Soon you will see the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara on Irish roads but the good news is that it has won the coveted International Pickup Award 2016 at a ceremony in Lyon, France. Nissan’s freshly launched pickup fought off stiff competition from Mitsubishi L200 and Ford Ranger with judge praising its superior on road and off road capabilities, strong engine performance and payload capacity. The all new NP300 Navara underwent the rigorous International Pickup testing process, being judged for its off-road ability, onroad performance and its value for money. The pickups were also tested on their ability as a workhorse, which included comparing towing capabilities.
The new NP300 Navara delivers Crossoverinspired comfort and refinement while maintaining the Navara’s acclaimed off road ability, durability and load capacity. It’s robust chassis introduces a host of new features, including an all new fivelink rear suspension for the Double Cab model and an impressive load bed, which is 67mm longer than the previous model. The wealth of innovative and affordable in car technology such Around View Monitor (AVM) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), designed to further improve drivability and practicality, are also unique to the pickup market.
Philippe GuérinBoutaud, Corporate Vice President Nissan LCV BU, said: “This prestigious award celebrates Nissan’s 80 years of pickup expertise. Rigorous testing by International Pickup of the Year illuminated the tough and innovative character of the allnew 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 pickup truck that combines rugged 4×4 toughness with the sophistication and efficiency of a Crossover”, 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”.
Production of the all new NP300 Navara began in Barcelona this month. It goes on sale across Europe from January 2016. It will be available in four grades in Ireland – XE, SV, SVE, LE and available in the Double Cab model.