FULL ACCESSORY PROGRAMME
A series of styling additions and practical accessories have been developed for the new X-TRAIL including side steps, front and rear styling bars, roof spoilers, body side mouldings, wheel arch mouldings and corner protectors.
Other accessories include a full range of specialist load carriers for mountain bikes, surfboards, snowboards and skis along with roof boxes, tow bars and towing electrical kits.
MARKET FORCES AT A GLANCE
- Rising market with regular new arrivals
- European Compact SUV sales set to grow by 55% by 2011
- Strong demand for diesels
When it was launched in Europe six years ago, Nissan expected the X-TRAIL to sell around 23,000 examples each year: solid but unspectacular. As it has turned out, the company wildly underestimated just how popular X-TRAIL was going to be.
In its best year, 64,000 units were sold across Europe. In total, 275,000 X-TRAILs have been sold in Europe (double the original target), 50,000 in the UK and globally the total sales figure has reached over 800,000.
X-TRAIL has sold in large numbers to European customers who appreciate its mix of practicality, ability and all-round performance.
And there is no reason to suggest that position will be any different for the new X‑TRAIL. Indeed, such is the significance of the European market to the car that despite being designed and built in Japan, the new X-TRAIL has been launched here before its ‘home-market’ – a first at Nissan.
DRAMATIC SALES RISE FORECAST
The compact SUV sector of the market – where X-TRAIL is one of the leading contenders – is likely to show an even more dramatic rise, up 55 per cent by 2011 over its position in 2006.
During this period of growth the petrol/diesel mix is expected to move firmly in favour of diesel. Diesel already accounts for more than 60 per cent of compact SUV sales across Europe, though the figures are higher in traditionally strong diesel markets. In France and Germany, for example, the figure is nearer 85 per cent while it is more than 80 per cent in Spain and Italy and not far short of 70 per cent in the UK.
In all cases, however, X-TRAIL’s proportion of diesel to petrol sales is far higher, reaching 98 per cent in Italy, 97 per cent in Germany and France, 93 per cent in Spain and even 84 per cent in the UK where the switch to diesel has been a more recent phenomenon. With a strengthened diesel offering, new X-TRAIL is even better equipped to take full advantage of the market potential.
This projected growth in the market has been identified by the motor industry as a whole and, as a result, the compact SUV segment is set for an unprecedented number of new model introductions over the next two or three years.
HIGH CUSTOMER LOYALTY
Another factor in favour of X-TRAIL is customer loyalty. “The first X-TRAIL was the right vehicle at the right time, a hugely capable compact SUV with serious off-road credentials that won a place in the hearts of its owners,” says Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Europe.
“By improving the X-TRAIL on a number of levels but at the same time retaining its core appeal, we are confident that as well as attracting new buyers we can increase our customer loyalty,” he adds.
SERVICE, WARRANTY & INSURANCE
Insurance groups are very competitive with all grades exceeding the Thatcham security rating and therefore being classified with an ‘E’ rating.
|TREK dCi (150 PS)||12E|
|SPORT dCi (150 PS)||12E|
|SPORT dCi (173 PS)||13E|
|AVENTURA dCi (150 PS)||13E|
|AVENTURA dCi (173 PS)||14E|
Service intervals for all engines are every 12,500 miles or every 12 months, whichever is the sooner.
As with all Nissans, the X-TRAIL comes with a three year/60,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty and 12 year anti-perforation cover.Published 12 December 2007