The Truth About Cars » nissan micra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 04 Apr 2015 13:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 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 editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Capsule Review: 2015 Nissan March SL 1.6 – Brazil Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/capsule-review-2015-nissan-march-sl-1-6-brazil-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/capsule-review-2015-nissan-march-sl-1-6-brazil-edition/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1003258 Walking up to the pearl white, Japanese-Brazilian, new Nissan March, I smile. Can’t help it. It looks so cute. Especially in this top-of-the-line version all prettied up, with the bigger (and good-looking) wheels and its funky design that though more grown up than before, is still playful. Plastichrome abounds and can be found in the […]

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Walking up to the pearl white, Japanese-Brazilian, new Nissan March, I smile. Can’t help it. It looks so cute. Especially in this top-of-the-line version all prettied up, with the bigger (and good-looking) wheels and its funky design that though more grown up than before, is still playful. Plastichrome abounds and can be found in the front, sides and back. I instantly warm up to it, I want to like it.

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Though this is the New March and has suffered a re-skin, it’s still a narrow car, that looks quite tall and short. Some don’t like that, comparing it to roller skates and what not, but coming from Brazil, the land of hatches, I’m used to the shape. The headlights are new and less cute than the previous model’s though not overly aggressive. The fog lights are sort of lost in a sea of chrome, but I have seen worse. The new grille helps the overall affect, with a new more sophisticated shape, while the Nissan badge now has a bright V surrounding it. Didn’t like it in the pictures, but in person it works.

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Looking at it from the side, I can’t tell much of a difference from the previous model. While the new March’s new front is a step up from before, it is the side profile of this car that has always got me. Short, high snout, tall greenhouse and a low beltline. No wanton creases and bulges. No need for that on such a short car. The signature half arch shape of the windows is there and adds a bit of drama and a nostalgic hint. Thankfully the roof doesn’t follow the windows and is straighter. All good, as it helps in interior space.

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Going out to the back, the quirky looks of the previous model are all there. The design here is not so clean, but the unusual shape of the backlights adds a real degree of interest. Sadly, they still jut out like there’s no tomorrow. The back window is a little small and I look for the parking sensors. I notice then that dimple or wart that I hadn’t seen on previous Marches. I remember this is the top of the line, so that must be the camera. Honestly, it looks like an aftermarket improvisation though.

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I decide to start my exploration of the March’s innards backwards, so I pop the hatch. Nice, all covered in carpet. On so many Brazilian cars there is always visible metal in the trunk, not so here. Of course, I suspect lowlier Marches will not be so well-finished. The rest is normal for hatches in this type of car. A smallish volume of around 265 L. Good for supermarket runs. On a vacation, a family of four, presumably without a baby, must pack light.

I open one of the back doors and slide in. Here the benefit of the square roof is evident. At 6 feet tall, I have no need to angle my neck and can sit up perfectly straight. In the Versa, this car’s sedan version, I do have to cock my head to the side. The Versa though provides much more leg room, but a quick look up front reveals to me the front seat I’m sitting behind is pushed back and I still have some space. Another nice touch, even back here, power windows. Again, not so common on small Brazilian cars and part of the SL package.

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Jumping into the driver’s seat I think this car looks very solid. The finishing is simple, but good with some variation in color and well-screwed together. There are buttons on the steering wheel and the wheel itself feels thick in my hand (as it should) and has some nice texture. The center stack contains the media center that compromises radio, GPS and the backup camera. I also like its shape. Gone is the old, gimmicky, childish one that looked like a famous dinosaur baby from the 90s. In is a new one, that looked quite conventional in pictures (making me straight off not like it), but in person, and maybe because of the version, it is well-finished and there are no black plastic slabs covering gaping holes.

I put in the key, put it in reverse, the back camera view lights up immediately with a medley of lines that help parking. I adjust the radio, quite easily, see that the buttons on the steering wheel serve to control it and also your paired phone. For free the first three years after purchase, Nissan offers its Connect. It works together with the radio and you can access such things as Facebook and points of interest. If you are invited to an event on the social media, the GPS will trace the route instantly. I’m sure there are other things it can do, but by now I’m anxious to drive the March as I am anticipating good things.

I close the door and, oh no!. The handle does not angle up anymore like in the past. The is some bright work there and controls for all windows, but when I closed the door it pushed my leg back in. Now, I’m a tallish guy with quite a bit of gut (110 kg), but I’m not an NBA player. I drive with my legs a bit open, but that handle is forcing my leg straight ahead. I’ve driven old Beetles, I’ve owned a Ford Ka. I have driven all kinds of Fiats. I recently drove the ostensibly smaller Volkswagen up! and none forced me to sit like I didn’t want or made me immediately uncomfortable. There is no reason for the handle to be so thick, it takes away too much from the limited space. As now I’m feeling grumpy, I notice the pockets on the doors are so thin, they barely hold anything. It’s been a while since I’ve sat in something so poorly thought out. To add a bit more salt to the wound, the seat belts are non-adjustable.

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Remembering the Mistsubishi Pajero (Montero) I recently drove I recall disliking it because when in second gear the knob would eat into my thigh. Now this one is forcing me to drive with my leg in an uncomfortable position. I fidget then with the gear stick and notice, this is weird, too. It’s a little further back than in other smalls cars I’ve driven. This is probably the result of center stack madness. It has become conventional that even in a small car the center stack must touch the floor. Cupholders are also a must. Owing to that, the gear box has been pushed further back. Before even taking it off for a drive, I start to move the gears. Its placement forces an unnatural, shorter movement of the arm. It’s simply too far back.

Adjusting the seat, I find the large seats are good enough, though the cushion is a bit short. I can place the seat far away enough from the dash to feel comfortable (but, damn that door handle). The steering wheel can be moved up and down (as can the seat), but not forward and aft. It becomes apparent the wheel is tilted off slightly to the left, but most won’t notice. On the good side the three pedals are placed far enough apart (sometimes a critical point in small cars) and there is a footrest.

So, off to driving. The first surprise is that the electric steering is extremely light, guess most people like that. However, it is impossible that most people will not be bothered by this car’s second huge fail. That gearbox. What are they thinking? Every gear change, thump! First, thump! Second, thump! Thump, thump, thump! Fast, slow, noise, noise. Ok, I know Nissan wants to push the CVT, but did they forget to add a piece to this car? I’ve read many reviews on the car. No one mentions it (though some hint on it). I call the dealer, complain, the counter guy says it’s normal, but that I should bring it in. Glad I’m not the only crazy one out there hearing things.

With a frown now on my face, I hit the usual spots I like to test cars. Such a sad thing, because in all other regards the car is exemplary.

It uses a 1.6 16v, 111 hp (either on gasoline or ethanol) engine. It pulls strongly and is very responsive. Accelerations are crisp, and the engine revs nicely when solicited. The 16 valves make it a round engine and a pleasure to drive, rarely out of breath (it tops out at 7,000 rpm). According to Nissan, the top speed is 191 km/h. I somehow doubt that, but I do believe the car will top 180 (or get close) and can be driven effortlessly at 160 km/h (100 mph) though noise will be high as there is little sound insulation. In the 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph), most publications peg it at around 11 seconds. So a fast little car it is.

The March takes curves very nicely too. This version uses 185/55/16 rubber. It grips nicely and doesn’t let go easily. As such it has relatively high limits, but more importantly, it is quite docile giving even an unaware driver ample chance to react when it starts to break loose. Body roll is limited and I had actual fun in the curves. So much so I even forgot the thumping for a couple of minutes because despite that huge error, engagements are soft and precise. It is quite fast, too.

Braking is all very acceptable, too. Disks only in front, it does not make lateral movements even under hard braking. ABS as according to Brazilian standards are mandatory (as are the double frontal airbags).

About town, the sight lines help it a lot. It it easy to see out of and the little lines the camera provides make parking even easier. The controls are light and don’t feel flimsy, being that most of them seem to have some padding. It is also quiet in town, though out on the highway you do hear the engine. Good thing in my book, because the noises the engine makes under acceleration is quite good. In town, like with cousin Renaults, this Nissan’s engine sounds a little wheezy at idle.

You can see part of the hood from the driver’s seat. Well, you can see the headlamps. They butt out too, so you always see those little humps. Kind of reminded me of and old Fiat Coupé. The fact is this a light car, only 982 kg, so it is nimble and quick in the city and fast on the road. The lightness makes it fun to drive and the electric steering doesn’t detract much from that and it does harden up some when faster.

The previous March came from Mexico to Brazil. It undercut the competition by a fair margin and was a good buy as content levels were also high. Now, the new March is the first Nissan to roll off the line at Nissan’s new factory in Rezende, Rio de Janeiro state. The design is more grown up and the interior has been much improved because it now looks like a car and not a toy. However, some things have gotten undeniably worse. The constricting door handles and unbelievable gearbox are huge setbacks. Plus, small things like the non-adjustable seat belts or the badly integrated backup camera speak of cost-cutting.

The first Brazilian Nissan is then a bit of a dud. The price has risen, being that this SL that I drove stickers for around R$44,000. For that kind of money there is a plethora of cars that offer even more equipment, more space (cousin Sandero is there, Ford Ka), just a good a drive or even undercut the price without too much sacrifice in space (VW up! Or Fiat Uno).

The new Nissan March is a good car to drive, a fun car that you can toss and will respond without too much drama. Well-finished on the surface, there are too many compromises in the interior and no cost advantage to recommend it over more evolved competitors. Unless you are short. Or hard of hearing.

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Nissan Canada Launches One-Make Micra Cup Race Series http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/nissan-canada-launches-one-make-micra-cup-race-series/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/nissan-canada-launches-one-make-micra-cup-race-series/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:36:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=931514 The Nissan Micra has already staked itself out as the most affordable new car on sale in Canada, with a base price of just $9,998 CDN. And at $19,998, it’s also the cheapest race car in the country. Nissan and Quebec performance outfit JD Motorsports are launching the one-make Micra Cup, intended as a stepping […]

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The Nissan Micra has already staked itself out as the most affordable new car on sale in Canada, with a base price of just $9,998 CDN. And at $19,998, it’s also the cheapest race car in the country.

Nissan and Quebec performance outfit JD Motorsports are launching the one-make Micra Cup, intended as a stepping stone series to bridge the gap between karting and more costly forms of motorsports.

The Micra race cars will be based on the lowest trim level Micra S, and be sold as a turnkey package prepared for racing. Modifications include a NISMO suspension kit, better brake pads, alloy wheels and performance tires, a new exhaust and the requisite safety gear.

While the Micra Cup will be limited to Quebec initially, it may expand to other provinces in Canada (Quebec is currently the top market for the Micra). What we wouldn’t give to see it expanded to include our fantasy “Spec Mirage” class as well.

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10% Of The Nissans Sold In Canada Are Micras http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/10-nissans-sold-canada-micras/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/10-nissans-sold-canada-micras/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:02:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=917394 Nissan Canada markets their new entry-level car with a $9998 base price. (It’s $11,398 with destination, $14,698 with a 4-speed auto and air conditioning.) The Micra is a sub-Versa car in a small car lineup that includes the Sentra and Juke, but no longer the Cube. It is the cheapest car in Canada. Its most […]

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2015 Nissan MicraNissan Canada markets their new entry-level car with a $9998 base price. (It’s $11,398 with destination, $14,698 with a 4-speed auto and air conditioning.)

The Micra is a sub-Versa car in a small car lineup that includes the Sentra and Juke, but no longer the Cube. It is the cheapest car in Canada. Its most obvious direct rival, aside from the Versa, would be the Mitsubishi Mirage. Our managing editor, a certain Mr. Kreindler, says the chassis is “promising” and “shockingly adept.”

You might also be shocked to see the level of popularity achieved by the Micra so early on in its Canadian tenure.

Micra volume rose steadily from 201 units in April, when at the end of the month Nissan sent a couple hundred Micras to Quebec, to 1250 in July, when the Micra ended the month as Canada’s 18th-best-selling passenger car, just ahead of the surging Kia Soul.

1250 sales is close to the monthly average achieved by Canada’s fourth-best-selling midsize car in 2013, the Hyundai Sonata. In other words, these aren’t small potatoes.

Ignore best seller lists for a moment, however, and consider the impact on the Nissan brand itself, Canada’s second-fastest-growing volume automaker, behind only Jeep. Sales at the Nissan brand have risen 32% in 2014, or 24% if the Micra’s figures are excluded.

Over the last three months – June, July, and August – the Micra has accounted for one out of every ten Nissan vehicles sold in Canada: 8.8% in June, 11.7% in July, and 8.8% again in August.

11% of the Nissans sold during that three-month span were Altimas; 8% were Pathfinders. The Rogue is Nissan Canada’s top-selling model, with 8020 (26%) of the Nissan brand’s summer volume.

The Micra may also be shining a usefully bright light on other small Nissans. Sentra sales, down 10% this year through the first five months of 2014, have increased 5% over the last three months. Versa volume continued to rise dramatically through July despite the Micra’s appearance in showrooms, although August sales tanked in comparison with 2013’s highest month.

There was a moment in which it appeared the Micra was out to kill off the Mitsubishi Mirage, as Mirage volume slid 50% from a record high 577 units in April to just 286 in May. But the Mirage has since stabilized, recording three consecutive months above 400 units after averaging fewer than 300 monthly sales in the preceding eight months.

Beyond outselling the far more third-worldly Mirage, assisting in Nissan’s rapid growth, and attracting attention to the fresh Nissan small car lineup, the Micra is another sign that the Canadian market matters. At least as a test bed.

The B-Class is responsible for 15% of Mercedes-Benz Canada’s passenger car volume this year. Chevrolet Orlando volume has fallen off precipitously, likely answering a question few had asked in regards to the U.S. market, but the Trax, soon to be an American model as well, sells 48% more often than the Buick Encore.

Nissan has been far more flagrant in its massaging of Canadians’ inferiority complex. Drape a car in enough red and white and eventually that inferiority complex flips upside down: “We get what you can’t have, ‘Murica.”

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Capsule Review: 2014 Nissan Micra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/capsule-review-2014-nissan-micra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/capsule-review-2014-nissan-micra/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 04:01:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=821122 Canada and the United States are different in a thousand subtle ways. Surely, our auto market accounts for a few of those things. Our streets are tighter, our gas is more expensive and due to our tiny market (smaller than California’s) and our American-style regulations, our product mix mirrors that of what’s offered in America. […]

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Canada and the United States are different in a thousand subtle ways. Surely, our auto market accounts for a few of those things. Our streets are tighter, our gas is more expensive and due to our tiny market (smaller than California’s) and our American-style regulations, our product mix mirrors that of what’s offered in America. But if the Nissan Micra is successful, that might change.

A look at Canadian sales charts are enough to illustrate the difference in tastes: when it comes to passenger cars, Canadians favor the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra. Mid-size sedans, the perennial leader in America, are far less popular north of the border. Large cars are a non-entity, and hatchbacks and diesels (as well as manual transmissions) have always been more popular in Canada. Especially in Quebec.

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So it’s hardly a coincidence that Nissan chose to launch their Canada only, A-Segment hatchback in La Belle Province, where the first 200 units were sent – and sold in a matter of days, with 10 percent of those being the base model, which has a manual transmission and no air-conditioning. That model will set you back $9,998 CAD, or $9,183 USD, an astonishingly low price for a brand new car with a warranty.

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And we didn’t even get to drive one. Nissan had only a few base cars on hand, and all were snapped up by the Quebecois motoring press, even circumventing the sign-up sheet that Nissan circulated, leaving us Anglo scribes to face the indignity of well-optioned Micras – some with two pedals. Quelle dommage.

Nissan was emphatic that the Micra is not coming to America, and as much as that could change (it’s made in Mexico and complies with Canadian regulatory standards, which are essentially identical to American standards), there’s a reason for it. The Versa sedan, with its roomier interior, smooth CVT and better NVH characteristics, is the car that is much better suited to American conditions, namely lots of highway driving and interior space.

That’s not to say that the Micra is a bad car by any means. In fact, it’s the kind of car that the Canadian market has been clamoring for since Hyundai stopped selling a manual, no options Accent hatchback for – you guessed it – $9,999 some years ago. But compared to the three-door Accent of the mid 2000’s, the Micra is a much more appealing proposition.

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Only one bodystyle – a five door hatchback – will be offered. Nissan invested a fair amount in small tweaks for Canada: things like rear seat heater ducts and a split folding rear seat (to better fit hockey equipment – seriously) are integral to all Micras sold up here, along with a number of improvements to the structure for crashworthiness. There are three trim levels offered, from the base, no options “Quebec special” to the fully loaded SR. That version will top out at around $16,000 CAD (or about the price of a base model Honda Civic), and come with Bluetooth, a backup camera, alloy wheels and an optional 4-speed automatic transmission.

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At 150 inches long, the Micra is about 10 inches shorter than a 1992 Honda Civic hatchback, (but the same amount longer than a Fiat 500). At 2300 lbs, it’s not far off in terms of weight either, and the cars share similar powertrains. Honda may have stuck with 1.5L single cam engines in the Civic hatchback, but the Micra’s 1.6L DOHC 4-cylinder only makes 109 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque, while behaving and sounding very much like the Honda 4-cylinder engines of 20 years ago.

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Hindsight makes it easy for us to forget that the Civics of that era weren’t the most sporting vehicles, and neither is the Micra. Most of the driving thrills come from the novelty of piloting something so diminutive and unfiltered, with lots of thrashing engine noises, a low driving position and a tiny footprint – but there’s probably potential for the Micra to be honed into something truly fun, much like the Civic. The 5-speed manual transmission is a bit rubbery, but is satisfying nonetheless.

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The 1.6L engine requires you to keep your foot pinned to the floor for any real acceleration, but unlike a Mitsubishi Mirage or a Fiat 500, you don’t feel like it’s ever struggling for breath in the middle of the rev range. Even more surprising was the 4-speed automatic – in this day and age, it sounds like a punchline for a cliche Toyota Corolla joke, but the 4-speed does an admirable job of getting the car up to speed, and let’s the Micra use 500 fewer revs at highway speeds (60 mph sees about 2500 rpm in the auto, versus around 3000 with the manual). Fuel economy, at 27/35 mpg city/highway, isn’t up there with other subcompact and compact cars, but that’s likely due to the transmission choices and the lack of em-pee-gee-optimized styling that bigger, pricier rivals have to their advantage.

Most promising is the chassis, which is shockingly adept at soaking up bumps on Quebec’s notoriously harsh roads. Only the short wheelbase prevents the Micra from having a truly compliant ride. Body roll is unavoidable on a car like this, and the Micra is no hot hatch, but at least the electric steering has decent weight to it and even provides a fair bit of feedback.

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Inside, the Micra is constructed almost exclusively of black hard plastic – but if you’re expecting better, then you need to manage your expectations. Like most Japanese cars, everything appears to be well assembled, and all the materials appear to be durable and hard-wearing. The backup camera’s tiny screen is difficult to make out in the sunlight, but it’s hard to fault the Micra by virtue of offering it in this segment.

For the Canadian market, the Micra is an interesting and viable proposition. Easy to park, simple to maneuver in tight spaces, with a minimal appetite for fuel and what seems to be a relatively hassle free ownership experience, the Micra offers a chance for a number of Canadians to get a brand-new car when they might have otherwise had to have opted for used. To an American audience, this may sound like damming it with faint praise, but the reality for us is that with gas, insurance, taxes, vehicle prices and a higher cost of living, owning a car is much more of a financial burden than it is in the United States. For newly landed immigrants, teenagers getting their first car, or even someone looking for a reliable winter beater, there’s now an affordable option that has all of the safety and modern conveniences of a new car, for less than the cost of a good used car.

Nissan says that if the Micra does well, they’ll look at bringing in other Canadian-appropriate models from world markets. So far, other OEMs have been shy about putting resources towards Canadian market offerings, and given the economics of our market (European tastes and American regulations), it’s easy to understand this reluctance. But having taken a gamble on homologating the Micra for Canadian tastes, Nissan has taken a bold risk, and they should be rewarded for doing so – hopefully with a new customer base that will stay with the brand as they move up into other products that are also tailored for Canadian tastes. With any luck, the competition will take notice.

Nissan provided travel, accommodations and meals for this review. Yes, that is a real, authentic Quebec topless roadhouse in the background of the second photo. It was not open at the time of the photoshoot, but all the stories you’ve heard are true.

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QOTD: What Do You Want To Know About The Nissan Micra? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-what-do-you-want-to-know-about-the-nissan-micra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/qotd-what-do-you-want-to-know-about-the-nissan-micra/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 17:54:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=818690 To paraphrase Tony Judt, Toronto is not the great Canadian city – that will always be Montreal. And I’ll be going there next week to test out the Canadian-exclusive Nissan Micra. Nissan says that Montreal was picked due to the European character that the city is known for, and is reflective of the Micra’s European […]

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To paraphrase Tony Judt, Toronto is not the great Canadian city – that will always be Montreal. And I’ll be going there next week to test out the Canadian-exclusive Nissan Micra.

Nissan says that Montreal was picked due to the European character that the city is known for, and is reflective of the Micra’s European roots blah blah blah. What’s really interesting is the fact that the Micra is basically the ideal car for Quebec, a province full of narrow streets, high gas prices and notorious skinflints who still demand cars without A/C, power features or automatic transmissions.

The much touted $9,998 price tag may be a loss-leader gimmick in the rest of the country, but those base edition cars will sell in decent numbers in Quebec, especially in the northern regions where it never really gets hot enough to need A/C. Let us know what you want to learn about one of the first low cost cars to come to the NAFTA zone outside of Mexico.

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Nissan To Drop Versa Sedan In Canada As Micra Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-to-drop-versa-sedan-in-canada-as-micra-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-to-drop-versa-sedan-in-canada-as-micra-debuts/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:45:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=752905 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 […]

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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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-nissan-micra-in-detail/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/2014-nissan-micra-in-detail/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:59:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=741577   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, […]

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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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-micra-to-cost-9998-in-canada/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/nissan-micra-to-cost-9998-in-canada/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:25:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=741169   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 […]

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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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/oh-so-you-guys-have-avril-lavigne-and-the-nissan-micra-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/oh-so-you-guys-have-avril-lavigne-and-the-nissan-micra-now/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:41:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=696409 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 […]

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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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/montreal-has-monopoly-on-a-segment-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/montreal-has-monopoly-on-a-segment-debuts/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:40:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=695897 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 Autos.ca, 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 […]

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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 Autos.ca, 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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/canada-may-get-new-nissan-micra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/canada-may-get-new-nissan-micra/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=543297 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 […]

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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 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/nissan-adds-second-plant-in-thailand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/nissan-adds-second-plant-in-thailand/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:43:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465738 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 […]

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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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