Nissan Australia’s Managing Director Dan Thompson is determined to get the naming of the Tiida replacement right, with the Pulsar badge looking more than likely for a come back.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Mr Thompson said the naming process for the Tiida replacement is in the final stages with the last rounds of testing and researching currently taking place.
The Pulsar name was used as reference to the Tiida replacement during the presentation but official confirmation is still a few weeks away, with the announcement expected prior to the Tokyo motorshow (late November).
The Nissan Tiida (which went on sale in 2006) holds just 1.5 percent marketshare in the small car segment so far this year, a far cry from the once popular Nissan Pulsar which first went on sale in 1980 and lasted up until 2005.
Nissan has high expectations for the Pulsar, with the model’s prelaunch set to start early next year. The Pulsar will come in both sedan and hatch bodystyles, with the hatch set to fill the small gap in the company’s portfolio that currently exists below the Dualis.
Mr Thompson also confirmed that the Nissan Juke is not destined for Australia in the foreseeable future, despite the model preparing for launch in New Zealand. He noted that New Zealand has different ambitions for the new Pulsar and that the Juke doesn’t quiet fit the Australian market.
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