If Nissan's premium marque hasn't done well in the world's largest new car market, the same cannot be said of the company's exclusive joint venture brand for China.

The Venucia started life as a series of old-tech models, but that era is over, so Nissan and Dongfeng are investing in the future of the division. No surprise here, a new emphasis on electrification.

Partners can't fail to notice that Venucia's best seller of 2022 is the D60, which on its face sounds puzzling.

Now more than four years old, it accounts for nearly half of the brand's 44,405 retail sales. The next D60 EV should be equipped with Nissan Sylphy's range-extending electric powertrain.

The 4.8-metre-long sedan H1 crossover, which has a strong ties with the Nissan Murano, will be discontinued soon.

This shows that the brand is not badly damaged, whether Venucia will ever return to the bulk of its early years remains to be seen.

At the moment, Dongfeng and Nissan are planning to do some resets after almost four years of control by the Chinese OEMs entirely.

With Nissan Motor back on board, this will mean a range of new models from 2023 will be underpinned by R-N-M Alliance platforms.