Nissan Almera axed in Russia, rebadged Bluebird Sylphy falls to SUVs

The Nissan Almera’s production run in Russia will end in late 2018, with the once popular sedan failing to keep up with the SUV trend.


Launched in 2012, the Russian Almera was a reworked G11 Bluebird Sylphy, first revealed in Japan in 2005. It had a 1.6L I4 engine with 75kW (102hp) and 145Nm (107 lb-ft), FWD, and either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto.

The original interior was removed and replaced by one based on the Dacia Logan. The car was produced at the AutoVAZ plant in Togliatti, Samara, Russia, alongside Renault and Lada models — Renault owns a controlling stake in AutoVAZ.

After Almera production ends, Nissan will have an all SUV lineup apart from the GT-R supercar.

The Almera hit a high of 46,225 sales in 2014, and was Nissan’s top seller in the country. It is now well behind the X-Trail (14,103 until the end of August 2018) and Qashqai.

Source: Automotive News Europe



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Nissan Almera axed in Russia, rebadged Bluebird Sylphy falls to SUVs