Yes, the Nissan Note looks a lot like a Honda Fit. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's get to the details of the new B-segment model from the Japanese automaker, which will start selling the note in Europe this fall.

Nissan will unveil the Note at the Geneva Motor Show next month and will bring some higher-end features to the economy car. Blind-spot warning systems, lane-departure sensors and a multi-camera "helicopter view" parking assistant will all be part of the package, as well a stop-start idling system. Nissan says much of the Note's development work was done in the UK and Spain. The new Note has not yet been priced.

As for fuel economy the Note's base 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine will get about 50 miles per gallon, while a higher-end gas motor will bump that figure by about 10 percent. Nissan will also offer the note in a 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine that will get about 65 miles per gallon on Europe's lenient test cycle. Check out Nissan's press release below.
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NISSAN REVOLUTIONISES SMALL CAR TECHNOLOGY WITH NEW NISSAN NOTE
18/02/13 from Nissan Print this page

Safety Shield and Around View Monitor set to make high-end technology available to all
  • All-new Nissan Note will be the first model to launch Nissan's pioneering Safety Shield technology
  • Around View Monitor system combines with Nissan Safety Shield to enhance driver's field of vision
  • Nissan Note will be the the first car in its segment to offer high-end technologies, made affordable through innovative engineering
Nissan is set to revolutionise the small car segment and once again prove its credentials as a technological trailblazer with its newest innovation - the Nissan Safety Shield.

Nissan's commitment to innovation, style and excitement has produced some of the most talked-about cars in recent years. And now, following in the tracks of the ground-breaking Qashqai and Juke, the new Note sets the standard for advanced, relevant technology in an affordable small car package. The Note features intelligent, relevant features useful in day-to-day driving, allowing drivers to feel safer and more secure at all times.

With cities across Europe continuing to battle with congestion and road traffic accidents claiming around 34,000 lives each year and leaving more than 1.1 million people injured*, Nissan has committed itself to making safety technologies more accessible - Nissan Safety Shield plays a key part in this process. This new technology will be making its global segment debut on the Nissan Note to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 2013 and will be in showrooms from the autumn.

The all-new Nissan Note brings together the high-end technology usually found in premium, luxury models to the small car sector for the first time, setting new standards for affordability and continuing a proud tradition of revolutionising the various sectors that Nissan's vehicles come under – from the all-electric LEAF all the way to the mighty GT-R supercar.

The Nissan Safety Shield is made up of three advanced safety systems – Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection – and, combined with Nissan's Around View Mirror, provides optimum protection not only for the car's occupants, but crucially for those outside of the car. With these systems working together, the Nissan Safety Shield can alert drivers to objects moving behind the car (for example, a child walking towards you when reversing); indicate when a vehicle is in the driver's blind spot so the driver can take avoiding action and can detect when a car is drifting out of its lane.

Etienne Henry, Vice-President for Nissan Strategy & Product Planning in Europe commented: "The all-new Note presented our engineers with a fascinating challenge, in that we wanted to incorporate a huge amount of advanced technology but keep costs reasonable. In developing the three Safety Shield elements to run from one camera we were able to keep manufacturing costs under tight control and make this technology package accessible to the small car segment for the first time."

Since the Safety Shield technologies depend on the rear camera, Nissan's engineers have developed a similarly ingenious way to keep it clean and functioning at all times. By constantly scanning the camera image for dirt, the system is operated by firing a small jet of water, drying the lens using a small jet of compressed air, meaning the system works at all speeds - a perfect example of the Note's in-built engineering innovation.

Complementing Safety Shield is Nissan's advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) – a system that makes reversing and parallel parking virtually stress-free. Using the rear camera and three other cameras positioned on the front grille and wing mirrors, the 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen displays an image of the Note from above. This helps the driver to visually confirm the car's position in relation to the surrounding area – making parallel parking not only easier but safer.

Key features of the Nissan Safety Shield are:

− Blind Spot Warning

A feature once reserved for cars in the premium sector, this system uses the rear camera to detect vehicles in the hidden blind spot areas on both sides of the Note. If a vehicle is detected in either blind spot, a discreet warning light comes on in the glass of the Note's wing mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the system detects a vehicle in the danger area, the light flashes and an audible warning is given.

− Lane Departure Warning

Another premium feature making its debut in the small car segment, the Lane Departure Warning system detects if the car is starting to drift out of lane. Again, the Note relies only on its rear camera and advanced computer programmes detect even faint road markings in all light conditions allowing the car to determine if it is drifting out of position without indicating. If it does, a warning is given to the driver to correct their road position. Cleverly, the system automatically adjusts its sensitivity when on rural roads to allow for the different required driving style.

− Moving Object Detection

Building on the capabilities of the Around View Monitor System, this new function effectively gives the driver a digital co-pilot to help them look at what might be approaching their reversing Note. While conventional parking aids warn the driver of an object in their path, Moving Object Detection gives an audible and visual alert if someone or something is moving behind the car, for example if a child is walking towards your reversing Note. Mounted on the tailgate and having a convex lens, the Safety Shield camera has a sweep of vision in excess of 180 degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the back of the car.

The Note also benefits from Nissan's enhanced Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and audio system. Using a new, larger 5.8-inch touch-screen display, the latest system includes Google 'Send to Car' navigation software allowing routes planned at home to be transferred directly to the car. Additional connected services include Google Points of Interest (POI), nearest fuel prices, plus flight and weather information.

Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President for Nissan Sales and Marketing in Europe concludes: "The new Note isn't just a direct replacement of the current Note, it's a completely different car with a completely different place in the market. Sitting at the heart of the B segment, the new Note takes on high volume competitors with great design and premium technology in an accessible package."

Production of the new Note will start in the summer, with first deliveries scheduled for autumn 2013 depending on specific markets.

Safety Shield:

Moving Object Detection

The Moving Object Detection (MOD) system can inform the driver of moving objects when driving out of garages, manoeuvring into parking spaces and in other such instances.
The MOD system detects moving objects by using image processing technology on the image shown in the display.
When the shift selector is in the R (Reverse) position and the vehicle speed is approximately 5 mph (8 km/h) or less, the MOD system detects moving objects in the rear-view or rear-wide view.
If the MOD system detects moving objects surrounding the vehicle, a yellow frame will be displayed on the camera image and a chime sounds.
When the MOD system detects a moving object surrounding the vehicle, the yellow frame will be displayed on the view where the objects are detected and a chime will sound once. While the MOD system continues to detect moving objects, the yellow frame continues to be displayed

Blind Spot Warning

The Blind Spot Warning (BSW) system helps alert the driver of other vehicles in adjacent lanes when changing lanes.
The BSW system operates above approximately 20 mph (32 km/h).
When the camera unit detects vehicles in the detection zone, the Blind spot indicator light located inside the outside mirrors will illuminate. If the turn signal is then activated, the system chimes (twice) and the Blind spot indicator light flashes to alert the driver.
The Blind spot indicator light continues to flash until the detected vehicle(s) leave the detection zone.

Lane Departure Warning

The LDW system operates above approximately 45 mph (70 km/h). When the vehicle approaches either the left or the right of the travelling lane, the LDW system will chime a sound and the LDW light (orange) on the instrument panel will blink to alert the driver

The LDW system is not designed to operate under the following conditions:

When you operate the lane change signal and change travelling lanes in the direction of the signal. (The LDW system will become operable again approximately 2 seconds after the lane change signal is turned off.)
When the vehicle speed is less than approximately 45 mph (70 km/h).

Around View Monitor

The Around View Monitor combines the feeds from small cameras mounted on the front grille, tailgate and both door mirrors to project an overhead 360o 'helicopter view' of the area around the vehicle onto the 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen.
The system switches on automatically when the car is placed in reverse or, while driving up to 10 km/h, by pressing the "camera" button on dashboard; then it switches off once the car has reached a set speed.


NEW NISSAN NOTE: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CONNECTED
All-new Note sets the standard for affordable technology

New Nissan Note attacks the B-segment with dynamic design and advanced premium technology
Global debut of innovative first-in-segment features offered in an accessible, affordable package
Around View Monitor system combines with Nissan Safety Shield to offer real-world driving benefits every day
Low CO2 emissions from only 95g/km with stop-start as standard across the range
Unique design and engineering features for Europe, built in Europe
Public debut at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

ROLLE, Switzerland (February 18th, 2013): Signalling the start of a wave of bold new models from Nissan, the all-new Note for Europe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 2013.

Nissan's commitment to innovation, style and excitement has produced some of the most talked-about cars in recent years. And now, following in the tracks of the ground-breaking Qashqai and Juke, the new Note sets the standard for advanced, relevant technology in an affordable small car package.

The Note is now a true B-segment contender that will redefine customer expectations.
Fully utilising Nissan's innovative approach to design and engineering, it builds on the strengths and values of its predecessor

New Note in brief

Designed to perfectly meet the demands of today's B segment customer, the new Note has benefited from extensive European development, tailored for European buyers. With engineering and development work completed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in both the UK and Spain and production gearing up at Nissan Manufacturing UK (NMUK) in Sunderland, the new Note has been designed to perfectly meet the demands of today's small car customer.

New Note also continues the Nissan tradition of bringing bold design and exciting new technologies to a new area of the market. Customers will benefit from a raft of innovative features relevant and useful in day to day driving. The Note features intelligent, relevant features useful every day.

New Note sees the global B-segment debut of Nissan's new Safety Shield - a package of technologies that would previously only have been available on more costly premium sector models. A Blind Spot Warning system, Lane Departure Warning and an advanced Moving Object Detection system combine to deliver a new level of driver assistance in the class. All three systems operate using data from the rear wide view camera, which delivers a clear image no matter what the weather thanks to an in built wash and blow dry function - a perfect example of the new Note's in-built engineering innovation.

The benefits of Safety Shield are numerous. Not only does it reduce accident exposure, it means drivers are better informed about their surroundings - minimising the risk of accidental bumps or scrapes that would require a visit to the body shop. It also allows drivers to feel safer and more secure at all times.

New Note is also the first car in the B-segment to offer Around View Monitor (AVM) - Nissan's acclaimed multi-camera helicopter view parking aid giving clear visibility around the car. This sophisticated yet easy to use system makes parking manoeuvres simpler, enhances urban driving pleasure and helps owners reduce the risk of costly body damage when parking.

Additionally, the new Note embeds the latest version of the Nissan Connect navigation system, including all its connected services.

Innovative design and engineering has meant that all of these technologies have been delivered in an affordable package, matched by a range of highly efficient engines. The combination of a lightweight platform, low aerodynamic drag exterior design and advanced engines and transmissions mean that the new Note will appeal to all buyers.

Running costs will be equally appealing, with all new Note variants equipped with an idle stop/start system as standard, delivering CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km. This efficiency is complimented by strong performance from advanced petrol and diesel engines, along with secure and engaging driving dynamics, specifically tailored for European roads.

Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan in Europe explains: "New Note fulfils a really important role in our line-up, combining really smart design with technology that has never been offered in the B-segment before. We've used design and engineering innovation to make premium technologies accessible and affordable."

Prices and specifications will be unveiled closer to the new Note's European on-sale date in the autumn of 2013.

New Note in detail

Technology
The new Note features advanced technology which has never been seen in its sector before. Indeed, many of the technologies offered in the Note are completely new to the B-segment, and set new standards for affordability.

Among these headline technology features is Nissan's advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) - an innovative system that takes the stress out of reversing and parallel parking.

Using four separate cameras, the 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen displays an image of the new Note from above. This helps the driver to visually confirm the car's position in relation to the surrounding area - making manoeuvres significantly easier and safer.

While AVM is a familiar innovation to many Qashqai drivers, the new Note adds to the technology as the first model to feature the Nissan Safety Shield pack, comprising of three advanced safety systems that work together to provide genuine real-world driver benefits. Genuine engineering innovation has allowed Nissan to bring these previously costly systems together in one affordable package. While rival systems employ costly front, rear and even radar systems to perform similar functions, Nissan's program requires only the image captured by the rear wide view AVM camera to operate Safety Shield.

The Nissan Safety Shield pack comprises the following three technologies:

Blind Spot Warning
A feature once reserved for cars in the premium sector, Nissan's system uses the rear wide view AVM camera to detect vehicles in the hidden blind spot areas on both sides of the Note. If a vehicle is detected in either blind spot, a discreet warning light illuminates in the glass of the Note's wing mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the system detects a vehicle in the danger area, the light flashes and an audible warning is given.

Lane Departure Warning
Another premium feature making its debut in the B-segment, Lane Departure Warning detects if the car is starting to drift out of lane. While you might expect a windscreen mounted camera or radar system to be required for this function, the Note again uses only its rear wide view AVM camera. Advanced computer programming detects even faint road markings allowing the car to determine if it is drifting out of position without indicating. If it does, a warning is given to the driver to correct their road position. Cleverly, the system automatically adjusts its sensitivity when on rural roads to allow for the different required driving style.

Moving Object Detection
Building on the capabilities of Around View Monitor, this new function effectively gives the driver a digital co-pilot to help them look at what might be approaching the path of their reversing Note. While conventional parking aids warn the driver of an object in their way, Moving Object Detection gives an audible and visual alert if someone or something is moving behind the car, for example if a child is walking towards your reversing Note. Mounted on the tailgate and having a convex lens, the rear wide view AVM camera has a sweep of vision in excess of 180 degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the back of the car. Images from the camera are displayed on the 5.8-inch Nissan Connect screen.

With all three Safety Shield technologies plus the rear wide view of Around View Monitor relying on the tailgate mounted camera, maintaining a clear view from this device is paramount. Nissan engineers have developed the ultimate solution - a built in camera wash and blow dry system. Sophisticated algorithms analyse the image and identify any dirt visible on the rear camera. If required, a small amount of water squirts at the lens along with a jet of compressed air to avoid any drips. As a result all of the Safety Shield pack functions are on hand whatever the weather and the rear view in AVM is always crystal clear.

Both AVM and Safety Shield are incorporated into the new Note's enhanced Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and audio system. Now benefiting from a larger 5.8-inch touch-screen display, the latest system includes Google® 'Send to Car' navigation software allowing routes planned at home to be transferred directly to the car. Additional connected services include Google® Points of Interest (POI), nearest fuel prices, plus flight and weather information.

Etienne Henry, Vice-President for Nissan Strategy & Product Planning in Europe commented: "New Note presented a fascinating engineering challenge, in that we wanted to incorporate a huge amount of advanced technology but keep the costs reasonable. In developing the three Safety Shield pack elements to run from one camera we were able to keep manufacturing costs under tight control and make this technology package accessible to the B-segment for the first time."

Exterior Design

The new Note brings design flair and excitement to a segment where style has become an essential ingredient for success. To meet the increasingly high demands of consumers in the B-segment, Nissan has created a car that combines elegant, fluid lines with original and bold details.

Inspired by and remaining close to the style and shape of the Invitation concept car revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Note has an energetic design. The clean lines of the silhouette hint at the new Note's dynamic potential and showcase the car's class-leading aerodynamics. Unlike versions of the new Note sold in other markets, the European model has a unique front end design as well as premium sculpted wing mirrors incorporating the indicator repeaters.

Built on Nissan's lightweight V platform, the new Note combines a long wheelbase and short overhangs to create a sporty, agile look. The side of the car is distinguished by a dramatic 'Squash Line' that adds a powerful dynamism to the profile, so called because the angles were inspired by the flight of a fast moving squash ball travelling around a court.

The front combines sculpted surfaces with an interlocking headlamp and grille arrangement. Combined with flared wheel arches and a distinctive, flowing window line, the new Note further reinforces Nissan's position at the leading edge of vehicle design.

Recognising that many B-segment buyers demand a sporty, dynamic look, Nissan has developed a new Dynamic Styling Pack that offers an even more powerful appearance. The Dynamic pack features black detailing around the headlights and grille and introduces larger, more sculpted air intakes in the front and rear bumpers.

Atsushi Maeda, Product Chief Designer for new Note explains: "The Design Concept of this car is summarised by two phrases: 'energetic clarity' and 'spacious comfort'. We have designed a completely new hatchback which is dynamic, energetic and sporty while also managing to keep the previous generation Note's practicality and versatility. The aerodynamic silhouette is also an unmistakable key feature of this design."


Interior design

The emphasis placed on strong design features continues inside the new Note. The versatility valued by drivers of the previous model has not been forgotten, and is now combined with premium quality materials, advanced technology features and class leading practicality.

The most striking innovation is right in front of the driver on every trip. The dashboard display has been designed with significant European input to ensure maximum clarity at all times, delivering a clear view of all standard driving data in addition to two advanced new eco meters. An eco pedal gauge gives an efficiency rating to the driver's throttle input, while an overall eco meter gives a strong visual guide to the overall economy achieved on each drive in real time.

The Note's interior has been designed and built to offer occupants a comfortable, practical and refined environment. The blue lights of the eco meter gives the cabin a relaxed, premium feel while the intelligent layout means that there is no compromise on space.

Designed with practicality in mind, the new Note's rear seats carry over the class leading versatility of the previous generation model. A sliding rear bench allows owners to alternate between maximum luggage space and maximum passenger legroom - both of which are best in class. Add a dual-height boot floor and few B-segment models can compete.


Drivetrain

As befits a car that brings exciting new technologies to the sector, the new Note's engine and gearbox range is packed with clever features that enhance both efficiency and drivability.

Four engine and transmission options will be offered, with CO2 outputs from as low as 95g/km. Nissan's intelligent stop-start ignition system is fitted to all models, further boosting efficiency and minimising CO2 emissions.

Both new Note petrol engines displace 1,198cc and are lightweight, compact and highly efficient three-cylinder 12-valve units. The imbalances that can often be highlighted in a three-cylinder engine have been overcome with the introduction of a number of engineering innovations. These include an offset counterweight on the crank pulley that cancels out the vertical vibration caused by piston travel. As a result, this advanced engine enjoys the same refinement levels of four-cylinder unit.

The entry-level 1.2-litre produces power and torque figures of 80PS at 6,000 rpm and 110Nm at 4,000 rpm. This translates to combined fuel economy of 4.7 l/100km, while CO2 emissions are 109g/km.

Further up the range is the innovative 1.2-litre DIG-S engine that generates 98PS at 5,600 rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. This advanced engine offers the economy of a traditional diesel, but delivers a driving experience normally associated with a mid-size, four-cylinder petrol engine. Among the many technical highlights of this engine is the supercharger. Equipped with an electronic clutch system, it can be disconnected from the engine while driving at low speeds - boosting economy and reducing any unnecessary friction within the engine.

To further reduce inefficient power loss within the engine operating system the Miller Cycle is incorporated. By allowing the inlet valve to stay open longer, along with a higher compression ratio, the compression stroke becomes more efficient.

Combined, these innovations make the 1.2-litre DIG-S one of the most efficient and flexible engines in the sector. Despite its strong performance, CO2 emissions are just 99g/km with the manual gearbox (119g/km with CVT transmission). Fuel consumption is 4.3 l/100km (with manual transmission) on the combined cycle.

Completing the Note engine range is a newly engineered four-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo diesel. This 90PS Renault-Nissan Alliance developed unit emits just 95g/km of CO2 and offers a combined fuel economy figure of 3.6 l/100km.

Performance figures for all engines will be announced closer to launch.


Dynamics

The new Note has been extensively developed in Europe to offer the best possible driving experience. With a distinct set-up from that of the Japanese and US market new Note models, the European version has unique steering, suspension and chassis settings to deliver the perfect blend of comfort, traction and handling for European roads.

Drivers and passengers will experience high levels of ride quality and comfort, while the new Note's cornering stability and dynamic agility have also been significant areas of focus during the development process.

What's more, the 1.2-litre DIG-S model has further dynamic tweaks for an even more engaging driving experience. Suspension, steering and body stiffness are all adjusted to perfectly suit the character of the advanced three-cylinder engine, putting it in the heart of the B segment in terms of driving performance.


Range

The new Note will launch with three trim grades - Visia, Acenta and Tekna. Equipment levels reflect Nissan's commitment to offering high levels of technology to all customers. As a result, all models will feature stop-start ignition systems, six airbags and cruise control with a speed limiter.

Mid-spec Acenta models add air-conditioning, Bluetooth connection and rear electric windows, while top grade Tekna models feature the Safety Shield pack, Nissan Connect, Around View Monitor, part leather trim and keyless entry with i-key.

Paul Willcox, Senior Vice President for Nissan Sales and Marketing in Europe concludes: "The new Note isn't just a direct replacement for current Note, it's a completely different car with a completely different place in the market. Sitting at the very heart of the B-segment, the new Note takes on high volume competitors with great design and premium technology in an accessible package. We're really excited to be expanding our small car range with such an attractive and advanced new hatchback."

Production of the new Note will start in the summer, with first deliveries scheduled for autumn 2013 depending on specific markets.


Note to editors:

Nissan at the Geneva Motor Show

Nissan will begin a new product offensive at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show:

Resonance concept - Nissan is ready to lead the next generation of crossover design with the Resonance concept. Having already been awarded the EyesOn Design Award for Best Concept Vehicle when it debuted at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2013, Resonance makes its first European appearance in Geneva.
Note - The all-new Nissan Note will make its world debut in European specification.
LEAF - The model year 2013 Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in European built, European specification at the Geneva Motor Show. Details of a host of significant enhancements will be revealed, further enhancing the appeal of the world's best selling electric vehicle.
Juke n-tec - Extra technology and added value join the Juke range with the n-tec. With an enhanced Nissan Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and audio system and distinctive alloy wheels fitted as standard the n-tec adds further strength to the growing Juke line-up.
Nismo - Now introduced in Europe as Nissan's performance arm, Nismo will be represented in Geneva by the Juke Nismo and the recently revealed 370Z Nismo. The latter is making its public debut in Geneva, while both models perfectly embody the spirit of Nismo: innovation and excitement for everyone through accessible performance.
GT-R - The latest Nissan GT-R is the fastest of them all. With the ability to launch from 0-100km/h in only 2.7 seconds, the GT-R is one of the most thrilling and most technologically advanced supercars in the world, yet costs a fraction of the price of any similarly performing competitor.
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About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 695,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs and commercial vehicles. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.


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