It seems car companies are more risk-averse than ever. Sure, it costs a shite-ton to make a car and returns are far from guaranteed. And yet, some companies indeed put their 'nads on the line. What's the ballsiest car company?
Naturally, you'll also need to specify a time period — sometimes car companies have a spate of ballsiness followed by a period of conservatism. For today's QOTD, longtime Jalopnik reader Ted (LaDouche) asks, What car company isn't opposed to trying new things, constantly pushes the envelope and isn't scared to take risks? The answer? Nissan 2005-present. Just lay an eyeball on Ted's checklist of nonstandard Nissan thinking:
Supercar for the masses? Check. GT-R.
Quirkly econbox? Check. Cube.
Quirky crossover thingamajib? Check. Juke
WTF? Check. Murano Crosscabriolet.
Even just for that last one.
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