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Project underway to build a successor to the Nissan Almera

Nissan has begun a long-term project to produce a VW Golf rival, as part of its plans to enter new sectors of the car market and regain ground once occupied by the Nissan Almera.

Confirming that work on the small family car project was already underway, Nissan’s senior vice president Andy Palmer said the project was motivated by Nissan’s goal of becoming a player in 90 per cent of the world’s markets and increasing its current 3 per cent market share of global car sales. Nissan is currently competing in around 84 per cent of the world's markets.

"To date, we have grown by circumnavigating the competition very successfully with cars like the Qashqai, but to go further we will have to tackle the market head on," he said.

"The C segment is an obvious growth area. The Qashqai and Juke will take sales in that market, but tackling it head on means building a car that is better than the VW Golf.

“That’s the challenge we have set ourselves. That project is a long term goal, but it is underway."

Jim Holder

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david RS 8 April 2010

Re: Nissan confirms VW Golf rival

The specifications of the cars are different in Western Europe, Russia, North America, etc.

In W. Europe, we look very closely the handling, the braking, the quality ...
I don't even speak of the norms.

Our roads are better too. But, many roads are deteriorating (I think at the Belgium where it becomes problematic). I see nowadays that several speed limits have decreased.

The increase of the urban bumps becomes more and more constraining for the cars.

sorrel 8 April 2010

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theonlydt wrote:
I don't think its as hateful as some people do - it's ugly, it's softly sprung and underdamped, but it's mostly comfy, it's cheap family transport and there's a lot worse out there.

I agree. I've ridden in a couple in Russia and for the road conditions there it's adequate and at it's price point does a fair job. Miles better than any Chevrolet/Deawoo or new Chinese offerings also very popular there and not deservedly so.

david RS 8 April 2010

Re: Nissan confirms VW Golf rival

The World, the standards, the Society are also changing ...