A two-door version of the next-generation Nissan Sentra compact hasn’t been ruled out, according to a Ward’s Auto report.
To have that scenario reach reality, though, it will have to be a “high-volume and high-share” product.
“I’m not looking to fill every niche, every opportunity,” said Larry Dominique, chief product planner for Nissan North America, to Ward’s Auto. “If I let my product planners go, they could come up with 15 other cars we should have.”
We’re not sure where this leaves the upcoming Nissan Murano convertible, but we can tell you that Nissan hopes to reduce vehicle weight by 15 percent for models completely redesigned after 2015 compared to their 2005 predecessors. Using better construction methods, new materials, and re-engineered parts, Nissan believes it can reach its weight loss goals. A 15 percent weight loss can translate to an emissions improvement of up to 6 percent, an engineer for Nissan said to Automotive News.
It takes more than just good fuel economy to sell cars and, to that end, Nissan says that the next-generation Versa, Sentra, and Altima will more clearly look like they belong to the same family of vehicles.
Through the first eight months of this year, Versa sales are up 18.2 percent to 69,715 while Sentra sales are up 5.9 percent to 63,664.