Posted by Group1 Nissan on 18 Jan 2023
In the early ‘70 British cars were trend setters. Marques like Jag and Bently, Rover and Austin were world beaters, and it was difficult to see how the nascent Japanese auto industry could get a foothold in that market. And yet it did.
In the past half century, while Britain lost its car industry to foreign ownership, Japanese cars have gone from cheap and reliable to market leaders. These cars were readily accepted by the motoring mad British driving public, and now leading this pack is the third-generation Nissan Qashqai.
Nissan has a massive presence in Britain, through its key Sunderland plant, one of the manufacturing pillars that underpin Nissan’s presence in the international motoring market.
And now the Qashqai is the best selling car in the UK.
The Nissan Qashqai is well-known in South Africa and around the world. It was, a decade or more ago, the car that launched the wildly popular crossover segment. The crossover combines the best of a normal car or station wagon with the bits that make SUVs so popular. So the Qashqai is spacious and well appointed, seating 5 comfortably, with a huge boot and nice ground clearance. This superb balance gives you a family car, an urban run-around for a working person, and the ability to leave it all behind and go off-road.
The Qashqai has taken this appealing combination through three generations to what is now its most popular iteration yet.The internal combustion-only powered Qashqai in the UK is very similar to the Qashqai you can buy in SA, so the same features that make it so popular there can be enjoyed here too.
In the base trim we get 6 airbags, an 8-inch audio display, Android/Apple infotainment, reverse camera, 17” alloy wheels, cruise control, LED headlamps and a wireless charger. One step up gives you ProPilot level one autonomous display, 18” wheels and lane-keep assist among others.
In the UK, though, you can get a Qashqai with e-Power. A frugal petrol engine powers a battery which drives the front wheels, giving you the range and flexibility of petrol with the economy, responsiveness and massive torque of an EV.
We believe the Qashqai will soon get an e-Power variant in South Africa, but we don’t know when. In the meantime, what are you waiting for? Take a Qashqai for a test drive and see for yourself why the whole world is still in love with this car after all these years.
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Posted by Group1 Nissan on 22 Nov 2022
With vehicle safety an increasingly important purchasing decision, consumers will be pleased to know that the new Nissan Qashqai has earned five stars from the Australian crash tester ANCAP, based on tests in 2021 by Euro NCAP. However, this only applies to the Nissan Qashqai petrol variants and not the upcoming petrol-electric Qashqai e-Power.
The Nissan Qashqai received top marks in each of the four key areas with impressive numbers, particularly in safety assist and occupant protection. Here is a simple breakdown of the Qashqai’s safety ratings:
The 97% score in Safety Assist is, in fact, the second-highest ever recorded under ANCAP’s latest criteria which means the 2023 Nissan Qashqai is just behind the Tesla Model Y electric SUV with a score of 98%.
While the Qashqai received full marks for occupant status, lane support and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) junction assist systems, it did get some minor penalties in terms of speed assistance and AEB car-to-car systems.
Another impressive result for the new Nissan Qashqai is achieving 93% for Child Occupant Protection, which is equal to the highest scores recorded by ANCAP, matching the 2023 Ford Ranger and the Ford Everest SUV.
The Qashqai also scored perfectly on the dynamic side and restraint installation tests, with a few small deductions for its front test score and onboard safety features. A 91% score for Adult Occupant Protection in the Nissan Qashqai was courtesy of the side impact, oblique pole and far side impact tests.
In the frontal offset and full-width frontal assessments, the driver’s chest protection received an ‘adequate’ performance score, while in the full-width test, the adult female dummy seated in the second row only had a ‘marginal’ performance for chest protection. The Qashqai also had a minor deduction of 1.54 points due to its “moderate risk to occupants of an oncoming vehicle in the MPDB (frontal offset) test”.
Within the Vulnerable Road User Protection category, the Qashqai’s bonnet provided adequate or good protection to the head of a struck pedestrian but its stiff windscreen pillars resulted in marginal or poor results.
Considering the long list of safety features on the new Nissan Qashqai, it’s no surprise that it scored so well. In terms of the model in South Africa, here are some of the standard safety equipment you can expect:
Carla Hoorweg, ANCAP CEO said: “Nissan is to be congratulated for the Qashqai’s range of active safety systems. The presence and performance of these features demonstrate the significant effort Nissan has made to offer the best safety equipment possible to Nissan Qashqai buyers.”
In closing, Hoorweg continued by stating that these impressive safety performance scores under ANCAP’s most stringent protocols will be welcomed by families and fleet buyers who are looking at their next SUV.
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