Nissan Almera Malaysia Archive

  • Nissan Almera Nismo Performance Package Concept

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    This is the new Nissan Almera Nismo Performance Package Concept, which made its global premiere at the Super GT International Series Malaysia 2013 in Sepang yesterday. It is an attempt by Nissan Motorsports International (Nismo) to spruce up the Almera family sedan in both its aesthetic and dynamic aspects.

    In essence it’s a simple Nismo-branded bodykit and suspension tune-up job, and is only labelled as a concept as the package is not yet available anywhere in the world. The Malaysia market will get it towards the end of the year, placed as an alternative to the Impul package (silver car pictured below) that’s readily available since the Almera’s local launch.

    Despite the name, there’s no performance boost on offer here. The ‘performance’ package includes Nismo front and rear extensions, side skirts, boot lid spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and exhaust muffler. Unseen is the Nismo sports suspension (uprated springs and dampers).

    This particular show car is also dressed up with extra bits and pieces such as carbonfibre side mirror covers, body decals, contrasting silver roof, smoked front grille, sports seats and steering wheel. No word on pricing yet. You’ll know more when we do.

     
     
  • VIDEO: A ‘special’ wash for the Nissan Almera

    It’s the second in a set of videos touting the Nissan Almera – the Almera Affair, as the series is known as, has comedian Kavin Jay hamming it up, with the sedan providing the topic.

    The first video showcased the car’s spaciousness with plenty of bodies, and this one also uses a body, but in far more eye-catching fashion. Special? Indeed. But no greater love hath a man than his car in many cases, and special can take a hike if it goes too far. Well, depends on how much value you put on something…

    Special car wash, anyone?

     
     
  • Nissan Almera owners battle it out in the Lightfoot Quest fuel efficiency competition: 33.6km/l achieved!

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    Last week Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) organised the Lightfoot Quest 2013 fuel efficiency competition which saw 33 Nissan Almeras (1.5 automatic) taking part. The Lightfoot Quest might be familiar to some of you as ETCM has organised the event before, now specifically for owners of the Almera which was launched not too long ago.

    This time around, all participants took part in a drive which started off at the Holiday Inn Glenmarie resort. Prior to the event, all participating vehicles were fuelled to the brim and verified by the event marshals before being put under parc ferme conditions a day earlier. Participants we also briefed on how to drive economically including having a short warm up time for the engine, smooth use of the throttle, avoiding traffic jams using applications such as Waze and so on.

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    Following the flag-off, participants had to rely on directional tulips that were provided and drive as economically as possible to a fuel station in Gopeng, Perak about 180 kilometers away. When there is a competition, there are always rules to play by and this event is no exception. Participants had to reach the destination within 2.5 hours. Reaching within 15 minutes after the 2.5 hour mark will get you penalties while crossing the finish line after 2 hours and 45 minutes will mean automatic disqualification.

    Furthermore, all participating vehicles were fitted with special stickers at areas including the engine hood and the fuel flap to prevent from further tampering. The A/C controls were also in the list, after adjustments made by the marshals to ensure all vehicles had similar A/C settings. At the destination, the refuelling was carried out by the marshals this was observed by a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to ensure all steps were taken properly.

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    Following the half day affair, a total of 6 winners were selected, all based on the highest kilometre per litre (km/l) reading achieved. First place went to Chen Khong Lung and Lai Lih Mey with a score of 27.2km/l while second place went to Rebecca Tan Cheng Ann and Lee Beng Tan for scoring 22.8km/l. Muhammad Izzuddin Ilias and Mohd Faisal Kamarudin finished in the final podium position with 22.4km/l.

    There was also a media category, won by Khong Yin Swan and Ian Khong with a figure of 33.6km/l, the highest through out the event for the Nissan Almera. Durraini Sharom and Albakry Salehuddin settled with 32.6km/l to finish second while third place went to Chin Shong Chian and Sean Chua with their 23.5km/l reading. Prizes included RM5000 of cold hard cash for first place, RM3000 for first runner up and RM2000 for second runner up.
    Click here to see the full event gallery.

     
     
  • Nissan Almera (or Proton Preve?) tops Google Zeitgeist Malaysia 2012 trending searches for cars

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    There’s always plenty to look forward to in December – year-end car sales, and the holidays. But for me personally, as someone in the internet business, I always eagerly await Google’s Zeitgeist Malaysia 2012, which reveals the search patterns of Malaysians using the Google search engine.

    Lucky for us car enthusiasts, Google knows Malaysia is a car-loving nation, so our very own customised Zeitgeist list has a list of trending car model searches. So here’s the top trending car models searched by Malaysians on Google this year, according to Google.

    1. Nissan Almera
    2. Toyota 86
    3. Proton Prevé
    4. Hyundai Elantra
    5. Mitsubishi Mirage
    6. Toyota Prius c
    7. Mazda CX-5
    8. Toyota Avanza
    9. Honda Civic
    10. Proton Exora Bold

    Yes, the new Nissan Almera B-segment sedan tops the list. Note this list is for the top trending car models. A brief explanation on what trending means – according to Google it means search queries with the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011. It does not mean the search queries with the largest volume of searches. So naturally a lot of new models will appear in this list.

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    There seems to be an anomaly with the results though. The Almera is number 1 under the Car Models category with the Proton Prevé coming in at third place, but in the top overall trending searches category, Proton Preve (without the stylised é) comes in at number four, with no other car appearing in the top overall trending searches category. It probably means Google is counting the terms Proton Preve and Proton Prevé separately, and somehow did not identify the Preve as a car.

    But it looks like between the battle of the non-national new models, the Almera wins. We think the factors that contributed to this is a well-executed pre-launch teaser campaign that started earlier in the year to get people curious about the car, thus prolonging the timespan in which people were looking for info about the car, as well as an affordable price to appeal to the mass market.

    Certain cars in there like the Mirage are affordable too but since it’s hype only started late Q3 2012, there was less time for the Mirage to register a higher increase in search query volume over the time span measured.

    Read the full Google Malaysia Zeitgeist 2012.

     
     
  • DRIVEN: Nissan Almera 1.5 CVTC, to Melaka and back

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    The big news in the local motoring scene last week was the launch of the Nissan Almera and its RM66,800 starting price. When that was announced at the event last Tuesday, a series of gasps were audible even within that big hall, followed by applause – it caught many of us off guard.

    Not only, then, is this an important car for Nissan; the competitive pricing alone is enough to make the Nissan Almera a serious contender in the B-segment, already the domain of rivals Toyota Vios and Honda City.

    The said segment is a significant one – according to Edaran Tan Chong Motor, it accounts for more than 38% of the Malaysian car market, with between 18,000 and 19,000 cars sold per month. If Nissan is to achieve its sales target of 10,000 units for the first three months, there is little room for error – the Nissan Almera is a car it has to get right.

    With more than half a million already sold globally, it makes a pretty strong case for itself from the start. Still, there’s nothing like actually driving it to get some real-world answers, and this was fulfilled for a group of members of the media in a recent test drive to Melaka, where not only did we stretch the Nissan Almera’s legs, we stretched ours too at the back. There’s enough room for that, you bet.
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  • Nissan Almera officially launched: RM66.8k to 79.8k!

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    Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has officially launched the Nissan Almera into our market at an event held at One World Hotel. With four variants competitively priced between RM66,800 and RM79,800 (OTR with insurance), we were more than pleasantly surprised as we’d expected the B-segment sedan to cost somewhat more.

    The four variants of the Nissan Almera come in three grades: E (five-speed manual RM66,800, four-speed auto RM69,800), V (RM76,800) and the full-spec VL (RM79,800). All are powered by Nissan’s HR15DE 1.5 litre four-cylinder that pushes out 102 PS and 139 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

    DRIVEN: Nissan Almera 1.5 CVTC Car Review

    The Nissan Almera’s engine features Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control (CVTC), which helps the Almera claim fuel efficiency figures of 14.9 km per litre for the auto and 15.9 for the manual. The four-speed automatic is in fact a new unit – it’s 11% more compact, 15% lighter, has 32% lower friction and 12% fewer components than before.

    Assembled at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ Serendah facility, the Nissan Almera is based on Nissan’s V platform, which also underpins the March hatchback, and as such has MacPherson struts and ventilated disc brakes up front and a torsion beam and drum brakes at the back. What is interesting is 50% of its components are locally-made. Standard tyres are 185/65 R15, while kerb weight is around the one-tonne mark.

    How do the variants differ? The higher V and VL grades get front fog lamps, black door pillar garnish, variable intermittent wipers, twin airbags, seven-spoke alloys and remote boot release. The E grade gets steel wheels with wheel covers and a single airbag for the driver. Additional features on the top-spec car include Intelligent Key with push-start, automatic climate control and an illuminated Fine Vision Meter with multi information display.

    A sea of optional accessories awaits the customer, ranging from door visors and leather seats to LED stainless steel kickplates and a six-inch screen multimedia navigation system with rear view camera display, DVD, iPod, USB and Bluetooth. These can be specified via three option packages – Luxury, Navi and Premium Navi.

    The RM6,000 Premium Navi package comprises the accessories mentioned above as well as LED turn signal light wing mirrors, boot tray, sport pedals (auto only) and Solar Gard Armorcoat. An upgrade to V-Kool Elite is available for an extra RM1,200.

    For those who want to stand out even further, there’s the Nissan Almera Impul package, available on all grades for an additional RM9,500. The complete package comprises a front grille, Impul Aerokit (including rear spoiler), exhaust muffler, sports suspension (which lowers ride height by 25 mm) and a choice of 16- or 17-inch alloys.

    Standard features across the Nissan Almera range include electric power steering, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, and ISOFIX seat mounting points. Cabin space is touted as the best in its class, with 636 mm of legroom at the back. Boot volume is a generous 490 litres.

    Five colours are available for the Nissan Almera, namely Brilliant White, Tungsten Silver, Twilight Grey, Sapphire Black and Bronze Gold.

    The Nissan Almera has been a strong seller particularly in the US, Thailand and China, and more than half a million have found homes worldwide. With the new car, ETCM hopes to revive its position as leader in the non-national affordable vehicle segment, and carry on the legacy shared by models such as the Sunny and Sentra.

    Full gallery after the jump.

     
     
  • Nissan Almera Tuned by Impul open for booking, ETCM also announces a long list of optional kit

    Earlier today, Edaran Tan Chong Motor, via its Nissan Malaysia Facebook page, showed us a sketch of the Nissan Almera Tuned by Impul before releasing a rear shot of the actual car. Now it’s officially opened for booking, and we have the details of this sporty variant.

    Besides the Impul aerokit (front grille RM800. side skirts, front and rear bumper extensions, boot spoiler RM3,000 inclduing paint and installation), the Almera gets an Impul “Super Shock” suspension system (RM2,800) which consists of tuned shock absorbers and coil springs. Ride height is lowered by a substantial 25 mm, with “increased lateral force support for more agile handling and distinct road contact”.

    To go with the sports suspension, the Almera Impul gets 16-inch Impul HS-06 alloys (RM4,000), which are in silver and black with a matte finish. This is an inch up over the stock wheels, but customers can upsize to 17-inch Impul Aura SX-10 alloys (RM4,600).

    The package is rounded off by the Impul Blast 2 exhaust muffler (RM1,800).

    In addition to the Impul version, ETCM also announced a list of optional accessories that can be had on all Almera variants. Choose from LED wing mirror signal lights, stainless steel kicking plates with LEDs, door visor, trunk tray and sport pedals for A/T cars.

    Also on the list are multimedia navigation (iPod, Bluetooth, DVD, USB, rear view camera), combination leather seats and door panels, 15-inch alloys finished in polished steel and window tinting. For the latter, choose from V-Kool Elite, Solar Gard Armorcoat and Solar Gard.

    The Impul version is not much of a surprise as ETCM offers such a package on the Sylphy, Livina and old Latio, but that’s a long list of optional equipment. Combined with top-spec toys like Intelligent key with push start and climate control, a RM100k Almera would be quite a richly equipped one.

    Click here for more info from the official preview, and here for our brief first impressions.

     
     
  • Nissan Almera with Impul bodykit to join the range

    The Nissan Almera is closer to its official launch now, and the Nissan Malaysia Facebook page has just posted up this image of a bodykitted Almera with the caption “Coming up… Exclusive preview for Nissan Malaysia Facebook Fans”. Perhaps a “sporty” version will be offered when the car is officially revealed?

    The bodykit in the sketch shows a new grille with the Impul logo, front bumper extension, side skirts, rear skirt with diffuser-style element and a spoiler on the boot.

    As a recap, the Malaysian-assembled Almera will debut in 1.5 litre form, the DOHC and CVTC equipped four-pot making 102 PS and 139 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It’s mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. We know of three trim levels for now – E, V and VL.

    Full details and more Almera reading can be had here (official ETCM preview) and here (a short drive at Tan Chong’s Serendah test track).

    UPDATE: We now have more details on the Impul bodykit. The Impul front grille goes for RM800, while the Impul Aerokit consisting of front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts and a rear wing spoiler will cost you RM3,000 inclusive of installation and painting.

    That’s not all that’s available from Impul – the Impul Blast 2 Exhaust Muffler for the Almera is priced at RM1,800, and an Impul sport suspension that lowers the vehicle by 25mm will cost you RM2,800.

    Two different alloy wheels are available – the 16 inch HS-06 in matte silver and black for RM4,000 and 17 inch SX-20 in black and polish finish for RM4,600.

    Full details in the brochure scan included in our gallery below.

     
     
  • Nissan Almera previewed: a short drive on a test track

    Since there’s only a half-handful of you who’ll read till the end, there’s something you need to know first. This is not a preview test drive, but a preview of a preview. Think of this a sampler, like the sliver of fried chicken ball promoters push at you as you walk through an aisle of a supermarket.

    The reason I’m bringing this up is that the Nissan Almera was tested on Nissan’s test track at its assembly plant in Serendah. It’s a 1.5 km track that features various road conditions – long stretches, a skid pad and speed bumps to simulate roads you drive on every day. Since it is short though, there were plenty things about the car I couldn’t catch, which makes this preview not quite complete.

    A point to note here is that all Almeras – all Nissan vehicles built in this plant, in fact – are tested on this track before delivery to customers. The test drivers will try to pick up a few things like unusual noises, suspension and power issues, to name a few, things which will mar the experience of owning a Nissan car.

    Before I start telling you about how the car feels, let me brief you on what I gathered from the product presentation. Firstly, the Almera is built on a new ‘V’ platform, which stands for – and I’m not making this up – versatile. Secondly, Nissan says that this car easily passes the ECE R94 and ECE R95 regulations. In case you don’t know, the R94 and R95 are front and side collision test regulations.

    Third, the Almera will be powered by the HR15DE engine, a 1,498 cc, four-cylinder DOHC with CVTC unit that produces 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 139 Nm at 4,000 rpm for numbers. The two choices of transmission available are, depending on trim, a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic. What!

    There’s more to the story. Click the link to read more!

     
     
  • Nissan Almera 1.5L officially previewed by Tan Chong – CKD, RM70k to 85k, deliveries in Q4

    After months of teasing and speculation, the Nissan Almera was officially previewed by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) this morning to the media. We’ve had quite a “long history” with this car, reporting live from its global unveiling in China, before showing you spyshots of the car from across the country. There was even an ad from an ETCM outlet last month which threw out some prices.

    Well, no more guessing, because here’s the real deal. The Almera name has been chosen for Malaysia over ‘Sunny’ and this big B-segment sedan is receiving the baton from Nissan’s previous effort, the Latio. That roomy car was awkwardly shaped with sharp edges, but the Almera carries a smooth, curvy shape.

    The footprint of the new car isn’t much different from the Latio – the 1,695 mm width is unchanged while the Almera’s 4,426 mm length is up by 11 mm. Wheelbase remains at 2,600 mm, which is a good 50 mm longer than that of the Toyota Vios. The Latio was the Peter Crouch in its class; the Almera is less lanky by 21 mm, but still dwarfs over classmates Vios and Honda City.

    The Almera’s generous dimensions allows ETCM to claim best-in-class cabin space and highlight the car’s 636 mm rear legroom as USPs. Boot volume is a generous 490 litres. Shoppers in this segment who put space as priority will love the Almera, no matter what some “enthusiasts” say.

    Sitting on Nissan’s V platform that also underpins the March hatchback, the Almera is par for the class under the skin. Front MacPherson struts, a rear torsion beam, ventilated discs up front and rear drum brakes are entirely expected for this application. The Almera rides on 185/65 R15 tyres.

    We already know that unlike the Thai Ecocar spec Almera (1.2L three-cylinder, 79 PS/106 Nm), our Almera will be powered by Nissan’s HR15DE 1.5 litre engine.

    In Malaysia, this DOHC and VTC equipped four-pot makes 102 PS and 139 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. Not class leading on paper, but it would be foolish to equate headline figures with real world drivability – they do not always walk hand-in-hand. Nissan’s internal tests say that the Almera is capable of 14.9 km/l combined.

    Equipment-wise, top-spec Almeras get some pretty cool kit such as Intelligent Key with push-start button, which means your key fob never needs to leave your pocket or bag. Not to be scoffed at, since some cars costing over RM400k don’t have this feature. The car’s boot can also be opened remotely via the key fob.

    Automatic climate control and steering wheel audio controls are also available; the latter is quite a novelty in an affordable Nissan. The Almera also has what Nissan calls Fine Vision Meter (self illuminated, also found in Infinitis) with multi information display.

    Five colours are available – Brilliant White, Tungsten Silver, Twilight Grey, Sapphire Black, Bronze Gold. Prices are not yet finalised, but expect to pay between RM70k to RM85k. ETCM is not revealing the trim levels yet, but some of the highlighted kit will only appear on higher grades, naturally.

    You can register your interest now (either online or at the showcase locations below), but deliveries will begin in the fourth quarter at the latest.

    The Almera will be on display at Pavilion KL and Dataran Pahlawan (Melaka) this weekend, before heading to Queensbay Mall Penang from August 16 to 21, Paradigm Mall PJ from August 23 to 26, Juru Autocity Penang from August 30 to September 2 and East Coast Mall Kuantan from August 31 to September 2.

     
     
 

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