Nissan has been performing terribly in recent years. With only a few models on sale, amplified by how outdated the models are, this is definitely a recipe for disaster. Thankfully, Nissan has been aware of the issue, leading to the creation of NPI (Nissan Philippines Inc.). Under the new company restructuring of Nissan, NMPI (Nissan Motor Philippines Inc.) and UMC (Universal Motors Corporation) will each have a stake of 24.5% at NPI, with the remaining 51% at Nissan. NMPI and UMC will be the production source, while NPI will be in charge for marketing, sales, and brand strengthening. Last March 7, 2014, NPI has shown to the public that they are back in the game, and will be offering Innovation That Excites, starting with their two new offers. The Nissan Altima and Nissan Sylphy.
First off, the Nissan Sylphy. It is a Sentra replacement, which is a direct rival to the Corolla Altis, Civic, and Elantra. The Nissan Sylphy is sourced from Nissan’s plant in Thailand.
There are 3 variants with 3 powertrain combinations. A 1.6 liter base model, mated to a 5-Speed MT, a 1.6 liter middle model, mated to Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT, and a 1.8 liter top trim model, mated only to Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT. The 1.6 liter engine produces 114 hp and 154 Nm of torque, while the 1.8 liter produces 129 hp and 174 Nm of torque.
Notable features include ABS, EBD, dual SRS airbags, and Brake Assist. The 1.6 liter CVT model receives LED daytime running lights, Automatic Climate Control, and Power Folding Mirrors. The top spec 1.8 liter CVT gains Xenon Headlamps, 2DIN Audio with Touch Screen, 17 inch wheels, Smart Keyless Entry and Push Button Start, and Leather Seats.
Pricing for the Sylphy are as follows.
Sylphy 1.6 MT – P812,000
Sylphy 1.6 Upper CVT – P915,000
Sylphy 1.8 Upper CVT – P998,000
Just for this March, the Nissan Sylphy’s already afforable pricing will even be much more affordable. These are the Sylphy’s introductory prices.
Sylphy 1.6 MT – P799,000
Sylphy 1.6 Upper CVT – P902,000
Sylphy 1.8 Upper CVT – P988,000
The Nissan Altima is the replacement for the Teana, Nissan’s executive sedan in the Philippines. The Altima is similar to the USDM model, being sourced straight from their factory in the US.
There are 2 models, the 2.5 SV, and the 3.5 SL. The 2.5 liter is a 4-cylinder engine that produces 178 hp and 243 Nm of torque, and the 3.5 liter is a V6 engine that produces 266 hp and 340 Nm of torque. Both are mated to Nissan’s XTRONIC CVT.
Notable features for the Altima include a feature Nissan is really proud of, and these are their Zero Gravity Seats, which are inspired from NASA’s space program. These seats are designed to reduce fatigue and dramatically increase comfort on very long drives. Other standard features include 17 inch rims, 6-way power adjustable seats, projector-type headlamps, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, Active Understeer Control, TFT LCD between the gauges with a 3D display, 6 airbags, and Smart Keyless Entry and Push Button Start. The 3.5 SL, meanwhile, gains Xenon Headlamps, Automatic Climate Control, Paddle Shifters, 8-way power adjustable seats with lumbar support, leather seats, and BOSE premium audio system.
Pricing for the Altima are as follows.
Altima 2.5 SV – P1,650,000
Altima 3.5 SL – P2,030,000