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Xterra Leads Nissan's New Year Award Avalanche

MotorWeek, NEMPA, IntelliChoice Latest to Honor Nissan's 2000 Lineup

CHICAGO - The new Nissan Xterra added two more prestigious titles to its growing list of accolades: the "2000 MotorWeek Driver's Choice Award for Best Small Sport-Utility Vehicle" and the New England Motor Press Association's "2000 Winter Vehicle of New England – Best in Class Mini Sport Utility."

These awards, presented Tuesday night in Boston and today in Maryland, were followed by today's presentation at the Chicago Auto Show of IntelliChoice's "2000 Best Overall Value of the Year Awards." Among IntelliChoice's selections were the Nissan Frontier XE King Cab as "The Best Compact Pickup 2WD," the Nissan Quest GXE as "The Best Minivan Under $25,000," the Nissan Maxima GLE as "A Best Midsize Sedan Over $22,500," and the Quest SE and GLE as "A Best Minivan Over $22,500."

Nissan's stunning string of major media awards for the 2000 model year began last fall with Motor Trend's selection of Xterra as its "2000 Sport/Utility of the Year." In early January, Xterra was named "North American Truck of the Year" by a panel of 47 leading independent auto journalists in the United States and Canada.

"We are thrilled and perhaps just a little bit stunned by the continuous honors coming our way," said Jed Connelly, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "We're especially pleased that our entire product line, not just the all-new Xterra, is being recognized by so many influential publications, programs and writers' groups."

(Feb. 9, 2000)


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