Nissan to cut compact cars in Europe

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The 2017 Sentra NISMO is the latest in a long line of compact Nissan performance sedans going back nearly 50 years to the Datsun 510 and the original Sentra SE-R. The new, first-ever Sentra NISMO is also the first mainstream Canadian Nissan model to offer motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. It joins the GT-R NISMO, 370Z NISMO and JUKE NISMO in the 2017 Nissan lineup.

Nope, that’s not a typo. Nissan is officially pulling out of the compact car segments in Europe and Russia. Back in June, Nissan pulled the plug on the Pulsar hatchback. Later this year, the same will happen to the Almera. Both are cousins to the Sentra.

The reason given by Nissan is a well-established one: consumers are shifting over to crossovers in droves and leaving sedans behind. The situation is very much the same in North America and this leads us to question the Sentra and Versa Note’s future.

The current 7th generation Sentra was revealed more than six years ago and the Versa Note is pushing on five years. What does this mean for North America? The arrival of the Kicks and the hugely popular Qashqai and Rogue make us think that their days are probably counted as well.

Suddenly, Ford’s plan doesn’t seem that crazy…

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