Nissan’s newly-launched pickup fought off stiff competition from the Mitsubishi L200 and Ford Ranger with judges praising its superior on-road and off-road capabilities, strong engine performance and payload capacity.
The all-new Navara underwent the rigorous International Pick-up testing process, being judged for its off-road ability, on-road performance and its value for money. The pick-ups were also tested on their ability as a workhorse, which included comparing towing capabilities.
The new NP300 Navara delivers crossover-inspired comfort and refinement while maintaining the Navara’s acclaimed 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 67 millimeters longer than the previous model.
The wealth of innovative and affordable in-car technology such Around View Monitor (AVM) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), designed to further improve driveability and practicality, are also unique to the pick-up market.
“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,” said Nissan Corporate Vice President Philippe Guérin-Boutaud.
“This new Navara represents the fusion of those two realms of excellence to deliver a truly breakthrough pickup 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.
In the Philippine market, the Nissan NP300 Navara 4×2 was awarded the Truck of the Year Philippines (TOTY-P) 2015 by the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), an award-giving body comprised of veteran motoring journalists. The Nissan NP300 Navara bested other manufacturers during the testing process, resulting to it being awarded the Best 4×2 Pick-up in addition to the TOTY-P 2015. CAGI also awarded the Best Compact Crossover Award to the New Nissan Juke, for its exciting drive and bold design.