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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 22 2014 | 2 Comments

Nissan says it has revived the spirit of the original Bluebird small sedan with its Chinese-designed Lannia concept, but we're not sure we can see the resemblence between the classic Bluebird and this sedan-hatchback mashup.

Regardless, Nissan says the Lannia is a "sedan theory-breaker," and that the shape was penned in China to cater to Chinese automotive tastes.

What powers it? Nissan doesn't say. Will it be productionised? We have no idea, but we're not sure the Lannia's cabin-centric profile will look quite so appealing in the real world.

We do know that the Lannia draws heavily from Nissan's recent Sport Sedan Concept, which was exhibited at the Detroit auto show at the start of the year.

There's more than a passing resemblence in the headlamp, grille and C-pillar design, though the Lannia's stumpy form has none of the grace of the larger Sport Sedan Concept.

It also shares much of its design and proportions with last year's Friend-ME concept, which was shown at the Shanghai auto show.

Could the Lannia one day replace the unloved Almera as Nissan's compact sedan offering? Maybe. Though Nissan has not made any comment on the Lannia's future as a production car, the company's Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer said the Lannia was "designed by Chinese, built by Chinese for the Chinese people, and ultimately, for the world."

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