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Nissan as a Brand in Europe and North America

2015 saw a growing demand for cars in the United States and Europe, allowing Japanese automobile giant Nissan to report a marked surge in their profits. In the nine months leading up to the end of 2015, Nissan’s operating profit rose by 41pc and went beyond market forecasts. And at 8.94 trillion yen, their revenue over that same period was up by 11pc. According to Nissan President Carlos Ghosn, it was most likely their new car models that helped boost their sales, particularly in markets where consumers’ confidence in the brand was strong.

Such a strong performance in the US and Europe successfully offset the negative impact of challenging market conditions and unfavorable exchange rates on the company. Their performance in the US and Europe markets also led the company to retain its forecasts—an operating profit of 730 billion yen and revenues of 12.3 trillion yen—for the 2015 fiscal year. Considering the slump in consumer spending in the company’s home market, which was brought about by an increase in sales tax, a healthy growth in the US and European markets is certainly a welcome development.

Nissan as a Brand in Europe and North America

Top Rankings

The popularity of Nissan in the US and Europe can be seen not only by actual observation—you’ll see a lot of Nissan cars when you go to Europe and the US—but also by doing some research on the best-selling car brands in these markets. Here are some statistics you may find interesting as regards Nissan’s performance in the US and Europe markets:

  • According to statista.com, Nissan is the third best-selling car brand in the United States in 2015, selling almost 75,000 units last year.
  • The same website indicates that Nissan has two car models—Nissan Sentra and Nissan Altima—on the list of 10 best-selling cars in the US in 2015. The company sold 333,398 units of the Altima and 203,509 units of the Sentra in the US last year.
  • Caranddriver.com ranks the Nissan Altima #4 on their list of the best-selling cars in America in 2015.
  • Goodcarbadcar.net ranks Nissan Motor Company #5 in their list of top-selling car manufacturers in January of 2016, with a market share of 9.2%. Nissan is ranked #4 in the best-selling brands category, with a market share of 8.5%.
  • In the best-selling car category (Top 20), the Nissan Altima is ranked #4, the Nissan Sentra #7, and the Nissan Versa #18.
  • In the best-selling SUV category (Top 20), the Nissan Rogue is ranked #2, with 19,762 units sold.
  • In the best-selling truck category (Top 11), the Nissan Frontier is ranked #7 and the Nissan Titan #10, with 6,363 units and 937 units sold, respectively.
  • In the best-selling vehicle category (Top 30), the Nissan Altima is ranked #7, the Nissan Rogue #11, and the Nissan Sentra #16.
  • Among the top 10 best-selling cars in Europe in 2015, the Nissan Qashqai is ranked #6. Down the line, the Nissan Juke is ranked #38, the Nissan X-Trail #68, and the Nissan Micra #74 on the Top 100 list.
  • On a list of the UK’s top 10 best-selling cars so far in 2016 compiled by Top Gear, Nissan has two models included—Nissan Juke at #6 and Nissan Qashqai at #2.
  • Nissan Group is ranked #11 in the list of best-selling car manufacturers in the European Union and EFTA combined for the first quarter of 2016, as reflected on best-selling-cars.com.
  • On the list of best-selling car models in Europe for the first quarter of 2016 posted on the same website, the Nissan Qashqai is ranked #7.

Other than Europe and the United States, China has also become a key market for the company, as it has also registered a steady increase in sales—a trend that analysts expect to continue at least for the next few months. Nissan is also banking on the continued growth in the demand for electric vehicles, as they are currently working on a new version of their top-selling LEAF model, which will feature a longer range.

Nissan has expressed its commitment to innovation, and the company has definitely shown such a commitment in the way it introduced the world to one new vehicle after another. They’ve created better versions of their classic vehicles as well as all-new vehicles that specifically suit the needs of the market where they are now being sold. It is no wonder, then, that despite some challenging conditions in their home market (Japan) and other markets, they have managed to remain on top where global competition is concerned. Things are definitely looking up for Nissan.

 

 

Top 5 Nissan Cars for the Family

Shopping for a family car can be quite challenging. You’ll want a vehicle that can keep your family safe, regardless of whether you’ll just be driving around town or going on a road trip. At the same time, you’ll want a car that offers fuel economy and will last for several years. And if you can get one that also looks stylish, then that would be great, wouldn’t it?

Well, here’s good news for you: Automakers have recently become quite adept at combining all these features in their latest car models. This means you now have a good number of vehicles to choose from that every member of your family will be sure to appreciate.

Nissan Family Cars

In Cagayan de Oro, one company that is committed to giving you a good number of options when it comes to quality vehicles for your family is Nissan Cagayan de Oro Distributors Inc. And to make it easier for you to decide which car to get for your family, here are the top Nissan units that are ideal as a family car:

1. Nissan X-Trail

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This is a 4×4 vehicle that seats a maximum of seven people. You’ll be happy to know that from the boxy car that was a bit crude to drive and not really that attractive, the X-Trail has recently become a lot more stylish and so much easier to drive. It is a very stable and secure vehicle, and you’ll be sure to love the fact that fuel consumption is highly economical, especially if you use it in automatic form. The X-Trail also comes in a five-seater version.

2. Nissan Altima

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If you’re looking for a sedan, then you’ll love the dramatic style and upscale vibe of this unit. It has a spacious and comfortable cabin, which makes it ideal for both downtown errands and longer road trips. It also has an admirable active-safety bundle, which includes automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The safety features and spacious cabin make it easy to understand why this unit is deemed ideal for family use.

3. Nissan Patrol Royale

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This large SUV is another Nissan unit that has recently undergone a few changes both in looks and features. The Patrol Royale is a more stylish version of the old Patrol unit, with a bolder V-Motion grille and built-in LED headlights as well as bigger fog light housing with a chrome trim. For your family’s safety, the unit is equipped with full curtain airbags, an anti-lock braking system, and traction and stability control. If your family loves to go camping once in a while, then you’ll appreciate the Patrol Royale’s electronic 4-wheel drive system, which allows for a smooth off-road ride.

4. Nissan Patrol Super Safari

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This all-wheel drive SUV is another unit that could be the ideal family vehicle for those who love to bond in the great outdoors. It rides very smoothly on city roads and doesn’t disappoint even when you go off-road. It can seat a maximum of seven people and will keep your kids entertained via the headrest rear monitors and a total of six speakers in the interior. Not only does the automatic climate control keep you comfortable throughout your journey, but features such as ABS with brake assist, airbags, parking sensors, and immobilizers also keep you and your loved ones safe.

5. Nissan NP300 Navara

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More and more people are now choosing to use a pickup truck as a family car, and for good reason. After all, a pickup truck has excellent loading capabilities, perfect for out-of-town trips with the family. If you want to go this route, then the NP300 Navara could indeed be the ideal vehicle for you. Not only is this truck’s exterior and interior very appealing, but it also gives you a very comfortable ride, whether you’re just dropping your kids off to school on your way to work or going on an off-road adventure with the family. Nissan has also thrown in a host of driver assist systems and safety features, so you can be sure your family is safe as you travel to your destination.

It has indeed become a lot easier to find a family vehicle that successfully combines utility, comfort, safety, and economy. Perhaps the most difficult thing for you right now is making the choice as to which particular unit to buy for your family. It may be a good idea to start with a visit to your nearest dealership and check out the five Nissan units discussed above. The good news is, any of them would be a wise choice.

A Quick Look at the All-New Nissan Navara Sport Edition

Many car critics, car dealers, and car enthusiasts have already expressed their admiration for the Nissan Navara. This truck has been tested countless times on several types of terrain, and it has proven worthy of praise. But if you think Nissan is done making changes and improvements to the Navara, think again.

The auto industry was in for a pleasant surprise this year, as Nissan Philippines unveiled a brand new variant of their popular pickup truck—the Nissan Navara Sport Edition. And while no one really pointed out any problems with the look of previous Navara variants, the cosmetic improvements seen in the Navara Sport definitely add to its overall appeal.

NP300 Navara vs. Navara Sport

To better appreciate the recent changes to the Navara, perhaps a quick comparison with the 2015 NP300 Navara is in order.

2015 NP300 Navara 2016 Navara Sport
2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT 2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre 2.5L 4×4 VL 7AT 2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre
Engine/Transmission    
Code YD25 DDTi YD25 DDTi
Displacement (cc) 2,488 2,488
Type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC, 16 valves, variable turbocharger (VGS) with intercooler
Transmission Type 7-speed AT with manual mode 7-speed AT
Maximum Power (hp/rpm) 187/3,600 161/3,600 190/3,600 163/3,600
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 450/2,000 403/2,000 450/2,000 403/2,000
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Fuel Tank Capacity (liters) 80 80
Compression Ratio 15 15
Fuel System Common-rail direct injection Common-rail direct injection
4WD System Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch None Part-time, shift-on-the-fly with rotary switch None
Dimensions and Weight    
Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,795
Wheelbase (mm) 3,150 3,150
Ground Clearance (mm) 245 243 245 238
Curb Weight (kg) 1,946 1,831 1,946 1,831
Gross Weight (kg) 2,910 2,910
Bed Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 1,503 x 1,560 x 474 1,503 x 1,560 x 474
Seating Capacity 5 5

As you can see, there isn’t that much difference between the 2015 NP300 Navara and the 2016 Navara Sport where the engine/transmission as well as the dimensions and weight are concerned. As mentioned earlier, most of the changes made to the model have to do with the way it looks.

Navara Sport Edition

 

 

 For one thing, it has a bolder honeycomb grille supported by a new front skirt as well as very attractive fog lamps in dark-chrome finish, side steps, and rear bumper. The Navara Sport also has a new roll bar with LED lamp and a protective bed-liner. But the one improvement on the Navara’s exterior that not only makes it look better, but also makes it perform better are the model’s new 18-inch alloy wheels; handling is so much better because of these new wheels!

Inside the cabin, you’ll see a few more tweaks, all of which are meant to add to your comfort and bring the vehicle into a class of its own. Cabin features such as the steering wheel, the door trim, the shift knob, and the arm rests are now all wrapped in leather, giving the entire cabin interior an ultra-sleek appeal. You’ll be sure to feel the luxury the moment you get into this new Navara variant.

Of course, true to Nissan’s commitment to giving their riders the best road experience at all times, the 2016 Navara Sport still boasts of a 5-link coil rear suspension with stabilizer as well as zero-gravity seats. This means you’ll experience the same seamless ride you get from previous Navara variants, no matter how rough the road gets. The perk is that you can now get that kind of comfort in a much better-looking truck!

A Quick Look at the All-New Nissan Navara Sport Edition

Still owing to the fact that the recent changes to the Navara are mostly cosmetic, the 2016 variant is available in only two colors: Riptide Blue and Aspen White, as compared to the 2015 NP300, which is available in four colors: Savannah Orange, Alpine White, Galaxy Black, and Brilliant Silver. As for the price, here is a quick comparison:

2015 NP300 4×4 VL 7AT                                  – PHP 1,536,000

2015 NP300 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre                    – PHP 1,146,000

2016 Navara Sport 4×4 VL 7AT                     – PHP 1,656,000

2016 Navara Sport 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre      – PHP 1,275,000

You can see that the Sport Edition is just a little bit more expensive than its predecessor, but that’s just to be expected, right? After all, it is a new and improved version. In fact, it’s a very pleasant surprise that the difference in price isn’t that big! And when you come face-to-face with the new Navara Sport, you’ll be sure to agree that the higher price is definitely worth it.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail: Built for Confidence

On the Nissan Philippines website, the 2016 X-Trail is marketed as a confidence-boosting, testosterone-driven sport utility vehicle. But, that’s not to say that this compact SUV is designed mainly for guys who demand respect on the road. The new X-Trail’s sleeker design and much larger seating capacity makes it more of a family car with an attitude, rather than a testosterone-filled pony that only attracts cowboys and muscle-bound car enthusiasts.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is a collaborative effort between Renault and Nissan. According to the Japanese car manufacturer, the X-Trail will go by another name in North America—the Nissan Rogue. And unlike its predecessors, the new X-Trail will don a variety of changes, making it a completely redesigned model. One of the most prominent changes is its 7-seater capacity. With the increased seating, you’d think that it would be uncomfortable to cram in seven adult passengers. Well, you’re wrong.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is actually very comfortable, with a decent amount of leg room. This is why many car enthusiasts see it as an excellent family car.

The Exterior of the 2016 Nissan X-Trail

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One of the design aspects that resulted from the collaborative efforts of Renault and Nissan is the CMF or Common Module Family platform incorporated into the design of the new X-Trail. This particular platform enables the use of very lightweight materials like aluminum, thus resulting in an ultra lightweight vehicle with reduced fuel consumption. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that weight has a significant effect on fuel efficiency. The lighter the car, the less effort the engine exerts to move it. And lesser engine exertion usually translates to fuel economy.

Additionally, the designers at Nissan and Renault have given the SUV a more muscular and sleeker appearance compared to its predecessor. It features higher mudguards and taillight designs that resemble a boomerang. The headlights are equipped with LED daytime running lights, while the roof rack features two additional headlight reflectors for night driving.

The 2016 Nissan X-Trail is available in three models; S, SV, and SL. The SL model comes with the standard 2-row seats, while the S and SV trims comes with the optional third row seats. And depending on the trim, the 2016 X-Trail will feature either 17″ or 18″ alloy wheels. The ground clearance is around 210 mm, while its angle of departure is about 24°.

The Interior

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The new Nissan X-Trail offers both 2-row and 3-row seating, with the latter option comfortably seating seven adult passengers. This option, however, is only for the S and SV models. The SL trim will only have the standard 2-row seats. So for a family of five, the X-Trail S or SV will certainly make for a very spacious, comfortable, and stylish vehicle.

The 2016 X-Trail’s cockpit features a new navigation system and LCD touch screen. The standard models will also include a Bose audio system, power steering, electric mirrors, a new and improved Nissan Connect system, manually operated air conditioning, and a keyless entry system with central locking features.

The optional features available include a rear-view camera, glass roof, stylish leather interior, automatic air conditioner, power front seats, navigation system, and a top-of-the-line entertainment system and touch screen console. For safety, all models will include front and side air bags, electronic brake distribution with ABS braking, brake assist, and a blind spot detection system, among others.

Performance under the Hood

Nissan X-Trail

The 2015 X-Trail was one of the best 2015 vehicles for rough road driving and long distance trips. The 2016 X-Trail is just as comfortable and exciting to drive in the same conditions. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 2016 X-Trail is a practical choice for a family car.

Although the 2016 model has the 2015 model’s 2.5 liter inline-4 supercharged engine, it will be paired with a 6-speed Xtronic CVT automatic gearbox. Manual transmission is not available for this model though. Estimated power output is around 170 horse power, with about 175 foot-pounds of torque. It’s not the most powerful engine, but it does the job quite efficiently. And the fuel economy is excellent at about 19 km/L at highway speeds.

The 2016 model will have a front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

 

 

 

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

Upon hearing the words “car care,” most people would automatically think of car wash, waxes, and other cleaning products. But, there’s a lot more to car care than maintaining the outward appearances of your vehicle.

Car care includes maintaining the performance of your engine, making sure that your tires are well balanced, ensuring that all the fluids in your car are clean and filled to the right levels, interior maintenance, air conditioning, windshield wipers, and so on. All these different aspects should be covered when you talk about car care.

The Common Misconceptions about Car Care

When it comes to car care products and cleaning practices, there are many misconceptions and mistakes that most car owners fall victim to. These myths and misconceptions may not seem like much, but in the long run, they can significantly reduce the aesthetic value and quality of your vehicle, which is the exact opposite of what proper car care practices are supposed to do.

Dishwashing detergent makes good car wash substitute

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

If you like to compare your car to that fancy china you got from your wedding, then by all means use detergents to wash your car. You need to understand, however, that detergents are formulated to remove everything from the surface, which is why your plates are so squeaky clean after every wash. This means waxes, silicones, and polymers; everything that is in your car’s paint finish. Use detergents several times in washing your car and you will have achieved nothing but expedite the oxidation process.

For the best results, especially when you consider the hot weather in the Philippines, you need a car wash product with the proper pH balance and conditioners that are specially formulated to not only bring out the shine in your car’s finish, but enhances the protective qualities of the automotive paint finish as well.

Washing and cleaning are one and the same procedures

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

This is where most car owners often get confused. Despite washing and cleaning sounding very similar, they are actually two very different processes. Washing, or the use of a car wash product, only removes loose dirt and grime from the surface of your paint finish. It is basically the initial stage of the cleaning process. If you want to remove stubborn contaminants, stains, blemishes, and oxidation, you’re going to need an effective cleaning agent, such as a clear coat-safe paint cleaner. These types of cleaners will remove contaminants that simple washing can’t.

Polishing and waxing have no difference whatsoever

Car Care Tips for Every Nissan Owner

You can blame modern-day marketers for having caused this much confusion about the difference between polishing and waxing. By naively misusing these terms, some people now believe that polishing and waxing are interchangeable. They are not.

Polishing is entirely different from waxing, not just in the process but the purpose as well. The sole purpose of polishing is to bring out a high gloss from the car’s paint finish. This is what car show enthusiasts use to bring out the shine, or the bling, from their showroom cars.

Waxing, on the other hand, is more of adding protection to your car’s finish. Wax, resin, polymer, sand silicone are some of the most common ingredients in waxing agents that provide superior protection for your car’s finish, especially against harsh elements.

Other Car Care Products and Tips You’ll Find Useful in Hot Weather Driving

Always monitor the level and efficiency of your engine coolant. Driving in a tropical country like the Philippines, you can expect vehicles to get really hot, especially under the hood. If the coolant isn’t effective or if the coolant reservoir isn’t filled to the proper level, the engine could overheat, which is exactly what you don’t want to happen when travelling long distances on a hot day.

Monitor refrigerant levels and check for leaks in the AC system. Although Nissan cars are already known for great quality air conditioning systems, you still need to apply proper maintenance to keep that smooth flow of cooled air going during extremely hot weather. Make sure that the refrigerant charge is at the right level, and remember to check for leaks in the system before adding refrigerant.

Nissan CDO

Here at Nissan CDO dealership, you can find all kinds of car care products to help you keep your vehicle in tiptop shape, both in performance and in appearance. From windshield wipers of all shapes and sizes, to top quality car batteries and motor oil, everything you need is but a stone’s throw away at your local Nissan dealership.

 

 

 

The Nissan Patrol Royale: 5 Decades in the Making

Nissan has been very busy these past few months, introducing new models as well as the latest versions of their trusted old models. Among the models they have recently revamped is their large SUV, the Nissan Patrol. Now known as the Patrol Royale, the model has received a number of cosmetic improvements as well as a few interior tweaks.

Nissan boasts that this is the first four-wheel drive vehicle that’s specifically designed to work extremely well even in the Middle East region, which has the type of climate that demands a lot from automobiles. Let’s see how it measures up.

The Exterior

The Nissan Patrol Royale: 5 Decades in the Making

The V-Motion grill of the new Patrol Royale is significantly bolder, with three bars at the center and two bars at each corner. This new grill replaces the one with the honeycomb design. The built-in LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights are also new (the DRL has an automatic on/off function) and the fog light housings are bigger and features a new chrome trim. At the back of the Patrol Royale are clear taillights that now feature revised clusters. The revamped SUV also features an all-new set of 20-inch wheels.

The Interior

The Nissan Patrol Royale: 5 Decades in the Making

The steering wheel of the Patrol Royale now has wood trim, unlike the old model, which had a steering wheel fully wrapped in leather. What remains the same is the leather trim in the automobile’s door panels, the center console, and the chrome accents that still brightens up the tan-colored interior. This means the look and feel of the car’s interior is pretty much the same as it was with the previous version of the Nissan Patrol, except for the steering wheel.

And guess what? It’s not just the wood trim that’s new about the steering wheel. The telescopic steering wheel is also powered with memory, along with the driver’s seat. Another feature that makes the car’s interior interesting is the tri-zone climate control and Bose Premium sound system, which is equipped with a total of 13 speakers. Plus, the Patrol Royale also boasts of a push engine start with Intelligent Key and 2 x 7-inch headrest-mounted WVGA monitors. The vehicle is also spacious enough to seat a total of eight individuals.

The Machine

The Nissan Patrol Royale: 5 Decades in the Making

The latest version of the Nissan Patrol is powered by a 5.6 liter V8 engine that produces 526Nm and 371 PS of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission that also features a manual shift mode. And because Nissan boasts of the car’s off-road capabilities as well, it has also been fitted with a full-time electronic four-wheel drive system with three settings: 4-Low, 4-High, and Automatic.

Where driver assist and safety equipment are concerned, Nissan equipped the new Patrol Royale with Limited Slip Differential, Hill Start Assist, Hill descent Control, six full-curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and an anti-lock braking system with EBD. The vehicle also has clearance sensors at the front and rear, with an Around View 360-degree camera.

The Price Cut

Perhaps the biggest change made to the Nissan Patrol isn’t in its exterior appearance, in its interior, or in the machine. Rather, it is in the adjustment of the model’s price. The Nissan Patrol used to sell for PHP 4.9 million, but is now being offered at PHP 3.9 million. That’s a million-peso price cut! Where else can you see such a significant price reduction for a car model that has been improved in both appearance and function? Apparently, nowhere else but at Nissan. The company has definitely made the large SUV accessible to a lot more people.

The Verdict

There’s no question about it. The Patrol Royale’s price is definitely good news to those who have been waiting for its release. Other than the price, though, is the Royale really an improvement on the classic Nissan Patrol? Our answer would also be a resounding YES! Nissan’s engineers went through the evaluation process for over 200 prototypes and spent over five decades honing what has now been introduced as the Patrol Royale, and it shows.

The Royale has very smooth response and is kept flatter by its Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) system. It also has considerably less body roll when you change lanes and turn corners, thereby giving you an extremely comfortable riding experience within the city as well as top-notch stability on sandy and rugged roads. It also boasts independent suspension on both front and back ends, as well as 275/60R20 tires.

The Nissan Patrol Royale is offered in Pearl White and Obsidian Black. This may just be the ride you’ve been waiting for.

 

 

The 2016 Nissan Almera – A Closer Look

Always innovating, constantly improving. That’s the kind of image Nissan wants to be known for, and they are indeed working hard to cement that image. This year, they are introducing to the Philippine market the latest version of their sub-compact car, Almera.

The previous version of the Nissan Almera is now improved with new interior and exterior designs, plus a new engine variant, they are hoping to make the model the new car of choice of every Filipino family. According to Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) President and Managing Director Antonio Zara, the 2016 Almera is the “perfect partner for all new beginnings.” Let’s take a closer look to see if what he claims is indeed true.

The 2016 Nissan Almera – A Closer Look

What’s New?

This 2016 model is supposed to be a better version of the Almera, right? So, what exactly has changed from the previous model to this one?

The best place to begin is at the car’s front end, which now a new bumper, a new grille, and a new set of headlights. The new bumper adds an angular shape to the otherwise round design of the car. The larger V-motion grille and boomerang-shaped headlights identify it as a sister if the Sylphy and the Altima.

Now let’s take a look at the side of the new Almera. It features a new set of 12-spoke alloy wheels along with a design that gives it more of a sporty look. At the back end, it has a revamped bumper that features a black diffuser, a chrome trunk garnish, and a redesigned lip spoiler.

More than the exterior, though, it’s what’s inside a car that matters to most consumers. So, what does the 2016 Almera’s interior have to offer? Well, the new center console layout now has piano black and silver trims. Additionally, the new instrument cluster features Fine Vision gauges and the redesigned three-spoke steering wheel definitely looks a lot classier than the one in the previous model. The new Almera also boasts a multi-information display and rear air conditioning vents, along with leather seats for the model’s top-range variant.

The 2016 Nissan Almera – A Closer Look

Other than that, the car’s interior also boasts of having ample space. NPI also says the car comes with a remote keyless system, iPod connectivity, and AUX/USB input. You can also expect to find standard safety features in the 2016 Almera, including electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, anti-lock braking system, and dual front airbags.

What’s under the hood of any car is also a very important consideration. After all, you can only truly enjoy the looks and comfort your car offers if they come with top-notch performance. The new Almera allows you to choose between two drivetrains. With the entry-level model, you get a 1.2-liter, 3-cylinder engine with CVT technology. It generates 79 horsepower at 6000rpm and 106Nm of torque at 4400rpm. It is connected to a 5-speed manual transmission. The other models give you a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that generates 99 horsepower at 6000rpm and 134Nm of torque at 4000rpm. The 5-speed manual transmission of this engine is mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Aside from all these upgrades, Nissan’s new Almera models also got a few tweaks in suspension to give you a sportier driving and riding experience. Furthermore, this car’s spare parts cost less than the previous version’s. That, coupled with the fact that the upgrades lead to longer intervals between periodic maintenance, translates into a 30 percent reduction in the Almera’s maintenance cost. The car now has the lowest maintenance cost in its class!

Nissan’s 2016 Almera will be made available in a total of 5 variants:

  1. The new 1.2-liter M/T, which is priced at PHP630,000
  2. The 1.5-liter E M/T that’s priced at PHP726,000
  3. The 1.5-liter E A/T to be sold at PHP762,000
  4. The 1.5-liter V A/T, which has a price tag of PHP845,000
  5. The range-topper 1.5 VL A/T that comes in at PHP880,000

(Prices does not yet include freight charges.)

These five Almera variants will all come in four different colors: Alpine White, Bluish Black, Brilliant Silver, and Titanium Grey.

If you’re planning to buy a new car and have a sedan in mind, you may want to check out the 2016 Almera. Mr. Zara promised that this is “the ideal car that will be with you and your loved ones through many of life’s important milestones.” Now that is definitely something worth looking forward to! After all, a car is one investment you’d want to benefit from for many years to come.

 

 

 

Nissan Philippines, Inc. in 2015 – A Year of Excitement

Nissan has always been passionate about innovating and treading into waters no one has ever gone into before. It is this passion and commitment to excellence that made them one of the leaders of the global automotive industry. Year after year after year, they have managed to deliver on their promise of presenting to the world “Innovation that Excites.” And as Nissan Philippines welcomed their second year of introducing Nissan’s exciting innovations to the Philippine market, they went all-out in making 2015 an amazing year of rediscovery—rediscovering innovation, rediscovering excitement, rediscovering convenience, rediscovering comfort, rediscovering NISSAN.

January

Nissan welcomed the year with a special promo. They offered the lowest down payments of the year from January 5 to February 28 and had a daily raffle draw, with a trip for two to Boracay as the prize! Customers eligible for the promo were those who purchased a Nissan Almera, Navara, Sylphy, or Urvan through the Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) dealer network within the promo period.

February

The love month saw people falling in love with the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara, which now boasts of a tougher body and much smarter features. It promises a comfortable ride whether you’re on smooth city roads or rough mountain trails.

Toru Hasegawa (Corporate VP, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and President, Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.) and Antonio Zara (President and Managing Director, Nissan Philippines, Inc.) at the launch of the new NP300 Navara

Toru Hasegawa (Corporate VP, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and President, Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd.) and Antonio Zara (President and Managing Director, Nissan Philippines, Inc.) at the launch of the new NP300 Navara

March

This month is when NPI became the newest participant in the GT Academy, a virtual-to-pro racing competition. The Philippines competed with other Asian countries for the title of GT Academy Champion. It opened the opportunity for Filipinos with expert skills in virtual racing to also prove their worth on a real racetrack.

April

It was on this month that NPI accomplished the rare feat of welcoming six dealerships into their network—all within one day! This certainly shows the company’s commitment to extending their reach all over the country to serve their customers better.

June

Nissan made up for a relatively quiet month of May by introducing the all-new NV350 Urvan in June. The latest iteration of their well-loved van is a formidable contender in the commercial van class, with its improved features and design. To showcase what the new Urvan has to offer, NPI invited a group of lifestyle and motoring media practitioners to a Tagaytay-Batangas trip soon after the vehicle’s launch.

In Cagayan de Oro, Nissan held a two-day Ride & Drive featuring the Nissan Navara NP300.

July

The opening of the second half of the year ushered in the National Finals of the GT Academy Philippine edition, where the top 20 contenders battled it out for the top six slots. The top six contenders then moved on to the next stage of the competition, which is the Asia Race Camp. Marlon Stockinger, 2015 Renault World Series and Lotus F1 Junior Team race car driver, served as the contenders mentor and the competition’s guest judge.

August

On its first foray into the GT Academy, the Philippines took pride in having Joward Policarpio winning the GT Academy Asia Race Camp, which was held at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom. Indonesia’s Andika Rama and India’s Akshay Gupta came in second and third, respectively.

Jose Gerard Policarpio (center), 2015 GT Academy Asia Champion, with Head Judge Rob Barff (to his right) and Ricardo Sanchez (to his left), 2014 GT Academy International Champion

Jose Gerard Policarpio (center), 2015 GT Academy Asia Champion, with Head Judge Rob Barff (to his right) and Ricardo Sanchez (to his left), 2014 GT Academy International Champion

This month also saw Nissan donating two of its best-selling vehicles—the NP300 Navara and the NV350 Urvan—to the non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity Philippines. Habitat says they will be using the vehicles for disaster response activities and for their ReStore Program, which is a donation center that sells donated furniture, home accessories, appliances, and building materials at a fraction of their respective retail prices.

September

The start of the “ber” months saw Nissan launching another promo: The Nissan Sylphy Transformation Promo. Participants sent in an old photo and a current photo of themselves. A composite of the photos will then be displayed, and the entry with the most number of votes wins a brand-new Sylphy! The promo is meant to showcase how much one can change as the years go by, in the same way the old favorite Nissan Sentra was transformed into the new Nissan Sylphy.

November

The year may be drawing to a close, but Nissan isn’t done innovating just yet! Recognizing the need to make car parts easily accessible to the public, it has launched Nissan Parts Online (www.nissanparts.ph). This platform allows you to view and purchase the various parts you may need for your favorite Nissan car, right from the comfort of your own home. Aside from parts, the site also sells various car accessories and merchandise.

This month, Nissan also received a great honor: The Truck of the Year Award – Philippines by the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI)! Indeed, Nissan Philippines President, Antonio Zara, wasn’t off the mark when he dished out the challenge early this year: “Let the truck wars begin!” Nissan is proud to have won the competition!

It has indeed been an exciting year for Nissan Philippines and their loyal patrons. And with their brand of commitment and innovation, it’s safe to say we can expect even more exciting years to come.

 

The Nissan NP300 Navara: CAGI’s Truck of the Year-Philippines

When Nissan’s NP300 Navara was launched in February of this year, Nissan Philippines, Incorporated (NPI) President Antonio “Toti” Zara confidently declared, “Let the truck wars begin!

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Today, nine months after that dare was made, it sure looks like Mr. Zara had every reason to declare war on other truck manufacturers with such confidence. The Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), the Philippines’ premier award-giving body in the automotive industry, has declared the NP300 Navara as the 2015 Truck of the Year Philippines during the Awards Night held on November 13th of this year in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

The Navara first fought it out in the Best 4×2 Pickup of the Year category, where it bested 12 other trucks, including the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Strada, Tata Xenon, and different variants of the Chevrolet Colorado. After being named the best in its category, the NP300 Navara went head-to-head with Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L, which was adjudged the Best 4×4 Pickup of the Year. Nissan was proud to come up on top.

Make no mistake about it, this was no mean feat because the awards were given out based not on things like advertising budget, popularity, or sales figures, but on real merits like build quality, driving experience, ride comfort, style, and vehicle performance. CAGI President Robby Consunji himself said, “CAGI has completed the most thorough and critical consumer-oriented vehicle review process in the country. We tested 78 cars and trucks from the 2015 model year, involved roughly 1,500 test drives over 4 days.” as he thanked the participating car manufacturers for allowing them to scrutinize and test their vehicles.

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So, what exactly was it that drove the CAGI team to name the NP300 Navara the country’s Truck of the Year? What features does this automobile have that set it apart not only from the other trucks in its category, but from all other 2015 model trucks? Let’s take a closer look at the Navara to find out.

At first glance, it’s hard not to be impressed with the new NP300. Unlike its predecessors and many other trucks in its category, it doesn’t have a boxy look. Quality details such as the distinguished front end, the chrome and matte gray grill, LED projector headlamps, the wide arches and creases, the car-style tail lamps, the unique tailgate, and the V-motion detail around its logo all add up to the appeal of its design.

But it’s not just the looks that have improved in the all-new NP300 Navara. When Nissan says “all-new,” it certainly looks like they mean it because the pickup has grown practically in all areas. It is longer, wider, and taller than the previous version. Even the cabin looks and feels much improved from Nissan’s previous pickups. The fabric upholstery of the seats blend in perfectly with the nearly all-black interior.

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The NP300 Navara also has excellent ergonomics, with the front seats featuring the Zero-G design created in collaboration with NASA, which offers maximum comfort and minimum fatigue—perfect for long drives. The cabin also has ample rear leg room and has extremely plush seats, you probably won’t believe you’re in a pickup truck! It feels more like you’re inside a top-spec executive sedan. And it’s not just the interior that offers ample space; the truck bed is also very spacious, allowing you to transport just about all kinds of cargo.

What hasn’t changed from the previous generation of the Navara is the 2.5L CRDI engine, but that’s not so bad, considering the model also has 163 PS and 403 Nm of torque. Power features such as the power windows, locks, and mirrors have also been retained and the audio system improved, being amazingly clear and powerful for a mid-range truck. Of course, just like all units in Nissan’s new generation of vehicles, the all-new Navara boasts an air conditioning system that’ll keep passengers comfortably cool, even during the scorching Philippine summer months.

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All in all, the all-new Nissan NP300 Navara handles extremely well, offers maximum comfort, and has excellent maneuverability and fuel economy. And when you consider that it sells for only PHP1,108,000.00, you’ll understand just how impressive it is by itself and as compared to other vehicles in its class. It comes as no wonder, then, that the CAGI team found this pickup to be in a league of its own and named it the best of its kind. So if you’re on the market for a new pickup truck, it would definitely be a good idea to consider the Navara.

Nissan Juke – Was It Worth the Wait?

A few years ago, rumors circulated about the Nissan Juke being launched in the Philippines very soon. This month, in celebration of the second anniversary of Nissan Philippines Inc. (NPI), those rumors were not only laid to rest, but joyously confirmed to be true. NPI has indeed brought the compact crossover SUV to the country. It was their way of kicking off their latest campaign, “Rediscover Excitement, Rediscover Nissan.”

 

The campaign is aimed at reliving the glory days of Nissan, and NPI felt that the launch of the Juke, with its unique character and sporty look, is the perfect way to get the campaign started. But does it live up to the high expectations? Is it really the best car model to start a campaign with? Well, the only way to find out is to take a closer look at the car in question. Let’s go!

 

Key Features and Specs

 

  • 6L HR16DE DOHC gasoline engine
  • 154Nm of torque
  • 116PS of power
  • Integrated Control System (I-CON)
  • Xtronic Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT)
  • 5-person seating capacity
  • 60/40-split bench rear seat
  • Dual front air bags
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Rear parking camera
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Signature V-grille
  • Boomerang-shaped LED lamps

 

A Closer Look at The Juke

 

If car specs don’t really make that much sense to you, allow us to help you get to know this stylish new entry of Nissan Philippines.

 

The Exterior

Nissan Juke – Was It Worth the Wait?

At first glance, you’ll immediately notice that the Juke looks absolutely nothing like the other Nissan cars currently being offered in the Philippine market. It is a sport crossover with a very aggressive front and rear design, and standing at a 2520mm wheelbase. It measures 4135mm x 1765mm x 1580mm (LxWxH). The Juke’s front has Halogen Projector w/ LED Clearance Lamps headlights and huge circular fog lamps. It also has a colored front bumper that features Nissan’s signature V-motion chrome grille. The side features LED side turners with auto-folding, power-adjustable side turn lamps. The car’s rear has LED signature lamps and an intermittent wiper.

 

The Interior

Nissan Juke – Was It Worth the Wait?

The Juke has fabric-covered body-hugging seats and a manually adjustable driver’s seat that has an active-restraint headrest. It also features an automatically illuminated glove box and a spacious center console. The back of the interior has an audio head unit and computer display meter. The sporty look of the car is also evident in the silver center trim and rounded metal door handles.

 

Comfort and Convenience

Nissan Juke – Was It Worth the Wait?

The Juke’s intelligent display system known as I-CON offers driving convenience by allowing you to customize drive and climate modes. This means you can adjust the atmosphere inside the vehicle to perfectly suit your preferences. The vehicle also has a push start system that adds even more to the convenience it offers.

 

Safety Features

Nissan Juke – Was It Worth the Wait?

Other than the dual front air bags and anti-lock braking system mentioned earlier, the Juke also ensures your safety with its brake assist and brake force distribution. Furthermore, it is armed with an anti-theft system that has a built-in immobilizer! If you have kids, then you’ll be glad to know Tether and ISO-FIX ensures child protection in the vehicle.

 

The Verdict

 

Considering all of the above features, functions, and specifications, it really does seem like the Juke is worth the wait. And when you consider further that it is set to sell at less than a million pesos (PHP980,000 to be exact), one can easily forgive Nissan Philippines for taking so long to bring this funky crossover to our shores, right?

 

Remember, though that this is a small vehicle, categorized as a subcompact crossover. If you’re looking for a family car and you have a large family, this may (unfortunately) not be the vehicle for you. But if you only have a family of four, or if you’re single and are looking for just this type of car, then the Juke is certainly worth checking out; at least go for a test drive in it!

 

The closest competitors we can find for Nissan’s latest addition to the Philippine market are the Ford EcoSport and the soon-to-be-launched Mazda CX-3. It does have the advantage of being a bit bigger and more powerful than the Ford. As to how it compares with the upcoming Mazda, we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

When Nissan Philippines finally starts selling the Juke in January of 2016, you can take your pick from 4 fun colors: Solar Yellow, Red Alert, Pearl White, and Obsidian Black. It certainly took its time coming to the Philippines, but when we saw what the Juke had to offer, we were once again reminded that patience is indeed a virtue.