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MELBOURNE, Australia (2nd March 2023) – The all-new Nissan QASHQAI has been named Australia’s Best Small SUV at the Drive Car of The Year Awards, finishing with top honours following the publication’s comprehensive testing process.

The expert judging team was left thoroughly impressed by the all-new QASHQAI, saying it “redefines what buyers can expect from a small SUV”.

The QASHQAI arrived as part of Nissan’s “All-New In 2022” model roll-out, joining the all-new X-TRAIL, Pathfinder and Z to give Nissan one of the freshest model line-ups in the country.

Drive’s judges said, “The new Nissan QASHQAI absolutely nails small SUV expectations.

“With a host of technology and safety features, plus a heap of usable space, the Nissan QASHQAI redefines what buyers can expect from a small SUV.”

The Drive testing process is among the most rigorous in Australia, with only new models that have sufficiently impressed during the regular testing year invited to compete for the title of segment’s best.

Testing occurs at Transport for NSW's Future Mobility Testing and Research Centre at Cudal on the mid-NSW — a state-of-the-art facility perfect for in-depth testing.

Once there, they are put through their paces by Drive’s 11-person editorial team, drawing on a combined 200+ years of industry experience to reach a verdict.

“The QASHQAI proves that small SUVs can be big on style, space, technology and personality,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson.

“We were already proud of the incredible new QASHQAI, and we’re thrilled to have received such a prestigious accolade.”


About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualised revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8 per cent and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolised by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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