MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - The 2008 Nissan Rogue was named winner of
the SUV/CUV (under $35k) category today by the Automobile Journalists
Association of Canada (AJAC).
The Nissan Rogue and six other vehicles competed to earn the honour at
the 2008 Car of the Year TestFest, an event during which automotive
journalists from across the country compare eligible vehicles back-to-back in
real-world settings. The Nissan Rogue competed against the Ford Escape Hybrid,
Jeep Patriot, Jeep Liberty, Mitsubishi Outlander, Saturn Outlook and Saturn
Vue Greenline in this category.
"The 2008 Nissan Rogue is a true leader in its class," said Ian Forsyth,
Director, Corporate and Product Planning, Nissan Canada Inc. "The Rogue
clearly made an impression on the judges SUV/CUV category, with its
aggressive, performance-oriented styling, powerful engine, responsive handling
and driver-focused cockpit."
The 2008 Nissan Rogue is available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL,
each with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and
4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). Rogue also offers a
long list of standard safety features, including front seat-mounted
side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air
bags for front and rear outboard occupants.
Rogue's refined interior includes a driver-oriented cockpit, available
leather-appointed seating surfaces and a fold-flat front passenger's seat.
Utility is enhanced by numerous convenient storage and ultra-functionality
features, including an oversized partitioned glove box, a large dual-level
center console and an innovative foldable rear cargo organizer. Available
technology features include Intelligent Key, Bluetooth(R) Hands-Free Phone
System, XM(R) Satellite Radio (subscription required, sold separately) and a
powerful Bose(R)-developed audio system with AUX input and MP3 playback.
Highlights of Rogue's exterior include aggressive, performance-oriented
exterior that redefines the small utility with sleek, masculine styling with
dynamically arched forms and powerful rear shoulder lines. Other available
features are a roof rail system with detachable cross bars (accessory), power
sliding glass moonroof and heated cloth seats.
Car of the Year TestFest selects the best vehicles in various classes by
testing them on public roads, a track and off-road (where relevant), as well
as through static evaluation. Testing is done by teams and by individuals, and
votes are tabulated by the firm KPMG.
Category winners were announced at a press conference in Toronto today,
while the overall Canadian Car and Truck of the Year winners will be named in
February at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
Further information about the 2008 Nissan Rogue can be found at
About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution
subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices
in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), Nissan Canada directly
employs close to 300 staff, while 147 independent businesses hold exclusive
Nissan dealership franchises and 29 hold Infiniti franchises. More information
can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca
For further information:
For further information: John Lindo, Corporate Communications, Nissan
Canada Inc., (905) 629-6461, John.email@example.com; Alexandra Cygal,
Cohn & Wolfe, (627) 259-3266, firstname.lastname@example.org