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Nissan Australia has culled most of its non-SUV range, but the company says it’s still looking into bringing passenger cars here.

Speaking to CarAdvice at the local launch of the 2018 Qashqai (review this Friday), Stephen Lester, CEO for Nissan’s local division, said passenger cars haven’t been ruled out for our market.

As we go forward, the key will be developing the product strategy and uncovering what the opportunity is for bringing the right vehicles into Australia,” he said.

“Passenger cars would be an obvious choice, any outsider would be able to see this, [but] we need to go find the right products for Australia.”


Above: Nissan Pulsar, Top: Nissan Altima

Lester added that the decline in passenger car sales locally mean that Nissan has to be particular with what it chooses to bring here, but confirmed the company is “actively pursuing” these opportunities currently.

Earlier this year the Altima medium sedan and Pulsar small sedan were axed from the Australian line-up, while the Micra micro-car and Pulsar hatchback were dropped late last year.

Although Nissan said earlier this year that replacements for the Altima and Pulsar “will be announced in the future”, it’s unclear when these models will arrive, nor whether the local arm will import the face-lifted versions available overseas or wait for all-new generations.

It’s also worth noting that the new Leaf electric hatch should be lobbing Down Under sometime over the next 12 months – adding one model to the passenger car count.

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