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New Nissan Sunny Sedan Unveiled at China Auto Show. Is this the New 2012 Versa?

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Taking center stage and making its world debut at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition, is Nissan's all-new global small sedan, which will be locally marketed as the Sunny. According to the Japanese automaker, the new small sedan will go on sale first in China in January 2011 and then progressively across 170 countries worldwide under different vehicle brand names.

Even though Nissan's Spartan press release did not mention the Versa, there are one too many styling similarities between the new Sunny and the 2012 Versa sedan teased in an official sketch released by the automaker in October 2010. However, we have to stress the fact that Nissan has not made a connection between the two cars.

The Sunny, or as Nissan likes to call it, the firm's new global sedan, is believed to be based on the underpinnings of the Micra supermini, something that could explain the striking resemblance of the dashboard design.

Among the few details released about the car is that in China, it will be offered with Nissan's 1.5-liter HR15DE four-cylinder engine linked to Xtronic CVT, and that engineers have fitted the Sunny with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam for the rear suspension.

For the China market, the new Sunny will be produced in Dongfeng Nissan’s Huadu Plant in Guangzhou and will be priced from RMB 82.8K to 112.8K (US$12,450-16,830 / €9,400 -12,700 / Yen 1.04 million - 1.41million).


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26 Comments:

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

So bland. So generic. So Toyota-ish.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

VERY ROOMY BUT....VERY CHEAP

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

Hopefully not !
Eye-sores should not be allowed on the roads, since they represent a form of torture...
Do we need to organize a petition and send it to Nissan to keep it off our roads ?
Merry Christmas Honey, I got you a Not-So-Sunny Nissan this year!

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

not bad for china :-))

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

You´re wrong.

It´s not the Tiida, this is the new Micra sedan.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

The sun is shining somewhere, but not in China.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

F U G L Y !

From a B14 Sunny owner :-&

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

FANTASTIC!

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

mini altima. sharp!

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

FUGLY X 2

from a G20/P11 owner

Really hope for a Nissan buy back their shares from the French. A decade lost is enough.

The Pill said... »December 20, 2010

I have to agree with the Anonymous poster who stated "Eye-sores should not be allowed on the roads, since they represent a form of torture..."

Yikes what POS looking refuse!

emjayay said... »December 20, 2010

Wow. If this is the new Versa - or Sentra, it represents a huge change in Nissan design philosophies way toward the banal. The Versa is a somewhat charmingly lumpy sort of French/Renaultish design that looks like it would be really roomy and practical in a French sort of way. The current Sentra is maybe the most modern artish car around. All Nissans in various ways seem to be the products to some degree of some sort of artists. This new world car thing is just a mediocre derivative product.

Anonymous said... »December 20, 2010

This car is the perfect candidate for my "Top Of The Cliff Project". Let me explain: Take the car to the top of the cliff, push it down the cliff, and admire the result.

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

Looking at the interior it's clearly a Micra derivative. But I agree with the other poster Renault has ruined Nissan. Compare this shit to the Nissan sedans of the 80s and 90s ? The sooner Nissan cuts ties with Renault the better.

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

IMO this looks way better than the current Versa sedan sold in the USA, which competes with the Dodge Avenger
to max out the "frumpy" backside. The current Versa hatch is a pleasant looking car; but the same can't be said for the Versa sedan. If you look at the car pictured above, you'll see styling cues from the current Maxima which is not a bad thing!

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

Peeps need to calm down!

The new Sunny is going to be nothing but total financial success for Nissan. A cheaply built model, on sale to 87% of the globe! While the remaining 13% who won't get it are likely be the most demanding consumer markets of the US and Europe.

Like it or not, this kind of blanket sales approach (email spam style) will ultimately stifle out any minor whining you lot make about Renault and the Sunnys lacklustre style.

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

The previous-gen Sunny looks much better than this new car... It looks like a big Chinese dumpling...

Anonymous said... »December 21, 2010

anyone thinks it looks like a 4 dr solara?

Nissan Employee said... »December 22, 2010

"IMO this looks way better than the current Versa sedan sold in the USA, which competes with the Dodge Avenger"

You have to be kidding! In no way would it compete with the Avenger. The CORRECT competitor to the Avenger is the Sentra.

The VERSA which is also slated for a re-design as a 2012 Model is not the SUNNY as you see here! The Versa is 100% based off the Nissan TIIDA in Japan.
Check out 2012 Nissan Tiida in the Google Machine and you will see some rendition to the next model. However I can assure you the Sunny is NOT it! NOW go do some homework!!!!!

Anonymous said... »December 22, 2010

Hopefully not the next Sentra. This vehicle is really ugly.

Anonymous said... »December 24, 2010

so ugly that it hurts...

Dj Skreem said... »December 27, 2010

to the ppl who say this is not the next versa ur wrong ... it is with some slight changes even the official sketch of the next versa looks like it.... nissan designs suck lately even my sketch of the next sentra is more old school nissan than this shit that looks like the leaf altima and part sentra mixed with ugly and micra check my sketch n see http://www.autodrawings.net/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=detail&id=21235&Itemid=335
that looks better than this any day but the front needs work i knw

ดา said... »January 11, 2011

Very good for small and cheap car.

Kiyoshi Manabe said... »January 15, 2011

Light-hearted yet somewhat jelly-built design blunt this car's intrinsic value. She'll become favorite mini-cabs in major Chinese cities,as Beijing and Shanghai.

chris said... »August 04, 2011

The new Nissan Versa sedan has to be the ugliest car on the market.  It's a huge step backwards for Nissan.  They should of went for a modern sportier look, like the Hyundai Accent and soon to be released Kia Rio, rather than think they were making a sophisticated entry level car.  Moreover, the Versa does not even get 40mpg on the highway, like the Accent or Rio.  This car is simply a bomb.  Hopefully the hatchback version, which comes out in 2013, will be more appealing.  

Paul said... »August 04, 2011

The Sunny IS the new Sentra sedan, and is obviously a design disaster.  This car will not sell in the United States.  The Tilda is the new Sentra hatchback.  It is a much better looking car, and will do better than the sedan. 

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