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Nissan has announced that its Kicks Concept crossover has been given the green light for regular production, and will eventually be sold globally.

06 Jan 2016 | International News : Japan


Nissan has announced that its Kicks Concept has been given the green light for regular production. Introduced at the 2014 Sao Paulo Motor Show, the production version of the concept, which will retain the Kicks name, will begin rolling off the assembly line by year's end.

The Kicks will be produced at Nissan's Resende Industrial Complex in Rio de Janeiro State, and the company will invest $192 (S$273) million into the facility before Kicks production. Sales of the Kicks will initially kick off in Latin America, but Nissan says the crossover will eventually be sold globally.

"Nissan invented the first crossover in 2003, with the Murano," said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan. "Since then, we've established our global crossover leadership with vehicles like Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail - which have been great successes. The Kicks will bring Nissan's unique Crossover expertise to more regions."

Nissan has not shown a production version of the Kicks, but the crossover will likely retain most of the styling cues of its concept counterpart.

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