In 1995, Nissan Motors introduced a medium-sized family car called the Nissan Almera. The name Almera was primarily the name used for the Nissan Pulsar, Nissan Sentra or Nissan Bluebird Sylphy in the European export market.
In 1995, the first generation Nissan Almera was introduced. It replaced the 30 years old Nissan Sunny in the market. Nissan Almera had a close resemblance with the N15 Nissan Pulsar. However, it offered different trims and engine lineup.
The engine options available were: 1.4-L GA14DE and 1.6-L GA16DE petrol, and 2.0-L CD20 diesel engines. However, a year later, GTi was introduced with a 2.0-L SR20DE engine. The GTi version was offered as 3-door hatch, while other versions included a 3- and 5-door hatchback and a 4-door saloon.
In British market, 3- and 5-door hatchbacks were very popular while Ireland favored the saloon version. Standard features for all models include power steering, driver side airbags, electric mirrors and stereo.
There were two main phases for the production of Almera during first generation period:
Phase 1 (1995-1998)
The flagship models offered between 1995 and 1998 were available with 1.4-L Si GA14DE, 1.6-L Sri GA16DE and 2.0-L GTi SR20DE engines. All these models featured ‘high-spec’ bumpers with fog-lights fixed on them, alloy wheels and rear roof lip spoilers.
The 2.0-L GTi was available both in bodykit and non-bodykit forms. The models with bodykits featured BMW M3-style sideskirts and front/rear splitters. However, the models with non-bodykit offered with a simpler plastic front splitter. Other features included uprated suspension, front and rear strut braces and a quicker steering rack.
Phase 2 (1998-2000)
The models produced during phase 2 received a completely revised front bumpers, front splitters were offered on the Si/Sri trims and bodykit was available as standard for GTi models. All the models received lip spoilers with integrated brake lights. In GTi models the telescopic radio aerial was shifted from A-pillar to the rear of the roof.
The second generation Almera was introduced in January 2000. This generation was offered with more smooth and curvy styling. However, there were many who found the second generation Almera boring and lifeless despite the fact that it was sold all over the world quite strongly.
Nissan global MS-platform led the basis for the second generation Almera N16 and regarded as the first new platform to be built after Nissan’s partnership with Renault. The same platform was also used for new Primera and Almera Tino.
Three different body styles were offered for second generation Almera including: 3- and 5-door hatchback and a 4-door saloon. The engines offered were: 1.5-L and 1.8-L Nissan QG-series petrol engines and a 2.2-L direct injection turbodiesel YD22DDT or common-rail turbodiesel YD22DDTi engines.
There were few models that came with 1.5-L common-rail turbodiesel (DCi) engine used in Renault Megane II. Nissan and Renault together produced a diesel engine based on both Nissan and Renault mechanicals.
Almera hatchback is pretty similar to the one sold in Australia and New Zealand as Pulsar hatchback.
B10 Almera Classic (2006-present)
Renault Samsung Motors in South Korea began the production of Renault Samsung SM3 based on N16 Pulsar in 2002. A facelift was appeared in 2005 and the car was marketed in Ukraine and Russia as Almera Classic, B10 Almera in Central America and B10 Sunny in Middle East. It was sold as Renault Scala in Colombia, Mexico and Egypt.