Nissan slashes Micra prices; Subaru XV awarded top American crash test rating; Hertz launches extended test drive programe
11 October 2012

Nissan has reduced the price of the Nissan Micra by £1755. The entry-level Visia model is available from £7995, making it more competitive against the Fiat Panda and Volkswagen Up. All models now include Bluetooth and an auxiliary audio input as standard. All other models in the Micra range are significantly cheaper: Acenta models start at £9995, Acenta Connect £10,495, Elle £11,195 and Tekna £11,595.

Hertz has launched an extended test drive/car rental programme. Hertz Rent2Buy allows prospective buyers to take a test drive for up to 10 days, which is provided free-of-charge if the car tested is purchased. If the buyer decides the vehicle is not for them, it is treated as a standard rental Hertz says the cars are “often” priced at less than book price. Its vehicles are fully serviced and have covered between 12,000 to 15,000 miles.

The Subaru XV has received the highest possible rating in the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The “good” rating is the top rank across all of its tests. Earlier this year, it was awards five stars by Euro NCAP, and received a 90 per cent score of child occupant protection. Subaru is the only car maker to with the IIHS’ ‘Top Safety Pick’ awards for its entire range.

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11 October 2012

At last, some one has come up with a workable hire in view of buying scheme!  Well done Hertz.

What this could signal though is at least one of the major manufacturers dumping their dealer sales network in favour of display and information shops and direct ordering.  

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 October 2012

Great idea.  Too many garages employ sales people that have no idea, but stock cars that could sell themselves.

Recent experiences include salesmen

  • Telling the customer their current car was a 'poor choice'
  • Saying Fords depreciate more slowly than Mazdas
  • Denying the launch of newer specs and models
  • Trying to tell the customer to choose petrol over diesel 'if you do low annual mileage'  (this is clearly not true if the diesel is not much more than the petrol version)

I could see the day when conventional dealerships are replaced by multi-franchise automated salesrooms, attached to supermarkets and motorway service stations.

 

 

11 October 2012

Of all the cars I have seen at the geneva show over many years none have been more depressing than the current Micra. Firstly, it just looks cheap and nasty. Secondly, it is cheap and nasty.

I do hope the people of the NE don't still misguidedly buy these thinking they're made locally.

 

 

You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

12 October 2012

harf wrote:

Of all the cars I have seen at the geneva show over many years none have been more depressing than the current Micra. Firstly, it just looks cheap and nasty. Secondly, it is cheap and nasty.

I do hope the people of the NE don't still misguidedly buy these thinking they're made locally.

Alas I agree completely. I know people who have had good service from Micras but the current model is an enormous mistake.

11 October 2012

JIMBOB wrote:
  • Trying to tell the customer to choose petrol over diesel 'if you do low annual mileage'  (this is clearly not true if the diesel is not much more than the petrol version)

 

If that low annual mileage is reflected in short journey, town driving then the salesperson may have a point. Modern DPF equipped diesel engines don't seem to like this type of use.

12 October 2012

Hertz's initiative sounds interesting. After all, how are you supposed to make an educated choice after a 20 min test drive with a salesmen next to you?

Another step would be a reasonable buy-in scheme. I won't be buying a new car anytime soon if dealership offerings on my used one will be so outrageously poor.

Myk

12 October 2012

Nissan really dropped the ball with this one.  Utterly mis-judged.  I had an ex with a Micra and it was a great little car.  Brilliant at the things it needed to be.  This one looks like something Nissan dug up in a time capsule from the 90's and decided to put on sale.

22 May 2013

The car looks simply awesome it would be wonderful to go on a long drive in this car, summer is here and I am planning to Visit Montreal this summer and we are planning a road trip there.

23 May 2013

It really feels great that the price is now down to an affordable rate. While shopping we always look for discounts and good deals even when we shop online or shop underground.

1 June 2013

The model looks awesome and you would love to go for a long drive in the car. Recently me and my friends were visiting Coober Pedy and we went on a long drive there and visited the Opal Festival.

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