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It’s not pretty, it uses a CVT and like any crossover its middle name is compromise. It might not sound like it, but the Juke is one of the most fun cars to drive in Nissan’s lineup.
It’s a terrible contradiction, but then again the Nissan Juke is a bit of a paradox. It’s a car that no one really asked for, with its sub-compact crossover size, goofy looks, so-so interior and stiff suspension. Yet on the road it’s hard to believe what the Juke is actually accomplishing. It jumps off the line like a sprinter and pushes the limits at every on-ramp. Under its strange sheet metal, the Juke turns out to be something we all want in a car: fun.
Designed specifically to appeal to a new generation Chinese customers, Nissan has unveiled its latest concept car at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, the Friend-Me.
The Japanese automaker believes that this new demographic of Chinese youth will soon be the world’s largest customer segment and hopes to lead the way in delivering Chinese customer aspirations. The Friend-Me concept is a four-passenger sedan with a futuristic and sleek style, appealing to a younger, more non-traditional generation.
It features a low and wide stance with short front and rear overhangs giving it a chunky, yet aggressive and sporty impression. Inside are four seats with display screens for each individual. Nissan has designed the screens so that each person in the car can share whatever they’re looking at on their smartphone onto the screen of everyone else in the car.
The Friend-Me concept could become a reality fairly easily. It’s based on an existing Nissan sedan architecture and requires a minimum number of unique components. The automaker’s PureDrive hybrid powertrain would deliver more than enough power for local city driving.
“We call our solution Distilled Da Qi,” said Taiji Toyota, Vice President of Nissan Design China. “Da Qi is about casting an aura, about standing out, but at the same time going with the flow, fitting in. It’s a question of balance, and we’ve worked to refine it right down to the essence. The result adds an entirely new and youthful dimension to the sedan category.”
Baring any surprises, the star of this year's New York Auto Show is likely to be the Mercedes CLA45 AMG, a high-powered version of the brand's stunning new affordable luxury sedan. Other major debuts include the 2014 Cadillac CTS, Acura MDX, updated Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Equus, as well as refreshed version of the Buick LaCross, Regal and Chevy Camaro. Rumors point to a Subaru hybrid reveal while it'll also be the first showing of the controversially designed Jeep Cherokee.
It's business as usual to have supercars in spades at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Exactly how awesome was it? Here's a hint, the 1,030 hp carbon bodied Koenigsegg Hundra didn't even make the list. We're just using it to fill space.
Known for debuts of exotic supercars, this year's Geneva Auto Show will be one to remember with the world premieres of the successors to both the McLaren F1 and Ferrari Enzo. Other major reveals include the Toyota GT86 Convertible, Lexus IS300h, Corvette Convertible, Mercedes C63 AMG 507 Edition and many more. Look for live coverage at AutoGuide.com from the media preview days March 6th and 7th.
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