It’s back – all new Nissan Micra launched in NZ

It’s back – all new Nissan Micra launched in NZ

The new 2011 Nissan Micra has been launched into the NZ market at a special event held earlier this week.

This latest Micra is the fourth generation to wear the badge and represents an entirely new chapter in the history of Nissan’s compact city car. Set to appeal to loyal buyers, its distinctive looks have been restyled it also boasts improved quality and dynamic abilities.

Designed specifically to make day to day urban driving as simple as possible, it delivers good dynamic performance for a small hatch and has comfortable suspension tuning, light power-steering and confident braking. Those driving characteristics are backed up by high levels of convenience and good equipment levels.

Nissan NZ is marketing the Micra around simplicity: it’s simple to purchase, simple to own and simple to live with. The all-new Micra is a simple car to live with, with three-year scheduled servicing reducing the ongoing costs of ownership. Plus Micra is full of features that, combined with thoughtful engineering, make living with the car on a daily basis a simple exercise. From easy egress to a practical luggage compartment, and good levels of visibility from the cabin.

Since its global launch earlier in 2010 the all-new Micra has been a phenomenal sales success. In the Japanese domestic market alone, orders for the Micra totalled at over 20,000 vehicles after just six weeks.

It is Nissan’s first model to use the company’s new V-Platform and the first to be built not in Japan or Europe, but rather in four manufacturing plants in China, Thailand, India and Mexico. The Micra for New Zealand will be sourced from Nissan’s plant in Thailand.

Power is provided by a four-cylinder petrol engine displacing 1.5-litres. This engine produces 75kW of power and 136Nm of torque. When mated to the standard four-speed automatic transmission, the Micra 1.5L consumes 6.6L/100km of fuel combined and emits 154g/km of CO2.

Two specification variants are on offer in New Zealand, following traditional Nissan practice of ST and Ti naming. Both feature power steering, electric windows and exterior mirror adjustment, air conditioning, 15″ wheels, six airbags and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) as standard.

The Micra Ti adds alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning, Intelligent Key keyless access with push-button start and electrically folding exterior mirrors.

To find out more about the 2011 Nissan Micra, click here to visit the Nissan NZ website.

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