Nissan New Micra headed for Canadian showroom after Montreal reveal? [UPDATE]
We've been hearing rumors that the New Micra would end up in Canadian dealerships for some time. At every turn, however, we've also heard that the Franco-Japanese hatch is not intended for sale in the US, and nothing in this latest report from Autos.ca would seem to indicate otherwise. As Autoblog sources are quick to point out, Nissan already has one of the least-expensive offerings in the US, the $11,990 Versa Sedan, and the Japanese automaker just doesn't see room underneath it for another model. Sorry, Yank.
UPDATE: As it turns out, our affiliates at Autoblog Quebec actually attended a pre-show launch party for the Canadian New Micra. In addition to snapping a gallery of photos of the car (see above), they also uncovered a few details.
The Micra will make use of the same, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine as the Nissan Versa, producing 109 horsepower. A four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual transmission will be available. Autoblog Quebec speculates that the Micra will start between $11,000 and $12,000 (Canadian). What's more, Nissan has apparently adapted the car to the extreme cold weather of the region, doing more than 20,000 kilometers of testing in northern Quebec.
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