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On the eve of the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan has confirmed plans to offer the next generation Micra in the United States. The new, yet-to-be-named model will slot in below the Versa (the Micra is nearly two-feet shorter than Nissan's entry-level hatch) and will be built atop Nissan's new low-cost "V" architecture.

The new model will be build at five of Nissan's plants around the world and will be equipped with a three-cylinder engine putting out an undisclosed amount of power. Three variants will be available – a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and an MPV-like vehicle – all in an effort to sell one million "V" platform units globally each year. Nissan hasn't disclosed when the next generation Micra will go on sale globally – or more specifically, in the States – but expect the sub-compact runabout to hit U.S. shores sometime in 2011 or 2012.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      No 3dr hatch, no care.

        • 5 Years Ago
        That's just silly. The hatch is the important part. I wouldn't say "no" due to passenger doors on a car that I otherwise really liked. It's the same car! If anything, passenger doors are a bonus, and only augment functionality; whereas, the presence or absence of a hatch is a HUGE deal (trunks are dumb and too restrictive). Looks are important, but few cars' looks are "ruined" by virtue of passenger doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like, hopefully they won't mess up the design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to agree with the other bloggers. Not offering this as a two or three door is absurd. I can't imagine anyone buying something this size to haul more than one passenger. And so many people think of having a four door as added convenience, but in a car this size, all four doors would have to be inconveniently tiny. The true convenience would be to have two adult size doors which would be easier to get in and out of, in addition to not having the pesky B-pillar blocking the side view.

      Having grown up in the 70's and 80's when most vehicles were offered in both two door and four door variants, I'm a bit dumbfounded by the sheer obsession manufacturers have with four door vehicles. I don't see the extra doors as added convenience but more of a nuisance. In fact, I'll bet access to the back seat of the Micra would be more convenient with two large doors rather than four dainty doors. Not to mention the car would look better.

      Either way, while I like the general appearance of this vehicle, I know that it will be made cheap just like all the other small cars. It will be dumbed down with a torsion beam suspension, just like the Sentra and Versa. ...which also happen to only be offered as four door vehicles. Why can't anyone take a lesson from the Civic and Mini and recognize that small premium cars with two doors sell very well.

      • 5 Years Ago
      lets better say that we all need the inexpensive cars on our NA market.
      No matter how small or bigger they will be. We were not able tio chose for all these uears sinc 70-th - we just forced to pay at least $20000 for any new car in Canada ! Damn it!
      Give us a choise ! Is that a bad think that you would,t need to take a $20000 loan for 5-7 years ? Even if you have this money - can not you find a better way to us them to ease your life ? Don't play the stupid game offered to you by manufacturers who want just to increase their profit by not letting you buy what you really need - an inexpensive & economical car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The current generation Micra is a great car that everyone outside north america seems to enjoy. I hope they bring the Micra back to north america. Nissan really needs a competitor for the fit/fiesta/yaris

        • 5 Years Ago
        They have the Versa a B-segment car (which is the best selling sub-compact so far this year), the Micra is an A-segment car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, the Versa is actually straddling the c-segment area. The Hatch is 169" long, and the Sedan is 176" long! The Yaris 3-door is 150" long (US bumper regulations). Lop 24" off of the Hatch, and you're at 145" inches......not too far off from a Yaris.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet! I look forward to seeing these here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, the B segment is about to really heat up.

      Honda, Ford/Mazda and Nissan with good looking entries.

      If OIL continues to rise, these cars will sell like hotcakes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never understood why companies build 4 door sedans on chassis smaller than C class cars. the trunk is a bread box in them. Hatchbacks are really the only way to get practical use out of something in the B and A range.
        • 5 Years Ago
        love the Fiesta but the sedan's trunk looks like an add-on.

        personally, for the US, I dont know why they offer anything other than a 3-dr for the A-class (this Micra). B-class barely makes it. You can only cram 3 lbs of doody in a 3 lb bag.

      • 5 Years Ago
      ...and there I was thinking that Nissan would make something different....it's just a copy of a yaris....make something original will ya?!
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