2018 Nissan Altima spied

Fresh looks for 2018 Altima

Trying to sell a car, even a really good one, in the medium-size passenger car segment in Australia is not an exercise for the faint-hearted.

Just ask Ford (Mondeo), Kia (Optima), Hyundai (i40 and Sonata), Mazda (Mazda6) and Skoda (Octavia).

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All those offerings are terrific cars, but none can take more than about 7% of the total market.

Why? There’s a vehicle called the Toyota Camry that chews up a dominant 60% plus market share!

It was no surprise then that the Nissan Altima didn’t make it here.

In April, Nissan confirmed it was dropping the Altima after only a trickle of monthly sales for the offering through 2016 and early 17.

The latest iteration of the Nissan Pulsar met the same fate.

The lack of interest came despite a significant investment in the model by Nissan by way of the Supercars.

Ironically, Nissan is set to continue racing the Altima in next year’s Supercars championship.

Now comes a glimpse of what could have been had Nissan Australia stuck with the road-going version of the model.

These spy shots of the 2018 Nissan Altima have just been published by Automotive News.

The images show a completely new look for the model (ironically, one of Nissan USA’s best-selling offerings).

While the publication says the car gets a new-look interior, including updated infotainment system and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

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We will keep you updated with any further developments regarding the Nissan Altima in Australia in our Nissan News section.

Images courtesy: KGP PHOTOGRAPHY

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