Qashqai wins SUV award

The Qashqai, Nissan’s new compact crossover, has received its first honour – the best SUV accolade at the What Diesel Car? awards.

According to Nissan, the publication praised the model for being a "brave departure from the norm" and described it as "the shape of family cars of the future".

Garth Sumpter, editor of What Diesel Car?, recommended that the Qashqai was at its best when using the two-litre DCI engine.

This unit delivers 150bhp at 4,000rpm while returning a fuel economy figure of 40.9mpg and a carbon emissions rate of 184g/km with manual transmission.

Since March 1st, when the model was launched, over 100,000 customers have placed an order for the Qashqai, with sales totalling over 6,000 units at the end of May.

Gary Frigo, managing director of Nissan, commented: "We are very excited about Qashqai’s sales performance to date which is well beyond our expectations.

"We always believed we had a big hit on our hands and this has been proven by what I hope is the first of many awards."

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