More details have emerged of the new compact saloon and MPV that will be spun off the new Nissan Micra's small-car platform.

Labelled the ‘V’ platform - for versatility – its design makes it easier to adapt the structure for different body styles – this new building block will eventually generate production of a million vehicles annually, predicts Nissan.

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First to come is the small, four-door saloon in 2011, conceived mainly for sale in Asia, although it may make it to the UK despite the limited popularity of small, three-box models.

But the MPV that follows in 2012 will definitely be coming here. Likely to replace the successful Note, insiders suggest that it will be more compact while providing similar interior space, a benefit of the V platform’s improved space efficiency which part-stems from a more compactly packaged fuel tank and a pedal-box located closer to the car’s nose.

Richard Bremner

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