|◾New Qashqai is star of the show, with enhanced exterior design, more premium interior, new technology and improved dynamics
◾Upgraded crossover available with ProPILOT autonomous drive technology during FY17, giving customers a more confident drive and greater freedom
◾New model is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint, guiding exciting innovations in driving technologies, powertrains and energy integration
GENEVA, Switzerland (7th March 2017)–The next key steps on Nissan's journey towards a more intelligent motoring future are under the spotlight at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The star attraction is the new Nissan Qashqai, featuring a wide range of premium enhancements, a contemporary new design and dynamic performance improvements. Even more Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies have been added to the vehicle as it celebrates 10 years of crossover leadership.
Today Nissan confirms another of those technologies – the innovative ProPILOT autonomous drive system – will be available on the new Qashqai during FY17.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the brand's blueprint for the future of motoring, targeting zero emissions and zero fatalities. It was first announced exactly a year ago, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, significant progress has been made under all three of its pillars – Intelligent Driving, covering advances on how cars are driven; Intelligent Power, which guides developments on how they are powered; and Intelligent Integration, a wider investment strategy on the role vehicles play in society.
Under Intelligent Driving, progress to date includes a public demonstration of Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM). It's a development of NASA technology which will help autonomous vehicles navigate unexpected obstacles.
Nissan's vehicle-to-grid technology – part of Intelligent Integration – is now undergoing trials in countries including Denmark and the UK. The first units are with customers, allowing them to sell energy back to a power network.
Similarly, Nissan's second-life battery storage technology – taking batteries from used Nissan LEAF cars – continues to make rapid progress. The first Nissan xStorage units are now in homes and offices, and also powering Amsterdam Arena, home to Ajax Football Club.
The Nissan BladeGlider prototype showcases the innovation and excitement of a high-performance Nissan EV – a key part of the Intelligent Power strategy. In February, Nissan revealed how it brought the streets of Monaco alive, with the brand's new EV ambassador, Hollywood actress Margot Robbie, at the wheel.
And Nissan has announced that the world's best-selling EV – the Nissan LEAF – will feature ProPILOT autonomous driving technology when the all-new second-generation model is launched very soon.
ProPILOT controls the steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane on highways, providing consumers with a more confident drive, enhanced control and greater freedom. It is already in action on the road with Nissan Serena customers in Japan.
And just last week Nissan staged a major media event on public roads in London, demonstrating a more advanced version of ProPILOT for the first time in Europe.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe, commented: 'So much has been achieved in the year since we announced our Nissan Intelligent Mobility blueprint for zero emissions and zero fatalities. Models such as the new Nissan Qashqai, unveiled at Geneva Motor Show today, are just the beginning of our exciting journey towards a more intelligent motoring future.'
About Nissan in the UK
◾Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
◾Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
◾Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than seven million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 100 markets worldwide
◾Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.5 billion
◾500,237 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2014
◾In 2014, one in three cars built in the UK was a Nissan
◾Sunderland Plant currently employs more than 6,700 people
◾Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 65 people
◾Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 1,000 people
◾Nissan's sales and marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire employs around 220 people
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world's most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan's product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.