|Predecessor||Nissan Almera (Europe/Philippines/Malaysia)
Nissan Pulsar (Australia)
Nissan Sentra (North America)
Nissan Sunny (Japan)
The Nissan Tiida is a compact car produced by Japanese manufacturer Nissan since 2004, replacing the Pulsar, the Sentra and the Sunny, depending on the market. It is also marketed as the Nissan Versa, prominently in the United States, and as the Dodge Trazo in parts of South America. It is the successor of the Nissan Almera in some parts of Europe; the Almera name is also used in the Philippines and Malaysia for this car.
First generation (2004–2012)
|Also called||Nissan Versa (United States & Canada)
Nissan Latio (Singapore, Indonesia & Malaysia)
Nissan Tiida Latio (Japan)
Dodge Trazo (South America)
Samut Prakan, Thailand
Miaoli County, Taiwan
Wuhan, China (DMCL)
|Body style||4-door sedan
|Platform||Nissan B platform|
|Engine||1.8 L I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 (gasoline)
1.5 L I4 (gasoline)
1.5 L I4 (diesel)
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm (102.4 in)|
|Length||Hatchback: 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Sedan: 4,470 mm (176.0 in)
|Width||1,695 mm (66.7 in)|
|Height||1,535 mm (60.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,125–1,182 kg (2,480–2,610 lb)|
The Tiida debuted in 2004 in Japan, and in select European countries in 2007. It is based on a stretched-wheelbase variant of the Nissan B platform, and was manufactured as a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan, marketed as the Nissan Tiida Latio. The engine range included 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8-litre gasoline engines and a 1.5 diesel engine.
In January 2008, Nissan introduced the facelifted versions of the hatchback and the sedan). The five-door hatchback Tiida and four-door sedan Tiida Latio have been enhanced with some key changes including new exterior features and interior designs, retuned power steering, powertrain enhancements and a new Plus navi HDD package.
The exterior features a new grille, front bumper, headlamps, taillights, rear bumper and new wheel covers. The interior sports a more modern look as well as better visibility and usability, new instrument cluster design and metallic-finish dash panels.
Engines include a 1.5-litre or 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the larger of which can be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. There are also two optional dealer packages: the Nismo S-tune Aero Package and Nismo Performance Package.
United States and Canada
The Versa was introduced in the United States and Canada in July 2006 as a 2007 model. North and Latin American models of the Tiida use a DOHC 1.8-liter gasoline engine and are assembled at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant. It is also the only Nissan four-door passenger car in the United States and Canada to be sold worldwide, since the Sentra (not the Asian version), Altima and Maxima (not the Australian Maxima, a rebadged Teana) are exclusive to North America.
The Versa is Nissan's current entry-level model in the United States and Canada. Although the Versa is 400mm longer than the Honda Fit, and 100kg heavier, Nissan attempts to market the Versa as a B-segment subcompact, competing against the much smaller Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris.
The North American Versa debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January of the same year. The hatchback model was introduced first, with the sedan arriving later at the end of the year, both as 2007 models. A 1.6-litre sedan replaced the 1.8 sedan in Canada for the 2009 model year, that year in the United States the 1.6 sedan was added to the lineup along the 1.8 sedan.
The Versa is powered by a 1.8 L I4 MR series engine producing 122 hp (91 kW) and 127 ft·lbf (170 N·m). Three transmissions are offered: a four-speed automatic, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a six-speed manual. It is one of two cars in its class (in the North American market) to offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment (next to the 2012 Hyundai Accent). Two trim levels include the S and SL—the SL offering air conditioning, power accessories and ABS, all of which are options on the S. The Versa SL also has features/options not available on the S such as cruise control (available on some S models), alloy wheels, optional CVT (the 4-speed automatic is only available for the Versa S but CVT is available on some S models), optional Bluetooth connectivity for electronic devices, and a sport package which adds a power moonroof, rear spoiler, and underside aero kit.
2010 models featured a redesigned grille and a new design for the 1.8S model's wheel covers. In North America, the sedan was replaced by its second generation starting the 2012 model year (hence, 2011 being its last). The fate of the hatchback was however extended for one more year, 2012 being its last. Production of both for that market stopped in mid-2011.
Introduced for the 2009 model year in sedan form only, the Versa 1.6 uses a smaller, 1.6-liter (HR16DE) gasoline engine. Base transmission is a five-speed manual; a four-speed automatic is optional.
The Versa 1.6 features black trim (instead of body-colored) for the exterior mirror housings, license plate trim, and front grille; 14-inch steel wheels; black interior; four radio speakers with pre-wiring for a radio—but no radio itself. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry are offered as part of a value package. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist are optional ($250) on top of the value package.
When it was introduced in fall 2008, the Versa's base price of US$9,990 made it the least expensive new car available in the United States, but a price cut to the Hyundai Accent usurped that distinction by $20. The Versa 1.6's $12,498 Canadian base price also undercut its competitors at launch.
In 2007, the first European countries began receiving imports of the Tiida. Although it has not been officially launched in the United Kingdom, some cars destined for the Irish market have been sold in the UK by Arnold Clark dealerships as grey imports since March 2009, with the only difference between the imports and Irish domestic market vehicles being the speedometer and odometer to accommodate Imperial units in contrast to Metric units used in Ireland.
In Indonesia, the Latio 1.8 hatchback was marketed for private use, while, the 1.6 sedan was for taxi fleet only.
The EV-11 prototype electric car was based on Tiida and used an 80 kW/280 N·m (210 lb·ft) electric motor, 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack rated 160 km distance, navigation system, EV remote control and monitoring.
The prototype vehicle was unveiled in Nissan's Yokohama headquarters on 8 February 2009. Production version was set to begin sale in US and Japan in 2010.
Awards and recognition
The car won Consumer Digest's Automotive Best Buy Award in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Second generation (2011–present)
|Also called||Nissan Versa
Nissan Pulsar (Thailand, Australia and New Zealand)
Nissan Almera (Philippines/Malaysia)
|Assembly||Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Platform||Nissan B platform|
|Engine||1.6 L MR16DDT I4 (t/c gasoline)
1.6 L HR16DE I4 (gasoline)
1.8 L MRA8DE I4 (gasoline)
|Wheelbase||2,700 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,295 mm (169.1 in)|
|Width||1,760 mm (69.3 in)|
|Height||1,520 mm (59.8 in)|
|Curb weight||1,206–1,257 kg (2,660–2,770 lb)|
The second generation of the Nissan Tiida was unveiled in April 2011 at the Shanghai Auto Show. It will be sold only as a five-door hatchback at first, but a sedan variant may also follow. Instead of being marketed as both a subcompact or a compact car depending on the country, it will be marketed as a C-segment worldwide as the March/Micra will take the place of the B-segment markets.
It is available with the 188 hp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, with gasoline direct injection paired with a continuously variable transmission. Other engines will be announced closer to the release date.
United States and Canada
In the United States, the second generation Versa was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show, and started selling in late 2011, as a 2012 model. This model is only available as a sedan and is no longer based on the Tiida, but instead it is based on the new global Nissan Sunny, originally unveiled in China in 2010.
It is offered with a 1.6-liter petrol engine that produces 109 hp (81 kW) and has a 40 miles per US gallon (5.9 L/100 km; 48 mpg-imp) highway consumption.
The first version Versa continues to be marketed in the United States in hatchback body style, as a 2012 model.
The second generation Versa hatchback will not go on sale in the United States and Canada, instead being replaced by the new Nissan Note, which will take on the popular Versa name to become the Nissan Versa Note.
In Thailand, the Tiida hatchback is called the Nissan Pulsar, which went on sale by February 2013. The Tiida hatchback comes with MRA8DE, which shares with Nissan Sylphy. In Taiwan, the Tiida hatchback is known as Big Tiida and went on sale in January 2013. In the Philippines, the Tiida sedan is assembled locally and sold as the Nissan Almera. In Japan, it will be delayed on sale. The Malaysian version also uses the Almera name; in addition, a Nismo Performance Package is to be released in the country by the fourth quarter of 2013.
In Australia, the Tiida name has been dropped in favour of a return to using Nissan Pulsar, which was a very popular nameplate up to 2005. The SSS high performance version with 1.6-litre turbocharged engine is confirmed.
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