Nissan signals future of Versa, best-selling japanese sub-compact in Canada

NISSAN CANADA - As a part of Nissan Canada's offensive of five new models in 15 months, the sub-compact Versa hatchback will receive a fresh new look that takes design cues from the new Nissan Note, sold in Japan and other overseas markets.
The Nissan Note, which goes on sale in Japan in September and in Europe in 2013, hints to the design direction for the next Versa hatchback. Both are based on the company's global V-platform, but the Versa will embrace features tailored to its markets, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. More details about the future Versa hatchback will be available closer to its launch.
The Versa family includes sedan and hatchback versions in Canada and leads Japanese subcompact sales with 7,014 units as thus far in 2012, outselling its nearest competitors, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2. The Versa currently maintains a 12 per cent share of the segment.
"Nissan's sustained sales presence in the sub-compact segment was assisted by the introduction of the all-new Versa Sedan last year," said Mike Colleran, regional vice president, Nissan Canada. "Both Versas, hatchback and sedan, offer exceptional value, excellent fuel economy and numerous features rarely available in other models in this segment."
The second-generation Nissan Versa sedan, introduced last year, redefines compact car value. It combines a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and exceptional room for five adults – including more rear legroom than many mid-size sedans.