Advantages It's a Nissan
Disadvantages I don't like the new styling much
~ ~ Now and again when I’m wearing my ‘journalist’ hat, I get to borrow a new car for a few days when I’m planning to write a review on it.
I’d been waiting for quite a while to get my hands on the latest model Primera from Japanese car manufacturers Nissan, which was released here in Ireland in the early spring of this year. (2002)
We’ve owned an earlier model 1.8-litre Primera as our family car for about the past three and a half years, and I also run a Nissan Bluebird Executive as my taxi, so it would be fair to say that I’m a big Nissan fan, as the two cars have given us sterling service, and have never let us down.
~ ~ So what about these design changes?
I liked the older model Primera. It has bold, sweeping lines, with angles where there are supposed to be angles, but with the new model you’d be hard put to find any sort of angle anywhere.
In fact, it looks more like an oversized coupe, rather than a saloon car.
The new large Nissan badge and twin grille design dominate the front of the car, and with the sweeping windscreen, and large light clusters, this has the overall effect of making the car practically appear as if it has no bonnet!
There are no rubber protective strips breaking up the line of the doors, and the side windows are also raked and very narrow, again adding to the coupe effect. Another large set of light clusters dominates the rear of the car, and big wheel arches add even more to the coupe effect.
OK. If you like the coupe look, then I can see why the new Primera would appeal to you. In fact, you’d be hard put to distinguish it from an Audi coupe from a distance.
But it’s not for me. So the new Primera doesn’t get high marks in the design department from the ‘mad cabbie’. I like cars that look like cars, and not like some large, tacky sports car clone.
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