MUNICH -- Nissan's new UK-built crossover car will be the Juke, the company said today.
The Juke will go on sale in Europe starting in October, seven months after its global debut at Geneva auto show in March.
Nissan said the Juke will offer European car-buyers an alternative to small hatchbacks.
The car is the fourth Crossover in Nissan's European range and follows the Japanese carmaker's strategy of focusing on niche segments in Europe.
The Juke was inspired by the Qazana concept unveiled at the 2009 Geneva show and will fit into Nissan's range between the Note compact family car and the Qashqai compact crossover.
"Nissan caught the mood of the European car-buying public with Qashqai crossover and we've worked hard to study the market in the same way for Juke to be sure we meet the needs of European customers,” said Simon Thomas, Nissan's head of European sales and marketing.
The Juke will be built alongside the Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and Note at Nissan's factory in Sunderland, northeast England.
Production replaces that of the Micra small car, which is being transferred to India.