According to media reports, the redesign of one of the only vehicles not even touched by Nissan’s “revival plan” has been delayed because it came out “too bland.” Automotive News quotes sources from within Nissan and its suppliers as saying that the Sentra redesign may be delayed after focus groups have considering the company the impression that “It just doesn't go far enough with regards to appeal.”
The Sentra, the actual generation that debuted in 2000, is Nissan’s smallest offering in america and the company’s second best-selling model here. The compact market how the Sentra competes in has become heated lately with new models from BMW, Toyota, Mazda as well as others fighting it for the wallets and hearts of your young clients who make up a huge part of the segment. So it's no surprise to view Nissan taking precautions to be sure that they don’t miss the mark. The initial slow sales in theTitan and Armada, and Quest models also must play a role in the decision. “They're speaking about going back to the drawing board,” a source says.
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The latest Sentra is based on Renault Nissan’s shared compact platform, which already underpins Renault’s Megane, a uniquely styled hatch available for sale in Europe. While the US waits on the Sentra, Nissan executives muse publicly over the idea of bringing a vehicle to America that could slot below the Sentra. Models tossed around include the Cube (not unlike the Scion xB, while it was discounted in Japan before the Scion), the new Tiida hatchback based on the Sentra’s new platform, and according to AN, the Platina sedan. The Platina is definitely an interesting option, as it is essential a rebadged version of the Renault Clio sedan, easily obtainable in Mexico.
Whatever Nissan decides to do, they need to be prepared to bring something good. The Sentra will face off up against the likes of yourMini and Mazda3, Scion tC, and new Chevrolet Cobalt, not to mention others that have yet to debut. Until then, buyers will have to make due using the recently released Nismo kits for the Sentra SE-R that reportedly assist the Sentra’s handling dynamics a great deal.