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The Nissan Juke is Puke in Car Design
Car designs are subjective for sure, but every so often, a car manufacturer will think it is designing a cool design that the public disagrees with. History has many of them: the AMC Gremlin and Pacer of the 70's, Pontiac's Aztec. Usually, the flawed car designs seem to always originate in Detroit. Finally, Japan has one, the new Nissan Juke.
I call it a froggy car, because it resembles one. Nissan calls it a "trucklet", whatever that means. It is one goofy, funny looking car when you see it. I wonder what car designers are thinking when they do their clay models or computerized designs. How could they think this is a winning design?
How would this ever be a trucklet? Does that mean a small-like vehicle that is a truck? The Juke is a more radical design, it is silly like the Scion cube cars. They are for those who strive to be radical in personality or looks. The car is suppose to be a cross breed between a sports car and SUV based on the Versa chassis. The sport car part of it is its 188 hp 1.6L engine and six speed tranny.
The Juke is a loud and noisy car when in comes to road noise and like a horse, the ride is rough but it does corner like a sports car. The interior is, well, like a sports car, mainly for a driver and passenger. Not much room for rear seat passengers. I guess, this is where the 'trucklet" part comes in. When the rear seats are down, there is a nice size cargo area. But, how many cars already do this? or offer more?
The Juke requires premium gas, it is AWD, and gets an MPG of 25\30. So, for under $20K, for the basic or $25K for the top end, you get a car with a lot of zip, a cargo area of 36 cu. ft., and a car that people either like or think is stupid. The thing is, the basic model offers the same engine and tranny, offers the same 36 cu. ft. of cargo, which are the reasons for the Juke - sports car and SUV. Why would anyone pay an extra $5K just for trim and toys?
Since I have not seen very many on the road, I will not be surprised to see the frog jump out of of production.