A compact car produced by Nissan Motors since 2004. It was offered as 2005 model year and became the replacement vehicle of Pulsar and Sunny. In the US market, it was introduced as the Nissan Versa.
First Generation (2004-2011)
The first generation Tiida was launched in 2004. It is based on the extended version of the Nissan B platform. It is offered as a 5-door hatchback and a 4-door sedan sold widely under Nissan Tiida Latio name.
The Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture between Nissan and a local Chinese company manufactured the Nissan Tiida for the mainland China. Yulon manufactured Tiida to meet the demands of Taiwan market. In the last half of 2007, the Tiida made its way to the Eastern European market and took the place of Almera.
Tiida and Tiida Latio
In Japan Tiida appeared in 2004 while followed by its debut in Europe (selected countries) in 2007. Two facelifted models of Tiida were released by Nissan in January 2008 as Nissan Tiida hatchback and Nissan Tiida Latio sedan.
Nissan made some distinctive changes in the facelifted 5-door hatchback Tiida and 4-door sedan Tiida Latio including revised exterior and interior designing, improved power steering, enhanced powertrain and an all new Plus Navi HDD package.
The exterior receives a revised grille, front bumper, headlamps, taillights, rear bumper and wheel covers. As for interior, it is made more contemporary with updated equipments and enhancements, improved visibility and practicability, revised instrument cluster design and metallic-finish dash panels.
Two engines are offered, i.e. a 1.5-L or 1.8-L 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Nismo S-tune Aero Package and Nismo Performance Package are the two optional dealer packages.
Versa and Versa 1.6
In July 2006, Nissan launched the Versa in US and Canadian markets. The Tiida offered in North and Latin America come with a DOHC 1.8-L gasoline engine and are produced at the Nissan’s assembly plant located in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
The Versa 1.6 was introduced in 2008 as 2009 model year. The suffix 1.6 in the name refers to its 1.6-L HR16DE gasoline engine which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with an option of 4-speed automatic.
Second Generation (2011-present)
In April 2011, Nissan unveiled the second generation Tiida at the Shanghai Auto Show. The second generation Tiida is offered only as a 5-soor hatchback at present. However, we can just assume that the sedan version might be somewhere in the pipeline. It is marketed in different markets as a C-segment rather than a subcompact or a compact car because the March/Micra will be going to takeover the B-segment markets worldwide. The 1.6-L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine is capable of generating 188 hp with direct injection mated to a CVT transmission.
Like Tiida, the second generation model of Versa was also revealed by Nissan at 2011 New York Auto Show. The sedan version made a shift from Tiida to Micra platform for second generation. Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Aveo, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris remain its major rival vehicles. It receives a 1.6-L petrol engine generating 80 kW (109 hp) and torque of 145 Nm (107 lb-ft). The hatchback version on the other hand still based on Tiida.