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Nissan Micra swaps its cute look and single spec for mass-market price and appeal

18 Nov 2010

FORGET everything you know about the single-spec current Micra, because the latest incarnation of Nissan’s global light-car comes with a full complement of engine and transmission options to go with its far more mainstream styling.

Now available with two engine and transmission choices instead of just one – and in three model grades instead of just one – the K13 Micra sets a new value for money benchmark by being a full-size, fully featured light-car at a sub-light price.

No, the Micra doesn’t set new dynamic benchmarks in its class and there are several equipment omissions, but its mass-market styling and pricing should worry everything in this class from premium-priced top-sellers like the Yaris, Mazda2 and Fiesta to cut-price Koreans like the Barina, Spark and Getz.

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Model release date: 1 December 2010 to 1 March 2015

Previous model

Nissan K12 Micra

Released: December 2007
Ended: November 2010
Family Tree: Micra

NISSAN’S previous (K12 series) Micra was a one-hit wonder in Australia, where it was available from December 2007 in a single five-door hatchback specification, powered by a 72kW/137Nm 1.4-litre petrol engine, matched only with a automatic transmission., , The only option was the choice of a ‘City Collection’ pack that brought side and curtain airbags, a better sound system and alloy wheels., , Underneath its effeminate styling, if you looked beyond its doughy four-speed automatic, the outgoing Micra was actually a good drive, thanks a relatively stiff bodyshell, well sorted ride/handling compromise and rewarding steering.

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