Nissan will be changing the design theme of the next-generation Nissan Micra as a reaction to the low impact made by the current global model in Europe.

“We are adjusting the Micra for the next model; we were drifting, and now we’ll counter-steer,” said design boss Shiro Nakamura.

“Excitement, substance and agility” will feature in the design of future Nissans, he added. These qualities will be combined with the above-average roominess of today’s models, a task that Nakamura admits will be “challenging”.

However, Nakamura believes that the Qashqai and the Juke show the way ahead.

“They are already sporty and have a nice stance,” he said. “Over the next few years, Nissans will have a more consistent look.”

But Nakamura also admitted that Nissan’s diversified range, from the Micra to the Titan pick-up truck, “is in some ways a strength, but also a challenge”.