Versa Viewing: New Nissan Small Car Will Debut At New York Show

Want to have your first look at the next-generation Nissan Versa? You’d better make arrangements to visit the 2011 New York International Auto Show in April.

Nissan had previously released preview sketches of its next-generation subcompact model, but had shied away from announcing an exact venue for its introduction. Officials now tell us, however, that the new model will make its official public debut in New York.

Further details are still under strong lock and key, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the new model -- which may or may not retain the Versa name -- bears a strong resemblance to a new subcompact sedan Nissan recently launched in another corner of the world.  The Sunny, which was introduced at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China last month, not only appears to be the splitting image of the Versa teaser, but also rides upon Nissan’s new global V-platform. First used on the latest Micra, excutives have long hinted that same architecture will be used in the next Versa.

That doesn’t, however, mean the American-spec models will mirror the Chinese car spec-for-spec. Using the V-platform will, however, potentially allow Nissan to further reduce manufacturing costs tied to the new vehicle program, and subsequently allow Nissan to further drop the base price. That last point may prove important -- after all, the automaker has previously been proud of offering Versas in both fully loaded and value-priced forms.

Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest news, information, and details on the new Nissan as we roll closer to the New York show.

Rick Ambrose
Pretty cool looking sketch, isn't it?.....now take a gander at the actual disaster they are bringing to market! Whomever is in charge of this should be fired. Immediately.
KaBoomBOX
The sketch shows an attractive modern car, very much like the new Hyundai Elantra, only with a Nissan grill. The Chinese market Sunny, if it's this sketch brought to life, really lost a lot of it's attractive proportions in the translation. After the resent statements made about their products needing to be more attractively styled, this would seem to be a missed opportunity.

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