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).
An electric vehicle has an appeal you can only understand once you've owned one. Sure, you might feel good about going green, analyzing every environmental consideration like our Alex Kierstein did recently. But there's a less noble, more immediately tangible reason to buy an EV — it really brings out one's inner cheapskate.
There is nothing sweeter than passing up the gas station where you used to throw away a $50 bill every week. Before purchasing a 2013 Nissan Leaf to serve my 35-mile daily commute, I had never imagined how satisfying it would be to whoosh past the pumps. Stuck in Seattle traffic, surrounded by gasoline-powered cars wastefully idling, my only energy loss was from the radio. There was political smugness: It felt kinda great to stick it to Big Oil. Don't have to stop, buy gas, fill up, change oil — don't have to do anything except remember to plug the car in at night.
A Tokyo court has granted bail for the second time to former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn. The 65-year-old was detained for a second time earlier this month. Prosecutors then charged him with aggravated breach of trust.
The court set Ghosn's bail at about 4 and a half million dollars. That's on top of the 9 million dollars he paid the last time he was released on bail.
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.
The Nissan Murano was an early entrant into what is now a sprawling universe of midsize crossovers, first appearing as a 2003 model. Against a rising tide of fellow two-row midsizers such as the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorrento, and Subaru Outback, the Murano has attempted to retreat to more luxurious ground. The vehicle's most recent full redesign in 2015 saw it adopt a much more stylized exterior and more upscale interior. And now, four years on, the 2019 Murano gets a mild update.
From the outside, the Murano gets restyled LED headlamps and taillights, new LED fog lights, a black-painted front bumper section that visually heightens the grille, and redesigned 18- and 20-inch wheels. Inside, the top-spec Platinum model gets fancier with diamond-stitch patterned, semi-aniline leather, and all models up the airbag count with side airbags for the rear seat and knee airbags for the front passenger. Additionally, Nissan's rear door alert is now standard (if a rear door is opened before a trip but not reopened afterward, the system honks the horn to remind the driver to check the rear seat). The available navigation system features enhanced graphics including satellite imagery and adds traffic-sign recognition and online POI search capability.