Nissan Teases A Potentially Sleeker Second-generation Juke - Autoblog

Nissan teases a potentially sleeker second-generation Juke - Autoblog

Nissan is expected to keep sending the Kicks crossover our way, but the rest of the world continues to enjoy the delights of the Juke. After nine years on the market, Nissan teased the second-generation of the original funky sub-compact crossover with a QR code and a single image. To premier on September 3, the new Juke will introduce an evolved take on the current design. The split headlight arrangement carries over, the LED DRL giving up its boomerang shape for a curved single slash, the headlight beneath adopting a triangular pattern. The front fascia will wear a wider V-motion grille that descends to tie in with a chrome-look center section for the bumper and front skid plate. Chunky cladding adorns the wheel wells on the second-gen, as on today's Juke. Other automakers have followed the Juke's lead with their own tiny crossovers, so it's expected that Nissan has plenty in store to keep its own weapon sharp. The Juke's exterior design, variously called "eccentric and confident" and "completely Marmite," should retain its personality albeit with a more modern language. Spy shots reveal the trademark steeply raked windshield, sloping roof, and prominent haunches, and prototype camouflage could hide a contrasting, floating roof. The looks will enclose a more livable package, however, as the Juke moves to the CMF-B platform shared with the Renault Clio and recently revealed Renault Captur. That means a longer wheelbase, and more interior room for passengers and cargo. We'll see whether the current hauler's motorcycle-inspired interior treatment migrates, but we can expect better interior appointments and tech features aligned with the heavily digital Captur cockpit. Based on the Captur's engine choices, powertrain combinations could entertain a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine, 1.3- and 1.6-liter four-cylinder gas engines with as much as 200 horsepower, and a 1.5-liter diesel turning the front wheels. A plug-in hybrid is in the rumor mix, with talk of the 1.6-liter engine combined with a 9.8-kWh battery combining to provide an all-EV range of as much as 30 kilometers (18.6 miles).

Govt. To Support Japan's Job 'ice Age' Generation

Govt. to support Japan's job 'ice age' generation

Japan's government plans to support middle-aged people who missed out on regular work during the country's "employment ice age."

The plan is included in this year's basic economic and fiscal policy approved by the Cabinet on Friday.

Next-generation Bullet Train Rolled Out To Media

Next-generation bullet train rolled out to media

Japan's next-generation Shinkansen bullet train was rolled out to the media in a demonstration test run on Thursday.

East Japan Railway Company aims to put the train into service in the fiscal year starting in April 2030. The Hokkaido Shinkansen line will then be extended to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido. The company plans to operate the train at a maximum speed of 360 kilometers per hour.

Toyota Promises A Next-generation Land Cruiser Is On Its Way

Toyota promises a next-generation Land Cruiser is on its way

On sale since the 2008 model year and facelifted twice in the interim, the Toyota Land Cruiser has lately begun rolling out the special editions. Last year we got the 2019 Lexus LX Inspiration, this year we got the 2020 Land Cruiser Heritage Edition. This likely means a changing of the model guard is close, the 300-Series Land Cruiser on the horizon to replace the current 200-Series. When Motor Authority asked Toyota SVP Bill Fay about the U.S. getting the next generation, Fay replied, "We are fully committed to the Land Cruiser for the foreseeable future."

The reason for the question could have been Land Cruiser sales figures for the past 14 years, when the model never cleared 5,000 units. The swankier Lexus LX sibling sells in greater numbers, but even lumping the two trucks, they've crested 10,000 sales just twice since 2005. On top of that, two of the largest regional markets for the Land Cruiser are Australia and the Middle East, which have different regulatory regimes, and the 2019 Highlander has a three-row option.

Toyota Reportedly Working On Second-generation 86

Toyota reportedly working on second-generation 86

There's stronger confirmation that earlier reports of the Toyota 86's demise were premature. Autocar got confirmation from Toyota's European marketing boss that the company is planning a second generation of the 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe, which is known as the GT86 in Europe, in concert with Subaru.

We presume that holds true for the U.S. as well; Autoblog sought confirmation from Toyota. It jibes with an earlier report in which both automakers refuted a Japanese outlet's assertion that the 86 and the Subaru BRZ would not see successor versions.

Next-generation Toyota Sienna Spied With Wider Track And Longer Wheelbase

Next-generation Toyota Sienna spied with wider track and longer wheelbase

Toyota hasn't done so much as breathed upon the Sienna for what feels like eons, but here's our first hint that something new is finally around the corner for the big minivan. The vehicle pictured here is a test mule, presumably for the 2021 Toyota Sienna, with a body that doesn't quite match up to the chassis. Note the wheels that poke out beyond the wheel arches, revealing what is almost certainly a wider track courtesy Toyota's TNGA platform that continues to be permeate throughout Toyota's lineup. We'll assume that it's the longer version of TNGA currently employed by the Avalon and Lexus ES.

The Sienna is definitely going to be bigger than before, showing off both that wider track and a stretched wheelbase. Toyota even modified the body panels on this mule in order to fit the wheels and tires underneath it all. Patchy work is noticeable around the front door and longer rear overhang. The mirrors are then haphazardly stuck onto the doors, instead of the A-pillars where they live now.

Asian Kung-fu Generation To Hold Album Release Tour Next Year

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION to hold album release tour next year

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION released their latest album "Hometown" on December 4.  To coincide with this album's release, the band will be holding a tour next year. 

The tour is scheduled to kick off on March 16 at SENDAI GIGS with the first half being a live house tour and the second half a hall tour. You can check out the tour schedules below.

Sgo48 Recruit 29 First Generation Members

SGO48 recruit 29 first generation members

AKB48's new overseas sister group SGO48 have recruited 29 first generation members. 

SGO48 received over 7,000 applications when they opened up the registration in August. After narrowing down the number of applicants based on the applications, they held interviews, and ended up with 120 applicants for the final screening. Among the 29 selected members is Koseki Yumi, a 14-year-old Japanese girl who lives in Ho Chi Minh. She commented, "I was very surprised the moment I found out the results. I felt that I need to work hard for the candidates who didn't make it in. This is a dream I finally achieved after so many years, so I will give it my all."

Asian Kung-fu Generation To Release A New Single In September

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION to release a new single in September

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION will release a new single called "Boys & Girls" on September 26. 

The last time the band released a single was "Kouya wo Aruke" a year and a half ago. The title track is described as a medium-tempo tune with lyrics that cheer on people living in this era. Besides this, the single will include "Shukujitsu" composed by Yamada Takahiro (B). 

Ngt48 Welcome 16 Second Generation Members

NGT48 welcome 16 second generation members

NGT48 have welcomed 16 new members to their group. They were introduced on June 12 at NGT48 Theater in Niigata. 

Towards the end of the event, theater manager Imamura Etsuro appeared on stage and introduced the second generation members one by one. Besides members from Niigata, other members come from Hokkaido, Ibaraki, Gunma, and Shizuoka.