Navara picks up title
- NP300 Navara scoops top honour at the International Pick Up Award 2016
- Production commenced at Nissan’s Barcelona plant this month and arrives in UK showrooms in January 2016
- Judges praised striking exterior and interior, new-to-sector technologies, 2.3-litre dCi engine and impressive payload and towing capabilities
WE said it was the best driving pick up and judges from around the world have agreed and named the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara International Pick up 2016 at a ceremony in Lyon, France.
The Navara wins after fighting off stiff competition from the Mitsubishi L200 and Ford Ranger with judges praising its superior on-road and off-road capabilities, strong engine performance and payload capacity.
The new NP300 Navara underwent the rigorous International Pick up testing process, each being judged for its off-road ability, on-road performance and its value for money. They were also tested on their ability as a workhorse, which included comparing towing capabilities.
The new NP300 Navara delivers new levels of crossover-inspired comfort and refinement while maintaining the Navara’s acclaimed off-road ability, durability and load capacity.
Its robust chassis introduces a host of new features, including an all-new five-link 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 technology such Around View Monitor (AVM) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), designed to further improve driveability and practicality, are also unique to the pick up market.
Philippe Guérin-Boutaud, corporate vice president Nissan LCV BU, said: “This prestigious award celebrates Nissan’s 80 years of pick up expertise. Rigorous testing by International Pick up of the Year jurors illuminated the tough and innovative character of the all-new Navara.”
Ponz Pandikuthira, Nissan Europe’s director of light commercial vehicles, addedf: “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 pick up truck that combines rugged 4×4 toughness with the sophistication and efficiency of a crossover.”