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Nissan Almera
Nissan Almera N16
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 1995–2006
Predecessor Nissan Sunny
Class Small family car
Layout FF layout
Related Nissan Pulsar
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Bluebird Sylphy
Nissan Almera Tino.

The Nissan Almera is a small family car built by Nissan from 1995 to 2006. The Almera name was essentially the European export-market name for the Nissan Pulsar / Nissan Sentra / Nissan Bluebird Sylphy.


N15 (1995–2000)

1998 Nissan Almera N15
Production Q4 1995–Q1 2000
Body style(s) 3-door hatchback
4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
Engine(s) 1.4 L GA14 I4
1.6 L GA16DE I4
2.0 L CD20 diesel I4
2.0 L SR20DE I4
Wheelbase 2,535 mm (99.8 in)
Length 4,120 mm (162.2 in)
Width 1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Height 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight 1,035 kg (2,282 lb)

The first Nissan Almera rolled off the production line late in 1995, as replacement for the Nissan Sunny, a nameplate which had been in use for nearly 30 years. It was mostly identical to the N15 Nissan Pulsar sold in Japan, except with different trim and petrol engine range.

Power came from 1.4 GA14DE and 1.6 GA16DE petrol and 2.0 CD20 diesel engines initially in 1995, but a year into production a 2.0 SR20DE engined GTi was added to the range. The Nissan Almera was ungainly in appearance but beneath its bland exterior lay an excellent chassis which gave perhaps the best ride and handling of any small medium car on sale in Europe. 1.4 and 1.6 models were sold in 3, 4 and 5-door versions, whereas the GTi was 3-door only, differing from the Almera's main competitor, the VW Golf, whose GTi was sold in both 3 and 5-door configurations.

Almost all Almeras sold in the UK were hatchbacks with three or five doors - this was quite different from some other regions such as Ireland, where the saloon version is substantially more commonplace. Specification was good, with all models getting power steering, driver airbag and stereo as standard. As with all Nissans, build quality and reliability were first rate. Phase 2 GTi's with low mileage were rather more sought after, and one can expect to pay up to £2500 for a good example.


Phase 1 (1995-1998)

Flagship models for each engine capacity are as follows:

  • 1.4 Si GA14DE
  • 1.6 SRi GA16DE
  • 2.0 GTi SR20DE (1996 onwards, sold in bodykit and non-bodykit form)

The above all included 'high-spec' bumpers with foglights (Optional on the Si model), alloy wheels from 1996 onwards (Different size and design between Si/SRi 14" and GTi 15"), and rear roof lip spoilers (GTi models sported an integrated brakelight, also spoilers were optional on the Si).

The 2.0 litre GTi had an optional 'aggressive-looking' factory bodykit, with BMW M3-style sideskirts, and front/rear splitters. Non-bodykit models came with a simpler plastic front splitter. The GTi featured uprated suspension, front and rear strut braces and a quicker steering rack.

Phase 2 (1998-2000)

For the phase 2, the front bumpers were re-designed, front splitters were added on the Si/SRi, and the GTi had all-round bodykit as standard (Although it was optional to not have the bodykit), and now all of the lip spoilers had integrated brakelights. The original telescopic radio aerial was moved from the drivers A-pillar to the rear of the roof and was changed to a "bee-sting" type. On the GTi, the phase 2 headlights and front indicators featured a black surround.

The Bodykit itself was changed to a more subtle, straight design on the GTi, with the addition of vents on the rear splitter. Due to the high 'casualty rate' of Phase 1 splitters, due to the thin and brittle plastic used, Phase 2 bodykits were much sturdier. As such, it is not uncommon to find Phase 1 GTi's with Phase 2 bumpers or no splitter at all.

N16 (2000–2006)

2003 Nissan Almera N16
Production Q1 2000-November 2006
Body style(s) 3-door hatchback
4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
Engine(s) 1.5 L QG15DE I4
1.5 L K9K diesel I4
1.8 L QG18DE I4
2.2 L YD22DDTi diesel I4
Wheelbase 2,535 mm (99.8 in)
Length 4,184 mm (164.7 in)
Width 1,706 mm (67.2 in)
Height 1,448 mm (57.0 in)
Curb weight 1,285 kg (2,833 lb)

Launched early in 2000, the second generation Nissan Almera differed from its predecessor with smooth, curved lines. Some still thought it bland in comparison with its rivals although the Almera was selling strongly worldwide.

The N16 Almera was based on Nissan's global MS-Platform, which was Nissan's first new platform to be developed after the partnership with Renault. The MS Platform was also the base for the new Primera and Almera Tino.

The Almera Hatchback is basically the same as Pulsar Hatchback sold in Australia and New Zealand. The Almera 4-door Sedan is based on the Bluebird Sylphy, but has different front end.


The N16 Almera offered great improvements over the previous generation Almera in terms of handling, tyre grip and drive dynamics. The N16 Almera felt much more sure-footed on the road and was exceptionally nimble for a plain family car.

While the previous generation Almera was considered spacious for its class, the N16 Almera was lacking in rear passenger legroom due to a shorter than category average 2.53 metres (99.6 in) wheelbase. Also, this model is infamous for its Nissan Timing Chain which stretches and causes the engine to stall and not start. This problem is more commonly found on the 1.5 versions (contact local customer service for this problem UK: 01923 899999).


The second generation Almera could be had as a three- or five-door hatchback or a four-door sedan, with 1.5 and 1.8 Nissan QG engine series petrol engines as well as a 2.2 direct injection turbodiesel (YD22DDT) or common-rail turbodiesel (YD22DDTi).

Almeras can be also equipped with 1.5 common-rail turbodiesel from the Renault Megane II - Nissan had recently ventured with Renault and the Almera's diesel engine was the first instance of Nissans and Renaults sharing mechanicals.

2003 facelift

In 2003 the Almera was facelifted again with updated styling, retuned suspension, new engines and an updated interior.

First, the Almera's Macpherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension (Nissan's name for its double lateral link twist beam suspension) had been retuned. This resulted in a quieter ride and a reduction in the amount of rear bump-through experienced when heavily laden, improving high-speed stability, driving dynamics and making the car more controllable after an emergency maneuver. The new suspension tuning also proved to produce almost no body roll on tight turns. Overall, Nissan said, the Almera had slightly firmer damper settings and marginally stiffer spring ratings; though there had been no loss of ride comfort or increase in noise levels in normal motoring. The suspension revisions had been executed in such a way as to only come into play at the upper edge of the dynamic envelope.

The facelift also included new chrome, projector-style headlights that were set in a titanium-coloured surround with separate lights for main and low beams set behind an enlarged translucent cover. The front bumper now had an integrated engine air intake that ran almost the full width of the car while a honeycomb mesh grille added visual benefits to the frontal image. Some models also got small circular fog lights.

The interior of the facelifted Almera had also been redesigned with better quality materials and a large color or monochrome center screen which controlled all of the car's functions (climate control, CD player and trip computer). Higher trim levels also included Nissan's Bird-eye GPS system. The range topping SXE diesel versions were was also equipped with ESP (electronic stability programme), a type of traction control.

Additionally there was a change to the Diesel model line up. Nissan introduced new version of Common Rail 2.2 Diesel with 6-speed gearbox. This made the Almera 2.2dci (136psi), the fastest Nissan in the UK prior to the arrival of the 350Z.

The facelifted Almera was built in Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK, and exported to parts of the Asia-Pacific where they were sold as the Nissan Pulsar. In 2006 the second generation Almera reached its sixth year of production but was still selling strongly worldwide. It was also sold in Mexico in three versions; a 5-door manual 5-speed, a 5-door automatic 3-speed "Comfort" model and a 3-door "Sport" version equipped with side curtain air bags, fog lamps and a 5-speed manual transmission.

The Almera finished production on 29 November 2006, but it was not instantly replaced. The Tiida was introduced in several countries as a replacement model throughout 2007 and 2008.

B10 Almera Classic (2006-)

Almera Classic

From 2002 Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea started producing the Renault Samsung SM3. The car based on a N16 Pulsar. In 2005 face-lifted then from Apr. 2006 it started selling as a Almera Classic in Russia. From May. 2006 it started selling in Middle East; in Aug. 2006 also in some countries of Central America. In Ukraine, Russia named as a Almera Classic. In Central America as a B10 Almera. In Middle East named as a B10 Sunny.

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