The Nissan X-TRAIL

Nissan’s X-TRAIL has won yet another award to put into its already brimming trophy cabinet scooping the top prize in the 4x4 category of this year’s prestigious Fleet World Honours.

The Fleet World editorial team were joined on the judging panel by experts who represented fleet managers, the leasing industry and the residual values guides. Factors including manufacturer service networks, operating costs, reliability, residual values and, of course, road test findings were taken into consideration when deciding the winners.

Fleet industry consultant and former IBM Fleet Manager, George Emmerson said: "When we judged this award we were looking for a combination of style, performance and off-road potential in a car that was available to a reasonable number of car user-choosers. There was really only one possible winner because the X-TRAIL’s strong performance in all the key areas under consideration put it firmly ahead of its key rivals."

Fleet World Editor Ross Durkin commented: "The introduction of the 136PS dCi engine was a major step forward for the X-TRAIL and when we group tested it earlier in the year it stood out as the most accomplished car in its class by far.

Ride and handling are as car-like as you can get in a 4x4 of this size and that makes it extremely comfortable on a long journey.

He added: "Nissan’s traditional values of quality and reliability also count strongly in its favour as a fleet proposition."

Nissan’s Fleet Sales Director, Dave Murfitt said: "I am delighted to be receiving this award on behalf of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. X-TRAIL sales show the fastest growth in the compact 4x4 market segment and we are delighted that Fleet World have recognised the strengths that support its undoubted desirability in the market."

The Nissan X-TRAIL comes with a choice of three engines, a 2.0 litre 140PS, a 2.5 litre 165PS and an enhanced 2.2 dCi, 136PS in a choice of four specification levels, SE, SPORT, SVE and T-SPEC.

The Fleet World awards were presented at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall on Tuesday 11 May.

Published : 12/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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