Nissan Latio

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This article is about the automobile sold in Japan since 2012. For the automobile sold in Southeast Asia since 2005, see Nissan Tiida.
Nissan Latio
Nissan Sunny N17 China 2012-04-15.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Almera
Nissan Sunny
Nissan Versa
Renault Scala
Production 2011–present
Assembly China: Guangzhou
India: Chennai
Mexico: Aguascalientes[1]
Philippines: Santa Rosa, Laguna[2]
Thailand: Samut Prakan
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Nissan V platform
Related Nissan Micra (K13)
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L HR12DE I3 (gasoline)
1.5 L HR15DE I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L HR16DE I4 (gasoline)
1.5 L K9KE424 I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
CVT automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length 4,425 mm (174.2 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,495 mm (58.9 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Nissan Tiida (C11) sedan

The Nissan Latio is an automotive nameplate which is used by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan since 2004 for two unrelated subcompact four-door sedans.

Since 2004, the name "Nissan Tiida Latio" had been used for the Japanese market Nissan Tiida sedan, although the Indonesian, Malaysian, and Singaporean markets received this model badged "Nissan Latio". As of 2013, the Tiida-based model is still sold in these markets.

The Latio name for the Japanese market was, in 2011, transferred to a new generation of subcompact sedan sold internationally under a plethora of alternative names.

Nameplate predecessor[edit]

Main article: Nissan Tiida

The sedan version of the first generation Nissan Tiida was marketed in Japan as the "Nissan Tiida Latio" from 2004. Both the sedan and hatchback Tiida were marketed in Southeast Asian markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore as "Nissan Latio" starting in 2005. The Tiida Latio was replaced in the Japanese market by the N17 model in 2012, although the C11 Latio remains on sale in Southeast Asia as of 2014.

Overview[edit]

Latio is the Japanese market name for a subcompact sedan unveiled by Nissan in 2010 as the Sunny, but sold under several different names across export markets when sales began in 2011. The Sunny N17 (or L02B using Nissan's new code scheme) was unveiled at the 2010 Guangzhou International Motor Show.[3] The new model utilises the Nissan V platform and weighs less and has gained more legroom compared to its predecessor, the Tiida C11 sedan.

Marketing[edit]

Asia

The Thai-specification model was released as the Nissan Almera on 7 October 2011, as a vehicle in the Eco-Car project of the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI). It uses the same 1.2-liter engine as the Nissan March (Micra), with a fuel consumption of 5 L/100 km (56 mpg-imp; 47 mpg-US), and has either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The Almera is also built in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines.[2] Other Asian countries receive the Nissan Almera, including Malaysia and Singapore where it is offered with the 1.5-liter HR15DE engine, mated with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.

Nissan Latio X (Japan)

The Japanese market model was released as the Nissan Latio, imported from Thailand, on October 5, 2012. That car's release was delayed due to power shortages in Japan caused by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[4] It has the model code DBA-N17.[5] For the Japanese market the Latio is sold with a 1198cc engine producing 79 PS (58 kW) and 106 N·m (78 lb·ft).[6] It is offered with three trim levels.[7]

In India, Renault sells a slightly modified version as the Renault Scala. It was launched in August 2012 and is built at the same factory as the Nissan Micra.[8]

Australia

The Australian model was released as the Almera at the end of 2012. The model range is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol inline-four engine.

North America

The US-spec model was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show as the second-generation Nissan Versa. It is powered by a 1.6-liter petrol that delivers around 80 kW (107 bhp) of power and 145 newton metres (107 lb·ft) of torque. The fuel economy is estimated to be 30 mpg-US (8 L/100 km; 36 mpg-imp) city and 38 mpg-US (6 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) highway with the CVT-equipped Sunny.[9] In the US prices start at US$10,990; higher spec models include Bluetooth, navigation system with five-inch touch screen display, satellite radio and an iPod/USB interface.[10] It is considered to be the cheapest new car in the US.[11]

It was succeeded by the Nissan Micra in 2014 for the Canadian market; the Versa was discontinued due to slow sales.

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