So, whatever happened to Nissan Motor Company's takeover of Nissan operations in the Philippines, as we reported back in July? The two exisiting Nissan distributors in the country--Nissan Motor Philippines and Universal Motors Corporation--went awfully quiet after we broke the news, presumably under orders from the Japanese automaker.
Well, we just received a fresh update from a source inside the Nissan network: The transition is taking place as you read this, and three new vehicles are due to be launched in our market soon. These vehicles are the Altima midsize sedan, and the Evalia (NV200) and NV350 vans.
"These three are sure to come," said our source. "The Juke, meanwhile, is having problems with pricing."
How sure is "sure"?
"The Evalia was already presented to us last year during our Christmas party," our source revealed. "It will be pitted against the Innova. As for the Altima and the NV350, we're just waiting for the remaining Teana and Urvan Estate units to be sold out."
Nothing was said about the Sylphy, the new X-Trail or the GT-R.
Can the three aforementioned vehicles help Nissan rebuild its sagging brand?