Behind-the-scenes at Hokkaido: testing the Nissan Ariya


Nissan offers a glimpse into the meticulous vehicle testing programme for Ariya electric SUV, taking place at its proving ground in Hokkaido, Japan. Each element of the car is reviewed and refined by its engineering experts, from acceleration performance and handling, to overall quietness and ride comfort.

While the initial work us taking place in Japan, it is designed to reflect global requirements. For example, the winding tarmac at the Hokkaido proving ground is designed to simulate roads commonly found in other regions including Europe.

For further assessment, Ariya is also being tested locally to demonstrate the vehicle’s performance capabilities in European driving environments, such as tight corners, fast motorways and mountain roads.

Nissan’s vehicle assessment specialists in Japan and the research and development technicians at Nissan Technical Centre in Cranfield, UK are working together to share insights and make any adaptations needed to make it more suitable for the European region and compliant with its regulations.

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