Over the next few years, Nissan will focus on not only how to increase sales, but also how to cut production costs. The Japanese manufacturer hopes to do this by sharing as many parts among different vehicles as it can. Evidence of the new process is the 2012 Versa, which is set to be produced in Mexico. The Versa will feature Nissan’s new global small-car “platform,” which is industry-speak for a set of basic chassis and engine components. The new Nissan V-platform uses 20 percent fewer parts than its predecessor.
What’s Hot: 2012 Nissan Versa cuts production costs with its V-platform
What’s Not: The Cube will be dropped after the 2013 model year
Most of the rest of Nissan’s lineup will receive updates within the next 18 months.
- Versa: Nissan’s smallest car is all-new for 2012, with a new new 1.6-liter engine. Expect a redesigned Versa Hatchback for 2013.
- Sentra: Redesigned for 2013 with an emphasis on sportiness, providing the car with more horsepower. Also, it will feature an exterior with more resemblance to the Altima and Maxima than in the past.
- Altima: The fifth-generation Altima will be launched next year as a 2013 model. The Hybrid version has been temporarily discontinued.
- NV200: Nissan’s cargo hauler will hit U.S. showrooms in 2013, but only for dealers involved in the Nissan commercial truck business.
- Maxima: Freshened for 2012 with a new grille and taillights. Expect a restyled Maxima in the fall of 2013 for the 2014 model year.
- Leaf: Mostly unchanged for 2012, adding only heating elements such as heated seats and steering wheel.
- Leaf Coupe: A sporty version of the Leaf is expected in either 2014 or 2015.
- 370Z: Unchanged for 2012, but will be freshened for the 2013 model year.
- GT-R: Receives an increase in power for 2012, producing 530-horsepower compared to 485-hp in 2011.
- Rogue: Redesigned for 2013.
- Frontier: Restyled for the 2013 model year.
- Quest: Expect a freshening for 2012.
- Juke: Refreshed for the 2013 model year.
- Cube: Will be dropped after the 2013 model year.
- Titan: Next-generation Titan will hit showrooms in 2014 with an optional four-cylinder diesel engine.
- Murano: Re-engineered for the 2013 model year, which could include a hybrid version.
- Armada: Redesigned for the 2014 model year.
- Pathfinder: Redesigned for the 2013 model year.
- Xterra: Will die off over the next two to three model years.
Source: Automotive News