Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Small Sedan Squeezes into Nissan City-Car Range; the New Nissan Almera Offers Great Value for Money

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Small Sedan Squeezes into Nissan City-Car Range; the New Nissan Almera Offers Great Value for Money

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NISSAN has added a new sedan variant to its city-car line-up.

The new Almera sedan is based on the diminutive Micra small hatch, but is actually considerably larger than that car a and almost as big as a Mazda3.

The Almera measures up at 4.42m long a 64.5cm longer than the hatchback and just 15.5cm shorter than a Mazda3 sedan.

Its natural rivals include other segment-straddling small sedans such as the recently revitalised Honda City (from $18,490 plus on-road costs), Hyundai's Accent (from $16,990), Ford's Fiesta (from $18,990), Kia's Rio (from $19,690) and Holden's Barina (from $16,490).

Toyota is also expected to introduce a new Yaris sedan later this year.

The Almera is priced below the outgoing Tiida small sedan and hatch, which currently starts at $18,990 plus on-road costs.

Nissan Australia managing director Bill Peffer insists the car is anot a Micra sedana.

aWe're not going to call it a Micra sedan because it's a bigger car than that and it complements the Micra hatch,a he says. …

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