Nissan is toying with bringing the new Tiida to Europe - but needs to make it distinct in its class

Nissan Europe is still toying with the possibility of adapting the next-generation, Golf-class Tiida for sale in Europe alongside the Qashqai.

The challenge, however, is to provide it with a sufficiently distinctive character to take on the strong competitors like the Golf, Focus and Alfa Giulietta, while enabling the company to turn a profit.

See a picture of the current Nissan Tiida

Not cannibalising Qashqai sales is another requirement, explains an insider.

The current Tiida is the replacement for the Nissan Sunny and is marketed as the Nissan Versa in the United States and Canada.

It was introduced to its home market in Japan in 2004 and came to select European markets, including Ireland, in 2007. It is sold with a series of 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines.

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf is substantially based on the Tiida.

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27 September 2010

Having rented a Tiida in Asia last year I would give it the gong for the most boring car I have ever driven. Good luck Neesarne!

27 September 2010

They have tried this before, but Nissan have yet to beat the Golf. They are probably better sticking with their niche cars like the Cube, Juke and Qashqui as they have a sort of quirky appeal, but a bland-box Golf rival is unlikely to be a big seller unless they are able to make it significantly better than the competition. The Almera was never a big success and ended up having to be sold at massively discounted prices.

27 September 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]Having rented a Tiida in Asia last year I would give it the gong for the most boring car I have ever driven[/quote]Ha indeed lol it is an odd car althought the rear off the 5door is quiet nice thats about it . The saloon is plain weird and unfortunatly we get them here in Ireland thankfully there ain,t too many around . The interior is no worse then one in a Golf do bit boring but then so is a Golf interior . Vws are hardly exciting you can say too but they are classy thats why they do sell so well . I hope Nissan make something unique and special as they can much prefer a Nissan over a Toyota any day .

27 September 2010

In Canada and the U.S it's called the "Versa" and I test drove one, trying to convince myself that I liked it. Ride was decent enough, for a supermini class, refinement was decent enough, for a supermini class, the 6 speed gearbox had six speeds - but felt more like a Van's to use. The 1.8 was woefully underpowered for the car, which worried me as since when did 122bhp feel so weak? The reason I use the word "supermini" is that it's based on the Micra platform and everything felt like a bloated, less good Micra to me, definitely not a Golf class car and in no way could it hold a candle to the mk6 Golf. Maybe the new one will, but they'll have to engineer the crap out of it to make it half decent.

27 September 2010

[quote J400uk]They have tried this before, but Nissan have yet to beat the Golf[/quote]

True indeed

[quote J400uk] The Almera was never a big success and ended up having to be sold at massively discounted prices[/quote] It was here in Ireland a very popular car there was a lot off deals on them do indeed . If I had to choose between it or a corolla Id definatly choose an Almera at least it could drive good and the last model in 5 and 3 door had some style more than any Corolla ever had such an old mans car the Corolla .

27 September 2010

Nissans created some interesting hatchback concepts and both the Juke and Quashqai are (especially the Juke) aren't boring. All they need to do is think more Quashai, less new Micra and if possible definately GT-R and they could have something people want to buy.

27 September 2010

Hmmm, that to my eyes is a Nissan-fied old shape Renault Megane.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

27 September 2010

It is funny, isn't it? The Golf is not a great product but a really, really, really competent one. Why do lots of other manufacturers find it so difficult to make something as good, never mind better.

27 September 2010

[quote Autocar]Nissan Europe is still toying with the possibility of adapting the next-generation, Golf-class Tiida for sale in Europe alongside the Qashqai. [/quote]

The Tiida is available in the UK and was quoted on the Arnold Clark.com website as a readily available model. I've seen one or two driving about and they seem fairly boring, bland mid-size saloons. Presumably, they've come into the UK via Ireland, but one look at them would suggest they're a retrograde step compared to the Juke or Qashqai. Perhaps the master plan is to make the new Micra appear less dull? Maybe that, or it's to encourage people to take the Cube seriously! I saw one of those on the road and it looked weird. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

27 September 2010

I suppose that they want to cover as many different sectors as possible, but to make it a sufficiently distinctive car with such a boring design, good luck you'll need it

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