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The 2012 model year marks the end of the sub-$10,000 new car here in the United States, but Nissan is still committed to offering a bargain price for shoppers looking for purely basic transportation. The 2012 Versa subcompact has officially been priced, and the base 1.6 S 5MT model will only set you back a cool $10,990. And unlike the sub-$10K Versa that came before it, the new 2012 model comes standard with both air conditioning and an AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo.

Of course, more lavishly appointed Versa models are available, starting with the 1.6 S CVT at $12,760, the 1.6 SV CVT at $14,560 and the 1.8 SL CVT at $15,560. Nissan offers a host of optional equipment throughout the Versa range, including Bluetooth, XM satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system and USB input for iPod/MP3 devices. Hit the jump for Nissan's official release.
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NISSAN ANOUNCES U.S. PRICING FOR ALL-NEW 2012 VERSA SEDAN

– Well-Equipped Second-Generation Design Features Lowest M.S.R.P. in America at $10,990 –


Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced pricing for the all-new, totally redesigned Nissan Versa Sedan – with the lowest starting M.S.R.P.* in America** at just $10,990. Rather than a stripped-down entry-level vehicle at that price, the Versa Sedan 1.6 S 5MT includes standard air conditioning, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, AM/FM/CD/Aux-in audio system and an advanced 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with dual injector system and twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC). Versa Sedan fuel economy is estimated at 33 mpg Combined with the CVT transmission.

The new 2012 Versa Sedan is available in three models – 1.6 S, 1.6 SV and 1.6 SL – and is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in early August. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan models include:

Model/Engine/Transmission
Versa Sedan 1.6 S 5MT $10,990 USD
Versa Sedan 1.6 S CVT $12,760 USD
Versa Sedan 1.6 SV CVT $14,560 USD
Versa Sedan1.8 SL CVT $15,560 USD

About the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

The 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan is designed to redefine compact car value – giving buyers everything they want and need in one stylish package, including the utilization of smart technology to create a next generation eco-drivetrain delivering responsive performance, high MPG and lower CO2 emissions***.

The all-new front-wheel drive global "V" platform, designated "V" for Versatile, utilizes nearly 20 percent fewer platform components and weighs around 150 pounds less than the previous "B" platform. The second-generation 1.6-liter HR16DE 4-cylinder engine includes a range of cutting-edge technologies, making it one of the most advanced powerplants in its class. For example, the new Versa Sedan engine is equipped with two streamlined injectors mounted near the inlet valve for each cylinder. This dual injector system allows a wider injection of fuel, with the smaller nozzles delivering a finer spray (approximately 57 percent finer than the previous generation single injector design's particle size) to help achieve more complete combustion.

The new compact, lighter weight engine also utilizes a twin Continuously Variable Timing Control (CVTC) system mounted on both intake and exhaust ports (conventionally mounted only on the intake port), similar to the system used on the flagship Nissan Maxima. The engine is rated at 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque.

The 2012 Versa Sedan is available with a 5-speed manual transmission (1.6 S model only) and with a next-generation Xtronic CVT™ transmission. The CVT allows continuous change of the transmission gear ratio by connecting the two pulleys with a metallic belt and changing their diameter by using hydraulic pressure. This new CVT design adds an auxiliary gearbox using planetary gearing, helping enhance efficiency. It also features a transmission ratio of 7.3:1, which is broader than those of conventional CVTs and even typical 7-speed automatic transmissions. The result is fuel economy for the 2012 Versa Sedan estimated at 30 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway and 33 mpg Combined with the CVT transmission (27/36/30 mpg with the 5-speed manual transmission).

The Versa Sedan's new exterior design is also a departure from most current compact sedans, offering a refreshing design character that is both sophisticated and highly aerodynamic. Inside, the sophisticated styling theme continues with an open, airy, high-quality look and feel – including available upgraded cloth, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and Fine Vision instrumentation. The new Versa Sedan's long list of standard and available equipment includes available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an in-dash 5-inch touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and USB input for iPod® and other compatible devices.

Along with the long list of standard equipment for each trim level, packaging has been simplified to make the shopping experience easier for customers. Among the available 2012 Versa Sedan optional equipment packages are a Convenience Package (1.6 S CVT), Convenience Package (1.6 SV) and Tech Package (1.6 SL).

The 2012 Nissan Versa is also available in a 5-door Versa Hatchback version, which receives only minor refinements for the new model year. It is scheduled to go on sale July 17, 2011. Full information and pricing will be available at that time on NissanNews.com.


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      ohms
      • 3 Years Ago
      huh. the roofline (as seen in the first pic) reminded me of the fastback look of the datsun 210 (and/or 610)
      Osama
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes the old Versa look like a beauty queen. I don't even like the old one.
      LesPaul1
      • 3 Years Ago
      this seems like the perfect cheap econo-car. good job Nissan!
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        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        You're like the kid that makes fun of other kids because you're just really lonely and suffer from incessantly low self esteem.
      CBJMNWLD
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is so blatantly obvious that Nissan's Social Marketing team is out in force here at AB. Say whatever you want. But know a few things: 1. All the thumbs up in the world here in cyberspace won't make this POS sell. NOTHING. 2.People with the same money will ALWAYS pick the better looking car. Just because you have no money means you have to look like it. GM, Ford, and Hyundai got the memo 3. Go tell your Nissan overlords that automotive travesties like this and the Murano Cabrio will kill any and all consumer goodwill you have left. Remember this when you get laid off.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CBJMNWLD
        I wouldn't say the Murano Cabrio is ugly. But it is a big gamble on Nissan's part, because they're definitely exploring some uncharted territory with that.
          CBJMNWLD
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tipdrip215
          I'm sorry that Cabrio is the answer to a question nobody asked. Remember the convertible Dakota? Seen one lately? If you see a Convertible Murano pull over and go buy a lottery ticket. You'll definitely win. It looks like a AWD bathtub
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CBJMNWLD
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          Temple
          • 3 Years Ago
          For a lot of people people don't "WANT" an automobile, they "NEED" it. $11k with A/C, radio, ABS, stability control, side-curtain airbags, all sandard seems fine to me if you're on a budget. It they have extra 6 months to save up and have that cash accumulated they would rather spend it on other things in their life than a car. Bills, their college fund, fixing their house, savings, retirement, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.....
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why not buy a used car that's beautiful and faster for the same money?
      savagemike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hated the looks of this too, when I first saw it. But I have come to like it rather a lot. It is different, and that alone is commendable. It's aesthetic also seems actually driven by usage - space. And I like that too. From the front it looks almost upscalish. It has a cool little zagato-esque 'double bouble' thing going on with the roof From the side, in back, it looks almost like and old VW notchback, or old Volvo - which I always had a soft spot for. All-in- all, I like it. I think the number of people saying they hate it actually bodes well for it. I think that is much better than simply being bored by another 'same-as' design.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          savagemike
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes - and look what a sales fiasco the prius turned out to be.
          savagemike
          • 3 Years Ago
          Actually - I don't think it looks like a first gen prius particularly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TOYOTA_Prius.jpg
      JammickaSlappus
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm as hardcore of a Nissan fan as it gets. That makes this post that much more painful. This car is very uninspiring, boring, and ugly... I know they are going for cheapest of the cheap but, they can still try to put a little personality in this car. Even the new Hyundai Accent has personality. Well, here's hoping that we get the hatch and that it is executed a little better. Here's also hoping that Nissan doesn't jump the shark on its other models as well.
      JasonERF
      • 3 Years Ago
      UGLY. Looks like they borrowed a current-gen Camry and squeezed the **** out of it. Roofline is awful. The featured shot for this article is so unflattering, it's a wonder why it was even released! And to those who get annoyed when Auto Bloggers roast LAME and BORING designs like this: This is Auto Blog. It's filled with tons of car-buffs/snobs, petrol-heads, etc. We're allowed to expect more from car companies because we know what they're capable of. Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic much > than this.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        Indeed, that feature shot extremely unflattering. Looks like a duck-billed platypus hooked up with the T1000 from Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        Why are you comparing the Cruze, Focus and Civic to this? They're twice the price of a base model. If you want a fair comparison (that STILL comes out with the Versa looking like the toad of the lot) you've got to compare it to the Fiesta, Fit, Accent, Sonic, Mazda 2, Yaris, and Rio.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JasonERF
        Exactly. As car enthusiasts (I swear my blood type is 5W30) we are anti-Camry and Accord type people. And we would love if Nissan could join GM, Hyundai/Kia, and Ford in injecting some fun and attractiveness into bread and butter segments. Doesn't look like Nissan is going to go fun here, at least not with the Versa anyway.
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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess we now know where the Saturn Ion designers went to work. Hideous
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