Update – Nissan Australia has confirmed that while the Altima and Pulsar in their current forms will no longer be imported, replacements for both models are to be announced in the “future”. See bottom of article for details
The Nissan Altima has been quietly dropped from the local line-up, leaving the Japanese manufacturer with no sedan models in its range.
According to the company’s local arm, there are still stocks of the medium sedan in Australia, though it won’t be importing any more of this model in the future – or the facelifted model now available overseas.
“The reason relates to the investment required to update the Australian-market Altima’s engines to meet the new Euro 5 emissions standard in Australia,” said Peter Fadeyev, general manager for corporate communications at Nissan Australia.
“Nissan has decided to not make this investment, so, for now, the Altima won’t be in our new-vehicle catalogue in the future. As a result, production of the Altima sedan will stop for Australia.”
It appears the company has also backflipped on any hopes to reintroduce the smaller Pulsar sedan (above), which was also axed earlier this year – though the local arm did hint at the time that the Pulsar could return.
“The Nissan Altima sedan and Pulsar sedan won’t be offered in Australia in the future,” confirmed Fadeyev.
Australian sales for the Altima were at their best in 2014 and 2015, hitting 1791 and 1488 respectively. Last year, sales dropped off to just 890, while this year has seen 154 sales to the end of March.
In all, the Altima found just 4593 sales over its roughly 3.5 years on the Australia. By comparison, Toyota has so far registered 4389 Camry sedans in 2017 alone.
With no sedan models left in the local line-up, Nissan is left with its SUV, sports car and ute models – with the most affordable being the Juke compact SUV, kicking off at $23,490 before on-road costs.
Thanks to CarAdvice reader Aaron for the news tip!
UPDATE: Peter Fadeyev has told CarAdvice that the Altima and Pulsar are not gone forever, it turns out.
“Those two models have not been permanently dropped,” he said. “Timing of their replacements will be announced in the future.”
Whether these replacements will wear the Altima and Pulsar badges is still unknown, but it is promising to see the Japanese company still plans to offer passenger cars in Australia.