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.

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      Ok, where are the rest of the Tokyo Salon coverage?
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it to America as a Fiat Fighter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I liked it better when it was called the Fiat 500.
      Mark Fergel
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first glance I thought it was the Fiat 500 with a redesigned front end. Nice enough looking car.
      Anonymous Howard
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thought it was a miniaturized Toyota Matrix at first glance before seeing the Nissan part.
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      So is there going to be a concept Nismo-R like the Juke-R? Maybe Grindstaff Engines can help you out
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      "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." So...visual part, visual part (it's not like it needed more downforce), visual part and visual part. That's it? I thought Nismo tuned cars meant more PERFORMANCE, as in, better engine, suspension, brakes, etc. (see Nismo Skyline R34 GT-R Z-Tune and Nismo 350Z R-Tune)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doese it have the Mighty SR20 under the hood again?
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice~ Priced right, last forever and looks great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems like the "bug-eye" look is all the rage with this car segment.
      Joey Franklin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the juke nismo concept but this is nice too, i run a nissan parts dept and am looking forward to some nice nismo parts to sell.
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