A simple line in a release from the Renault-Nissan Alliance on their successful business collaborations stated the following: "By the end of 2016, the Renault plant located in Flins, near Paris, will start the production of the new Nissan Micra."
Further: "The cross-production of vehicles will continue to be a major driver of manufacturing synergies. Cross-production leverages the Alliance Production Way, a manufacturing and shop-floor management system common to Renault and Nissan. The Alliance Production Way takes manufacturing benchmarks from both Renault and Nissan," the release read.
What does that mean for Australia? Well, the local arm axed the current-generation Micra earlier this year, perhaps in anticipation of the new model.
Nissan Australia said it has "no information" on whether it will reintroduce the Micra locally. The Micra we got until earlier this year was sourced out of India, enabling it a low starting price of just $13,490 plus on-road costs. It is possible that the next-generation version will spawn a similar low-cost offering to be built on the sub-continent, but it may take a while to be built out of India.
If Nissan doesn't offer the next Micra locally, the brand could be left with a hole in its line-up, having killed off the Pulsar hatch, too. That in turn may leave the brand with no cars under $20,000 drive-away on its books.
Still, there's no reason it won't be able to use the same argument as Renault, which currently imports the standard Clio range from Turkey and somehow manages to list it from $18,000 plus on-road costs (but sells the cars from just $14,990 drive-away). The left-hand-drive Clio offered in Europe is built where the new Micra will be built, so it is possible that the Turkish plant could build the all-new Nissan, as well.