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Nissan QASHQAI Travels Length of
UK on a Tank of Fuel
CRANFIELD, England - How far can
the average customer drive a Nissan QASHQAI on one tank of fuel?
The entire length of the UK and more if they drive economically.
Seven test drivers from the Nissan
Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, Bedfordshire,
proved this recently when they took turns piloting a 1.5dCi
QASHQAI from Land's End on the southwest coast of England to
John O'Groats on the northern tip of Scotland without once
stopping to refuel. The drivers, who set off at 6 am on Sept.
25, averaged 67.35 mpg (4.2 l/100 km) on the 867 mile (1,387 km)
run - a common route for UK endurance and economy tests. To
their delight, there was still another seven litres of fuel left
in the tank when they crossed the finish line at 17:30 the next
day, enough to cover a further 110 miles (176 km).
The 67.35 mpg achieved on the trip
is equivalent to a 29% saving over the quoted brochure figure of
52.3 mpg (combined urban and extra urban driving average). If a
customer travels 10,000 miles (16,000 km) per year, the saving
would equate to GBP193 (278 euros) per year, based on current UK
To make sure that the average
customer would be able to replicate NTCE's economy run, the team
used a standard QASHQAI production model. Speeds limits were
adhered to on minor roads and a cruising speed of approximately
60 mph (96 kph) was used on motorways. Just like during normal
customer usage, the test-drivers used cruise control, headlights
and air-conditioning when required.
During the run, the QASHQAI
averaged 111 g/km of CO2, compared with the quoted brochure
figure of 145 g/km. To offset the CO2 emitted, NTCE plans to
contribute to a carbon neutral tree planting scheme.
The economy run is part of NTCE's efforts
to raise awareness about fuel-efficient driving under the company's
mid-term environmental plan Nissan Green Program 2010. The plan, which
was unveiled in December 2006, is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from
Nissan's products and activities around the world, as well as reducing
other exhaust emissions and increasing recycling.
The Europe designed and built QASHQAI went
on sale in early 2007 in Europe and has since sold more than 70,000
units. The car is also available in Japan where it is sold as Dualis.
In May, the car was awarded the maximum
five-star rating for adult occupant protection from the European New Car
Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the highest ever recorded score
for any vehicle.
Note: Amount in pounds is translated for
the convenience of the reader only at the foreign exchange rate of 1
(Oct 15, 2007)