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X-TRAIL Number 1 Compact SUV in August

For the nth time, the Nissan X-TRAIL topped the monthly compact SUV sales charts, this time in August, proving once again that it is one of the best selling compact SUVs in the country whose appeal will never wane.

Officials at Nissan Motor Philippines Inc. (NMPI) attributed the X-TRAIL's sales-topping performance in the compact SUV charts for the month of August to its being very appropriate for Philippine motoring conditions roads, which are characterized by the roads with pot holes, imperfect gradient and floods. On top of that, NMPI officials believe the X-TRAIL is technically superior to its competitors in the country, and has a styling that appeals to those who love the outdoors.

"Filipino vehicle buyers have become more intelligent and this partly explains why the X-TRAIL has topped the monthly sales charts more than once. For one, it is really tailored to take on Philippine road conditions," explained Chock Camacho, Sales Planning Manager at NMPI.

For the month of August, a total of 198 X-TRAILs were sold, topping other compact SUVs, particularly the Honda CR-V (190 units), Toyota RAV4 (167 units) and the Ford Escape (106 units).

Notably, the past two months have experienced heavy rains and typhoons, which made many Filipino motorists realize that the best vehicle suited for the rainy season is a real SUV that can take on flooded streets, and still give its passengers sedan-like comfort. In those aspects, the X-TRAIL delivers more than that.

But the X-TRAIL is more than just an excellent balance of real SUV performance and sedan comfort.

"Aside from its ability to take on the worst Philippine road conditions in the urban areas, and giving sedan-like comfort, the X-TRAIL has a styling that appeals to those who love the outdoors, with its squarish lamps and aggressive but clean lines," Mr. Camacho said.

On top of that, the X-TRAIL assembled in the Philippines by NMPI was recently cited for its excellent assembly quality with a Vehicle Evaluation Survey (VES) ranking that is the highest in the region - even better than in Japan.

What sets the X-TRAIL apart from the rest of the competition is its four-wheel drive system is known as "All-Mode Four Wheel Drive," and offers a choice of two-wheel drive, full-time four-wheel drive or Auto Mode. The system was developed from the four-wheel drive system of the legendary Skyline GT, and is considered among the most advanced in the world.

In Auto Mode, the advanced engine and transmission management computer does the selection between front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive depending on terrain, speed and torque requirements. This is done based on inputs from five (5) sensors in the vehicle, including one that reads vehicle angle.

In 4x4 mode, the "no-slip on start-ups" gives all four wheels with power each time the accelerator pedal is depressed. Instead of detecting wheel slip, the X-TRAIL disengages the 4 x 4 system only when 4 x 4 is not needed. This allows the X-TRAIL to take on treacherous offroad conditions without losing traction as all four wheels operate each time the accelerator is depressed.

The X-TRAIL's interior was also inspired by airline designing, giving it the best legroom in its class. The 2.5 and 2.0-liter engines of the X-TRAIL deliver 180PS and 150PS respectively, and are known for their ample torque, responsiveness and smoothness.

Meanwhile, the X-TRAIL's comfortable ride is due to its aluminum front transverse links along with trapezoidal rear struts and long stroking shock absorbers, which work in unison to stabilize ride and smoothen the bumps.

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