Hatch­ing an In­vi­ta­tion

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

A SEXY Span­ish hatch­back is the lat­est from Nis­san – but it could be three years away for Aus­tralians.

The un­named hatch­back is the next gen­er­a­tion small car that will also be the base for the next Nis­san Dualis and X-Trail, plus share com­po­nents with sim­i­lar-size Re­nault prod­ucts such as the Clio.

Re­nault owns 43 per cent of Nis­san.

Cars­guide read­ers have al­ready seen the new hatch — it was re­ported last year when it ap­peared as the In­vi­ta­tion Con­cept at the 2012 Geneva mo­tor show.

Mean­while, Nis­san’s bud­get car line will sell un­der the name of Dat­sun next year in In­dia, In­done­sia and Rus­sia, but Dat­sun cars will not be sold in Aus­tralia.

The name was the pre­de­ces­sor to Nis­san, phased out in 1981.

There is a grow­ing trend by ma­jor car com­pa­nies to cre­ate a sub-brand range to suit less af­flu­ent mar­kets.

Re­nault has suc­cess­fully mar­keted its Ro­ma­ni­an­built Da­cia model line since 1999, sell­ing it pri­mar­ily in Ro­ma­nia, Turkey, north Africa, the Mid­dle East, In­dia and South Amer­ica. Volk­swa­gen is plan­ning to launch a sim­i­lar sub-line.

The Nis­san In­vi­ta­tion at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show last year

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