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Pre-launch thumbs up for new Primera

NISSAN's heavily revised and face-lifted Primera range has been given the thumbs up from fleet managers and contract hire companies at a series of pre-launch drive events. The manufacturer has kept the modifications tightly under wraps and only allowed a limited audience of 250 key decision-makers to view the car at its world debut at this year's Fleet Show.

Andrew Mann, managing director of JCT600, said Nissan had offered far more than the face-lift the industry had come to expect from other manufacturers in recent months. 'The more purposeful and higher quality look to both the interior and exterior is sure to generate far more interest,' he said. 'Couple this with the introduction of the long-overdue new 1.8-litre engine and and fleets really can have a great package.'

Designed exclusively for the European market, the new Primera goes on sale in the UK on September 1 with on-the-road prices of between £15,000 and £20,000. The engine line-up will take in 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol units and a 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

Over the last few weeks at venues throughout the country, Nissan has given representatives from leasing companies and fleets an early chance to drive the new car. First impressions have been enthusiastic. Sue Pike, manager of the 247-strong fleet at Southall Hygiene Services, was typical. 'We already have 180 Nissan vans but the other vehicles on the fleet are all Vectras. The new Primera could well replace the Vauxhalls with its sleek new looks, comfortable interior and much improved dashboard and console. At last, it has got rid of those very basic looks.'

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