The latest folding hard-top junior roadster is finally out in the open. Nissan's Micra C+C was snared by our spies undergoing a workout in Europe last week, more than 18 months before it's due to land in the UK. The new metal-roofed cabrio will be built at the company's Sunderland plant from the end of next year, and stays remarkably true to the 2002 concept car revealed at the Paris Motor Show.Although Nissan has switched from Heuliez, the French firm behind the concept's folding roof, to German company Karmann for production versions, the two systems appear almost identical from these secret photographs.
The angle of the roofline and the hard-top hinge points look the same, although the Japanese company claims the new mechanism operates in a more conventional way than the complicated Heuliez system.
Otherwise the design is virtually identical to the concept, although the disguise around the car's rear deck hides any subtle changes to the flat rear section that lifts to accommodate the roof. Insiders say the tailgate is still hinged at the bumper where it lifts to accommodate the roof partition. Karmann provides similar technology for Nissan alliance partner Renault's folding roof on the Mégane CC.