Nissan has reintroduced the Almera badge to the South African market with the launch of the new India-built Almera 1.5 Acenta sedan. It’s been years since the last Almeras were sold here, and they were quite popular in both sedan and hatchback shape. Now Nissan is looking at the value seeker to put it back into the top 10 sales charts.
“The all-new Nissan Almera is an extremely important new car for Nissan in South Africa, where the B-segment is the largest and fastest-growing segment in the market,” says Janico Dannhauser, Product Manager for Passenger Vehicles at Nissan South Africa.
Powering the new Almera is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine delivering 73kW at 6000rpm and peak torque of 134Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Buyers are able to choose between a 5-speed manual or an old school 4-speed automatic. Nissan claims 6.3 litres per 100km on the manual and 7.2 litres per 100km from the auto.
Safety equipment comprises ABS with EBD and BAS, with backup in the form of two airbags, five three-point seat belts and a zoned body structure whereby the passenger compartment features high-strength construction.
Inside the Almera is equipped with air conditioning, a radio/ CD/ MP3 combo with steering wheel controls, remote central locking and a trip computer. Seat upholstery is cloth, not leather.
Nissan Almera Price
Almera 1.5 Acenta manual (R165 000)
Almera 1.5 Acenta automatic (R175 500)