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Nissan to sound a new Note in Detroit

All-new 2014 Versa hatchback adds Note suffix to its name

Published: January 12, 2013, 1:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:27 PM

Nissan will unveil the all-new 2014 Versa Note four-door hatchback at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 15.

The fourth of five new models promised over a 15-month period in 2012 and 2013, it is said to offer segment-exclusive technology, outstanding fuel economy, smart packaging and class-leading cargo space.

A new Versa sedan was introduced as a 2012 model but the hatchback, although it shares the Versa name, is a different vehicle, known as just the Note in Japan and other overseas markets. The second-generation Note made its debut in Japan last summer.

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Both versions are constructed on the company’s global V-platform, but the Versa Note will offer features tailored to its American markets, which include Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.

The sub-compact Versa line (sedan and hatchback) is the best-selling Japanese brand in the segment, in Canada, outselling the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 and claiming a 12% share of the segment. The Hyundai Accent is the best-selling car in the class.

The Note is powered by 1.2-litre three-cylinder engines in Japan but the Versa Notr is expected to share the same second-generation, 1.6-litre HR16DE four-cylinder as the sedan, mated to either a five-speed manual or Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

We'll be able to confirm those details next week.

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