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CAR MAGAZINE Test Drive Review 08/24/2010

The bright green car  you see before you is the latest Nissan Micra – known as the Nissan March in Japan and Thailand – and it’s a new supermini that will be sold in 160 countries worldwide and built in at least four different factories.

Underneath is Nissan’s all-new V-platform, and it’s a set of underpinnings that will not only provide the basis for the Micra/March supermini, but also a Micra saloon (arriving in 2011, but not coming to Europe) and an MPV replacement for the Note (that we’ll see in Europe come 2012). Nissan hopes to build one million V-based vehicles a year when all three models are on sale.

To begin with the March/Micra supermini will be built in four plants across the world: China, Mexico, India – which will supply the UK now that the more profitable Juke is being produced in Sunderland – and Thailand. And it’s to Thailand that CAR has just been to drive the new Micra in Thai-spec March guise. Read on for our first impressions of the new Nissan Micra (March).


BUSINESS CAR Test Drive Review 08/24/2010

Conservative, dull, a missed opportunity – some of the phrases used to describe the design of the all-new Nissan  Micra. But bosses say they’ve deliberately played it safe because this car has to appeal to buyers in 160 countries. The maturity of the Western European supermini segment means big growth will come in South America, Russia, China and India, where tastes are more straightforward. The latter country is where UK cars will be built. Another factory is in Thailand, where the Micra is already on sale badged the Nissan March, and is tested here.

Like the exterior, the cabin is very simple with a ‘double-bubble’ dashboard and traditional instrument layout. For British buyers the Micra’s appeal will be two-fold. First will its space; the cabin is very roomy, particularly for rear seat passengers where it’s among the class leaders. Secondly, while it’s pretty basic for the Thai market, it will be well-specced for the UK. Keyless entry, touch-screen infotainment, push-button start, and a parking space measuring system that’s unique to the segment will all be available.

Only the fourth fresh Micra in 27 years, the newcomer is 61mm longer than the MkIII but up to 80kg lighter, depending on spec. It’s powered by an all-new1.2-litre 80hp three-cylinder petrol engine that we get from launch in November. Its efficiency mean Nissan has decided against launching a diesel version, fuel economy is a very respectable 58.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 115g/km, down from 139g/km in the outgoing car. A 98hp supercharged version is due in the spring. With stop/start technology as standard, it will offer 95g/km and more than 70mpg. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a CVT auto on the options list.


WHATCAR? Test Drive Review 08/24/2010

The new Nissan Micra is going back to the future, with the emphasis is on simplicity, functionality and low production and running costs, just like the first version of 1983.

To understand why, you need only look at where the growth potential in small-car sales lies. In the traditional Micra strongholds of Europe and Japan, the market is all but saturated. The Far East, India, Latin America and Africa now offer the opportunities for expansion, and Nissan wants a share of the spoils.

It's not only the car that has had to change to make this possible. The production centres have also been shifted, from the UK and Japan to China, India, Mexico and Thailand, to overcome local import restrictions. UK versions will come from Chennai in India.


AUTOCAR Test Drive Review 03/10/2010

Geneva Motor Show.

These are the first pictures of the new Nissan Micra, which has been revealed at today's Geneva motor show.

Developed and built on Nissan's all-new, global V-platform, the new Micra was designed and tested in Japan will initially be built in Thailand, India, Mexico and China.


HONEST JOHN Test Drive Review 08/24/2010

It might seem a bit odd to be reading a ‘first drive’ of a car you won’t be able to buy in the UK until November, and which in UK spec will be considerably different.

But this is an all-new car, with nothing carried over from any previous model.

All new engine. All-new CVT transmission. All-new body and structure. All-new suspension.


THE INDEPENDENT Test Drive Review 03/10/2010

Nissan shows the new Micra at Geneva.

Nissan has shown its fourth-generation Micra at the Geneva Motor Show. The new car is somewhat more conservative in design than the outgoing model and has echoes of the second-generation "bubble" Micra that was such a strong seller in the Nineties.

The Micra will be sold in 160 countries and will be introduced initially in Thailand - one of the four countries that will host production of the new car - before coming to Europe in the autumn.


THE TELEGRAPH Test Drive Review 03/10/2010

All-new Nissan superminis goes on sale in the UK in September.

There was some relief that Nissan had retained the Micra name for its next supermini rather than opt for some nebulous music-related moniker such as Bassoon or Bongo.

The all-new Micra debuts the global compact or V platform of the Renault/Nissan Alliance, which will underpin a host of models on sale in more than 160 countries, so you will be able to travel the world and say, "I've got one of those."


MAIL ONLINE Tekna Test Drive Review 05/04/2011

Nissan's Micra Tekna is easy to park, cheap to run and a good bet for grandads and teenagers alike.

Two days after my 17th birthday, instead of sleeping off my first shandy hangover, I was taking my driving test. That might sound a weird celebration but to me it wasn’t.

I couldn’t wait to get my licence. I’d actually been driving since I was in short trousers. I think I was four the first time I sat on a tractor and for the next decade I took every opportunity to drive on the farm where I grew up. When the time came to take formal lessons, I only needed one before the man in the cardigan let me take the test.

It was a good job because the car I did my one lesson in was a horrible little red thing with a massive Learner sign over the roof, dents on all corners and curbed wheels from the nervous students who’d come before me.

That, and the smell of the instructor’s splash-it-on aftershave, spurred me on to pass as soon as possible.

That’s all I really remember about the last Micra I drove, and even though it was some 20 years ago I can’t think of Nissan’s little runabout without the smell of trepidation and Old Spice filling my nostrils. That’s not to say I dislike Micras.

My grandad has one and he’ll never part with it. He only ever goes to the shops and to the footie ground and it’s never let him down on either count. It costs him very little and it’s easy to park, and if no one ever challenges him to a race when he’s idling at the lights, well that’s fine by him.