Carlos Ghosn, Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Ltd, unveiled the company's all new Nissan Micra, the fourth generation of the iconic city car, at the 80th International Geneva Motor Show.
Boasting breakthrough packaging and small-car engineering, the all-new, fourth generation Nissan Micra is on course to create a whole new set of industry standards. Unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show, the Nissan Micra has consistently won praise and success for in Europe, Japan and other markets, gaining a reputation as a reliable, stylish, accessible compact car enjoyed by a wide cross-section of customers. The new Nissan Micra has been designed to build on that trend - in 160 countries.
Developed and built on Nissan's all-new V-platform, which was developed under a comprehensive new production engineering process, the new Nissan Micra was designed and tested in Japan to be built in at least four overseas locations, and fine-tuned to meet the differing tastes and needs of customers in 160 countries worldwide. Breaking with traditions that focused on launching production in established markets like Europe and Japan, Nissan will base production of the new Micra at overseas manufacturing sites such as Thailand, India, Mexico and China.
Retaining its compact dimensions, the new car is slightly longer and marginally lower, while its longer wheelbase enables a 'wheels-at-each-corner' stance, the main reason behind the Nissan Micra's roomier interior. Aiming to create the same sense of exterior style inside the car, Nissan has employed a 'connected cocoon' design featuring a dashboard design which takes on a 'twin bubble' theme. This refers to the circular instrumentation binnacle and the similarly shaped glovebox compartment on the passenger side.
In Europe, a simple engine line-up sees just two engines options - both are variations on Nissan's all-new naturally aspirated HR12 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol engine. Inheriting its DNA from the HR16 4-cylinder engine powering the Nissan Note and Nissan QASHQAI, the new engine employs valve-timing control (VTC). Power is rated at 59kW (80ps, while torque output is 108Nm. At only 115g/km, CO2emissions for this version are world-class.
In addition to the new normally aspirated engine, Nissan will also offer a supercharged 1.2-litre direct injection iteration with a start-stop system fitted as standard in Europe. These technological innovations - stop-start reduces CO2 by six per cent - combine to offer spirited performance, with outputs of 72kW (98PS) and 142Nm of torque. Emissions will be just 95g/km, an exceptional achievement for a petrol engine.
Both engine options in Europe are available with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or Nissan's all-new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The wide gear coverage enables the 1.2-litre engine to achieve the economy of a 1.0-litre as well as brisk acceleration.
Not satisfied merely improving performance levels, engineers excelled in developing ride and handling characteristics which combine agility, refinement and poise. Mounted onto Nissan's new signature V-platform, the suspension has been designed to be both compact, minimising intrusion at the rear for maximum trunk space, but not at the expense of the car's on-road dynamics. Particular attention has been paid to bump absorption, meaning that the Micra will ride serenely over challenging road surfaces, not suffer from wallow or float, and cruise effortlessly at highway speeds.
Nissan Micra sales will begin in Thailand in March 2010, with European sales starting in the autumn.Published 11 March 2010