Nissan planning new MPV and compact saloon based on Micra

Article by Christian A., on September 23, 2010

Finally, new information has been released about the new compact saloon and MPV that will be spun off from the new Nissan Micra's small-car platform. The design is named the ‘V’ platform (which stands for versatility) and it’s meant to adapt the structure for various body styles.

Nissan expects that this new building block will later on produce a million vehicles annually. The small, four-door saloon in 2011 will be the first to arrive.

The saloon was designed primarily for sale in Asia. However, it’s likely to be offered in the UK as well, despite these small, three-box models not being as popular there.

The MPV will be offered in 2012 and is sure to arrive in UK shores where it might replace the Note.

Sources say that this model will be made more compact but will still have the same interior space. This is claimed to be due to the improved space efficiency offered by the V platform.

It also helps that it is equipped with a more compactly packaged fuel tank and a pedal-box located nearer to the car’s nose.

Production of the new Nissan Micra (also known as March in some markets) is done in four sites globally, with distribution and sales spanning around 56 countries around the world. The assembly site in India takes care of production for Micras to be sold in Europe. Other production facilities are found in China, Mexico and Thailand.

Although the Micra is being sold globally, several of the modifications on its latest iteration were geared for the version that is bound for Europe this September. These changes resulted to a new Nissan Micra which has looks that are distinctively European. In addition, these changes have allowed the new Micra to better cater to the demands of customers in Europe, who have a keen eye for quality, performance, handling and technologies.

The latest iteration of the Micra now features an exterior that is considerably different from its predecessor. Among the changes is the fitment of a new grille which design is now better connected to Nissan's corporate look. For instance, its circular badge is now accommodated inside a chromed extended V-shaped motif.

Nissan also made changes to other components of the new Micra, including the employment of new hood, headlamps, front bumper and wings. In addition, the car’s front fog lamps are now distinctively shaped and features a chrome surround.

Topics: nissan, nissan micra, mpv

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