Thursday 12 February 2009

Concept Car: Nissan Qazana

Nissan has released a second teaser image of their upcoming small crossover concept called the Qazana. Scheduled to debut at the Geneva motorshow early next month, the concept hints at a future production model which will go on sale in 2010.

Little is known about the concept but from the image released, we can tell it will feature a sporty appearance that is highlighted by massive round headlights and an unusual set of high-mounted fog lights. The first teaser sketch that was released earlier this month seems to hint that the concept will feature a coupe like appearance accented by a slopping roofline and massive wheel arches. It has also been reported that the concept will feature rearward opening suicide rear doors and a lot of design influence from the new 370Z, which will also make its European debut at the show.

The Qazana is scheduled to go on sale in Europe early next year and will sit below other Nissan crossovers such as the Qashqai and Murano. Production of the new crossover will begin at the company's Sunderland plant in the UK once the current generation Micra is phased out, which will safeguard 1,100 jobs.

Press Release:

World debut of Qazana concept car

Hints at the design direction of Nissan’s new small Crossover
Manufacturing planned for 2010 at Nissan’s Sunderland factory

European debut of new 370Z

European debut of new Cube

Nissan will have a host of new cars for Europe on display at the 79th Geneva International Motor Show.

Qazana Show Car:

The star 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, safeguarding around 1,100 jobs.

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 reinforce Nissan’s position as a pioneer of Crossovers, building on the success of Qashqai and the recently introduced Qashqai+2.

Trial builds of the production car will begin in early 2010 before its introduction on the Micra/Note line. There it will take up manufacturing capacity created 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:

Being shown for the first time in Europe, Nissan’s all new Z-car picks up where the popular 350Z left off. Using an enlarged version of the VQ V6 engine, now producing 331PS, 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.

Already an icon 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 both a 106PS DPF-equipped 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre petrol, producing 111PS.

The Nissan press conference will be hosted by Carlos Tavares, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd at 17:00 on Tuesday 3rd March.

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