Nissan Australia has begun the renewal of its passenger car portfolio with the launch of the all-new Almera.
Almera is a light car that is big on space, comfort and value, priced from $16,990 MSRP (manufacturer suggested retail price). It combines a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and exceptional room for five adults – including more rear legroom and boot space than many mid-size sedans.
Almera complements the popular Micra hatch in the light car segment, with both models sharing Nissan’s global V-platform.
Following Almera will be the return of Pulsar, led by Pulsar sedan in early 2013 and followed by Pulsar hatch mid-year. Nissan’s all-new Altima medium sized sedan then goes on sale in Australia in the second half of 2013.
Almera features quality that exceeds the segment with roomy, comfortable cabin space in front and back seats in an affordable, fuel-efficient package. The Almera’s rear seat legroom (940mm) is 94mm greater than Hyundai Accent, 59mm greater than Holden Barina and 36mm greater than Toyota Yaris.
The outstanding boot space (490 litres boot capacity) also sets the Almera apart from its sedan competitors in the light car segment. Boot space in the Almera is 25 litres greater than the Hyundai Accent and 15 litres more than the Toyota Yaris.
Segment-leading interior comfort and space
The long list of standard accessories in the Almera’s comfortable, modern interior includes Bluetooth hands-free phone system, steering wheel audio controls, central locking with remote keyless entry and four-speaker audio system with MP3 player auxiliary input jack.
Almera Ti includes additional features such as rear park assist, climate control, intelligent keyless entry and push button engine start.
The Multi-Function Drive Computer in the Nissan Almera puts all the necessary information at the driver’s fingertips, with display options for fuel consumption, remaining driving range and service reminder information.
Sleek exterior styling
The Almera’s stylish and aerodynamic design features Nissan’s next generation sedan signature grille and large multi-reflector halogen headlights.
Almera Ti offers 15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights and a rear spoiler.
The Nissan Almera is available in six colours: Brilliant Silver, Burning Red, Deep Sapphire, Ebony, Titanium and White Diamond.
Safety features ensuring peace of mind
The easy-to-drive Almera offers peace of mind with safety features including Vehicle Stability Control, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist.
Almera also includes the full complement of six airbags across all grades, with dual front, side and curtain airbags.
Proven Nissan engine quality and efficiency
The Almera’s four cylinder, 16-valve, 1.5-litre petrol engine provides 75 kilowatts power and 139Nm torque, driven through the front wheels.
The punchy, responsive engine is also efficient and economical, recording 6.3L/100km fuel use.
Global success story
Sold as the Nissan Versa in the United States, this model has been a highly popular car and a huge sales success.
The Versa family includes sedan and hatchback versions in the US and leads the sub-compact (light) market, outselling its nearest competitors Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Ford Fiesta for a more than 22 percent share of the segment.
The Versa nameplate was recently named in Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB.com) ’10 Best Back-To-School Cars of 2012′ list. KBB.com’s editors saw the Versa as a sensible solution that meets the needs and wants of students citing its ample cargo space, budget-friendly fuel efficiency and array of safety features.
The Almera is also sold as the Nissan Sunny in China.
Pricing – Almera sedan
Nissan Almera ST manual: $16,990 MSRP
Nissan Almera ST automatic: $18,990 MSRP
Nissan Almera Ti automatic: $20,990 MSRP