Nissan is planning a renewed foray into the hard-fought B-hatchback market in 2017 with an all-new Nissan Micra designed to hit the all-important UK market at about the same time as a completely revised version of the top-selling Ford Fiesta.
The model will represent a renewed effort in the sector for Nissan, whose past two Micras have not conformed to European B-segment norms in terms of size and specification.
Nissan's chief planning officer, Philippe Klein - who replaced Andy Palmer, now boss at Aston Martin - acknowledged that Nissan wants to move back into the heart of the sector.
"My feeling is that a world car that isn't suited to local conditions is a problem," he told Autocar at the 2016 Geneva motor show.
"We will make sure we are competitive where we want to compete."
Last year Nissan's executive vice-president, Trevor Mann, told Autocar that the next Micra will aim to win back customers with much-improved interior quality.
The current Micra has suffered because of poor perceived quality. However, Mann believes its successor - which will be based heavily on the Nissan Sway concept from the 2015 Geneva motor show - will be more worthy of the Micra name.