New York, New York – Nissan has debuted the all-new Versa Sedan and a race-ready version of its electric Leaf at the New York International Auto Show.

The Versa Sedan, which goes on sale this summer, features a sophisticated exterior design, well-appointed interior and room for five adults.

“For many companies, innovation typically starts at the high end and eventually works its way down the model line,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas. “In developing the new entry-level Versa Sedan, we challenged ourselves to find innovative ways to deliver a no-compromise entry-level car. We achieved this by enhancing the fuel economy, reducing the emissions, and embracing modern design while continuing to offer a spacious and comfortable interior, all at a very affordable price.”

The new sedan offers a second-generation 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with twin continuously variable timing control and a dual injector system, making it one of the most advanced engines in its class, the company said.

The company also presented the world debut of the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC (Racing Competition), using a production Leaf powertrain in a unique two-door carbon fibre body with removable front and rear sections and large adjustable rear wing.

Like the Leaf, the NISMO RC uses a lithium-ion battery and 80 kW motor generating 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. It is projected to have a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.

“We believe EVs (electric vehicles) can be more than commuter cars,” Tavares said. “The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC is an example of that thinking. This vehicle is a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV performance and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new ‘green’ motorsports series.”

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