Nissan brings new 2014 Versa Note to Toronto auto show

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To call Nissan's Versa a Canadian success story would be an understatement. Having long been Canada's best-priced car, the popular subcompact model has won a place in the hearts of more than 110,000 budget-minded Canadians since it went on sale in 2006.

Today's entirely updated 2013 Versa Sedan can be had for a mere $13,465 including destination fees. The Versa Hatchback has always been a bit pricier, the current model starting at $16,245 destination in, but there's now good news for those who love the versatile hatchback because that price is about to drop significantly.

Nissan introduced the updated and renamed 2014 Versa Note at the Toronto auto show last week with a price tag of $14,915 if the car's current $1,567 destination charge (freight and PDI) remains the same. That's a reduction of $1,330, which will only make the entire Versa lineup more popular.

Along with the savings comes a completely new body design that should be much more appealing to style conscious entry-level buyers than the outgoing car. The new Versa Note shows off a narrow smiling grille bookended by new multi-angle headlamps, all above a smooth, clean front bumper design. Striking through both sets of doors, sideways V-shaped sculpting adds a sporty element to the tall two-box design, the topmost edge tapering upwards as it meets an attractive set of taillights. A simple yet stylishly penned rear end design finishes off the Versa Note on an abrupt angle, an ideal roofline for maximizing rear seat passengers and/or cargo.

There's a total capacity of 606 litres for the latter when the 60/40-split rear seatbacks are laid flat, allowing for plenty of active lifestyle gear. Nissan optimizes space further by offering a Divide-N-Hide adjustable floor.

Unlike the current Versa Hatchback that comes standard with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder that makes 122-horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque, the new Versa Note will be powered by the same engine 1.6-litre four-cylinder as used in the entry-level Versa Sedan (hence the drop in price). That engine makes 109-horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque and also offers better claimed fuel economy of 6.1 L/100km in the city and 4.7 on the highway when mated to its optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), quite a bit thriftier than the 1.8-litre engine's 7.2 and 5.7 ratings respectively. Of note, Nissan's U.S. division claims an EPA-certified (metric converted) rating of 7.8 L/100km city and 5.9 highway, which is more likely what you'll be able to achieve in regular real-world albeit fuel-conscious driving. A five-speed manual transmission will be offered in base trim.

The new Versa Note gets the usual standard and optional features available in the subcompact class, but its optional Around View 360-degree monitor will be a segment-first. Another subcompact-class first will be hands-free text messaging.

With such available features, a lower base price and better fuel economy than the outgoing Versa Hatchback, the new 2014 Versa Note sounds like it has a winning formula to find another 110,000 value-driven Canadian buyers. Those deliveries will start at Nissan dealerships across Canada in June.
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Topics: Hatchback, Nissan, 2014, Versa Note, $10,000 - $19,999, Subcompact,

Geographic location: Toronto

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