Hatching an Invitation
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