MONTREAL, Canada – Winter has been unrelenting throughout the U.S. and Canada this year. There certainly was no exception to be found in Montreal, a southwest city in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The very low temperatures and snowy conditions made it perfect timing for Nissan to invite Canadian journalists to Quebec’s Laurentian mountains. Once there, the company’s guests got to take the all-new Rogue for a spin on the ice-covered Mecaglisse circuit, which is part of a purpose-built, 700-acre all-season motorsports facility located in Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci.
“There is no better place, even in Canada,” said Christian Meunier, president, Nissan Canada. “We were looking for a special location to show the journalists what it is like to drive the Rogue in the true Canadian winter.”
The Mecaglisse circuit represents the most extreme situation that a driver could encounter from a traction point of view. It is a great place to highlight the advantages of Rogue’s advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
“It is not only just about AWD, the wheels powering down. It is also about the steering, the braking and how all of Rogue’s systems come together to deliver a confident ride and driving experience,” said Tim Franklin, Product Planning, Nissan Canada.
The Rogue impressed even the most experienced winter drivers, including the co-owner of the track and facility, Franck Kirchhoff. “I drove this car yesterday, and even if you drive without studs, only on regular winter tires, you really feel the car, and the handling is really good. I drive many cars during the winter, and I feel the Rogue is one of the best SUVs that you can get.”
If the winter of 2013 and 2014 persists in dumping snow, at least there is a new hero to help navigate the roads – the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue.