Nissan at 2010 Geneva Motor Show
24th February, 2010
- World debut of Nissan’s all-new Global Compact Car
- World debut of Juke small Crossover
- European debut of Nissan’s pioneering Leaf Electric Vehicle
- Updated Qashqai also being shown for the first time
- Refreshed Pathfinder & Navara on display
- 370Z Roadster in its European motor show debut
The global premiere of Nissan’s all-new Global Compact Car and the Juke small Crossover will take
place at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. And for the first time in Europe, Nissan’s Leaf Electric Vehicle
will also be presented, all of which underlines Nissan’s ambition for growth, its strategy of product
innovation and design leadership.
Global Compact Car
The world premiere of Nissan’s new global compact car – the replacement of Micra – will be made at
the Geneva Motor Show next month. It is the first new model to be developed on Nissan’s all new V
Particular attention has been made to minimising weight on the new V Platform, with the added
benefits that it can bring in terms of economy and emissions. Sales will begin in Thailand in March,
with European sales starting in the autumn. An Australian release is still to be confirmed.
Designed to bring a 'breath of fresh air' to the B-segment, where Nissan believes customers are
uninspired by the lack of originality on offer, Juke is a distinctive combination of SUV toughness and
sporting style in a compact package.
It will be the third member of Nissan’s crossover family, reinforcing the company’s position as a
pioneer of this increasingly popular configuration of vehicle.
The top of the range Nissan Juke will come with a new turbocharged direct injection petrol engine,
developing 140 kW (190PS) and 240 Nm.
The 1.6 direct injection turbo engine is available with Nissan’s ALL-MODE 4x4-i system, updated to
include torque-vectoring technology. As well splitting torque front to rear – up to a maximum of
50:50 - it can now be split from side-to-side across the rear axle too, enhancing agility and
reducing understeer when cornering.
The inclusion of this innovation is a first in the small car segment – a technology that has,
until now, only been found on top-of-the-range, premium vehicles.
The other engine options are Nissan’s 1.6 litre 16-valve unit, now with a unique dual-injection
system, developing 86 kW (117 PS) and 157 Nm of torque, as well as the 1.5 litre dCI common rail
engine producing 81 kW (110 PS) and 240 Nm of torque.
As well as being sold in Europe (from the northern autumn), Juke will also be sold in Japan and
is Nissan’s C-segment family car offering all the space and practical benefits of any of its
conventional rivals… but with one notable difference. It is a pure Electric Vehicle (EV), promising
zero tailpipe emissions and low running costs. Leaf is one of the first purpose-designed
mass-produced EV from any major motor manufacturer and is just the first in a range of EVs due from
the company and from Nissan’s Alliance partner Renault.
Built on an all-new bespoke EV platform, Leaf sits on a generous 2,700 mm wheelbase. It is 4,445
mm long, 1,770 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall. Power comes from an in-house developed compact electric
motor in the front of the car driving the front wheels. The AC motor develops 80 kW of power and 280
Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of more than 140 km/h (90 mph).
A full battery charge delivers a range of approximately 160 km, which will suffice for 80 per
cent of customers who drive less than that on an average day.
The electric motor is ‘fuelled’ by a Nissan developed laminated lithium-ion battery with a power
output of more than 90 kW. The 48 module battery is mounted under the seats and floor of Leaf.
Regenerative energy reclaimed under braking and coasting is fed directly to the battery to ensure
minimum waste of energy.
Using a DC 50 kW quick charger, the battery can be charged to up to 80 per cent of its capacity
in under 30 minutes. Until quick charging posts are commonplace, however, it is expected that most
owners will charge their vehicles either at home or at work using a domestic 220~240V and 16 amp
system. A full charge from 0 per cent to 100 per cent under these circumstances takes about eight
hours. The recharging socket for normal charging and quick charging is conveniently placed on Leaf’s
'nose' under a ‘fuel filler flap’ adorned with the Nissan logo.
Order books will open in selected European markets in the summer with the first batch of cars, all
left-hand drive and due in late 2010.
Updated Qashqai (Dualis in Australia)
Nissan’s mid-size cross-over, the Qashqai, has undergone an extensive update to cement its position as
the class-leading, pioneering alternative to the traditional hatchback in Europe.
The most notable visual change to the Qashqai is at the front, where a complete make over has taken
place. All new bonnet, front bumper, guards, grille and headlamps combine to give the Qashqai an air of
added sophistication, presence and quality. The new frontal aspect is shared with Qashqai+2. Interior
updates give a more premium feel as well as more practicality.
Changes to the Qashqai’s underfloor design have helped to optimise airflow, also contributing to the
reduction in drag from 0.34 to 0.33 Building on the improvements to the aerodynamics of the refreshed
Qashqai, a new Eco version of Qashqai will be introduced with a reduced CO2 output.
A weight reduction programme, the adoption of aerodynamic wheel covers, combined with the blanking
of the fog lamp sockets, the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres and the lengthening of the final
drive ration have all combined to reduce the Qashqai’s CO2 from 137 to 129 g/km.
Updated Pathfinder and Navara
A comprehensively refreshed Pathfinder and Navara will also be on display to the public. Geneva Motor
Show represents its debut equipped with a new 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine. Power output is 175 kW (238PS)
while the torque output of 550 Nm leads the class. Its 2.5 dCI engine has been significantly updated,
and the overall result is an increase in both power and torque and a reduction in emissions and
consumption. Power rises to 140 kW (190 PS) – up 14kW (19 PS) – while torque increases by a healthy 47 Nm
to 450 Nm.
Over the combined cycle manual versions use 8.4 l/100 kms – an improvement of 1.4 l/100 kms – while
CO2 emissions have fallen by 40 g/km to 224 g/km. Both figures are class competitive. A version of the
engine with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) is also available in certain markets.
Further updates have been made to the interior to improve quality, comfort and refinement. Customer
deliveries begin in March.
The drop-top version of Nissan’s iconic Z car makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Like
the Coupé version, the Roadster is powered by Nissan’s 3.7-litre V6 producing 241 kW (328 PS) and 363Nm,
driven through the rear wheels. It’s also available with Nissan’s unique Syncro Rev Control manual
gearbox, which ‘blips’ the throttle to ensure perfectly smooth gear changes every time, as well as a seven
speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifts.
Its folding roof disappears in 20 seconds, without need to disconnect securing points on the windscreen
and can also be lowered from outside by pressing and holding the door-locking button for three seconds.
European customer deliveries begin in March.