The Truth About Cars » nissan micra The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:32:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » nissan micra Nissan To Drop Versa Sedan In Canada As Micra Debuts Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:45:40 +0000 450x298xMicra-14-450x298.jpg.pagespeed.ic.DYLxdk25LH

The Canada-only Nissan Micra debuts in April, with Nissan hoping to pick up overall market share in The Great White North. But Automotive News reports that one casualty of the Micra’s introduction will be the Versa Sedan – hardly a surprise when both compete at the absolute low end of the market.

While the Versa Note will still be sold in Canada, the Sedan will be dropped according to Nissan Canada spokesman Didier Marsaud. Citing Nissan’s three subcompact entries, Marsaud told TTAC

“The Nissan Micra has been extensively tailored for Canadians and specifically to complement the Versa Note in Nissan Canada’s product lineup.  We decided that it is best to focus Nissan Canada and our Dealers’ attention on Versa Note and Micra.  As a result, we made the decision to discontinue selling Versa Sedan in Canada after the 14 Model Year.”

Removing the Versa sedan also gives the Sentra some breathing room, with the Sentra outselling the entire Versa lineup by a couple thousand units in 2013.


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2014 Nissan Micra In Detail Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:59:13 +0000 Micra (14)


At the Canadian International Auto Show, Nissan debuted their Canadian-only Micra, an A-Segment car that takes up the Kia Rio’s one-time mantle of being the sole new car available for less than $10,000. At the show, we learned a few things about the Micra.

While the Micra uses the Versa’s 1.6L 109-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, it won’t get a CVT, but will offer a choice of a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. With the Micra weighing about 2100 lbs, it should feel nimble, but acceleration will be leisurely, given that its power to weight ratio is similar to an original Miata.

According to Nissan, the Micra has been localized for Canada with features like a rear heating duct in the floor, large, heated mirrors and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The crash structures have also been re-designed to meet Canadian vehicle standards, which are more nearly identical to American regulations. For a vehicle market of roughly 1 million units, this seems like an expensive undertaking. But evidently, Nissan feels that there’s some value in doing this for a product that competes in a traditionally unprofitable segment.

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Nissan Micra To Cost $9998 In Canada Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:25:27 +0000 2014-Nissan-Micra-62


At the Canadian International Auto Show, Nissan announced that the new Micra, slated for Canada only, would slot in just under $10,000, making it the cheapest new car on sale in Canada. Compared to world markets, the Micra has some Canadian-only features, like an upgraded HVAC system and split-folding rear seat (to carry hockey bags and other large parcels).

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Oh, So You Guys Have Avril Lavigne AND The Nissan Micra Now Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:41:31 +0000 2014-Nissan-Micra-6[2]

Multiple sources are reporting that, yesterday in Quebec, Nissan announced the return of its world supermini, the Micra/March, to the Canadian market.

The Micra has been missing from the Great White North for nearly twenty-one years now, but it’s never even been seriously considered for United States release. With the popularity of the Chevrolet Spark in California, perhaps Nissan will reconsider. Two odd notes about what would otherwise be a straightforward introduction:

* The phrase “Japanese quality” was used during the intro but I couldn’t find anything to suggest that the Micra will actually be built in Japan. Surely this would be a bit of a cost issue, as it was for Honda with the Jazz/Fit in Canada before they changed to Chinese sourcing.

* Globally, the Micra uses a 1.2L three-cylinder, but in Canada it will share the Nissan Versa Note’s 1.6L four-banger. Hey! Muscle Mini!

More details as they arrive.

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Montreal Has Monopoly On A-Segment Debuts Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:40:20 +0000 Nissan-MarchK13 (2)

The often-ignored Montreal Auto Show will have two major debuts, both A-segment cars that may not make it past the 49th parallel. According to, Mitsubishi will debut a production-ready version of the G4 concept, aka a Mirage sedan, while Nissan will show off a Canadian-spec Micra. The diminutive Micra will likely slot below the Versa Note in size, but perhaps be positioned as a chic city car, to compete with the Fiat 500.

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Canada May Get New Nissan Micra Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:00:50 +0000 nissan-micra-1-front

Canada’s affinity for small cars may result in it getting yet another exclusive product that won’t be offered to Americans. In addition to the Toyota Echo hatchback, Acura EL and Mercedes-Benz B-Class, the Nissan Micra may be sold in Canada.

A report by AutoGuide claims that Canadian dealers have been presented with the Nissan Micra alongside the revised Rogue. Powered by a 1.2L supercharged engine making 97 horsepower, the diminutive hatchback would compete against the Mitsubishi Mirage and Chevrolet Spark in the nascent A-segment space. But America won’t be getting it, according to Nissan sources. The Versa is considered small enough for American buyers, though evidently Canadians are more willing to consider a smaller vehicle.

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Nissan Adds Second Plant In Thailand Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:43:22 +0000

Thailand will be the recipient of a $358 million dollar Nissan plant, with a maximum capacity of 150,000 cars, with half of those set for export.

Nissan has been investing heavily in Thailand; their Micra small car, a crucial product for the company, is now built in the country – though Japanese consumers have apparently taken issue with this, and sales have fallen. The Nikkei suggested that increased Thai production would come as a result of anti-Japanese demonstrations occuring in China, but a Nissan spokesman denied this when speaking with Reuters

“The reason we will be investing in Thailand more is because we trust in the growth in the ASEAN region and Thailand. China’s economy is slowing down, but still growing…we have no intention of shifting from China … China is a very important market for us,”

Chinese trouble nonwithstanding, Nissan has been on a big kick to increase localized production for various markets- the United States being a major beneficiary with this move. Increasing production in Thailand is a logical move for a company looking to increase its presence in South East Asia and who’s to say that some of the low-cost Datsuns won’t be built here either?

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