2012 Nissan Sunny debuts in China, will go on sale across 170 countries

2012 Nissan Sunny

Nissan today unveiled the new 2011 Sunny sedan at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. While the Sunny nameplate will carry on in China, Nissan said that the model will go on sale across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.

In other markets, the Nissan Sunny has carried the names Sentra, Almera Laurel, Tsuru, Pulsar – so this could very well be our next-generation Sentra. We’ll have to wait and see.

Power for the 2012 Nissan Sunny comes from a 1.5L HR15DE engine with dual injectors and is mated to a Xtronic CVT with an auxiliary transmission.

Nissan’s China sales are forecasted to pass 1,000,000 units in 2010 compared to the original plan of 860,000 units. The Japanese automaker expects to sell 1,150,000 units in 2011.

Check out the press release and high-res gallery after the jump.

2012 Nissan Sunny:

Press Release:

Nissan Unveils New Global Sedan at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition

YOKOHAMA (Dec. 20, 2010) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled an all-new sedan model at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition. Using the famed ‘Sunny’ name in China, this new model will go on sale first in China in January 2011 and then progressively across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.

The Nissan Sunny was first introduced in China in 2003 and was significant as the first locally built model from the new Dongfeng Nissan partnership. Acclaimed by consumers for its combination of quality, space and driving performance, the Sunny quickly help establish a foundation for the Nissan brand in the passenger vehicle market in China.

A projected class leader in fuel economy, the all-new Sunny is expected to 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.

Combining the proven Nissan 1.5-liter HR15DE engine with dual injectors and a new-generation Xtronic CVT with an auxiliary transmission, both of which are newly introduced in China, Sunny delivers ease in handling for city driving where there’s frequent acceleration and deceleration, and superior environmental performance as a projected class leader in fuel economy.

MacPherson struts are used for the front suspension and a torsion beam for the rear suspension, making for sporty and agile driving at low speeds, and steady and stable driving at higher speeds.

The new Sunny will be produced in Dongfeng Nissan’s Huadu Plant in Guangzhou and will be priced from RMB 82.8K to 112.8K (1.04 million – 1.41million yen).

Nissan Business in China
Since the establishment of DFL, Nissan’s sales volume, including both passenger and light commercial vehicles, has risen dramatically from 94,000 units in 2003 to 756,000 units in 2009. Nissan also launched its luxury brand, Infiniti, in China in 2007.

Nissan’s sales are forecasted to exceed 1,000,000 units in 2010 compared to the original plan of 860,000 units, including passenger and light commercial vehicles, along with Infiniti products. Nissan expects to sell 1,150,000 units in 2011.

Note: Amounts in Japanese yen are translated for the convenience of the reader at the foreign exchange rate of RMB 1 per 12.6 Japanese Yen.

– By: Omar Rana