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The New Nissan Livina
|Date: 22 Oct 2007
||Author Type: Press Release
The introduction of the new Nissan Livina will turn up the heat in the ultra competitive B segment of the passenger market. Livina will be launched with a 5-door hatch and a 7-seater which will be known as Grand Livina.
The Livina design team focused on a very specific brief to result in an attractive package: a good-looking compact car, with the versatile space required for an active lifestyle, an energetic 1.6 engine, a high level of standard specification, and affordable pricing.
Livina offers high value in the B Segment, as it was positioned against C Segment vehicles in terms of space, performance and suspension. The Livina hatchback will be up against the likes of VW Polo and Honda Jazz, while the Grand Livina 7-seater will be in the same segment as Opel Meriva and Toyota Avanza.
Both Livina and Grand Livina are built on the same platform, with the Grand Livina distinguished by a third row of seats and a slightly larger rear window. In looks the Livina represents its beautiful bigger brother, the Murano, with a sleek, muscular silhouette, Nissan’s trademark grille design, confident headlamps and large tail-light clusters.
Matching the active exterior styling is an eager 1.6 petrol-engine that produces 80ｋW＠6000rpm and 153Nm＠4400rpm. Technological innovation ensures a reduction in friction, improved thermal efficiency and volumetric efficiency. The Livina’s engine is light, quiet, with reduced noise, vibration and harshness, healthy engine performance with clean emissions through a straight exhaust system, fuel economy and good torque spread throughout the rev range.
A 52-litre fuel tank provides substantial cruising distance, and electronic power steering ensures brisk control and secure handling. The combined cycle fuel consumption is for 7.2l on 100k for Livina and 7.4 on 100km for Grand Livina
Careful attention to the suspension and high body rigidity has resulted in handling one would expect in higher vehicle segments. The high specification suspension system features struts in front and an H-shaped torsion beam layout at the rear, and incorporate internal rebound springs and ripple-control shock absorbers, providing superior handling and stability at all speeds on any type of surface.
The 5 speed manual transmission gearbox reaches a top speed of 180km for both vehicles with 0-100km acceleration at 11.2 seconds with Livina and 12.6 seconds with Grand Livina.
The interior is luxurious and the design focuses on functional design for an active lifestyle. A key consideration for the design team was to maximise versatility, space and comfort. The rear seats split 60/40 and the front passenger seat can be tilted to transport a bulky item up to 2.40 m long. The Grand Livina offers two extra seats in a third row which easily fold flat to create a cavernous boot space that fits sports gear, a twin baby pram or BMX-bike.
The Livina range has an open feel from the two-tone trim and panoramic windows. The contoured seats are comfortable and supportive, and there are useful storage areas and cupholders for every passenger. Comfort and convenience features include in-dash radio with CD player and six speakers on all except the entry Visia model, as well as electric windows and airconditioner. The interior is designed with a large number of air vents to ensure that all occupants benefit directly from the air conditioning. Sub-ventilation projects a flow of cool air over the heads of the driver and front passenger, clearing away stagnant air without direct air flow. Major attention was given to creating an exceptionally quiet cabin, through achieving a high level of body rigidity and using noise isolation and dampening materials to achieve class-leading noise vibration level.
Peace of mind
Driver airbags come standard on all Livina models, and Acenta and Acenta+ models also have a passenger airbag. Other safety features include a high mounted stop lamp, front seat belt pretensioners (to reduce unwanted seat belt slack and provide better energy absorption in the event of a collision), and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist on Acenta and Acenta+ models.
All models come standard with Nissan’s anti-theft security system (NATS), including remote keyless entry, immobiliser and panic alarm. Moreover, all models benefit from Nissan’s decision to introduce the Microdot security feature across the Nissan product range.
The sophisticated laser microdot technology provides each vehicle with its own identification in the form of myriad dots etched onto various parts of the vehicles. Approximately 10 thousand high-tech dots are sprayed onto a minimum of 88 sites on the vehicle, making it difficult for would-be thieves to alter the car’s identity. Microdot technology helps to track vehicle owners, thereby reducing the percentage of cars whose owners cannot be traced. Microdot technology is also endorsed by the SA Insurance Association, so an added advantage is the possibility of reduced insurance premiums. Although there are a number of other car theft deterrents, microdot technology has been found to be one of the most effective in its ability to retain the vehicle’s identity. This makes the car a less desirable target for criminals, which in turn enhances the personal safety and security of the driver and occupants.
The Livina hatch line-up includes three 1.6 litre derivatives: Visia, Acenta and Acenta+. These models will go on sale in January 2008. The Grand Livina 7-seater is available in the Acenta with fabric interior and the Acenta+ with leather interior, and these models will be on sale in November 2007.
The Livina Visia and Acenta have 14” steel wheels while the Livina Acenta+ and Grand Livina are equipped with 15” alloy wheels.
Service intervals are 15 000 km. All Livina models have a 3 year / 100,000km warranty, and all except the entry model have 3 year / 60,000km service plans included in the price.
Significant local investment has been generated with Livina’s introduction. R60 million has been invested in Tiida and Livina’s unique local production. Around 25 local first tier component manufacturers are supplying components for Livina, and 40 percent of Livina is local added value. Nissan will continue to pursue its policy of continuously looking for opportunities to increase local content.
Roel de Vries, Director Sales and Marketing, said the new Livina will play an important role in firmly establishing Nissan in the passenger market. ‘Nissan has dramatically grown its coverage of the passenger market by in recent years, and 60 percent of customers who bought Nissan cars last year were new to the Nissan brand’ he said. ‘This strengthening confidence in Nissan product is led by the successes of our SUV and LCV ranges, and the introduction of distinctive vehicles such as the 350Z, Murano and Qashqai. The launch of the Livina is an important next step in reaching our objective of becoming a force in the South African passenger vehicle market.’