Nissan’s Juke, Kicks models ‘dominate Mideast B-segment’
The Gaza Post|The News of Palestine-Dubai
Nissan, has revealed that it has captured almost 60 per cent of small urban crossover sales in the Middle East region, with the Juke and Kicks models vying for the top spot in different markets.
Sales figures for the year to date show that Nissan has captured 59.7 per cent of the B-segment (small car) urban crossover market with the Juke accounting for 44.2 per cent of that share and the recently introduced Kicks taking already taking a healthy 15.5 per cent (figures exclude Saudi Arabia), said a statement.
The Kicks has proved an instant hit in Gulf markets. Aimed squarely at urban driving environments it combines a robust exterior and elevated driving position with compact dimensions for agile performance and manoeuvrability, it said.
The body features an advanced aerodynamic design, which optimises fuel consumption and minimises noise. Kicks is also one of the first Nissan models to realise the concept of Intelligent Mobility, initially presented at the Geneva Auto Show in 2016, it added.
Intelligent Mobility uses smart, relevant technology to make the driver’s life easier while also making advances towards Nissan’s long-term goal of zero emission and zero fatality motoring. Its qualities have helped the newcomer to eclipse its Juke stablemate in the UAE, making Kicks the top seller in its segment within the country.
Kalyana Sivagnanam, regional vice president, marketing and sales for the Africa, Middle East, and India region, Nissan, said: “The car-buying public here in the Middle East is known to be a discerning one and it has been heartening to see how they have embraced Kicks and yet continue to buy Juke in considerable numbers.”
“We are especially pleased to see how, from a standing start, the Kicks has rapidly established itself as a market leader. The all-new Nissan Kicks has become a popular choice among the compact crossover segment customers due to the advanced Intelligent Mobility technology that it is packed with, a car which sits at the more comfortable end of the market,” Sivagnanam added.
Among the highlights of the Kicks’ technological offerings are the around view monitor and moving object detection systems, which use four integrated cameras to show an overall view of the car and warn the driver in case of any unseen dangers, said a statement.
The suite of technology available on Kicks also extends to dynamic innovations to maximise safety and comfort. Among them are chassis dynamic control, active trace control, active ride control, and active engine braking. These innovations work discreetly to provide key interventions to ensure the Kicks remains stable and comfortable for occupants at all times. Kicks is the first vehicle in its segment to offer these innovations.
Kicks’ rapid success is in many ways reminiscent of Juke, which was first shown as the Nissan Qazana concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show before entering production and going on sale to the public in 2010, it said.
Juke’s bold, dynamic styling instantly captured the imagination of the motoring press and public alike, ensuring the order books began to fill up well before the car began to appear, initially on the roads of Japan, Europe and North America before being launched globally.
Sivagnanam continued: “We are pleased to see a healthy rivalry developing between Kicks and Juke in the ultra-competitive urban crossover B-segment.”