New Nissan Micra Debuts In Paris With Revolutionary Design
The highly-anticipated fifth-generation Nissan Micra made its global debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Sporting a revolutionary design that sets it apart from the not-so-exciting fourth-gen car, the new Micra remained faithful to the Sway concept unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
What makes it revolutionary, you ask?
Well, the Micra has always been a car that didn’t adhere too much to the rest of the Nissan family in terms of design. The small hatchback usually featured styling cues of its own, while the overall impression was that of a bubble on wheels. All told, it wasn’t exactly exciting to look at — even though some found it to be cute — compared to most of its competitors. This changes with the fifth-generation car, which was redesigned to include most of the design language seen on larger Nissan models.
Specifically, it now has a large V-motion grille flanked by squinty, sporty looking headlamps, boomerang-shaped taillights, a floating roof with blacked-out B- and C-pillars, a sculpted character line that runs from the nose all the way back to the tailgate. The hatchback is also lower, wider, and longer than its predecessor, which not only gives it a more aggressive stance, but also provides a lot of extra interior room.
Speaking of the cabin, it is packed with state-of-the-art technology and numerous features usually available in larger cars. The Micra comes with Lane Departure Prevention, a segment first, Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian recognition, a first for Nissan vehicles in Europe, as well as Intelligent Around View Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist and Blind Spot Warning
The engine lineup now includes a 0.9-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder, gasoline unit and a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder diesel, both developing 90 horsepower and both shared with other Nissan and Renault cars. A naturally aspirated 73-horsepower 1.0-litre gas mill will be added to the lineup later on. European sales are set to commence from March 2017.
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Nissan revived the Pulsar nameplate in 2014, in an attempt to join the ever-growing compact hatchback segment with a brand-new vehicle. Nissan is mainly aiming at the European market, a place where compact hatchbacks are selling like hot cakes, and its intentions with the Pulsar are quite simple. The goal is to offer an affordable vehicle powered by small, fuel-efficient engines that will grow on consumers and steal some costumers from the likes of Ford and Volkswagen. With the Pulsar already launched in 2014, Nissan is now focusing on a performance version of the hatch. Naturally, the beefed-up compact will arrive with a Nismo badge.
Showcased as a concept car at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the Pulsar Nismo previews what European buyers will find in showrooms starting 2016. The vehicle carries a traditional Nismo body kit and an updated interior, and although there are no official details surrounding its powerplant, we bet on a turbocharged unit delivering at least 250 horsepower will find a home under its hood. Although the actual details of this Nismo are still a long way off, the concept displayed in Paris is a good indication of what Nissan is currently up to.
Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept.
Nissan’s experimentation into the world of zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles is now in concept form as the Terra SUV Concept.
The concept, which will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, provides a glimpse on what a future zero-emissions SUV concept is capable of. This may not be good news to the die-hard gear heads, but rings like music to the ears of environmentalists the world over.
More importantly, the Terra SUV Concept was born from technologies the Japanese automaker has used on a number of its vehicles, particularly the Juke, the Qashqai, and the Leaf.
"Our challenge was to take Nissan’s strength in SUVs and crossovers forward into the zero-emissions era, fuel cells being our new frontier in zero emission mobility," said Francois Bancon, Nissan’s division general manager of product strategy and planning.
"Not big and tough for the desert, the aim was a new approach to SUVs that’s relevant to urban life. The unique diagonal seating layout that offers an exciting driving experience thanks to exceptional visibility that creates a sense of being in control under any conditions."
Find out more about the Nissan Terra SUV Concept after the jump
Nissan has unveiled today at the Paris Auto Show the Townpod, a zero-emission concept that combines benefits of a passenger car with practicality of a light commercial vehicle. The concept features a "Stratosphere White" body paint and electric blue hints on the door handles, number plate, the spokes of the alloy wheels and within the headlamp pods.
The driver is faced with an uncomplicated yet futuristic steering wheel and two familiar stalks to operate the lights and wipers, but other than these controls - which are beautifully simple in their own light - the flowing dashboard is devoid of mechanical switches. Forward or rearward drive is selected using an uncomplicated joystick set into the right-hand side of the driver’s seat base.
Masato Inoue, Product Chief designer of Nissan, said about the concept: "Today, the first thing many people do when they climb aboard their car is program the navigation unit with a phone number, address or other details. This step will be unnecessary in Nissan Townpod as the car will communicate with your PDA’s scheduling function to find out where you are due to be and at what time. Accordingly, the navigation system will not only plot a route to your next meeting, but will map out a plan for all your appointments that day... It will also be able to suggest the most convenient time and place for you to recharge its lithium-ion batteries."
Press release after the jump.
It’s not much – just a photo of a headlight, really – but Nissan has made it apparently clear that they’re headed to the Paris Motor Show later this month, and they’re bringing a few new concepts with them.
One of the concepts that are headed to Paris is the subject of this simple teaser: an electric car concept Nissan is calling the Townpod. Apart from the teaser photo, the Japanese manufacturer is keeping mum on the details of the Townpod with the auto brand only saying that the car “combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior". In addition to that, Nissan rolled up their sleeves and did their best promotional spiel by saying that the Townpod will “herald a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses."
Take all of that for what it’s worth because at this point, we don’t know a great deal about the car apart from this teaser photo. The good thing is that we won’t have to wait long to see the Townpod in all its glory later this month.
Nissan unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the Nuvu (think "new view") electric concept. Nuvu represents Nissan’s perspective on the future of the city car.
Nissan’s vision for the future of urban transportation is just 3 meters long with 2+1 seating. The idea is for a car for your urban professionals that Nissan says are looking to challenge conventional car idea (it’s a ’new view’).
Nuvu is agile so that its easy to drive and park in the city. The other key Nissan sees to the city car is that its an electric vehicle (EV). "We believe zero emission vehicles are one of the key solutions for tomorrow’s city car," says François Bancon, General Manager, Exploratory and Advance Planning Department, Product Strategy and Product Planning Division, Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan has no plans to produce the Nuvu. Although it has plans for electric cars for Japan and the U.S. by 2010 (and the rest of the world by 2012,) it says that the Nuvu is just a study to take design elements and parts of the technology for the mass-produced vehicle.
Press release after the jump.
After the Nuvu concept, the second Nissan premier at the Paris Auto Show is the 2009 Pixo. The newest small car from Nissan is expected to go on sale in Europe in spring 2009.
Built in collaboration with Suzuki, the Pixo is a five-door, four-seater powered by a three cylinder 1.0-liter engine. Nissan is paring the small engine with lightweight construction in an effort to keep good performance while achieving high fuel economy.
Press release after the jump.
Nissan announced today that the vision for the future of urban transportation will be previewed at the Paris Auto Show by the Nuvu Concept car, a 3 meters long compact car with unique 2+1 seating.
Nuvu is an electric vehicle, is agile, easy to drive and even easier to park. It represents Nissan’s commitment to electric vehicle technology, considering that Nissan has already announced that it will present a production-ready EV at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, with sales due to start in Japan and North America in 2010. Whilst Nuvu is not that car, it does share some of the technology that will feature in the planned production vehicle.
Press release after the jump.
Nissan might unveil the 2011 GT-R Spec-V (Victory Specification) at the Paris Motor Show, and go on sale in December. In North America, be prepared to wait a couple model years for the performance Spec V, which will be lighter, faster, and pricier than the conventional sports car.
The Spec-V will feature heavy use of carbon fiber helping to reduce the weight with 220 - 330 pounds. The Spec V has a new front splitter and tweaked rear spoiler. A modified suspension sits in between, and the car has distinctive spoke wheels.
For the Spec-V, the engine will be tweaked to pump out horsepower somewhere in the 512 to 550 range.
Nissan will unveil at the Paris Motor Show this autumn the revised Nissan 350Z. Instead of a regular 3.5 liter engine, the new model will be powered by the same 3.7 engine that is being used in the Infiniti G37. The new engine means a new name for the future sports car: 370Z.
Even if there is no info about how the power will increase, we are sure that there will be a big difference between the current 350Z and the future 370Z. The history tells it: starting with 130 hp for the first generation, up to 145 hp, 160hp, 222hp and 306 for the current 350Z.
Nissan today (6th September) presented for the first time its new Compact Crossover for Europe, the Qashqai, at an event hosted in Paris by Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s President and CEO. Inspired by the concept car of the same name that was presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show, the Qashqai is a new vehicle for Nissan in Europe, with sales starting in February 2007.
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