First glimpse of future Nissan car

The Geneva Motor Show has given the world a preview of what Nissan's next UK-manufactured car could look like.

The concept car Qazana is what the Japanese car-maker will base its next vehicle on and it is expected to go into production in 2010 in Sunderland.

The final design will probably be different and may even have another name, but it gives the industry an idea of the model.

It will be marketed as a city centre car, replacing the Micra, and Nissan hopes it is as popular as the Qashqai, also produced in Sunderland.

Matt Weaver, project lead designer at Nissan Design Europe, said: "It's a hugely optimistic car, which is no bad thing in these difficult times.

"Had it been created in the 1960s, it would have counted camper-vans, bikes and buggies as its rivals.

"Infused with that same spirit, there's nothing quite like it available today."

Alfonso Albaisa, vice president of Nissan Design Europe, said that design-wise Nissan has developed a reputation for continually producing something different.

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