The Nissan Primera was a vehicle that was introduced in the 90s (1990) and it was successful. It was a small sedan with fuel-efficient engines and available in different variants. The variants include a 4-door sedan, a 5-door wagon and a 5-door liftback. Customers were spoilt for choice with the Primera and it offered real value for money. In Nigeria, it was very popular among the youth and the cab drivers.
The engines ranged from a 1.6-litre, a 1.8 and a 2.0-litre all 4 cylinder, not the most powerful but adequate. Besides its rivals were available in similar engines so it was more like a norm. A 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic were available and later years had a CVT gearbox. Its success continued globally but Nissan had serious financial issues and therefore merged with Renault officially in 1999. The Primera second generation was still a success and was popular too in Nigeria but when the 3rd generation was launched, its popularity dropped. It was way above its time in design.
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The 3rd generation was the 1st model to be made by the new Renault-Nissan Alliance and it was the most radical model yet. The 4 door sedan was dropped fora 5 door liftback and a wagon. Sales began to fall as the competition was offering something better. As the years rolled by smaller sedans were now becoming large further adding to the issue The Primera wasn’t only affected, other cars like Toyota also had issues with the Avensis as it had to be discontinued. The Primera was eventually gone by 2008 and as it stands, the company has no sedan offering in Europe only SUVs and Hatchback.
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