Nissan Motor Philippines to launch 3 new cars

By Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo
 

TopGear.com.ph Car News 2010 Nissan Sentra photo

Nissan Motor Philippines is putting its game face back on as it plans to introduce three new models--two sedans and one sport-utility vehicle--in the local market this year.

The first sedan will be launched in April while the SUV and the other sedan will be out after the May elections, Nissan Motor Philippines president and chief executive Allen Chen said.

After a little prodding, Nissan Motor Philippines assistant vice president Steven Hu revealed the company is launching the Nissan Sentra 2.0-liter manual and CVT variants in April. The other sedan is the Nissan Teana 2.5-liter V6, a higher variant over the currently available Teana 2.3.

The Nissan X-Trail, a test unit of which was spotted by TopGear.com.ph on the North Luzon Expressway, is slated for a mid-year launch. Like the current X-Trail, it will be assembled in the car manufacturer's plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The series of launches scheduled for 2010 follows almost two years of drought on the part of Nissan Motor Philippines. The last vehicle it launched was the Nissan Grand Livina in the second half of 2008.

"With three new models, we hope to reach a 20 percent growth in sales from less than 3,000 units last year," Chen said.

Data from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers in the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) showed Nissan Motor Philippines sold 2,395 units in 2009, 18.6 percent lower than its sales in the previous year.

Aside from lower sales in 2009, Nissan's lack of new offerings in last year also caused it to drop a notch lower in CAMPI's ranking. Nissan Motor Philippines closed 2009 on the 10th spot with a total market share of 1.8 percent from 2.4 percent in 2008.

(Editor's note: Photos of the North American Nissan Sentra are for visual purposes only. Actual units which will be made available in the Philippines may vary.)

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  • BOOGIECAT Feb 25 2010 @ 06:12pm
    We'll likely get the Sylphy Sedan which is not that bad(it will likely compete against the Cruze).The new gen Murano and Patrol is coming also this March courtesy of Universal Motors Corporation!
  • arville Feb 25 2010 @ 08:33pm
    Hmmm... I love their a.c, but.. Overall? I'll stick to Civic.
  • maranello_5775 Feb 25 2010 @ 08:51pm
    It looks like the 2nd gen prius especially at front at rear when you squint hard
  • m0nk Feb 26 2010 @ 06:34am
    like this new sentra compared to the current one
  • aeronTGco Feb 26 2010 @ 11:47am
    Why ngayon lang nila to ilalabas? Sa ibang bansa ung bagong X-Trail nung 2007 pa linabas, tapos ung Sentra rin 2007 pa.
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 26 2010 @ 06:01pm
    Ang daming reklamo eh di naman kayo bibili ng Nissan!
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 26 2010 @ 10:11pm
    suv wala namang katuturan ang ibang posts dito.Panay reklamo lang na wala sa lugar.Pasalamat kayo at naglabas ulit ng bagong products ang Nissan rito sa Philippines!
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 27 2010 @ 08:27pm
    Mas pangit ang style ng cars ng Honda..Look at the Accord at City,gayahin ba naman ang BMW pero SABLAY NAMAN!!And the Insight,CRV and CRZ looks AWFUL!AFAIK Nissan just improved its designs a bit and concentrated on improving the style and build quality ng interiors ng cars nila which is a great move!
  • arville Feb 28 2010 @ 01:29am
    Yes thats true, these version are all old model.
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 28 2010 @ 02:56am
    Pasalamat kayo at naglabas pa rito ang Nissan nang bago cars.Heck yang Honda panay taas nang taas nang presyo every year eh panis naman ang products nila.Dahilin nila dito ang Honda Freed at iba pa..
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 28 2010 @ 05:13am
    I don't care about Honda na laging nagtataas ng presyo at limited masyado ang lineup nila rito(sheesh we need the Freed and Stream here not the boring CRV and that failed wannabe BMW 7-Series Accord).Mabuti pa ang Nissan eh marami silang products which is great!
  • keithdb Feb 28 2010 @ 01:35pm
    bkit hinde yung nissan cube ang ilabas nila dito?
  • BOOGIECAT Feb 28 2010 @ 09:38pm
    stongchef mas stup!d ka dahil Honda fanbot ka na panay reklamo di mo alam na manloloko ang HCPI!Walang maiingit sa Honda dahil mas sikat parin ang Toyota at Mitsubishi rito at saka limited masyado ang products ng HCPI.Mabuti pa ang Nissan ang dami nilang products!
  • BOOGIECAT Mar 01 2010 @ 10:47pm
    hhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mas BUGOK KA!..May Freed kaya sa Indonesia na puwedeng dalhin dito.Pero guess what ayaw ng HCPI dahil di daw bebenta ang BORING na CRV!.HCPI is just FOOLING us!Mas okay parin ang Nissan!
  • BOOGIECAT Mar 02 2010 @ 09:52pm
    emo mura lang yang LAME MONG CRV,heck mas mahal pa ang cars ko kaysa sa LAME MONG CRV!!!Common nayan at for sure talo yan nang mas okay na new generation Nissan X-Trail!!Its a great thing na yung USDM Nissan Sentra ang dadalihin dito,6 Speed Manual at 6 Speed Automatic CVT variants ang lalabas dito..Grabe PANIS ang competition!!
  • BOOGIECAT Mar 03 2010 @ 08:38pm
    Stongchef at emo tanggapin nyo na PANIS NA ang Honda CRV at Civic dahil parating na ang mas maganda na Nissan X-Trail at USDM Sentra!..Its better late than never ika nga!
  • dingchavez Apr 15 2010 @ 02:09pm
    I am a Nissan Sentra owner. I have had no problem with my unit but the after sales service of Nissan dealers (Nissan Gallery Ortigas in particular) needs to be improved ten-fold. If Nissan is pushing for sales growth, they should improve their service and customer support.
  • vansxtrme23 Jan 30 2011 @ 03:42pm
    @dtikiko, do u know how to understand english?coz ur not getting my thoughts.im not saying Santa fe is bad, Im just comparing their looks. And i'm not trying to impose here to everyone that everybody should buy that Monty, im just helipng the buyer with my thoughts. Maybe ur a j*** that can't understand thoughts. Sorry for that. You know what, I'm not hating Korean cars, in fact I also love the tucson, sorento and also sportage. It's just the Monty and Sta.fe are the topic here, I just don't want the looks of sta fe so I'm picking monty over sta fe. Can you read all my comments from the very beggining? did I say korean cars are bad and you should not buy those? Anyway, sorry for rude statement, ur the one who started it.D*#&@$$..:-)
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