Nissan March Nismo Concept

With press days for the Detroit Auto Show now behind us, our focus is shifting eastwards. Make that Far East, as the tuners have rolled in for the Tokyo Auto Salon, where Nissan performance tuning arm Nismo has taken on its third compact and given it an attitude adjustment.

Following the recent debuts of the Leaf Nismo and Juke Nismo comes this March Nismo, based on the small hatchback also known as the Micra or (in Taiwan) as the Verita. Nismo has given it a enhanced sportiness through lightweight wheels, updated grille and aero kit, new door mirrors and sportier seats and steering wheel inside.

It's all capped by a pearl white finish with red highlights, but while the Nismo parts catalog is sure to offer bolt-ons for the March, this particular configuration is strictly a concept. Check it out in the pair of high-resolution images along with the press release after the jump.




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Nissan Unveils March Nismo Concept

YOKOHAMA, Japan (January 13, 2012)- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed the March Nismo Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012. This surprise unveiling marks the third premium sports compact released from Nismo, following on the Juke Nismo Concept and the LEAF Nismo Concept.

Based on the Nissan March and fitted with Nismo exclusive parts, the March Nismo Concept is an expression of how a premium sports compact can marry practicality with exciting driving performance.

The concept's exterior features a lower stance and bolder styling thanks to a modified front grille design and the addition of dedicated, efficiency-enhancing aeroparts that were developed as part of Nismo's racing technology. Additionally, the door mirror design has been tailored, and a rear lip spoiler added, to further enhance the car's aerodynamic performance.

In the interior, Nismo's purpose-designed seats and steering wheel have been adopted to aid smooth interaction between the driver and the car.

The March Nismo Concept is painted pearl white with red highlights, the signature Nismo colors for performance-focused premium sports models, similar to the Juke Nismo Concept.

Fitted with several of Nismo's vaunted racing technologies, such as a high-performance suspension and large-diameter lightweight wheels, the March Nismo Concept delivers superior handling and stability that adds to the pleasure of sporty driving.