In order to
mark its 10th year of production in India, Nissan is celebrating by
hosting a Nissan Carnival at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida
from March 20 to 23, 2015. The company has flown down two Nissan Patrol full
blown SUVs and the globally popular Nissan Leaf EV from Dubai just for the
occasion. The company also has their current Indian product line including the
newly launched AMT Sunny and Micra.
carnival, Nissan has set up a couple of slalom courses to demonstrate the
abilities of the Sunny and Micra Manual and Automatic both in different zones
where Hari Singh, an Indian rally legend mentored the drivers through the
At the Nissan
Leaf Zone, Armaan Ibrahim, a highly successful international racing driver from
India demonstrated and then guided the drivers through the tight tarmac course
set up by Nissan to demonstrate the technology and the drivability of the
world’s most popular electric vehicle.
the Leaf around the track, the car felt like just any other petrol or diesel
powered car would. Mind you, the Leaf is the best selling electric car in the
world. Since the Leaf and the Patrol were imported from the Emirates, the cars were
left hand drive. The Leaf was exceptionally silent, more silent than a deserted
music studio. Thanks to the electric direct drive, the torque delivery is
instant as soon as you touch the throttle but it’s not alarming, it’s linear. The Leaf’s suspension is just so soft and
comfortable, the track let us test all of the car’s dynamics instantly and it
coped immensely well.
Leaf is probably the way to the future of mobility. The car is powered by an 80KW
AC electric motor which produces 245Nm of torque @ 0rms. With features like
ABS, EBD, six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System the
Leaf is the most successful Electric Vehicle of all time with over 160,000
units sold globally.
chaps from Nissan shoved us in the Nissan Evalia and took us around the Buddh
International Circuit township compound where they had the massive 4X4 Patrol SUV
waiting for us. A proper off-road course was set up to experience the Patrol
drive. The off-road track looked intimidating and then we had our doubts on
whether the car would be able to handle it at all, and whether it would get
later I found myself at the wheel of a 5.8 litre V8 engine producing 400bhp and
560Nm of torque. The vehicle was spacious, almost like an an Indian 1BHK
apartment. With a slight nudge of the throttle, we set off and the first
obstacle was a hill descent which was so steep that all we could see out of the
massive windscreen was more and more loose soil. The ABS worked brilliantly to
keep the car from locking up and sliding down as we were leveling out.
Following that was a small climb with a sharp and tight left turn with no room
for error, despite its massive girth, the car managed to glide through despite
my limited driving abilities. Then came a narrow track with more loose sand,
trees and a dog that refused to move. Going off the track, we were sure we
would get beached but surprisingly, the Patrol just kept going like it can do
it all day. Then we got back on the
marked track and met with an almost 90degree steep climb uphill and we thought
sure it can’t do that. But when the guide just asked us to keep going we
trusted him and followed his instructions carefully, slowly but surely we made
it to the top. It was able to complete the task because the Patrol comes
equipped with an All-Mode 4x4 drivetrain with Multi Surface Selection and
Hydraulic Body Motion Control Suspension System that gives it’s 'go anywhere'
capability. There is a reason why most
of the cars in the Middle East use Nissan Patrols for their Desert Safari’s.
Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations said, “At the Carnival we want
everyone to experience this first-hand through revolutionary products like Leaf
and the technological innovation that we are known for around the world. The
event also marks and celebrates our arrival in India a decade ago. Within this
relatively short period Nissan has become one of the fastest growing automobile
manufacturers in the country with a strong portfolio of seven locally
manufactured products across seven different market segments. The Nissan
Carnival highlights our growing presence within the market and underlines our
long-term commitment to India".