Nissan's Volkswagen Golf-rivalling hatchback will bring back the Almera name, but will retain conventional styling, say bosses
Jim Holder
18 November 2013

These spy shots show the first test mules for Nissan’s upcoming Volkswagen Golf-rivalling hatchback.

The new five-door model will be built at Nissan’s Barcelona plant from July 2014, and is tipped to revive the Almera name.

Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura said: “We cannot just be a crossover brand. We can make the Almera work. Getting it right is not an easy or quick answer, but the results of the Qashqai have bought us time.

“We can get it right, and that means standing up to some of the toughest opposition. Beating the Golf won’t be a styling challenge; it is more complex than that. These kinds of cars need to look conventional.” 

It has also been confirmed that the new Almera will be designed exclusively for Europe.

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18 November 2013
Conservative styling + reliability + reasonable kit + efficient engines + good pricing ... Shouldn't be too difficult?

18 November 2013
Almera was much missed by some - Ireland for example, had the Nissan Tiida imported (some dealers in Scotland also grey imported this). Russia gets an attractive saloon as the Almera, a rebadged Sylphy. I'll hold my breath for the new Bluebird / Primera...

18 November 2013
So people will want this rather than a Golf/Focus/Astra/Civic/308/Megane because??? Nissan should expect dismal sales figures to be revived along with the Almera name.

18 November 2013
Why bother with the camouflage, nobody cares...........

18 November 2013
What a waste of effort on a uber crowded and boring segment ..... unless they call it the Sunny and build a GT-R!

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