Redesigned Nissan March Hits Streets of Japan

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Nissan sells its Versa here in sedan and hatchback guise, effectively filling the subcompact spot in its lineup. Yet it does so in price only, as the Versa is larger than its rivals and in top trim gets significantly more power. This isn't a problem for those who want a C-segment car for a B-segment price, but consumers who would rather go small may see it as a negative.

For this reason there has been much speculation throughout the years as to whether Nissan will bring its once popular Micra back to North America. Known as March on its native Japanese soil (and still Micra in Europe), the car is ultra-efficient due to a miniscule 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine rated at 79 horsepower and optional CVT (continuously variable transmission) or standard 5-speed manual.

It also features a start-stop function that shuts down the engine temporarily when otherwise at idle, all contributing to an EPA-cycle equivalent fuel economy rating better than 6.0 L/100km. Due to its light curb weight, however, it should perform quite well.

Nissan has made no announcement about North American availability.

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Topics: Hatchback, Nissan, 2011, Micra, $10,000 - $19,999,

Geographic location: Japan

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