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New Nissan `sophisticated but fun`

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The concept behind the new Nissan Qazana, which is due to start production in Sunderland next year, has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

Billed as the baby brother of the Qashqai and aimed at city-centre drivers, it has been hailed as "sophisticated but fun" by its designers.

But while they say there is nothing like it on the market today, we all know that motor-show concepts can be be very different from the final production model.

Nevertheless, says Matt Weaver, Nissan Design Europe project lead designer: "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."

And says vice president Alfonso Albaisa: "When it comes to design, Nissan has developed a reputation for constantly delivering something different.

"The global success of Qashqai has proven that the car-buying public is fed up with the conventional, but we are not prepared to sit on our laurels.

"Qazana might seem a radical solution, but important elements of the concept do point to a future Nissan production vehicle."

© Press Association 2009