By Jason K. Ang
1. Longest wheelbase in its class. The Nissan Almera is the big fish in the B-segment. The 2600-millimeter long wheelbase, nearly the length of some C-segment sedans’, pays off in interior space. There’s plenty of kneeroom in the rear seats, comparable to some D-segment sedans’.
By Walter C. Villa
On paper the new Nissan Almera makes each rival in its class look like bum wad. First, it impresses us with its size—considered to be the biggest and most spacious in its class. Then, it dazzles us with features otherwise found in upscale cars.
By Tessa R. Salazar
IT’S NOT that easy to maintain an assembly plant in the Philippines. When auto manufacturers compare shops among Asian nations, they will find that doing business in the Philippines a bit “shocking,” what with the higher cost of electricity here which results to higher operating costs. The result has been that the local auto industry imports more completely built-up (CBU) units, and the few remaining assembly plants have been reduced further with the recent spate of closures. It is, therefore, refreshing to learn of an auto manufacturer going against conventional wisdom—not just sticking to its assembly lines here but even adding to the assembly lineup.