The first generation of the Micra was launched in 1982, with the vehicle going (somewhat) global from its very beginning, as it was also marketed on the European and Canadian markets. Nissan even went berserk and launched a model that relied on both a turbocharger and a supercharger (the VW Golf GT doesn't seem so smart now, does it?) to play the 0 to 62 mph game in 7.7 seconds. Sadly, this remains the quickest Micra to this day.
The second generation, which was brought to the world in 1992, refined the car, also bringing more body types, such as a convertible, a wagon and a wagon, albeit in limited numbers.
The Micra everybody will remember is the third generation, which had a strong visual personality. It was targeted mainly for the female audience, especially if we're talking about its coupe-cabriolet incarnation.
Now, with the fourth generation of the Micra, Nissan got serious about selling the vehicle globally and has also decided to make it appealing for both sexes.
We took a look at the car and asked ourselves? Is it? We didn't want to judge this Japanese books by its covers, so we took its 80 hp (entry level engine) version, fitted with a CVT and wearing the medium trim level for a test drive.
Nissan claims that the Micra aims at being some sort of a simple engineer's car, an efficient way of getting around town. Let's see if this is true, and, if it is, if it's any good for buyers.Continue reading