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H Nissan παρουσίασε τον Οκτώβριο του 2014 και στην έκθεση του Sao Paulo, το Kicks concept, και σήμερα ο Carlos Ghosn ανακοίνωσε ότι η έκδοση παραγωγής του μοντέλου θα παρουσιαστεί σύντομα και θα κρατήσει το συγκεκριμένο όνομα.

Το αυτοκίνητο θα είναι ακόμα μια προσθήκη στην ήδη μεγάλη γκάμα από crossovers και SUV της ιαπωνικής εταιρίας και αποτελεί προϊόν του σχεδιαστικού κέντρου Nissan Design America (NDA) στο San Diego και του Design America – Rio (NDA-R) στη Βραζιλία.

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Το compact crossover θα κατασκευάζεται στο εργοστάσιο της ιαπωνικής εταιρίας στη χώρα της samba και θα πωλείται παγκοσμίως, αρχής γενομένης από φέτος στις λατινικές χώρες. Το πρωτότυπο πατούσε σε ζάντες αλουμινίου 19 ιντσών, με το εμπρός μέρος να φοράει τη μάσκα σχήματος V, ενώ διέθετε τις τυπικές γραμμές ενός crossover, όπως μυώδης προφυλακτήρες με έντονες ακμές, ράγες οροφής και υπερυψωμένη θέση οδήγησης. Το μήκος του ήταν 4,3 μέτρα, το πλάτος του 1,8 μέτρα, το ύψος του φτάνει τα 1,6 μέτρα, ενώ το μεταξόνιο του ανέρχεται στα 2.620 χλστ. Τέλος, μηχανικά δεν έχει γίνει τίποτα γνωστό.

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Nissan to produce new crossover based on Kicks Concept

  • The official name will be Nissan Kicks
  • Vehicle will be sold globally, starting with Latin America, with ongoing studies for other regions
  • R$ 750 million ($192m) investment to manufacture the model in Resende, Rio de Janeiro State
  • Nissan´s decision follows the concept vehicle´s success during the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show and the 2016 Buenos Aires Motor Show
  • 600 new jobs and second shift to be created after start of production

RIO DE JANEIRO, January 04, 2016 – Carlos Ghosn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced that the brand will produce a new crossover which will be sold globally, starting with Latin American markets from 2016.

The new model was inspired by the Kicks Concept car that was presented at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show and it will retain the Kicks name for the production version.

Following an investment of R$ 750 million ($192m), the Nissan Kicks will be produced at Nissan’s Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro State. The facility was inaugurated in 2014 and currently produces compact vehicles March and Versa. After start of production, Nissan expects to hire 600 new employees and start a second shift in Resende facility.

“Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano. Since then, we’ve established our global crossover leadership with vehicles like Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail, which have been great successes thanks to their striking design, innovation and excitement. The Kicks will bring Nissan´s unique Crossover expertise to more regions,” said Carlos Ghosn.

“Compact crossovers are very attractive to Latin American customers. With Nissan Kicks, we will go beyond the obvious to pack a punch with a strong design statement and the performance that our customers crave,” said José Valls, chairman of Nissan Latin America.

“When our team from Nissan Brazil team collaborated with our colleagues in Japan to create the Kicks concept vehicle which was inspired by our country and culture, the result was extraordinary. And now, we’re excited that our manufacturing team in Resende is preparing to build it with top-notch Japanese precision,” said Francois Dossa, president of Nissan Brazil.

The Nissan Kicks Concept debuted at the 2014 São Paulo Motor Show, followed by the 2015 Buenos Aires Motor Show. The Kicks prototype marked the evolution of the Extrem concept vehicle originally presented in Sao Paulo in 2012. Since then, Nissan has continued to explore Brazilian and Latin American cultures, styles and colors within the vehicle design and development process.

Led by Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan, the Kicks Concept was conceived through a collaboration between Nissan Design America (NDA), in San Diego, and Nissan Design America – Rio (NDA-R), the company’s local satellite design studio. The teams currently are engaged in the design and development of the production model.

As well as its introduction in Latin American markets, ¬Nissan continues to study the business case for launching Kicks in other regions, underlining the brand’s commitment to global Crossover leadership.