Lionel Blair has chosen Nissan’s Almera Flare to get around for the duration of his new production, the Rocky Horror Show. The Flare has his name on it, Lionel Blair being cockney rhyming slang for flares.
This latest tour has been organised in order to celebrate the show’s 30th birthday, with Lionel Blair playing the part of narrator. The Almera is being used by Lionel to travel to various theatres around the country, including Bradford, Glasgow, Stoke-on-Trent and Milton Keynes. Once the tour has finished Lionel will continue to use the car while promoting his new album "Blair Sings Astaire", released last month.
The Almera Flare dancing with Lionel is the 2.2 litre 112PS dCi unit which Nissan introduced to their diesel engine range back in April. On the combined cycle it delivers 47.9 mpg and has a CO2 mass emissions figure of 161 g/km. Acceleration to 62 mph is in 11.4 seconds, producing 248 Nm at 2000 rpm.
So what gives this Almera its flair? For £12,900 it has electronic air conditioning, a CD player, anti-lock brakes, electric windows, active front headrests, side airbags and steering wheel mounted audio controls. For extra ‘kick’ the Flare also has 16" alloy wheels, front fog lamps, a leather steering wheel, seat trim and a body styling kit.
Nissan recognises that unlike Lionel not everyone has tuned into diesel yet, so the Flare is also available with a petrol engine. There are six versions in production, with three or five-doors and with three engine choices. These include: the 1.5, the 1.8 as well as Lionel’s favourite the 2.2 dCi.Published 22 November 2003