History of the Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra is a city car that is on to its fourth generation and has sold almost six million around the world. As well as new vehicles it is one of the most popular used Nissan cars and will be seen in abundance on UK roads.

The latest Nissan Micra uses the company’s V-Platform and its three-cylinder engines. It is built in four manufacturing plants in China, Thailand, India and Mexico.

Nissan Micras for the UK are sourced from Nissan’s Chennai plant in India.

The platform - V stands for versatile - is engineered to be structurally rigid and light.

The Nissan Micra is powered by a pair of three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engines. The entry-level version is a normally aspirated 80PS unit which produces carbon dioxide emissions of 115 g/km while achieving a fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg for the manual model.

The Micra also offers a direct injection petrol engine with a supercharger boosting power to 98PS.

Carbon dioxide emissions are 95 g/km.

The latest Nissan Micra is not offered with a diesel option.

The model line-up for the Nissan Micra features one five-door body style with two engine options and two transmission choices.

The gearboxes available include a five-speed manual or a highly advanced compact continuously variable transmission.

The Nissan Micra is offered in three levels of trim - Visia, Acenta and Tekna.

All Nissan Micra models have electric power steering, six airbags, electric front windows, Bluetooth phone integration and the Electronic Stability Programme as standard.

Step up to the Acenta model and Nissan adds 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control air conditioning and cruise control.

The range-topping Tekna introduces Nissan Connect, the combined satellite navigation and entertainment system, as well as a glass roof covering the front half of the car and Parking Slot Measurement as standard.

This Nissan Micra has Parking Slot Measurement which automatically measures potential parallel parking spaces and lets drivers know whether the car will fit into the gap.

The Nissan Micra Tekna also includes rear parking sensors which combine with Parking Slot Measurement, automatic headlamps and wipers, electric folding and heated door mirrors and a drive computer.

There’s also a Black and Ivory trim option with heated front seats.

The latest Nissan Micra is sold in 160 countries and was developed in Japan at Nissan’s Global Production Engineering Centre.

It retains the rounded profile of the previous generation but updates the overall look.

Overall, the latest Nissan Micra is slightly longer, marginally wider and a fraction lower.

The Nissan Micra has an arched side window graphic and a rear spoiler integrated into the roof.

The overall shape has a rounded waistline and a distinctive crease above the sills.

The Nissan Micra sports a two-part grille which is divided by the front bumper. Above the linesits an opening split by a chrome bar on Acenta and Tekna models.