Fifty years ago a rally-mod Nissan 240Z won the gruelling East Africa rally, putting down another marker for this brand-defining car. To mark this achievement, Nissan has imagined another iconic model in full rally mode. The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept is still only in the image stage, but man if they build it . . .
Two-tone cars date back to the very early days when coachbuilders hand-crafted a beautiful horseless carriage on a chassis fitted with the new internal combustion engine. Fine lacquer panels were contrasted with polished wood or treated leather to create art on wheels, a finely woven contrast of colour and texture that reflected the opulence and conspicuous cost of these mobile works of art. Cars were built like royal coaches and cost about the same. They were for the rich.
The Nissan Qashqai is a small SUV, a crossover to be more specific, and likely the genesis of all small SUVs. When it first launched more than a decade ago, who could have predicted its tremendous success? Not to mention the sheer number of rivals and imitators it would generate.
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The compact crossover segment is probably the most contested space in the car market. Everyone tries harder to make theirs stand out, and in the end, most crossovers look very similar. Not the same, but there is a preponderance of aggressive scowling horizontal headlights flanking bold grilles.
The Nissan Juke has been a resounding success across Europe and it seems to be catching on elsewhere. Looking at the spied photos and teaser renderings of the next-gen 2020 Nissan Juke, the compact crossover still indicates glimpses of its edgy design. However, there may be a few surprises lurking beneath the surface.
While we don’t see snow in South Africa to the extent that requires a car with tank-like tracks, this Nissan Juke is too good not to write about. It appears to be a mix between a car, a snowmobile and the Mars rover but with epic styling. Based on looks alone, who wouldn’t want to give it a try?
It has been said before. The Nissan Juke has a superpower. It has the unique ability to polarize a room. When it comes to this weird and wonderful car, it’s either love- or loathing at first sight. Nissan, being the collection of rocket-surgeons that they are, obviously know not to fix something that isn’t broken. Which is why the Juke has remained not only on our market but has also remained relatively unchanged in form since its first launch in October of 2011. This is the best indicator that South Africa comes down on the side of lov’it! not loathe it.
Melbourne, Australia was the place to be recently if you are a Nissan Juke fan, as two emerging street artists went head-to-head in an attempt to create the most eye-catching Juke work of art.
Few cars are as divisive as the Nissan Juke. In fact it is the Marmite of cars – you either love it or hate it. But however you feel about the Nissan Juke’s looks, you can’t deny that it looks good on paper and even better when made from paper. Wait… What?
While paper and cars might not have a lot in common at first thought, most great ideas start on with a piece of paper. But what happens if the process was reversed and a great idea turned back into paper? That is what famous origami artist Owen Gildersleeve did with the Nissan Juke.
Believe it or not, they are all used to test and sell Nissan’s range of crossover vehicles, from the Nissan Qashqai to the Nissan Juke. It kind of makes sense seeing as the crossover range is placed is a unique segment of the market and looks so different that they would need to have tests that are just as unique and different.