Those who have been to the official website of Edaran Tan Chong Motor, the authorised distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia recently, would have noticed that the Teana is no longer listed as part of the brand’s offerings in Malaysia.
This is because ETCM has stopped selling the Teana, and has also pulled out of the D-segment in Malaysia for time being. Currently, the Almera is the only Nissan sedan model for sale.
Speaking at the recent media test drive session of the new X-Trail, Christopher Tan, the Sales and Marketing Director of ETCM said that this is in line with changing customer demands, and also the company’s plans for the near future.
According to Tan, the demand for the Teana as well as D-segment models on the whole has decreased lately, as more buyers are going for SUVs which are available for about the same price, if not cheaper.
So, in order to cater to the changing needs of buyers, Tan said that ETCM will also be introducing a new compact SUV model, which is most probably the ASEAN version of the Nissan Kicks, to take on the Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR, and also the Mazda CX-3.
However, this doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the line for Nissan sedans in Malaysia as Tan confirmed that the all-new Almera and the all-new Sylphy which made their global debuts recently, will be arriving on Malaysian shores.
While the Almera, Sylphy, and the Kicks are due to be introduced here a few months after they are launched in Indonesia and Thailand probably in 2020, what we do know is that the Nissan Leaf, as well as the fifth-generation Serena Hybrid, could be arriving here later this year itself.
Find the best deals for new Nissan cars here.