The next-generation Nissan Micra could be based on a Renault Clio, according to a senior executive.
- shares

The next Nissan Micra will be a rebadged Renault, according to Nissan boss Ashwani Gupta.

Nissan will ask Renault to take the lead on developing and building the next-generation Micra, according to an interview in French newspaper Le Monde.

While the Nissan Micra was dropped from the Australian market in 2016, the current model sold overseas shares engines and underpinnings with the Renault Clio, and is assembled in France alongside the Clio and Zoe.

Mr Gupta says the decision falls under the Renault-Nissan Alliance 'leader-follower' strategy, in which each company is assigned responsibility for certain vehicle segments and regions.

"For the next generation of Micra, we will follow Renault, and we will ask Renault to develop and make the future Micra for us," Gupta said.

In late July 2020, Renault announced it was axing both the Clio and Zoe from its local line-up, indicating the next-generation Nissan Micra and Renault Clio won't be offered in Australia.