Posts Tagged ‘hatchback’

2016 Honda Civic Type-R Detailed, Hot Variant Possible

Posted by Stephen On Friday, June 5th, 2015

2016 Honda Civic Type R on the track

The “most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built” is finally here. Or rather, it’s getting extremely close. The 2016 Honda Civic type R is set to make its worldwide debut in July 2015, less than one month away. Now that we are officially into June, Honda is really starting to heat up the hype.

For example, this weekend we finally got an official, production-ready rundown of the new hot Hatch’s stats. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that can rev up to 7,000 rpm and outputs a hefty 306 hp at 6500 rpm.

2015 Honda Civic Type R

The car has excellent mid-range torque of 295 lb-ft from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm, but the car was really made to excel at all ends of the rotational spectrum. The VTEC and VTC valve timing technologies work in tandem to optimize low-end torque response without taking away from up-to-the-redline acceleration, and the car is offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

This mighty pound-for-pound powertrain was powerful enough to take a near-identical prototype of the civic type R around the Nürburgring in just 7 minutes and 50.63 seconds – a new lap record for commercial cars in this class. For those of you interested, the 2016 Civic Type R can blast from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and returns a surprisingly conservative 32.2 mpg.

2016 Honda Civic Type R interior

We’d already seen inside the cabin, but these pictures confirm that Honda has done a superb job with the hatchback’s interior. The cabin is exactly what we’d want from a track-ready hot hatch like the Type R. The red-and-black bucket seats and the sleek dashboard are our favorite parts.

Perhaps most exciting of all, though… There is now a fairly credible rumor going around that Honda is planning to launch an extra-hot version of the Civic Type R sometime in the next couple years. According to an interview between Motor Trend and the Type R’s project leader, Hisayuki Yagi, “At the start of development we set the target to be the fastest front-drive hatchback around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And we are. If someone takes our record, we will take it back.”

In other words, there’s room to grow, and they are willing to modify the car to do it (provided there’s a record-related or marketing-related need for it, of course).

What would a hot Civic Type R look like?

2015 Honda Civic Type R

Turns out, it’s not so much what it would look like, but what it would feel like. According to MT’s interview, the engine could be tuned up by about 20 horsepower and the car could shed something in the realm of 120 lbs.

We’re happy to hear that Honda is throwing down the gauntlet with their new Civic Type R, and we hope someone takes them up on it. That way we can see the Honda Civic Type R’s true power! Bwahahaha!


2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite Version Has Us Excited

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 30th, 2015

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite

Toyota is offering a new X-Cite version of their Aygo subcompact hatchback for the 2015 model year.

As you can see, arguably the most noticeable new feature in the Aygo X-Cite is the addition of the new Cyan Splash exterior color. That striking blue is accented with a Piano Black grille, Bold Black side mirror covers, and Glossy Black five-spoke 15” alloy wheels. Yeah, that’s a lot of different kinds of black. Of course, the wheels also get some fancy Cyan Splash center caps to complete the look.

Apparently, the X-Cite will also be available with a blacked out roof in some select European markets (pictured below).

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite Bicolor

The Cyan Splash color-scheme splashed its way into the interior as well, and we have to admit, we like it. The bright blue accents around the seats, doors, floor mats and air vents are vibrant, but not overbearing… They really seem to breathe life into the cabin. The extra color makes the car feel youthful and fun, despite a relatively minimalistic design.

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite interior

However, even though the cabin looks minimalistic, it will be available with more features than ever for the 2015 model year. For example, the Toyota Aygo is now available with Toyota’s trademark Safety Sense suite of active safety technologies, including Pre-Collision System, which monitors vehicles in front of the car and automatically brakes if collision is imminent, and Lane Departure Alert, which you probably don’t need an explanation for.

2015 Toyota Aygo X-Cite rear

Altruistically, Toyota recognizes that “it is only when such advanced safety systems are in widespread use that they can have a real impact on the reduction of traffic accidents and fatalities.” So, to contribute to the cause they’re going to make sure the Toyota Safety Sense add-on is available at a “highly competitive price”.

Thanks Toyota!

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Toyota Auris

2014 Toyota Auris

Unfortunately, there are none of the new-generation Toyota Aygo models up for auction at the time of this writing. But, there are several of the hatchback’s big brother available – meet this 2014 Toyota Auris.

2014 Toyota Auris rear

The Toyota Auris probably doesn’t need too much explanation. It’s Toyota’s primary hatchback offering, and as a 2014 model year, this would’ve been just two years after the generational overhaul. This particular model is a JDM Toyota Auris 150X S Package, which means it runs on a 1.5L petrol that outputs 104hp and 100 lb-ft of torque… Just enough for fuel efficient city driving.

2014 Toyota Auris interior

Want more information on this Toyota Auris? Get a full rundown via the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Toyota Auris auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior B, first registered July 2014, 150X S Package model, FAT, AAC, HID headlights, pushbutton starter and keyless entry, aftermarket navigation and digital TV, fog lamp, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, ABS, airbag, AFS, traction control, spare key, indicator door mirrors, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”


What?! Here’s Why the 2016 Mazda2 Won’t Be Sold in the US

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

2016 Mazda2

Get this – the new Mazda2 subcompact that’s gotten so much attention this past year will NOT be sold in the US in 2016. Even though Mazda is manufacturing the new Mazda2 just south of the border in their brand-new factory in Salamanca, Mexico, top US executives apparently “decided it wasn’t a priority,” at least according to an interview between Robert Davis, Senior VP of US Operations, and Automotive News.

Here’s why: it turns out that a Mazda doesn’t have the production capacity in their new plant to make enough Mazda2 hatchbacks for every single market. So, last year when the global office was allocating units of their new subcompact, executives from the US politely bowed out of the conversation. Davis says, “We could have had it, but we would have had a number that didn’t make much sense with 600 dealers and with the marketing it takes to launch a new car.”

In other words, Mazda US would’ve had to either A) only send Mazda2s to a select few of their dealerships, which doesn’t make sense, or B) go through the trouble of marketing a new car on a national level only to have a small number of models available per dealership, which also doesn’t make sense. Plus, Mazda only sold 13.5k units of the 2014 Mazda2 last year, which may be a 14% increase year-over-year, but not enough to make it worth the trouble, especially when Americans are trending towards crossovers.

“I wanted to allocate resources to those products that make us and our dealers considerably more profit than a Mazda2 does,” Davis said. “It’ll always be there if we need it.” Apparently, Davis doesn’t see the US branch of the brand needing a fuel-sipping subcompact anytime soon when the crossover segment is exploding and gas prices remain low.

2016 Scion iA sedan

Fortunately, the awesome new Mazda2 will still make it into the US, but not under the Mazda name. Remember the partnership between Mazda and Toyota? Well, Toyota will adopt the subcompact into their lineup as the new Scion iA sedan for the 2016 model year, which is built on the same platform and manufactured at the same Salamanca plant as the Mazda2.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Mazda Demio (aka. Mazda2)

2014 Mazda Demio

Although you won’t be able to buy the 2016 Mazda2 through any US dealerships, if past trends are any indication, the new car will do just fine in Japan. Anytime you have an extremely popular car, it always finds its way into auction houses, so come back this time next year and you’ll probably be able to get a near-new Mazda2 of your very own.

2014 Mazda Demio rear

In the meantime, this 2014MY is in excellent shape with an overall auction rating of 5, and a near immaculate exterior. This would’ve been the last year that the old pre-SkyActiv Mazda2 was available, but it was still a perfectly good car. Edmunds said the 2014MY was a good buy for its surprisingly sporty handling and simple-to-operate controls, plus an affordable price-tag (made even more so by being up for auction).

Want more details? Get a full translation of the auction sheet below:

2014 Mazda Demio auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition A, first registered October 2014, 13S model, FAT, AAC, first time in auction, MazdaSpeed front under skirt and rear roof spoiler and side skirts, rear view reversing camera, original navigation system, ABS, airbag, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, minor interior grime, scratches under bumpers, marks as per map”


2016 Mazda CX-3 Official US Specs Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

2016 Mazda CX-3

You may already know that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is set to go on sale in the fall of this year. This weekend, Mazda revealed the models official specs ahead of its production debut.

Under the hood, the Mazda CX-3 will only be available with a single engine and transmission option. It’ll be a 2.0L Skyactiv-G with output rated at 146 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 lb-ft of torque at 2,800 RPM. The engine will only be offered with a six speed automatic transmission. There’ll be no manual CX-3 models offered in the US, at least for 2016.

2016 Mazda CX-3 rear

Why won’t Mazda offer the CX-3 with a standard transmission? Simply because there isn’t enough demand. However, just like they did with the Mazda 3, a manual transmission isn’t out of the question for future model years if there is enough demand for it.

Of course, Mazda gave us more details than just the engine and transmission. The CX-3 will use Mazda’s i-ACTIVE all-wheel drive and ACTIVSENSE safety suite (including lane-departure warning, Smart Brake Support, rear cross-traffic monitoring, rearview camera and Mazda Radar Cruise Control). Inside, the CX-3 will use the Mazda Connect infotainment system through a beautiful seven-inch color touchscreen. All trims will include Bluetooth phone-pairing and audio streaming, push-button start, cruise control, AC, power windows and doors, and keyless entry.

2016 Mazda CX-3 interior

The trim levels start with the Sport package, which comes with all the features listed above. Starting price for that model will be in the low $20,000s (specific pricing has yet to be revealed). Then, the Touring package gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded six-speaker audio system, armrests, and fancy mirror-mounted turn signals. The top of the range is held by the Grand Touring package which gets larger 18-inch alloys, a moon roof, leather seating, BOSE seven-speaker audio, and a whole bunch of other cool features like paddle-shifters and heated seats.

Want more details on the 2016 Mazda CX-3? You can read the full press release here.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Juke

2012 Nissan Juke

This Nissan Juke is the undisputed king of the subcompact crossover class, with the new Honda HR-V looking like the other big rival to the throne. If the Mazda CX-3 wants to compete, it’ll have to stand up to cars like this one.

2012 Nissan Juke rear

The Nissan juke is the perfect example of what makes the subcompact crossover so appealing for drivers.

  • First, the Juke stands out; it has an eye-catching design, even if it’s a bit quirky.
  • Second, it feels like a car, not an SUV. Look at that interior – it’s cozy and well-appointed and it CAN have cargo space with the seats folded.
  • Finally, it’s efficient and fun. It has a 1.5L engine with an automatic transmission, similar to the CX-3 but with a smaller engine.
2012 Nissan Juke interior

To learn more about this auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown of the specs:

2012 Nissan Juke auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered 2012, Urban Selection model, FAT, AC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, HDD navigation system, digital TV, M-SV, interior trim scratches, marks as per map”


Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield Coming to ASX, Lancer & Mirage

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 25th, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

We’ve learned this week that Mitsubishi plans to make some big design changes to their lineup to help improve their brand’s recognizability in both the US and international markets.

Remember the ‘Dynamic Shield’ front grille design showcased on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander from earlier this month at the 2015 New York Auto Show? It’s pictured above if you need a reference. Mitsubishi apparently plans to make this Dynamic Shield design into their official corporate grille, similar to what Lexus has done with their pinched spindle grille and what Nissan has done with their V-motion design.

According to an interview between Mitsubishi’s US VP, Don Swearingen, and CarAdvice.com.au, they will first adopt the new grille on the 2016 Outlander Sport, otherwise known as the Mitsubishi ASX. He said, “The new brand identity that you see on this [2016 Outlander] will carry over. In the US, after this vehicle we’re going to first go with the Outlander Sport (ASX).” He went on to say that the re-designed Outlander Sport would be here by October or November of this year as a 2016MY.

But it doesn’t stop there… Mitsubishi plans to release a Dynamic Shield-styled Mirage sometime in the first quarter of next year. This is extra-big news because it also means that Mitsubishi plans to bring the re-styled Mirage sedan to the US next year too. We’re sure the addition of a stylish family sedan to their US portfolio will bolster sales.

Mitsubishi also plans to update their relatively stagnant Lancer with the Dynamic Shield design language, but Swearingen said it’s the lowest priority of the three. He said the changes may not be as drastic as what they have planned for the ASX and Mirage, but that they too should be here within the next 12 months.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

This Japanese car auction find should give you a pretty good idea of where Mitsubishi is coming from with their Dynamic Shield design. Looking at a car like the 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage, it’s hard to argue with the efficiency of their vehicles.

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage rear

2012 would’ve been the first model year in the sixth-generation of the Mirage’s production, and while the lime-green hatch you see here is a bit quirky in design, it makes up for it by being the lightest four-door in any segment except for the two-passenger Smart ForTwo, which is hardly even a fair comparison. It also boasts the lowest drag coefficient in its class, which combines with the 1.0L petrol to offer an astounding 63 mpg on the Japanese JCO8 cycle without using an electric motor. Truly impressive.

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage interior

To learn more about this 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition C, first registered October 2012, G model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, Auto Stop and Go, electrical retraction mechanism on mirrors, rear wiper, smoked glass windows, original navigation system and TV, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, scratches and dimples and scrapes, wheel caps scratches, marks as per map”


Rumor: Mazda to Revive MPS Brand Later This Year

Posted by Stephen On Friday, April 24th, 2015

2010 Mazdaspeed3

2010 Mazdaspeed3

For the past six or seven months, we’ve been hearing quiet rumors about the return of Mazda’s MPS performance sub-brand.  The last one came in February of this year when the Mazda2’s chief engineer, Ayumu Doi, clearly informed us that to the Mazda Performance Series is “not dead”. He went on to insinuate that a performance Mazda2 is a likely candidate for the brand’s returning debut.

Today, Australian news source Motoring has an updated story for us. Apparently, a hatch WILL be the first car to get the MAZDASPEED treatment, but it won’t be the Mazda2… It’ll be the Mazda3. For those who don’t know, the old Mazda3 MPS hot hatch was arguably the most beloved MPS in the brand’s past life. Pictured below you’ll find what the new MPS model might look like, rendered by Design RM.

But, wait… It gets better!

Mazda 3 MPS Rendering

Not only does this mean that Mazda is definitely bringing back the MPS brand, Motoring also says that it will be later this year at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Apparently, Mazda plans to tease us with a Mazda3 MPS prototype or concept at the motor show in September. But, they’ll still get us a production car by the end of the year so that the brand can restart its life with a 2016 model year.

Nothing is for sure, but early indications are that the hot Mazda3 will run on a 2.5L four-cylinder turbo petrol with upwards of 300 horsepower. The hatch will also run on AWD just like the new Ford Focus RS.

Mazda 3 MPS Rendering back

We still haven’t forgotten about the Mazda2 MPS, and neither has Mazda. We have no idea when they’ll do it, but they apparently do intend to offer MPS variants of other models, the Mazda2 being one of the chief contenders. Another option – the one we’re most excited about – is a possible Mazda MX-5 MPS, which could become the flagship model for the brand.

Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on any other updates, official or otherwise. In the meantime, enjoy this old MPS auction find:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2007 Mazda3 MPS

2007 Mazdaspeed3

Known as the Mazda3 MPS, Mazdaspeed3 or the Mazdaspeed Axela depending on your market, this was one of the defining cars for Mazda’s performance sub-brand. Although these aren’t the best quality images, we hope you can still appreciate the significance of the car beneath.

2007 Mazdaspeed3 rear

As a 2007 model year, this would have been the beginning of the second-generation Mazdaspeed3’s production. It was powered by a 2.3L inline-four that outputs 263 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, with front-wheel drive and paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

For more details about this 2007 Mazda3 MPS, keep reading for the auction sheet translation below:

2007 Mazdaspeed3 auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition C, first registered March 2007, Mazda Speed model, DBA emissions code, 6-speed manual, AAC, power steering, power windows, original AWs, airbag, ABS, minor scratches, dimples, steering wheel worn, interior grime, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, front windscreen has minor cracks, marks as per map”


Scion iA Sedan & iM Hatch Coming to New York

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 20th, 2015

Scion has really big plans for the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. They’re going to unveil not one, but two new production models at the event, which is set to take place in the first full week of April.

These will be the first additions to the Scion lineup in over three years, which is about 25% of Scion’s 11-year lifespan. As you continue reading, you’ll get a peek at each of these new cars and learn what we know about their debut in a couple of weeks.

Scion iM Hatchback

2015 NYIAS Scion iM Teaser

This is the easy one… You may remember the Scion iM Concept (pictured below) from the 2014 LA Motor Show just a few months ago in November. Well, this is the production version of that car, and it’s basically just a US-spec version of the European Toyota Auris.

2014 Scion iM Concept

It’s possible that the iM will replace both the xD and xB in Scion’s current lineup – basically they’d be replacing two low-sellers with one (hopefully) high-seller. At least, if the Auris’ European performance is any indication.

It should be noted that while the Auris is offered in Europe with a myriad of powertrains – gasoline, diesel and hybrid – we’re guessing that the Scion iM will only be offered in petrol form. At least for starters.

Scion iA Sedan

2015 NYIAS Scion iA Teaser

The Scion iA requires a bit more guesswork, as this is a car that we haven’t seen before. At least not by the iA name. However, the automotive blogosphere seems to have reached unanimous agreement that this will be the Mazda2-based model we’ve heard rumors about since the new hatchback’s launch last year. Except, Toyota’s version would be a sporty, budget-friendly four-door sedan.

2015 Mazda2 hatchback

If the Scion iA is indeed the Mazda2-based model – complete with Mazda’s Skyactiv powertrain and technology suite – then this is really big news for Scion. Skyactiv has continued to be a huge hit with drivers everywhere, and adding it to the Scion lineup can only improve sales. Scion VP Doug Murtha shared a similar opinion…

“We’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment and are excited to introduce our new Scions in New York,” he said. “Both the iM and iA are tremendous additions to our lineup and will appeal to young people with different perspectives and needs. These cars represent the evolution of Scion and are kicking off a new wave of momentum for the brand.”

On the whole, this is looking like a really smart move from Scion, and we can’t wait to see both cars in New York; especially the iA sedan!


Suzuki iM-4 and iK-2 Concepts Debut in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Suzuki is making a statement about their place in the European market at this month’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They’ve brought two all-new concepts to the event, each one targeted at a highly competitive segment.

The first is a mini 4×4 crossover called the iM-4 Concept, the second is a new hatchback called the iK-2 Concept. Learn more about each one below.

Suzuki iM-4 Concept

We were actually surprised by how clean and composed both of these concept cars look from Suzuki, especially the iM-4.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept

Suzuki’s designated theme for the development of this car was “Shape the Inspiration.” We don’t know where they were getting their inspiration from, but the end result is an eye-catchingly retro, off-road-ready compact SUV that looks like it has a lot to offer.

2015 Suzuki iM-4 Concept rear

Perhaps most importantly, the iM-4 Concept is a hybrid, which instantly separates it from a lot of the other small SUVs on the market. It runs on a 1.2L DUALJET engine paired with an all-new platform and an SHVS hybrid system, allowing for “excellent fuel consumption with low CO2 emissions.”

Suzuki iK-2 Concept

Here we have a brand-new compact hatchback that Suzuki has dubbed the iK-2 Concept.

Unlike the iM-4 Concept, the iK-2 already has a number of well-established competitors that it’ll be facing up against, chief among them probably being the Ford Fiesta. Even at Geneva, the iK-2 is competing with the Nissan Sway Concept for attention.

Suzuki ik-2 Concept

Fortunately, the iK-2 Concept looks up for the task. Like the iM-4, it features the same all-new platform and is powered by a freshly developed engine code-named BOOSTERJET. We know it’s a 1.0L petrol with direct-injection and a turbocharger; unfortunately, you’ll have to use your imagination to envision the specific level of performance output this new powertrain will yield.

What you DON’T have to imagine is how well Suzuki has styled this new iK-2 hatch. Where the iM-4 is retro and angular, the iK-2 is much more elegant and refined. The styling hints at the drive quality too; Suzuki claims the iK-2 Concept offers a spirited ride that delivers excess excitement with conservative fuel economy.

Suzuki iK-2 Concept rear

Suzuki made no mention of a possible launch date for either of these two new concepts. However, both look close enough to production that our unofficial guess would be that these will hit the European market by the end of the year as 2016MY’s.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Suzuki Swift RS

2014 Suzuki Swift RS

Probably the most comparable car to the Suzuki iK-2 Concept currently in the Japanese automaker’s lineup is the Suzuki Swift. Especially if you’re looking at one of the extra-sporty Suzuki Swift RS models, like the 2014MY up for auction here.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS rear

The Suzuki Swift RS is a front-wheel drive five-door hatch powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2L four-cylinder engine that outputs a conservative 90 bhp and 87 lb-ft of torque.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS interior

This particular model is lucky enough to feature an upgraded automatic transmission, and some other standard tech like anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, power steering and windows, and dual air bags for added safety.

To learn more about this 2014 Suzuki Swift RS, keep reading below the auction sheet.

2014 Suzuki Swift RS auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered June 2014, RS model, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, push button starter and key-free system, electrical retraction mechanism on door mirrors, indicator door mirrors, discharge headlights and fog lights, original body kit, DBA emissions code, paddle shift, no stereo fitted, marks as per map@”


Nissan Sway Concept Previews Sporty New Hatch in Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

2015 Nissan Sway Concept

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show is finally underway, and our first piece of coverage is for an all-new hot hatch from Nissan. Last week we saw our first couple teasers for the new Nissan Sway Concept, and now we finally have an in-the-metal look at this dynamic compact concept car.

It’s clear that the Nissan Sway Concept has been “designed to shake up the traditionally conservative B- segment hatchback sector.” The Japanese automaker is taking the same approach in the compact hatch segment that they’ve already successfully executed in the crossover segment with the Nissan Juke and Qashqai.

Now that we have a full look at the Nissan Sway Concept, it’s much easier to evaluate its design. There are a few key design elements that Nissan pointed out in their presentation today at Geneva…

First, the V-motion grille, which basically forms the visual foundation for the rest of the hatch’s design. The boldly sculpted bodylines curve over the bonnet and wheels to straighten out along the side of the car. The boomerang headlights perfectly accent the dynamic, fluid movement of the grille with a piercing, eye-like design. Nissan notes that they’ve broken the norm by making the boomerang LED one solid lamp and inserting separated LEDs within.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept rear

The swooping body lines extending from the front of the Sway Concept pinch in the middle and kick back up for a highly elevated C-pillar. This creates an extremely sporty profile that’s further accentuated by the heavily sculpted rear-end.

Finally, the coup de grace is the panoramic floating roof, which is a design element we’ve grown to love from Nissan’s recent concepts. This time they’ve used a C-shaped orange construct to span from the A-pillar to the top of C-pillar (no B-pillar) and into a slight rear spoiler. This perfectly contrasts the blue-steel aesthetic of the body. Inside the C-shape is a supportive X-shaped structure (see below) which sits directly above the front seat.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept floating roof

With a design like this, you can see why Nissan highlights ‘dynamic’ and ‘sporty’ as key words when describing their goals for the new Sway Concept. And believe it or not, the interior is just as cool.

2015 Nissan Sway Concept interior

The Nissan Sway Concept was carefully designed from the inside out to appeal to the demands of today’s European drivers. Designers were instructed to look at current European fashion trends to select a color scheme and materials for the Sway’s cabin. The result is a rich indigo and silver interior with white and orange accents. The materials used are a mixture of leather, fabric and metal. They’ve also implemented their ‘Gliding Wing-shaped dashboard’ to ensure that the front dash feels spacious, comfortable and intuitive.

Unfortunately, Nissan didn’t confirm exactly when or how their new Nissan Sway Concept would come to market… Only that it would definitely be doing so. Our guess is still that this is a preview for the new Micra, but we’ll just have to wait and see.


New Nissan Hatchback Making Its Sway to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Monday, March 2nd, 2015

We officially have a hot new car to look out for at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which is less than a week away. That car is the Nissan Sway Concept, which you can see in our first official preview below.

Nissan Sway Concept

The Sway is a new hatchback concept from the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker. Nissan barely hit 100 words in their press release that came with this image, but they did offer a couple juicy tidbits about what we can expect from this new concept car.

First, Nissan says that the “Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of small Nissan models could look if the company’s striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback.” Apparently, Nissan is looking to apply the same out-of-the-box thinking and next-level quality standards to the small hatch segment as they have to the crossover segment.

In other words, the Sway concept will be Nissan’s next status quo challenging vehicle, just like the Juke and the Qashqai before it.

The teaser image on its own doesn’t offer too much information. However, there are a few key design elements we can see in this new concept, such as Nissan’s hallmark V-motion grille, some angry looking daytime running lights and relatively thin fog lights, which may outline some sort of front vent design. We can also see an aggressively sculpted body that honestly doesn’t look like it’s all that far from production.

Unfortunately, we probably won’t learn anything more about the Nissan Sway Concept until it makes its official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. However, we have a highly relevant Japanese car auction find for you to tide you over ‘til then:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan March 12X

2013 Nissan March 12X

Nissan already has a small hatchback available in Europe, and that car is the Nissan Micra, aka. the Nissan March. We’re guessing that the Nissan Sway Concept previews the next generation of Nissan’s already-existing hatchback offering.

2013 Nissan March rear

You can see here that the current Nissan March is a great looking car, but not one that really breaks any boundaries the way Nissan has with the Qashqai and Juke. As a Nissan March 12X model, this car comes fitted with a 1.2L straight-three engine that produces 79 hp and 80 lb-ft of torque. It’s the same engine used in the Nissan Note.

The current Nissan March has been on the market since 2010, so if the Sway Concept previews a new version of that car, it would certainly make sense as a 2016MY.

For more information about this Japanese car auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2013 Nissan March 12X auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered October 2013, 12X model, FAT, AC, power steering, power windows, service book,, airbag, intelligent key, CD, idling stop, marks as per map”