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TRUCK20150210Nissan Philippines launches NP300 Navara
In a grand event at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) launched their latest generation pick-up in the 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara, a model that represents 80 years of trucking heritage for the brand.

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“Everyday at Nissan, we challenge ourselves with possibility to make good products even better,” said Mr. Antonio Zara, Nissan Philippines, Inc. President and Managing Director. “Trucks are definitely tough, that is a given, but what sets us apart is that we redefined ‘tough’ and we equipped it with innovation that makes it ‘smart’.”

The new third generation NP300 Navara is a complete redesign over its predecessor, as it features an all new design with an upscale look as highlighted by the large chrome V-motion grille, the high tech headlamps with LED projectors, masculine design elements such as the character lines, fender flares and stance, among others.

(L-R) Nissan Motor Asia-Pacific SVP Kenji Naito, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Corporate VP Toni Hasegawa, Nissan Philippines Inc. president Tito Zara and Nissan General Manager for Marketing Sj Huh during the lauch of the all New Nissan NP300 Navara

(L-R) Nissan Motor Asia-Pacific SVP Kenji Naito, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Corporate VP Toni Hasegawa, Nissan Philippines Inc. president Tito Zara and Nissan General Manager for Marketing Sj Huh during the lauch of the all New Nissan NP300 Navara

The 2015 NP300 Navara has also grown in all respects as Nissan’s new pick-up (VL 4×4 variant) now measures 5,255mm long (previous: 5,230mm), 1,850mm wide (previous: 1,795mm) and 1,840mm tall (previous: 1,780mm). The wheelbase has changed to 3,150mm (previous: 3,200mm). The Philippine-spec truck bed measures in at 1,503mm x 1,560mm x 474mm.

Being a double cab only model for the Philippine market, the 2015 NP300 Navara has space for five people, all with a high level of legroom, space, and creature comforts for retail customers. Some of the features for the top-of-the-line models include push button ignition, 18 inch wheels, automatic LED headlamps, cruise control, steering wheel audio controls, an electrochromic rear-view mirror, a 5.0” display audio system, Bluetooth and advanced safety features like traction control, dual airbags, among others.

Powering the all new Nissan Navara is the YD25 DDTi; a 2.5 liter high output variable turbo diesel engine. In the EL 4×4, EL Calibre and standard variants, the YD25 DDTi is rated to produce 163 PS at 3,600 rpm and 403 Newton meters of torque at 2,000 rpm. In the top spec VL 4×4 variants, the YD25 DDTi is tuned to make 190 PS at 3,600 rpm and 450 Newton meters at 2,000 rpm. Automatic versions get a seven-speed auto gearbox while other variants get a 6-speed manual.

What’s unique about the NP300 Navara is that it is the only truck currently in the Philippine market to be offered with a five-link rear suspension with coil springs (not leaf springs) for improved comfort over any terrain or surface. All variants get the 5-link rear suspension.

“The all-new NP300 Navara is the truck that will make you proud no matter what the situation, be it a rough road drive or a relaxed cruise in the city,” continued Zara in a press statement.

The new generation 2015 NP300 Navara is manufactured at Nissan’s new facility in Thailand and the research and development team was led by Chief Vehicle Engineer Takashi Fukui.

There are seven variants on offer, four of which have the 4×2 drivetrain: Navara 4×2 6MT (PhP 898,000), Navara 4×2 Calibre 6MT (PhP 938,000), Navara 4×2 EL Calibre 6MT (PhP 1,038,000) and the Navara 4×2 EL Calibre 7AT (PhP 1,108,000).

The 4×4 variants of the 2015 NP300 Navara include the Navara 4×4 EL 6MT (PhP 1,256,000), Navara 4×4 VL 6MT (PhP 1,421,000) and the top of the line 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara 4×4 VL 7AT (PhP 1,490,000).

The prices given by Nissan Philippines are still introductory. The 2015 NP300 Navara will be offered in Savanna Orange, Alpine White, Galaxy Black and Brilliant Silver. Nissan dealers nationwide can now accept reservations The first customers will officially get their units starting February 20, 2015.

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