The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has named the Nissan Juke as the CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) of Texas. Automotive media members from all over the state organized a Truck Rodeo to choose their favorite SUVs and CUVs in 20 categories.
Pat Steiner, regional vice president, Nissan North America, described the Nissan JUKE as “something special” that’s expected to “shake things up in the CUV category with its styling and performance capability.”
Steiner added that receiving this award from the journalists of TAWA affirms that Nissan is “going in the right direction."
The Texas Truck Rodeo is a media ride-and-drive project that takes place each year. It gives journalists the chance to get behind the wheel of trucks, SUVs and CUVs. The two-day program uses on- and off-road courses.
The journalists would then vote on the vehicle’s performance in multiple categories. Michael Herzing, president of TAWA, said that the Nissan JUKE was “a breath of fresh air” at this year's rodeo because of its “unique and aggressive styling.”
He said that the JUKE is “fun and exciting to drive” and he expects the vehicle to get more awards. Powering the US version of the Juke is a gasoline 1.6 liter engine that uses turbocharging and direct injection to generate 188 hp. To distribute the power to the ground, the JUKE uses a torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system.