Kin­sey 2015 re­port rates Nissan utes

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

ROSS­LYN — Nissan is keep­ing the wheels of in­dus­try turn­ing with the most cost-ef­fec­tive sin­gle cab pick­ups on the mar­ket.

Ac­cord­ing to Pine­town-based Mal­colm Kin­sey’s 2015 re­port, Nissan South Africa’s lo­cally man­u­fac­tured work­horses, the one­ton NP300 Hard­body and halfton NP200, are the pick­ups to own if you are shop­ping for a new bakkie. Kin­sey’s re­port show these pick­ups are also the most af­ford­able to re­pair.

Ev­ery year Mal­colm Kin­sey, a jour­nal­ist and in­dus­try spe­cial­ist, se­lects a range of ve­hi­cles and a list of crash and ser­vice parts.

He then anony­mously sources the prices of these parts at deal­ers across South Africa and ranks the cost of ser­vice and re­pair of the se­lected ve­hi­cles in spe­cific seg­ments.

The 26th Kin­sey Re­port states that the Nissan NP200 is the most af­ford­able sin­gle-cab pickup and half-ton pickup to ser­vice and main­tain in South Africa, while the NP300 Hard­body was the sec­ond most af­ford­able over­all and the most af­ford­able to ser­vice and main­tain of all the tested one-ton pick­ups.

Nissan man­u­fac­tures the NP200 and NP300 Hard­body at its South African pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Ross­lyn, north of Pre­to­ria, from where it also ex­ports these mod­els to sev­eral coun­tries in Africa.

“We have spent a con­sid­er­able amount of time and en­gi­neer­ing ef­fort in op­ti­mis­ing our pro­duc­tion meth­ods and in sup­port­ing lo­cal part sup­pli­ers. It is very heart­en­ing to see this hard work be­ing re­warded by the au­thor­i­ta­tive Kin­sey Re­port,” says Mike Whit­field, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Nissan South Africa.

Nissan’s en­gi­neer­ing ef­forts has al­ready paid div­i­dends, af­ter tests by the South African Bureau of Stan­dards (SABS) re­ported an com­bined cy­cle fuel con­sump­tion of 6,8 litres/100 km for the 2.5 DCI sin­gle cab NP300 Hard­body and 5.3 litres/100 km for the NP200 with 1.5 dCi en­gine. This makes the NP200 and NP300 Hard­body the most fru­gal pick­ups on the mar­ket and means that the NPrange of pick­ups are the most af­ford­able to ser­vice, op­er­ate and re­pair.

It is the sec­ond year run­ning that the Kin­sey Re­port has in­cluded en­try-level sin­gle cab pick­ups in its re­port. Last year the Nissan NP300 Hard­body was iden­ti­fied as the most af­ford­able to ser­vice and main­tain in this cat­e­gory, while the Nissan NP200 ranked in the top three over­all and was the most af­ford­able to main­tain and re­pair in the sub one-ton cat­e­gory.

The two Nissan pick­ups are joined by the Nissan Mi­cra, which was pipped to the post by the en­try-level Dat­sun GO! as as one of the most af­ford­able city and en­trylevel ve­hi­cles to main­tain and re­pair in South Africa.

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