Nissan’s least expensive offering in its 2010 lineup is currently the sub-$10,000 Versa subcompact sedan. Around the world, however, Nissan markets even smaller and cheaper models like the (sub-)subcompact Micra. The Japanese automaker has set its sights on Mexico to expand production of the Micra, and has confirmed plans to build up to two additional models in revamped facilities there.
According to Automotive News, Nissan’s plan for Mexico includes revamping manufacturing plants to produce up to three new small cars. We previously reported that Nissan was considering two models based on the same platform as the subcompact Micra. The plan now includes Micra production, to begin next year, and two other subcompacts — one sedan and one multipurpose vehicle — by 2013.
The cost of Nissan’s endeavor to upgrade its manufacturing facilities and produce the three cars is currently estimated at $600 million. Nissan has not yet decided which of its two Mexican operations will produce the new models. Its plant in Aquascalientes currently produces the Tiida hatchback, sold as the Nissan Versa in the United States. Both plants up for consideration have total operating capacity for over 200,000 units per year.
Although it will be produced just south of the border, we’re not sure if the Micra, or any of the planned models, will eventually be sold in the States. Is there room for a smaller and less expensive subcompact in Nissan’s U.S. lineup?
Source: Automotive News