• Feb 17, 2010
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Past generations of the Nissan Micra have done well for the company, garnering accolades and proving its worth in the marketplace. There's a new compact Nissan coming, which we're likely to see for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

Nissan has released a video covering some of the new car's details as a way to whet our appetite. There's a sharp-looking rendering at the very end of the video, after you've learned about the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, which Nissan claims has NVH levels equivalent to a four cylinder. There's a new constantly variable transmission, and the V platform, as its named, is also a clean sheet design and developed for flexibility and packaging. Sounds like every other press release lately - "better performance, more efficient, more flexibly packaged, cures warts!" We'll see. Make the jump to watch the video.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      so, CVT only, no stick shift?.....could account for some lost sales....and I have yet to be comfortable driving a vehicle with a CVT
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds good.. but it's all just colorful words right now. Plus we probably won't see it stateside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, a compact global compact. You could just say "global subcompact".

      @Mehdi: That car is probably for the Chinese market. It looks like a mid-'90's city car with a restyled nose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Nissan March and Micra are the same car, its like the Buick Allure and LaCrosse.(Before they sticked with one name)
      • 4 Years Ago
      is the Nissan March the same car as the Micra?
      • 4 Years Ago
      O.k we get it it's efficient but, lets talk gas mileage. How many MPG's does this thing get?
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is SOOO OLD NEWS...
      Here is what it will look like
      http://media2.paultan.org/w/nissanmicraspyshot.jpg

      yeah ...a far cry from that old render
      • 4 Years Ago
      But where are the tail fins and torpedo taillights?

      After seeing the Cube and Juke you'd think that any new Nissan would have to have many such "hip" styling cues.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL, yeah I was thinking that the sketch isn't stupid enough looking.


        Nothing is wrong with the current Micra... except that Nissan hasn't brought it to the USA!

        @Nissan: BRING THE CURRENT MICRA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan's on the ball.

      370Z.
      GT-R.
      Versa.
      Altima.

      Infiniti Sub brand.

      Now this.

      Looking at Honda, Toyota, and dare I say even Mazda, this company is the only Japanese company with any soul left. All it takes is a look at the CR-Z, or the Corolla S, or the Mazda3 (The Mazdaspeed3 is a great car however) to see that although the driving dynamics of the car is there, the soul, and the passion, is not.

      Nissan seems to be holding itself up on that principle, and that quality, and I sure hope this new Micra replacement doesn't dissappoint. I hope it gains the almost cult like following of the Fiat 500 or the original Mini.

      This could be your moment to shine Nissan. Don't let us down!
        • 4 Years Ago
        David:

        Absolutely not. The French had no hand in the Skyline, GT-R, or Z, all three of which have been around for 30+ years, and which have essentially defined Nissan's "soul."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mazda had more soul before they Camrified the 6 and expanded their line to *three* crossovers (good grief), but as long as they have the MX-5 and RX, they're still tops in my book.

        On topic, the rendering looks great and the first details are promising. Though it's not on most Americans' radars, the overtly cute, Keroppi-styled prev-gen Micra was a huge hit--at least as significant to Nissan's success as the 350Z and G35--and this looks to improve on what was already a good thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's because the "soul" of this Japanese car company is French (Renault). It's only since they took over that Nissan has returned from the abyss. How can you argue otherwise? It's a historical fact.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would argue mazda...but the rest i would tend to agree....however don't be to quick to judge until you see the thing in these photos

        http://www.worldcarfans.com/110021624593/nissan-new-global-compact-car-first-details-released-

        Looks like something from a bad anime, is all i can think of in my head. It will sell if it comes in bright colors and has the "cute" factor but i wouldn't by one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ia gree that Nissan has a lot of Soul....and much more reliability that all the other Japanese cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that the new Yaris? Wait, no, it's the old Yaris.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sadly, all the gimmicks in the world can't fix ugly.

      That is unless Nissan shoehorns the Juke's turbo 1.8 into the New March. That might fix ugly. A New March Turbo would be awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      > NVH levels equivalent to a four cylinder

      That's not exactly the benchmark I'd want them to shoot for.
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