It’s really time for manufacturers to start importing some of their cool little cars into North America. Nissan has just launched the Micra C+C for the Japanese home market, which has been modified slightly from the European model. Come on folks, this tiny drop top would be a huge hit here in North America. Bring it on!
Full press release and lots of photos after the break
OKYO (June 5, 2007) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the new Micra C+C will go on sale at dealers across Japan beginning on July 23. This unique, limited volume “coupe/convertible,” imported from Europe, has been modified for the Japanese market.
The Micra C+C is noted for its power-retractable glass roof that opens or closes at the touch of a button in about 22 seconds. With the roof closed, the car has a stylish appearance suggestive of a hardtop coupe. With the top down, the Micra C+C offers the open-air ambience of a classic convertible. The name Micra was coined from the word “micro” and the letters “C+C” stand for Coupe plus Convertible. It has been highly popular in Europe since it first debuted there in November 2005.
A Distinctive European Flavor
* Offering the same outstanding convenience as the Nissan March, the Micra C+C continues the user-focused design and premium quality that distinguish the Micra/March*1 – but with a strong European influence inside and out.
The Micra C+C’s sporty appearance is accentuated by a glass roof that gives the car a unified look from windshield to trunk. Karmann, the renowned European convertible manufacturer, developed and supplies the retractable glass roof. In the up position, the glass top blocks 93% of ultraviolet radiation to protect occupants against sunburn. A shade is also provided to mitigate direct exposure to sunlight. Karmann’s logo is stamped on the lower part of the body.
The combination of a low vehicle height and distinctive character line running from the cabin to the rear adds to the Micra C+C’s image of elegant sportiness. The look is completed by a unique grille, front bumper, tailpipe finisher and sill protectors. Five attractive body colors are offered, including Breeze Blue Metallic.
The Micra C+C’s airy, spacious interior abounds in natural light, with its inviting ambience evoking a warm, roomy feeling. Thanks to its versatile roof design, the interior can be enjoyed year-round, regardless of the season or weather.
Heated seats, perfect for comfortable open-top driving, are upholstered in a combination of genuine leather and a suede-like fabric, achieving a modern, high-quality yet casual look and feel. The driver’s seat can be adjusted to an optimum driving position for drivers of various sizes, utilizing a lifter that moves the cushion vertically 30 mm and fore/aft sliding travel of 240 mm. Lumbar support is also provided to ensure a comfortable driving posture.
The black trim is highlighted with metallic accents for a sporty image, while the fresh, stylish ice-blue trim underscores a refined sense of fashion. The Micra C+C’s interior also features white-faced instruments, a trip computer and an abundance of handy storage spaces – including a convenient, secret lockable storage box located under the front passenger seat.
The trunk offers a storage capacity of 457 liters(VDA) with the roof closed and 255 liters when the roof is lowered and stored away. A wide trunk opening and a low lift-over height provide easy loading and unloading of cargo.
Spirited Driving Performance
* The Micra C+C is exclusively fitted with the HR16DE engine that delivers smooth acceleration and outstanding responsiveness for sporty and spirited driving enjoyment. This engine is not used on the March in Japan.
The suspension system, designed specifically for the Micra C+C, works in tandem with high body stiffness to provide supple ride comfort and superior driving stability.
Standard safety equipment on all models includes dual SRS air bag systems and dual SRS side air bag systems for both the driver and front passenger, as well as additional safety features.
Pricing, Manufacturing and Sales Target
* The Micra C+C is produced at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd as a 2007 model. Pricing begins at 2,499,000yen, including consumption tax. Nissan plans limited sales of 1,500 imported vehicles. The Micra C+C is being marketed under the tagline of “SHIFT_happiness.”
*1The European specification version of the March is sold under the Micra model name in Europe.
*2Because the Micra C+C is an imported car, its specifications differ from those of the Japanese market March.