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2017 Nissan Micra shows its new design at 2016 Paris Motor Show

Nissan has unveiled the evolutionary fifth generation of its Micra small hatchback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new Nissan Micra Gen5 is as appealing as it is revolutionary, offering more interior room, a stiff yet agile chassis and new downsized turbo drivetrains.

Since the new Micra features a longer wheelbase and increased width, it offers class-leading interior room, with the gliding-wing shaped dashboard augmenting this light and spacious feel. 

Nissan also provided the new Micra with a new brushless electric power steering system that allows for faster response and greater steering feel.

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Nissan celebrates 30 years of Micra with themed offers

This year, the Nissan Micra is celebrating three decades of vehicle dependability and affordability, as well as popularity. Riding on the saying that “life starts at 30,” Nissan is marking a new milestone in Micra’s three decades and four generations of existence by announcing a range of new ‘30’ themed offers for owners of the supermini.

Drivers who have owned Micras for more than three years are all qualified to take advantage of an MOT for as little as £30. Qualified owners could avail of new accessories, including a 30-percent discount off tires and windscreen wiper blades. Qualified owners could also avail of a 30-percent discount off Micra brake pads and batteries, which are now available from just £45.

All prices already include VAT as well as a free fitting. Chris Marsh, Aftersales Director, remarked that Micra’s loyal customers have been instrumental to the supermini’s success over the past 30 years. He noted that Nissan is making the new offers to mark “this great achievement” and to say a “big thank you” to all Micra owners. To avail of the offers, you just need to visit your dealership.

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Preview: 2011 Nissan Micra

These are the long-awaited pictures of the next-generation supermini, the Nissan Micra, which will have its official debut next year. Several changes were observed, the most obvious of which were the addition of a MINI-style grille and Fiat Punto-like headlights.

Nissan gave the Micra its all-new V-platform (V stands for versatile) that provides more cabin space and is lighter.

Included in the plans is an MPV version of the Micra, which replaces the popular Note in late 2011.

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Honda presents second-generation family car N-BOX in Japan

Japanese customers could now purchase Honda Motor Co.’s latest kei offering, the new generation of the Honda N-BOX mini vehicle. Built under the concept of “for the happiness of families in Japan,” the new N-BOX was meant to establish a new standard for family-type cars – expressive exterior, spacious interior, excellent driving performance, superb cabin comfort and outstanding fuel economy.

The new N-BOX is provided with high quality design and sophisticated design that still allows the vehicle to maintain its established image. It carries forward the appealing design elements of the first-generation N-BOX like spaciousness, sophistication and high quality, while adopting LED headlights and employing laser brazing technology to join its roof and body side panels.

In terms of exterior finishing, the new N-BOX could be wrapped in single-tone colors like Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic, British Green Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Luna Silver Metallic, Morning Mist Blue Metallic, Premium Agate Brown Pearl, Premium Ivory Pearl, Premium Pink Pearl, Premium White Pearl II and Premium Yellow Pearl II. Two-tone color finishes include Premium Agate Brown Pearl & White, Premium Ivory Pearl & Brown, Premium Pink Pearl & White and Premium Yellow Pearl II & White.

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It’s a small hatch with a big bang! And we mean literally a big loud bang. After all, the new Nissan Micra BOSE Personal Edition just unfurled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show features the latest in premium in-car audio technology.

As you might have guessed and as the moniker indicates, this edition of the fourth generation Nissan Micra supermini is loaded with premium audio technology courtesy of one of the leaders in this aspect, BOSE. Made to celebrate the carmaker’s partnership with BOSE, the Nissan Micra BOSE Personal Edition – derived from the Tekna trim of the supermini -- promises to bring an immersive listening experience coming from all angles, especially for the driver.

This is because this special edition of the supermini features BOSE Personal sound system, which the audio specialist has specifically designed and developed for the Nissan Micra. This Personal sound system is accompanied by twin BOSE UltraNearfield speakers that have been integrated into the headrest of the driver’s seat.

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Toyota has recently updated the new Yaris for its European market. The facelifted Toyota hatchback will be introduced as a 2017-year model and is based on the brand’s existing 3rd generation Yaris. Among the new updates are the improved safety features, cooler exterior/interior design and dynamic performance enhancements with up to nine hundred pieces of brand new parts put altogether.

To move along with the transformation, Toyota has added a set of new grade specifications for the new Yaris models. The entry level gets the basic specs of the hatchback while the mid-level variant gets the 4.2-inch infotainment system among its standard features.

Other than the two basic model specifications, the Japanese automaker has also created a Mid+ variant for the younger generation. The Mid+ Toyota Yaris models will have a Bi-tone finish which is basically a choice between black and chrome trim finishes with matching interior trims, side sills and 15-inch alloy wheels.

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When a car has been in the market for nearly six years, it loses some of its luster and its customers tend to go for the all-new model with a whole new level of features offerings instead. Good thing the South Korean carmaker isn’t ignorant of the fact that the second generation of its Kia Picanto small car is nearing the end of its life cycle.

This is why for the model year 2017, Kia will be releasing the new and third generation of the Kia Picanto small car. The Picanto has been repeatedly spied, although it was in its camouflage form in a bid to conceal its new looks. As planned, the South Korean carmaker will unveil the all-new 2017 Kia Picanto in the early part of next year. But before that, Kia has released a set of images providing a better view of the 2017 Picanto small car.

According to Kia, the new Picanto is a fusion of a youthful and energetic new exterior as well as interior design. Moreover, the new Kia Picanto offers customers the chance to personalize their rides when it comes to both the exterior and the interior. Kia added that the new Picanto now boasts of a more assertive stance thanks to its bolder body lines and a wide array of exterior colors to choose from.

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Nearly two weeks after teasing us with two rendered illustrations of the next generation of the Kia Picanto small car, the South Korean carmaker has released official images of the new vehicle.

The teaser images released in December provided us some good ideas on how the next gen PIcanto would look like. Those images worked as they should be, teasing us and telling us the third generation of the Picanto looks more aggressive and sportier than the current generation small car from Kia.

Now, Kia has released more images with clearer renditions of the upcoming third-gen Picanto. Unlike the initial teaser images, these new ones present both the exterior and interior appearances of the new Picanto. If there are any differences between the first images and the new ones, it is that the third-gen white Kia Picanto – in GT-Line specs -- on the recent renditions doesn’t look as mean and as aggressive as the black version on the initial renders. Well, this could be because of the differences in the color of the small cars, the angling of the renders and the background used. Nevertheless, the third-gen Picanto has a more aggressive stance and bolder lines than the current generation.

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The five-door, four-seater Renault Twingo will now be available with French carmaker’s innovative gearbox, the Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC). This transmission, which will be paired with the vehicle’s TCe90 engine, is basically an automatic dual dry clutch transmission dispensing that requires a clutch pedal.

It features the PRND gearshift control with an 'up/down' shift mode. An electronic control unit is tasked to select the ideal gear. In addition, the gearshifts are automatic. The availability of the EDC transmission on Twingo should mean that this gearbox can now be fitted on majority of the range, for just £900 more than the equivalent manual version.

With a very quick shift time of 290ms, the EDC transmission allows for comfortable and smooth trips. This transmission features a ‘creep’ control, which should prove to be a great help during crawling traffic, as it helps pull the vehicle away gradually when the driver steps off from brake pedal.

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A fuel-efficient, non-hybrid, gasoline powered vehicle made by Mitsubishi Motors is now available. The Rockford Fosgate Edition, a new trim for the 2015 Mirage, boasts a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg.

It has an MSRP of $14,945, and incorporates a custom-engineered superior audio system and other features which provide consumers with a high-end model in a sub-compact car.

It features the Mirage DE as well as a 300-Watt, Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH sound system, together with steering audio control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system and audio, special badging, cruise control, alloy wheels, and a leather-covered steering wheel.

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Expect to soon see a 2015 Chevrolet Spark deliver your pizza order from Domino’s. The pizza maker has tapped the new Spark to serve as its new Domino’s DXP (Delivery Expert) pizza delivery vehicle. The Domino’s DXP originated from a crowd-sourced concept that was submitted as part of the Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Challenge.

To convert the MY2015 Chevrolet Spark into Domino’s DXP, the pizza maker partnered with Roush Enterprises. Domino’s DXPs will feature OnStar navigation system to help drivers deliver pizza order to customers as fast and as safe as possible.

Once Domino’s franchises in the United States deploy the DXPs, Chevrolet dealers will undergo special training to meet the needs of these vehicles. Domino’s chose the Chevrolet Spark as the basis for the DXP partly because of the vehicle’s maneuverability, fuel economy and emphasis on driver experience.

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We all agree that we need a simple, ultra-compact, efficient and practical global city car. The Shell concept that’s slated to be unveiled in November 2015 will be exactly that. Shell is collaborating with iconic car designer Professor Gordon Murray and famed engine specialist Osamu Goto to build this car based around the internal combustion engine.

Updates on this car’s development can be accessed via the website shell.com/Projectm. The Shell concept aims to utilize the most innovative aspects of light-weight engineering, streamlining, and driveline efficiency. As soon as the car is built, it will be tested on the road. The car is meant to help people get around the increasingly more congested cities in the world.

It will offer the utmost in personal mobility while at the same time, it minimizes energy use. It’s estimated that by 2050, as many as 75% of the world’s population could be living in the cities. The members of this collaboration named Project M include Shell’s Lubricant’s Technology Team, Geo Technology, and The Gordon Murray Design Group.

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Ladies and gentleman, this is the Lexus LF-SA city car concept, a vehicle that previews company’s MINI Cooper and Audi A1 rival. The new concept was introduced today at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and according to the company, it explores the unexpected territory for the brand.

Moreover, the LF-SA Concept is a driver-focused vehicle and reflects manufacturer’s vision that in a future world where technology and virtual experiences are expected to hold more sway. Capable to carry four passengers and featuring a 2+2 seating layout, the LF-SA Concept is 3,400 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and has a height of 1,430 mm.

What’s more interesting is that the driver’s seat is fixed, which means that the pedals and wheels are adjusted to fit the driver. Even more interesting is that the passenger seat slides back and forth. Regarding the rest of the interior, don’t expect a dramatic design as you’ll not find any, but you will find a hologram-style infotainment system integrated within the instrument display, as well as a wide-angle head-up display.

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Tata Motors builds what is considered as the cheapest car in the world, the Nano. Tata launched the Nano in 2009 at a tag of around $2,500, attracting low-income households in India who could only afford motorcyles. Ratan Tata, the carmaker’s chairman emeritus who championed the development of the car, is now rethinking the “cheap” tag of the Nano.

Tata remarked at the South Carolina Automotive Summit that the Nano got branded as India’s cheapest car, not the most affordable or the best value for the money. He noted that the Nano gained the stigma of “I don’t want to be seen in the cheapest car. My neighbors will think I have no money.”

Tata, who retired as chairman in December 2012, said the company is trying to reposition the Nano into a real car “with more bells and whistles” that would stand out in the marketplace. During an on-stage interview with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, Tata quipped that he pushed for development of the Nano to provide low-income Indian families a safer transportation alternative than motorcycles.

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For the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus prepared the LF-SA Concept, a city car that previews a rival for the MINI Cooper and Audi A1. Not too many details are available but we can see a revised spindle grille design, as well as stylish LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. Several sources confirmed the fact that Lexus will introduce a new model in Geneva, slotted under the CT200h.

The vehicle is expected to be based on the same platform used by the Toyota Yaris and will arrive on the market in 2018. Lexus LF-SA is seen as a new concept that reflects company’s passion for new design trends and explores unexpected territories for the brand.

Lexus says that its new concept was developed as a luxurious, driver-focused vehicle, designed to address a future world that is more influenced by technology and virtual experiences. More details will be revealed on 3rd of March when Geneva Motor Show will open its doors!

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Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to stop selling the Scion iQ after the size, price and fuel economy of its smallest car didn’t get the attention of buyers in the United States. In fact, Toyota only sold 2,040 iQs in the US in 2014 for a 50-percent drop, as the carmaker allowed its dealers to submit orders based on demand, according to Scion’s brand chief Doug Murtha.

He told Bloomberg at the Detroit auto show that the iQ won’t be “staying in the lineup too much longer.” Scion currently offers four models, after stopping output of the the xD ended in July 2014. Toyota, however, is planning to roll out three Scion models in the next three years, including two this year as it tries to revive the now struggling brand which sales dropped 15 percent in 2014 to just 58,009.

Murtha remarked that the iQ was a “healthy experiment” that allowed Toyota to learned important lessons about US consumers’ preferences. Customers found the small size of the iQ non-appealing, even if Toyota tried to assured them that the vehicle was engineered to achieve a four-star crash rating and even features 11 airbags.

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Opel has just unveiled its all-new Karl, a small vehicle that promises to offer space for up to five people and which will be available for less than 10,000 euros. If you don’t know, the vehicle’s name pays homage to the son company’s founder Adam Opel and the name Karl reflects its strengths.

When it comes to design, the Opel Karl follows the same design philosophy seen on the Adam and the new Corsa E, featuring the typical Opel smile as well as the signature ‘blade’ body side on the doors.

The large headlights and taillights add to the vibrant appearance. Meanwhile, the stylish and roomy interior as well as the driver-focused cockpit will provide the driver and passenger with a feeling of quality. The Opel IntelliLink infotainment system will allow the passengers to integrate their Apple iOS and Android devices and bring their smartphone world into the car.

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Kia officially revealed its all-new 2015 Venga ahead of 2014 Paris Motor Show, five years after the first model was unveiled at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. As you can see from the photos, the 2015 Venga follows Kia’s new design philosophy and features a large ‘tiger-nose grille’, a repositioned Kia badge, a redesigned lower grille that incorporates stylish LED daytime running lights and new fog lights.

At the rear, the 2015 Venga gets new LED bulbs as well as a new horizontal chrome trim that joins the taillights. In addition, the South Korean manufacturer offers new alloy wheels designs with a 16- and 17-inch diameter.

The interior was updated too and arrives with a darker metal trim, bright accents as well as a choice of two new seat trims that offer a premium feel. Moreover, the 2015 Venga offers new options such as a heated steering wheel and the next-generation AVN (audio-video navigation) system featuring a 7.0-inch display and rear-view camera.

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Back in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Kia unveiled the Venga MPV a new model based on the No3 Concept car displayed earlier that year at the Geneva Motor Show. Five years after the launch, Kia will unveil an enhanced version of the Venga at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

As expected, the 2015 Kia Venga will arrive with a new ‘tiger-nose grille’, just like the one featured on the new Sorento, a repositioned Kia badge on the front, redesigned lower grille fitted with fog lights and LED daytime running lights. The rear end will show a new horizontal chrome trim, new rear light clusters, and LED bulbs.

New 16- and 17-inch wheels will be available too. The interior will get a darker metal trim, a new centre console and audio system, optional heated steering wheel as well as the new-generation AVN system with 7.0-inch display.

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Opel/Vauxhall plans to roll out a budget minicar in Europe in 2015 in a bid to capture customers of sister brand Chevrolet. General Motors will stop selling Chevrolet vehicles in Europe by the end of 2015 after the brand failed to gain track in terms sales in the region. As a result, GM will focus its efforts on Opel in Europe.

Opel/Vauxhall will start selling the five-door minicar – badged as Opel Karl in mainland Europe and as the Vauxhall Viva in the United Kingdom – at a base tag of EUR10,000 ($12,926). It will be slightly smaller than the Opel Adam minicar and shorter than the Opel Corsa subcompact.

The Karl/Viva will be underpinned by the same platform that underpins the next-generation Chevrolet Spark, a source at Opel/Vauxhall told Reuters. It will be powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine.

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