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Nissan Sunny global small car coming to Australia

Nissan unveiled an all-new global small sedan at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China today, and Nissan Australia has confirmed the vehicle will be sold here.
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To be called the Sunny in China, it will initially be produced in Dongfeng Nissan’s Huadu Plant in Guangzhou and will go on sale in January 2011. The compact sedan will then be progressively launched in an additional 170 countries around the world.

Nissan Australia’s Jeff Fisher said the vehicle would not arrive in Australia in 2011.

“It won’t reach our shores for more than 12 months,” Mr Fisher said.

Although it has not yet been finalised, he said it was unlikely Nissan would reintroduce the Sunny nameplate to Australia.

“I’m not sure Sunny has enormously positive connotations here in Australia.”

Mr Fisher said the new sedan – which is a small C-segment design – was a separate vehicle to the upcoming Pulsar, which has also been confirmed to expand Nissan Australia’s small car line-up in the near future.

He said it was unlikely Nissan Australia would source its vehicles from China, and said he expected our sedans to come from either Thailand or Japan.

Nissan Motor Co in China says it expects the new Sunny to be a class-leader in fuel economy. In its domestic market at least, it will be powered by Nissan’s 1.5-litre HR15DE engine, which produces 80kW of power and 148Nm of torque. That engine will be teamed with a new-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission.

At its international premiere in Guangzhou today, Nissan said it expected the Sunny would appeal to “young families in their 30s looking for a medium-sized sedan that combines a dynamic upscale design with the space, quality and features associated with the Sunny and Nissan brand”.

Nissan Australia’s Jeff Fisher said more details of the new sedan’s local specifications, availability and pricing would be revealed in the coming months.

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