Cash cow 15 years later

In 2007, a revolution began in the world of motorcycling and it continues to spread; It is not welcome everywhere but it has changed the face of national and international parking.

Nissan Qashqai is the first mass-brand compact crossover to give people the desire and versatility of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) with the driving dynamics and cost of a traditional family hatchback.

It was an almost immediate success, especially for women who liked the superior height, bodywork and safety features the compact crossover had to offer. Of course there are already some favorites like the Subaru Forester, Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, Land Rover and Range Rover as well as Nissan’s X-Trail, which can serve as family cars and SUVs. , but they’re almost exclusively capable off-road; The new class of compact crossovers is notable for its somewhat casual look but not for walking. The world of soft laners begins.

In the 10 years after 2009, Nissan sold more than 200,000 Qashqais a year in Europe, but competition became stiff. Everyone wanted some Nissan cash cow lunches and many ate a huge portion.

By 2019, Qashqai sales in Europe have halved. In Ireland, the big rival of the Hyundai Tucson not only overtook it, but also became the country’s best-selling car for the second year in a row.

In the first two months of the year, 2,632 Tucson were sold compared to 823 Qashqais. At the same time, jeepys/SUVs that look both real and fake are close to 60pc in the new car market.

Major brands such as Peugeot, Seat and Skoda have pivoted to become key suppliers of compact SUVs, greatly benefiting their bottom line, as has Hyundai’s sister brand Kia with Sportage and Niro.

However, Nissan hasn’t given up on the specter in any way, the third generation Qashqai was launched last year with some mild hybrid technology and a smaller all-electric crossover, called the Ariya, on the way.

The company aims to have fully electrified versions of all its passenger models by the end of next year with 75pc of its electric fleet within five years.

The latest Qashqai is slightly larger but at the same time lighter and more powerful. After five million versions of the two previous-generation Qashqais have been sold worldwide, Nissan is expected to get the basics right in the third-generation model, and they’ll have some nice additions. .

The driving position and front comfort are excellent as is the well-divided luggage area. However, I feel the rear seats are stiff and not very attractive. Safety features are good on all models and this is a very easy car to drive and park.

There are five spec models starting at €32,700 (before p&p) and all, for now, are powered by a 1.3 petrol mild-hybrid engine, which will give around 6.3l/100km with tax the annual line is €270.

It is a bit limited. I drove the top SVE model with CVT automatic transmission for 48,300 €, which is quite expensive, but a model with good specifications can be purchased for less than 8 thousand Euro.

The car looks good and you can see the difference between the previous generation, but the Tucson as well as the Peugeot and Seat models have more style. So far, about 52,000 Qashqais have been sold here. Unfortunately, Nissan doesn’t do very well in reliability surveys and comes in at 27th place out of all What? Car guide and What car? list.

It’s good to be back in Qashqai, like seeing an old friend again.

It delivers a confident, effortless ride but without the knock-out punch of 15 years ago.



Peugeot 308, winner of the Women’s World Car of the Year award

Tuesday is International Women’s Day and the overall winner of the Women’s World Car of the Year award also coincides with that date. The new Peugeot 308 won, after counting the votes of 56 members of the WWCOTY (Women Worldwide Car of The Year) jury – exclusively for women, representing 40 countries on all five continents. My colleague Geraldine Herbert is the sole Irish representative.

308 won against 65 new models launching in 2021 and entered the competition. The 308 also won the title of “Urban and Compact Car of the Year 2022” before winning the joint award, the first time Peugeot has received this award.

I think I should balance the books on the European Car of the Year that the KiaE V6 won.

Last week, I gave the opinion of Irish juror Michael McAleer, who put the Hyundai Ioniq 5 ahead of the EV6.

After the vote. a British juror, the respected Andrew English of Daily telegramwrote that “what brought that day to the 59 judges was Kia’s combination of intelligent electric platforms (which it shares with the Hyundai Ioniq 5), a well-reviewed modern interior and spacious spaciousness and a body style that doesn’t pursue today’s prevailing high-riding sport utility vehicles (SUVs).


Continuing with the SUV theme, I see that the RAC in the UK has released a survey showing older people are losing control because they are blinded by the higher beam levels from SUV headlights when they are in a standing vehicle. lower.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “It is clear that the problem of drivers being dazzled by other people’s headlights is not going to go away and in fact our research shows that a large proportion motorists say they are dazzled more often than a year or two ago. There are a number of factors that contribute to whether headlights dazzle other drivers, the most important being the angle of the headlights when you look at them. “

Modern LED headlight technology also plays an important role as the human eye’s response to the so-called “blue light” from LEDs is different from the “yellow light” of conventional halogen headlights. Make sure your lights are well adjusted… Cash cow 15 years later

Fry Electronics Team

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