2007 was a turning point for both the and the automotive industry. The reason: the launch of .
At that time, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy and was struggling to create a new car to replace the Almera hatchback. It took a lot of work and significant changes, such as shutting factories, breaking up the costly system of enterprises, and so on to make it through the storm.
But more than that, Nissan also began studying the emotional and functional needs of the C-segment customers. They learned that there was a high demand for a car that ranged between the functionality of an MVP and the sportiness of an SUV at an accessible price.
How Nissan Made History with Qashqai
Putting Qashqai on the market was a risk. Nissan was defining a new segment – the crossover. However, they took it, and the innovativeness of their ways paid off.
Qashqai was an immediate success with over 100.000 cars sold in the first year. Since then, over 3.3 million vehicles were sold worldwide, Europe being the primary market with 2.3 million. One of the reasons for its success on the old continent is, of course, the fact that Qashqai is manufactured in Sunderland, UK.
Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular family cars, with steady sales of around 250.000 per year and there’s no sign of a decline in the demand. It’s the fastest-selling in the UK with a new one rolling off the production line every 62 seconds.
The reason behind this thundering success is the fact that Qashqai has remained true to the original concept. Don’t think that Nissan has kept everything the same since 2007. The company is always making changes and adding new technology to improve the performance and driving experience. That’s why Nissan Qashqai has been crowned Car of the Year three years in a row, and it has been named the “King of the Crossroads.”
The 2017 series make no exception. Here’s what you should expect from it.
The new Qashqai comes with a new inside and outside design, improvements to the driver aid system and changes in the steering, damping and suspension systems.
Two new exterior paint colors are available, “Vivid Blue” and “Chestnut Bronze.” Depending on the model and options you can choose, the new Qashqai features 17, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels.
You can see considerable differences on the front-end as well. The new Qashqai features a new design with air vents surrounding the usual V-line grille, a narrower lower air intake and added side air vents. The front headlights have also been modified and now include adaptive lights that improve night-time vision.
More Performance, Better Efficiency
The added sound absorbing materials and thicker rear glass will allow you to enjoy a lower level of noise, vibration, and harshness. The multi-functional steering wheel is flat-bottomed with chrome insertions.
NissanConnect, the infotainment system will now include DAB radio and an updated user interface of the navigation system. A seven-speaker BOSE sound system is also available as an option.
Probably the biggest is the fact that the 2017 Qashqai will be available with a semi-autonomous driving system. The system will control the car’s acceleration, steering, and braking without any input from the driver. Nissan promises to update the system in the future so that it will allow changing lanes and managing intersections too.
A New List of Safety Features
The independent testing organization, Euro NCAP, proclaimed Qashqai the safest small family car. To further keep the title, the 2017 series come with significant additions regarding driving aids. The new Forward Emergency Braking system will include pedestrian recognition and rear cross-traffic alert to reduce the risk of impacts when reversing. The Driver Attention Alert will track the steering behavior and notify you when there are signs of drowsiness or inattention.
An Around View Monitor will give a bird’s eye view of the vehicle to aid parking. Furthermore, a Park Assist feature will be available, as well as a Blind Spot and Lane Departure Warning.
Since Nissan proved there’s a real interest in the crossover market, other manufacturers have tried to take a share. Suzuki launched the SX4 S-Cross, Volkswagen introduced Tiguan and Seat launched Ateca. Even the luxurious Jaguar joined with its F-Pace model.
So, the competition is fierce.
But, Nissan Qashqai managed to stay at the top by being a step forward. The 2017 series promises an even smoother, safer and more pleasant driving experience than the old models. And, history has taught us that when Nissan promises something, it usually delivers.
2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Rocks The Coupe-Like Look
The Cross Sport is more stylish than the regular Atlas.
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Atlas Cross Sport, expanding the Atlas lineup with a sportier, coupe-like crossover.
As a five-seat alternative to the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport eliminates the third row of seats in favor of a sleeker profile but still manages to provides 40.3 cubic feet of stowage space when the rear seats are up and 77.8 cu ft when folded flat.
A three-bar chrome grille, unique headlights, and more sculpted hood gives it a more upscale look than its larger sibling, while an available R-Line package amps up the sportiness factor with 21-inch wheels and sportier bumpers with chrome and piano black accents around the lower front air scoops.
The interior benefits from a few upgrades, featuring a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the seats and door inserts. Heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system are part of the options list.
As for power, buyers can choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be built alongside the Atlas and Passat at VW’s Chattanooga plant, with the first deliveries arriving in spring 2020.
2021 Toyota Rav4 Plug-in Hybrid Is The Most Powerful Rav4 Ever
It is the most fuel-efficient and the most powerful Rav4 variant.
Toyota has revealed the 2021 Rav4 plug-in hybrid ahead of its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
According to the Japanese automaker, the plug-in hybrid Rav4 will utilize the most powerful powertrain in the model’s history, one that delivers “surprising performance capabilities,” including spirited acceleration and nimble handling.
That means it makes more power than the basic Rav4 hybrid variant, which makes due with 219 horsepower.
Visually, the Rav4 plug-in hybrid features unique styling touches that include a black grille and vertical LED fog lights. It will also be offered with a new Supersonic Red paint scheme and bright chrome wheels.
In related news, rival Honda recently revealed the hybrid version of its popular CR-V crossover.
Toyota C-HR Gets New Grille And Headlights For 2020
It also benefits from new colors and more options.
Toyota has given the C-HR a few styling and tech modifications for the 2020 model year.
The biggest updates are at the front, where the small crossover features LED headlights, a restyled grille, and a new bumper.
The LE trim level also gets new optional 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited trim level sports new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Two new optional colors join the lineup, both available with a black roof only: Supersonic Red and Hot Lava Orange.
The interior updates are small, and include new seatback pockets and windshield visor extensions for the XLE trim level, and an 8-way power driver’s seat and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS) with headlamp auto-leveling for the Limited.
On the tech front, the C-HR now offers Android Auto to go along with the pre-existing Apple CarPlay and comes standard with SiriusXM satellite radio.
The 2020 Toyota C-HR continues to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 144 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque, sent to the front wheels by a CVT transmission. All-wheel drive is still not offered.
Dismal headlight performance prevented the 2018-2019 C-HR from achieving a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but this is an issue Toyota has presumably addressed for the 2020 model year.
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