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FROM pencil line to production line, the Nissan Qashqai is as British as they come.Conceived at Nissan's design studio in London, engineered at its technical centre at Cranfield in Bedfordshire and built at the Nissan factory in Sunderland, the Qashqai has made millions for UK plc.Since it first appeared ten years ago some 2.3 million have been made, most have been exported and 450,000 snapped up in Britain.It's our favourite crossover and last month was number three in the nation's...

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NISSAN produces some of the best pick-ups around and the latest to be available in the UK, with a limited 400 being offered, is the Nissan Navara Trek-1° - a special version of the double cab model.It costs £35,065, and is based on the award-winning Tekna grade.The Trek-1° designation comes from the geographical location of the Navarre desert in northern Spain - at -1° longitude.The special Navara is powered by a 2.3-litre dCi 190 diesel engine, which offers fuel economy...

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GIVEN the choice, I probably wouldn't have selected the Nissan Qashqai for a 400 mile return journey over every kind of road.But while I had the most powerful model with the latest tweaks recently, I enjoyed the drive immensely.The Qashqai has always been good, but in this latest sleeker incarnation it really is close to the top of the list.The most powerful engine is the same 1.6 turbo petrol Nissan uses in the top Pulsar and Juke, but detuned slightly to give 163bhp instead of 187.I...

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WORKHORSE or lifestyle - take you choice, or enjoy the best of both worlds.Nissan's Navara pick-up, along with many competitors, have now become almost 'hybrid' vehicles, combining genuine workhorse capability, with car-like comfort and practicality and surprisingly decent economy.So it's no surprise that many now choose this type of vehicle to double as family transport.The Navara comes in many guises from straight flat bed with different cab options, two or all wheel drive and with...

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THE phrase ‘game changer' is often bandied about somewhat cheaply these days - but there can be no doubt that it is entirely justified when applied to the Nissan Qashqai.Blurring the boundaries between hatchback and SUV, this is the car that kick-started the crossover boom when it launched a decade ago - redefining the family car market almost overnight and spawning an avalanche of copycats.Now in its second generation and about to get an update, the Qashqai is still the ubiquitous...

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THE last Nissan Micra deserved not to sell well because it really wasn't much good.So, it might seem brave to keep the name for this latest version, until you drive it.Actually, you don't need to slip inside a new Micra to witness the transformation.Here is a car whose dramatic contours make the old one look like a primary school student's doodle.Add some orange paint as an extra - and top it up with the same colour splashed around the interior - and here is a car that wants to be...

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HARD as it might be to believe the all-conquering Nissan Qashqai is ten years old this year.Yes, it's a whole decade since Nissan unleashed something altogether new on the world in the shape of the crossover.Having made the bold decision not to replace its tried and tested Almera with a like-for-like model Nissan really did decide to do it differently, with a vehicle that had something of the family hatchback curiously mixed with a bit of SUV DNA.As with all styling gambles in the...

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GLANCE out of your car window, or peek at the queue of vehicles waiting at traffic lights, and the chances are that there will be a Nissan Qashqai on view.In a modern motoring scene increasingly inhabited by crossover models - no less than 20 have been launched since the first generation Nissan in 2007 - the Qash is king.It's the most successful vehicle in Nissan history in Europe with 2.3 million sales, 19 Car of the Year titles among a staggering 81 awards and the third best seller...

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THE Nissan X-Trail is the world's best-selling SUV and according to its maker is being made even better with a robust redesign inside and out.There's a higher-quality interior, additional practicality and innovative new technologies to make life on the road even safer.It goes on sale in the UK in August and, along with other upgrades, will be available with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology which will control the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways...

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THE no nonsense, few frills family hatchback has taken something of a back seat in recent times as growing numbers of buyers have latched onto the SUV scene.But competition in this core area of the car market remains hot nonetheless - and while Nissan has successfully thrown substantial resource behind crossovers like the Qashqai and Juke, it hasn't abandoned its more conservative customers.One way of stealing a march on rivals like the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Kia ce'ed is by...

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WITH threatening legislation to curb diesel cars in the growing emissions row it's hardly surprising that some motorists are already turning back to petrol engines.So it's perhaps quite timely that Nissan has introduced a 1.6-litre 163bhp petrol engine as an option into the diesel dominated X-Trail off-roader line-up.And as a further fuel saving measure, the new engine is available only with conventional front-wheel-drive rather than the traditional 4x4 for mud-pluggers.The X-Trail,...

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NISSAN'S new Micra has been awarded a five-star safety rating in the UK from Euro NCAP.The top score safety standard for the new supermini is mainly because of its so-called intelligent driving technologies in the safety assist category of testing.The new Micra, which is priced from £11,995, is fitted with automatic emergency braking and systems which can detect a slowing or stopping vehicle ahead and automatically apply the brakes. Depending on the relative speeds, this can avoid an...

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FOR a number of reasons, the Nissan Pulsar is one of the top cars in the family hatch class.I know that's a big claim, but I stand by it.The cabin is big for a start, with room for five adults and plenty of rear legroom. Only one car beats this space and that's the Skoda Octavia.The handling and road holding are excellent, although I would like a little more feel from the steering, and the quality of ride is as good as the all-conquering Golf - which cannot match it for family...

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THE launch range of the all-new Nissan Micra has been completed with the arrival of the 1.0-litre 71bhp entry-level model.It is the last of three launch engines to go on sale and is expected to account for approximately 20 per cent of sales.The three-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine is linked to a five-speed manual transmission which Nissan claim will return a combined cycle fuel economy of 61mpg and CO2emissions of 103g/km when running on 15 or 16-inch wheels.The new...

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THE Nissan Cube was only imported into this country for a couple of years but its distinctive looks mean you'll never lose it in the car park.That square profile may not be to everyone's taste but it clothes a very practical interior, and is reasonably cheap to buy and own.For anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd for fairly small money, it could be the ideal car, and the vertical rear end and short length mean it's easy and quick to park.There was just one engine on offer - so...

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EVEN though there is tough legislation to make us all think twice about using a mobile phone when at the wheel, there is always that secondary problem of the phone ringing and causing a momentary distraction, especially is we castour eyes down to see who is ringing.Not an easy problem to address, but Nissan has gone back to Victorian days to find a concept solution for reducing smartphone distraction at the wheel.The beauty of the design is its simplicity. The Nissan Signal Shield is...

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A GAME-CHANGER, a landmark model or a quantum leap in the dark... they are all phrases that have been linked to the Nissan Qashqai.Now starting its second decade, the British-made Nissan altered the landscape of the family car to such an extent that no major manufacturer can now afford to be without a crossover model.Certainly, the hatchback, estate car and evergreen saloon are still with us, and no doubt will continue to be so for years to come. But the upright, five-door with...

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ELECTRIC vehicle specialists Plug In Adventures have created a modified Nissan LEAF that will be the first all-electric car to enter the 10,000 mile Mongol Rally. The LEAF AT-EV (All Terrain Electric Vehicle), is based on the latest 30kWh LEAF Acenta and the drivetrain and suspension are standard apart from a raised ride height to cope with rough terrain.Heavy duty Maxsport tyres on Speedline wheels give better performance when the going gets tough, and plates have been welded...

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WHEN I drove the Nissan X-Trail last year, I was hugely impressed by the 1.6 diesel's wide range of abilities but felt that the engine was a little under-powered for the weight.Maybe others said the same thing, but the company has now added a new 2.0- litre diesel to the range, filling in the performance gaps in fine style.It's available with six speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes, and with or without four-wheel--drive.The Renault-sourced 1.6 diesel has 130bhp on tap, but this...

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NISSAN plans to expand the range of its NISMO high performance road cars to new segments, market them more globally and boost the line-up in existing markets, including Japan, North America, Europe and the Middle East.This will increase sales of NISMO cars, which curently number about 15,000 a year.The NISMO Cars Business Department is part of Autech Japan Inc, a Nissan group company that makes converted vehicles.Using talent from Nissan, Autech, Nissan Motorsports International and...

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NISSAN'S latest X-Trail is more a replacement for the previous Qashqai+2 than for the former model of the same name.For a start, it looks almost identical to the Qashqai from a distance, even though it's actually larger in every direction when close to.It's a hugely likeable crossover which was only available with the Renault-sourced 1.6 dCi 130bhp engine at launch.There is now a 2.0-litre with 177bhp, but I drove the 1.6, which is already proving the biggest seller.As with other...

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IT doesn't always pay to be first to the party, and never more than in the cut throat world of cars.Many a pioneer machine has sunk without trace as nobody else thought it a good enough idea to even consider copying - but get it absolutely right before anyone else and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.Which is why, with the wind in the right direction outside Sunderland you can hear gales of mirth as yet another Qashqai rolls off the Nissan production line. Well, not really,...

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THE Nissan Micra is the latest supermini to move upmarket in a move which sees the Japanese car firm taking full advantage of its alliance with Renault.Built in France and powered by proven engines the new Micra is pushing into premium territory.Sharp styling, crisp handling and plenty of appointments make it a small car with big aspirations - and that's reflected in the price.The new Micra costs from £11,995 and the 12 model range tops out at £18,765 - a quantum leap from the...

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NISSAN is releasing two special versions to its Juke range - the Juke Tekna Pulse and Juke N-Connecta Style.The Pulse is aimed at music fans and comes equipped with an upgraded and more powerful audio system.The sound system is one of a number of new features being introduced as standard on the Juke Tekna Pulse range.It comes with new speakers from French audio company Focal, featuring a special six-speaker sound system, which Nissan say delivers crystal-clear audio.Maximum power is...

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NISSAN'S bread-and-butter range has been given a marmalade-topped model.The Nissan Pulsar is, on paper, a five-door family car of good proportions and useful performance but it's really more than that.Originating in 1978 as an enlarged version of the Nissan Sunny, hence the name Pulsar, the latest model was introduced to Britain in 2015.The Pulsar is Nissan's upper range five-door model and it runs to 15 versions in four trim levels from about £14,000 to £23,000 and there's a...

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NISSAN has introduced a LEAF Black Edition to its line-up of the world's biggest selling electric motor.Based on the Acenta grade of LEAF, its features include 16-inch black alloy wheels, LED headlamps, black door mirror caps and black rear roof spoiler. In addition, the Black Edition has blue-stitched mats to give the interior a premium finish.It also comes equipped with Nissan's latest technology as standard with each model, including the NissanConnect EV telematics system and...

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A FLEET of 48 all-electric Nissan e-NV200 Combi vans has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Base in a deal with BAE Systems who manage the site on behalf of the Royal Navy.The agreement is aimed at creating a more modern and energy efficient naval base fit for the 21stcentury.And as part of the BAE System's commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the site, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.The result will...

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COMBINING the sleek and stylish lines of a modern crossover with the robust appeal of a typical SUV, the third-generation X-Trail is a marked departure from its boxy-looking predecessor.Longer, wider, and taller, and with a longer wheelbase, it delivers much more room inside. It's also lighter and therefore more efficient.It might have borrowed and even enhanced the Qashqai's curvaceous styling but the beauty of the X-Trail is not just skin deep. It's certainly one of the most...

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FANS of music on the move are being given a treat by Nissan which has teamed up with hi-fi company BOSE to produce a special edition of the new Micra.It's called the Micra BOSE Personal Edition, is based on the range-topping Tekna grade, and comes with a number of extra features as standard. Just 3,000 examples will be available across Europe.As the car's name suggests, its specification has been created to celebrate Nissan's collaboration with BOSE, its audio partner on the all-new...

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THIS is the new Nissan Qashqai crossover making its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.It goes on sale in Europe in July and comes with upgrades to its looks and specification with higher levels of interior quality and improved driving performance.The new Qashqai will be available with Nissan's ProPILOT autonomous driving capability which controls steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways. This will give drivers more control and greater freedom in heavy...

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EAST London, parts of which were once the preserve of that dear old ego-fueled phenomenon, Cortina man has become the showcase for a very different type of driving.As part of its commitment to creating a zero-emission, zero-fatality future for mobility, Nissan chose the area to demonstrate its real-world testing of next generation autonomous drive prototype vehicles. This is the first time that Nissan has revealed the capability of its latest autonomous drive technology on public...

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THE Nissan e-NV200, which is the UK's leading all-electric powered van, has topped the sales charts as Europe's best-selling electric van in 2016, ranked number one in 17 countries across Europe.Nissan says that sales were up 20 per cent on the previous year and alongside the LEAF, Nissan's electric vehicle models command almost 50 per cent of the entire EV market in the UK.The Nissan e-NV200 combines the best of Nissan's NV200 van with zero-emission technology from the world's...

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