Sunny sur­prise in Nis­san sedan

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL DOWL­ING www.nt­

A SEDAN 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 has just been 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.’’

Mr Fisher says the Sunny sedan has been fast­tracked for re­lease in China. It is built in the Guangzhou prov­ince at a new joint ven­ture fac­tory of Chi­nese car­maker Dongfeng and Nis­san.

‘‘It goes on sale in China next quar­ter — the first coun­try to build it and will then be on sale in 170 coun­tries,’’ he says.

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