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2020 Nissan Navara N-Guard debuts in Europe – new Electric Blue paint, NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay


Nissan has launched the updated Navara N-Guard in Europe, with the flagship variant receiving four exterior paint options include the new electric blue colour. This joins other existing shades which are black, white, and grey. It also gets contrast blue stitching for the interior leather upholstery and door cards, as well as illuminated footwell.

For functionality, the load bed features a spray-on liner which Nissan claims to absorb shocks and sound. It’s also more weather resistant, making it ideal for work and play. Like before, the eight-inch NissanConnect touchscreen display with NissanConnect Services is available, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities. There’s over-the-air software updates and advanced GPS navigation, too.

In terms of powertrain, the Navara is powered by a twin-turbo 2.3 litre four-cylinder diesel engine, making 190 PS at 3,750 rpm and 450 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while a seven-speed automatic transmission can be had. Of course, both gearboxes come with a part-time four-wheel drive system with low-ratio for added off-road capabilities.

Key performance figures include a nought to 100 km/h sprint time of 11.2 seconds, plus a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 kg or 1,100 kg of cargo. The new four-disc braking system and revised rear suspension from a prior update is present here as well.

For safety, the range-topping Navara N-Guard gets a host of advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies as standard, including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Assist, Electronic Limited-Slip Differential (eLSD) with cut-off, and Hill Descent Control, just to name a few. A rear differential lock is optional.

Nissan Europe’s light commercial vehicle general manager, Soufiane Elkhomri said: “With its refreshed look, advanced connectivity and dependable off-road talent, the new Nissan Navara N-Guard really allows this pickup to be a workhorse during the weekday and a stylish companion in the evening and on the weekend.

“This all-round versatility and appeal has made the Navara N-Guard a highly popular choice with customers, and we look forward to seeing customers enjoy everything that this renewed version has to offer.”

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Nissan GT-R turns into ultimate high-speed camera car


Nissan first introduced the 2020 GT-R Nismo in April last year, which came with a number of enhancements to make it even more capable than before. However, when the time came to film the sports car on the track, it apparently faced a problem: how to get it done?

Well, the carmaker employed the services of Mauro Calo, a professional precision driver who once set the world record for the longest car drift in W204 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG. He is also an automotive video expert known for his work on big-budget blockbuster movies and automotive TV shows, the latter including Top Gear and The Grand Tour.

While this type of filming would typically require a high-performance SUV to be used, they lack the speed or agility to follow the world’s fastest performance cars on track. As a result, Calo’s preferred camera car is a bespoke GT-R, which fits the bill with its adjustable sports suspension, low centre of gravity and capable powertrain featuring a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 and all-wheel drive.

“When I started to think about developing a high-performance camera car, I quickly realized that the Nissan GT-R was the only car that would meet my criteria. It has supercar performance, with outstanding all-wheel drive handling and stability. It’s famously reliable, and it can seat the team I need to operate the camera system. There were no other contenders,” said Calo.

In order to ensure the GT-R camera car meets the demands of keeping up with a Nismo version on the track, the vehicle’s body was first removed, and aluminium supports were added. Next, a tubular frame that supports a bespoke carbon-fibre camera gimbal was added to the chassis, while a matte black finish prevents glare or other lighting issues.

Nissan admits that not many GT-R customers regularly use all four seats inside its sports car, but they certainly to come in handy to accommodate a full camera crew, which includes Calo at the wheel, a gimbal operator, a focus puller and a director.

“I knew already, from driving it on photo and video shoots, what a great car the Nissan GT-R is. But since I adapted my Nissan GT-R to be a high-speed camera car and have been using it to film some of the world’s fastest cars on track, my respect and appreciation of its performance, reliability and stability has only increased. It amazes me and the teams I work with every time we use it,” noted Calo.

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Renault, Nissan to revive joint R&D projects – report


Renault engineering chief Gilles Le Borgne is due to meet his counterpart at Nissan, Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi in Japan this week as the French and Japanese brands aim to revive joint projects crucial to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, Reuters reported.

Le Borgne was hired by Renault on January 6 following his departure from French rival Group PSA, and took on the roles of executive vice president and member of the Renault executive committee, after his departure from his position at PSA as executive vice president of quality and engineering which he held since 2013. His counterpart at Nissan, Yamaguchi is the executive in charge of joint engineering projects.

“The alliance has taken a hit, but the alliance engineering team is still there. You cannot, from one day to the next, stop something that has been embedded so deeply,” a source told Reuters. Former chairman and CEO of Nissan Carlos Ghosn spoke out against his ex-company, saying that it might ‘go bankrupt within two to three years’.

One area of focus for the joint projects will be in hybrid power systems, an area where the alliance has not effectively pooled its research and development efforts, Reuters quoted analysts saying; each of the three members of the alliance has developed their own hybrid power systems. “That has been among the sources of the friction. Now (that) the three systems are there, we’ll need to use them in the most efficent way possible,” the third source told Reuters.

According to the same sources, the joint engineering exercise will see the Renault-developed E-Tech system used for the Nissan Juke, while the Nissan-developed e-Power system is set to be employed in the Renault Kadjar, particularly in Asia. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi is still using its own hybrid drive system in the Outlander.

The troubles faced by the alliance arose as rumours of Nissan’s planned split from Renault sent share prices tumbling, initiated by Nissan’s intentions to return to independent efforts in engineering and manufacturing, along with concerns that its relations with long-time partner Renault had turned sour.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance offers crucial cost savings, in light of an overall slowdown of the automotive industry and the trending efforts and investments toward cleaner vehicles and automated driving, Reuters noted. Financial prospects have been difficult since Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 for alleged financial misconduct, who subsequently spent 108 days in jail.

Ghosn was released on bail under strict conditions, including not being able to communicate with his wife and only being allowed to use a computer at his lawyer’s office. The former CEO made his escape from Japan to Lebanon in December, followed by a press conference which he gave earlier this month, saying he fled the country as he did not think he would get a just and speedy trial.

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Next Nissan Z to feature ‘heritage-inspired’ design


The next-generation Nissan Z will wear a look that harks back to familiar look from Z models past, Autoblog was told by a source, who has seen an early version of the forthcoming sports car at dealer meetings. The forthcoming sports car’s silhouette and overall shape will be similar to that of the current 370Z/Fairlady – the unit seen here running laps of the Nurburgring is a mule – but its front and rear ends will be redesigned.

The new car’s front end is said to mimic that of the 240Z with a squared ‘mouth’ and headlights that are almost round in shape, while its tail lamps are to follow the design of those on the 1990s 300ZX. The next Z-car will also follow in the footsteps of the 300ZX in employing a turbocharged engine, though the new car does so likely as much for emissions regulations compliance as for outputs and performance.

This will be the 3.0 litre biturbo V6 that has served in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60 Red Sport, sources told Autoblog. Where this engine was paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission in the Infinitis, the sources also said that the automatic will be offered alongside a manual transmission. Nissan has in fact put the 3.0 litre biturbo V6 into the 370Z with a manual gearbox, albeit only as a one-off for the SEMA show in 2018.

A performance-focused Nismo version of the next Nissan Z will eventually join the line-up of versions for the next-generation car eventually, the sources told Autoblog, and a 500 hp ballpark figure is expected for this top-shelf variant. Inside, the next Nissan Z will get a thoroughly redesigned interior compared to that of the 370Z, where it will receive the manufacturer’s latest in design language and infotainment technologies.

For fans of the Nissan Fairlady/Z two-door, a comprehensive update of the sports car has been a long time in the making; the 3.7 litre naturally aspirated car made its debut in 2009. They’ll have a bit longer to wait, however, as its successor isn’t due for another one and a half to two years, Autoblog says, adding that Nissan “has plans to introduce 12 new products in the next 20 months.”

With the revival of the Toyota Supra nameplate, Nissan will surely want to get a slice of that modernised Japanese performance nostalgia pie – even if it already has the GT-R playing in a rather more elevated level of horsepower and performance. Looking forward to a new Fairlady, folks?

SPYSHOTS: Nissan 370Z development mule

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Nissan to severely cut costs due to slumping profits


According to a report by Reuters, Nissan has enforced a cost-cutting initiative that will see its managed reduce non-vital spending. This comes as the Japanese carmaker is faced with less than desirable car sales as well as plummeting profits.

The latter is exhibited by the company’s financial results, with the latest being announced on November 12, 2019. Official documents revealed that during the first half of Nissan’s 2019 financial year ending September 30, operating profit stood at 31.6 billion yen – this is 85% less than what was recorded in the same period during its 2018 financial year.

Sources within the automaker told the media outlet that the directive will remain in place until the end of the company’s financial year at the end of March 2020, and will most likely continue into the next business year.

Among the prescribed methods to reduce costs include reducing the number of attendees at meetings, while other gatherings and dinners have been cancelled altogether, or replaced by video-conferencing. There is also an effective travel ban for staff in the United States, a market where sales have been particularly hard hit, one of the sources said.

It’s been a particular challenging year for Nissan, with its previous leader, Carlos Ghosn, announcing his departure from the company after being linked to a scandal that involved under-reporting his corporate salary. Since then, several top executives have left as well, with the latest being vice COO Jun Seki. A strained relationship with Alliance partner, Renault, further compounds the list of problems that Nissan is facing.

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Nissan’s new No 3 resigns less than a month into the role


There seems to be no respite for Nissan. The beleagured Japanese automaker, reeling from the loss of two top officials in the course of less than 12 months, had in October announced a new management system to turn the company around and steer it back on course.

A committee consisting of outside directors appointed a trio of executives for the new system – Makoto Uchida as CEO, Ashwani Gupta from Mitsubishi as COO, and Jun Seki as vice-COO. While Uchida was the replacement for former CEO Hiroto Saikawa, who stepped down in September, the latter duo were introduced into a new leadership system designed to divide power and prevent the CEO from obtaining authoritarian status, as former chairman Carlos Ghosn had done.

Now, Seki, who assumed his new role at the beginning of December, has announced his resignation, less than a month in. According to the Asahi Shimbun and Nikkei, the 58-year-old is expected to leave Nissan and take up the post of president at Nidec, a Kyoto-based manufacturer of automotive components, in February. Nissan has reportedly said it has not decided who will replace Seki.

Seki, who has been in Nissan since 1986 and the only one of the three to have worked his way up the company, is highly regarded for his manufacturing experience and deep knowledge of the American and Chinese markets.

He was instrumental in crafting the company’s rebuilding plan that announced in July, compiling measures to streamline the automaker’s manufacturing bases and reduce the workforce. His departure for Nidec is quite a blow for Nissan and will undoubtedly delay the automaker’s improvement plan and road to recovery.

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CarGurus: Our Automotive Highlights of 2019 – The CarGurus Blog


Few could argue that 2019 has been a fascinating year in the world of motoring – but what are your automotive highlights of 2019? We’d love for you to tell us in the comments section below this article, or via the CarGurus Facebook page. To get you started, below our writers have put forward their own automotive highlights of 2019, from pickups to Porsches.

Chris Knapman, Editor, CarGurus UK

Will time show that 2019 was the year the electric car broke through? There’s certainly been no shortage of new products using battery power, from the Porsche Taycan and latest Nissan Leaf to the impossible-to-ignore Tesla Cybertruck.

Combine these new cars with an improving charging infrastructure and you’d expect the tide of public opinion might start showing signs of softening towards EVs. That was certainly the case according to our own research, which revealed that the number of consumers who consider themselves as likely to own an EV in the next five years jumped to 26% in 2019, up from 15% in 2018. This is most likely just the start, too: Who would bet against that number having grown significantly by this time next year?

Back in the world of internal combustion, my honorable mention for 2019 must go to the latest generation of Porsche 911, the 992. Not only does it masterfully update the legendary 911 format for this hi-tech age with its fabulous interior and ultra-sleek exterior, but in terms of performance, the 992 moves even the basic, non-GT or Turbo models firmly into supercar territory. In fact, if I had to narrow down my automotive highlights of 2019 into just one, fleeting moment, it’d be the surreal three-point-something seconds it took our four-wheel drive, PDK-equipped 911 test car to fire from 0-62 mph.

Electric vehicles might be coming, but internal combustion is still more than capable of taking your breath away.

Megan Hennessey, Editor, CarGurus US

I’m struck by the number of performance wagons and SUVs we saw introduced in 2019. Fans of the Audi S4 Avant rejoiced when the German automaker revealed it was bringing its RS 6 Avant to North America. It packs a 4.0-liter V8 that makes 591 hp and 590 lb-ft, hits 60 mph in about 3 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 189 mph.

Just as exciting was the introduction of the RS Q8, a performance SUV packing the same power as the RS 6 Avant. We had a chance to take a closer look at the 2020 RS Q8 at the 2019 LA Auto Show, and it adds plenty of features aside from the engine, like 23-inch wheels and an RS-specific gloss-black grille.

And in the EV space, electric trucks took center stage: Bollinger brought us a production-ready version of its B2 electric truck, Tesla unveiled its unique Cybertruck, and Rivian gets closer to its production-ready model of the R1T. But are truck shoppers willing to make the switch from gas-powered to electric? It’s hard to say. In our yearly Truck Sentiment Survey, we found that 70% of shoppers were willing to switch brands, which is good news for these startup truckmakers. However, their high prices may keep shoppers away.

Steve Halloran, Editor, CarGurus US

With one colleague celebrating electric vehicles and another performance wagons and SUVs, I feel obliged to mention one 2019 highlight they didn’t: Ford’s live-streamed debut of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E just before the LA Auto Show. Ford’s decision to put the name and badge of its mighty Mustang on an electric crossover generated controversy, of course, but a pony-equipped vehicle with up to 300 miles of range, usable seating for 5, almost 60 cubic feet of cargo room, and a 0-to-60 time of less than 4 seconds sounds great to me.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

But my 2019 highlights came from two automakers CarGurus has found compelling for years, Mazda and Subaru, in the form of strong new versions of proven models. The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 earned rave reviews from almost everyone who drove it, including George Kennedy, and the updated 2019 CX-5, which we sampled in the snow at the end of last year, also earned praise from a wide variety of reviewers.

2020 Mazda3

A new version of our favorite Subaru model also arrived in 2019. We got a chance to drive the 2020 Subaru Outback back in September and enjoyed it quite a bit. The new edition of this wagon/crossover finally offers a turbocharged engine under its hood, which drivers living at high altitudes should particularly appreciate. Our recently published review of the 2020 Outback found it strong from functionality and cost-effectiveness standpoints, which we consider hallmarks of the Subaru brand.

2020 Subaru Outback

Matt Smith, Editor, CarGurus US

This time of year, everyone’s talking about electrification and progress and the hot new thing. But as anyone with their eyes open can clearly see, 2019 was the year of the throwback.

First, Chevy resurrected the Blazer as a stylish, sharp, and sexy crossover complete with nearly $1,400 worth of 21-inch tires. Sure, the new 2019 Blazer had its detractors, namely those bemoaning its lack of off-road performance, but I, for one, welcome our new crossover overlords.

And it’s not as if 2019 didn’t bring us plenty of rugged capability, either. Carrying on with the throwback theme, both Ford and Jeep returned legendary truck nameplates to the market, with the 2019 Ranger and 2020 Gladiator.

Finally, the highlight of the year for this writer was the long-awaited return of the Toyota Supra. Partnering with BMW gave the new coupe a brilliant Bavarian heart and soul (or engine and chassis, for our more literal readers) to pair with its stunning exterior styling. Sure, the 2020 GR Supra’s interior might feel a bit familiar, and the lack of a manual transmission will cut it off some enthusiasts’ shopping lists, but it’s safe to say that no other car on CarGurus’ 2019 test-drive review roster received as much attention at gas stations, grocery stores, race tracks, or anywhere else we drove it.

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Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – deliveries from end 2020


Deliveries of the limited-run Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to customers will commence in late 2020, with the fist customer vehicle to be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year. Prior to that, prototype versions of the car will be on display at various locations in Japan, including the 2019 Nismo festival taking place on Sunday.

As its name suggests, there will be just 50 units of this Italdesign-penned car which is based on the GT-R Nismo facelift model. The GT-R50 builds further upon the powertrain from that car, where the VR38DETT biturbo V6 engine gains larger GT3-specification turbochargers, larger intercoolers, higher-flow injectors and optimised ignition, intakes and exhaust.

The resulting 720 PS at 7,100 rpm and 780 nm of torque from 3,600 rpm to 5,600 rpm is 120 PS and 128 Nm more than the Nismo’s outputs, and these are sent through a strengthened, rear-mounted six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system with reinforced differentials and driveshafts.

Chassis tweaks included a Bilstein DampTronic I continuously adjustable damping system, new Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear disc brakes and 21-inch wheels in 255/35 R21 and 285/30 R21 tyres front and rear, respectively.

The GT-R50 Italdesign first emerged in June last year as a concept, before the production model was revealed in the December that followed with a price tag starting from 990,000 euros (RM4.7 million) at the time. Customer demand for the car has been strong, says Nissan, with ‘a significant number of deposits already taken’, adding that a limited number of reservations are still available, though without specifying how many exactly are remaining.

“Our customers have relished the personalised experience provided by Italdesign, who have a long tradition in the exclusive field of ultra-rare, bespoke high-performance vehicles,” said Nissan global sports car programme director Bob Laishley.

GALLERY: Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

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2019 Thai Motor Expo: Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition – special R35 looks stunning in Bayside Blue


Is GT-R the “most legend” badge in the car world? If not an outright yes, it surely must be right up there among the most iconic names. The GT-R is 50 years old this year, and Nissan made the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition to commemorate the milestone. The car made its debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show, and Nissan Thailand has brought one to the ongoing 2019 Thai Motor Expo.

The special edition is available in three two-tone exterior colour schemes, each meant to represent the GT-R’s liveries from the Japan GP Series. The first two – Pearl White with red stripes and Super Silver with white stripes – are rather “normal”, and Nissan did little to explain them.

What you (and I) really want is this, the the return of Bayside (Wangan) Blue used on the R34 model. To ensure a vivid shade of blue is presetned with striking highlights and deep shadows, a four-coat, double-heat treatment process was used. This was complemented with white racing stripes, along with blue accents on the spokes of the 20-inch wheels.

The words “50th Anniversary” are proudly emblazoned at the back via a white decal, and there’s a special metal emblem below the famous GT-R mark.

On the inside, a grey interior colour scheme is applied instead, with unique steering wheel and shift knob trim, special embossed seats, an Alcantara headliner with unique stitching, Alcantara-wrapped sunvisors and a dedicated plaque on the centre console. It’s quite a unique colour combo, making the 50th truly special.

Beyond the aesthetic specials, the GT-R’s 3.8 litre turbocharged V6 remains as it is, serving up 565 hp and 633 Nm of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission, all-wheel drive and electronically controlled suspension are all standard. The VR38DETT engine is hand assembled at Nissan’s Tochigi facility by a special team of engineers, who leave their name on it – the unit you see here was finished by a takumi named Izumi Shioya.

One can try to be clever by playing with hyphens, but who are you trying to kid? There’s only one GT-R.

GALLERY: Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2019 Thai Motor Expo

GALLERY: Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition official images

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2020 Nissan Almera makes ASEAN debut, launched in Thailand: 1.0L turbo CVT, AEB, BSM, AVM, from RM69k


This is big news. The new 2020 Nissan Almera has been launched in Thailand, and is making its ASEAN debut with a 1.0 litre downsized turbo engine. That’s not all, because Nissan has also included active safety and driver assist tech such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot assist, RCTA and an around view monitor on its entry level sedan. Not something you’d expect from the brand, but here you go.

Replacing the 1.2L (the Almera is an eco car in Thailand, hence the 1.2L cap) engine with 79 hp/106 Nm is a 1.0 litre three-cylinder DOHC turbo engine with 100 hp and 152 Nm of torque, the latter available from 2,400 to 4,000 rpm. The HRA0 engine has its compression controlled by a DC motor and features mirror bore coating tech that helps with durability and heat dissipation. It’s mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox with D-Step Logic mode and power goes to the front wheels.

Nissan’s decision to go the downsized turbo route isn’t so much to be a tech pioneer, but for the Almera to comply with Thailand’s Phase 2 eco car rules, which require cars to have at least 23.3 km/l fuel economy, 100 g/km of CO2 emissions max, and Euro 5 compatibility (Phase 1 eco car: 20 km/l, 120 g/km, Euro 4). The upcoming next-gen Honda City will also have 1.0L turbo power.

Given that there’s no such requirement for the rest of ASEAN, and Malaysia, it remains to be seen if we will get this higher tech engine or the tried and tested naturally aspirated 1.6 litre HR four-pot, which also powers the Versa (same car, different name) in North America.

Speaking of the Versa, this B-segment sedan was first revealed in April in the US. It’s an all-new car, riding on the Common Modular Family (CMF-B) platform shared with the new March and Renault Clio.

The new Almera is significantly more dynamic looking than the car it replaces. Nissan’s signature V-Motion front end is flanked by strong LED signatures, which are repeated at the back. Moving to the sides, the new Almera may wear sharper styling than its bulbous predecessor, but the shape is still of a very spacious compact sedan. The design highlight on the profile is the visual connection between the side daylight opening with the rear screen, bisecting the C pillars in the process.

The sedan is 4,495 mm long and 1,740 mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2,620 mm. For a benchmark, the current Honda City – a very spacious car – is 4,442 mm long, 1,694 mm wide and has a 2,600 mm wheelbase. The Almera is guaranteed to be spacious, continuing the trend.

The interior has seen big change too; there’s a new “Gliding Wing” dashboard lifted from the Kicks crossover. The interior is modern in design and appointments – there’s a slick-looking part-digital meter panel (seven-inch digital tacho and multi-info display, analogue speedo), an eight-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and synthetic leather front-facing dash panel with contrasting colour and stitching, Mazda 2-style.

In Thailand, the new Almera comes in five trim levels – S, E, EL, V and VL – priced from 499,000 to 639,000 baht (RM68,603 to RM87,851). The equipment spread is relatively generous. The super basic S – which by the way doesn’t come with a radio or even caps for the steel wheels – is equipped with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and dual airbags.

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Two steps up is the 559,000 baht (RM76,842) EL, which introduces alloy wheels, steering buttons, in-glass antenna and keyless entry/push start. More important is Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Emergency Braking (AEB). Next up is the V, which further adds on LED headlamps and DRLs, side mirror turn signals, auto air con, the part-digital meter panel and Intelligent Around View Monitor (360-degree bird’s eye view) with Moving Object Detection.

The range-leading Almera VL tops it up with LED fog lamps and side plus curtain airbags (total six, rest of the range gets just two, which is strange given the relatively generous specs elsewhere), blind spot warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). It’s available in six colours and there are some cosmetic and utility options – see the brochure scans above.

There you go, an all-new Almera that looks much better, comes with a modern powertrain and even good safety tech – will we get all of these here? What’s certain is that it’s already been spotted in Malaysia and will be coming in the near future. What do you think of Nissan’s long-awaited B-segment challenger next to the Honda City (soon to be replaced) and Toyota Vios?

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