• Jun 2, 2006
Nissan has announced that come January it will be offering Scion-like sport package for its Nissan Versa sedan and hatchback. While not going as far into the customizing scene as Scion, Nissan will offer items in the order of shift knobs, floor mats and the like in addition to body pieces that include a rear roof spoiler, side sills, a more aggressive front fascia and foglights. These items will likely be sourced from NISMO, and a special color may also be made available for this new sport package.

Apparently the name of NISMO doesn't carry as much cache as Scion's, otherwise Nissan wouldn't have felt the need to refer to these new optional items as "Scion-like" accessories. Toyota should take this compliment as proof positive it has made a mark in the econo-sport segment.

The 2007 Nissan Versa sedan is shown above.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are the goods? Nissan showed the Sport Concept a while back, which was a two-door Tiida/Versa with serious performance upgrades.

      Side skirts and wings are old news, and they make a too-tall car look even goofier. I don't want any of the rest jacking up the sticker, either.

      Nissan needs the "Sport" version to be a base Mini fighter, not a dopey Scion clone. Uprated wheel/tire options, suspension bits, go-fast parts, etc., from the factory.
      • 8 Years Ago
      >2.)If a car is REALLY impressive, should the revision
      >of a few numbers change that?

      I suppose it depends on the numbers and how much they change. And of course what's important to the individual. I was really studying all of the players in that segment because I was looking at getting a new car soon. All of the cars in that class have their trade-offs, but in my mind, not one of them had enough going for them to make them stand out and be a clear choice, except the Versa. When it was announced that its fuel economy and power were no longer spectacular, it fell back into the pack again.

      So that's what changed my mind on that, though I'm sure others may feel differently.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You have a point about shrinking the dimensions. Perhaps cars are just getting taller in general. It just seems more evident when their length is shortened I suppose.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you don't like tall, get a Cobalt or the Yaris. The Yaris is quite a bit lower than the Echo/Fit/Versa/etc.

      The upside of tall, of course, is it enables roomy, comfortable seating in a small car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      has more spice than the Yaris i bet.. what a little toy car
      • 8 Years Ago
      "It's still a nice car, but it's no longer as impressive as it was, say 6 months ago."

      That statement highlights at least 2 interesting points:

      1.)The car industry, like any other industry changes quickly.

      2.)If a car is REALLY impressive, should the revision of a few numbers change that?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Floormats, shifter knobs, and non-functioning aesthetic bits do NOT form a "sport" package. For some reason, very few companies seem to get that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad Nissan referred to this package as "Scion-like." If I worked for NISMO, I'd be pretty pissed to see my company represented as a purveyor of spoilers, shift knobs, and floormats.

      NISMO does offer genuine performance parts (struts, CAI, exhaust) for the SE-R Spec V, going farther than Scion does in most cases. These parts can be installed at the time of purchase and (mostly) do not affect the warranty. I don't know why Nissan never played up this customization angle more, because the NISMO SE-R is a serious kick to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      simplify this matter and have Nissan just bring out a Versa SE-R version. uh huh uh huh ..I like it
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Apparently the name of NISMO doesn't carry as much cache as Scion's..."
      It isn't a matter of cache so much as many folks don't know as much about Nissan's tuner arm as they do about a fairly well established car dealer network. Can you go to a NISMO dealer or a NISMO store? To many people, NISMO is about as well known as TRD.
      By the way, I doubt dealers and their salespersons will be calling these items "Scion-like accessories".
      • 8 Years Ago
      you shrink the length and width of a car fairly easily, but you lower the roof and pretty soon people have to sit all scrunched over.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Versa is a very good small car, but doesn't quite have the spice that say, a Honda Fit does. So any effort by Nissan to appeal to a younger crowd with the Versa is a good thing.