NAVARA ADDS A BAKER’S DOZEN

Herald Sun - Motoring - - WORKING WHEELS -

NIS­SAN has com­pleted the Navara ute range, with the ar­rival of sin­gle-cab, ex­tra-cab and cab-chas­sis work­horses.

Thir­teen new vari­ants mean there are now 27 Navara mod­els from which to choose.

Nis­san launched the pop­u­lar dual-cab 4WD Navara in May. The rest of the range took un­til now to ar­rive be­cause the com­pany was ramp­ing up pro­duc­tion in a new fac­tory in Thai­land.

The range now starts from $19,490 plus on-roads for a cab-chas­sis rear-drive petrol man­ual, while the diesel version starts from $25,990.

Ex­tra-cab mod­els — with more space be­hind the front seats and a larger tray than the four-door utes — start from $28,490 and are diesel only.

The ex­tra-cab ST-X flag­ship tops out at $51,490 plus on­roads.

Nis­san has added a ba­sic RX grade four-door 4WD as a cab-chas­sis op­tion for $38,490 plus on-roads. To date, buy­ers who wanted to fit their own tray had to re­move the fac­tory-fit­ted tub.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes seven airbags (in­clud­ing one for the driver’s knee), Blue­tooth, three 12V power sock­ets and a USB port for por­ta­ble au­dio play­ers.

A rear view cam­era, how­ever, is stan­dard only on the two most ex­pen­sive grades, ST and ST-X. All mod­els get a 12V socket in the ute tub, as in the Ford Ranger.

Nis­san will no doubt wel­come the ar­rival of the rest of the Navara range. De­spite the ar­rival of the new model, Navara sales are down dra­mat­i­cally.

Of­fi­cial Vfacts fig­ures show Navara sales to the end of Oc­to­ber were down by more than 20 per cent in a mar­ket that is shap­ing up for yet an­other record.

Nis­san Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Emery told in­dus­try jour­nal GoAuto: “Monthly Vfacts num­bers and rank­ings are really an ego trip for MDs and CEOs rather than any true mea­sure of how your busi­ness is go­ing.”

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