It seems as if the Micra C+C has been a long time coming.
It seems as if the Micra C+C has been a long time coming. Although my first viewing of it was as a concept car at the British motor show at the NEC way back in 2002, it was first shown at the Paris motor show earlier that year. It received such a warm reception that it was decided to put it into production. Some three years later, it made it onto UK roads.
Nissan must have been happy with the concept design because little has changed from the show car to the reality of the road-going vehicle. Wilhelm Karmann, the German convertible specialists, are responsible for the design of the Micra drop-top. The company having, already had more than a hand in the design of the Renault Megane Coupe Cabrio, has worked so closely with Nissan on the project, that they have taken up residence within the Sunderland factory as a ‘factory within a factory’ facility. It ensures that the roof and body are made in the same place and that the component’s colours are better matched.
The C+C is still recognisable as a Micra although it is lower and longer than the hatchback version. The roofline has been dropped by 99mm and the C+C is 72mm longer. All of the extra length is at the back in order to accommodate the roof when it is opened whilst retaining ample boot space. Unfortunately, the result is a little heavy in appearance - does my bum look big in this? Oh, yes!
At the front end very little has been changed save the A-pillars, which are at a steeper angle, strengthened for rollover protection and lengthened to reach further over the cabin. This also means that there is less roof to be folded into the boot.
Nissan Micra Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Nissan Micra C+C 1.6 Essenza|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||50.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-Year/60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 29/04/06)||£15,250|