The Nissan Micra, known as the Nissan March in some markets, is a compact or supermini car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Nissan. The Micra has been in production since 1982 and has seen several generations and design evolutions.
Nissan Micra Overview
Introduced in 1982, the first-generation Micra (K10) was designed as a replacement for the Nissan Cherry in the European market. It was characterized by its boxy appearance, was front-engine and front-wheel-drive, and came in both 3-door and 5-door hatchback variants. In 1992, the second-generation Micra (K11) showcased a more rounded and contemporary design. It received the European Car of the Year award in 1993. Nissan introduced various innovations during this generation, including automatic headlamps and windshield wipers. 2002 gave us the third generation Micra, known internally as the K12. The K12 Micra featured an even more modern design with distinctive bug-eyed headlights. This generation was available in various body styles, including a convertible variant called the C+C (Coupe + Convertible). A notable safety feature was the inclusion of six airbags as standard in certain markets.
The K13 Micra which arrived in 2010 as the fourth generation car was slightly larger and featured a more global design, aiming to appeal to markets worldwide. Production took place in various countries, including India, from where it was exported to European and other markets. The design was more conservative than the previous generation, and it had improved interior space and features.
The current generation Micra (K14) is a significant departure from its predecessor in terms of design, featuring a more aggressive and sporty appearance. It’s built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-B platform, which it shares with cars like the Renault Clio. This generation focuses more on advanced technology, safety, and a more engaging driving experience. Infotainment systems, advanced safety features, and turbocharged engines are among the highlights of this generation.
The Micra is powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 71 horsepower and 72 lb-ft of torque. It is available with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. The Micra is available in two body styles: a five-door hatchback and a three-door hatchback. It is also available in a variety of trim levels, including the base Micra, the Micra Acenta, and the Micra N-Sport.
Nissan Micra Sales Figures
While initially targeting the European market, the Micra has been sold in various regions, including Asia, the Middle East, and North America (though under different names or models in some cases). Its affordability, reliability, and compact size have made it popular in many urban environments around the world.