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2012 Nissan Versa: 2011 New York Auto Show Preview

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The 2011 New York Auto Show press schedule is out, and on the likely list of introductions is the 2012 Nissan Versa.

Nissan confirmed yesterday only that it will unveil an "all-new small car" in New York, alongside the new Murano CrossCabriolet and the 2012 GT-R, at a press conference on April 20. Our sources at Nissan say the Versa is the next up in the brand's replacement cycle.

Nissan hasn't confirmed whether the Versa will be hatchback-only in its second generation, or if it will also keep its sedan body style. But the new Versa should give Nissan more firepower as it wades into the market against a wave of new subcompacts, including the Ford Fiesta and the new Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. The latter two get their U.S. debuts at the New York show, too. 

Today's Versa earns good fuel economy ratings, and it's among the least expensive new cars on the market--one model is sold for $9990. Whether it can stay under the $10,000 mark and deliver 40-mpg fuel economy remains to be seen, and tested.

The new Versa should share some of its running gear with another new global Nissan--the Sunny, which was unveiled late last year.

Our coverage of the 2011 New York auto show kicks off Monday, April 18--stay in touch with all our coverage at our 2011 New York Auto Show page on MotorAuthority, or follow us on Twitter @highgearmedia and on our MotorAuthority Facebook page.

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