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First Look: 2012 Nissan Versa sedan

by on Apr.20, 2011

Nissan brings the new Versa sedan to the Big Apple.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Or in Nissan’s case, the hatchback or the sedan?

The maker has set off a bit of confusion by splitting the launch of its updated subcompact line-up between the Shanghai Motor Show, earlier this week, and a separate Wednesday news conference at the New York Auto Show.

For American motorists, it turns out, the four-door model shown in New York, and badged Nissan Versa, will be the update they’ll be seeing later this year at U.S. dealerships.  But that will be followed by a 5-door based on the Nissan Tiida unveiled in China, it turns out.

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Nissan sees the upcoming update as a chance for it to redefine how it competes in the small car market – moving away from the classic econobox and into something more stylish, roomy and well-equipped, noted Carlos Tavares, CEO of Nissan Americas, during a Big Apple news conference.

The 2012 Versa should also play well with those focusing on fuel economy, the new model getting a roughly 5 mile per gallon bump, to 30 mpg City, 37 Highway, according to the EPA, and 33 on the Combined scale.


New Nissan Tiida to Return as 2012 Versa

More stylish look for maker’s smallest American offering.

by on Apr.20, 2011

The 2012 Nissan Tiida will reappear in the U.S. as the next Nissan Versa.

If you want to get an early look at what to expect from Nissan when it updates its smallest American offering you can wait for this week’s New York Auto Show or turn your attention to China, where it’s already on display.

True, the car showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show carries the unfamiliar Tiida badge used in Asia, but the more stylish remake of the subcompact will soon show up here with the familiar Versa nameplate.

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The 2012 Tiida is designed to minimize the econobox look, with a more sculptured shape that includes a rounded roof line flowing into the rear hatch, and updated headlamps that reach well into the front fenders.

Nissan describes the updated design as “premium and agile styling,” and said the key goals were to give the Tiida a “fluid and brisk” appearance.