Boredom and the means to alleviate it is a powerful combination. Imagine you have a workshop. There is a Nissan Navara bakkie. There is a spare GT-R engine just lying around. You are in England, so it’s raining. Nothing to do. You get the idea.
Who doesn’t like a multi-purpose tool like a swizz-army knife with a screwdriver, pliers and bottle opener among other functions? That’s exactly what the Nissan Navara represents – a good looking, rugged and practical utility vehicle. The key to success for any utility vehicle is their ability to multi-task and the Nissan Navara exceeds all expectations.
The new Nissan Navara not only looks the part but it is also much tougher, smarter and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors. Nissan designers have ensured that the new Navara checks all the boxes with a host of new features adding to the appeal.
Nissan has partnered with the housing organisation, Habitat for Humanity, to create the Ultimate Work Titan concept bakkie. Based on a ‘Nissan Titan XD Diesel Crew Cab’, this concept vehicle is more than capable of taking on any off-road setting. More to the point, Nissan and Habitat for Humanity combined forces and made a mobile office for construction work.
Nissan has never been a brand to shy away from a challenge. So it’s really no surprise that four of the top-selling SUVs and bakkies in our lineup recently took on the many rigours of the Sahara desert to prove their mettle. The Nissan Nissan Patrol, Navara, TITAN and Terra (the latter two of which are US models) were put to the ultimate test and came out tops.
The 2018 Hannover Motor Show was full of amazing tech surprises from most of the motor manufactures from different parts of the world. At the top of the list was Japan with the new modified Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept pickup truck. Designed in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), Nissan could help astronomers reach remote locations to conduct follow-up observations in an effort to support the ESA’s efforts to map the stars using the Gaia satellite.
There are good reasons why many consider Australia an acceptable alternative to living in South Africa: it’s punishingly hot; it’s unforgivingly tough; and – most of all – they know the value of a good bakkie. (Even if they do call it a “Ute”.) In fact, some television ads*, shot Down Under, have been used as-is for South African television! When you see this ad for the Nissan Navara, you’re not going to believe it was shot in the Outback and not on the Cape’s Chapman’s Peak…
The ad begins with a road sign South Africans know well: Beware of falling rocks. Which, as comedian Jimmy Carr righty states, might as well read “random accident ahead” for all the help it is. Sure enough, our two intrepid travellers spy the telltale slide of shale that pressages a rockfall. The next moment, boulders the size of outhouses are plopping down.
When we last spoke of the new Nissan Navara it was prior to this revolutionary bakkie’s South African debut and we were unable, at that time, to confirm all the specifications and extras it would be wrapped up- and ribboned in. The Navara has since climbed its way from its 2016 International Pick-Up Award to the top of South African enthusiasts’ must-have list. And here’s why…