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New Nissan Micra due November (copyright image)

The new Nissan Micra range will be released in November 2010. (copyright image)

Nissan Micra Ti (copyright image)

Nissan Micra Ti (copyright image)

Nissan Micra Ti

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20th October, 2010

  • 5.9 litres/100 km, 138 g/km, 1.2-litre 3-cylinder earns 5 Star Green Vehicles Guide rating
  • Choice of economical three and four-cylinder petrol engines
  • New, versatile global platform with weight-saving focus

Boasting breakthrough packaging and small-car engineering, the all-new, fourth generation, five-door Nissan Micra will offer exceptional value for money, priced from just $12,990* (MLP*) complete with Vehicle Dynamic Control, anti-lock brakes, six airbags and air conditioning when it goes on sale in Australia next month.

The new Nissan Micra builds on the success of its predecessor, but aims to attract a wider audience with its contemporary looks, spacious and fashionable interior and a long list of standard safety and convenience features.

It will be available with a choice of two economical powertrains, a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and in three specification grades.

It is the first Nissan to secure a Five Star rating in the Green Vehicles Guide; the new 56 kW 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine sips just 5.9-litres per 100 km and emits only 138 g/km of CO2 in manual guise (6.5 l/100 km and 154 g/km as an automatic).

The larger 75 kW 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine consumes only 6.5 l/100 km, emitting only 153 g/km (manual) or 6.6 l/100 km and 156 g/km (automatic).

High levels of standard safety and security features are now expected across all vehicle segments. So the all-new Nissan Micra comes standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist, as well as front and side and curtain airbags on all models.

In addition, convenience features such as Bluetooth connectivity and a multifunction Drive Computer are standard, along with a unique digital anniversary reminder, air conditioning, remote entry, CD player, AUX MP3 audio input jack and tilt adjust steering column.

The new Nissan Micra will be available in three trim grades, ST, ST-L and Ti, with the top-of-the-range model offering sophisticated features such as the Nissan Intelligent Key and push button engine start/stop, climate control air conditioning, reversing sensors, 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and a unique convenience feature; handbag storage.

If the front passenger seat is unoccupied, the rear section of the seat squab can be flipped forward, providing a secure well in which a handbag may be stowed, to stop it rolling around in the footwell, or skidding off the seat under braking or cornering.

From a design perspective, the all-new Nissan Micra has been aerodynamically honed to reduce the coefficient of drag to an impressive 0.32, thanks in part to an optimised roofline. And lowering its centre of gravity and pushing the wheels to the extremities give the car a bolder stance and greater stability. Despite being 55 mm longer than the previous Micra, a tight, best-in-class 9 metre turning circle will be appreciated in city traffic. The Japanese designers’ brief was to provide an exterior that conveys agility and robustness, while the interior should be friendly and welcoming.

“The car has to charm a global audience,” said Makoto Yamane, Associate Product Chief Designer. “Its face has to look stylish and have an air of sophistication to it. But the car’s classic shape was also crucial. That’s why it has a stylised version of the distinctive arched side window line, something central to the Micra’s heritage, identity and appeal around the world.”

Weight saving was another focus of the design team, which devised a unique lightweight, highly rigid roof panel that includes boomerang-shaped grooves to reduce the transmission of noise and vibration into the cabin.

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Built on Nissan’s new global V-platform (V = versatile), the all-new Micra has been designed to appeal to customers in a variety of markets, 160 in all, ranging from developed to emerging. A full 98 per cent of the materials used in the Micra’s construction are recyclable.

Australian-market Micras are built in Thailand, alongside versions for Japan. The all-new Nissan Micra will also be built in India, China and Mexico.

The previous Nissan Micra launched here in late 2007 with one engine and automatic transmission was able to attract around 20,000 local customers.

Now available with two engines, two transmissions and three trim grades; its appeal will cover a broader section of the light car market, increasing its competitiveness against the class leaders.


“We are confident the all-new Nissan Micra has what it takes to become the new light car segment leader,” says Dan Thompson, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Australia.

“We see three main conquest groups for the all-new Nissan Micra: first time new car buyers who value innovation, agility and contemporary fashion trends; those who need a small and zippy second car that is inexpensive to run; and more mature buyers scaling down but unwilling to give up state-of-the-art safety and convenience features they have come to expect,” Thompson said.

“When you combine 25 years’ experience of designing compact cars for city driving with a totally new, versatile platform and Nissan production know-how, the result is a modern, satisfying and appealing car that is destined to be a serious competitor,” he said.

2010 Nissan Micra Manufacturer's List Prices* (MLP*)

ST 1.2L $12,990* (manual), $14,990* (automatic)
ST-L 1.5L $14,990* (manual), $16,990* (automatic)
Ti 1.5L $16,990* (manual), $18,990* (automatic)

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the state/territory statutory charges. Additionally, prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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