2015 Nissan Juke's got the love

GENEVA -- The Nissan Juke has been a love-it-or-hate-it kind of car, but it seems the lovers have won out, as the Juke has proved extremely popular in the global market, such that Nissan didn't make any radical changes to the funky little crossover for the 2015 model year.

In fact, the styling changes emphasize the 2015 Nissan Juke's flair.

Headlight and taillight casings gain Nissan's boomerang shape, also seen on the GT-R and 370Z. As before, the headlight casings form part of the architecture of the front fenders. A larger wheel arch up front also accentuates … Read more

Nissan wants to improve the rearview mirror with cameras

Every concept car designer dreams of the day when your car's unsightly rearview mirror will be replaced by slick hidden cameras. Nissan brings us one step closer to that day with the new Smart Rearview Mirror feature.

At the touch of a button, driver can change the Smart Rearview Mirror's display from a conventional mirror to an integrated LCD that shows a video feed from a high-resolution, 1.3-megapixel camera located at the vehicle's rear end. Where the rear camera in your current car can only be used while reversing, Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror will be … Read more

Supercars and stylish concepts slated for Geneva auto show

With a few years of troubles in the European automotive sector and not much preview news, I hadn't been expecting much for the 2014 Geneva auto show. But the last month proved me wrong, wrong, wrong. Almost every major automaker, and many you've probably never heard of, has something big planned for the show, from blisteringly fast supercars, to design concepts, to the kinds of new models that matter for the everyday driver.

Last December, Lamborghini released news of its Gallardo replacement, the Huracan. Not only sporting a 610-horsepower V-10 engine, the Huracan brings in high-tech features such … Read more

Nissan Juke update for Geneva looks to have lost no flair

Nissan released a teaser image of the 2015 model year update to the Juke today, ahead of the full unveil next week in Geneva. The Juke is one of Nissan's most technically advanced cars, and employs love-it-or-hate-it styling that makes it a bit cultish.

The Juke originally launched as a 2010 model, so this update puts it on a five-year product cycle.

The image released today uses a lot of graphic obfuscation to hide many of the details. The car is clearly still a four-door with a hatchback, retaining its compact SUV style. The wheel arches look slightly enhanced, … Read more

Nissan's little hatch isn't bad, but you could do better

Versatile, compact, and efficient: the small hatchback is an awesomely practical class of vehicle. Why, just look at the Honda Fit...Nissan certainly did. That's probably why the totally redesigned 2014 Versa Note looks almost exactly like a second-generation Honda Fit with a Nissan grille. That's not a bad thing; the Fit's a good-looking car and, to be fair, there's only so much that you can do when designing within this body style.

On the other hand, the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic have managed to somehow not look exactly like Fits, so I don't … Read more

Nissan Altima finds its way with Google search

Nissan's various models share little commonality. Among its wide range, you've got SUVs, crossovers, sports cars, sedans, and odd outliers such as the Juke, Cube, and Leaf, all bearing little resemblance to each other. There's not much of a corporate identity among these models.

However, that identity crisis seems on the verge of breaking with Nissan's latest models. Recent updates to the Versa, Sentra, and even Pathfinder show some common lines, a rounded front fender merging into a side contour line that dips at the front doors. The 2014 Nissan Altima carries this look as well, … Read more

Nissan cranks 400 horsepower from three cylinders

Racing might seem frivolous to the uninformed, but it serves as a proving ground for technologies that will find their way into production cars. Nissan will hit endurance races this season with an extraordinarily efficient engine in its ZEOD race car that should be the basis for new developments in its production cars.

The ZEOD race car uses a design similar to the DeltaWing car Nissan raced last season. For power, it will use a gasoline-electric hybrid system that should be competitive with the likes of the Audi R18 e-tron. In the last two 24 Hours of Le Mans races, … Read more

Dad arrested for plugging Nissan Leaf into school's outlet

"A theft is a theft."

These are words that many a lawyer has used to justify condemning a thief to a sentence in the clink.

They are also the words of a police officer in Chamblee, Ga., after a man was caught in the alleged commission of a heinous crime.

Kaveh Kamooneh partook of 5 cents' worth of electricity that wasn't strictly his. As WXIA reports, Kamooneh was at Chamblee Middle School, where his 11-year-old son was gracing the tennis courts.

Perhaps the tennis practice was electric and this sparked Kamooneh to remember that his Nissan Leaf needed a little charge. He had some errands to do on the way home.

He spotted an external socket near the courts and availed himself of a little electricity. He spent 20 minutes charging his Leaf with nutrients.… Read more

Hard-core Nismo Z gives up comfort for speed

Inching through rush-hour traffic in the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo is a bit like buttering your bread with a broadsword; sure, you'd look way awesome doing it, but there are probably better uses for the blade.

A more hard-core version of the Nissan 370Z, the Nismo Z throws away all pretense of being versatile, subtle, or comfortable in an effort to make the Z34 chassis as quick as possible. It wants to be street-legal race car.

Like a broadsword, the Z is simple. You'll find none of the Nissan GT-R's technological gadgetry here. It is also brutal, … Read more

Are super-compact EVs the ride of the future?

TOKYO -- How would you fancy riding around in something that can go 30 miles on a charge and costs around $1?

Super-compact electric vehicles have been on roads in Japan for a while, and more models are coming out as major automakers experiment with architecture and features.

Some look like golf carts or even the gas-powered tricycle mopeds commonly used for pizza and other deliveries in densely populated Japanese cities. … Read more