NISSAN has won the inaugural 2013 Business Car award for Crossover of the Year.
Built at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, the Qashqai was recognised in a sector it pioneered, earning acclaim from Business Car for ‘its distinctive looks’ and ‘a drive that surpasses expectations’.
Further praise was lavished on Nissan for keeping the Qashqai fresh with a series of updates, notably the introduction of the 130PS 1.6-litre diesel option that now provides 62.8mpg and just 119g/km CO2 to offer a greener and more cost-effective solution for fleets.
In 2012 the Qashqai continued to be a strong seller in the fleet market with sales of 27,865, which accounted for 50 per cent of Nissan’s total car fleet sales.
Jon Pollock, Nissan’s corporate sales director, said: ‘We’re delighted to win the inaugural Business Car Crossover of the Year award. The Qashqai has been a strong seller to fleets and residuals have remained strong, a trend we expect to continue through 2013 as fleets recognise the growing size and attractiveness of this sector.’
Nissan recently launched the Qashqai 360 which promises to be the best-selling example yet of the sector-defining crossover. Starting at £19,945, the Qashqai 360 includes Nissan Connect with 360° Around View Monitor to aid parking and reversing.