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Like many other automakers in Europe, Nissan has created a special marketing badge to identify the least polluting vehicles across its range which will be used both in Europe and Japan. The chosen name is Pure Drive, which I think is one of the least imaginative on the market. Sibling company Renault's ECO2 label is more fun, as is its TV spot. As we have mentioned here, the "green label" is usually applied to a company's least powerful models that also have higher gear ratios, low-rolling resis

Nissan's Sunderland, UK plant has kicked off production of the Nissan Qashqai 2.0 dCi. The Qashqai is the automaker's new, British-built sporty crossover, which will be sold in Europe and other markets outside the United States. With production of the diesel-powered version now underway, Nissan expects the dCi to account for around a quarter of total sales, and it's sure to be a regular sight on European roads.

Nissan's new Qashquai crossover (say it fast), the smart-looking little wagonoid introduced earlier this year at Paris, officially went into production yesterday at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the UK. It'll be produced alongside the NOTE, Micra, Micra C+C, and Primera -- vehicles which, like the Qashquai, aren't available on these shores.

We showed you a while back some spy shots of a Nissan mini-ute based on the Qashqai concept first shown at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. WorldCarFans has posted some more spy shots of the small CUV that's scheduled to go into production later this year at Nissan's Sutherland plant in the U.K. Since WorldCarFans is getting a bit overprotective of its spy shots and has begun stamping them with instructions that sound one step away from legal action, the above photo is a shot of the woods behind the