Design theme of Nissan's next supermini will be a reaction to the low impact of the current Micra

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”.

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23 July 2012

I think this is a pretty ugly beast.

23 July 2012

They need to change the name, Micra just has in my head the vision of old people pottering down country lanes at 23mph or in the left lane of the motorway at 59mph.

No chance I will buy anything with the name Micra on it.

They need complete refresh.

23 July 2012

MooMooHead wrote:

They need to change the name, Micra just has in my head the vision of old people pottering down country lanes at 23mph or in the left lane of the motorway at 59mph.

No chance I will buy anything with the name Micra on it.

They need complete refresh.

 

Funny, they have realised this what...6 months after going on sale in the UK...

For me the name reminds me of learner drivers....they do need a new name. Just like Ford should have called the current Fiesta Verve as to me Fiesta doesn't give off a great image.

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23 July 2012

Always said this current Micra is a step backwards in design compared to the previous ones

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What is going on with the forum? You can't see anything other than the first 10 comments. Please Autocar, can you fix it? Everyone has been complaining about this for MONTHS now.

23 July 2012

superstevie wrote:

Always said this current Micra is a step backwards in design compared to the previous ones

Yep. Looks like Nissan are listening to criticism. The Fiesta is a global car, but it appeals to Europe. This Micra evidently doesn't (the people I see driving new Micras are on average considerably older than those who were driving the previous version). Perhaps a name change would be in order, but if Ford didn't have the guts to change the Fiesta's name, then I'd be surprised if Nissan does.

The previous Micra was truly out of the ordinary when it arrived and I personally think it still looks fresh, and considerably better than the current model, even 10 years after launch.

A global car doesn't have to be conservative, Nissan. Nor does it have to be cheaply furnished. The Micra is sadly both of these things.

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23 July 2012

I think the Design isn't really bad, but the used materials inside, are so crappy, it's awful, not a place I want to spend time in. That is in my opinion the worst part of Nissan's lineup. All the interiors are really crap, too bad. 

23 July 2012

The current Micra seems like a low cost special for emerging markets, it's nowhere near the UK class standard for superminis. When Nissan try they can make really good UK relevant cars that sell well here like the Juke and Qashqai, but I dont think the European market was really considered when the latest Micra was designed.

23 July 2012

More exciting?

I don't think I could stand it.

23 July 2012

...as there is another story on Autocar at the moment regarding Nissan dropping the V6 from the 370z replacement, perhaps it could find a home in the new Micra?

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23 July 2012

Maybe we'll get a great new supermini that will use the current Micra's excellent DiG-S engine.

I wonder if there will be hints of the Juke in the styling of the replacement.

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