The photo last week showed the 2013 Nissan Juke, an unusual-looking hatchback crossover; in fact, it is the Nismo version from Nissan’s high-performance sector. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Jim Muraski, of Martinez, who recognized it as the Nismo version.
He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The general trend in automotive design today is to not stray too far from a well-trodden path. Just look around you. Parked side by side and without any corporate badges or identification marks on them, the general public would be hard-pressed to correctly identify even the top-five-selling sedans in the country. I would love to see one of the auto magazine test this theory.
“Such is not the case, however, with the Nissan Juke, falling into that dangerous Love-It-or-Hate-It category along such icons as the 1971 boattail Riviera, the 1980-85 Cadillac Seville, the AMC Pacer or Gremlin, and the king of the class, the Pontiac Aztek. All of these models have their fawners and detractors, but cars in this class are either reviled or loved; there is no sitting on the fence.
“Nissan’s own description of the Juke highlights its 370Z-inspired taillights and the interior center console that mimics the shape and appearance of a motorcycle gas tank. I wonder whether those were actually given parameters when the car was being designed? Even they had to call it something new because it did not really fit into any previous category. They call it a sport cross – a combination of a sport utility and a crossover platform.
“I considered this car to be an aberration when it appeared in 2010, looking like some reject from an ill-fated design by committee where each member of the committee was responsible for only a small piece of the car and no one oversaw the overall development.
“Then, like that infamous One Piece at a Time Cadillac that Johnny Cash sang about, they put it all together and called in the Juke :… as though it was spit out of the design studio.
“I have seen only small numbers of these on the road, and Nissan appears to be sticking with it for now. A new Nismo version is available with more horsepower and a lower stance, and I hear a very limited R-version is also available. For me, I do not think one of these will be on my wish list of cars to own.”
EVANS: PJ Rodgers wrote: “This week’s photo is of a 2013 Nissan Juke. My neighbor recently purchased one, and that made it easy to identify.”
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson wrote: “This week it’s a Nissan Juke. An odd-looking car, to say the least!”
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna wrote: “This week’s What Is It? is the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo.”
WARRENVILLE: James Covar