Juke-R to be world’s fastest crossover

Nissan has released new specs regarding the Juke-R, a ramped-up version of the Juke that will be made available to buy in a very limited run on build-to-order basis in Europe.

The Juke-R does a 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.7-seconds with a top speed of 160-mph. Those numbers make the Juke-R the world’s fastest crossover.The vehicle boasts Nissan’s GT-R’s 3.8L twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant into the body, packing 480-hp. The Juke-R also has the GT-R’s all-wheel-drive system, gearbox and suspension.

Nissan announces pricing for 2013 Nissan Rogue

Earlier this week, Nissan announced pricing for the 2013 Nissan Rogue crossover, which continues to be one of the manufacturer’s most popular models.

The new Nissan Rogue offers convenience and new styling details along with 28 mpg fuel efficiency and full range of standard safety features.

The new model year brings the Special Edition Package, which adds Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and two additional speakers to the AM/FM/CD audio system with 4.3-inch color display and USB connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), RearView Monitor, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, front fog lights and privacy glass. The new Premium Edition adds front fog lights and a Bose audio system.

Rogue S CVT FWD $22,310 USD
Rogue SV CVT FWD $24,750 USD
Rogue SV CVT w/SL Package FWD $28,650 USD
Rogue S CVT AWD $23,610 USD
Rogue SV CVT AWD $26,050 USD
Rogue SV CVT w/SL Package AWD $29,950 USD

Men use GPS More Than Women

We have all heard the old cliché about men hating to ask for directions.

Perhaps men try to avoid that feeling of defeat by using GPS systems.  So much so, that they are using them 14 percent more often than women.

According to a recent study conducted by the Australian insurance company AAMI, 64 percent of male drivers utilize the assistance of a navigation system, while only 50 percent of women do.  Granted, this survey was conducted for Australians, but the results were still unexpected.

An AAMI representative said the company “thought it would have been a little more even and maybe even slanted in favor of women,” and went on to say the results as a whole were “surprising.”

Car Manufacturers Offering More Small Cars

A new study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates is giving American motorists that our downsizing their vehicle hope.

As gas prices continue to rise globally, many consumers are opting for smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles.  In the past this meant settling for less power and fewer features, but the J.D. Power and Associates has revealed that this trend is changing.

“Automakers are designing better cars than we’ve ever seen,” said Dave Sargent, Power’s director of global automotive operations. “It’s not just one or two manufacturers. It’s across the board, which means that for consumers it’s a great time to be in the car market.”

Compact cars are shedding the title of “econoboxes” by offering driver more performance and technology options than ever before.   Smaller cars are catching up quickly in order to feed drivers’ craving for in-car connectivity, which could only be achieved in larger vehicles in the past.

“The average compact car today is as good as the midsize car a person might now be trading in,” said Sargent.