2 December 2009

Nissan Roox

Nissan releases new minicar Roox

2 December 2009 - Nissan announces the release of the Roox minicar, which goes on sale today at Nissan dealers nationwide. The most distinctive features of the new Nissan Roox are its spacious interior, convenient features, such as the double sliding rear doors that provide for convenient entry and exit and a large, low-floor height luggage space. The name Roox was coined from 'room' and 'max' to convey its exceptionally roomy interior.

While Roox's cabin is designed to change people's impression of minicar interiors in Japan, its exterior design also brings an eye-catching new face to the segment. Roox incorporates the design characteristics of Nissan's Highway Star Minivan series, including Serena and Elgrand.


The K6A engine-equipped models (except for turbo models) achieve a fuel efficiency of 21.5km/l2. With a 15% or 20% improvement in fuel economy over the 2010 standards, these models are certified SU-LEV3 (vehicles which emit 75% fewer emissions than the levels mandated by Japan's 2005 exhaust emission regulations). Roox non-turbo models qualify for Japan's preferential tax scheme for environment-friendly vehicles, with automobile acquisition tax and automobile weight tax reduced by 50%.

Nissan collectively refers to models that qualify for these preferential tax breaks as the Nissan ECO Series (NECO Series). Including Roox, 18 models4 have already qualified. Nissan hopes to stimulate consumer demand for eco-friendly vehicles by offering customers a broad selection of products to choose from.

The new Nissan Roox lineup includes two series designs. The Highway Star series features exterior cues shared with the Nissan Highway Star minivans. The Roox Highway Star is available in a choice of six body colours; including two special colours, Mysterious Violet and Luna Gray.

Nissan Roox promises ample room and seating for four adults, and, with its cabin measuring 1365 mm wide and 2085 mm in length. The Roox Highway Star series features a black interior treatment with special Fine Vision meters and chic fabric seat materials. The Roox E/G series utilises a beige interior appearance with soft, glossy seat materials creating a bright, open atmosphere.

Remote-controlled double sliding rear doors are standard on all models. When open, rear access dimensions measure 580 mm wide and 1230 mm high. A low-mounted rear step, with a height of 340 mm (2WD models) aids effortless passenger entry and exit. Roox's low cargo floor, with a ground clearance of 535 mm on 2WD models, combines with the large luggage space and wide opening to provide easy loading of oversized objects.


Power-sliding rear doors, which can be opened or closed automatically with a button located on the Intelligent Key, are standard on both sides of the 'Highway Star Turbo' model, while the Highway Star and G series offer the power-sliding feature on the rear passenger side door only. A sliding door auto closer, which automatically shuts the door properly if the door is half-shut, is standard on all models, along with a slide door stopper that locks the door fully open for safe entry and exit when the car is parked on a hill.

Other standard convenience features include an Intelligent Key, which allows users to lock/unlock the doors simply by carrying the key fob, and a Push Engine Starter that can start or stop the engine with the touch of a button. A drink cooler, fitted inside the upper glove box of the passenger seat, comes standard on all models and utilises cool air from air conditioner to keep beverages at a desired temperature.

A CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with a sub-transmission that increases gear ratio and neutral idle control, helping reduce excessive fuel consumption while idling, is adopted to improve fuel efficiency. Also standard on all models is a vehicle operation information display, which shows real-time and average fuel consumption to help encourage eco-driving.

Roox is supplied to Nissan by Suzuki Motor Corporation on an OEM basis.