A month ago CarsDirect reported the Nissan Versa Note could be going away. Having got confirmation from Nissan, CarsDirect can now report that Versa Note is definitely going away this year. Automaker spokesman spokesman Jeff Wandell told the outlet, "Starting with the introduction of the redesigned 2020 model the Versa will only be offered as a sedan. Sales of the hatchback Versa Note in North America will end after the 2019 model year."
Nissan hasn't given a reason for killing only the hatch, but the only surprise in this news is that the sedan gets to live. Since the carmaker doesn't break out sales of each variant, all we know is that the Versa lineup sold 75,809 units last year. That's a 29% drop from the year before, and down from an all-time high of 144,528 units in 2015. Meanwhile, the Rogue and Rogue Sport sold 42,523 units in December alone. The Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover, with more interior space than the Versa Note, roughly the same fuel economy, and an MSRP $3,000 higher than the Versa Note, didn't go on sale until June last year and sold 23,312 units.
Keyakizaka46 member Kobayashi Yui's first photo book (currently untitled) will be released on March 13.
Kobayashi has been gaining attention after serving as center in place for Hirate Yurina, who is currently on hiatus, at the '69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen.' Her first photo book was shot by Suzuki Shin last fall in England. It is a commemorative work a she celebrated her 19th birthday during the shoot. She even challenged herself to her first photos in swimwear.
Maison book girl have announced that they will hold a tour as well as an event titled 'Solitude HOTEL 7F' next spring. In addition, they will release a brand new single (currently untitled) in April.
This announcement was made on December 16 during their live 'Solitude Hotel 6F yume' at Hulic Hall Tokyo. More details on the tour and single will be revealed later, so stay tuned!
Nogizaka46 member Ikuta Erika's second photo book (currently untitled) will be released on January 22.
The theme of Ikuta's first photo book in three years is "the new self I discover in New York." For this photo book, she spent seven days shooting in New York. She even challenged herself to shoot in lingerie for the very first time. Fans can see how much the 21-year-old has matured in the last three years.
Maison book girl have uploaded the PV for their new song "Semai Monogatari" onto their YouTube channel.
"Semai Monogatari" will be included in the group's second album "yume" which will drop in stores on November 21. Co-directed by suzzken and Ninomiya Yuki, the PV portrays the song's worldview by using red, blue, and black.
Keyakizaka46 will release their very first photo book (currently untitled) on November 21.
While members Nagahama Neru, Sugai Yuka, Watanabe Rika, and Imaizumi Yui all have released solo photo books, this will be the group's first. Besides the release date, the only thing that has been revealed is a cut of Hirate Yurina standing in Shibuya's Center-gai on a rainy night with an umbrella. The title and other details will be announced at a later date.
Morning Musume.'18's Sato Masaki will release her first photo book on October 6.
Sato chose to shoot the photo book in her hometown of Hokkaido. She shows many different expressions at cafes, farms, Japanese gardens, and parks. Its DVD will include a 30-minute footage of the making of the photo book.
Keyakizaka46 member Imaizumi Yui will release a solo photo book (currently untitled) on October 3.
Imaizumi recently announced that she will be graduating from the group. Her first photo book was shot in the suburbs of Napoli, Italy. She commented, "This will be my last work as Keyakizaka46 and my first work as Imaizumi Yui."
Actor Kubota Masataka will be releasing his first photo book 'Masayume' on September 2.
The photo book is a collaboration work with photographer Saito Harumichi, who has been in charge of the actor's calendars. It will feature photos of Kubota from when he was 28 to 30, and it will also include a long interview about his acting career.
SCANDAL member HARUNA (Vo, G) will release her first photo book titled 'SOMEWHERE' on August 10.
The release date, August 10, marks HARUNA's 30th birthday. The photos in the book were taken by Ono Tsutomu during HARUNA's vacation after SCANDAL's tour. It will also feature a long interview in which she talks about her band, work, and love life.
Michishige Sayumi's new photo book "DREAM" will be released on her 29th birthday, July 31.
After graduating from Morning Musume in November of 2014, Michishige took a short break, then made a comeback in spring of 2017. This marks her first photo book in over three years, and it was self-produced. She used various sets including European-style buildings and forests in Yamanashi, the beach and streets in Los Angeles, and retro hotels.