October 2021 – Tan Chong Motor (Lao) Co., Ltd. (“TCML”), Sole and Exclusive Distributor of Nissan vehicles in Laos P.D.R. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (Malaysia), has brought many exciting choices of vehicles since it set foot in Laos’ 7-years ago.

Throughout those many years, with a range of SUVs, Pickups and Vans introduced, people of Laos have very much taken a liking to the Nissan Navara that was launched early this year; as it suits their needs and requirements in handling their businesses.

In view of the global pandemic situation, TCML has adapted to new norms practices by confidently moving forward to invest in digitalisation to enhance its brand and services through various social media platforms. TCML has also made various CSR contributions to the community since the outbreak.

As people daily lives start adapting to the new norms, market start to gradually grow back, and demand for consumer vehicles grows as well. To meet this, Tan Chong Motor Lao is very excited to virtually launch a sedan vehicle and a family SUV that not only meets the requirement status of executives, but also the standard needs of young families. The two new vehicles are – the New Nissan TERRA & the New Nissan ALMERA to the Laotian market. 

We all know that the Nissan Almera is built on more than 50 years of Nissan sedan heritage; and it was progressively sold across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names (Model name: Sunny / Versa / Latio).

The New Nissan Almera 1.0-liter Turbo was awarded ‘Car of the Year 2020’ awards at an event held ahead of the 41st Bangkok International Motor Show 2020. It has won the WapCar.my Readers’ Pick 2020 Car of the Year (COTY) award in Malaysia.

While the frame based SUV New Nissan Terra is built on more than 60 years of Nissan SUV heritage, which includes iconic models such as the Nissan Patrol, Nissan Safari, Nissan Terrano and Nissan Xterra.

Mr. Lim Chee Khiang, Senior Country Head of Tan Chong Motor Lao said in his speech during the virtual launch, “We are truly excited to bring two new vehicles into Laos to cater for different type of segment. The new Nissan Terra, is competitive in fuel economy, has best acceleration performance in its class, premium comfort, convenience, advanced intelligent technology, safety, modern luxury and confident driving pleasure. While the new Nissan Almera Turbo takes the popular sedan to a new level of refinement with fresh and exciting features not usually found in the segment. Not only its dynamic styling, attention to details and quality benchmarking, the new Almera Turbo also offers confidence-inspiring performance, making it a perfect modern sedan for Laotian drivers”.

More details on the New Nissan TERRA

The new Nissan Terra, the smart and reliable seven-seater family SUV has been premiumly upgraded to deliver best-in-class safety, entertainment and luxury versatility for Laotian families. The SUV’s overall exterior image is tougher, more versatile, more impressive, yet with an added level of sophistication. The new Terra was developed in line with Nissan’s ‘unbreakable’ vehicle frame design philosophy that combines durability with sleek and modern design expression.

The front fascia features the new V-motion grille with the redesigned front bumper, the unique C-shaped LED signature Daytime Running Lights, and the quad LED projector headlamps on each side, increasing brightness by up to 34%. The rear of the vehicle was totally redesigned from roof spoiler to its lower bumper, new tail lamps, sharkfin antenna, wide LED signatures with strong chrome and silver accents adding a hint of luxury and complimenting the premium SUV appearance of its 18-inch alloy rims. The new Nissan Terra also has a stylish and spacious interior cabin curated for the comfort of all occupants. The seats are more comfortable, with upgrades to the seat cushions and back shapes. The space between the passenger compartment and rear luggage is fully adjustable through its special design that allows for the second and third rows to be reconfigured into a variety of styles. These include theatre style seating, using the auto tumble seats that automatically fold by pressing its one-touch `fold and tumble’ remote switch on the center console.

The new Nissan Terra’s improved two-tone interiors include a redesigned dashboard and instrument panel, a new D-shaped steering wheel design, new center console design with integrated e-Parking Brake, and a new high contrast 7″ Advanced Drive Assist Display. Designed for the whole family to enjoy, the new Nissan Terra’s entertainment elements were also enhanced, which now features a Nissan 8″ Advanced Touchscreen Display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 11″ Flip-down Rear Monitor, and an 8-speaker BOSE Premium Sound System.

The new Terra also provides technologically advanced safety features such as Intelligent Around View Monitor with Front and Rear Parking Sensor, Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Monitor is especially helpful during tight and rough conditions.

Best in the segment, Intelligent Rear View Mirror displays images from a camera mounted on the rear of the vehicle and provides unobstructed view of the area behind the car.

The 2.5-in-line 4-cylinder DOHC Intercooled Turbo-diesel engine gives 190 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque, for the best acceleration performance in its class. The 7-speed automatic transmission ensures a smooth yet powerful drive. In addition to powerful performance, it also features 4×4 (4WD) technology that allows the driver to easily change from two-wheel drive (2H) to four-wheel drive mode with a turn of a dial switch near the SUV’s center console. Moreover, its upgraded multi-link (5-link) rear suspension, provide excellent balance while turning with heavy loads or taking the vehicle off road.

The New Nissan TERRA comes in 7 colours of your choice:

More details on the New Nissan ALMERA Turbo

The new Almera Turbo incorporates a sleek, comfortable and spacious design that leaves a lasting first impression that drivers can be proud of, along with smart technologies that meet the needs of Nissan’s valued customers, especially young families and millennials.

The new sporty design features lower, wider, and longer exterior dimensions using Nissan’s Emotional Geometry design language, while retaining the Almera’s roomy interior space. Key elements of the Emotional Geometry design language in the new Almera include the V-motion grille, boomerang-shaped headlamps and tail lamps, kick-up

The new Almera’s interior has also been totally redesigned to accommodate a new instrument panel, infotainment screen, steering wheel and seats. The stylish passenger cabin features high-quality design and exemplary craftsmanship with head- and legroom to spare, retaining its reputation for best-in-class roominess.

Another area where the new Almera stands out is its Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies that provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention. The exciting technology is a key component of Nissan’s vision of how vehicles are driven, powered and inte grated into society.

Technology is a top priority in the Almera. Best-in-class safety innovations include Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With four cameras on the front, rear and side of the vehicle, the new Almera offers Intelligent Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection.

Interior Comfort inclues Automatic Climate Control, USB Port (x3) and Zero Gravity Inspired Seats for Driver & Passenger to reduce fatigue on long journeys.. with Generous Trunk Space up-to 474 Litre.

The NissanConnect multi-infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen Color Display Audio (AIVI) also keeps customers ahead of the curve by bringing infotainment, navigation, safety, security and more under a single platform, with seamless connection via smartphone.

Why the Nissan Almera’s Turbo Engine is So Impressive

Standard on the Nissan Almera Turbo variants is the all-new HR10DET 1.0 litre 12-Valves Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), in-line 3-cylinder engine with Turbocharger, a high performance engine that offers an improved response with smoother pull-away, better in-gear acceleration and an output equivalent to a 1.5 litre engine.

The 1.0 litre turbo engine in the new Nissan Almera Turbo unleashes a maximum power output of 100PS and high torque of 152Nm (flat torque) at a low 2,400 to 4,000 rpm. This means that the 1.0 litre turbo engine is able to achieve an early torque kick-in at 2,400rpm, and maintain its maximum torque until 4,000rpm, or more importantly with the constant torque available at an rpm range most operated in daily drives; overtaking has never been easier and less stressful.

Another important and innovative technology in the all-new 1.0 litre turbo engine is the Mirror Bore Coating Technology that was adapted from the legendary Nissan GT-R. Mirror Bore Coating is a technology that raises energy efficiency by reducing the friction inside the engine. Rather than inserting a cylinder liner, the Mirror Bore Coating Technology sprays a molten iron onto the surface of the cylinder bore and forms an iron coating layer on the walls inside. By giving this a mirror-like finish, the drag that arises when the piston is operating can be reduced.

The all-new 1.0 litre turbo HR10DET engine also adopt an Air Intercooler System to cool the air compressed by the turbocharger. The intercooler is placed at the front of the car where air flow can fully ventilate, especially when the car is in motion.

Apart from the all-new 1.0 litre turbo engine, the new powertrain comes with next generation XTRONIC CVT with D-Step Logic System for an improved shift feel and responsiveness. The D-Step Logic System is computer software that uses dynamic inputs such as vehicle speed, accelerator pedal position and application speed to determine ideal gear ratios needed to provide smooth, constant acceleration. Drivers can feel the sensation of gear shifting like a conventional auto transmission but adds the flexibility and smoothness of a CVT. It is also equipped with Sport Mode driving which holds the gear longer for better acceleration performance and a sporty drive.

While performance and innovations are clearly the unique selling points in the new Nissan Almera Turbo, its noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has also been considerably reduced by the improved powertrain. A unique soft engine mounting has been installed to dampen and reduce engine vibration.

The New Nissan ALMERA Turbo comes in 5 colours of your choice:

For more information on all Nissan models in Laos, please visit Nissan Laos’ website at www.nissan-lao.la or follow Nissan Laos’ Facebook Page at fb.com/NissanLaos/


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