Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra

Nissan ’s in-house tuning division, Nismo, has been busy the past few months rolling out performance tuned concepts one after another. We’ve already seen the Juke Nismo Concept , the 370Z Nismo Concept , and the Leaf Nismo Concept a few months ago.

Now, it’s the Nissan Micra ’s turn.

Unveiled at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Micra Nismo comes packed with some appealing aerodynamic modifications that’s right in line with what the Juke and Leaf had.

On the outside, the Micra Nismo comes with a bolder styling that’s a far departure from the mild-mannered look of the standard model. It has a modified front grille, a redesigned door mirror design, a new rear lip spoiler, and a slew of other aerodyamic parts that adds an aggressive tone to the little hatchback. Just like the Juke Nismo Concept, the Micra Nismo was given a Pearl White paint finish with matching red highlights. Inside, Nismo also added and modified a few more amenities, including new sports seats, a custom steering wheel, and a dash of high-quality interior trim.

Then there’s the performance enhancements. Despite not releasing any figures for the car, Nismo wasn’t unabashed in saying that the Micra Nismo comes with a lowered suspension, as well as getting fitted with new light alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

The 2011 Geneva Motor Show is turning into a regular environmental fair - with the exception of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 of course - and now Nissan is joining the bunch with a special Micra model. The new Micra DIG S will be powered by a petrol engine, but that engine will only produce 95g/km of CO2. Sales will begin Summer 2011.

The new Micra DIG S is powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline-Supercharger engine that delivers a total of 98 HP and 142Nm of torque, while emitting only 95g/km for the manual version and 115 g/km for the CVT version. The car can hit a top speed of 112mph when coupled with a manual gearbox. The DIG-S uses the Miller cycle and direct petrol injection to raise the compression ratio to 13 to one for greater combustion efficiency and a supercharger for instant throttle response and added power.

"Ultra low emissions with no compromise when it comes to drivability means the Micra DIG-S sets new standards for the current generation of city cars. No other petrol-powered compact hatchback can beat its overall efficiency... and it is more than a match for an equivalent diesel. We have been able to achieve this ultra low CO2 figure in a cost effective package and without the complication of particulate filters needed to clean up diesel engine emissions and which are not entirely compatible with a car that spends much of its life in the city."

Nissan unveiled today the fourth generation Micra at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Micra is built on Nissan’s all-new V-platform, and will go on sale in Thailand in March and European sales will begin in November this year.

For the European market the new Micra will be offered with a choice of two engines: both are variations on Nissan’s all-new naturally aspirated HR12 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. Both of them are mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or Nissan’s all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The new Micra will be offered with a new ‘parking space measurement’ (PSM) device with three skill levels (amateur, normal and expert), an Intelligent Key, Nissan Connect, Nissan’s accessible touch-screen combined audio and satellite navigation system, glass roof, automatic wipers, speed sensitive volume on the audio, a push button start-stop system in addition to a drive computer which supplies drivers with real time fuel economy information, cruising range and outside temperature.

Press release after the jump.

First launched in 1982, the Micra is now in its third generation and has fast become the best-selling Nissan car in Europe. Over 1.3 million units of the previous Micra have been sold between 1993 and 2002. Micra’s B-platform is the first ever to be shared within the framework of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The culmination of a two-year project to develop a range-leader which would add spice and dynamism to the Micra range, the 160SR is intended for enthusiastic drivers.

Central to the 160SR’s character is the 1.6-liter 16 valve four cylinder twin cam engine. An all-aluminum low friction design, the engine is also notably lighter than similar capacity units from rival manufacturers. To produce sharper, sportier handling the suspension has been stiffened and the power steering modified to give greater feel and feedback.

A more mature Micra will be one of the stars of Nissan’s stand at the Frankfurt motor show. Micra celebrates its upcoming fifth birthday with subtle changes to its external appearance, interior trim, as well as the addition of new items of user-friendly equipment.

The Micra Colour + Concept show car has been designed and conceived at Nissan Design Europe, the company’s European design headquarters in London, to showcase the latest colour and paint technology and to highlight the changes that have been made to the entire Micra range.

Nissan’s Sunderland Plant has started exporting its second model to Japan in the space of just 10 weeks. In March, QASHQAI became the first Sunderland-built model in over a decade to be exported back to Nissan’s home market. Now, the plant’s Micra C+C convertible will join it on dealer forecourts across the country. Although Japanese motorists have been driving the hatchback version of Micra since 2002 (when it was launched under the name ‘March’) this is their first opportunity to enjoy the car (...)
Nissan is following in the footsteps of Madonna and Kate Moss by launching its own limited edition fashion collection with Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Micra and Micra C+C – the CHIC. Nissan will donate £200 from the sale of every CHIC to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign. Only 500 CHIC models will be made and 220 Micra CHICs will feature an exclusive body colour – Waterfall Green – to match this year’s Fashion Targets logo. 280 Micra C+C CHICs will also be available in either (...)
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., announced it will begin taking pre-orders for the Micra C+C (Coupe + Convertible) from May 11, 2007. The new model will be introduced in Japan in mid-July. Micra C+C, the coupe/convertible model of the Micra, initially launched in Europe in November 2005, continues to be a popular and distinctive model in the range. Micra C+C’s roomy interior is one of its most appealing features. Its warm and high quality interior trim has been carried over from the base Micra (...)

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