Nissan Sunny (Almera) Nismo Facelift Launched In Malaysia

Obviously, it’s not India that gets the treatment of performance from the automakers like Nissan. Malaysians are lucky to get that not-so-interesting Sunny facelift with the Nismo body kit.

However, they aren’t enough lucky to get a technical enhancement in this package. Company is claimed to have bestowed the Sunny (known as Almera in Malaysia) with only cosmetic changes. Starting from the front, there appears the sedan received a well-sculpted front bumper done with sporty red chin, side skirts and ORVMs. That brawny diffuser completes the attire. For a metallic add-on the automakers has used new exhausts to hear grunting sound clearer, whereas aggressive 16-inch alloy wheels and retuned suspension dwelled to handle all such exclusivities at ease.

Under bonnet, of Nissan Sunny Nismo facelift lays a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 102PS of max power and 139Nm of peak torque with 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox.

Nissan Sunny NISMO

Nissan Sunny Facelift Test Drive and Review

Nissan’s Sunny side is up. The new Sunny, or can be said as the Sunny facelift, is about to launch in the coming month, but we got our hands onto it before it reaches the showroom.

Though, cosmetic changes only experienced. The technicalities were restored from the existing version.

On the cosmetic front, the Sunny facelift headlamps played the daunting task of differentiating it than the older one. Deeply penetrated into the bumper, headlights reminded us of it for being a true-blue Teana sibling at the first sight. Complementing it further was the more radical front grille which now is showing up as the enhanced face of the model plate. Minute nip and tucks returned it as a complete satiable package, with the chin been tidied. The chrome around fog lamps has nothing to do more obtusely with the newness, like the new tail lamps. The good thing that Nissan planted on this car is the black splitter at rear which actually cuts off the bulky 490-liter boot into a finely positioned element. The top-end variant of Sunny facelift gets new pieces of alloys, if specifically said they have 12-spoke.

On interiors, thankfully there was more number of changes than the exteriors. Firstly, the steering wheel which is inspired by Teana, had blissfully placed the buttons on itself in silver finish. Overall, plastic quality is good, and now the car got more premium feel with the beige interiors. This time, Nissan had played all the aces right – seemed from the oodles of sense-pulsating factors like chromed dials, leather-wrapped steering and such. In the high-end variants, customers are drawn to get the leather seats and leather covered gear knobs. The two-DIN music system with Bluetooth is borrowed from the Micra, which is not a bad thing at all here, but above it the dash also holds screen for reverse parking camera.

Nissan Sunny Facelift Test Drive and Review

Moving at the rear, the acres of legroom and shoulder room does ends up claiming Sunny facelift of being a roomy and airy car which can be hold onto for the chauffeur-driven title very well. The thigh support at rear was a bit bothering, while the rest of the dimensions and inclusions were completely fine; we mean the experience can be plotted at additional notches than just being ‘fine’.

  • Engine:

As said above, the technicalities are restored from the existing version. Hence, the same 1.5-liter HR15 petrol engine of 99PPS@6000rpm with 5-speed manual and 101PS@5600rpm in CVT both along with 134Nm of torque @ 4000rpm was found doing its duty. The famous 1.5-liter K9K dCi diesel engine of 86PS@3750rpm and 200Nm of torque @ 2000rpm was married to 5-speed manual.

In return, the drive and handling is the same as it was earlier.

  • Conclusion:

Nissan Sunny Facelift is bragged to be launched in 8 variants inclusive of all the trims. The pricing, they said, would be Rs 30,000-40,000 costlier than the outgoing model, for which the changes doesn’t felt overpriced to us. A good competitor in the market against the new Honda City and its likes, Nissan Sunny facelift is a car most preferred to be driven by the chauffeurs, so at the time making choice, do remember, it isn’t a Car, instead it’s a Caaaaaaaaaarrrrr!!!

Nissan Sunny Facelift Test Drive and Review

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Nissan’s successful ventures, Evalia and Sunny to get a facelift in the months to come

Nissan had launched its utility van, Evalia, in the month of September, last year. After its launch, Evalia became very popular in the international market. Although it had a van platform, it was a lot more spacious than any other car in its competition. Now it has been revealed that, Evalia will be getting upgraded in the next few months to come. The van is being given some high class touch ups to raise its market value. Another reason for it to be upgraded can be, to overcome some of the prominent short comings in the original version of Evalia. Another of its car, Nissan Sunny, will also be subjected to a face lift soon in the year ahead, after Evalia.

Nissan is an automobile company, which is located in Japan. Nissan is estimated to be the 6th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. One of the most remarkable features of any Nissan vehicle is its VQ engine technology, which has been termed as the best in the world for 14 years in a row.

Evalia, model number NV200, is basically an MUV launched by Nissan. It is estimated to be the best selling van-platform based vehicle in the world, presently. It is said that Nissan Evalia, being so spacious and fuel efficient, will slowly be taken as the new models for cabs and taxis in the international markets.

Nissan Evalia
In the original Nissan the second slider door had impractical windows and no AC vents. This will be changed in the upgraded version. The slider door, will now have appropriate windows and the back seats too will get individual AC vents. The exterior too, will be made a bit more stylish, to give the flavor of style.

Nissan Sunny too will get its cosmetic treatment and will soon hit the market with a few added features. One of the additions made include, provision of Bluetooth connectivity and USB on the music system. The seat cover fabric will too undergo a change. Addition of a reverse parking camera might also take place.

Nissan Sunny

Along with Evalia and Sunny, a new SUV is being planned by Nissan. Terrano, as it is called, will be launched by the month of September this year.

Nissan India Posts 185.6% Increase In August 2012 Sales

As per fresh reports, Nissan Motor India Private Ltd (NMIPL) has made the announcement that it has registered an increase of around 185.6% in its last month sales (August 2012).

Overall, Nissan Motor India Private Ltd has recorded sales of around 3953 vehicles in the domestic market during the month under review as compared to against 1384 units sold during the same period of 2011, reflecting Nissan increasing fame in the country.

Nissan Micra, the compact hatchback along with Nissan Sunny, the entry-level sedan recorded collective sales of around 3944 units.

The X-trail lifestyle sport utility vehicle, Nissan Teana luxury sedan in addition to Nissan 370Z cult sports car consisted of the remaining.

Nissan India Posts 185.6% Increase In August 2012 Sales

While talking over the company’s performance, Mr. Takayuki Ishida, Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd stated that it is really cheering to witness the Indian made Sunny going up and up in the country’s growing market.

Mr. Takayuki Ishida also said that their promise and concentration is on rolling out more locally made cars, which provide augmented value to their clients.

Moreover, Nissan is getting ready to roll out its third Chennai made car, with the ground-breaking Evalia urban class utility vehicle ready to go on sale in showrooms crosswise the Indian market later this month.

Mr. Nitish Tipnis, Director-Marketing & Sales, Hover Automotive India (HAI), Nissan’s only and exclusive distributor in the Indian market also said that they are witnessing a stable growth in their sales on a monthly basis.

Mr. Nitish added that they look ahead for the sales to begin renovating during the festival period.

The Nissan retail network is elaborating in a steady manner.

During the last month, Nissan Motor India Private Ltd declared the opening of novel franchises in the cities of Mumbai, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Noida taking the overall dealer system to more than 73 outlets.

Japanese auto giant Nissan proposes to introduce a variety of novel cars comprising an entry-level sedan to challenge the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and compact sport utility vehicle based on coalition partner Renault Duster in order to gain more volumes in the Indian market.

Mr. Takayuki Ishida also said that they are really interested in the sport utility vehicle section and have lots of choices internationally.

Nissan targets Indian Markets for increased exports

It is “Mission India” for Nissan, the auto maker from Japan. Having witnessed the fury of nature through ravaging floods in Thailand that devastated the nation, Nissan is in a bit of a quandary. A manufacturing unit in Thailand heavily contributes to all exports that Nissan does worldwide; the severe floods have meant that the export plans had to be re-evaluated. The automaker now plans to shift focus to India, where they in collaboration with Renault India, have set up a huge manufacturing unit in Chennai.

The capacity of the entire new plant is going to be used by Nissan for handling their complete export to other Asian countries, including the Middle-East. Work in the production plant at Chennai, in which the auto maker has already invested Rs.4,500 crore, is going on at full capacity and the plant has developed the competence of bringing out 4 lakh units a year. The Nissan Micra and the Nissan Sunny are being produced in this very plant. All this information was confirmed to the media by the CEO, Nissan Motor Corporation, Toshiyuki Siga during an interaction with the media at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Nissan Micra

The CEO is highly impressed with the development of this manufacturing unit at Chennai. He also disclosed plans of Nissan to export their small car, the Nissan Micra in the Middle Eastern countries. India has been identified as a center for major development in the future by Nissan. Though the company has R&D facilities at US and China, apart from India, they feel that the Indian unit is more akin to their growth plans. The Tokyo Motor Show has literally been dominated by Nissan, who unveiled four new concept cars at the event. All the electric car models that Nissan has been conceptualizing were displayed during the show and included the much-hyped Nissan Leaf. Apart from that other models, the Townpod and the Nissan Pivo3 were also showcased. A new concept SUV, aimed at carrying forward the Juke lineage, “The Nismo” was also displayed by the company.

Production plant at Chennai

Cars launched in the month of September 2011

Phew! No sooner were we done with the enormous numbers of cars launched in the month of August 2011, car manufacturers unloaded another dump of cars in the month of September 2011. We have got a list of the car launches which happened in the month of September 2011.

2011 Mercedes C-Class:

The all new Mercedes C-Class is something which many wouldn’t even think of as a new thing. The changes included slight restructuring of the face, addition of some features like daytime running LEDs and a panoramic sun roof as standard. The interiors also received a fillip to keep in line with the external revisions. There were no changes in the configuration of the motors though. The starting price of the petrol variant was Rs 29.79 lakhs while the diesel costs Rs 32.30 lakhs.

2011 Mercedes C-Class

2011 Mahindra Bolero:

Mahindra and Mahindra came out with a new version of their workhorse, the Mahindra Bolero. Not only this, there is a new engine under the hood as well. This one produces 62 Bhp of power and 196 Nm of torque. ARAI certified fuel efficiency is also 15.96 kmpl. The exteriors received a new grille with the likes of a dark grey shade and decals splashed over the sides and also new head lamps. As of now, there is only a 2WD version going around with talks of introducing the 4×4 version later. The asking price for this one is Rs 6.19 lakhs.

2011 Mahindra Bolero

Toyota Etios and Liva diesels:

Toyota also put diesel engines under the hoods of their best sellers, the Etios and Liva and made for a grand launch. Both these cars borrow their powerplants from the bigger Corolla Altis, albeit with some modifications. The 1.4 liter diesel powerplant has been detuned with a fixed geometry turbo and also altogether different gear ratios. The hatchback gets two variants while the sedan gets three. The other common feature between these diesel variants is that they all get ABS, EBD and airbags as standard. The Etios diesel is priced at Rs 6.44 lakhs while the diesel Liva retails for Rs 5.54 lakhs.

Toyota Liva

Mahindra XUV500:

The much awaited Mahindra W201 aka Mahindra XUV500 was launched towards the latter part of the month of September 2011. The bulky Mahindra SUV has got attractive features in the exteriors as also great interiors. A 2.2 liter engine producing 140 Bhp of power and a choice of both auto and manual transmission along with 4×4 configuration is what makes the XUV500 even more charming. The asking price for the Mahindra XUV500 is Rs 10.8 lakhs while the top end model retails for Rs 12.88 lakhs. There are three variants.

Mahindra XUV500

Renault Koleos:

Renault, after launching the Fluence, jumped onto their next big thing, the Renault Koleos SUV. This all new SUV for India gets 17 inch alloy wheels, Bose surround system, split tail gate, cruise control, tray tables behind the front seats and a comprehensive safety package. The same motors as present in the Nissan X-trail can also be found here, in the same state of tune. It also gets a 1 lakh kms or 5 years long anti-rust warranty. It is priced at Rs 22.90 lakhs.

Renault Koleos

2011 Mercedes CLS 350:

The current E-class platform has been stretched to make the CLS 350. It is both longer as also wider than the 2010 Mercedes CLS350. A new corporate face makes its debut in the CLS350 while the interiors reek of a classiness with certain chrome styled elements coming into picture. A 3.5 liter engine powering this one produces 306 Bhp. Asking price of the 2011 Mercedes CLS350 is Rs 67.67 lakhs.

2011 Mercedes CLS 350

Nissan Sunny:

The much talked about Nissan Sunny also saw its launch in the month of September 2011. The Sunny is available in 3 trim levels and has a 1.5 liter petrol engine putting out 98 Bhp of power. The Sunny is a capacious car with sort of good features in its kitty. Its asking price is what rocked the boats of other manufacturers. The starting price of Rs 5.78 lakhs was too good to be believed.

Nissan Sunny

Hyundai Santa Fe automatic:

After receiving a good number of bookings for its Santa Fe SUV, Hyundai have now released an automatic version of this SUV. The power made by the engine remains the same at 197 Ps and a 6 speed auto box collaborates with this engine to put power to all the 4 wheels. Features galore, there are also some added ones from the manual variant of the Santa Fe. The price of the Santa Fe auto is pegged at Rs 24.36 lakhs.

Hyundai Santa Fe automatic

Honda Brio:

Honda’s small and economy class car, the Honda Brio also saw its launch in the month of September 2011. With a smaller wheelbase than the Jazz, this one has got oodles of space and features which some of the other cost effective cars don’t offer. The Brio comes with 4 trim levels and with 6 color options. A 1.2 liter motor powers the Brio and it would produce 88 Bhp of power along with 110 Nm of torque. A 5 speed manual transmission is assigned the cog swapping duties. The asking price is also shocking for a Honda at Rs 3.95 lakhs.

Honda BrioThese were some of the cars launched in the month of September 2011. The month of October 2011 should also see some huge launches and we are sure to update them for you time to time as also collectively next month.

Nissan Sunny vs competition – a new rule

The Caaar ad would have definitely caught anyone’s attention and that is just the right thing that Nissan wanted for its baby sedan in India. The only thing that Nissan officials weren’t sure about was the point at which the Sunny would be competing against or rather which segment would it cater to. Once the price of this car was announced, it became even more confusing since it straddles both the lower strata of the C segment as also the higher end of it. The former due to its pricing and the latter due to its space quotient and features list. The Etios, Dzire and Manza would be the direct competitors of this car from the lower segment while the higher segment would see it competing against the likes of the Hyundai Fluidic Verna, Honda City and also the Maruti SX4. The Sunny is a rounded off product which is a well thought out weapon from Nissan’s arsenal and one which thinks to straddle both the ends of the C segment. We just primed the Nissan Sunny against its so called rivals and the results are for you all to read.

Nissan Sunny

Looks

The Nissan Sunny in India car looks like a mini Teana for sure and this was a unanimous thing which everyone would agree to. However, turn towards the rear and it is quite obvious that apart from the tail lamps which are similar to the Teana, the boot looks more like that of the Swift Dzire. Come to think of it, there are also some comparisons with some other Maruti products like the SX4 as well. The most flamboyant design package in this lot would have to be the Hyundai Fluidic Verna. Its got all those chops, swivels and what nots in what can be called as a diminutive package. Sportiness is quite evident from the Hyundai Fluidic Verna in India’s appearance. Even the rear does seem to sync in with the whole design of the car. The Honda City in India can be called as a car which holds its appeal even well after 3 years since its launch. This car can be said to have aged gracefully. The arrow shot design still commands a second attention. The rear is also well proportioned. The Toyota Etios in India is a bread box package. Its boxy, however the uses of some elements of chrome have definitely spruced up the looks of this car. Even at the rear, the car carries forward the boxy theme. As for the Tata Manza, it’s a product which cannot be called cutting edge but at the same time, it stands its ground well. When it was introduced, it had an all new look and approach to design. It never looked like the Vista had a boot tacked onto it. However, the same cannot be said now since the Vista has now got the Manza face to it. However, it definitely takes up the fight with the upper C segment with its space and features quotient, just like the Sunny. The Maruti SX4 is more like a concept car here. It seems smaller than it actually is plus the thing that it is the most butch amongst cars here. Traditionally cars have been referred to in the feminine gender, however not with the SX4. The tall stance and a well integrated boot is what it all stands for. Its smaller brethren the Maruti Swift Dzire in India looks exactly like the old generation Swift, with the addition of a downright ugly boot.

On the design side, it’s the Hyundai Verna which looks cool while the Etios and Sunny cater to the sober kind of clientele. The Manza and City would appeal to the young as also middle aged personality while the SX4 is something which we can call as the car for someone who wanted an SUV with sedan like capabilities. The Swift Dzire for the budget conscious and lovers of the Swift’s design language.

Honda City

Interiors

Now, this is where the Fluidic Verna outshines its rivals. Everything out here has got a premium feel with what even the switches and power goodies falling into hands easily. The Verna has got a nice feeling going for it. Its only when the space is concerned, that it falls short in the backseat. The Nissan Sunny in contrast is a car which, like the Verna has got good interiors along with the assurance of space thrown in. The AC unit has been plucked out from the one in the Micra and is a cool looking piece. The Verna and the Sunny are the only two cars here to have a push button start for the engine. The Tata Manza in India is one product which is very similar to the Sunny in its dimensions. It has also got features galore, even though it is a very affordable car. The Blue and Me technology which is derived from Fiat is a useful feature. Spacewise, the Manza is one of the best in the class, even surpassing the Sunny when it comes to head room. When we talk of space, there was earlier only the mention of Honda City. Even now, things haven’t changed much and its still very much a spacious car. However, the price point at which its positioned, with the entry of new rivals promising the space, it is but natural that people would ditch the snob value of Honda and go in for the others. The City also lacks in features which the Verna and even the Etios to some extent offer. The Etios top end model comes with steering mounted controls. However, that is it. It was built to be a low cost car and it stands true to that. The seats are flat at the rear and shoving in 3 huge people at the back wouldn’t be a problem. As for the SX4, it has also got a good features list. One sits upright in this car and visibility all around is real good. Even for the back benchers, this one is pretty good. The Swift Dzire seriously lacks space at the rear and the boot addition just about adds some space to the Swift’s puny boot. The features list is almost similar to that of the SX4, moreso since they share parts from the same bin.

If its space, one is looking for, then there is no contest and it would be the Manza here with a cutting edge price tag for it. Next comes in the Sunny with its features list and comfort factor. The Toyota Etios is one more car which is good for being chauffer driven, however the quality of plastics leaves a lot to be desired. The Honda City is still a very comfortable car, however, the omission of certain features plus the typical Honda “stinginess” really hurts. The Swift Dzire makes for a good car for singles; however, if carrying around people is a priority, it better is left alone. The SX4 is for those who would like to be in a commanding position while driving and would even like their passengers to be in the same position. It has got just about adequate features.

Toyota Etios

Handling and ride quality

The Sunny here can be called as a neutral handler, its not an expert in controlling the body roll thing, however, does well to mask it with its soft suspension setup. The ride quality is also of the absorbing kinds. However, the NVH factor is something which Nissan should have worked on coz this sedan isn’t that noise proof as the others in this comparison. The Fluidic Verna is something which is a very quiet performer. In terms of absolute NVH, there is nothing that comes close to this sedan. The handling though is a doubtful thing and it isn’t as well planted as we would have liked. The ride quality for a softly sprung car is very good and it more or less is in the same ballpark as the Sunny’. The Manza’s engine makes a little less of noise than the one in the Sunny plus the suspension is all the more absorbing. The handling for the Manza is also on a similar foot like the Sunny, however the steering wheel lacks some feel as compared to the slightly better feel from the Sunny. The Suzuki SX4 is the one to go for if one has to have a sporty car as an everyday drive car. The SX4 has a stiffly sprung suspension underneath and this means that the ride quality may not be that all cosetting, however the handling definitely is very surefooted. As for the NVH, the Suzuki engine is quiet and only gets coarse towards the top of its rev range. The Toyota Etios in India was perceived as a low cost car and this is evidently visible from the fact that this car doesn’t have sufficient insulation under the hood. As a result, inside the cabin, things do get thrashy after a certain limit. The ride quality is good, however, the Toyota doesn’t feel confident around bends and plus the steering wheel which is more tuned for city use, doesn’t work in its favor while on the highways. As for the Swift Dzire, its also stiffly sprung and this affects its ride quality. As for the handling part, the Dzire is a bit tail happy; however, it does its best to plant a smile on its driver’s face. The NVH is well controlled for the 1.2 liter engine. The Honda City in India has a ride quality, which though not exactly pampering, can still be termed as acceptable. The handling would have been stellar, were it not for the lackluster steering wheel, which simply doesn’t provide a good feedback. Wider tyres would have also made it to handle better.

The overall balance tilts in favor of the SX4 with its made for India ground clearance as also handling prowess. Other meekly follow it here, however, the ratio would vary depending on one’s preferences.

Maruti SX4

Engine, performance and fuel efficiency

The Maruti Swift Dzire’s engine is the one which has the least capacity amongst this competition. However, it produces a mighty 84 Bhp from its heart along with 113 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5 speed stick shift. The Dzire is amongst the lightest cars in this category and has superb acceleration to its credit. The engine and gearbox combo is a perfect thing here. The Dzire’s brakes need some working into while the safety features list, up the variants is also good. The Toyota Etios comes with a light weight body and a 1.5 liter heart. 89 Bhp of power and 132 Nm of torque is what can be plucked out of it. A 5 speed manual gearbox, which though a tad notchy, does the job well. The Etios’ brakes have almost the same bite as the Dzire’s and safety levels are also the same. The Tata Manza has got a 1.4 liter Safire heart and 89 Bhp of power along with 132 Nm of torque is what it has managed to produce from it. A 5 speed manual gearbox, derived from Fiat is what this one brings into the equation. The gearbox, though not in the same region as that of either Suzuki or Toyota, is a reasonably good shifter. The Manza, due to its porky weight loses out on the acceleration front, but, still is a nice cruiser. The brakes of the Manza are better than the Dzire and Etios, however on the safety features front, per variant, the Manza lacks behind.

The Nissan Sunny gets a 1.5 liter engine which is tuned out and out for fuel efficiency. It produces 98 Bhp of power along with 134 Nm of torque. The gearbox here is a vague unit and neither does the engine like to be hurried. However, the Sunny scores on its opponents by having its safety features in place. Variant on variant, there is no comparing the Sunny with its competitors, with even the base variant coming with a single airbag, ABS and EBD. The Hyundai Verna’s less decorated 1.4 liter engine makes 107 Bhp of power and also 136 Nm of torque. A 5 speed manual handles the cog shifting duties. The Verna petrol is also a gutsy performer; however cruising is what best it can do. The base Verna lacks safety features in the name of ABS and airbags, which is a big letdown. The petrol SX4 has got a 1.6 liter engine which has a peak output of 104 Bhp of power along with 145 Nm of torque. The gearbox of the SX4 is a bit recalcitrant; however, does the job perfectly. As for safety features, the Sunny’s spec list matches that of the SX4’s and both the cars are evenly matched here. The Honda City makes do with a 1.5 liter petrol engine which produces 117 Bhp of power, the highest in this comparison along with 146 Nm of torque. The gearbox is a smooth shifting unit and a delight to use. The engine also takes on a sporty note, after a particular rpm. The Honda City, however, lacks the basic safety features which one would expect from a sedan of this class.

Tata ManzaAs for the fuel efficiency, the ARAI certified fuel efficiency is the highest for the Etios while the Sunny ranks in a close third.

The Nissan Sunny does stake out claims to being a big sedan with lots of space and just about inoffensive looks. However, for the part that it has been, it doesn’t do anything exceptional. Its fuel efficiency is also not class leading. What it promises is a very tempting price package plus some segment firsts like the rear cooler vents, push button start and keyless entry. The Sunny price starts from a very tempting Rs 5.78 lakhs and is available in three variants. Compared to this, the Toyota Etios starts at a price of Rs 5.54 lakhs, the Maruti Swift Dzire’s base price is Rs 4.88 lakhs, the Tata Manza’ price starts at Rs 5.39 lakhs, the Maruti SX4 starts at Rs 6.91 lakhs. The Honda City’s price starts at Rs 7.6 lakhs while the Hyundai Verna’s price starts at Rs 6.99 lakhs. Feel free to guess the winner in the comments section below.

Hyundai Fluidic Verna

Nissan presents the Nissan SunDrive event in India

In a bid to provide automobile bloggers from the Indian spectrum a heads-up about the new Nissan Sunny, Nissan Motors India Private Limited (NMIPL) organized the Nissan SunDrive event starting from 12th September to 15th September 2011. This event saw the Nissan officials arranging a two days stay in hotel Radisson Blu in Chennai and thereafter organizing an 86 kms drive from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry.

At this event, prior to the drive, in the briefing sessions, Nissan India executives were present to answer the various queries that the electronic as also the print media would have for them. Present amongst the officials were Kazuhiro DOI who is the Segment Chief product Specialist for the V platform, Michio Nakajima, Assistant Chief Vehicle Engineer and also Mr Satoshi Matsutomi, the Vice President for Product Planning from NMIPL. Assisting them with the presentation and details was Mr Dinesh Jain from Hover Automotive India Private Limited. Hover Automotive has been appointed by Nissan Motors to handle the sales, service and spare parts for Nissan automobiles.

Nissan SunDrive event in India

Nissan SunDrive event in India Nissan SunDrive event in India

The entire event saw the likes of many automobile journalists accompanied by their cameramen asking questions about the car and also the future expansion plans by Nissan India. The next day morning saw everyone being headed to their Nissan Sunny cars for the drive. 10 cars were flagged off from the starting point by Mr Satoshi Matsutomi. Accompanying every two Sunnys was a Nissan Micra support car and bringing up the rear was a Nissan X-Trail. After the 86 kms one way trip was made, the entire entourage was provided with refreshments and with a switch of drivers, the return journey commenced. Once back at the hotel, after a lunch break, everyone was transported back to their hotels in Nissan Micra cars and X-Trails. The officials were tightlipped about the launch date of the car as also its pricing. However, safe estimates say that the car should be launched on the 20th of this month while its pricing should hover around the Rs 6 lakh mark for the base variant.

Nissan SunDrive event in India

Nissan SunDrive event in India Nissan SunDrive event in India

Nissan Motor India Unveils Nissan SUNNY

Nissan Motor India recently unveiled their SUNNY premium vehicle in the mid-size category in India. The car will hit Indian roads as the festive season begins. The vehicle name has been in use since its first use in Japan back in 1966. The current Nissan SUNNY, which is in its tenth generation, is based on popular (Versatile) V-platform, which is also used for the Micra. This car is fine tuned and designed for meeting the different needs and tastes of their customers beyond their market segmentation in emerging markets like India and China, and developing markets like US.

The car also appeals to a bigger buyer range including families and professionals that have a young mindset. The exterior design of the vehicle is quite refreshing and is both aerodynamic and sophisticated.

The CEO and MD of the company, Kiminobu Tokuyama, was quoted as saying that with the unveiling of the Nissan SUNNY, they have reinstated their seriousness in their Indian business operations. It also reiterates that they are moving according to schedule with their launches.

The Nissan SUNNY is a luxury saloon car that is design at the Nissan Motor and Nissan Design headquarters.

Nissan Sunny caught testing in Chennai

The  last two months have seen frenetic launches and much more in the Indian auto industry. Here comes a news fresh off the oven and that is that the Nissan Sunny, the entry level sedan based on the Nissan Micra’s V platform was caught testing near Nissan’s Oragadam facility in Chennai for the umpteenth time. The car has been long in the offing for its Indian launch and was being extensively tested in most parts of the country with a high camouflage. However recently some spy shots say that this car is near ready for its debut as the camouflage is a bit more of the revealing types now. Earlier on it was highly predicted that this car would make it to Indian soil by the end of 2012 however seeing the new spy pictures, it is very evident that this car is nearing its launch here in India.


There would be a petrol and diesel motor on offer initially with manual transmission. The 1.5 liter diesel, which can be found under the hood of the Nissan Micra and the Mahindra Verito would be the obvious choice of engines. It will however make a superior 106 Bhp of power. There is also a 1.6 liter petrol which would make close to 100 Bhp of power and would be one of the most powerful engines in its class. 6 speed manual transmissions would be standard feature and this car would be up against the Mahindra Verito, Toyota Etios, Tata Manza and the Maruti Swift Dzire. Pricing would also be on the competitive side though it is said that this car would be devoid of most of the features that the other cars would sport. This car is successfully sold by Nissan Motors in more than 160 countries however in India, it may have to change the name as the Sunny name is registered by Bajaj Motors for its first scooterette. However all things are speculative as of now and more details would only be revealed once the car is launched in India.