10 facts about the Nissan Almera you didn’t know

If you are thinking of finding a Nissan Almera for sale, we have ten interesting facts about the Almera you might not have known. Here you will find interesting titbits of information that includes everything from the model’s many names to its makeovers and the features and specs of the newest Almera Nissan for sale.

The Alméras Name

Alméras is the family name of French racing car drivers during the eighties. Famous French racers with this last name include Phillippe Alméras, who competed in both the 2001 and 2002 French Formula Renault championships, Jacques Alméras and Jean-Marie Alméras.


All of its names

The Almera is known by a couple of other names across the globe. Called the Nissan Pulsar from 1995 to 2000, it is known as the Nissan Sentra in New Zealand and, from 2000 to 2006, it was known as the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy. The N15 Pulsar was launched in 1995 and sold in Europe as the Almera.

The first generation N15 Almera for sale

Manufactured from 1995 to 2000, the very first Nissan Almera hit the streets in late 1995. It was the Nissan Sunny (N14) replacement and was almost identical to the Nissan Pulsar (N15) which was sold in Japan at that time. The differences between the Pulsar and the Almera for sale at that time included a petrol engine range as well as different trim options.

Engine types available during this period included the petrol 1.4 Si GA14DE, the petrol 1.6 Sri GA16DE and the diesel 2.0 GTi SR20DE.


The first facelift

In 1998 the Almera received its first makeover. For the Si and Sri the front bumpers received a redesign and front splitters were added. The GTi has a standard all-round body kit and the lip spoilers boasted integrated brake lights. The front indicators of this model and the headlights also featured black surrounds.

The GTi’s body kit was also made studier and was altered to feature a more subtle look. A rear splitter as well as vents were added to the GTi. Interestingly enough, the Phase 1 (pre makeover) GTi had thin, brittle, plastic splitters, hence the more studier Phase 2 (post makeover) body kit.

It is also not uncommon to find a Phase 1 GTi sporting Phase 2 bumpers or even no splitter at all.


The second generation N16 Nissan Almera

Rolling out onto the streets in 2000, the second generation Nissan Almera for sale had curvier and smoother lines than the first generation. This Nissan was the first vehicle based on Nissan’s global MS-Platform. Also known as the M&S Platform and the FF-S platform, it is a platform for front wheel drive vehicles that share floor panels, transmission, engine and chassis parts and components.

The models that were part of the Nissan MS-Platform during that time included the Nissan Almero Tino, The Nissan Sunny (or Sentra) and the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy G10, to name but a few examples.


2000 – 2006 Almera Models

During this time there were three different body styles available – this included the 3 or 5 door hatchback, a 4 door saloon Almera. Engine options included a 1.8 or 1.5 QC petrol engine, and a 2.2 direct injected turbo-diesel or common rail turbo-diesel.

The five door hatchback Almera was exported from the United Kingdom to New Zealand and Australia. Here the Almera formed part of the Nissan Pulsar (N16) collection of vehicles being sold. Note that the sedan of this time was based on the Bluebird Sylphy but featured a different style front.

While the N16 Almera for sale boasted a number of stunning improvements (as seen in its improved tyre grip and handling), there were some complaints. Though it had a bigger boot, there was a decrease in legroom for rear passengers – this was due to the shorter wheelbase which measured in at 2.53 metres.


The Second Facelift

With 2003 swinging into action, the Nissan Almera got another makeover. Some of the upgrades for the Almera’s of that time include the return of the MacPherson Strut front suspension as well as Nissan’s multi-link rear suspension.

Visually, the Almera was turned into a hot little number boasting the addition of chrome, projector-like headlights. Other additions for the 2003 facelift included a new grille, circular fog lights (but only for some models) and even an engine air intake that was integrated into the front bumper.

The interior also got its fair share of beautification featuring the use of higher quality materials as well as a colour screen ‘control centre’ from where you could control all your Almera’s awesome functions.


Building the made-over Nissan Almera

Sold as the Nissan Pulsar in the Asia-Pacific, the made-over Almera was manufactured in the United Kingdom and, more specifically, in Sunderland, a city forming part of Tyne and Wear in North East England.

The Almera was also being sold in Mexico – the available models here included a five-door manual five-speed model, a three door sport version (that came with five-speed manual transmission, curtain air bags at the side and fog lamps) and a five-door three-speed automatic comfort Almera.

Other Almera versions

In 2007 and 2008 the Nissan Tiida was introduced into several countries as a replacement for the Almera. An interesting fact to note here is that the Tiida is not officially imported into the UK, but is available for sale through the Arnold Clark dealership network since March of 2009. These models for sale in the UK are sourced from Ireland.


Based on the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy N16, the Renault Samsung SM3 was made in South Korea and sold as the second generation of the Almera.

After undergoing a makeover in 2005, it was sold from 2006 as the Almera Classic (in the Ukraine and Russia), the Almera B10 (in Venezuela, Central America and Ecuador) and the Sunny B10 (in the Middle East). In Chile it was sold as the Samsung SM3 and in Mexico, Columbia, Egypt and Libya it was sold as the Renault Scala.

October of 2011 saw Nissan release an economical saloon model for the Eco-car project in Thailand – it was named the Nissan Almera and was basically a revised version of the Nissan Latio N17. The Latio was launched in 2013 as the Almera in Malaysia and the Philippines.

In Russia, the Almera, which was based on the 2005 Nissan Bluebird Sylphy G11, was launched in August of 2012. With the same design styles as the Bluebird Sylphy, it did feature a redesigned dashboard. These models released had a 1.6 petrol engine with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. This model is manufactured in Russia at the AvtoVAZ plant.


The New Nissan Almera

Finally arriving at the newest Nissan Almera for sale in South Africa, our country’s stunning model feature tons of awesome goodies that include tech, performance and safety features. Only two petrol models are for sale in South Africa – the 1.5
Acenta MT and the 1.5 Acenta AT.


Equipped with a multi-function drive computer, you get all the information you need – when you want and when you need it – by simply looking at your display. From your fuel consumption to the distance you can still cover on the fuel you have, the Almera is even equipped with a rear parking sensor.

In terms of safety, these Nissan cars for sale has ABS, EBS (electronic Brake-Force Distribution) and halogen headlights. These models also come with a Supplement Restraint System (SRS), enhanced safety technology in the form of an advanced zone body construction, and ISOFIX (giving you anchor points for child restraint).


This Almera for sale also has a boot capacity of 490 litres and is available in six different colours. In terms of dimensions, it has an overall length of 4 425 millimetres, a ground clearance of 160 millimetres, an overall width of 1 695 millimetres, and overall height of 1 505 millimetres and a wheelbase of 2 600 millimetres (70 millimetres longer than the wheelbase of the Almera models produced during 2000 to 2006).

Almera 1.5 Acenta MTAlmera 1.5 Acenta AT
Maximum Power73 kW @ 6000 rpm73 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque134 Nm @ 4000 rpm134 Nm @ 4000 rpm
CO2 Emissions 149 g / km171 g / km
Combined Fuel Consumption6.3 litre / 100 km7.2 litre / 100 km
Fuel Tank Capacity41 litres41 litres

Looking for a Nissan Almera for sale? Auto Mart has a number of Nissan cars for sale – from an Almera to a Micra, you will find it on www.AutoMart.co.za.

Annabel Schoeman

SEO'er, blogger and lover all things weird, wacky and interesting.

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10 Responses

  1. Muriel says:

    The almera 2015,1.5 automatic is extremely heavy on fuel. Can anyone offer some advice.

  2. Yitzchak Goldstein says:

    Hi I am looking for a replacement air-duct hose for my 2006 almera (4 door sedan), any ideas how I can get a hold of one? Thanks for the informative article!

  3. Joseph Madome says:

    New Nissan Almera 2019 1.5 Manual bought. At 130 – 140Km/h, car starts loosing stability and seems to get blown out of control. Could this be a problem with this single car or a general problem for the 2019 1.5 Manual model?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Joseph,

      It would be best to get in touch with a Nissan dealership’s service center. They would be best equipped to answer this question.

      Kind regards,
      The Auto Mart Team

  4. Aotlotlwe Bolokang says:

    I have somewhat a air conditioning problem. The knob/dial moves from hot to cold (red to blue), the air con gas is full without any leakage, but somehow it seems as if a link (connecting mechanism) to the heat-exchanger is nit function and is stuck at warm. I only get warm air blowing through, winter or summer even with the knob on cold. Any Help, please?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Bolokang,

      We’d like to suggest that you take your vehicle to Nissan dealership so that their service centre can have a look at it.

      Kind regards,
      The Auto Mart Team

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