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LATEST UPDATE: Nissan Grand Livina 1.6 and 1.8 launched in Malaysia

Nissan Motors has unveiled the Nissan Livina Geniss, a seven-seater MPV part of Nissan’s new global car line-up. It was displayed to the public today at the 2006 Guangzhou International Motor Show. The MPV was designed and engineered at Nissan’s Technical Centre in Atsugi, Japan.

The Livina Geniss rides on the Renault-Nissan B platform underpinings that also spawned the Nissan Micra, Renault Clio and Renault Modus.

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The car will be made in Nissan’s plant in Kota Bukit Indah, a 90-minute drive south-east of Jakarta in the first half of 2006. It will also be assembled in China together with Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle’s Company Huadu plant in Guangdong Province as the Nissan Jun Yi and will make it’s worldwide production debut in China first.

The Chinese version will feature the MR18DE engine. Up to 8 different variants will be produced with differences according to market needs in different countries. A report by Singaporean newspaper The Straits Times says the car will be assembled here in Malaysia as a CKD. Tan Chong could position this as a competitor against the Toyota Innova, for those that cannot afford the Nissan Serena.

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