Nissan Debuts 2014 Versa Note, Resonance Crossover Concept At North
American International Auto Show
DETROIT - Nissan
introduced two all-new vehicles at the 2013 North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS). The 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which made its North
American debut, is the second generation of the popular Versa hatchback.
It is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide this summer.
The sleekly styled
Versa Note shared the stage with the dramatic Nissan Resonance, a design
concept previewing the direction of future Nissan crossovers. The
Resonance concept is being shown for the time anywhere at NAIAS, which
runs from Jan. 19 th through the 27th at Detroit's Cobo Center. Nissan
is also debuting an all-new multi-level exhibit stand at the show,
featuring an amphitheater-style stage and cantilevered electronic "halo"
surrounding the display space.
Said Nissan Division Vice President and
General Manager Al Castignetti: "Our three all-new vehicles launched in
the past six months – Altima, Sentra and Pathfinder – helped propel the
Nissan Division to its best year ever with sales of more than
one-million vehicles. We're keeping the excitement going with this
great-looking Versa Note and its unexpected and affordable technology,
which should help Versa retain its title as the top-selling nameplate in
the entry-level segment*."
Nissan Executive Vice President Andy
Palmer had the honor of unveiling the Resonance Concept, stating: "The
Resonance concept leads Nissan into a new 'innovation era' of smart
design and smart technology, ensuring that Nissan will continue its
global crossover design leadership for many years to come."
The Resonance concept was created at
Nissan Design America in San Diego, CA and features an open, airy
architecture highlighted by a unique "floating" roof created through the
use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, large full-length glass panel
and flowing D-pillar design. Inside, the designers imagined what the
future of first-class space travel might be: Welcoming yet exclusive and
high-tech yet premium. The resulting "VIP lounge," with its light,
buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, exudes genuine
The all-wheel drive Resonance concept also
features an efficient hybrid electric drivetrain that includes Nissan's
proprietary "one-motor, two-clutch" system, which combines a smaller
displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric
motor/lithium-ion battery and advanced management system.