SUNNY DAYS AHEAD
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.