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Similarly, the team at Nissan has revealed today that the level of UV protection built into the paint of its best-selling crossover range is the equivalent of Factor 500!
Rigorous testing from Nissan has ensured that the Nissan Juke, Nissan Qashqai and Nissan X-trail’s exterior colours will last a lifetime.
As Britain begins the holiday season, Nissan reveals for the first time just how tough the UV protection is on its three popular crossover cars – the answer being the equivalent to Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 500.
All new Nissan crossover cars come with a high quality multi-layer paint finish which has been tested to endure the most extreme temperatures in the world, from extreme heat to extreme cold.
During development, Nissan’s engineers exposed sample paint panels to 500 watts per square metre of UV light
(more than 10 x the UV radiance of natural sunlight), to reveal that Nissan paints were equivalent to SPF 500.
To prevent Nissan’s crossover paintwork from peeling, the cars were exposed to Nissan’s new £1.35 million environmental test chamber. The facility at the European Technical Centre – at Cranfield, UK – means Nissan engineers can recreate many years of UV exposure in real-world conditions in a matter of weeks. Their mission is to ensure Nissan crossovers will deliver a lifetime of quality performance.
The hi-tech light bulbs in the new chamber emit 92,000 watts of intense heat, which is equivalent to 2,300 of the 40-watt type found in many homes. Combined with elevated temperature inside the chamber, the cabin of any crossover on test reaches a staggering 120 degrees Celsius. To ensure outstanding durability at the other end of the temperature spectrum, it can also drop to a shivering minus 50 degrees Celsius.
This means that for European markets, Nissan crossovers are safe to soak up the summer sun on France and Spain’s hottest Mediterranean beaches, and be buried under metres of snow in the chilly north of Finland and Norway.
Dean Gillett, environmental test engineer at Nissan, said; “Just like human skin, car paint is affected by intense UV rays that are capable of breaking down a surface, so we test for durability to ensure lasting product quality,”.
Furthermore, it’s not just paint that’s tested with UV light. All plastics, seat fabrics and adhesives go through the same rigorous development process to make sure they can cope with extremes of temperature.
Gillet explains that Nissan crossover components can change by region to make sure the customer gets a high quality performance year after year. He added: “A good example is the gas struts which hold the tailgate open. They’re different around the world because the gas in the cylinder is temperature sensitive.”