• Oct 1, 2009
New Nissan Global Compact - click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan has just sent out the first sketch of its next-generation B-segment compact. The new car will be available globally starting next March in Thailand and then spreading to over 150 countries. The new car is expected to replace the Micra in Europe and elsewhere.

In Thailand, the new model will be the first to qualify on local "Eco-Car" rules. Nissan hasn't made any announcements about bringing the little car to the U.S., but if it did, it would slot in below the already inexpensive Versa (which is itself uncomfortably close to the Sentra in size and utility). It's also possible we might see an announcement about U.S. availability during the upcoming auto show season, but we wouldn't hold our breath. In any case, you can check out high-res versions of the renderings in our gallery below, and an ultra-brief press release after the jump.



[Source: Nissan]



PRESS RELEASE:

Nissan Unveils Sketch of its Future Global Compact Car

YOKOHAMA (Oct. 1, 2009) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the sketch of its global compact car. This model will be initially launched in Thailand in March 2010 and will be available in more than 150 countries.

At the same time, Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. announced that the model will qualify as Thailand's first "Eco-car." Thai Eco-car government policy is effective today and will help promote the development of energy efficient vehicles.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah i gree the sketch looks kool i dunno about the real car if it would be anygood little nissans tend to look goofy. anybody knwo where i could find more fo these great design sketches though ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't like this sketch. The current Micra looks great. Why change/ruin a great design? Just bring the current model to the USA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan apparently will build it in five worldwide locations, including China, India and possibly the UK(?), so this article states

      http://bsmotoring.com/storypage.php?autono=1256

      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno, can someone explain why some car makers are having such a hard time being consistent. Mazda seems to be doing great across the board really, Ford as well, and several others. Nissan though? From the fantastic GT-R to several mediocre offerings below it, same issue we’re starting to see with the lack of an S2000 replacement at Honda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Mazda always is consistent with a car's looks. Same with Ford, especially now. GM does it too, but it varies from brand to brand and is almost boring sometimes. Nissan is the next Toyota in terms of excitement and quality, with MAYBE an exception of the GT-R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the Micra was smaller than the Versa. If they are the same size they should dump the Versa and sell this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the UK version of the Micra is a great car. It is really too bad it is not available in North America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really?? The Micra i drove in Ireland back in the spring was a complete crap. If they re-designed the car from the ground up maybe they'll have something.

        Seriously, everyone i talked to out there said that car is junk when i told them what we were driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sketch looks good,

      I hope Nissan doesnt let us down with a sissy looking car like the K12 turned out to be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe a little sissy-looking, but a very distinctive car, and it would have sold well in the USA had Nissan brought it over. It's a lot better-looking than the Versa, which is so bland.

        I'm noticing a lot of Nissan Cubes on the streets, and the K12, like the Cube, exudes cuteness, and some people really like that look (esp. women). At least it's different, and different is often a good think in a sea of similar-looking cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say scrap the Versa and bring the March on over. The Versa is completely soulless compared to the Yaris, Fit, and the soon-to-be green Chevy thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My first glance of the design sketch and I thought....
      Nice new Yaris!!! Then I saw the headline mentioning
      Nissan.... at least the current Micra's design is unique
      and distinctive. This one is too conservative and derivative.
      Change the logo on the hood and it's pretty similar to the
      current Yaris hood and grille, and the basic profile is similar
      to the current Opel Corsa 3 door.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like it , i think i like the sketch more than i'd liek the real car though
      • 5 Years Ago
      Versa was supposed to look awesome like the sport concept, but it turned out like a minivan.

      I can't help but wonder how they will transform this micra sketch...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I agree with you. Whatever happened to the sport concept? That was a nice looking vehicle. The Versa is ok, but it's boring to drive. I hope this Micra turns out to be fun to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
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