It's Been A Good Run: Nissan Tsuru Production Likely To End Soon

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
its been a good run nissan tsuru production likely to end soon

After 25 years in production, the Nissan B13 chassis is not long for this world. New Mexican safety regulations will spell the end of the Nissan Tsuru, according to a report in La Jornada Aguascalientes.

While the Tsuru — sold here as the Sentra from 1991 through 1994 — remains one of the most popular vehicles in the Mexican market due to remarkably low prices and ownership costs, the lack of airbags and anti-lock brakes mean doom as the Mexican government begins to bring cars sold in the country up to the safety standards required in the U.S. and Europe.

We last looked at the Tsuru back in March and lamented on the cheap-and-cheerful ur-Sentra’s lack of availability on our shores. With a base price of around $7,000 USD, it’s no wonder why the Tsuru is a darling of taxi fleets south of the border.

Unfortunately, a platform designed in the late ‘80s is woefully unprepared to handle the brace of airbags and advanced driver-safety features expected in modern transportation. Mexico’s new NOM-194 motor vehicle safety laws expressly require ABS and airbags engineered to various EU and FMVSS standards, among other regulations. The new laws will make the B13 chassis obsolete, much in the same way similar laws killed off the Volkswagen Type 2 “Kombi” in Brazil.

While Sentra enthusiasts will bemoan the end of a beloved platform, Nissan has plenty of other top-selling models, including the Tiida, which we know as the last generation Versa sedan.

[Images: Nissan Mexico, Latin NCAP]

h/t to GMInsideNews

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  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Aug 18, 2016

    So I guess the Tsuru didn't give owners much tsuris. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tsuris

  • Motormouth Motormouth on Aug 18, 2016

    They don't build 'em like they used to. Wait - yes they do! I was working for a short time at a Nissan dealer when these were launched in the US, they were half decent but things have clearly moved on.

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    • Motormouth Motormouth on Aug 19, 2016

      @gtem Modernity has never been a guarantee of longevity. I guess the Tsuru was a successful case of 'keep it simple'. I won't add the other word.

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