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We have to say, that whenever we think of Nissan compacts, the old "New Nissan Sentra! You need this car!" jingle pops into our head. What was is about the unbridled optimisim of the early 1980s brought that kind of stuff about, complete with choral vocal groups singing faux-Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-style anthemic catchphrase tunes? Who ever thought that was a good idea? They should've commissioned Mike Post to write all their music. We suppose that's what life under threat of nuclear annihilation will do to you. Meanwhile, Nissan's up and undercut Honda's Fit with its Versa pricing, launching the base model at $12,450. Which is just one more reason not to buy an Aveo. [Thanks to Brian for the tip.]

Nissan Announces Pricing on 2007 Versa Hatchback [Nissan News]

Nissan's Versa Drops by Detroit [Internal]