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Nissan exits Europe’s compact car segment

September 12, 2018

Nissan is ending sales of two compact cars in Europe and Russia, citing a consumer swing away toward utilities in the segment.

Nissan stopped building the Pulsar hatchback for Europe in June and will end production of the Almera sedan in Russia later this year, the company said.

The decision was made in response to “a rapidly increasing switch by European customers from traditional vehicle segments to crossovers,” Nissan said in a statement. “The story in Russia is similar,” a spokesman said. The electric Leaf is the only remaining non-SUV compact car sold by Nissan in Europe.

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