2011 Nissan JUKE Sport Cross Makes North American Debut at New York
International Auto Show

NEW YORK, March 30 /CNW/ - Nissan today unveiled the all-new Nissan JUKE Sport Cross at a special media preview near Rockefeller Center. The dramatically styled JUKE, which joins Nissan's popular Murano and Rogue crossovers at Nissan dealers nationwide in the fall of 2010, will be on display at the New York International Auto Show at Jacob Javits Center April 2nd through 11th.

Along with its bold design inside and out, which draws on a number of active lifestyle influences including motorcycles and rally cars, JUKE brings unexpected levels of performance from a 1.6-litre Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGÔ) turbo engine and an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive system with performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles.

"JUKE is about to carve out a unique space in the rapidly growing compact crossover/hatchback segment with its combination of striking design, agile handling and driving pleasure and user friendly technology," said Ian Forsyth, Director, Corporate and Product Planning, Nissan Canada Inc. "Add in the convenience, versatility and high seating positioning of a traditional compact SUV and you've got a vehicle unlike any other in its class."

The JUKE interior offers bolstered front seats and a centre console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a two-coat high-gloss paint. The gearshift sits on top of the console, with a short shifter lever for sporty driving. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.

Available features range from leather-appointed seats and RearView Monitor to Nissan Intelligent Key(TM) with Push Button Ignition, navigation system and power sliding moonroof. A long list of standard safety features is also available, including six air bags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC).

Powering JUKE is a standard 1.6-litre Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG(TM)) Turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 180+ horsepower and 170+ lb-ft of torque. The engine, the first application in North America, combines energetic performance and good fuel economy. Two transmissions are offered - six-speed manual transmission (FWD models only) and Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT(TM) (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode.

JUKE's torque vectoring AWD system splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and can also can split torque from side-to-side across the rear axle. When cornering, the system helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle's cornering feel.

Another new-to-Nissan technology debuting on JUKE is the innovative Integrated Control (I-CON) system. The I-CON system functions in one setting as a controller for the automatic climate control system, and in the other offers a drive mode selector with three different throttle/transmission/steering response settings - Normal for everyday driving, Sport for a more intense performance feel and Eco for maximum efficiency.

I-CON also serves as a central command centre and display module, adopting different display colors and functions depending on how it is being used. In Climate mode, the display shows the interior temperature settings while the "buttons" display air flow preferences. In the "D-Mode," the buttons change to the three driving modes and the display shows engine and drive related dials and information.

"JUKE provides an exceptional level of available technology for its segment and a special character all its own," said Forsyth. "We're expecting an enthusiastic response from people attending the New York Auto Show and look forward to JUKE going on sale this fall."

About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO(2) emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Didier Marsaud, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, (905) 629-6400, Didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com; Alexandra Cygal, Cohn & Wolfe, (647) 259-3266, Alexandra.cygal@cohnwolfe.ca


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