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2006–present (South Korea)
|Class||compact car (1966-2004)
Small family car (2006-)
Nissan Bluebird Sylphy
Nissan Almera Tino
The Nissan Sunny is a compact car built by the Automaker Nissan from 1966 to 2004 and again since 2006. It was launched in 1966 as the Datsun 1000 and although production in Japan ended in 2004, it remains in production today for the African, American and Sri Lankan markets. In the US, the later models were known as the Nissan Sentra; in Mexico, the Sunny is known as the Nissan Tsuru. The Sunny fitted neatly into the Nissan model line. It was larger than the supermini Nissan March (Micra) models, but not as big as the compact Bluebird models. The latest versions of the Sunny were larger than the early models, and may be considered compact cars. Earlier versions (through at least the B11 series) were subcompact cars. All Sunnys through the 1982 model year (except as noted below) used Nissan A engine motors.
Confusingly, the "Sunny" name has been used on other Nissan models not part of the Sunny (B-series) family, notably various export versions of the Nissan Pulsar model line. In December 1965, Nissan held a national campaign in Japan to name its newest product in a mail-in balot, and after receiving over 8 million submissions, the name Sunny was chosen after appearing 3,105 times and announced February 19, 1966 by Yoshisuke Ayukawa, Nissan Motors founder.
B10 series 
Datsun Sunny B10 2 door sedan
|Also called||Datsun 1000|
|Body style||2/4-door sedan
3-door station wagon
|Engine||988 cc A10 OHV I4|
|Transmission||4-speed manual all-synchromesh.|
|Wheelbase||2280 mm (89.8 in)|
|Length||3820 mm (150.4 in)|
|Width||1445 mm (56.9 in)|
|Height||1,295 mm (51 in)|
|Curb weight||625-705 kg (1380–1556 lb)|
The first Datsun Sunny, exported as the Datsun 1000, was launched in September 1966, with two body styles, a two-door sedan (B10) and a van/station wagon (VB10). These were available in both a "Standard" and "Deluxe" version, featuring drum brakes, conventional leaf springs at the rear and wishbone type independent front end. The front end used a single transverse leaf spring. In Japan the car was sold at a dealership sales channel established just for the Sunny, called Nissan Satio Store The Sunny was introduced in the same year that the Toyota Corolla was also introduced, and was also exclusive to a particular dealership sales channel.
The car featured a four-cylinder in-line engine – the A10 – with a total displacement of 988 cc and a four-speed gearbox. The 1968 model, introduced in October 1967 added to the lineup the four-door sedan (B10) in both DeLuxe and Standard form. October 1968 saw the new 1969 models released with a new coupé (the KB10) added. Marketed as a "Sunny Coupé" in Japan, it was available in a wide variety of levels from "Standard", to "GL" (ostensibly Grand Luxe). The range of factory options and accessories was by this time vast. Total horsepower in the 1968 model was claimed to be 62 hp (46 kW) at 6,000 rpm.
All of the other models got new grilles and larger tail lights, which now included reversing lights in the van/wagon model.
The only other country that seems to have received the coupé is Australia, where it was marketed as the "Datsun 1000 Coupé". It was well equipped, and was available only in the Deluxe level of trim. The Australian Deluxe model came standard with many inclusions that were available only as options in the Japanese model. The engine in the coupé had higher compression, a different Hitachi carburettor, and a dual outlet exhaust manifold. These changes increased its power output to 66 hp (49 kW); a 4 hp, or 6.5% increase over the lesser models. Unlike the sedans and wagons, the coupé was only ever made in right drive.
July 1969 saw the release of the slightly different (cosmetically) 1970 model year, which left the 1969 model year run at only nine months. No additional models were added, and production ceased in December 1969, cutting the 1970 model year run at only six months.
B20 series 
The (Japanese: Sunny Truck) debuted in October 1968 and was the light commercial truck variation of the B10 passenger models. It was based on the VB10 Van chassis, and is a body style which is sometimes referred to as a "coupé utility", as the bed is not separate from the passenger area. This is known as a "ute" in Australia and as a "truck" in Japan.
Being a commercial model, these were only ever available in Standard trim. The equipment was basic, but this kept the price low.
The B20 used the same wheelbase and running gear of the Datsun 1000 VB10 van.
B110 series 
|Also called||Datsun 1200, Datsun Finn|
|Body style||2/4-door sedan
|Wheelbase||2300 mm (90 in.)|
|Length||3830 mm (152 in.)|
|Width||1495 mm (59.6 in.)|
|Height||1390 mm (53.1 in.)|
|Curb weight||700 kg (1640 lbs)|
The second-generation Sunny launched in 1970 and was also known as the Datsun 1200. This new model was slightly larger in all dimensions to match its market rival, the equally popular Toyota Corolla.
The Datsun 1200 featured MacPherson strut front suspension with optional disc brakes and an economical 1.2-liter A12-series engine. A five-door station wagon was added to the Sunny range in addition to the three-door wagon. In April 1970 a GX Grand Luxury trim with twin-carburetor engine was added for the Japan domestic market. In January 1972 a minor facelift occurred in the Japan market with a new hood, grille and other small modifications and equipment fitting. In August 1972, the GX-5 model was added in Japan, which improved on the GX by fitting a direct-fifth (non-overdrive) five-speed manual transmission. The Sunny 1200GX was offered as an alternative to the Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno, which were performance package trim levels on the more economical Corolla and Sprinter models. For the 1973 model year, USA models were re-specified with energy-absorbing bumpers, fire-resistant interiors and other government-mandated safety items.
The B110 made its racing debut at the Fuji 200 Mile race November 23, 1970 in the TS1300 class. In this class which was effectively a Toyota Corolla monopolistic state it was challenged by only one Nissan works car, but with beautiful victory for driver Makoto Suzuki.
The Datsun 1200 was the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the United States in 1973, as rated by the government at 28.7 mpg-US (8.20 L/100 km; 34.5 mpg-imp) in overall driving pattern. It achieved 37.9 mpg-US (6.21 L/100 km; 45.5 mpg-imp) in highway driving. At its United States introduction, it was the lowest price car at $1866. (Road & Track magazine, November 1970)
In South Africa, the B110 was sold through 1976. A pick up (bakkie) derivative, featuring a 1,400 cc engine, was sold until 2008 when emissions laws forced the end of its production. Over 275,000 were sold to customers who appreciated the rugged rear-wheel-drive design.
In New Zealand, a special edition Datsun 1200 SSS four-door sedan with twin side-draft Dell'Orto 40 mm carburetors and other racy features was developed, assembled locally and marketed. The 1200 was popular in New Zealand, where it was contract-assembled at a number of different factories (sedans at Campbell Industries in Thames; three- and later, five-door wagons at Motor Holdings, Waitara). The car remained in production well into 1974 as Nissan NZ was unsure how the public would react to the oddly styled 120Y successor.
In Portugal, a special Datsun 1200 S1 2-door sedan was marketed.
In North America (US and Canada), there were an average of 44,000 Datsun 1200s sold each year for three model years, 1971–1973.
- Coupé total sales: 89,541
- 2-door sedan total sales: 43,761
Reference: Nissan model guide sheet
PB110 series 
April 4, 1971, halfway through the model year, the Sunny Excellent (PB110 series) debuted for the Japan domestic market. It was based on the B110, but with new hood, fenders and grille, and featured an SOHC 1.4-litre Nissan L engine. The front overhang was extended 130 mm (5.1 in) to accommodate the larger P510 type radiator and the wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 in). The engine position was retained in the same position as the original A-series engine which further assisted the handling even although the engine was heavier. No changes were necessary to the firewall. The PB110 was offered in both GL (single carburetor) and GX models (twin carburetor). In Mexico this was marketed as the Sentra 1400.
At the Tokyo motor show, October 19, 1972, a Sunny Excellent with Nissan's two-rotor Wankel rotary engine was exhibited (Article on Datsun1200.com). Wheels magazine drove this car on the race track.
B120 series Sunny Truck 
The B120 commercial truck debuted in February 1971, based on the B110 passenger car chassis. The B120 used the same wheelbase and running gear of the Datsun 1200 sedans, coupé and wagon models. Initially it used the same stainless steel grille as the 1200 sedan, and the rectangular gauges of the Standard model B110s. Both regular (B120) and long-bed (GB120) models were offered. After the 1200 car series ceased production the B120 continued. Interestingly, in certain markets the B120 was actually badged as 120Y, to correspond as part of the updated 120Y range. The B120 ute was sold in Australia until 1985. It was assembled locally and marketed in New Zealand during the 1980s in two trims: RoadStar and SportStar. This model was known as a bakkie in South Africa. It's capable of 49 mpg-US (4.8 L/100 km; 59 mpg-imp)). B120s were not sold in North America - especially the United States where the Chicken Tax is imposed.
In 1978, in the Japan market the B121 model replaced the B120, with the most notable change being a switch to a plastic grille of the type used by the B110 Coupé. Also notable was a change to upscale round instrumentation.
In November 1989, an updated B122 and GB122 (longbed) models replaced the B121. Prominent among changes was a switch from round headlights to rectangular ones (along with new grille to accommodate this change). However other significant changes included:
- front disc brakes
- catalytic converters
- NOx Conforming (emission controlled) models RB122 and RGB122 the A12 engine.
B140 series Bakkie 
The Sunny Truck lived on in South Africa for a total of 37 years (launched there in 1971). The B140 variation, with 1.4-liter A14 engine, was manufactured up until 2008 by Nissan South Africa as the Nissan LDV 1400 (Light Delivery Vehicle). The 1400 Bakkie saw many changes in its long career. The main ones were a 5-speed manual gearbox, power assisted disc brakes, and a roof height extension to accommodate taller South Africans. A sport model of the 1400 Bakkie was marketed as the "Champ". This model had appropriate side striping, individual seats, a rev counter, and central handbrake. This vehicle had two popular local nicknames, either just plain "1400" or "kanniedood" which translated from Afrikaans means "Cannot Die", a testament to its reliability. The 1400 Bakkie was replaced late in 2008 by the "NP200", a derivative of a Romanian Dacia passenger saloon (sold as a Renault Logan in the same market). A major departure for the "Nissan Bakkie" is that the new model is front-wheel drive (FWD), whereas the original was rear-wheel drive (RWD) - a major selling point of the vehicle in South Africa where it was the only RWD bakkie in its class for many years and where "RWD" adds a lot of ownership macho. A long standing marketing credo was "put the power where the load is" (similar wording). The 1400 Bakkie was assembled by Nissan in Rosslyn, South Africa (Nissan). Another assembly location for the model was the AYMESA plant in Quito, Ecuador which assembled it under the Datsun brand name as the 1200 PickUp.
B210 series 
|Also called||Datsun B-210, 120Y, 140Y, Sunny
Yue Loong 301
|Body style||2-door hatchback
3-door panel van
|Engine||1.2 L A12 I4
1.3 L A13 I4
1.4 L A14 I4
1.4 L L14 I4 (ZA only)
1.6 L L16 I4
1.6 L L16T I4 (ZA only)
|Transmission||3-, 4- or 5-speed manual
|Wheelbase||2,340 mm (92.1 in)|
|Length||3,950 mm (155.5 in)
4,080 mm (160.6 in) (with US bumpers)
|Width||1,545 mm (60.8 in)|
|Height||1,360 mm (53.5 in)|
|Curb weight||2,000 lb (907 kg)|
Exported as the Datsun 120Y and Datsun B-210 (in North America), the third generation (1973–1978) Sunny was extremely popular as it debuted during the gas crisis of the 1970s. Six body styles were offered: the four-door sedan, two-door sedan, two-door hatchback, three-door wagon, five-door wagon, and a two-door van. The coupé still retained fastback styling, but now featured a full hatchback door rather than the small trunk lid of the previous generation Sunny. The wagon and van were not offered in North America.
The Sunny continued to be the fuel-economy leader in North America and one of the least expensive cars available. This was in part due to the light metal; small A12 or A14 engine with OHV technology and a very basic vinyl interior used in its construction. At the time, their body styles were popular with buyers - mainly the hatchback coupé as the sedans were considered by some to be less appealing. American B210s were the first Sunny's to have the larger 30 mph collision bumpers- due to the US's safety standards at the time. Other markets continued with the more tightly fit chrome bumpers.
The "Datsun Honeybee" and The "Datsun SSS" were limited edition B-210s; the Honeybee being released only in North America and the SSS in New Zealand and Australia. Both only featured minor aesthetic differences to the regular B-210. Nonetheless these models are now considered collector's items among Datsun enthusiasts.
Despite earlier misgivings, the 120Y, when finally launched in New Zealand in 1974, proved popular with Nissan NZ eventually assembling some cars itself in a "temporary" CKD plant in the Auckland suburb of Mount Roskill until its new plant in Wiri was completed later in the decade. Four-door sedans and three-and five-door wagons were built locally and supplemented by some coupes imported built-up from Japan.
Although regular production in Japan as well as sales in most countries ended with the 1978 model year, the B210 series continued to be produced by Nissan South Africa through 1980.
The 1978 B-210 (American model) with 5-speed transmission was rated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency at 50 mpg-US (4.7 L/100 km; 60 mpg-imp) highway fuel economy.
The 120Y was sharply criticized by magazines such as Wheels of Australia, which felt that it offered no true improvement on its predecessor, not surprising given that the B110 platform was carried over, but used a slightly revised A12 engine. Like some Nissans of this period, it tended to be overstyled.
The related Sunny Excellents continued as PB210 models, fitted with a 1.4-litre L14 engine. In 1976 Nissan changed the Sunny Excellent from a distinct vehicle model (PB210) to simply a trim-level option for the regular B210, now fitted with the 1.6-liter L16 engine.
Road & Track was somewhat critical of the B-210 in their 1975 test. They criticized the "modest performance" of the "peppy" engine, but were impressed with its 27 mpg-US (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpg-imp) fuel economy. B210 pricing started at US$2849 that year.
This chassis formed the basis for the S10 chassis on the Nissan Silvia.
- 1974: A13 engine, 1.3 L (1288 cc) OHV I4
- 1975–1978: A14 engine, 1.4 L (1397 cc) OHV I4, various horsepower ratings from 65-85 hp
In most markets, the B210 line featured as the only engine option a re-designed A12 engine. However, in the South African market they also featured L14 and L16 engine options, as well as a special edition of B210 coupé badged as a 140Z and a 160Z. The 140Z featured a high performance camshaft, freeflow exhaust and twin 40mm Dellorto carburettors, while the 160Z featured twin SU carburetors and both had 5-speed transmission.
A highly modified "ground effect" 120Y fastback coupe is the fastest Datsun/Nissan in the world. Tom Burkland's "411 To Bonneville" held the B/BFCC record at Bonneville from August 1985 to August 2011 with a speed of 294.868 mph. SCTA records
B210 Facelift (B211 Series) 
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B211 is the chassis code for the minor facelift of the B210, starting December 1975. The cars were still called B210s. It included the second-series grilles and other minor changes. B211 has heavy duty suspension and steering linkage from the PB110, as did the earlier B210 A14 models. There are several sub models of B211 series which can be identified by its side badge. Some more reference at Tech Wiki and Datsun History
B310 series 
|Also called||Datsun Sunny
Yue Loong 302/303
|Body style||2/4-door sedan
5-door wagon (fastback)
3-door panel van
|Engine||1,171 cc A12 I4
1,237 cc A12A I4
1.3 L A13 I4
1.4 L A14 I4
1.5 L A15 I4
4- or 5-speed manual
|Wheelbase||2,340 mm (92.1 in)|
|Length||4,190 mm (165.0 in)|
|Width||1,580 mm (62.2 in)|
|Height||1,365 mm (53.7 in)|
|Curb weight||2,000 lb (907 kg)|
This is the last Sunny sold under the "Datsun" brand in Japan. The final rear-wheel-drive Sunny from model year 1978 to 1982 featured numerous variants, including a fastback station wagon as well as more squared-off, utilitarian models with three and five doors, a coupé, and two- and four-door sedans. These models appeared with Datsun 120Y, 130Y, 140Y and 150Y badges in some markets (depending on engine size) though Sunny was increasingly used for export, too. The North American version was marketed as the Datsun 210. The B310 was known for its high equipment levels and build quality at the time. It was available with the same A-series engines as its predecessor although the B210's optional 63 series 5-speed transmission was replaced with the smaller 60 series unit. The leaf spring rear suspension was discontinued and the live axle was now suspended using a coil spring four-link configuration. In 1980, the B310 was given a mild facelift, with a smoothed off front end, a grille with square headlamps, and a redesigned dashboard.
In Japan on February 1978, the "Excellent" trim package was discontinued as the top level model, and replaced with the Sunny 1400SGX-E and the 1400GX-E, with the "E" denoting multiport fuel injection, offered only in Japan. This generation was also the last utilizing front engine and rear wheel drive powertrains.
In North America, the only wagon offered was the fastback version. In Japan, this fastback wagon was a special model called the Sunny California, aimed at private buyers unlike the square-backed 3-and 5-door Sunny Van (although for the Japanese market these vans were always fully glazed and usually had a back seat) meant for the long-standing Japanese commercial wagon market. In most other markets the more traditional two-box wagon was offered, either alone or alongside the fastback, and some countries where "no rear side glass" was part of a legal definition of a "light truck" got panelled-in versions of the 3-door.
This model marked the first and only time the "Sunny" name was used in Australia. This chassis, along with the A10 chassis on the 160J/Violet/Stanza formed the basis for the S110 chassis on the Nissan Silvia.
In most markets, the A12 engine was the only, or most common engine offered. However B310s in various markets were fitted with the following A-series engines:
- A12 (1,171 cc, not offered in North America)
- A12A (1,237 cc)
- A13 (Short Deck Engine)
In North America, the Datsun 210 engine line ups were as follows:
- 1979 - A12A or A14
- 1980–1982 - A12A, A14 or A15
The special MPG model was a small-port A15 with 5-speed transmission and achieved 47 mpg-US (5.0 L/100 km; 56 mpg-imp) per US standards.
YLN 302/303 
In Taiwan, Yue Loong continued building the B310 series until the 1990s as a lower priced alternative to more modern Sunnys. Originally introduced as the YLN 302, with SD or DX equipment (Standard, DeLuxe) it underwent a facelift in 1981 in parallel with Nissan's Sunny, becoming the YLN 303. After another facelift (in 1989), it became the YLN 303S. The station wagon was also offered in Taiwan, as the YLN 303W. The Yue Loong-built B310s were only ever available with the 1.2-liter A12 engine.
B11 series 
|Also called||Datsun Sunny
Nissan Tsuru (MEX)
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Engine||988 cc E10 I4 (export only)
1,270 cc E13 I4
1,488 cc E15 I4
1,488 cc E15E T turbo I4
1,680 cc CD17 diesel I4
|Transmission||4- or 5-speed manual
|Wheelbase||2,400 mm (94.5 in)|
|Length||4,050–4,255 mm (159.4–167.5 in)|
|Width||1,620 mm (63.8 in)|
|Height||1,360–1,390 mm (53.5–54.7 in)|
|Curb weight||745–910 kg (1,600–2,000 lb)|
Introduced in late 1981 (at the Tokyo Motor Show), the B11s were the first front-wheel-drive Sunnys, predating by a year and a half the switch to front-wheel drive by their main Toyota Corolla rival, and were exported to the United States as the Nissan Sentra from the 1982 model year onwards. The B11 was the first Sunny to be available with a diesel engine, the 61 PS (45 kW) CD17 of 1.7 litres. Most markets received 1.3 or 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines, although for some markets with strict taxation (such as Greece), the 50 PS (37 kW) 1-litre A10 engine was also available. The fuel injected turbo was rarely exported. The turbo and the diesel were both later additions to the lineup, having been presented in September 1982.
The B11 series was regarded as one of Nissan's most modern ranges at the time, and was the first to abandon the Datsun name formally (though a small 'Datsun' still appeared on boot lids for the first two years). The wagon was known in its home market as the Nissan Sunny California. It was launched in late 1981 and continued into 1985. After the succeeding B12 had been presented, the B11 Sunny soldiered on as the "Sunny 130Y" as a lower-cost alternative in certain export markets, including Malaysia; production there continued well into the nineties. While a hatchback version was available for a little while in Japan (and very briefly in North America), this bodystyle was built in comparably small numbers as the Pulsar generally replaced the hatchback in most markets. The two-door sedan was only sold in North America, with Sentra badges.
The B11 was the first Mexico-market Sunny to be named Tsuru, a nameplate still in use there.
A further spin-off from the Sunny line was the Nissan Laurel Spirit (in Japanese), which was essentially a rebadged and better equipped Sunny sedan designed to capitalize on the premium image of the larger Laurel line.
Yet another version of the Sunny line was the "Nissan Sunny Maxima", which was sold only in limited numbers in the United Kingdom. This was not in any way related to the much larger "Bluebird Maxima" (which was simply just sold as the "Maxima" in the United States). The "Sunny Maxima" line consisted only of upgrades such as a sunroof, enhanced exterior trim, only available with a five-speed manual, chrome tailpipe, dual waveband radio meeting United Kingdom radio authority specifications, and deluxe carpeted floor mats.
As usual, Nissan's Taiwanese subsidiary Yue Loong assembled a local version of the B11 Sunny. It was available as a four-door sedan or a five-door wagon, with 1.2, 1.3, and 1.5 liter engines. It was marketed as the YLN 311 SD or GX, depending on equipment levels. Taiwanese Sunnys were fitted with the larger bumpers as used in the North American markets; it is unknown why this is the case.
Nissan Vanette 
A completely unrelated vehicle – albeit using a similar drivetrain to the previous B310 Sunny – the Sunny-Vanette, was introduced in 1979. This was exported to most markets as the Datsun C20 van. It later became the Nissan Vanette.
It was exported to most markets as the Datsun C20 van. Later, the name of this vehicle was changed to simply Nissan Vanette. Eventually, this van was replaced by the Mazda Bongo (also known as the E-series), which was sold under an OEM licensing deal as the Vanette.
Yet another vehicle, the Vanette Cargo, was sold under the Vanette name, in Europe as well. This van was based upon the Nissan Serena, and was unrelated to either the Sunny or the C20 van.
B12 series 
From 1985, the B12 was not as widely exported, apart from the station wagon model. This line is characterized by its squared-off styling, which was very unfashionable by the mid-1980s. The angular styling was insisted upon by Nissan's design chief at the time and contributed to the automaker's increasingly poor sales of the period. A four-wheel-drive variant was introduced during this generation. It is also known as Sentra in some markets, and was sold in Mexico as the Nissan Hikari.
In October 1986, European markets saw the B11 Sunny replaced by a rebadged N13 Pulsar in hatchback and saloon form (the hatchback replacing the previous N12 Pulsar, which had been sold as the Cherry in this market). These were sold alongside the B12 Sunny estate and coupé. In some markets, such as Greece, the N13 Pulsar retained the "Cherry" nameplate.
The B12 series Sentra remained the mainstream C-segment Nissan in North America throughout its run, although the models available dwindled over the years. At launch, sedans were available in two-door base or XE or 4-door XE or GXE models, along with two trim levels each of the coupe and FWD wagon, a short-overhang 3-door hatchback and an AWD wagon; by 1990 only one model each of the coupe, 4-door sedan and FWD wagon, plus two 2-door sedans (one with the same trim as the others and one extra-basic price leader) remained.
In Malaysia, it was known as the Nissan Sentra Super Saloon (early version) and came with the E16 engine. It was often used as a taxi and rental car. The B12 was replaced by the Pulsar N13 in 1987.
The "Sunny California"-style fastback was the only B12 wagon; the B11 "Sunny Van" continued in those markets where it was previously offered.
B13 series 
The B13 was introduced in 1990 and retained many of the B12's ideas but in a more rounded, up-to-date body. It was particularly successful in the United States where the sports model two-door Sentra SE-R was marketed by Nissan of America as a latter-day BMW 2002. The car is still being made in Mexico, where is it sold as the Tsuru, for domestic and export markets (in Chile and Peru as Nissan V16), and is quite popular among cab drivers for its reliability and low maintenance costs. It was also part of the image of the former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was driven around with a white Tsuru. In Taiwan, it is known as the Nissan 331.
The Nissan Sunny California wagon was discontinued and replaced with the Nissan Wingroad, a small family wagon based on the Nissan Sunny AD commercial delivery van.
In Mexico, the Nissan Tsuru is still the best-selling car in its category, as it is much bigger and cheaper in maintenance than its direct competitors: the Volkswagen Pointer and the Chevrolet Chevy C2. The 2007 model is available in 2 trims: the GS 1 (base) and GS 2. Both trims use a 1.6-liter 16-valve (ga16dne) engine producing 105 hp (78 kW) and can be equipped with an automatic gear-box and air-conditioning (Tsuru GS 2). A new Nissan Tsuru GS 1 costs approximately US$9,500.
In Malaysia, known as Nissan Sentra Super Saloon with GA16DE fitted engine with two version (1st models & last models), it is widely used as a taxi in Genting Highlands, due to its engine durability and fuel efficiency in such conditions.
There are two versions of Nissan Sunny, the GTS generation 1 and the GTS generation 2. The GTS generation 1 consists of the glass headlights, generation 1 front bumper (with 2 projector lamps), side skirts, rear chin, sunny grille and the rear garnish. The GTS generation 2 consists of the plastic headlights, generation 2 front bumper (with 4 fog lamps), side skirts, rear bumper, sentra grille and the rear garnish. There are some differences in other parts like the rear garnish and the side skirts.
B14 series 
The B14 Sunny and Sentra appeared in 1994 and were produced until 1998, and featured four-wheel-drive variants. Other than Japan, this variant was produced in Karachi, Pakistan through a joint venture between Ghandhara Nissan and Nissan Japan till 2001 for the local and export markets.
In this generation, the station wagon was supplied to Mazda under an OEM deal as the Familia Van. The Nissan Wingroad range appeared as a spin-off of the Sunny line in Japan, denoting a highly specified station wagon that replaced the Nissan Sunny California. Both the Mazda Familia and the Nissan Wingroad had different front and rear ends compared to the wagon that was exported.
Nissan Mexico sold versions of this as the Sentra with a 1.6 engine GA16DE from 1995 to 1997, GA16DNE from 1998 to 2000 and 2.0 engine (SR20DE) in the GSS version (top of the line).
Thailand and other selected Asian countries had this model of B14 from 1994 until 2000 with a few minor changes along the way. First minor change shows when the rear changes to split the red strip into two sides, next the face changes in a few years with a small ridge i the middle of the hood and a chromium decoration on the hood tip, finally the last minor change, the tail light style changes from two layers of white/red to be the three layers red/white/red. The two variants of engines is 1.5L (in the first generation) and 1.6L (available only after some minor changes).
All models were equipped with Multi-link Beam Suspension for the rear.
B15 series 
The Sunny was produced up to the B15 series, from 1998 to 2007. For the 2005 model year in Japan, the Nissan Tiida took over this market, replacing the Sunny model line. In the United States, the Sentra continues with 1.8- and 2.5-litre engines, and carries on the Sunny lineage, though plans are to make the next Nissan Sentra based on something other than the discontinued Sunny chassis.
Also to be noted is that while earlier North American-market Nissan Sentras were very similar to their Japan-market B-series Nissan Sunny twins, the B15 Sentra (2000–2006) diverged greatly from the B15 Sunny. The Sentra B15 body looks similar to the aero-look B14 body, while the Sunny B15 body is return to the more traditional squared-off off three-box sedan design. In Japan the B15 was marketed as the Nissan Super Sunny.
The Wingroad station wagon and the badge engineered Mazda Familia Van (1.3, 1.5 and 1.8 L) continued to be spun off from the main Sunny range. A facelift for the Wingroad in 2002 gave it a new front end, though the rear was retained.
A new Wingroad wagon was released in 2005, based on the Tiida.
N17 series 
The N17 (or L02B using Nissan's new code scheme) was unveiled at the 2010 Guangzhou International Motor Show. It is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol that delivers around 80 kW (107 bhp) and 145 newton metres (107 lb·ft) of torque. The new model weighs less and has gained more legroom compared to its predecessor. 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.
The US-spec model was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show as the second-generation Nissan Versa Sedan. The new Versa sedan continues to compete with the likes of other entry-level sedans such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris. In the US prices start at US$10,990, higher spec models include Bluetooth, navigation system with 5-inch touch-screen display, Satellite Radio and an iPod®/USB interface. It is considered to be the cheapest new car in the US.
The Thai-spec model was released as the third-generation Nissan Almera on October 7, 2011, as a vehicle in the Eco-Car project of the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI). It uses the same 1.2-lire 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 CVT transmission.
It is also marketed as the Nissan Almera in Malaysia and the Philippines, where it is offered with the HR15DE engine with CVTC, mated with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
The Japanese-spec 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.
The Australian model was released as the Almera at the end of 2012. The model range starts at $16,990 and is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol.
Other versions 
Although the Nissan Pulsar range (N-series family) was a separate model line with different heritage from Sunny (B-series family), for various reasons the Sunny name was—in some markets—applied to various Pulsar vehicles.
The Sunny name was used on the Pulsar N13 series in Europe from 1987, and was a successful model. In Malaysia and elsewhere the car known as the Nissan Sunny 130Y was a rebadged Sunny B11.
The Pulsar N14 was introduced in 1989 in Japan and in 1991 for Europe, badged as the Sunny. It introduced the 2-litre turbocharged four-wheel-drive Pulsar GTI-R. The N14 came in five engine variants: 1.4, 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol (GTI), 2.0-litre diesel and the turbocharged 2.0-litre SR20DET. It was replaced by the Nissan Almera N15 in 1996.
Although the Pulsar N16 did not spawn a Sunny range in Japan, the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy G10 was sold as the Sunny Neo in Thailand and as the Sunny in Hong Kong, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the People's Republic of China, where it is produced by the Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture with Nissan. Also, the N16 series is sold in parts of Latin America as the Nissan Almera.
From the 2007 model year, its platform changed to the Renault Samsung SM3, that is sold in parts of Europe as the Almera Classic. Also since 2007, the Renault Samsung SM3 is sold as the Nissan Sunny in the Middle East, with a solitary trim that comes with a 1.5-litre engine.
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|Nissan road car timeline, European market, 1980s–present|
|Supermini||Micra K10||Micra K11||Micra K12||Micra K13|
|Small family car||Cherry N10||Cherry N12|
|Sunny B310||Sunny B11||Sunny N13||Sunny N14||Almera N15||Almera N16||Tiida C11|
|Large family car||Stanza T11|
|Bluebird 910||Bluebird U11||Bluebird T12/T72||Primera P10||Primera P11||Primera P12|
|Executive car||Laurel C31||Laurel C32||Maxima J30||Maxima QX A32||Maxima QX A33||Teana J31||Teana J32|
|Coupé||Silvia S110||Silvia S12||200SX S13||200SX S14|
|Sports car||280ZX||300ZX Z31||300ZX Z32||350Z Z33||370Z|
|Compact MPV||Prairie M10||Prairie M11||Almera Tino|
|Large MPV||Serena C23||Serena C24||Serena C25||Serena C26|
|Compact SUV||X-Trail T30||X-Trail T31|
|Mid-size SUV||Murano Z50||Murano Z51|
|Terrano WD21||Pathfinder R50||Pathfinder R51|
|Full-size SUV||Patrol 160||Patrol Y60||Patrol Y61||Patrol Y62|
|Nissan road car timeline, United States and Canadian markets, 1980s–present|
|Sport compact||Pulsar NX||Pulsar NX||NX||200SX||Altima Coupe|