Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Micra Sees the Bigger Picture

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Micra Sees the Bigger Picture

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Byline: CHRIS RUSSON

WHEN it comes to the big picture only a pigeon gets close to the new Nissan Micra.

A strange comparison but one used by the Nissan development team at the launch of the new - and rather classy - supermini.

Now in its fifth generation, the new Micra will be on the road in March and comes with some class leading technology including automatic emergency braking as standard, a lane departure system that stops the car from straying and a surround view camera system.

Gathering images from the front, back and side of the car it provides the driver with a virtual 360 degree view of what's around and that's handy when manoeuvring.

On higher grade Micras the view is backed up with a full colour reversing camera and although the new model is bigger than before it's easy to park - in fact it's easy going all round.

Sharply styled and with all the necessary mod cons on the technology front Nissan is planning on making its new baby a top 10 seller in a market dominated by the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa.

The new Micra is very much a car for Europe and is built in France alongside the Renault Clio thanks to Nissan's global alliance with the French auto giant.

The previous model came from India after Nissan shifted Micra production away from the UK where it was built at Nissan's Sunderland factory - now home to the top selling Qashqai, Note and Leaf electric vehicle - from 1992 to 2010.

Prices are likely to start from PS11,995 when the new Micra arrives and that will be for a 1.0-litre petrol model. A 1.5-litre diesel will also be part of the line up priced from PS14,195.

That's competitive but mainstream and the Micra comes into its own in higher specification N Connecta and Tekna trim where the price starts at PS15,995.

At this level the Micra is a little limo and the Tekna grade model we tried came with two-tone soft touch leather trim and a seveninch colour touch screen with a sat nav and 'infotainment' system that included a high-end Bose Personal audio system complete with surround sound high fidelity speakers mounted in the driver's head rest. …

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