Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura said: “We cannot just be a crossover brand. We can make the Almera work. Getting it right is not an easy or quick answer, but the results of the Qashqai have bought us time.
“We can get it right, and that means standing up to some of the toughest opposition. Beating the Golf won’t be a styling challenge; it is more complex than that. These kinds of cars need to look conventional.”
It has also been confirmed that the new Almera will be designed exclusively for Europe.