Nissan Tiida

Nissan Tiida
Nissan Tiida
1st-gen Nissan Tiida hatchback (Japan)
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Versa (United States & Canada)
Nissan Latio (Singapore, Indonesia & Malaysia)
Nissan Tiida Latio (Japan)
Dodge Trazo
Production 2004–present
Model years 2005-present
Predecessor Nissan Pulsar
Nissan Sunny
Nissan Almera
Class Compact car[1][2]

The Nissan Tiida is a compact car, manufactured by Japanese automaker Nissan, replacing the Pulsar and the Sunny, and marketed also as the Nissan Versa, prominently in the United States. It is the successor of the Nissan Almera in some parts of Europe.


First generation (C11; 2004–2011)

First generation
2007–2009 Nissan Versa 1.8S sedan (US)
Production 2004–2012
Model years 2005–2012
Assembly Oppama, Japan
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Civac, Mexico
Samut Prakan, Thailand
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Guangzhou, China
Luanda, Angola[3]
Miaoli, Republic of China
Wuhan, China[4]
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Layout FF layout/F4 layout
Platform Nissan B platform
Engine 1.8 L I4 gasoline
1.6 L I4 gasoline
1.5 L I4 gasoline
1.5 L I4 diesel

6-speed manual
4-speed automatic

5 speed manual
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length Hatchback: 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Sedan: 4,470 mm (176.0 in)
Width 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,535 mm (60.4 in)
Curb weight 1,125–1,182 kg (2,480–2,610 lb)
Related Dacia Logan
Dacia Sandero
Nissan Almera
Nissan Cube
Nissan Micra
Nissan Note
Nissan Wingroad
Nissan Leaf
Renault Clio
Renault Modus
Renault Twingo

The Tiida is based on a stretched-wheelbase variant of the Nissan B platform[5] and is manufactured as a five-door hatchback and a four-door sedan marketed as the Nissan Tiida Latio.

In mainland China, the Tiida is produced by the Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture between Nissan and a local company. In Taiwan it is produced by Yulon. It arrived in some Eastern European countries in late 2007, replacing the Almera small family car.


  • 1.5-litre straight-4 HR15DE gasoline engine; fuel economy 18.0 km/litre in JC08 Mode.
  • 1.6-litre straight-4 HR16DE gasoline engine; fuel economy 6.5–9 km/litre in city and 9.3–13.5 km/litre on highway.
  • 1.8-litre straight-4 MR18DE gasoline engine fuel economy 9–11 km/litre in city and 12.5-14.5 km/litre on highway, 122HP.
  • 1.5-litre straight-4 K9K-1.5 diesel engine; 10–12 km/litre in city and 12.5–15 km/litre on highway.

Tiida and Tiida Latio

Pre-facelift: Nissan Tiida Latio (Malaysia)
2008 Nissan Tiida hatch

The Nissan Tiida debuted in 2004 in Japan, and in select European countries in 2007. In January 2008, Nissan introduced the facelifted Nissan Tiida (hatchback) and Tiida Latio (sedan).

The five-door hatchback Tiida and four-door sedan Tiida Latio have been enhanced with some key changes including new exterior features and interior designs, retuned power steering, powertrain enhancements and a new Plus navi HDD package.

The exterior features a new grille, front bumper, headlamps, taillights, rear bumper and new wheel covers. The interior sports a more modern look as well as better visibility and usability, new instrument cluster design and metallic-finish dash panels.

Engines include a 1.5-litre or 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, the larger of which can be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. There are also two optional dealer packages: the Nismo S-tune Aero Package and Nismo Performance Package.

Electric Prototype

Nissan EV-12 test car

The EV-11 prototype electric car was based on Tiida, but includes a 80 kW/280 N·m (210 lb·ft) electric motor, 24kWh lithium-ion battery pack rated 160 km distance, navigation system, EV remote control and monitoring.

The prototype vehicle was unveiled in Nissan's Yokohama headquarters in 2009-08-02. Production version was set to begin sale in U.S. and Japan in 2010.[6]


Nissan Versa SL hatchback (US)
2010–2011 Nissan Versa 1.8S hatch (US)

The Versa was introduced in the United States and Canada in July 2006 as a 2007 model. North and Latin American models of the Tiida use a DOHC 1.8-liter gasoline engine and are assembled at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico assembly plant. It is also the only Nissan four-door passenger car in the United States and Canada to be sold worldwide, since the Sentra (not the Asian version), Altima and Maxima (not the Australian Maxima, a rebadged Teana) are exclusive to North America.

The Versa is Nissan's current entry-level model in the United States and Canada.[7] The Versa is marketed as a subcompact, competing against the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.[8]

The North American Versa debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in January of the same year. The hatchback model was introduced first, with the sedan arriving later at the end of the year, both as 2007 models. A 1.6-litre sedan replaced the 1.8 sedan in Canada for the 2009 model year, that year in the United States the 1.6 sedan was added to the lineup along the 1.8 sedan.

The Versa is powered by a 1.8 L I4 MR series engine producing 122 hp (91 kW) and 127 ft·lbf (170 N·m).[8] Three transmissions are offered: a four-speed automatic, a continuously variable transmission, and a six-speed manual. It is one of two cars in its class (in the North American market) to offer a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment (next to the 2012 Hyundai Accent). Two trim levels include the S and SL—the SL offering air conditioning, power accessories and ABS, all of which are options on the S. The Versa SL also has features/options not available on the S such as cruise control (available on some S models), alloy wheels, optional CVT (the 4-speed automatic is only available for the Versa S but CVT is available on some S models), optional Bluetooth connectivity for electronic devices, and a sport package which adds a power moonroof, rear spoiler, and underside aero kit.

2010 models featured a redesigned grille and a new design for the 1.8S model's wheel covers.

Versa 1.6

2009 Nissan Versa 1.6 (US)

Introduced for the 2009 model year in sedan form only, it uses a smaller, 1.6-liter (HR16DE) gasoline engine. Base transmission is a five-speed manual; a four-speed automatic is optional.

The Versa 1.6 features black trim (instead of body-colored) for the exterior mirror housings, license plate trim, and front grille; 14-inch steel wheels; black interior; four radio speakers with pre-wiring for a radio—but no radio itself. Safety features include six airbags, active front head restraints, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Air conditioning, AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry are offered as part of a value package. Anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and brake assist are optional ($250) on top of the value package.

When it was introduced in fall 2008, the Versa's base price of US$9,990 made it the least expensive new car available in the United States,[9] but a price cut to the Hyundai Accent usurped that distinction by $20. The Versa 1.6's $12,498 Canadian base price also undercut its competitors at launch.[10]


In 2007, the first European countries began receiving imports of the Tiida. Although it has not been officially launched in the United Kingdom, some cars destined for the Irish market have been sold in the UK by Arnold Clark dealerships as grey imports since March 2009, with the only difference between the imports and Irish domestic market vehicles being the speedometer and odometer to accommodate Imperial units in contrast to Metric units used in Ireland.[11]

Awards and recognition

  • 2007 Consumer Digest's Automotive Best Buy Award.
  • 2008 Consumer Digest's Automotive Best Buy Award.
  • 2009 Consumer Digest's Automotive Best Buy Award.
  • 2010 Consumer Digest's Automotive Best Buy Award.

Second generation (2011–)

Second generation
2nd-gen Nissan Tiida
Also called Nissan Versa (North America)
Production 2011–
Model years 2012–
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Platform Nissan B platform
Engine 1.6L MR16DDT turbo DI I4
1.6L HR16DE
Transmission 6-speed manual
Wheelbase Sedan: 102.4 in (2,601 mm)
Length Sedan: 175.4 in (4,455 mm)
Width Sedan: 66.7 in (1,694 mm)
Height Sedan: 59.6 in (1,514 mm)
Related Nissan Leaf

The second generation of the Nissan Tiida was unveiled in April 2011 at the Shanghai Auto Show. It will be sold only as a 5-door hatchback at first, but a sedan variant may be in the works. Instead of being marketed as both a subcompact or a compact car depending on the country, it will be marketed as a C-segment worldwide as the March/Micra will take the place of the B-segment markets.[12] The hatch is available with the 188 hp turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder petrol engine with gasoline direct injection paired with a CVT transmission, other engines will be announced closer to the release date.[13] The new Tiida will be available in the US and as of May 2011 it has been confirmed that it will be the next Versa hatchback. In Mexico, the Tiida name is dropped in favour of Versa.


2012 Nissan Versa SL sedan (US)

The second generation Versa was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The sedan version is no longer based on the Tiida, but instead it will be based on the Micra. The US-spec model unveiled at the motorshow was the sedan previously shown in December 2010 in China under the Sunny nameplate. It continues to compete with the likes of other entry-level sedans such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Yaris. However, the hatchback will continue to be based on the Tiida and it will be larger and more upscale in order to compete with larger hatchbacks like the Ford Focus 5-door, Hyundai Elantra Touring, and the new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. The second generation Versa sedan is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol that delivers around 80 kW (109 hp) and 145Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque, but the hatchback will likely get a larger non-turbocharged base engine with higher horsepower/torque figures to go along with the 188 hp turbocharged 1.6L engine. The new model weighs less and has gained more legroom compared to its predecessor. It will likely start much higher than the sedan's base price of $10,990, while it will also include Bluetooth, navigation system with 5-inch touch-screen display, Satellite Radio and an iPod®/USB interface.[14] The fuel economy is estimated to be 30 mpg city and 37 mpg highway with the CVT-equipped Versa sedan, but the hatchback's numbers are unknown at this point.[15]

See also


  1. ^ "2008 Nissan Versa Review". Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ German Wikipedia article about the Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd.
  4. ^ "Nissan. Nissan In China". Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  5. ^ "日産の新型コンパクトカー「ティーダ」,マーチと同じ「Bプラットフォーム」を採用". 
  6. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2009-07-27). "Nissan shows off new Versa-based electric vehicle prototype". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Nissan Versa Reviews". JB car pages. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  8. ^ a b "2007 Nissan Versa Review". JB car pages. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  9. ^ Neff, John (2008-10-31). "Nissan Versa 1.6 becomes lowest-priced car in U.S". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Nissan Announces Lowest-Priced New Car in Canada*". Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  11. ^ "Unusual visitor's a Tiida little number". The Daily Record. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  12. ^ "Nissan Sunny breaks cover, possibly America’s Versa". 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  13. ^ Car Advice, 2012 Nissan Tiida unveiled at Shanghai 2011.
  14. ^ Car Advice, 2012 Nissan Tiida Unveiled in New York.
  15. ^ Anita Lienert (2011-04-20). "2012 Nissan Versa Sedan Debuts: 2011 New York Auto Show". InsideLine. 

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