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    Thread: New Nissan Almera compact sedan unveiled for Russia

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      08-31-2012 08:12 PM #1
      http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/08...-sedan-at.html



      Quote Originally Posted by Carscoop
      Highlighting Nissan's extended presence at this week's Moscow International Auto Salon, is the world premiere of its new Almera sedan that will be offered exclusively in Russia.

      The reveal comes almost six months after the Japanese brand teased the car through a single image in late February.

      As we pointed out at the time, the new Almera is based on the second generation of the Japanese market Bluebird Sylphy that uses Nissan's B-platform and which was introduced in 2005.

      Nissan has already introduced a third generation of the Sylphy at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, which will be sold in the United States and Canada as the new 2013 Sentra sedan, but preferred to base the Russian market Almera on the previous model.

      Compared to its Japanese sibling, on the outside, the changes are limited to the redesigned air vents on the front bumper, the new front grille and the tail lamps. Inside, however, it's a different story – literally, as Nissan has designed a new, much simpler looking and not as near as well-appointed interior as the Sylphy Mk2.

      Nissan says it has re-engineered the car to meet the needs of Russian buyers and the rougher conditions of the roads.

      "To create the car we have taken the best engineers from Japan, Europe and Russia and immersed them in the specific demands of the region," said François Goupil de Bouille, Managing Director, Nissan Russia.

      "The new Nissan Almera is a Russian car through and through, but one which benefits from the engineering and design expertise developed by Nissan globally. It is perfectly in tune with the needs and expectations of Russian consumers," he added.

      Among other upgrades, the Almera sports a re-tuned suspension while also offering extra protection against poor road surfaces with the use of a 2mm steel plate under the engine bay as well as other steel plates covering potentially vulnerable brake and fuel pipes running under the car.

      The Almera measures 4,656mm from bumper to bumper and according to Nissan, has the longest wheelbase in the class at 2,700mm.

      The Japanese carmaker claims that interior space rivals or in some cases, is more generous than that offered in some premium D segment cars (think Opel Insignia). It also offers a spacious trunk at 500 litres.

      Power for the front-wheel drive model comes from a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 101hp (102PS) and 145Nm of peak torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a four-speed automatic.

      The Almera will be built on a newly installed assembly line in Togliatti, Russia, with sales to start in early 2013.

      Nissan has not yet announced pricing on the Almera but says it will be highly competitive. "When the prices are revealed, everyone will see what an exceptional offering this is," said François Goupil de Bouille. "[The] New Almera offers the interior space expected by a D-segment car but at a B-segment price."















    2. 08-31-2012 08:42 PM #2
      Coming soon to a dash-cam crash video near you!

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      08-31-2012 09:32 PM #3
      That interior is...basic

      Probably exactly what they need though.

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      08-31-2012 09:37 PM #4
      Even if the plastic on it looks like it came from Tupperwear, it's amazing how many toys are packed in the Sentra now, especially compared to my 1994 Sentra SE-R.

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      08-31-2012 09:41 PM #5
      Poverty car.

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      08-31-2012 09:55 PM #6
      Disgusting.

      Cheap can be cheerful in a refreshingly simple and straightforward kind of way, but this is just frumpy and depressing. I can't imagine owning a less appealing new car. Thankfully this isn't sold here.

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      08-31-2012 09:55 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Robski92 View Post
      Poverty car.
      Meet VW poverty.


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      08-31-2012 10:08 PM #8
      That's one hell of a cheap looking vehicle. Reminds me of Versa+. I can't get over how cheap the new Versa is compared to EVERYTHING in the North American market. Yes, it's the cheapest MSRP as well, but I didn't see any base models on the lots I visited. I have a strong feeling that the Versa is gonna crash and burn from the sales charts once the hatchback disappears. It reminds me of the late 90s Sentra.
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      08-31-2012 10:13 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by P-Body View Post
      That's one hell of a cheap looking vehicle. Reminds me of Versa+. I can't get over how cheap the new Versa is compared to EVERYTHING in the North American market. Yes, it's the cheapest MSRP as well, but I didn't see any base models on the lots I visited. I have a strong feeling that the Versa is gonna crash and burn from the sales charts once the hatchback disappears. It reminds me of the late 90s Sentra.
      The new Versa hatch is coming out next year it's supposed to look a lot like the Note.



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      08-31-2012 11:17 PM #10
      The bumps on the headlights.... aerodynamic tweak to reduce noise around the mirrors?
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      09-01-2012 12:08 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by 2.0T_Convert View Post
      Meet VW poverty.

      hmmm...comparable to the american poverty version:



    12. 09-01-2012 12:30 PM #12
      There is no such thing as an American poverty car because they poor people just get credit to buy expensive cars too.

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      09-01-2012 12:36 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by WhistlerYOW View Post
      There is no such thing as an American poverty car because they poor people just get credit to buy expensive cars too.
      I am seeing plenty of base model new Versa sedans on the road.
      Your opinion is invalid.

      But there is some truth to that... to be fair.

      Most average people live check to check and barely can pay off all those bills for stuff they "own".
      The truly wealthy people seem to drive nice cars but for a long time- paid for with cash.
      The guy that owns the company where my office is located has a 12 year old 250k mile diesel SUV that looks great (always dealer serviced) and a classic 911.
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      09-01-2012 12:47 PM #14
      Why are automatic transmission levers so tall on cheap cars with automatics? Seems like wasted space. I always liked the MKIV Supra design:


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      if I had to name that car I'd call it Droopy.

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      Wow, it's even more horrible than I thought it'd be!
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      09-01-2012 03:09 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by S0RRY View Post
      Why are automatic transmission levers so tall on cheap cars with automatics? Seems like wasted space. I always liked the MKIV Supra design:

      It's about packaging.

      Cheap small cars have more upright seating positions.
      SO that means the shifter must pop up higher to be "at had" unless they build up the entire center console to a higher level. But that adds quite a few bucks.
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      09-01-2012 03:11 PM #18
      And let's appreciate what this car is:


      Nissan says it has re-engineered the car to meet the needs of Russian buyers and the rougher conditions of the roads.

      Among other upgrades, the Almera sports a re-tuned suspension while also offering extra protection against poor road surfaces with the use of a 2mm steel plate under the engine bay as well as other steel plates covering potentially vulnerable brake and fuel pipes running under the car.
      This thing is a tank.
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      09-01-2012 04:07 PM #20
      They couldn't translate "Bluetooth" to the Cyrillic alphabet?
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      09-01-2012 04:17 PM #21
      I'd assume that's because it is the name of a technology not a word.

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      09-01-2012 04:22 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by GLIGuy18 View Post
      I'd assume that's because it is the name of a technology not a word.
      Yeah- it's strange to listen to a foreign language and hear English tech words..

      Blah blah blah "...magic, cookie..." blah blah... what?


      And I wonder if mounting the power locks and windows switches on a stationary part (dash, console versus door) makes them last longer.. hmm.
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      09-02-2012 02:36 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      Yeah- it's strange to listen to a foreign language and hear English tech words..

      Blah blah blah "...magic, cookie..." blah blah... what?


      And I wonder if mounting the power locks and windows switches on a stationary part (dash, console versus door) makes them last longer.. hmm.
      It's cheaper. Make 1 piece of interior plastic with more complicated cut-outs as opposed to 3 pieces of plastic with extra cut-outs.

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      09-02-2012 02:47 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      And I wonder if mounting the power locks and windows switches on a stationary part (dash, console versus door) makes them last longer.. hmm.
      For economies of scale, that part and many other parts in the Almera interior are also Dacia parts that have already been built into hundreds of thousands of vehicles:

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      09-02-2012 02:55 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Slowkums View Post
      They couldn't translate "Bluetooth" to the Cyrillic alphabet?
      Bluetooth is a trademarked brand name, just like Nissan.

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      Quote Originally Posted by GLIGuy18 View Post
      I'd assume that's because it is the name of a technology not a word.
      yes sir, exactly.
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