Nissan has confirmed that it will build a production version of the Micra C+C coupé-cabriolet concept shown at last year’s Paris motorshow. The Micra C+C will enter production in the autumn of 2005, and will be in showrooms soon afterwards.
Although significantly based on the concept exhibited last year, Nissan’s new design headquarters in London will take on the final design for the supermini. It’s a car that will also be developed at their technical centre in Bedfordshire, and built at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland. All told, it represents a £95 million investment.
The new car will have a 2+2 seating arrangement, and feature the C+C’s folding hardtop, which will be assembled on-site by German coachbuilders Karmann.
Mario Canavesi, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Nissan Europe, confirmed that the new version of the car ‘will be Nissan’s first European-built coupe-cabriolet, and a great addition to the product lineup. It will retain the best elements of the existing Micra – attractive design, driving enjoyment and utility, and offer the pleasure of open-top motoring combined with the security and practicality of an all-weather hard-top folding roof.’