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Altima avoids Nissan’s model cull

Talking point: Altima was “in the conversation” about being dropped from Nissan’s line-up, but the company will ride through its sales downturn until new-generation products arrive in 2018-19.

Slow-selling Altima a millstone but Nissan needs presence in mid-size segment: Emery

Market Insight logo2 May 2016

By TIM NICHOLSON

- NISSAN’S Altima narrowly avoided the chopping block in the Japanese brand’s recently announced model range rationalisation, with the company backing the slow-selling mid-size sedan over the more popular Pulsar small hatch.

- Nissan Australia made the surprise announcement last week that the Pulsar hatch – along with the Micra mini-car and ageing Y61-series Patrol – would be dropped by the end of this year, leaving the Pulsar sedan as its sole small-car offering in the all-important segment that makes up about 20 per cent of total new-vehicle sales here.

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