The first of new Nissan’s global car’s family was unveiled today at the 2006 Guangzhou International Motor Show in China. Developed by the Japanese car manufacturing brand, the new 2007 Nissan Livina Geniss family MPV will be assembled by its Chinese subsidiary Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company.
According to official specs, the new Nissan Livina Geniss MPV is able to carry up to seven passengers and is powered by a 1.8-liter MR18DE four-cylinder internal combustion engine that works on regular gasoline and is mated either to a rather archaic 4-speed automatic transmission or to a more fuel efficient 5-speed manual gearbox.
The engine that features Nissan’s proprietary C-VTC (Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control) technology is, probably, identical to the one, installed in the 2007 Nissan Versa hatchback and capable to provide the car with 122 hp of power and 125 lb-ft (169 Nm) of torque.
The main problem here is that the Livina Geniss seems to be much heavier than a small hatchback and driving this vehicle under full load may become a Chinese torture.
Maybe, that is why the car was unveiled in China.
The main selling point of this car is, of course, its spacious interior that comes courtesy of a rather long wheelbase of whole 2600 millimeters.
However, the car is not terribly wide, which, on one hand, makes it easier to park in tight spots, but, on the other, somewhat reduces comfort of the passengers sitting on the second row of seats.
The 2007 Nissan Livina Geniss will be assembled at Dongfeng Motor Co.’s Huadu plant in Guangdong Province.
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