Nissan teams up with Ministry of Sound and creates the Juke Box

Article by Christian A., on June 20, 2012

Nissan has teamed up with Ministry of Sound to make the Juke Box, the best mobile sound system in the world. With this move, Nissan boosts its reputation as an innovator in the crossover segment. The Juke Box is incredibly loud, comparable to a jumbo jet taking off. The current system was designed and made by the sound experts of Martin Audio at the 'Box', which is the main room in the home of the Ministry of Sound's London.

In 1991, a club that’s the first of its kind was opened in Europe. It was the creation of Justin Berkmann, one of the founders, together with James Palumbo and Humphrey Waterhouse.

They made sure that in this club, the music and sound system were prioritized. The two of them made 'The Box' – a 5-sided room that had the ultimate club sound system. The room has perfect acoustics. In fact, it is regarded as having one of the best sound systems in the world until today.

The Ministry of Sound has a philosophy of “creating the moments people live for”. In line with this, Nissan and Ministry of Sound got in touch with Martin Audio, the creators of the existing 'Box' system, to make a 150 decibel, 18,900W sound system. This would be totally self-sufficient when it comes to power and production.

The Juke Box's sound system fits into a standard Juke due to its custom-built 19 kilowatt rig. The sound output is incredibly loud since it uses custom made cabinets and enclosures that accommodate two 18" powered sub units and the same Mid Hi enclosures that the Ministry of Sound uses.

It’s also designed in a way that the sound quality isn’t compromised. This is one of the promises of the Ministry of Sound. In addition, the Juke Box features an integrated radio studio, making sure that everything played on this system can be broadcast with the use of the digital radio app from the Ministry of Sound.

Nissan’s new Juke was created in London at Nissan Design Europe, and then refined at the Nissan Design Center in Japan. Principal engineering was also done in Japan but with significant European input. It will be built in the carmaker’s factory in Sunderland, England.

According to Shiro Nakamura, Senior VP for Design & Chief Creative Officer at Nissan, the Juke’s design expresses real optimism. By combining the design elements from two varying genres, they were able to create a small yet striking Crossover which displays genuine style and confidence. These are qualities they expect to find in a Juke customer.

Moreover, the Nissan Juke’s lower portion is pure SUV from a design standpoint, sporting chunky wheels, extended ground clearance, wide tyres, and a robust stance. The top portion, however is unadulterated sports car, showcasing a coupé-style falling roofline, a high waistline, and slim and visor-like side glass graphics. This coupé effect is underlined further by rear doors with handles that are hidden in the door frame.

When it comes to the interior, this sports car theme continues, complete with a driver-focused cabin. This cabin is dominated by a center console with a motorcycle fuel tank-inspired design. The “bike” console sports a distinctive high gloss color finish and conveys a sense of fun. Meanwhile, the Juke’s rear-opening hatch and its versatile luggage area with its hidden storage opportunities ensure the car’s practicality.

Based mainly on the Renault-Nissan Alliance B vehicle platform, the Nissan Juke has a 2530-mm wheelbase. On the Juke’s front-wheel drive versions, the suspension features MacPherson struts at its front whereas the rear has a torsion beam. Meanwhile, for the four-wheel drive models, a multi-link rear suspension is modelled on the same system found on Qashqai.

Press Release


Nissan's innovation in the crossover segment is set to continue as it partners with Ministry of Sound to create the world's ultimate mobile sound system - the Juke Box. Louder than a jumbo jet in take-off, the technical know-how for the Juke Box comes from sound experts Martin Audio, who designed and built the current system in the infamous 'Box' - the main room in Ministry of Sound's London home.

In 1991 Justin Berkmann, one of the clubs founders, alongside James Palumbo and Humphrey Waterhouse, created a club never seen before in Europe; where the music and sound system came first. The pair created the ultimate club sound system - 'The Box' - a 5 sided room within a room that was acoustically perfect, and is still considered today to be one of the best sound systems in the world.

Building on Ministry of Sound's ethos of 'creating the moments people live for' Nissan & Ministry of Sound have turned to Martin Audio - makers of the current 'Box' system - to create a 150 decibel, 18,900W sound system, which is completely self-sufficient in terms of power and production.

Thanks to its custom-built 19 kilowatt rig the Juke Box's sound system fits into a standard Juke. A set of custom made cabinets and enclosures housing two 18" powered sub units and the same Mid Hi enclosures that are used at Ministry of Sound enable exceptionally loud out-put without compromising on sound quality - one of Ministry of Sound's key philosophies.

The Juke Box also features an integrated radio studio, allowing anything played on the system to be captured for broadcast via Ministry of Sound's digital radio app.

Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications Nissan in Europe said: "We have made a great product that we believe creates excitement through our innovative approach to the small car market; Ministry of Sound is the industry leader in creating the moments people live for through their bespoke sound systems. Together with Nissan Design Europe, RML and Ministry of Sound we wanted to challenge the establishment and make something truly unique."

The Juke Box will debut at Le Mans on the 15th of June in the drivers' parade at the start of the world famous 24 hour endurance race. It will tour the three-day event, providing pop-up parties for music fans and petrol heads alike. The Nissan Juke Box transforms into a fully-functioning PA system, complete with DJ booth and ambient lighting making it the perfect touring party venue and proving that motor sport and music is a match made in heaven. The mobile festivities at Le Mans will be hosted by some of Ministry of Sound's headline DJs, running long into the night, keeping race goers entertained.

A two-part webisode series will be released to coincide with the Juke's debut at Le Mans, showing a behind the scenes look at its invention through to realisation. The aim is to bring to life the twin values of design and performance that are the heartbeat of this concept.

In order to highlight the Juke Box's summer tour across Europe, a six month radio partnership will be launched after Le Mans with the "Nissan Juke Box Sessions" being broadcast on Ministry of Sound's Digital Radio channel every fortnight on Mondays from 5pm to 7pm GMT.

The show will be built around a series of exclusive DJ sets recorded at Juke Box events taking place across Europe throughout the summer. A bespoke widget has been created and will be embedded onto Nissan's Facebook page, allowing fans to request their favourite tracks, as well as tune in and catch up with the action.

Ministry of Sound Group is a global youth entertainment business comprising recorded music including hit artists and compilations, nightclubs and bars, live events, consumer electronics and fashion. The iconic brands including Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi drive a business with sales approaching £100 million.

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