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Nissan telah memperkenalkan program “Penghantaran Kedua” yang baharu, yang direka khusus untuk pemilik Ariya elektrik. Inisiatif ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kepuasan pelanggan dengan memberikan pemahaman yang menyeluruh mengenai ciri-ciri dan fungsi kenderaan baru mereka.

Kerjasama dengan Doppler Automotive

Untuk memastikan kelancaran proses Penghantaran Kedua, Nissan telah bekerjasama dengan Doppler Automotive, sebuah perkhidmatan pihak ketiga. Doppler Automotive akan menguruskan proses Penghantaran Kedua, membolehkan pengedar untuk fokus kepada jualan sambil memastikan pelanggan menerima panduan terperinci mengenai kereta baru mereka. Kos perkhidmatan Doppler akan ditanggung oleh korporat Nissan, menjadikan proses ini tanpa kos tambahan untuk pengedar.

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In a move to ensure customer satisfaction and improve owner education, Nissan has unveiled a new “Second Delivery” program specifically for its all-electric Ariya. This initiative aims to provide Ariya owners with a comprehensive understanding of their new vehicle’s features and functionality.

Doppler Automotive to Assist with Deliveries

Nissan has partnered with Doppler Automotive, a third-party service, to manage the Second Delivery process. This collaboration allows dealerships to focus on sales while ensuring customers receive detailed walkthroughs of their new cars. The costs associated with Doppler’s services are covered by Nissan corporate, making it a seamless option for dealerships.

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When it comes to Malaysian B-Segment cars, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that the Honda City and the Toyota Vios are the standout choice. The sales volumes speak for themselves, and the choice is clear, Malaysians prefer Hondas and the Toyotas.

But despite that, there used to be a time when the segment had another clear contender, the Nissan Almera.

Launched in 2020, the then new, fourth-generation Nissan Almera was introduced to Malaysians at the beginning of the pandemic. After what the world experienced through 2020-2022, we can all agree It is never a great idea to launch a new car when everyone is tightening their purse strings. In fact, no one could even come out of their houses so how were they going to be convinced to buy a car?

Yet, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) launched the Nissan Almera anyway and it worked out for them. Perhaps it was because of the loan moratorium where banks allowed a repayment freeze for a maximum of six months.

Car companies, financial institutions also worked with the government to reduce interest rate and taxes on cars, and this allowed companies to sell their cars for cheaper than usual. This also resulted in record car sales for Malaysia.

But this would be stealing the Almera’s thunder because after all, it is quite a nice car, as we found out recently.

Just to make it clear, we had never sat in a latest-generation Nissan Almera let alone drive one prior to this, so the new Almera was a revelation of sorts for us. Among the many B-segment reviews that we have done, the common comments usually centre around how a car compares against the Almera.

You see, the Almera has made quite a name for itself as a good-looking, reliable and comfortable car. One that can pass of the best middle ground between the Honda City and the Toyota Vios.

The design of the Almera deserves a special mention because it is the first time that an Almera has looked this good in the past two decades. And despite already being four years old, the design seems to have stood the test of time quite well.

In fact, it does not only look good, but it also seems to have improved despite being largely the same. The car that you see here is the Almera Kuro Edition, which is basically Japanese for the ‘Black Edition’.

To this writer’s eyes, the Almera Kuro Edition brings out the best in the Almera’s design. It looks a lot sportier thanks to a new blacked out front grille, black 16-inch wheels, and an aero kit that include front and rear bumper spoiler, and side skirts. The Glacier Grey colour also looks like it set out to make a 60-year old feel 20 again.

The Nissan Almera is the grand child of the Nissan Sentra, which many of us will probably know and love. Malaysians will also remember the Sylphy and the Latio, both of which sold in fairly well numbers.

The common theme that all these cars have, is that they are all comfortable, easy to drive and are all spacious. You will have to sit in an Almera to experience this for yourself, but the seats in the Almera are the best in the segment. No probably or maybe here, they just are the best.

The seats offer better bolstering while the padding is plush. This segment does not offer electric seats due to the cost factor, but no one else but Nissan got the memo about comfortable seats being a plus point for B-segment buyers.

The only thing that is a bit of annoyance is the black and white leatherette interior. It looks like an afterthought by someone who reckoned the Almera Kuro Edition didn’t look sporty enough and believed whole heartedly that a contrasting interior would do the trick. Well, it does not and the white edges around the seats will very quickly off-white as the driver and passenger slide on them every day.

But once inside, the spaciousness of the interior will immediately impress you and you will notice that the white around the seats is also present on the dash as well. Except that this time it does not look as bad.

The flat-bottomed steering wheel adds some character to the car while the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both of which are considered essentials in the modern era.

The interior generally feels good and well thought out with comfort and spaciousness being the main theme at play here.

The Nissan Almera may be well-known for its interior, but it is also popular for being the only car in its segment to be powered by a three-cylinder turbocharged engine. While the competition utilise 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated engines, Nissan took on an entirely different path.

Rather than relying on good old displacement (which some say has no replacement), Nissan chose to utilise a small 1.0-litre engine and force feed it some air through a turbocharger to help it produce 100PS and 152Nm of torque.

When Nissan first introduced the Almera, some Malaysians got excited when they heard that the Almera used a turbocharger. Many believed that this will make the Almera significantly more powerful than the competition. But just for reference, the Honda City makes 121PS and 145Nm of torque, which makes it significantly more powerful than the Almera.

The Almera’s turbocharger is not designed for gargantuan power, but rather it makes the Almera one of the most economical in its class. Official fuel consumption figures say that the Almera can travel an astonishing 18.4km per litre, which gives it a theoretical range of 650km per tank. Considering that the Almera uses a puny 35 litre tank (which is a lot cheaper to fill up), that range is hugely impressive.

You are going to be left hugely disappointed if you think the Almera is going to be a lot of fun to drive because it has a turbocharger. But if you manage those expectations and approach it as the car it truly is – a comfortable, convenient b-segment slinger, then the Almera is bound to impress.

On the move the Almera feels like a typical B-segment car, it does a decent job at keeping the interior hushed with the passengers insulated from the noises and vibrations underneath the car.

But it does not have the refinement levels of a Honda City and the suspension is also on the stiffer side as well, preferring instead to roll over bumps rather than to absorb them. In that aspect, the City and the Vios feel better.

That aside, the Almera can hold its own when it comes to safety systems and features. In fact, it even trumps the mighty City with its Blind Spot Monitoring System, another feature that has become a necessity today. The Honda City still trudges along with its dated Lane Watch system.

The Nissan Almera is undoubtedly a fantastic car and while the competition has moved along with refinement, power and features, the Almera is still one of, if not the most efficient car in its segment.

The Kuro Edition lends some much needed character but that does not come for free. There are three variants with prices starting from RM83,888 for the VL variant, RM89,888 for the VLP and the model you see here is the VLT which costs RM95,888.

The Kuro Edition Package which includes all of the items mentioned above will set you back a further RM8,000. And that includes tint, door handle protectors and scuff plates. And if you want that good-looking rear wing, that will set you back a further RM1,400.

Is the extra premium for the body kit worth forking out for? You can’t put a price on a good-looking yet efficient car. If you need further convincing, think about it this way – the Almera is so fuel efficient that the savings can pay for the body kit over time. It may take some time, but savings always pile up.

Specifications
Engine: 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 100PS @ 5000rpm
Torque: 152Nm@ 2400rpm
Transmission: X-Tronic CVT
Suspension: Independent MacPherson Struts with Stabiliser (Front) / Torsion Beam with Stabiliser (Rear)

We like: Good looks, comfortable interior, fuel efficient
We don’t like: Ride quality, noisy CVT transmission

Sebuah lagi tanda tempat baharu Nissan didirikan di Muar, Johor dengan pelancaran rasmi Pusat 3S Nissan yang dikendalikan oleh NM Supreme Sdn. Bhd. Pusat 3S serba baharu dengan luas binaan lebih daripada 8,000 kaki persegi ini menyediakan perkhidmatan jualan dan selepas jualan kepada pelanggan Nissan. Ia merupakan pengedar terbaru yang menerima Konsep Runcit Nissan di Malaysia bagi meningkatkan pengalaman di kemudahan Nissan. 

Konsep Runcit Nissan bertujuan untuk menginovasikan pengedar Nissan dan menyampaikan standard perkhidmatan bertaraf dunia kepada pelanggan Nissan di seluruh dunia. Ia bertumpu pada mempamerkan nilai jenama Nissan sepanjang masa pelanggan berada di pusat flagship ini, sama ada untuk memandu uji model terkini atau menghantar kereta untuk servis biasa. Setiap titik sentuh kemudahan runcit yang mematuhi konsep NRC telah pun direka bentuk dan diperhalusi semula untuk menyampaikan keseronokan dan kepuasan kepada pelanggan.

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Nissan Malaysia has launched its latest 3S Centre in Muar, Johor, operated by NM Supreme Sdn. Bhd. This state-of-the-art facility spans over 8,000 square feet and integrates sales, service, and spare parts, marking a significant milestone in Nissan’s efforts to elevate customer experiences.

Nissan Retail Concept (NRC-NEXT)

The NM Supreme Nissan 3S Centre is designed in line with the Nissan Retail Concept, NRC-NEXT, which aims to innovate dealership experiences and deliver world-class service standards globally. This concept emphasises creating a seamless and engaging customer journey, whether they are exploring new models or servicing their vehicles. Every aspect of the NRC-NEXT-compliant facility has been refined to ensure customer satisfaction and excitement.

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Dalam usaha mengiktiraf sejarah yang ikonik, Nissan telah memperkenalkan Edisi Warisan Z 2024, sebuah model edisi terhad yang memberi penghormatan kepada Datsun 240Z generasi S30 yang pertama kali diperkenalkan 55 tahun lalu pada tahun 1969. Model eksklusif ini menggabungkan prestasi moden dengan elemen reka bentuk klasik yang merayakan lebih setengah abad kecemerlangan dalam kereta sport.

Reka Bentuk Klasik dengan Sentuhan Moden

Nissan Z Heritage Edition 2024 dibina berdasarkan gred Z Performance dan tersedia dengan pilihan transmisi manual 6-kelajuan atau automatik 9-kelajuan. Salah satu ciri utamanya adalah cat New Sight Orange yang eksklusif, yang mengingatkan badan oren ikonik 240Z asal. Skema warna menarik ini dilengkapi dengan pelekat hud hitam, pelekat sisi badan, dan pelekat Edisi Warisan yang mengelilingi lambang Z di belakang tingkap suku.

Untuk menambah sentuhan retro, Edisi Heritage menampilkan hadapan baharu dengan bukaan gril segi empat tepat, rim aloi 19 inci, dan sambungan fender di setiap sudut. Elemen reka bentuk ini menggabungkan rupa 240Z yang bersejarah dengan gaya kontemporari, mencipta keseimbangan antara nostalgia dan moden.

Prestasi dan Ciri-ciri

Di bawah hud, Z Heritage Edition dikuasakan oleh enjin V6 3.0 liter turbo berkembar yang menghasilkan kuasa sebanyak 400hp. Enjin ini digandingkan dengan pembezaan gelinciran terhad mekanikal untuk memastikan daya tarikan dan pengendalian optimum. Model ini juga dilengkapi dengan brek Nissan Performance dengan angkup merah yang menambah nilai estetika dan fungsi.

Berdasarkan gred Z Performance, Edisi Heritage merangkumi semua ciri yang diingini dari model asas, menjadikannya sebuah kereta sport serba boleh yang sesuai untuk peminat jalan raya dan trek. Gabungan kuasa, ketepatan, dan gaya menjadikannya penghormatan yang layak kepada warisan siri Z.

Harga dan Ketersediaan

Nissan Z Heritage Edition 2024 dijangka memasuki pasaran pada bulan Jun, dengan Harga Runcit Cadangan Pengeluar (MSRP) bermula dari $59,135 (RM278,747). Memandangkan pengeluarannya yang terhad dan elemen reka bentuk eksklusif, model ini dijangka menjadi tambahan yang dicari dalam barisan Nissan Z.

In a nod to its storied history, Nissan introduces the 2024 Z Heritage Edition, a special limited-edition model that pays homage to the S30-generation Datsun 240Z, unveiled 55 years ago in 1969. This exclusive edition blends modern performance with classic design elements, celebrating over half a century of sports car excellence.

Classic Design with Modern Flair

The 2024 Nissan Z Heritage Edition is based on the Z Performance grade and is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 9-speed automatic transmission. Its standout feature is the exclusive New Sight Orange paint, reminiscent of the iconic orange body of the original 240Z. This striking colour scheme is complemented by a black hood decal, bodyside decals, and Heritage Edition decals surrounding the Z emblems aft of the quarter windows.

Further enhancing its retro-inspired aesthetic, the Heritage Edition boasts a new front fascia with rectangular grille openings, 19-inch alloy wheels, and fender extensions at each corner. These design elements collectively echo the look of the historic 240Z, blending nostalgia with contemporary styling.

Performance and Features

Under the hood, the Z Heritage Edition is powered by a formidable twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine, delivering an impressive 400hp. This powertrain is paired with a mechanical limited-slip differential, ensuring optimal traction and handling. The model also features Nissan Performance brakes with red callipers, adding both aesthetic and functional value.

Built on the Z Performance grade, the Heritage Edition includes all the desirable features of the base model, making it a well-rounded sports car suitable for both road and track enthusiasts. Its blend of power, precision, and style makes it a worthy tribute to the legacy of the Z series.

Pricing and Availability

The 2024 Nissan Z Heritage Edition is set to hit the market this June, with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,135 (RM278,747). Given its limited production and exclusive design elements, this model is expected to be a sought-after addition to the Nissan Z lineup.

With the 2024 Z Heritage Edition, Nissan continues its tradition of celebrating its rich heritage while pushing the boundaries of modern automotive performance and design. This special edition model not only honors the past but also sets a high standard for the future of the Z series.

Nissan sedang membuat langkah besar dalam usaha menjadikan kereta elektrik lebih murah dan berpatutan dengan inovasi dalam teknologi magnet motor. Syarikat ini mencipta magnet motor baharu yang diperbuat daripada aloi besi samarium, menggantikan magnet neodymium yang lebih mahal dan sukar diperoleh. Dengan strategi ini, Nissan mensasarkan untuk menjadikan kos pembuatan kereta elektrik setara dengan kereta petrol menjelang tahun 2030, mengurangkan kos pengeluaran sebanyak 30%.

Mengapa Magnet Samarium-Iron?
Magnet baharu Nissan menggunakan aloi besi samarium, yang menawarkan beberapa kelebihan berbanding magnet neodymium:

  1. Kos yang Lebih Rendah: Samarium adalah hasil sampingan daripada pengeluaran neodymium dan lebih murah. Ini boleh mengurangkan kos pembuatan magnet motor sebanyak kira-kira 30%.
    2. Sumber yang Lebih Stabil: Bahan seperti disprosium dan terbium yang diperlukan untuk magnet neodymium kebanyakannya datang dari China, yang telah mengehadkan eksport mereka, menimbulkan masalah bekalan. Samarium, sebaliknya, lebih mudah diakses dan tidak menghadapi masalah bekalan yang sama.
    3. Prestasi yang Boleh Dipercayai: Magnet samarium-besi mempunyai kekuatan antara magnet neodymium dan ferit dan mengendalikan haba sama seperti neodymium, menjadikannya sesuai untuk aplikasi dalam kereta elektrik.

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Nissan Motor is working towards significantly reducing the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) by developing a new motor magnet made from inexpensive materials. This initiative is a part of their strategy to make EV manufacturing costs comparable to petrol vehicles by fiscal year 2030, ending March 2031. Achieving this goal would require a 30% reduction in EV production costs.

The recently developed magnet utilises a samarium-iron rare-earth alloy. Unlike traditional EV motors, which use neodymium magnets enhanced with dysprosium and terbium for heat resistance, Nissan’s magnet eliminates the need for these rare and supply-risk-prone materials. Neodymium and dysprosium primarily come from China, which has previously restricted rare-earth exports to Japan, highlighting a significant supply-chain risk.

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Sebagai innovator dan perintis kenderaan elektrik, Nissan bersedia untuk mengambil satu langkah lagi dalam mobiliti elektrik melalui teknologi gemparannya, e-POWER. Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd., pengedar rasmi kenderaan Nissan di Malaysia, telah mengujakan pengunjung dan pembeli kenderaan dengan ketrampilan e-POWER di Malaysia Autoshow 2024.

Sistem pemacu e-POWER merupakan teknologi unik Nissan. Ia menggunakan enjin petrol dan bateri Litium-ion untuk menjana motor elektrik – motor electric semata-mata untuk memacu roda. Ia bertindak seperti kenderaan elektrik, memberikan tork serta-merta dan mempunyai pelepasan ekzos dan kos operasi yang lebih rendah berbanding dengan enjin pembakaran tradisional, tetapi tanpa memerlukan pengecasan. Selain enjin petrol, e-POWER juga menggunakan brek janaan semula untuk memastikan bateri diisi semula.

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