SUNNY DAYS AHEAD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - NEIL DOWL­ING

ASEDAN sur­prise will slip into the Nis­san Aus­tralia range within 18 months. Set for launch in the first quar­ter of 2012, the Nis­san Sunny will sit be­neath the next Ti­ida/Pul­sar and is, in essence, a sedan ver­sion of the Mi­cra.

The car is be­ing launched in China with the Sunny name.

Nis­san Aus­tralia spokesman Jeff Fisher says it’s a def­i­nite for our re­gion but it may not wear the Sunny name and is likely to be built in Thai­land or Ja­pan.

‘‘It’s not the Ti­ida/Pul­sar re­place­ment,’’ he says. ‘‘That’s a big­ger car. The Sunny is in the light-car class and is based on the Mi­cra.’’

Fisher says the Sunny sedan has been fast­tracked for re­lease in China.

It is be­ing built in Guangzhou prov­ince in a joint ven­ture be­tween Chi­nese car­maker Dongfeng and Nis­san.

‘‘It goes on sale in China next quar­ter,’’ he says. ‘‘That is the first coun­try to build the car. It will then be rolled out for sale in 170 coun­tries.’’

Nis­san first launched a Sunny model in China in 2003 un­der the Dongfeng Nis­san part­ner­ship.

That car was an im­me­di­ate hit, par­tic­u­larly with young fam­i­lies in their 30s and in the mar­ket for a mid-sized sedan.

The lat­est Sunny has the Mi­cra 1.5-litre four­cylin­der 75kW/136Nm en­gine at­tached to a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT) au­to­matic.

Global: 170 coun­tries will get the Sunny.

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