Monday, December 24, 2007

Nissan's all-new affordable MPV

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd has launched the all-new Nissan Grand Livina.

The Grand Livina is a mid-size seven-seater MPV designed and engineered in the Nissan Technical Center in Atsugi, Japan, and was introduced in China last year and in Indonesia, Taiwan and South Africa this year.

It is currently the best-selling Nissan model in Indonesia with record sales bookings of 12,500 units by the end of November since its debut in April 2007.

The Grand Livina provides a sedan-like standard of drivability, ride comfort and handling for the mid-size MPV class living up to its "Drives Like A Sedan, Fits Like A MPV" tagline.

In addition, the Grand Livina comes with the new generation engine that offers brisk performance coupled with exceptional fuel economy to meet the lifestyle needs and desires of Malaysians.

Targeted at those who seek an active and modern lifestyle, the model name Livina is coined from the words “life” and “living” to signify "active" and lively".

In Malaysia, the Grand Livina is assembled at Tan Chong Motor’s brand new Serendah plant utilising the Nissan Production Way, Nissan’s international standard for global quality manufacturing and assembly.

Following the same "modern living" interior design philosophy similar to that in the Teana and Latio, the Grand Livina has a luxurious interior upholstered with a high quality fit and finish.

The third row seat, which gives the Grand Livina a seven-passenger seating, along with an easy-to-handle passenger/cargo space conversion feature, ensures a high degree of flexibility for this vehicle.

The split fold-down second row seat with a double folding function and the third row seat with an easy lock release strap allows for easy extension and the flexibility of cargo space when folded in full-flat condition.

The Grand Livina is developed on a monocoque body structure that gives exceptional control, agility and stability on winding and curved roads. The monocoque body structure also makes the Grand Livina lighter for more economical fuel consumption.

In addition, the monocoque body structure ensures a lower step-in height, enabling easy ingress and egress for both driver and passengers.

The Grand Livina applies the latest ripple control suspension technology which helps to minimize vibration in the cabin as well as body swing from the outside. This ensures a stable and comfortable ride even with bad road conditions.

Powering the vehicle are the new weight-saving all-aluminium gasoline engines in either 1.6-litre capacity (HR16DE) or 1.8-litre capacity (MR18DE). The MR18DE engine is equipped with Nissan's Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control (CVTC) technology which aids the engine in increasing power and torque efficiently with every engine rotation.

The 1.8-litre engine delivers efficient fuel consumption of only 6.5 litres per 100 km.

Representing the sophistication of the vehicle, the Grand Livina also uses drive-by-wire technology that ensures increased efficiency, accuracy and a swift handling response level.

Besides, the engines are equipped with high air-intake positioned above the grill, enabling the vehicle to go through flooded roads as high as the level of the tyres.

“Today, we are very excited to introduce the first non-national CKD medium-size MPV in the 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre segments. We aim to capture 15% of the total MPV market with the Grand Living,” said Datuk Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor.

The Grand Livina will be offered in 3 variants in Malaysia, with a choice of two engine specifications - a 1.6-litre engine (offered with either manual or automatic transmissions), and a 1.8-litre engine (automatic transmission only).

On-the-road prices (inclusive of insurance, road tax, registration fee and ownership claim fee) valid for Peninsular Malaysia are RM82,800 for the 1.6-litre manual, whereas the 1.6-litre automatic is priced at RM86,600. The 1.8-litre automatic transmission with C-VTC (Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control) comes with a price tag of RM95,300.

The Grand Livina comes with a 3-year or 100,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty.

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