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Nissan Tilda PDF Print E-mail

Following the runaway success of Honda?sdiminutive Jazz and the Toyota equivalent, theYaris, Nissan has decided to introduce its Tiida compact into Thailand,priced at under 600,000 baht.? Its nameis derived from a word in a Japanese dialect meaning the ever-changing tide.

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Available as either a four-door sedan or afive-door hatchback, the Tiida?s styling takes a contemporary slant on the traditionalthree-box design. There is a choice between two engine options, both gasoline, a110 bhp (81kW/) 1.6 liter or a 1.8 version producing 126 bhp, or 93 kW. Thereis a choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.

With three trim and equipment levels tochoose from, the Tiida?s core appeal will be to customers who place comfort, qualityand space above all other requirements.

Nissan has distinct target customers forthe Tiida, it says. These are loyal Almera and Primera buyers ?who valuetraditional Nissan qualities of reliability and value for money; conquestbuyers who are expected to come from within the segment and who place highimportance on comfort and quality?.

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By focusing on the needs of the likelycustomer, Nissan?s design engineers have ensured the Tiida is easy to livewith. Large, wide-opening doors and best-in-class hip points front and rearmean ingress and egress has been made as easy as possible. Even the seats arelarger than the class average.

In the authoritative Euro NCAP crash tests,the similar Nissan Note achieved a respectable four stars for occupant safety,and an equally respectable two stars for pedestrian safety.

With versatility and comfort seen as pre-requisiterequirements, the rear seat on both hatchback and sedan versions fold forwardto increase luggage space or recline to increase comfort. The little Nissan isnot only spacious, but also extremely comfortable. Extra large seats provide aseating area that?s almost as wide as that found in the larger Nissans. Theseats have a main inner section made of high-density foam with a soft urethanetop layer for the ultimate in comfort.

A novel feature that maximises interiorspace is the positioning of the reclining and height adjustment levers on theinside of the front seats beside the center console. This allows the seats tobe mounted closer to the door pillar to provide maximum width at shoulder levelwithout compromising either the ease of operation of the levers or passengersafety. Standard equipment on all Tiidas is seat mounted side airbags.

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Clearly, the Tiida ? like the Jazz andYaris ? is a compact sedan, but it need not feel as such: ?Downsizing cansometimes be an unpleasant experience ? there?s usually too much to be givenup. But that?s not the case with the Tiida,? says Brian Carolin, seniorvice-president for Nissan Europe. ?As well as having the roominess of muchlarger cars, it has all their features, and more. The Tiida is one of the bestequipped cars on the market, regardless of size.?

Trunk volume is also surprisingly generousfor a car of its size, its 467 litres of space comfortably leading the classand, again, embarrassing many larger cars. Extra versatility can be found inthe hatchback model, which has a sliding rear seat: it can be moved up to 240mmfore and aft to increase load space or rear leg room as required.

Standard or optional equipment centers on?big car? features such as satellite navigation, climate control, leather trim,automatic wipers and lights, Xenon headlamps and Bluetooth? mobile phone connectivity. Safety features include ABS with brakeassist, four airbags and, depending on the version, curtain airbags. ESP(electronic stability program) is available as an option right across therange.? For more information on the newcars go to www.nissan.co.th/eng/tiida

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