Japanese carmaker Nissan has successfully completed a decade of its operations in India. Nissan entered the India market in 2005 and over the last 10 years, it has increased sales every year, established a manufacturing plant and R&D facility in Chennai and created a country-wide retail network.
To celebrate this important milestone, the auto manufacturer organised a unique product-focused event where select customers, members of the media and auto enthusiasts were offered a first-hand experience of performance, handling and technology of Nissan’s current Indian portfolio. Christened ‘Nissan Carnival’, this special two-day celebration was held at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.
Visitors to the event had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Nissan Micra, Sunny and Terrano - as well as experience the mighty Patrol SUV on a purpose-built off-road course. The world's best-selling all electric vehicle (EV) Nissan Leaf was also there to give the visitors a hands-on experience of revolutionary zero emission transport.
The Nissan Patrol and the Leaf were the show stoppers of the Nissan Carnival with the visitors bee lining for an opportunity to get behind the wheel.
The off-roading section was staged for the Patrol SUV at a pre-designed and enclosed obstacle course inside the premise of the Buddh International Circuit. The course comprised of a set off-roading drills, namely the rumbler, dwindler, steep incline and decline, axil twisters and chicken holes through which the different dynamics of the vehicles namely safety, agility and performance in off-road conditions were brought to the fore.
The driving exercise also highlighted the capabilities of Nissan’s All-Mode 4x4 drivetrain with Multi Surface Selection and Hydraulic Body Motion Control Suspension System. In the due course of this off-roading experience we got a clear insight about the Nissan Patrol’s steering feedback, suspension, wheel articulation and differential lock system. With gentle throttle and brake inputs, the Patrol managed to complete the off-roading course on stock tyres like a walk in the park and demonstrated why it has established such respect in the 64 years since the nameplate was launched.
A driving course was also created to show off the dynamic capabilities and sheer comfort of the Leaf EV hatchback, which has already sold more than 160,000 units worldwide. Leaf's 80Kw AC electric motor delivers 254Nm of torque, all of which is available from zero rpm, which assured the visitors an engaging, whisper-quiet drive and with zero tailpipe emissions.
Other fun activities included the chance for visitors to experience the thrill of high speed stunt-driving as a passenger in a professionally-driven Nissan, putting the Micra and Sunny through the paces on slalom and sharp corner course, as well as showcasing their artistic skills on an urban graffiti-inspired 'art car' displayed during the event.
Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations with the Nissan Patrol SUV
Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations, said, “The Carnival is our way of thanking India for ten great years, and allowing customers to experience our full Indian range, as well as class-leading, innovative products like Patrol and LEAF from our global line-up. Although we are still at the start of the Nissan journey in India, we have already accomplished a great deal.”
He further added, “Our seven locally-produced models are growing in popularity and we are rapidly expanding our retail network and presence in what is a key growth market. There is a lot more to come from Nissan in India as we continue to grow our brand and further evolve our product portfolio to meet and exceed the expectation of our customers here.”
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