Nissan Micra and Juke at Geneva
It's eyes wide open on the Nissan stand for the controversial new Juke crossover supermini, which certainly has the looks to divide. But can it conquer?
We reckon absolutely yes. Nissan has superb experience taking a conventional segment and turning it on its head with the hugely successful Qashqai, we see no reason why the Juke won't do the same.
Certainly the Juke knocks the spots off Nissan's other Geneva world debut, the all-new, much more conservative Micra. The Micra represents everything in the supermini segment that the Juke stands against.
Something of a cruel irony, no? Looking from one to the other it's almost difficult to believe they come from the same manufacturer. Still, at least the Micra will be cheap.
It will also be fuel efficient. The new 80hp 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine emits just 115g/km in standard form. But later there will be a 98hp supercharged version which, with stop start, cuts this further. A mere 95g/km CO2 makes it one of the greenest conventional petrol engines on sale.
We already knew plenty about the Juke ahead of the event, but just to recap the radical exterior is matched by a motorbike inspired interior with vibrant colouring.
It's option packs a-go-go, and the top spec model features a new 190hp turbo-petrol engine and the very latest 'ALL-MODE 4x4-i' drivetrain with torque vectoring - like a Porsche 911 Turbo.
All the rest make do with front-wheel drive and a choice of 1.6 petrol or 1.5 dCi turbodiesel. New Nissan Dynamic Control System combines the major interior function - and looks cool doing it.
LEAF elec concept
Elsewhere on the Nissan stand is the all-electric LEAF - showing its aerodynamic face in Europe for the very first time, ahead of going on sale here later this year.
This is intended to be a very real alternative to a regular family hatchback, capable of 100 miles on a single charge. This is as green as you can go but you'll need a hefty budget.
An 80 percent charge is possible in just 30 minutes with the LEAF's quick charging system, while a full charge takes around 8 hours using a standard power outlet.
Finally, the Nissan 370Z Roadster is also on display here, alongside show debuts for facelifted versions of the Nissan Qashqai and Qashqai+2, boasting new looks and better aerodynamics and economy.
A new eco variant of the Qashqai sees CO2 emissions drop as low as 129g/km, achieved via weight reduction, further aero improvements, new gearing and low rolling resistance tyres.
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- BMW M3 & M4
- Ferrari LaFerrari
- Ford Mustang
- Jaguar F-Type Coupe
- Lamborghini Huracan
- Nissan Qashqai
- Mercedes S-Class Coupe
- Porsche Macan
- Volvo XC90