New Nissan Juke For 2011 Should Turn Heads; Which Way The Heads Will Turn Is The Real Question

Call it unique styling, but the Nissan Juke for 2011 is, well, different. The styling of the new car will turn heads. But the real question is which way will heads turn? Toward the new Juke or away from it? The new car from Nissan is scheduled for release this fall as a 2011 model with some kick-ass features like a 180 hp 4 cylinder turbo engine. The buyer will have the choice of a 6 speed manual or Nissan’s own CVT transmission, which I have in my Rogue. The CVT transmission is also unique since it doesn’t shift like a conventional transmission, and eliminates any feeling of gears up or down shifting.

The Nissan Juke also is going to employ 17″ tires, P215/55R to be exact, and with the available AWD promises some road hugging performance. But performance will not be the only thing that the Juke will be offering. Other toys will include hidden door handles for rear seat entry, Bluetooth, navigation system, Intellikey, and a moon-roof  just to name a few options that will be available.

Nissan states that pricing for the new Juke will start under $20,000 when first introduced.

I am still trying to decide whether I like the styling change. What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source -Autoblog – Nissan Press Release

2010 GMC Terrain & Chevy Equinox SUVs: Downsized or Rightsized?

For many American families, giving up that treasured Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) would be like swearing off apple pie. But change is clearly afoot, with the popularity of the 2010 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain marking a turning point. Although GM’s new fuel-efficient five-passenger twins might be marketed as Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs), many folks would simply refer to them as SUVs.

Fuel efficiency is key to the popularity of these two, with willing four-cylinder engines and slick aerodynamics that deliver highway gas mileage at the top of their class. For families trading out of a larger traditional SUV, the Equinox and Terrain can save a significant amount of money spent at the gas pump, without sacrificing interior space and comfort. (For families that have the need, a more powerful V6 engine is available.)

Like many GM vehicles in the past, the Equinox and Terrain share their underpinnings – engines, suspensions, and most mechanical bits – but present different faces to the world, with radical differences in exterior styling. The Terrain’s distinctive bulging fender and expansive chrome grille leave no question that it’s a GMC. The Equinox follows a more generic crossover design that fits in, rather than stands out from the crowd of current crossovers.

Inside the cabin, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two … but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Both the Equinox and Terrain soak up the miles, with roomy, comfortable, and flexible interiors that are well suited to carrying large folks. A full range of entertainment is available with USB iPod integration and optional seat back LCDs.

Don’t stick a fork in the SUV just yet …


2010 Chevy Equinox Review

2010 GMC Terrain Review

Is A Buick SUV Crossover Hybrid Plug In On The Way?

GM may be in the process of gearing up for production of a Buick SUV crossover that will be a hybrid. The new vehicle is said to have either a 4 or 6 cylinder engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium battery pack, similar to the GM Volt.

Over at GM Volt they describe the new Buick as being:

Today GM has confirmed this and released a teaser image of the upcoming vehicle.

“Buick has always been at the forefront of new technology, so it is only fitting that the brand should debut our new plug-in hybrid technology in a beautiful new crossover,” said GM vice chairman Tom Stephens. “This will firmly put Buick, and GM, front and center in the advanced technology game.”

The plug-in hybrid version will follow in 2011 and is expected to be the first commercially available plug-in hybrid SUV produced by a major automaker.

The hybrid will have an 8 kwh lithium-ion battery pack, using the same lithium manganese spinel cells as the Volt, supplied by LG Chem, who will be building a lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan set to open in 2012.

“LG Chem – the supplier of our battery cells for the Volt – has also been selected to supply the lithium-ion cells for the new Buick plug-in hybrid, and its Troy, Mich.-based subsidiary Compact Power will supply the pack,” said Stephens.

The plugin hybrid can operate on either gas, electricity or both depending on the driving conditions. It differs from the Volt in that the gas engine can be in operation at any time, not just after 40 miles. Using this technology the vehicle is expected to achieve at least double the efficiency of a gas version of that car. This could amount to more than 70 MPG.

The engine for the plug hybrid will be a 3.6L V-6 flex-fuel, and the car will also contain two powerful electric motors and sophisticated electronic controls.

Here is a sneak peak:

It should interesting to see if Buick and GM can pull this off. It will also be interesting to see how much these electric hybrids will cost us.

Comments welcome.


Crossover Linux Pro – Anyone Use This?

I just got this from Linspire [aka Frespire] advertised for their CNR [click-n-run] service. They are advertising Crossover Linux Pro for just $69.95. They describe this software as:

CrossOver Linux Professional allows you to install many popular Windows productivity applications, plugins and games in Linux, without needing a Microsoft Operating System license. CrossOver includes an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing a Windows application simple and fast. Once installed, your application integrate seamlessly with your Gnome or KDE environment. Just click and run your application, exactly as you would in Windows, but with the full freedom of Linux.

I also went out online I saw the same software being advertised over at Academic Software for $44.95. Either amount sounds reasonable if in fact the software performs as stated.

So here is my question. Has anyone tried this and does it work?

More info is here.

Comments welcome.

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