissan has launched the first special edition for the fifth-generation Micra subcompact car. It’s called the Bose Personal Edition and it features some wild color accents on the outside, an even wilder interior color scheme, and of course, an upgraded Bose sound system. Nissan is making 3,000 examples available to Europeans starting in the summer of 2017.

The Bose Personal Edition is based on the Micra’s range-topping trim, the Tekna grade. Both the turbocharged 0.9-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel will be available. But the drivetrain options aren’t the story. Rather is the attention-grabbing color scheme and blaring radio.

The Micra comes in a choice of Enigma Black or Gunmetal Grey – both accented by the bright Energy Orange stripes and wheel inserts. The orange color is also found on the side mirrors. Special badging on the B-pillar denotes this being a Bose Personal Edition.

Inside, the black interior is heavily brightened by the fiery orange color. The seats have orange accents along the bolsters and down the backrests. The Center console gets padded leather pieces colored in the stuff. Even the center dash section burns brightly with Energy Orange. Quite honestly, the finished product isn’t terrible looking. In fact, it adds quite the personality to Nissan’s little economy car.

But the biggest news is the stereo. It only uses six speakers but maximizes sound via Bose’s latest signal processing technology. “We engineered the Bose Personal sound system to deliver unexpectedly big sound from a limited number of components,” said Marc Mansell, VP at Bose Automotive Systems. “Using just six high-performance speakers and our latest signal processing technology, the system rewards Micra owners with a superior, fully-customizable audio experience unlike anything else available today.”

Beyond the stereo, the car includes navigation, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist, and Intelligent Lane Intervention. Options include Nissan’s Around View Monitor, heated front seats, and a spare tire.

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Nissan Qashqai Offers Technology And Performance Improvements

Nissan Qashqai Offers Technology And Performance Improvements

It’s a dose of futurism modeled after Nissan’s global design theme

With the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show in full swing, Nissan debuted its refreshed Qashqai crossover. A more angular design on the outside is matched by an updated interior that shares Nissan’s current design theme. A slew of new tech features and safety systems joins the two-row crossover as well, making the Qashqai more competitive in the segment.

For U.S. consumers, the Qashqai is a bit foreign – at least in name. Stateside, Nissan calls it the Rogue. Both share the same basic platform, though powertrain options and other differences keep them from being twins. And for help pronouncing the name, Qashqai sounds like “cash-kai.”

Now that you can read the Qashqai name without your mind’s voice stuttering over itself, we can move to Nissan’s changes for 2018. Outside, the Qashqai features a new front fascia with a more angular design and Nissan’s latest iterations of the V-motion grille and boomerang headlights. Rectangular fog lights and heavily stylized faux air inlets comprise the lower bumper. New wheel options span the range from 17 inches to 19 inches. Nissan says the wheels have even been “aerodynamically optimized” to improve fuel efficiency. The wheels, combined with the updated sheet metal, are said to net a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.31.

Inside, the Qashqai’s basic shape hasn’t changed. A new flat-bottom steering wheel replaces the old, uninspired three-spoke steering wheel. New Nappa leather with 3D quilting can be optioned in higher trims. The NissanConnect infotainment system enjoys a new interface and an optional Bose seven-speaker sound system. Engineers also increased the thickness of the rear glass for a quieter cabin.

A slew of active safety systems come with the 2018 Qashqai, including a revised Intelligent Emergency Braking system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Attention Alert, Intelligent Park Assist, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warring, and Lane Departure Warning.

Slight changes to the Qashqai’s greasy bits are present, too. Nissan says it reworked the suspension, damping, and steering systems for a more refined drive. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel continues unchanged.

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2016 Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept

2016 Nissan X-Trail Premium Concept

Designers doll-up the X-Trail for Geneva

Production cars and futuristic concepts aren’t the only things showing up for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan is bringing a pair of customized crossovers that the automaker hopes will bring attention to the brand. Both the Qashqai and X-Trail examples have been remained with interesting paintwork and design cues, along with interior upgrades that bring added flair to the designs. Here, we’ll be focusing on the X-Trail.

Nissan says the X-Trail is “targeted for the ‘Premium Adventurist,’ who will be thinking of mountain adventures in the Alps or the Pyrenees.” While it’s hard to imagine the X-Trail soft-roader talking more than a dirt path, Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan sees this as “pushing boundaries and exploring creative solutions to fulfill the broad range of the needs of the aspirational customers in Europe.”

Marketing hype aside, the X-Trail Concept does look swanky, especially with the matte gold accents, carbon fiber accent on the hood, and 20-inch wheels. The most disappointing aspect is knowing this concept will likely never see production – unless Nissan gets rave remarks at Geneva. In that case, the X-Trail could receive a similar appearance package sold in limited numbers.

For U.S. buyers, hope is completely lost. That’s because the X-Trail isn’t offered Stateside, but rather the Rouge, which granted is based on the same platform and has uncanny similarities. Secondly, Nissan’s statements about the X-Trail Concept detail how this design study was conducted with European customers in mind – something the U.S. is somewhat lacking.

Regardless of all that, let’s take a look at Nissan’s latest concept.

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2016 Nissan Qashqai Premium Concept

2016 Nissan Qashqai Premium Concept

The Nissan Qashqai goes premium and adopts a Nismo-inspired face

Introduced in 2007 on the same platform as the Nissan X-Trail and Renault Kadjar, the Nissan Qashqai has taken the mini SUV segment by storm with more than two million units sold as of 2016. A second generation arrived in 2013 with a better-looking exterior design, increased interior space, and upgraded engines, strengthening the Qashqai as a dominant force on the compact crossover market. With a significant update planned to arrive in 2017, Nissan has unveiled a Qashqai-based concept that previews the upcoming production model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Showcased alongside the X-Trail Premium, an SUV built for the "premium adventurist thinking of mountain adventures in the Alps or the Pyrenees," the Qashqai Premium concept has been designed for the "premium urbanite." The crossover is aimed at drivers who dream of a weekend "absorbing the cultural highlights of a European destination city such as Geneva, Paris or Rome" and stands out by means of a premium appointed interior and a front fascia that’s significantly more aggressive than the standard model.

The Qashqai Premium concept was created by Nissan Design Europe (NDE) in London, and Nissan claims it has allowed the creativity of its design team to shine through this project. The brand didn’t say whether the Qashqai Premium will become a range-topping trim in the future, but the concept is equipped with the Piloted Drive 1.0 autonomous technology that will be introduced on production models starting 2017.

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