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    Nissan Introduces an All-New 2020 Versa

      ...Nissan is showing that not all small cars are dead...

    At the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale Florida yesterday, Nissan unveiled the all-new 2020 Nissan Versa. 

    Nissan packed technology usually reserved for higher end cars into the low-cost Versa including Nissan's Safety Shield 360.  Safety Shield 360 includes: 

    • Nissan Intelligent Mobility that helps provide front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies.
    • Standard safety features include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
    • Rear Automatic Braking
    • Lane Departure Warning
    • High Beam Assist

    Available equipment includes Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intelligent Driver Alertness and Intelligent Cruise Control.

    The exterior has been refreshed to look like a smaller version of the Nissan Altima with Nissan's V-Motion grille and a rear floating roof.  The interior has been greatly upgraded. Inside, Nissan took styling elements from the Nissan Maxima. Heated front seats, push button start, Automatic Climate Control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available. 

    Under the hood is a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder producing 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque with either a CVT or 5-speed manual.

    No word yet on pricing, but the Nissan Versa is one of the least expensive vehicles available in the U.S.... that it packs this much technology into an inexpensive package will make it a killer value if Nissan can hold the line on pricing.

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    Source: Nissan Media



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    I don't mind it too much as far as small cars go. if you had to drive something in this class what else are you going to pick, a mirage?

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    Good thing GM and Ford are pretty much going away from this segment as adding in the tech, I just do not see how Ford or GM could justify to build a break even let alone profitable small car like this. They just do not seem to figure out how to built profitable feature rich small cars.

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Amazing transformation.  Proof that small cars CAN be built.  Happy a manual remains.

     

    Agree. And it they can keep the price very close to where it is now- I see this as a winner.Wouldn’t have a problem getting one myself!

    This could put more butts back in seats just based on price....

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    21 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Good thing GM and Ford are pretty much going away from this segment as adding in the tech, I just do not see how Ford or GM could justify to build a break even let alone profitable small car like this. They just do not seem to figure out how to built profitable feature rich small cars.

    Still hoping that the Sonic is just being transformed into a larger Cruze replacement. It has been profitable due to UAW arrangements in tiered wages. Probably the number one reason it wasn't canceled.. not to mention that it exists with several very profitable and desirable platform-mates called Trax and Encore. Personally I never understood why the EFF Chevy needed a Sonic sedan and a Cruze. 

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    Well they've renewed copyright for the name Cavalier, which, looking at the current car sold overseas, appears to be similarly sized to the Cruze, but cheaper to build.

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    3 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Well they've renewed copyright for the name Cavalier, which, looking at the current car sold overseas, appears to be similarly sized to the Cruze, but cheaper to build.

    Good point.. But I don't think sentiment is going to allow for them to import another car from China. If its made in Canada I guess, but we all know that probably isn't happening. I can see a continuation of the Orion Township contract and the Sonic name maaaaaaybe chagrining to Cavalier. Which would be fine IMO.. as it should have never left the market place in the first place. Corolla and Civic have never changed names.. Cavalier.. and Escort for that matter should have remained always

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    On 4/13/2019 at 1:58 PM, Drew Dowdell said:

    I don't mind it too much as far as small cars go. if you had to drive something in this class what else are you going to pick, a mirage?

    a mazda2, i mean yaris (iA)?

    or are those really not in the same class?

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    1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Yeah, same class.

    Hyundai Accent.  Kia Rio.

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      "The 2020 Frontier lays the groundwork for the exciting, next-generation Frontier – an all-new pickup truck slated to arrive soon," said Tiago Castro, director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc. "While looking ahead, we're also celebrating our strong heritage – including the innovations, versatility and reliability of past models, such as the 2007 Frontier that Chicago resident Brian Murphy has driven for more than one million miles."
      2020 Nissan Frontier
      The 2020 Frontier, with its standard 3.8-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission, focuses on the needs and demands of truck owners in the U.S. Nissan's all-new engine is using 93 percent new or redesigned parts, and the powerplant underwent extensive testing in North America. The engine will be assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., next to the full-size TITAN pickup's 5.6-liter Endurance® V8.
      Along with the 49-horsepower improvement over the previous Frontier V6, fuel economy is expected to increase2. Also contributing to the 2020 Frontier's improved acceleration and fuel economy is the all-new 9-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize powertrain efficiency and provide an enhanced acceleration feel.
      "From its roots tracing back more than 60 years, to the current model, Frontier has had a lasting impact on the compact and mid-size truck segments in North America. As Nissan transitions to the next chapter, we celebrate both a proud past and a bright future with the heart of the next Frontier," added Castro.
      The "Million-Mile" 2007 Frontier
      Chicagoland delivery man Brian Murphy bought his two-wheel-drive, 4-cylinder 5-speed manual Frontier King Cab pickup in June 2007 with one goal: to put 1 million miles on it3. The red Frontier passed the million-mile mark on January 27, 2020.
      According to Murphy, the original clutch lasted 801,000 miles, the timing chain was replaced as a preventative measure at 700,000 miles, and the radiator and alternator lasted about 450,000 miles each. Even the driver's seat lasted a half-million miles but has also been replaced. 
      To celebrate Murphy's incredible accomplishment and loyalty, Nissan announced it would give Murphy a new Frontier once the 2020 model begins production later this year. 
      "I never imagined I'd be given a new truck, especially since my Frontier is still running strong. It will be a real treat to have an efficient V6 engine, but I guess I'll have to find another way to exercise now that I'll have an automatic transmission and power windows," said Murphy. 
      For regular maintenance, the truck has been serviced at M'Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the same dealership where Murphy purchased the vehicle new in June 2007. Murphy insists on doing his own oil changes every 10,000 miles.

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