Three-cylinder engines will be revealed at Geneva today alongside the new Micra
3 March 2010

Nissan will unveil a new generation of three-cylinder engines as part of its 'V platform', which is due to be launched along with the next-generation Micra at Geneva today.

Vincent Cobee, program director for the V platform, said the new model would open up "low-cost, environmentally friendly motoring" for a new area of the market.

Nissan has yet to confirm whether the new powerplant will be a petrol or a diesel - and its capacity. However, Cobee suggested that it will emit "much less than 99g/km of CO2" in the new small car.

He also confirmed that despite intense speculation to the contrary, the car will keep its current market-dependent model names, Micra and March. "We have spent over 25 years building up these names," he said. "The names, along with 'Made in Nissan' quality, are the things we did not include in our fresh approach."

Cobee also revealed that the new Micra will have a best-in-class turning radius, and offer optional features such as parking slot measurement and Nissan's Connect infotainment system on selected models. "It will be at or above C-segment performance in quietness," he added.

The new Micra will be built in three locations. A plant in Thailand will start manufacturing first for Asian markets (including Japan), but the car will also be made in Mexico and at Nissan's new plant in Chenai, India.

Renault is also expected to build a car on the V platform, although sources suggest that it may not be the new Clio.

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3 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Cobee also revealed that the new Micra will have a best-in-class turning radius [/quote]

See! I knew it had to have a redeeming factor!

Where do I sign?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

3 March 2010

Amidst this "fresh approach" I hope they keep keep it chain and hope they keep it petrol.

Then again, having seen the new Micra, it can be belt and diesel for all I care.

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3 March 2010

nissan need to do what they do best, sports orientated cars. forget everything else.

They should make a 120Z using the new supercharged 1.2 engine. A very small copen sized 2 seat fixed roof coupe, rwd, super light weight. perfect. A budget lotus exige.

Nissan are perfectly able to make it, and well. why dont they just do it?

4 March 2010

[quote Autocar]Nissan has yet to confirm whether the new powerplant will be a petrol or a diesel - and its capacity[/quote]

Erm... It's a 1.2L petrol. You've mentioned it yourselves on the Geneva article on the Micra, yesterday.

Is someone in need of an editor, maybe?



4 March 2010

The new Micra will sell loads and loads, it is advanced technologically, cool and funky; it is very (very) well positioned, economical, eco friendly and of an excellent size; Nissan did a fantastic job with this car.

Nissan...well done!....a superbly great job!

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