Takes 15-percent share of pickup market
The Nissan NP300 Navara celebrates one year on Philippine roads with a bevy of awards and over 4,000 units sold, according to Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI).
The company said in a statement 4,173 units of the Navara were sold since its launch in February 2015, contributing to more than a third of NPI’s sales for the period. In addition, the company said nearly two out of 10 pick-up trucks in the country this year is a Navara.
The company also said the Navara was awarded Truck of the Year 2015 by the local Car Awards Group Inc. Meanwhile, the truck also won the 2016 International Pick-up Award in Lyon, France that acknowledges pick-up truck manufacturers that made a major contribution to raising the standards of efficiency and the sustainability of transport with respect to the environment and safety of people.
“Given the increasing popularity of the pickup as the vehicle of choice on most of the country’s roads, we are confident that our NP300 Navara has what it takes to deliver the goods, be for work or for play,” said NPI president and Managing Director Antonio Zara.
The Navara is the first and only vehicle in its segment that has multi-link rear suspension, typically used in cars, which the company said has resulted in a much smoother ride compared to its rivals, which use leaf springs. It is powered by a 2.5-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, inline-four turbodiesel producing either 161 horsepower and 403 Newton-meters of torque or 187 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, depending on the model. The powerplants can be paired to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic with sequential-shift mode and is available in either rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive models.