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Japanese carmaker Nissan has revealed its future game plan for the Indian market. The company announced plans to launch around 10 new offerings here by 2016.

First up will be the Micra CVT which will come with the same petrol motor that powers the manual variant. The X-Tronic CVT gearbox will do duty instead of the five-speed manual transmission. The Micra CVT will compete with the likes of the Ritz automatic and Brio automatic.

Next in line will be a version of the Sunny equipped with the X-Tronic CVT gearbox. Expect Nissan to price the Sunny CVT below the badge-engineered Scala CVT. When launched, it is likely to compete with the likes of clutchless versions of the Vento, Rapid, Verna and the City.

The third offering from Nissan will be for the compact SUV segment. This will be Nissan’s spin on the Renault Duster. However, the new SUV (Codename: NH87) will be more than just a re-badged Duster and will have some significant sheet metal changes as well. As seen from the brand hierarchy, we can expect Nissan to price the NH87 below the Duster. It is expected to enter showrooms end of 2013.

Nissan will bring the low-cost Datsun Brand to India in 2014. Autocar India was the first to break the news about Datsun’s comeback in the June 2011 issue. For India, two Datsun hatchbacks are planned, both of which will slot below the Nissan Micra. The first model will be a Rs 4 lakh hatchback (code: K2) based on the two-generations old K11 Nissan Micra. Believed to incredibly spacious for its size, the K2 will feature an all-new ‘top hat’ and will come with a 1.0-litre petrol engine. A cheaper Rs 3 lakh model (code: I2) is also being developed to compete with the Maruti Alto.

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Personally Datsun , could give a tougher competition to Maruti than Hyundai in the coming years.Its low cost lineup with be the envy of many of our autombile majors.

Last I heard ,

Renault is becoming a bit gready with the success of the DUSTER and dont want to share it with Nissan , which on its part is scouting for other vendors to meet its requirements.

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A Micra CVT priced will has the potential to get really good sales. Small car + Autobox = city driving nirvana and with diesel prices rising, in an year diesel vs petrol would be less of a debate. So a small car petrol engine + autobox will be more attractive.

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Well nissan does have better brand identity than renault in India & I do think that duster based SUV would have done a better job than duster, if launched simultaneously! But as of now, I don't think it can stand against upcoming ecosport, As ecosport has already outgrowed duster in international markets & brought down it's sell to 50%!

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