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Title

THEY STILL CAN ... IN A NISSAN.

Source

The Northern Echo

Date

9 October 1997

Author(s)

Nigel Burton

Spotted by

Jill Woolfenden

They Still Can - In a Nissan

Nissan has forged a professional new partnership - supplying cars for the Bodie and Doyle of the Nineties.

The company which employs more than 4,000 people at its Sunderland manufacturing plant, has clinched a deal to supply cars for the new version of the 70s classic television series, The Professionals.

The original show helped boost sales of Ford's Capri coupe to new heights in the 1970s and early 80s.

Ford said the success was so great it kept the Capri alive in Britain at a time when the model was axed throughout the rest of the world.

Now Nissan is hoping the new series, to be called CI5 - The Professionals, will do the same for its glamorous sports coupe, the 200SX.
 
The Japanese company already has a close relationship with the show. Its spoof Professionals ad for the Almera Gti became a cult last year and led television bosses to begin screening repeats after a 10-year hiatus.

For the new series Bodie and Doyle have been replaced by Curtis and Keel, played by Kal Weber and Colin Wells. The dynamic duo are to be joined by a female agent, Tina Backus (played by karate kicking Lexa Doig) while CI5's new boss is to be Edward Woodward, who replaces the late Gordon Jackson.

As part of the deal Nissan will supply the show with a black 200 SX coupe for hard man Chris Keel, and a green Terrano II off-roader for Tina. A Nissan spokesman said: "Our Almera ad rekindled interest in the show last year so it was natural we should supply cars for a new series." The Capri was killed off by Ford in 1986.

(c) North of England Newspapers, 1997.
UNITED KINGDOM
NORTHERN ECHO 09/10/97 P3

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