2012 Nissan Versa – Click above for high-res image gallery

When we studied the trends of hatchback and sedan sales numbers within the subcompact segment, we found that the more functional three- and five-door models tend to attract the majority of buyers. Nissan – a company whose Versa enjoys the largest share (20 percent) of this segment – stated that about two-thirds of all Versas sold in the United States are hatchbacks.

2012 Nissan TiidaSo why, then, when the 2012 Versa sedan debuted at the New York Auto Show last month, was there no five-door variant in sight? After all, the Versa's global sister, the Tiida (pictured right), debuted in funky hatchback form at the Shanghai Motor Show recently, and with the five-door model commanding the majority of sales, Nissan wouldn't be smart to kill off its more popular offering.

We spoke to David Reuter, Nissan's vice president of corporate communications, who assured us that a new version of the Versa hatchback is coming, just not quite yet.
The majority of Versa sold are the five-door. Overall, we sold 99,705 Versa in 2010, compared to our next closest competitor (Honda Fit) who sold just under 55,000 units. So, from a business standpoint, we decided to improve the sedan first.
As of this writing, it is unclear exactly when we'll see the next-generation Versa hatch. In the meantime, Reuter says that the current car will soldier on for the 2012 model year with "only normal model year to model year changes."


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      Wisdom Seeker
      • 3 Years Ago
      The stying looks like it was an afterthought on this car. It might me time for Nissan to steal someone from Audi's Design Studio.
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think what some people see as ugly serves an obvious purpose... which will become apparant if you are tall and try to get into the back seats of cars. Currently, the sloping rear roofline in the name of style left me with the Lucerne, Impala and Malibu as the only cars made by GM where I can actually sit upright in the back seat. CTS, Regal, Volt, Cruze, etc. all will not let me sit upright in the back seat. Ford has the Fusion and Taurus as a tight fit, but the new Fiesta and Focus are unuseable for me in the back seat. I guess they want you to buy SUV's and Crossovers for rear headroom. Nissan, as well as companies like Renault and Subaru, have not put that much emphasis on trying to make their cars look sleek at the expense of rear headroom and a useable back seat. Retaining useable rear headroom makes smaller cars look somewhat out of proportion. If you are short, I guess headroom doesn't make that much difference to you. If you are short and fat, other dimensions, like hip room, may be more important to you. But if you are tall enough that you can't sit upright with your kneck straight, the back seat is unuseable for you.
      Darex
      • 3 Years Ago
      What is of note here is the fact that at last some actual numbers to back-up the notion that the conventional "wisdom" that "Americans hate hatches" is a bunch of b.s., and perhaps always was. The problem was that we had nothing but garbage to choose from until recently. Versa hatch outselling the sedan 3:1 agrees with my personal observations too.
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car seems surprised by its own reflection.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bubba is a master of sarcasm?
      avatar-ds
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an ugly car!
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is the perfect excuse to purchase a 5 year old Ford Fusion.
        savagemike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        The reason a lot of people buy a new car is for reliability. I would not personally bet on the five year old fusion against a nissan in that regard. I hated it to on first view but it is actually starting to grow on me. In any event, I think it is a better sign that the car gets a reaction - even generally of hatred - rather than just being considered another generic seeming 'same-as'.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brian
        and you think for is better than Nissan right, of course, you were born in the US
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wait a second, you pan the Versa for selling to fleets and being a "pile of crap" but the Aveo is even worse? 1. The current Aveo is a terrible vehicle, being nothing more than a rebadged Daewoo. 2. The Aveo's fleet sales mix is far, FAR higher than the Versa and the Versa is already high. 3. The Aveo is the LEAST reliable B-segment vehicle sold in the US. JD Power, Consumer Reports, and TrueDelta all have statistically sound reliability studies that have PROVEN this. Sounds like you have no idea of what you are talking about.
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        I see Bubba broke free from his straightjacket long enough to type something. Fact is, Bubba, the Aveo is a steaming pile of crap... on the same level as the Versa, IMO. If I had to choose between a Versa and a Aveo, Id choose a bazooka round to the face.
        Chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bubba are you related to Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf????
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that really what the sedan looks like? Naw. No way. there is no way they would produce a car that looks like that.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel that this is a big improvement over the previous car. The proportions are right, and the overall look is a little generic, but less budget. Nissan usually falls on their face when trying to design anything. I have to hand it to them, they actually did a good job this time. Can't wait to see what the hatch looks like.
      finbred
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, one must give Nissan credit for their consistency in designing ridiculous looking cars. I thought the Tiida was tedious but this is just hideous. Looks like a fish no-one wants to catch.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @finbred
        then go get yourself a Saturn then.....oh my bad, that US car made here is dead..
        tenspeeder
        • 3 Years Ago
        @finbred
        Some of their recent vehicles are polarizing at launch, but it is amazing how quickly they become accepted although often forgotten. A decent, if bland vehicle can sell in consistent numbers over a lifetime. A polarizing one loses steam quickly and fades fast. I expect this homely Versa sedan will fade quickly and be relegated to the fleet market and low advertised lease rate market. The hatch pictured however with it's Lexus-like front should be the model focused on.
      Baskingshark
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are no words to describe how hideous this car is. It makes the Toyota Prius look like a Lamborghini Miura by comparison.
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