Automakers are clamoring to build and marketplace cars towards the Generation “Y” crowd which, loosely defined, and encompasses new drivers and mainly everybody who’s beneath 30. Toyota threw the gauntlet down in 2003 once they introduced a line of automobiles below the Scion brand. Now, Nissan is responding and the Versa – to be released during the summer of 2006 – is their answer. Will the Versa compete successfully or be lost inside a sea of Gen “Y” automobiles soon to flood the marketplace? All of that is certainly too early to identify, so let’s take a look at the Versa and what the vehicle has to present to motorists. A pay a visit to to Nissan’s website reveals much in regards to the Versa. Unlike a certain Scion automobile that takes its styling cues from a toaster, the Versa is aerodynamic and reminds me in the Toyota Matrix. On the market as a 4 door sedan or 5 door hatchback, the Versa is expected to retail for about $12,000, the identical cost range as Scion automobiles. Like Scion, the Versa might be relatively effectively equipped to offer motorists a worth packed encounter without having having to add on a variety of thousands even more towards the base sticker cost in order to reach a satisfactory and comfy driving experience. As well as a 1.8L I4 engine, right here is what you’ll be able to count on to be included with base models: AM/FM/CD audio systemAir ConditioningPower side mirrors and automatic trunk releasesix speed manual transmission [4 speed automatic is optional]Split folding 60/40 seat with all the hatchback Not a negative common equipment list for the value. For $2,000 extra, SL versions will come with aluminum alloy wheels, cruise manage, power windows/doors/locks, remote keyless entry, a souped up sound technique, and way more. The vehicle will have a 102 inch wheel base that is lengthy for a vehicle of its variety. The result is a lot more interior area, with 4 adults possessing ample knee and leg area to weather lengthy trips. Photographs of the interior reveal a vehicle which is effectively although out and not low-priced looking. I especially like the dashboard with its overlapping circular instrument panel and simple to reach audio and air conditioning controls. A generation ago, entry level automobiles would have looked and felt inexpensive. Today’s drivers anticipate extra and the Versa delivers within the form of a decent degree of typical equipment and interest to style. The Versa replaces the Sentra because the entry level Nissan. Nissan has restyled the Sentra and “promoted” it up a notch a lot like Honda has performed together with the Civic and Toyota with all the Corolla. Although a great deal more high priced than Chevy’s Aveo and Kia’s Rio, the car has more flair and style than either one particular. Nevertheless, one has to wonder how the Versa will compete against Toyota’s soon to become released Yaris as well as the all new Honda Fit. Throw in new models expected from Dodge and Ford and add Chinese automobiles for the mix plus the entire entry level marketplace becomes saturated. Ultimately, the Versa is really a step in the proper direction as well as a great alternative to a few of its boxy competitors. Gen “Y” drivers have another option within the Versa and an alternative to Scion, Toyota’s youth-oriented brand.