Nissan Navara wins “Bakkie of the Year” award

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The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara has won the coveted European 2016 International Pick-up of the Year award at a ceremony in Lyon, France.

Nissan’s pick-up, already successfully launched in several global markets, fought off stiff competition with judges praising its superior on-road and off-road capabilities, strong engine performance  and payload capacity.

The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara: rigorous testing process. Picture: Motorpress
The all-new Nissan NP300 Navara: rigorous testing process. Picture: Motorpress

The new NP300 Navara underwent the rigorous International Pick-up of the Year testing process, being judged for its off-road ability, on-road performance and value for money. It was also tested on its ability as a workhorse, which included comparing towing capabilities. .

The new NP300 Navara delivers smart comfort and refinement while maintaining the Navara’s acclaimed toughness with its 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.

Philippe Guérin-Boutaud, Corporate Vice President Nissan Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit, said: “This prestigious award celebrates Nissan’s 80 years of pick-up expertise. Rigorous testing by International Pick-up of the Year illuminated the tough and innovative character of the all-new Navara.”

“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”, added Ponz Pandikuthira, Director of Light Commercial Vehicles for Nissan Europe.

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