From a compact SUV to a mid-sized SUV, so are the faces of the Nissan X-Trail. Since its third generation the X-Trail gained some weight and hence it became a mid-sized SUV. Though of its larger design it’s still a step below the Pathfinder and Xterra, and a step up to the Juke and Qashqai. The X-Trail has never been offered in the American market, while its first generation was offered in Canada until it was replaced by Rogue. As for the Mexican market the X-Trail is sold right beside the Rogue.
The Nissan Murano is a mid-sized SUV that is marketed somewhere between the Xterra and the Pathfinder. However, note that it is oddly enough more expensive than the Pathfinder. It was also the first crossover that Nissan entered into the American and Canadian market. The Murano wasn’t available as a crossover strictly, as it had a convertible counterpart known as the CrossCabriolet, which was launched back in the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show. This variant lasted until production from 2011-2014. Simply, as I suspect I am not the only one who thinks convertible SUVs aren’t a good.
The Nissan Altima is really a great car that seems to have learnt something some cars struggle with, reinvention. This is a car that has been different things at different times, at one point it was a compact, today it’s a mid-sized sedan. Its success can be attributed to its near psychic ability to know what the market needs at any time. This was the second-bestselling car in America back in 2011, which says a lot about how car buyers have taken to it in droves. The Altima holds its place somewhere between the Maxima and the Sentra.
The Pathfinder is a great 4×4 that is meant to rival the likes of Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Discovery 4. The word there is “meant,” however to be fair the Pathfinder is quite affordable. You do get more car for the money. This rugged SUV shares a platform with the Navara truck, and is a seven-seat three-row SUV. It has either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.
Nissan produced its first generation Pathfinder that featured a two-door SUV back in 1985. It shared its styling and components from the Nissan Hardbody Truck. This was Nissan’s response to the competitive offerings of its rivals such as the Jeep Cherokee and the Toyota 4Runner. Production of this Pathfinder lasted until 1995.
The Qashqai, seems like every automaker out there is making money from the SUV boom. Looking at the global market there are undeveloped and are growing an appetite for crossovers. With that in mind it won’t be a bad idea as an automaker to invest heavily on SUVs, somehow they are the new hatchbacks on stilts, and oddly enough that is what you get with the Nissan Qashqai.
What’s in a Name?
If you are wondering what the name Qashqai means, then let me enlighten you, it’s a moniker derived from the Qahqai Turkic people who live in the mountainous region of Southwestern Iran. It was known as Dualis in the Japanese and Australian market for its first generation. It was named this as the Japanese automaker was worried that it would be punned as “cash cow” in its domestic market. However, the press still used the pun (us included) ironically and in its second generation Nissan dropped the name and stuck to Qashqai.
Tesla has been grabbing all the headlines with the incredible range of electric cars they offer. However, when it comes to sales the Nissan Leaf surpasses the Model S. Tesla is not your traditional automaker as they are a Silicon Valley company that started this millennia and they have been quite disruptive to the auto industry. As for Nissan well it’s an established affordable brand in the auto business. Nissan seems to be leading the way for traditional automakers to adopt electric cars. The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car with 200,000 units sold by December 2015.
When it comes to pickups Toyota have the Hilux, Isuzu have the D-MAX, and Nissan have the Navara. Coincidently, all these manufacturers all reside in the country of the rising sun. Nissan has been making pickups for 80 years and has become an industry leader in the class. So much that even Mercedes are using some of its tech for their own upcoming pickup. The latest Navarra is meant to be an off road beast with the respectable norms of a modern day crossover. Considering Nissan makes some great SUVs like X-Trail, Qashqai and Juke, this isn’t as farfetched as it sounds.
Well, Nissan isn’t a name we are used to when it comes to sports car, however when Nissan embarked on replacing the Skyline GT-R they had a eureka moment. The Nissan GT-R may sound better as the Infiniti GT-R as I feel that this car is a high end vehicle and fits the profile of the Infiniti. If you are wondering what Infiniti is, it’s Nissan’s high end brand, and where I feel a car that’s worth six figures deserves to be.
What’s In A Name
The Skyline GT-R got its nickname as Godzilla back in 1989 from the Australian publication Wheels. Later after the Nissan GT-R replaced the Skyline it inherited the moniker as well.