Qashqai steals the show at awards

Qashqai steals the show at awards

Nissan's all-new Qashqai has been named 'Car of the Year 2014' by a leading motoring magazine.

Diesel Car also named the British-built vehicle 'Best Crossover' at its annual awards. For the past two years the crossover award had been won by Range Rover's Evoque model.

The new Qashqai has so far proved a roaring success with Nissan and the latest award will no doubt boost its popularity amongst buyers, especially fleet operators, who rely heavily on the recommendations of magazines such as Diesel Car, the UK's largest publication dedicated to diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicles.

The latest Qashqai was released in January and is already surpassing Nissan's sales forecasts, picking up numerous awards along the way.

Announcing the awards, Ian Robertson, Editor and Publisher of Diesel Car, said that Nissan had been successful in creating the best-selling crossover in its class.

He credited the "first-class" approach to design and the fact that the car was built in the UK.

The choice of a 1.5 dCi 110PS (81kW) or a 1.6 dCi 130PS (96kW) engine is available on the new Qashqai. The smaller engine option places the Qashqai into one of the lowest company car tax bands.

Copyright Press Association 2014