Nissan Motor Thailand has recently presented the first-ever eco-car for the all-new Almera, which is now available for purchase. This is the automaker’s next green offering after it released the Nissan March as the first hatchback eco-car. The sedan falls under the new green automotive program. Nissan said that this model is a part of the Thai Ministry of Industry’s Board of Investment and complies with all the requirements needed to qualify for the “eco-car” designation.”
Powering the Almera is a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine that delivers 79hp. It’s offered with either a manual or the XTRONIC-CVT. With the use of the standard start-stop system, its CO2 emissions were reduced to 120 grams per km.
However, its fuel consumption rating is at 20 km/l (equivalent to around 5 liters per 100 km). NMT’s plant in Samutprakarn, Thailand, builds the new Almera. Buyers could choose from among six grades and six different colors.
“The ASEAN region is one of the keys to Nissan’s future success. In particular, Thailand is a very important market and strategic base for the region,” said Toshiyuki Shiga, Chief Operating Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., at the launch event. “Our commitment to Thailand is further demonstrated by the launch of our innovative and exciting Nissan Almera today,” Shiga added.
The four-door, five-seat 4,656-mm long Nissan Almera saloon features a long wheelbase – at 2,700mm -- that allows for spacious passenger area and cargo room. This cargo area is cleverly masked by the sweeping roofline and rear window blending into the trunk lid.
The new Almera features a number of chromed components -- like the wide four bar grille and door handles – that provide the saloon with a premium look. Interestingly, the chrome makes use of anti-corrosion technology -- as developed by Nissan – with distinct trivalent chrome compound that could resist chemicals employed for de-icing the roads in Russia.
In addition, the new Nissan Almera comes with four wide-opening doors for easier ingress and egress. These doors welcome occupants to very spacious interior, which boasts of rear cabin knee room that could comfortably accommodate three adults. In fact, this knee room is more generous than those provided by some of its rivals in the premium D segment cars. Moreover, the new Nissan Almera offers 500 liters of luggage space, which is among the largest in its class.
This luggage area – which could be accessed through a wide opening lid – is free from obstructions. For instance, the tool roll and jack have been cleverly stored away to avoid taking away some of the load space while the trunk lid hinges have been carefully concealed and are hidden. Thanks to a handle mounted on inside the lid, users can close the trunk of the new Almera without having to touch its exterior. Customers could also store a full sized spare wheel under the boot floor.