Catching by an advertisement signboard with "Nissan Almera" coming soon, it really suprise me where Malaysia soon to have this model on the road, since initially I have a perception that the name of Almera is for the Europe market.
From wikipedia, The Nissan Almera is a small family car built by Nissan from 1995 to 2006 (From October 2011 in Thailand). The Almera name was essentially the European export-market name for the Nissan Pulsar / Nissan Sentra / Nissan Bluebird Sylphy
And actually it is learn that initially they have 2 choices of name, Almera or Sunny, and finally they choose Almera, but do you feel if they using the Sunny, should it be have a greater impact in Malaysia market, since the old Nissan Sunny 130Y reputation is so high in its old glory day.
From http://paultan.org/2012/08/10/nissan-almera-1-5l-officially-previewed-by-tan-chong-rm70k-to-85k-deliveries-starting-in-q4/ you may find some introduction on this car, and I feel the pricing may create some pressure for Toyota Vios and the Honda City, may be Proton model may feel the threat as well.
Also from the wikipedia info, the older version of Almera is using engine such as GA14DE, GA16DE, CD20, SR20DE, QG15DE, QG16DE, QG18DE, K9K and YD22DTi, and the latest version in Thailand is using the HR12DE engine.
For Malaysia market, the Nissan Almera will be equip with HR15DE engine, by the code name, it should be first in Malaysia, although its HR series engine is already been in Malaysia for few years, the HR16DE engine is first introduce for Malaysia in Nissan Grand Livinia 1.6 and Latio 1.6, and later after the Nissan C22 Vanette is stop production, its replacement of Nissan van NV200 also using this HR16DE engine.