Nissan Line-Up Impresses at 2013 Qatar Motor Show

Nissan Line-Up Impresses at 2013 Qatar Motor Show


Nissan’s impressive trio of the 2013 Patrol, Sentra and the new Nissan Altima debuted to strong reviews at the 2013 Qatar Motor Show, which wrapped up earlier this month in Doha. The Sentra and Altima have been completely redesigned for 2013, while the Patrol – a luxury SUV that seems to keep getting better and better – has become a Middle Eastern favourite, and was actually designed with the

landscape of the region in mind, Nissan officials have said in the past.

The 2013 Patrol is the same combination of brawn and elegance drivers are used to — 7 seats, 5.6-litre V-8 engine, and a 3,500-kg towing capacity with 4-wheel-drive — but the amenities continue to improve, including a 13-speaker BOSE sound system, leather seats with wood-trim accents, rain sensor wipers, LED lights, and a touch-screen navigational system. After six decades of evolution the 2013 Patrol has decidedly claimed its space in the top luxury SUV category.


The 2013 Sentra and the 2013 Altima have been completely redesigned, and most reviewers agree for the better. Start with the 2013 Nissan Sentra, which is the economical choice for the buyer looking to get a small sedan loaded with features, but without the high price tag. The Nissan Sentra not only saves buyers money on the front-end, but keeps saving due to a new engine that gets excellent gas mileage — 36 miles per gallon on the highway/6.5 litres per 100km  — beating out other top-ranked competitors in fuel economy, including the Honda Civic and the Chrysler 200. The car also looks great.

The new 2013 Nissan Altima is a star and its sophisticated redesign has already won the vehicle one major accolade: the prestigious Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in America. It was one of only 13 cars to win the prize for overall excellence in safety. The car has also earned an ‘A’ from highly-respected Edmunds, with solid reviews from and other automotive review publications, with one saying the 2013 Altima was the best Altima Nissan has ever made.

Along with re-designing two of their best-selling cars, Nissan plans to release 15 hybrids by 2016, including a new hybrid Altima and plug-in hybrid. It will be interesting to watch Nissan over the coming few years, as it is clear they are not afraid of bold decisions. If this latest Nissan line up is any indication, this is a company on a particularly good streak at the moment. For their sake, let’s hope they keep it going.

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