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Ford Rival Nissan To Drop Altima, Versa: Report

As Ford Authority reported early last month, Nissan has paused the development of two of its planned all-electric sedans, though the automaker still plans on expanding its overall EV lineup to five vehicles in the U.S., regardless. Nissan hasn’t scrapped its EV sedans completely, but rather, will instead look to prioritize all-electric crossovers/SUVs in a region that has shown a preference for that type of vehicle in recent years. Now, however, it seems as if two existing, ICE Nissan sedans may be on the chopping block.

2024 Nissan Versa - Exterior 002 - Rear

According to a new report from Automotive News, Nissan will drop the subcompact Versa sedan from its lineup after the 2025 model year, with production slated to end in August of next year. Additionally, production of the mid-size Altima is reportedly slated to end following the 2026 model year, and the automaker hasn’t yet decided whether or not it will be replaced with an all-new, next-generation model, though if it does, it would likely be a hybrid of some sort.

This news is notable for a number of reasons, including the fact that the Versa is currently the cheapest new vehicle on sale in the U.S., though the company is reportedly looking to slim down its lineup. Regardless, Nissan’s sedans account for 36 percent of its U.S. sales, with the Versa enjoying a 62 percent increase in the first half of 2024 as shoppers seek more affordable new vehicles. The Sentra will continue to stick around, and remains the brand’s second-best selling model overall.

2024 Nissan Versa - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

Nissan has thus far remained committed to selling sedans in the U.S. after Ford discontinued its entire sedan lineup in the country years ago amid slowing demand and sales, with CEO Jim Farley recently stating that those models cost the company “billions” of dollars. Since then, we’ve seen a number of sedans from other automakers either get postponed or discontinued, from the likes of Volkswagen, Subaru, and Mazda, to name just a few.

We’ll have more on everything that Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Rob

    The Maxima was discontinued last year.

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  2. LuisC

    People wants sedans, I don’t understand why we are forced to accept that suv and trucks are what we want

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  3. SCEcoBoost

    I can see the Versa departing since it’s based on a platform shared by the ’24 Kicks but not the new one (’25). Still, should the economy collapse, which is overdue, Nissan might regret dropping it. The Altima would be yet another victim of poor design. Sedans have become so low and swoopy that they’re not practical for anyone taller than average. I know, I own a last-gen Fusion and can’t wait to get a CUV, finally, if prices ever come down to reality.

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  4. venom5.0

    The headline says altima to be dropped..in the article it says the automaker is undecided. Please put a more accurate headline such as “Report: Versa to be dropped after 2025, Altima undecided after 2026″… That being said it would be a shame. As much flak as the Altima gets on the internet, its a nice car without polarizing styling, spacious, inexpensive, comfortable, efficient and handles well… Exceedingly rare traits these days. Need some choices outside of a 100 crossovers…Also It is consistently in Nissan’s top 3 selling vehicles every year, many times 2nd best seller after rogue, this year 3rd best seller after Rogue and Sentra.

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  5. Tigger

    That’s dumb.

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  6. Kaylon

    First off, the article’s headline is misleading. Nissan remains committed to the sedan market. However, the automaker is unsure whether to discontinue the Altima or go with hybridization for the next generation after 2026. As a 2018 Altima SR owner, I have been pleasantly surprised by mine over the past five years. Nearly everywhere I go, I get compliments on it as it’s the Deep Blue Pearl color. Not only is it highly efficient, especially on long road trips, it is supremely comfortable with Zero Gravity seats, is extremely spacious, decently powerful, has plenty of storage, and handles great for the type of vehicle it is. The only time it’s spent in the service department aside from routine maintenance is for two batteries, the fault of the manufacturer. Maintenance costs are easy on the pockets. I plan to keep the Altima until it no longer works, or 15 years, whichever comes first. With it being a sales volume leader for the company, they better have a solid plan in place or they’re relinquishing significant profits to the manufacturers who still produce sedans.

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