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2003-09-03 13:10

If it's a motor car you're after, look no further than the Nissan Almera 160 Luxury.

According to the sixth annual Kinsey parts pricing report, no other 1600 in the survey is more affordable in terms of the cost of a basket of service, repair and body parts.

In this year's report, motoring journalist and researcher Malcolm Kinsey compared the prices of 30 parts from 25 popular vehicles, and based his results on the cost of the items as a percentage of the vehicle's retail price.

In a second independent parts survey by a prominent motoring magazine earlier in the year, a similar conclusion was reached on the cost of the Almera's service items when compared to five other vehicles in the R100 000 to R130 000 price category.

In the case of the Kinsey Report, the cost of the Almera's parts assessed as a percentage of retail was the lowest of the seven engine capacity rivals, with a figure of 19.43%, with its closest rival coming in at a 21.73%. The total is based on items as diverse as a windscreen, water pump, and even the ignition key.

"The fact that the Kinsey Report reinforced the conclusion reached by Car Magazine in April this year came as no surprise to us," said Mike Whitfield, director of sales and marketing at Nissan SA.

"The findings certainly wouldn't have been a surprise to those who manage large fleets of vehicles either, and our success with the astute fleet operators can certainly be attributed in some degree to the fact that Almeras are very affordable when it comes to overall running costs, rather than just fuel consumption."

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