Nissan Almera Tino

Not only are sales of Nissan’s Almera Tino rising faster than any other compact MPV sold in the UK but now the company is claiming the Tino is more entertaining than any of its rivals … to park, that is.

A rear parking camera is fitted as standard to SE and SVE models. When reverse gear is selected, an image is transmitted onto the car’s dashboard. This was in black and white. But from now on, what’s hiding behind the car will be seen in glorious technicolour. Before you ask, the move to colour doesn’t mean owners will need a different (road fund) licence. And the car’s price tag stays the same, too.

The virtues of the Tino are certainly being appreciated by the consumer judging by the current levels of sales compared to 2003. They’re up a massive 162%. The reason for this new found popularity? Well, Nissan reckons it’s a combination of things.

The Tino came in for some minor fettling last year with the addition of a 136PS 2.2 litre diesel engine to the mix being the major news. Which? magazine (2003/2004) recently voted the Tino its ‘most reliable vehicle’ and the ‘best buy’ in the class. And anecdotally, buyers are turning to the Tino as newer rivals become not-so-compact MPVs. Finally there’s been the lure of free spec: under Nissan’s current Extras campaign, the Tino SE gets 16" alloys, leather/Alcantara upholstery and fog lamps together worth £2005. No wonder customers are now seeing red, purple, green, yellow, blue.

Published : 18/06/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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