15 September 2004

Nissan will build the MPV-version of the Micra at its UK Sunderland plant. It will be the fifth Nissan model to be built at the factory, which is the most efficient car plant in Europe. The five-door high-roof hatch will be shown as a concept at next week’s Paris Motor Show, and is a Europeanised version of the Note, revealed last week in Japan (above). Although it’s based on the Renault Modus platform (right), the Note’s sheet-metal is new and the styling features a practical rear hatch angled more vertically than the Micra’s to boost space.

Even the Note’s ‘face’ is fresh with new headlamps, grille and a lower air intake featuring a deeper opening than the Micra. Inside it should have MPV-style tilt/fold seat mechanisms combined with good rear headroom thanks to the high roofline. The interior and seat folding mechanism will be unique to the Note.

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