When you drive up the N7 to Malmesbury past Edgemead, you can smell where the cows go when the cows have to go. It is very rural. There are lots of bakkies as well. That got me thinking about who drives what and why. There is a perception that one or two brands dominate the bakkie market in South Africa and that farmers who have to transport the result after the cows have gone will choose one of these bakkies. But in this particular corner of hayseed heaven, I noticed a sizable percentage of Nissan Navara bakkie – a name I always associated more with city folk, with comfort and a bit of luxury rather than transporting cow-doings.
A new crossover SUV is set to join the already prestigious line-up in South Africa. The latest edition is the Nissan Magnite that offers comprehensive features, bold looks and impressive all-around performance. This 3,994mm long, five-passenger compact crossover takes on the Hyundai Venue, Toyota Urban Cruiser, Suzuki Vitara Brezza and many other alternatives on the market across the globe.
The automotive industry has long been dominated by male leaders with only a few female role models at the top. However, that trend is changing across the world, including South Africa, with Liz Gorbunov at Nissan SA being one prime example.
Nissan will soon launch the Terra SUV in South Africa. This, with the recently announced Magnite, will extend Nissan’s SUV/crossover range nicely and allow it to compete better.
There’s a new kid on the block as the new Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition shows off its ‘dark side’ with a more modern and stylish personality. While the Qashqai has been around for some time in countries across the world, the new Midnight Edition looks pretty special compared to the regular version.
The new SA-bound Nissan Navara was unveiled globally early in November and has been confirmed to be launched in South Africa! We have already seen a huge initial interest and we are very excited about the new Navara to come to market, early in 2021. Nissan Motor Corporation will only be releasing specification details closer to the launch. We’ve gathered as many details as we could and this is what we know:
It is always interesting to compare a concept car with the production model based on it. In the past, it was not so much fun, because several years would pass between concept and production. So now we wrote about the Nissan Magnite Concept car in August and in December we are able to flesh out that story with some actual specs. The Nissan Magnite has just been launched in India, where it will be manufactured for that and international markets.
The legendary Nissan Patrol has been one of South Africa’s favourite off-road vehicles. Launched earlier this year, the new Nissan Patrol boasts improved styling, comfort and some of the latest technological enhancements making it an even better 4×4. With the iconic legend celebrating its 70th birthday in 2021, these upgrades show the commitment of Nissan keeping the off-roader in a league of its own.
Despite the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance facing challenging times recently, the tides may have turned with the new Nissan Magnite. The Japanese automaker has outdone themselves with a car that not only looks the part but also shows impressive performance and technology features.
In a bid to promote high-growth markets, the Nissan Motor Company has announced plans to launch seven new vehicles in Africa over the next two years. The Japanese automaker wants to shift focus on the African continent in an attempt to counter some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.