The new Versa marks, in fact, a game-changing initiative in the highly disputed market for compact “anabolic” sedans, those that are close to the mid-size sedans. The offer today ranges from Virtus (the one with the largest internal space) to Logan (with the lowest price), including the leader Onix Plus, in addition to Cronos, Yaris and City to name the main ones. Although the model from Mexico coexists with the previous generation manufactured in Brazil and renamed the V-Drive, the two added together can expand Nissan’s market share.
Using the same architecture, still current, of the compact SUV Kicks, the Versa has advanced in style and comfort in the four versions available. Front, rear and profile are attractive, especially the C column partially painted in black. In the top version, Exclusive, features 17-inch rim wheels, LED headlights (without DRL), autonomous emergency braking and alert (does not detect pedestrians and cyclists), rear traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, safety cameras 360 degrees, moving object detector and rear door opening alert to avoid forgetting the driver at the destination when closing the car. Six airbags are standard for the entire line. Lack of fog light behind.
Although the length is practically the same as the V-Drive, the Versa is 4.5 cm wider, has 2 cm longer wheelbase and 482 liter trunk (22 liters gain and better access). In height they are 4 cm less, but the head space in the rear seat has been preserved. The internal environment was cozy, finishing materials improved and there are more than 20 storage compartments. Electric window controls on the four doors have a one-touch function only for the driver and only to descend, an economy at odds with what the model offers. 7-inch multimedia center supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (can pair two phones) and includes native GPS. There are three USB ports (two for the rear seat). Induction phone charging is sold as an accessory.
Automatic transmission is CVT and the manual, available only in the basic version. 1.6 L engine and 16 valves with variable control delivers 114 hp and 15.5 kgfm, a very small difference (plus 3 hp and 0.4 kgfm) for the V-Drive. What has not changed are the same values for ethanol and gasoline, unlike most flex engines, which are more powerful with ethanol.
In a quick evaluation of the Exclusive version, the Versa showed a good evolution in driveability, cornering behavior and steering precision. “Car in hand” feeling is superior to V-Drive and similar to the best competitors. Acceleration and resumption performance is not exciting, but from 0 to 100 km / h (10.6 s) is almost 1 s better than the V-Drive version, 44 kg lighter. Brakes, disc at the front and drum at the rear, are sufficient for the average performance of the model. Steering wheel has height and distance adjustment. Front seats are among the best in terms of comfort and body support. Behind the legroom also stands out. The car was considerably quieter.
Prices range from R $ 72,990 to R $ 92,990 among the most competitive in the segment.
Get used to it to say that car prices in Brazil are “abusive” and profitability is above the world average. But when the real depreciates, no one is able to compare prices in dollars with those from abroad, simply because domestic products have become much cheaper. There is still the argument that the buyer does not have his dollar income. In reality, there are cycles of profitability and loss as seen now, with large loans from parent companies to subsidiaries covering financial losses.
MERCEDES-BENZ GLB is the seven-seater SUV that uses the same architecture as the five-seater GLA, produced in Brazil. As the GLB comes from Mexico, without import tax, the special launch version filled with equipment costs R $ 299,900. With a wheelbase of 2.83 m, it offers ample legroom in the middle row and, in the last pair of benches, only for children or adults of medium height in short distances. 1.33 L turbo engine, 163 hp and 25.5 kgfm.
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NETWORK of 30 electrophores that EDP will build in the next three years in partnership with Audi, VW and Porsche will have a very high cost. Each, to serve only three vehicles, will cost R $ 1 million reais. The energy will not be charged, but when it is, it is not yet known how to resolve it. In Portugal, the price of kWh was very expensive.