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The Nissan Sentra is a mid-sized sedan manufactured by Nissan since 1982, it is marketed as the Sentra in Canada and North America while in Japan it is sold as the Nissan Sunny. The original Nissan Sentra was a subcompact sedan which has since grown in size and is part of the midsized segment, priced between the Nissan Versa and Nissan Altima. The Nissan Sentra for Canada is manufactured in Smyrna, Tennessee along side the new all electric Nissan Leaf, while Nissan Mexico assembles them in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The first Sentra was available as a 2-door or 4-door sedan and an optional Sentra station wagon which was popular in Latin America, they all shared Nissan's B-platform which is also used by the Nissan Juke and Renault Clio, equipped with a 1.5L SOHC engine with 67HP coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission or 3-speed automatic transmission.

The Nissan Sentra arrived in Canada during the oil crisis of the early 80s and broke sales records for being the most fuel efficient gasoline car on the market rated by the USEPA. Due to sales, Nissan began assembling them in 1985 at their new plant in Smyrna, TN, adding a few changes to the 1985 Nissan Sentra, while in Mexico it was rebadged as the Nissan Tsuru. The second generation Sentra received a new 1.6L with 69HP, the 1987 Sentra was available with a diesel 1.4L engine which was only available in Canada and the US. The new design also received more trims levels with the Sentra E base model, the fully loaded Sentra GXE and the Nissan Sentra SE coupe, the Sentra SE-R wasn't available in Canada until 2002, equipped with the Nissan Altima 2.5L engine and upgraded suspension for sporty handling.

In 1991 Nissan launched the third generation Sentra with an upgraded 1.6L engine which it shared with the Nissan 200SX and Nissan Pulsar in Australia, the improved 16 valve DOHC fuel injected engine improved horsepower to 110HP yet keeping it fuel efficient to compete with the 1992 Honda Civic and 1993 Toyota Corolla. This was one of the most popular Nissan Sentra's sold to date, the new curvier design changed the way Nissan designed future concept cars, while Nissan has changed the design multiple times in the last 20 years, the 1992 Sentra line is still manufactured in Mexico as the Nissan Tsuru, aka Nissan V16 in Chile or "classic" Nissan Sentra in Peru and Venezuela. 

The 1995 Sentra arrived in Canada with a redesigned exterior and new independent suspension, it carried an upgraded 1.6L SOHC engine with Nissan's VVT technology marketed as Variable Intake Valve Timing Control System which increased torque and improved fuel economy from the 1994 Nissan Sentra, the Sentra was coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission , the engine also changed the timing belt in favor of the timing change which doesn't need to be replaced every 60,00 miles. The 1995 Sentra added more trim lines including the sporty SE Limited and while the Nissan SE-R wasn't available in Canada the Japanese version was equipped with a 2.0L DOHC engine with 140HP, the 1998 Sentra SE trim was rebadged as the Nissan 200SX which was discontinued that same year.

The 2000 Nissan Sentra grew out of the sub-compact size, built on a larger MS platform shared with the Nissan X-Trail, the new Sentra arrived in Canada as a 2001 Sentra. Nissan's bold move of designing the Sentra from scratch, without redesigning previous model like it had done in the past paid off, while it grew in size making way for the subcompact Nissan Versa which is now available as both a 4-door hatchback and sedan. The new and larger Sentra received a 1.8L engine with 127HP, the new Sentra assembly was moved to Mexico, while Nissan's manufacturing facility in Tennessee was modified to begin production of the compact SUV Nissan Xterra. The 2001 Sentra also received a wholly designed interior and new dashboard. The performance Nissan Sentra SE-R arrived to Canada as a 2002 model with a 2.5L engine shared with the Nissan Rogue and X-Trail, the new engine generates 165HP with a 175HP boost on the Sentra SE-R Spec V trim which wasoriginally designed to work with the Nissan Altima but was ultimately used with the already exiting performance based SE-R line. The 2004 Sentra in Canada allowed for an optional 2.5L engine with the fully loaded Sentra LE and sporty Sentra S2.5.

The last generation of the Nissan Sentra made its debut at the North American AutoShow in 2006, while the exterior dimensions grew a few inches, due to the overall interior space it was bumped up to the mid-sized segment joining the Nissan Altima however it is still priced between the Versa and Altima. The 2007 Sentra is based on Nissan's C platform shared with the crossover SUV Rogue and Nissan Qashqai which is only available in Japan and Australia. There was much speculation over the design of a Sentry hybrid, however it was later dropped in favor of the Nissan Altima hybrid which was launched in 2007, it also allowed Nissan to focus on its all electric Nissan Leaf which could compete directly with other hybrids including the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius.

The 2014 Nissan Sentra in Canada is available with a standard 2.5L DOHC engine and 140HP, with an optional 2.5L engine with 200HP on the Sentra SE-R sporty version, both engine use Nissan's Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and optional Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) which comes standard with the fully loaded Nissan Sentra SL. All trim models share 4-wheel ABS brakes with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), while the Sentra SE-R adds vented front and back disc brakes. The fully loaded Sentra SL includes leather seats, Bluetooth connectivity with Nissan's GPS navigation system with 5" colour touch-screen display.

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