LONDON -- Nissan will unveil the Invitation concept for a new subcompact model at the Geneva auto show next month. The concept previews a replacement for the Note minivan, sources said.
Nissan said the Invitation is designed to achieve high fuel economy along with dynamic performance, as well as provide plenty of interior room. A production version will launch in Europe in 2013.
A Nissan UK spokesman would not say whether the five-door Invitation previews the successor to the Note, which launched in Europe in 2006, but said the production version will give Nissan a hatchback positioned above the Micra minicar.
"The Note is an MPV. This is much more of a hatchback rival. The Micra is actually quite a small car," the spokesman said. "The Invitation is very much conceived to compete head on with big sellers in B (subcompact) segment, which are bigger these days."
Nissan did not say whether the production version would be built at the automaker's factory in Sunderland, England, which builds the Note. "As with any car of that size, Sunderland will be a front runner. The various plants have to bid for it."
The Note is Nissan's fourth best-selling model in Europe after the Qashqai, Juke and Micra. European sales of the Note fell 22 percent to 35,425 last year, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers.