Production of the Nissan Evalia halted temporarily?

Posted on: Jun 7, 2013 - 11:06pm IST

The Nissan Evalia entered India with the hope of serving up the Innova an ace with a mini car’s driving character, extra passenger and luggage space and 50% more fuel efficiency at a fraction of the price.

However the van-like styling didn’t evoke the response say the Sunny evoked, and hardly a few thousand examples are on roads today despite being on the market since mid-2012.

In stark contrast to its rivals the Ertiga and the Innova which see sales of 4,500 to 6,000 units every month, the Evalia clocks only about 200 units a month on an average.

Nissan Evalia launch
The Evalia, an icon in the making in the international commercial vehicle segment, was launched at killer prices and a superior diesel powertrain in India last year.

An unconfirmed report on claims that Nissan has temporarily halted the production of the Evalia. However, the move is not to withdraw the product from the market. It could be to push off the inventory.

The report also says that Nissan is planning to relaunch the Evalia with minor improvements so as to make it more appealing for private users. The butterfly type middle row windows could make way for conventional sliding type units and the rear AC blower could be relocated from the rear of the car to the roof. Captain seats for the middle row can not be ruled out either.

The 1.5 litre K9k diesel engine is one of the strengths of the Evalia and hence it will continue undisturbed. The Evalia will head for a relaunch once the corrections are ready to be implemented.

It is to be noted that Evalia’s rebadged cousin Ashok Leyland Stile which targets the commercial market is to be launched in July.

Relaunches that are considered real comebacks are the Maruti Eeco (Maruti Versa previously) and the Mahindra Verito (Renault Logan) where numbers improved multi-fold after a repositioning and rebranding exercise. Can the Evalia pull of such a turnaround with feature additions and corrections?


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4 thoughts on “Production of the Nissan Evalia halted temporarily?

  1. PC says:

    Hey, guys, I’mma let you in on a little secret on why the Evalia looks like a van:

    (whispers) It ***is*** a van

    Got that. y’all?

  2. Kapil says:

    Good MPV but let down by cheap interiors. I had a test drive – nice to drive but very thin seats, and looks like Maruti ECCO from inside. Absolutely no refinement for a middle class family to buy.

    Need to do a up market version with electric sliding middle doors, captain seats in middle row like you see in Honda Freed and Toyota Avanza, automatic in Malaysia and Indonesia. Will be a big hit with bigger families and wealthy families with kids and maids. Trust me.

    i just can’t wait for the Honda MPV based on Brio…. if its upto 12 lacs for the top end version with all the bells and whistles, I am booking one right now!

  3. Ashutosh says:

    The boxy van-like styling and cheap looking interiors were a major turn off for buyers. Let’s see what can they do in that regard.

  4. S!D says:

    rather thn this..
    nissan shud concetrate developin dealership n service network pan india..

    thes ppl don hav ne dealers here in madhya pradesh…
    only service stations frm past dealers…


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!