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 |  May 12 2014, 11:34 AM

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Another week means another fleet of vehicles to test. This week we have more than a few unique cars to try out – check them out here and send us your questions and comments.

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 |  Apr 24 2014, 2:10 PM

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With the introduction of the Micra to Canada it seemed like an inevitability that Nissan would then bring the small car to America, but that’s not going to happen.

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 |  Feb 24 2014, 10:01 AM

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Nissan plans to discontinue the Versa sedan in Canada in favor of the bargain-priced Micra that will launch in that market this year.

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 |  Feb 16 2014, 12:02 PM

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This past week, AutoGuide readers crowded to watch our new epic YouTube trailer, while car shoppers wanted to take a closer look at the new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and the Nissan Micra sub-compact, which will at the very least, be heading to the Canadian market.

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 |  Feb 13 2014, 10:10 AM

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There’s a new cheapest car in North America and it’s managed to undercut the competition by a significant margin.

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 |  Jan 10 2014, 8:02 AM

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Yesterday, Nissan announced that it will sell the Micra in Canada. So what about a performance variant? 

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 |  Jan 09 2014, 3:54 PM

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A new small car might be in the cards for Nissan North America as the brand will debut the Micra mini-car at the upcoming Montreal Auto Show. 

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 |  Feb 06 2012, 10:15 AM

Nissan announced today that it will be revealing a new B-segment concept car called the Invitation at next month’s Geneva Auto Show.

The little car that slips between Nissan’s Micra and Juke vehicles in the European market is aimed to attain the company’s Pure Drive badge for efficiency with 100g/km CO2 emission. What isn’t clear is if we’re looking at a replacement to the brand’s current B-segment car, the Versa.

Few actual specifications are available now, but François Bancon, deputy division general manager of product strategy and product planning division, said “the name we have given to this concept is self-explanatory. It is designed to be inviting thanks to its sensuous exterior design and generous and comfortable interior space, cleverly packaged within compact overall dimensions.”

The interior has a futuristic feel that Nissan said will have “impressive levels of quality and purposeful technology features.”

We do know that the Invitation will feature Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) safety technology, though looking at the pictures reveals an array of colorful buttons that we’re curious to jump in and press, making the Invitation seem surprisingly cordial.

GALLERY: Nissan Invitation Concept

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 |  Jan 13 2012, 12:15 PM

Nismo is hard at work building concept cars to show off. Their latest endeavor is a souped up version of Nissan‘s baby car, the Micra, set to debut at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Nissan is no stranger to franken-cars, one of the most notable in recently memory was the Juke-R, a twisted combination of the GT-R hotrod and practically-minded Juke.

While Nismo isn’t going to such extreme lengths, their modifications will grant a little extra power and a sporty look more in tune with a club racer style. Performance modifications are scarce, but Nismo did upgrade the exhaust and slap on some bigger wheels to complement the new sporty body features.

Those features include a modified front grille and bumper, a rear spoiler and air diffuser, accented exterior mirrors and matching side skirts. The specialty Micra is painted pearl white with red accents and comes with sport-designed seats and steering wheel.

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 |  Nov 24 2011, 9:00 AM

Nissan Australia is fighting a public relations backlash after it was announced that the winner of a Facebook contest it held turned out to be best friends with a staffer managing the site. Far more than just a free t-shirt or a mug, the winner received a shiny new Nissan Micra, and a $1,250 gift card.

Nissan didn’t attempt to hide the identity of the winner either, announcing that Zac Martin of Victoria was the proud new owner of a Micra and commenting, “Congratulations Zac. Hope you enjoy the Micra. However, we say with all honesty and the best of intentions, we wish you hadn’t won!!!”

In the same post on the Nissan Micra Australia Facebook page, it goes on to explain that the page’s manager, Simon Oboler, is friends with Martin. In fact, Oboler described Martin on his personal blog as his “BFF” (best friend forever).

“We know how this sounds!” the post continues. “The reality is that he won fair and square and all is fully above board. The problem is that it will raise doubts in some people’s minds and gossip and conspiracy theories will surface.”

That they most certainly did with commenters on the post saying they’ll never buy a Nissan and demanding that the automaker show proof that the contest wasn’t rigged.

Nissan says it can limit participation by family members and employees, but not friends.

The contest, called Micraspotting, had competitors find hidden pictures of the Micra on Facebook pages belonging to bars, entertainment venues and clothing stores.

Nissan is sticking with its plan to award Martin the Micra despite the backlash and has said based on feedback it is looking at future contests, although with some changes.

The post on the Nissan Micra Australia Faceboook page continues. “Congrats once again Zac. Well done. Please don’t ever enter any of our comps again!”

[Source: Sydney Morning Herald]

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 |  Jul 05 2011, 9:17 AM

Is the Nissan Micra headed to American shores? That’s certainly one conclusion that can be drawn from recent comments made by Ken Davis, president of the Eaton Superchargers vehicle group.

In a recent interview with Automotive News, Davis let slip that Nissan will launch one or more supercharged models in the U.S. The comments came when prodded to see if Eaton had any supply deals worked out in North America. To which he replied, “Nissan will bring their supercharged vehicles here.”

Recently the Japanese automaker unveiled its new Micra (or March) sub-compact model, which comes powered by a new supercharged direct-injection 1.2-liter 3-cylinder. Engine output level specifics weren’t provided, but Nissan does claim the new mill makes power equivalent to a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder – a size commonly used in sub-compacts like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit. And with Nissan’s Versa sub-compact a large-for-its-class model, there’s room in the company’s lineup for an even smaller model.

When questioned, a representative of Nissan North America would neither confirm of deny the possibility of the Micra coming to North America.

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 |  Apr 21 2011, 9:43 AM

Looking to expand interest in its brand in China, Nissan held the World premiere of the Compact Sport Concept at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

This three-door hatchback concept has a turbo-charged 1.6-liter engine, which produces 190-hp. Couple that with a CVT gearbox with paddle-shifters for its six-speeds and this would be a pocket rocket.

The concept was designed at Nissan’s Global Design Center in Japan, with input from the brands new Beijing design studio in China. Nissan says, the Compact Sport Concept is “for young customers in emerging countries.”

The concept seems to be built on the platform of the new Micra, even some interior elements look to have been borrowed. Since the current Micra is only offered as a five-door hatchback, could this new concept hint at a sportier model in the near future? Let’s hope so.

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 |  Mar 15 2011, 8:49 AM

Small cars are becoming more attractive in North America as gas prices continue to skyrocket, and Nissan is making plans to meet demand. According to a recent report, the Japanese automaker will add two new models to its production facilities in Mexico. Designed for sale in the Americas region, this could include the United States.

Nissan already builds the March/Micra for Latin America at the Aguascalientes plant and will soon add the next-generation Versa – both of which are built on Nissan’s new global V architecture. The two additional models will share the same underpinnings, with one being another small car and the other a “multi purpose vehicle.”

It’s possible that one of these cars could be the recently-axed model that Nissan was planning to build for distribution by Smart in the U.S. There are, however, a host of other possibilities, with the previous B-segment platform being used for everything from the Nissan Juke and Cube, to the Bluebird Sylphy sedan, the Fit-like Note MPV even the NV200 light commercial vehicle.

[Source: Automotive News via CNet]

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 |  Feb 14 2011, 12:38 PM

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Although the Smart ForTwo hasn’t been warmly received by American buyers, there is hope for the quirky maker of diminutive city cars, as parent company Daimler is backing the brand with new products and utilizing their alliance with Renault-Nissan to give the lineup a boost.

A Smart representative confirmed that a four seat model will arrive sometime in the future, a vehicle that will doubtlessly expand Smart’s appeal to a much broader customer base. While this car will arrive in a few years, a 5-seater hatch with 5-doors reportedly based on the Nissan Micra is set to bow in the last quarter of 2011. A revised ForTwo, which will share a jointly-developed Renault-Nissan platform will also debut, but on an unspecified time frame.

[Source: Autoblog]

 |  Oct 06 2010, 9:15 AM

Struggling with diminished sales, Daimler’s Smart Car division will expand its lineup in the U.S. with a new Nissan-made small car. The subcompact five-door will be powered by a gasoline engine and go on sale late next year.

As a B-segment car, this subcompact fits in a class with models like the Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, Toyota Yaris and Chevy Aveo.

“The new vehicle will expand Smart USA’s product lineup, offering five-seat capacity while maintaining the core principles of efficiency and conservation,” Smart USA President Jill Lajdziak said in the statement.

While neither automaker has commented on the product, it will likely be based on Nissan’s new global Micra platform, which comes with a choice of either a 1.2L three-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 79 hp or a supercharged 1.2L direct injection engine version. And considering Smart’s naming strategy, we expect the new model to be called the Smart forfive.

[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Aug 16 2010, 3:18 PM

Before small car fans get their hopes up, we’re sorry to tell you that this 2011 Nissan Micra has no chance of coming to North America. Not for the foreseeable future at least.

It turns out that Nissan was filming a commercial for the UK Market Micra in Toronto, but had the unfortunate coincidence of parking the car right near the offices Sympatico Autos, a Canadian automotive publication. Sympatico head Michael Banovsky ran out and grabbed a couple photos so you can see what we’re missing out on.

Canada will occasionally get prototype small cars for evaluation purposes (vehicles like the Mitsubishi i have been known to spend time in both government and Mitsubishi press fleets) thanks to the country’s love of small cars. However Banovsky recieved an emphatic “no” when he inquired about the Micra’s North American prospects.

Call it sour grapes if you will, but it won’t be missed, and the looks have something to do with that sentiment.

[Source: Sympatico Autos]

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 |  Jun 08 2010, 7:24 AM

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The upcoming Nissan Micra could be equipped with a dual-clutch gearbox later in its production cycle. According to a report by AutoExpress, a source inside Nissan parent company Renault has confirmed that a new dual-clutch gearbox currently offered in the Megane could eventually make its way into the Renault Laguna and Clio models. And here’s the connection: the Clio is based on the same architecture as the Nissan Micra.

Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, it’s not clear what engine and transmission combo Nissan will offer in the Micra when it arrives in North America to slot in underneath the Versa. In Europe, however, the car is set to be released with a 79-hp, 1.2-liter 3-cylinder and a direct-injection supercharged version of that same motor. Transmissions for Europe include a 5-speed manual and CVT.

While a dual-clutch setup in such an economical car seems far fetched, the Ford Fiesta currently offers a dual-clutch setup (although not a manual-shifting one). The next few years will also see dramatic technology updates as automakers search for ways to meet increasingly strict emissions standards.

GALLERY: Nissan Micra

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[Source: AutoExpress]

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