The world’s first mass-produced ‘full size’ electric car and a stylish SUV-come-sports car are among the line-up from Nissan at this year’s CRC Speedshow
When the annual automotive and motorsport extravaganza opens at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on 23 July, the 100% electric Nissan Leaf and the all-new Nissan Juke present two exciting new products on offer from Nissan.
Both the Leaf and Juke will go on sale in New Zealand early next year.
Part SUV, part sports car, the Nissan Juke provides a funky alternative to the conventional hatchback, says Nissan New Zealand brand manager Paul Sherley. “The Juke was previewed at the Nissan/Datsun festival NIZFEST at Hampton Downs last November, but CRC Speedshow represents the first time we’ve shown this great new model to a wider audience.”
Sherley says, design-wise, the lower portion of Juke is pure SUV: chunky wheels, extended ground clearance and a robust stance. “The Juke’s upper half is unadulterated sports car, with a high waistline, slim side glass and a coupe-style roofline. A powerful 1.6L engine and the latest XTRONIC CVT transmission give Juke performance to match its style.”
According to fellow Nissan brand manager Daniel Birch, the Nissan Leaf will change the way we build, drive and think about cars for years to come. “It’s not the same as any other vehicle in New Zealand. The Leaf is a 100% electric, zero emission full size car – it has no tail pipe. It's super quiet, has huge amounts of torque and more than enough power to get you moving quickly. The Leaf can be charged while you sleep, while you shop and even while you work, and it has numerous smart features such as being able to pre-set the internal temperature before you begin your journey.”
CRC Speedshow promoter Keith Sharp says: “The team from Nissan has also told me they’ll have their latest Nissan GT-R at Speedshow. There’s no doubt that these 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged supercars catch the attention of any car fan and we look forward to seeing the great Nissan line-up – highlighting numerous technologies and developments – at CRC Speedshow this year.”
Nissan is one of several new car marques at CRC Speedshow in 2011 which also features new motorcycles, classic cars and bikes, and numerous motorsport-related events, race series, vehicles and equipment. The Ezybuy Car Auctions live action arena, other interactive games, competitions and displays, food and refreshments, and children’s activities make the show a fantastic day-long attraction for the whole family.
CRC Speedshow runs for two days, Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July, with tickets available only at the gate. The show opens at 9am each day, closing at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Adult tickets are $18.50 each, children aged 10 to 15 years $10 each, and children under 10 years of age free with a paying adult. A family pass offers great value at $48 for two adults and up to three children. News, competitions and show information is updated on the show’s website, www.speedshow.co.nz, and Facebook page on a regular basis.