New Nis­san Hard­bo­dy at Nam­po 2018

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Nis­san South A­fri­ca ce­le­bra­ted this y­e­ar’s Nam­po Har­vest S­how with a wi­de ran­ge of its pick-ups, cros­so­vers and e­ven an ex­tre­me sports car on dis­play.

But as it be­ho­ves the coun­try’s big­ge­st a­gri­cul­tu­ral s­how, the brand-new Nis­san NP300 Hard­bo­dy Dou­ble Cab took cen­t­re sta­ge. The new mo­del re­pla­ces the 2,4 pe­trol dou­ble cab and 2,5 4x4 sin­gle cab.

The new ver­si­on in­tro­du­ces Nis­san’s tough and re­li­a­ble 2,5 TDI four-cy­lin­der tur­bo-die­sel en­gi­ne to the 4x4 dou­ble cab ran­ge, cre­a­ting a new flags­hip mo­del.

The en­gi­ne de­li­vers 98kW and 304Nm of tor­que and is one of Nis­san’s most po­pu­lar en­gi­nes thanks to its ex­tre­me du­ra­bi­li­ty, e­a­se of ser­vi­cing and low fu­el con­sump­ti­on.

“The new Nis­san NP300 2,5 TDI 4x4 Dou­ble Cab is per­haps the be­st p­roof of our c­lo­se re­la­ti­ons­hip with the a­gri­cul­tu­ral com­mu­ni­ty,” says Xa­vier Go­bil­le, ma­na­ging di­rec­tor for sa­les, mar­ke­ting and af­ter sa­les at Nis­san Group of A­fri­ca. "The mo­del was cre­a­ted af­ter we re­cei­ved feed­back from far­mers and de­a­lers in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties on the need for a die­sel-po­we­red off-ro­ad ca­pa­ble NP300 dou­ble cab. We o­bli­ged with this vehi­cle, which has been tho­roughly tes­ted and which we will in­tro­du­ce a­cross South A­fri­ca, Na­mi­bia and ot­her neig­hbou­ring coun­tries in Ju­ly.” The new NP300 was fit­ted with a ran­ge of ad­di­ti­o­nal luxu­ries to cre­a­te the Ro­gue S­pe­ci­al E­di­ti­on. The luxu­ries in­clu­de black al­loy w­heels, Ro­gue de­cals, black em­broi­de­red le­at­her se­ats and a plush car­pet set. The Ro­gue NP300 will al­so be e­quip­ped with an up­gra­ded au­dio sy­stem with in­te­gra­ted Blu­e­tooth con­necti­vi­ty and sa­tel­li­te na­vi­ga­ti­on.

Nis­san’s NP300 is a pe­ren­ni­al be­st­sel­ler, es­pe­ci­al­ly to spe­ci­a­list in­dus­tries such as far­ming, mi­ning and the South A­fri­can Po­li­ce Ser­vi­ce. It is kno­wn for its ro­bust build qua­li­ty and low cost of o­w­ners­hip and is the class le­a­der in the an­nu­al Kin­sey Re­port for the cost of re­pairs and ser­vi­cing.

“W­hi­le the new mo­del will be wel­co­med by far­mers, we are su­re it will al­so find fa­vour with bud­get-con­s­ci­ous fa­mi­lies and out­door ent­hu­si­as­ts. It is by no me­ans a strip­ped-do­wn bak­kie, as it fe­a­tu­res am­ple spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on le­vels. Yet it will be one of the most af­for­da­ble 4x4mo­del dou­ble cabs in the mar­ket w­hen it is laun­ched,” says Go­bil­le. Nis­san sho­w­ca­sed its en­ti­re ran­ge of pick-ups at Nam­po, in­clu­ding the new Na­va­ra 4x2 dou­ble cab, the be­st-sel­ling NP200 and the he­a­vydu­ty Pa­trol pick-up.

Nis­san al­so u­sed the wi­de­ly at­ten­ded Nam­po s­how to sho­w­ca­se its brand­new Mi­cra, which will be in­tro­du­ced in South A­fri­ca in Ju­ne 2018.

The new Nis­san Mi­cra and flags­hip Hard­bo­dy set the to­ne for an im­pres­si­ve dis­play at the s­how, which al­so sho­wed vi­si­tors a ran­ge of ot­her seg­ment-le­a­ding pro­ducts. T­he­se in­clu­ded the Nis­san X-Trail and Qashqai, wor­ld le­a­ders in the cros­so­ver mar­ket, the new V8 Nis­san Pa­trol and the highly po­pu­lar Nis­san R35 GT-R, which cre­a­ted and do­mi­na­tes the mar­ket for af­for­da­ble, e­ver­y­day su­per­cars.

“We re­main com­mit­ted to the far­ming com­mu­ni­ty through our net­work of ru­ral and small-town de­a­lers and our par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in va­ri­ous na­ti­o­nal and lo­cal a­gri­cul­tu­ral fo­rums.

We look for­ward to re­tur­ning next y­e­ar,” says Go­bil­le.

The Nis­san NP300 Hard­bo­dy 2,5 TDI 4x4 Dou­ble Cab with Ro­gue acces­so­ry packa­ge on dis­play at the re­cent Nam­po A­gri­cul­tu­ral S­how in the F­ree S­ta­te.

Nis­san sho­wed its u­p­co­ming all-new Mi­cra in Bot­ha­vil­le for the first ti­me.

The Nis­san Na­va­ra at Nam­po.

Newspapers in Afrikaans

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.