Nissan will have a host of new cars for Europe on display at the 79th Geneva Motor Show.
Qazana Show Car
The highlight of the Nissan stand will be Qazana, a show car providing a good indication of the, as yet unnamed,
compact car that will be produced at the Nissan Sunderland plant from 2010.
Best described as a small crossover, Qazana has been conceived to challenge conventional wisdom about what
buyers of small five-door cars should expect.
The striking design is dominated by large, wide wheel arches and a lower shape which gives a feeling of strength,
while the upper body is dynamic, assertive and sporty. Qazana is a five-door, with the rear doors opening forwards
once the front doors have been opened, in the style of ‘suicide doors’.
Qazana will enhance Nissan’s participation in the market place for crossover style vehicles, building on the
European success of Qashqai (Dualis in Australia) and the recently introduced Qashqai+2.
Trial builds of the production car will begin in early 2010 before its introduction on the Micra/Note production
line. There it will take up manufacturing capacity provided when production of the current version of Micra ends
later that same year.
The new model has been designed and developed in the UK and represents around £57m of investment. Its arrival
takes the total investment by Nissan in the Sunderland plant to around £2.5b since 1984.
Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, commented: “The difficulties currently
facing the car industry have been widely documented, and Nissan has not been immune. As a result we have had to
make some difficult decisions, but the reason we have done so is to secure a long and positive future for the
plant. Qazana points the way to that future and gives an indication of the unique and exciting car we will be
producing in Sunderland next year.”
Other models being on display at the show
370Z: Being shown for the first time in
Europe, Nissan’s all new Z-car picks up where the 350Z left off. Using an enlarged version of the VQ V6 engine and
driving the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, which is available with the world’s first synchronised
down/up shift rev control system, or an all-new paddle-operated seven-speed automatic.
Cube: Already popular in its home market
of Japan, the all new Cube will be introduced for the first time in Europe in November, where its unique, friendly
design will appeal to European car-buyers who are looking for something genuinely new and different.
Its large, open and airy interior will win the hearts of city-dwellers who are not traditional car ‘fans’, but
who will find Cube appealing as it is an extension of their personality – creative, fun and distinctive. In Europe,
the Cube will come with a DPF-equipped 1.5-litre diesel or a 1.6-litre petrol engine.
The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public on Thursday 5th March, 2009.
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