The Moscow International Automobile Salon opened on August 31 and will run until September 9. Japanese car maker Nissan has taken this opportunity to unveil its 2013 Nissan Almera, specially designed for the Russian market.
Nissan has just unwrapped a new family sedan specially adapted for Russia, explaining that it " meets the unique demands of the Russian market ". What that means is that the car is built to withstand the type of roads and weather conditions it can encounter over there. It has increased ground clearance, with added anti-corrosion for various features and extra chassis and engine protection. Nissan has also expanded its trunk space to 500 litres, making it best in class for cargo.
The 2013 Nissan Almera is 4.65 metres long and boasts a rugged chassis. Under the hood, the 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine delivers 102 horses with its engine block protected by a steel skid plate, all connected to a manual 5-speed gearbox or 4-speed automatic transmission. It will be coming off Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new production line at AvtoVAZ’s plant in Togliatti, AvtoVAZ being a fellow car maker in the same alliance, and is scheduled to hit dealerships in early 2013.
According to the Japanese car maker, Russia is set to become one of the biggest automotive markets in the world, potentially eclipsing even Germany. It’s all part of Nissan’s plan to boost its market share from 5.9% to 10% over the next four years and triple sales by 2016. Nissan really wants to see its Russian auto business increase significantly, and this Nissan Almera should be a good start.
By Brian Oudart - autoExpert.ca