Cookies on Businesscar

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Business Car website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookies at any time

BusinessCar magazine website email Awards mobile

The start point for the best source of fleet information

Big Qashqai sales rise expected

Date: 21 November 2011

Nissan is expecting a significant increase in Qashqai sales following the introduction of its new lower-CO2 1.6-litre dCi engine. It replaces the outgoing 2.0-litre dCi, although one larger 2.0-litre dCi engine will remain on offer with an automatic gearbox.

Marketing director Steve Mclennan told BusinessCar: "There's instrumental potential for the new engine, especially for the core user-chooser market. At the moment, we only get about 3% of this, but the middle ground of power and low emissions is the battle ground for fleet users. We're expecting it to account for between 1000 and 1500 more cars a year and 70% of that increase will be fleet user-choosers."

When specified with a stop/start system the standard Qashqai 1.6 dCi emits 119g/km and produces 128hp. When asked about the possibility of a more powerful diesel, Mclennan claimed there was scope to introduce a more potent version of the 1.6-litre unit. "The market has moved away from outright performance and power to power and efficiency married to torque and refinement, so we don't think we're missing much of a trick," he said. "But, there's always potential to upgrade the unit further, so as long as we don't sacrifice efficiency for outright performance, we'll look at all possibilities."

Mclennan also confessed that crossovers have been a hard sell to eco-conscious customers in the past because of their size and perceived thirst: "Crossovers haven't always been synonymous with low running costs and eco-friendliness, so it's been a challenge, but one we've answered."



Share


Subscribe