Friday, April 9, 2010

Nissan Micra

Nissan revealed the fourth generation Micra at the 80th Geneva motor show last week. The all-new car has been designed in Japan, will be built on Nissan's all-new V-platform, and will be sold in 160 countries worldwide.

Retaining its compact dimensions, the new Micra is slightly longer and marginally lower, while its longer wheelbase enables a 'wheels-at-each-corner' stance. But the latest model also features a distinctive arched DLO, something that is central to its heritage, and a double-layer integrated grille. Makoto Yamane, Associate Product Chief Designer says the Micra's "face had to look stylish and have an air of sophistication to it."

The boomerang-shaped grooves on the roof have a clearly defined purpose too, continues Yamane. Aiming to create the same sense of exterior style inside the car, Nissan has employed a 'connected cocoon' design featuring a dashboard design which takes on a 'twin bubble' theme. This refers to the circular instrumentation binnacle and the similarly shaped glovebox compartment on the passenger side.

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