NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a record-breaking sales month* in June, the 2014 Nissan Versa Note is now one of the coolest cars on the block. Recently, Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com named the Versa Note to its "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000" list. The recognition follows news that Nissan Versa sales increased a record-high 30.5 percent in May.
To compile the annual list, Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com editors used two "critical" criteria – fun-to-drive and fun-to-own – to determine a vehicle's "cool factor." Additionally, vehicles must be available for purchase at $18,000 or less, using Kelley Blue Book's exclusive Fair Purchase Price – a pricing tool that shows what others have been paying for a new car that week, based on data from thousands of purchases, vehicle availability, local demand, seasonal buying trends and "over 85 years of values experience."
"The Nissan Versa Note is truly 'the door to more,' offering an exceptional combination of style, comfort, technology and cargo space at a price even the most economical car buyers can appreciate," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. "Featuring a sleek, modern design with enhanced aerodynamics for improved fuel economy, and class-exclusive Around View® Monitor, the Versa Note is "cool" in in a variety of ways – from the road, to the parking lot, to your wallet."
The companion to the popular Nissan Versa sedan and featuring a starting MSRP of only $13,990**, Versa Note celebrates the unique qualities of its 5-door hatchback design. It is available in a range of well-equipped models – S, S Plus, SV, SR and SL, each equipped with an advanced 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine with dual fuel injection. Xtronic transmission models achieve 40-mpg highway fuel economy.
The long list of available equipment includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, Nissan Intelligent Key®, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and class-exclusive*** Around View® Monitor, Divide-N-Hide® Adjustable Floor (adjustable rear load floor height), heated front seats and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
To view the complete Kelley Blue Book KBB.com "10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000" list, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/coolest-cars-under-18000-2014/.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About Kelley Blue Book
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Suggested Retail Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies as well as governmental agencies. KBB.com provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedan, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs. Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader Group.
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*Combined Versa Sedan and Versa Note June 2014 sales.
**MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice. Destination and handling $810.
*** AutoPacific segmentation. MY15 Versa Note v. 2014 Economy Compact Class, 5 passenger vehicles, excluding electrics and hybrids.