Nissan’s new Micra will be the most important UK built car being launched at the British International Motor Show. It’s also going to be the most comprehensively equipped small car ever sold here as show visitors will find out when Nissan reveals Micra specifications on 22 October.
Vying for attention with the Micra will be its glamorous concept car sister, the C+C. A Coupe and Convertible in one, hence its name, the C+C comes to Birmingham fresh from the Paris Motor Show where reaction from the style conscious French was total amour. What we Brits think remains to be seen but NEC visitors will play an important role in deciding the future of the Micra C+C. If they’re as wow-ed as the French, the C+C will be another step closer to reaching production.
That’s not all the Nissan news at Birmingham. Being launched alongside the Micra will be a range topping 2.5-litre 165PS version of the company’s award-winning X-TRAIL sports utility vehicle. And the company will also be revealing a development of the most-powerful-in-class Navara double cab Pickup that’s even more aggressive looking than the standard version.
Parked up by the Micra will be the recently Primera-ised Almera now with DVD satellite navigation that could guide you from Birmingham all the way to Barcelona. And, of course, the Primera itself will be once again showing off its bold styling.
2002 has seen Nissan’s commercial vehicle operation go from niche to mainstream with the launch of two new vans, the Interstar and the Primastar. To mark this product offensive, Nissan has invested in a separate LCV stand for the first time in its history where it will also be displaying the Pickup, Terrano Van and Bob the Builder’s favourite mate, the Cabstar E.
Accompanying a child to the show and want some tyre-kicking time alone? You’re invited to deposit your ‘baggage’ with the Nissan sponsored Playcare centre which is accessible through the company’s stand. There’s a playhouse, climbing and chill-out zones, a design studio and even a little race track complete with little racing cars. Entry is unfortunately limited to under-10 year olds and any adult caught attempting to break in will be directed back onto the Nissan stand and ordered to play with a Micra.
The new Micra, designed in both Japan and Europe and to be built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK, combines a dramatic new look with clever design and intelligent, easy-to-use technology.
Described by Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Design, as a ‘revolutionary evolution’ of the current Micra, the new model gets a more assertive character while keeping the friendly Micra-ness of the current car. The design is muscular but also reassuringly cosy with a highly individual face that incorporates wing-top sights to ease parking and the placing of the car in traffic.
New Micra’s compact exterior dimensions – a boon in crowded cities such as London or Birmingham – belie a 72mm increase in wheelbase that offers more room for passengers and their luggage which can be maximised or minimised either way by a sliding rear seat.
The new Micra is packed with state-of-the art features designed to be both easy to use and relevant to everyday needs, such as automatic wipers, automatic air conditioning and for the first time in a small car, a unique Intelligent Key.
The Intelligent Key allows the doors and tailgate to be locked and unlocked, and the engine started without having to insert either a key or a card into the vehicle. This ‘smart’ system allows the vehicle to detect when the Intelligent Key approaches within 80cm of the car – the doors are then locked and unlocked by simply pressing a button mounted on the door handle mechanism. In the same way, once Micra detects the presence of the key inside the car, the engine may be started simply by turning the ignition switch. The owner doesn’t have to once take the key out of a pocket or bag. Very useful if you’re returning to the NEC car park laden down with bags of car brochures, magazines, stickers, free merchandise and an exhausted 12 year old.
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