Euro­peans vote for lat­est Navara bakkie

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THE all-new Nis­san NP300 Navara has won the cov­eted Euro­pean 2016 In­ter­na­tional Pick-up of the Year award at a cer­e­mony in Lyon, France.

Nis­san’s pick-up, al­ready suc­cess­fully launched in sev­eral global mar­kets, fought off stiff com­pe­ti­tion with judges prais­ing its su­pe­rior on-road and off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties, strong en­gine per­for­mance and pay­load ca­pac­ity. The new NP300 Navara un­der­went the rig­or­ous In­ter­na­tional Pick-up of the Year test­ing process, be­ing judged for its off-road abil­ity, on-road per­for­mance and value for money.

It was also tested on its abil­ity as a work­horse, which in­cluded com­par­ing tow­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. .

The new NP300 Navara de­liv­ers smart com­fort and re­fine­ment while main­tain­ing the Navara’s ac­claimed tough­ness with its of­froad abil­ity, dura­bil­ity and load ca­pac­ity. Its ro­bust chas­sis in­tro­duces a host of new fea­tures, in­clud­ing an all-new five-link rear sus­pen­sion for the dou­ble cab model and an im­pres­sive load bed, which is 67 mm longer than the pre­vi­ous model.

Philippe Guérin-Boutaud, cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent of Nis­san Light Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Busi­ness Unit, said the award cel­e­brates Nis­san’s 80 years of bakkie ex­per­tise. Rig­or­ous test­ing by In­ter­na­tional Pick-up of the Year il­lu­mi­nated the tough and in­no­va­tive char­ac­ter of the all-new Navara. “Nis­san is best known by its cus­tomers in Europe as the maker of ca­pa­ble 4x4s and break­through crossovers. This new Navara rep­re­sents the fu­sion of those two realms of ex­cel­lence to de­liver a truly break­through pick-up truck”, added Ponz Pandikuthira, di­rec­tor of Light Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles for Nis­san Europe.

“It is truly an hon­our to be se­lected as the In­ter­na­tional Pickup of the Year by a panel of the most ex­pe­ri­enced com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle jour­nal­ists across Europe. Thank you to the IPU ju­rors for this award and for this pow­er­ful en­dorse­ment of the new Nis­san Navara’s prod­uct ex­cel­lence”.

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The new Nis­san Navara was voted Europe’s 2016 In­ter­na­tional Pick-up of the Year.

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