Nissan X-TRAIL diesel prototype to be shown at G8 Summit

In an effort to show its support on environmental issues at the G8 Summit meetings (July 7th through July 9th), Nissan will showcase a diesel prototype of its X-TRAIL SUV. Ready to show Japan what it’s got, Nissan will introduce a diesel X-TRAIL to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ in September; a month before stricter emission standards go in place.

Based on the M9R diesel engine that Nissan built in partnership with Renault, the X-TRAIL diesel prototype delivers high torque and powerful acceleration. Of course fuel-economy while meeting demands for cleaner emission standards worldwide is just the part of the fun.

The Nissan X-Trail diesel prototype delivers 30 percent better fuel-economy than its gasoline counterpart.

Read the press release below for more info.

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Press Release:

Nissan to Showcase X-TRAIL Diesel Prototype at 2008 G8 Summit

TOKYO (June 9, 2008) ““ Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it will showcase the X-TRAIL diesel prototype at the 2008 Integrated Exhibition of the Environment in Hokkaido*1 (June 19-21) as well at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit”s International Media Center (July 7-9). Nissan”s participation supports the focus on environmental issues at the G8 Summit meetings.

Japan is slated to introduce its new emission regulatory standards, referred to as “˜”˜Post New Long-term Regulations””, by October, 2009*2. Ahead of its implementation, Nissan plans to introduce the X-TRAIL diesel in September this year, which will meet with the more stringent standards.

The G8 Summit offers an ideal platform for Nissan to showcase its latest clean diesel technology, as delegates and members of the media will have the opportunity to test drive the product and see related technology exhibits.

Based on the M9R diesel engine co-developed with Alliance-partner Renault, the Nissan version on the X-TRAIL employs advanced technologies to deliver high torque and powerful acceleration, in addition to improved fuel-economy while meeting the demands for cleaner emission standards globally.

The clean diesel technology incorporated include:

    – Piezo-electric-controlled injectors
    – Commonrail system (1600 bar)
    – Variable nozzle turbos
    – Diesel particulate filters (DPF)
    – Lean NOx-trap catalysts
    – Sophisiticated control-system for precise modulation of the DPF and catalysts in tandem with the driving conditions

Under the Nissan Green Program 2010 mid-term environmental plan, the company aims to introduce new technologies, products and services that can lead to real-world reductions in vehicle CO2 emissions.