When the current Primera was launched almost three years ago, it was powered by a choice of 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre petrol engines or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit. In the new-look Primera those three engines are being retained - although the 2.0 litre petrol powerplant has been significantly revised - alongside the 16v 1.8 unit. Nissan's move follows a change in fleet buying habits with fleet sales director Simon Carr saying: 'The change of emphasis in fleet is marked with 1.8-litre engines becoming the key volume petrol engine taking 35% of upper medium segment sales and 40% of petrol upper medium segment sales.
Sales of 1.6-litre engined cars in the sector to fleets have halved to 10% while sales of 2.0 -litre petrol engines in the sector is also increasing. 'The market dynamics have changed which has given us a massive opportunity to introduce a 1.8 litre engine which we believe will particularly appeal to user-choosers .' The engine produces 113PS at 5,600rpm, torque of 151Nm at 2,800rpm and 37.16mpg.
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