Nissan has come out with a press release that details the arduous testing regimen that all its crossovers have had to undergo. Plenty of interesting (and sometimes odd) examples of tests are described, and here I will write about a number of them. After reading this, it is clear that Nissan does really do its due diligence to make sure that customers are satisfied with their crossover.
The Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail have combined driven 1.4 million miles just to get the stamp of approval for their respective suspension systems. This is impressive, though not any more then what other auto makers do as far as test miles go.
Many other tests come with some very high numbers. 1.2 million door open and closes, 18,000 hood lifts, and 30,000 window openings using a specially design robot.
Those tests are interesting because of the quantity or times they have been done. Other tests are interesting for different reasons.
The first example is Nissan's test for the strength of the glass roof. A weight, based on the average weight of a brown bear,is dropped onto the glass roof. This makes sure the glass roof can hold up if a brown bear were to climb onto the vehicle.
The best thing to come out of this press release, however, is the description of what the stereo system must go through before it is ready for customers.
Anything that can go through 1,200 days of extremely loud Mariah Carey certainly deserves some respect.Playing the stereo at high volume for a total of 1,200 days (that’s 1,728,000 minutes) using specifically selected music tracks to encompass the widest range of pitch and beat. These include Mariah Carey for the high notes and the thumping bass of German House music
Finally, a great thing to hear is that Nissan took the time to redesign a cup holder to accommodate a popular Japanese drink that previously had to be squished a bit to actually fit in the cup holder.
So, there you have it. Nissan puts its crossovers through a lot. Hopefully that translates to great quality crossovers for Nissan customers.Using a host of different cups, bottles and containers to check the usefulness of the cupholders and door pockets, our engineers even decided to redesign the front door pocket of the Qashqai when it emerged that the new bottle of a popular brand of Japanese Green Tea would not fit without being slightly squeezed. Rather than risk customer dissatisfaction the design was modified at a cost of more than €50,000.