NISSAN officially rolled out their new Pulsar family hatchback here yesterday. It has been a long time without a hatch in the family segment - since the redoubtable Almera bowed out in 2007.
Now they are forecasting a major impact in the segment for the Almera's successor.
They say the Almera consistently came in the top three - substantial numbers in a sector accounting for 27,000 cars - and expect the Pulsar to do so too.
Big rivals include the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Toyota Auris, Opel Astra etc.
Pulsar prices start at €19,995 for the XE 1.2-litre petrol; SV trim costs €21,395 and SVE €24,195 with CVT (continuously variable transmission) versions from €21,995.
The 1.5-litre diesel starts from €21,595; SV trim €22,995; SVE €25,795.
Standard equipment includes cruise control/speed limiter, six airbags, stop-start, 6spd manual gearbox, steering wheel audio controls, CD, radio/four speakers, USB Port iPhone/Pod connectivity, Bluetooth, spare tyre, Isofix tethers, 16ins steel wheels.
SV trim adds Auto Pack (lighting, wipers, dimming mirror, Intelligent Key and push start button), dual zone auto air con, front fogs, six speakers, rear centre armrest with cupholder, 16ins alloys.
SVE adds Nissan Safety Shield, forward emergency braking, LED headlamps, electric/folding exterior mirrors, privacy glass, 17ins alloys.