The Buen Camino, on sale now. The Buen Camino, on sale now.

Nissan announces special edition Tsuru

Production of the iconic model will be discontinued in May

Anyone who happens to be passionate about the iconic Nissan Tsuru, which according to the newspaper Milenio found a place in the hearts of Mexicans after production began in 1984, can now buy a special edition.

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But they had better hurry: only 1,000 units of the new model, called the Buen Camino, are available.

The car went on sale today, with the top model listed at 172,500 pesos, or US $8,500, and boasting some technology never before seen in a Tsuru, such as USB outlets and hands-free Bluetooth wireless.

But the vehicle is the same Tsuru that was declared one of the most unsafe cars on the road by Latin NCAP, the new-car assessment program in Latin America, whose tests found the vehicle sadly lacking.

On top of that it has neither air bags nor anti-lock brakes, two reasons why the car is being phased out. New Mexican regulations will require both in 2019.

Nissan announced last June that it would stop manufacturing the Tsuru this year. The company now says production will cease in May.

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For the record, here are some facts with which to remember the vehicle:

• The name is Japanese for the red-crowned crane, a symbol of longevity.

• The car was produced at Nissan plants in Morelos and Aguascalientes.

• The new commemorative model, Buen Camino, will only be available in orion blue.

• More than 2.4 million Tsurus have been sold.

• The car has been exported to more than 30 countries, a total of 397,280 units.

• Three generations have been built since 1984.

• Between 2007 and 2012, 4,102 people died in accidents involving a Tsuru.

• It was one of the most popular models among car thieves in 2016.

• Last year, 49,337 Tsurus were sold in Mexico.

Source: El Financiero (sp), Milenio (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Taxi!

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Mike S

    I owned a 2000 for 4 years. It was an automatic with air. Sorry I sold it. My gardener could fix it. Fantastic gas mileage and very reliable and roomy. $8500 new made it a Mexican classic people’s car. Putting in airbags and ABS brakes would be nothing. I wonder why they are discontinuing this popular car? Carlos Slim should buy the plants.

  • Vernon King

    Its a 1992 Sentra as sold in the US/Canada. Its old, unsafe, and it pollutes much more than modern cars. Not saying not useful or easy to work on but its time for it to go. Versa/Tiida make much better, more room taxis anyhoo. By law it would have to go in 2019 by lawwhen ABS and airbags are mandatory as the article said.

    • Mike S

      Any car without ABS brakes and airbags would be unsafe. The small 115 HP engine was not a polluter -certainly not by Mexican standards. The engine was very reliable and easy to work on which made it ideal for average Mexican family. The Tsuru got excellent gas mileage. . The car had great viability. This was an inexpensive and popular car that only needed some simple improvements. Sorry to see it go.

      • Vernon King

        I agree with everything you say except for pollution. Its an old style single cat system that takes ten minutes to warm up fully. Newer cars have a fast burn cat next to the engine and pollution stops withing a minute or two. This is important at least for us in Guadalajara and M.City. I would like to see the Versa or Tiida stay in production for a while to replace the Tsuru in the same role. Now you have air bags and ABS. Sorry if this appears to be geekish but I was an engineer.

        • Mike S

          Can’t argue with a knowledgeable engineer who knows his stuff and air quality in Mxdf and GDL can be a serious health threat. On the plus side for the little cc Tsuru engine is that it burns small amounts of fuel for a 5 passenger car and after it warms up, it is fine. I remember reading that in California, 2% of the vehicles produced 50% of the pollution. That really gets magnified when a huge V8 with problems drives a couple of years before it gets smog checked. Diesel engines in big cities should be banned. In many first-world countries, city buses are now being replaced by electric ones. Thanks for the post.

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