Quirky Japanese firm Mitsuoka has shown off the latest version of its Viewt microcar ahead of Tokyo motor show unveiling
Mark Tisshaw
20 October 2009

Quirky Japanese firm Mitsuoka has shown off the latest version of its Viewt microcar ahead of its official launch at this week’s Tokyo motor show.

The Mitsuoka Viewt is underpinned by a Nissan Micra, with the shell of a Jaguar MKII on top.

The model first went on sale in Japan in January 1993, before being replaced by a second-generation model in 2005. The latest model has been updated to keep pace with Japan’s safety and crash test regulations.

The model has three engine options – a 1.2-litre, a 1.4-litre and a 1.5-litre, all petrol and putting out between 90 and 109bhp.

Inside, the Micra’s cabin remains largely untouched, aside from some new trim, seat coverings and badging. Pricing will be confirmed at the Tokyo show, which starts tomorrow.

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20 October 2009

I think this car is hilarious, adorable and hideous at the same time! Can you imagine how popular this car would be in Eastbourne??

'What was that old chap, you say you have a car that combines the graceful looks of the finest English automobile of all time with the reliability of a Nissan Micra .... by jove, I shall have mine in BRG with ivory leather .... and make it snappy!'

20 October 2009

I'd love to see a miniature parody of the MK2 interior inside this thing too. I might get one for my kids to drive around the garden!

20 October 2009

If Aston can have the Cignet, why dont Tata do a deal to sell these as well. Its a perfect replacement for the X type

20 October 2009

Unfortunately these flattering pics give you no idea of the horror of the thing in real life.

20 October 2009

For some very strange reason I love it! It helps that it's in British Racing Green, but it reminds me slightly of the Nissan Figaro - given that it was also based on the Micra mechanicals with a retro body.

If only Mitusoka (or however it is spelt) could afford to make an inline 6 to fit under the bonnet, it'd have to be pretty tiny, but continue the heritage!

20 October 2009

A driver in Southwick, nr Trowbridge, Wiltshire, has one of these.

It's odd to look at, as at first glance it does look like a MkII Jag. But as you get closer, the size diverts your attention. It looks innocuous enough.

It would be unfair to call it a parody of the MkII Jag. It has a charm all of it's very own.

20 October 2009

[quote tonym911]Unfortunately these flattering pics give you no idea of the horror of the thing in real life.[/quote]

I agree. I saw one parked up in Notting Hill a couple of weeks ago and it was aweful. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

20 October 2009

Its quite a sweet little thing. I could imagine this may appeal to the older gentleman who remebered the MKII Jag when it was new, & wants somthing a bit nostalgic, but with the reliability and ease of maintenance of a Micra. I think Mitsuoka could carve themselves a little niche here, especially if they were able to tag on to existing Nissan dealerships. I also think its very flattering the Japanese draw so much inspiration from British designs- you dont see them copy many old french or german cars

20 October 2009

I've seen one in London and it was very funny in a nice way. I think they're onto something but need to widen their repertoire. How about making a Lamborghini Espada or Citroen DS?

I'm considering going into business converting original Jaguar Mk.II's into large Micra replicas.

 

20 October 2009

Ideal for people who want to trade down to something smaller , to save the planet. It badly needs wheels with more attitude though.

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