By on October 15, 2009

Viewt To A Kill... (courtesy:leblogauto)

There’s the newly-updated Mitsuoka Viewt. It’s a Nissan Micra with a huge crush on the Jag Mk2. And a penetrating insight into the deep reserves of quirk available on the Japanese market. Hit the jump for cognitive dissonance-inducing interior shot.

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39 Comments on “When You Can’t Decide Between A Classic And An Econobox…...”


  • avatar
    Mike66Chryslers

    Reminds me of a Rolls Royce snout on a VW Bug. I’ve seen pics, and I think there was a kit for that.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    As my Irish friends would say: “Holy Cheezus…”

  • avatar
    Autosavant

    Actually, very nice!

  • avatar
    Autosavant

    On the outside, it could have fooled me, from the pic it looked much larger than the Tiny Micra.

    “Reminds me of a Rolls Royce snout on a VW Bug”

    It really does not look like that mismatch at all, it looks a lot like the Jag it imitates.

  • avatar
    YellowDuck

    Actually, the European Micra (same as in Japan – I dunno?) has been a cute retro styled thing itself for quite a while.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Here’s a question: why can’t Nixxan put interiors that nice in its American-spec compacts?

  • avatar
    spyspeed

    Yes, nice interior. It’s ironic that Nissan has just what Scion needs.

  • avatar
    Mr Carpenter

    Any buyer worth their salt would add an aftermarket wood interior kit to get the full effect, don’t you agree?

    In for a penny….

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    “Reminds me of a Rolls Royce snout on a VW Bug”

    More like the kits that made a Beetle look like a Morris Minor. The result was very effective. I tried to find a photo of one but came up empty.

  • avatar

    The best Beetle conversion was with the 1930s Ford front end. The lines fit better than the Rolls grille because the Beetle was designed around the same time as the 36-37 Ford.

    http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2008/03/ebay-vw-beetle-with-1936-ford-front-end.html

    http://www.volocars.com/1964-volkswagen-woody-surf-wagon–c-237.htm

    As for the Mitsuoka Viewt, it looks to be a nicely done homage.

  • avatar
    threeer

    hmm…maybe there’s a trend to be started here…2/3 size versions of classics…what else would look good scaled down? Thoughts??

  • avatar

    That’s pretty cool looking, tbh. Much more interesting to see on the road than a Versa or any other blah mobile.

  • avatar
    cRacK hEaD aLLeY

    Cool!!! I dig it. Would MUCH rather have one of these in the garage greeting me for the morning commute then a Corolla Civic Versa Fit etc.

  • avatar
    jerseydevil

    very cool, need to gussie-up the insides now

  • avatar
    TonUpBoi

    I’ve love it. I want one.

  • avatar

    my head just asploded.

  • avatar
    tigeraid

    I love Mark IIs. This actually looks kind of cool, at least from the outside. Probably shit to drive, and without a straight 6 and RWD… But kind of comepelling.

    And WAY more interesting to look at than a Micra.

  • avatar
    dolorean23

    I dig it! Finally something small that doesn’t look like a Lichenstein exercise in automotive art. Toss what looks like a CVT for a six speed, give it a nice, frim suspension, and add a tasteful rally stripe and I’m there. Genuine faux wood grain taken exclusively from a 1979 Rover should definitely be an option.

  • avatar
    Mike66Chryslers

    @Autosavant: I wasn’t commenting on what it looks like, just what it reminds me of in concept. In this case however, the end result looks much better than the original. I just googled the Nissan Micra. Ugly!

  • avatar
    superbadd75

    I like it. They could probably sell a few of those if they really wanted to.

  • avatar
    Styles79

    Just to clarify, this isn’t a Nissan version, but a conversion by a coachbuilding company (Mitsuoka). They’ve been doing these for a while, and originally did it with the older model (K11). I have had a good look at one in the workshop, and they are very well done. They also do a number of other vehicles based on classic styles, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Daimler etc. As well as a sports car, powered with a Toyota V6.
    Many of the Japanese manufacturers make retro styled accessory fronts for their small cars, with styling mimicking Minis, Riley Elfs and the like.

  • avatar
    50merc

    It’s a winner. Japanese reliability with a classic Jag sedan look. Puny engine, though, so it’s “all hat and no cattle.”

  • avatar
    folkdancer

    Delightful! I want one.

  • avatar
    mpresley

    I expect Jaguar to be out of business in a few years. Who wants a Lexus look-alike without the quality? If the company were a bit more shrewd, they’d work a deal with Toyota–make something looking like an XJS (or E, or whatever) with Japanese parts. Keep it real enough: English cows for the leather seats, Lotus could work out a suitable suspension, and so forth. Might just do the trick.

  • avatar
    Lumbergh21

    I like it. Reminds me of the 356B knock-offs using a Beetle chasis, only better. I agree with others that it sure beats the heck out of the original look. Why can’t car makers make modern cars with modern reliability and modern amenities that have the classic styling? I always thought that a modern truck with a classic 30′s through 50′s chevy sheet metal would be the best of both worlds. Most classic trucks actually have modern front ends, engines (350 being the most popular), disc breaks, tilt steering, etc. There’s a reason for this. The owners like the look of the classics but want the utiltiy of a modern vehicle. Do people truly like the amorphous blob cookie cutter look that is all too common now? Am I and others like me out of touch with modern asthetics and taste?

  • avatar
    wmba

    My uncle and three other acquaintances owned Jag 3.8s in the past. This doesn’t come close to looking as good, sorry. Tall and tippy instead of wide and low. The interior? Not even close. The Jag was all red leather and wood with classic full-size instruments.

    Tata should sue the crap out of these people for trademark infringement, and thereby lower their losses on the current Jags. The S-Type Jag Ford had running around for the last 8 years or so was a take-off on the model after thr 3.8, and never looked as good.

  • avatar
    pnnyj

    Mitsuoka build some wacky shit, some of which are rolling abominations.

    I kind of like this one though, it’s bizarre and sort of cute at the same time. I’d never want to buy one but it gives me a small sense of satisfaction knowing that this strange little car exists somewhere out there in the world.

  • avatar
    Blue387

    That interior reminds of the Nissan Versa. Same supplier?

  • avatar
    V6

    the micra is a hideous chick car, this is an improvement believe me

  • avatar
    Via Nocturna

    No woodgrain, no purchase. C’mon, Mitsuoka! It’s supposed to be a Jag!

  • avatar
    John Horner

    The question is, why can’t Jaguar build anything as drop dead gorgeous as the Mk2 was? What happened to the pure sex appeal of an E-type?

    If Mazda can build a cute roadster which looks as good as an MGB, why can’t anyone else pull off a similar trick?

  • avatar
    Roundel

    @Blue387
    Uh… because Nissan makes the Versa… and the Micra?

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    Why can’t car makers make modern cars with modern reliability and modern amenities that have the classic styling?

    They can. That’s what the Charger, Challenger and Camaro are. Even Iacocca said the American manufacturers can carve out a niche market by making “retro” models. That’s mining past glory, looking back instead of forward, though. For a company like Chrysler, with a long history of innovative design, That effort could reestablish the brand. They’d have to have the money to build quiet, efficient engines, durable parts and build them with exceptional fit and finish. That’s the problem.

  • avatar
    dolorean23

    mpresley I expect Jaguar to be out of business in a few years. Who wants a Lexus look-alike without the quality?

    You really think a tarted up Toyota Camry appliance is really the standard of luxury? With Tata behind Jaguar able to fund the quality changes Ford had made in the company, I forsee Jaguars commanding some presence again. However, I will say that Jaguar’s competition is not Lexus, but Mercedes and BMW.

  • avatar
    Sigsworth

    Forget this, Nissan. Just bring back the Figaro and make it US spec.

  • avatar
    mentir

    People playing the “this thing looks like a cross between…” game have no idea just how shamelessly this rips off the front of the Jaguar Mark 2, from the grill down to the turn indicators.

  • avatar
    GrandCharles

    I like it! bring back classic design! I want chrome on my car!!!!!

  • avatar
    pista

    Newly updated? This car dates from 1993. Unless I’m mistaken, it was last newly updated about five years back when it got some different engine options.

    Maybe you guys should stick to hassling GM.

    That said, I like it. If you’re going to buy a Micra, why not one with some crazy Inspector Morse chic.

  • avatar

    Is anyone else worried that we’re looking for cars from the past for better economy? Or why it is that a small car needs to weight 3200 lbs(new).


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