Nissan Micra

Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra
2010 Nissan March
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan March (Asia)
Datsun Micra
Nissan Verita (Taiwan)
Production 1982–present
Predecessor Nissan Cherry
Class Supermini

The Nissan Micra, known in Latin America and in most of Asia as the Nissan March (マーチ Māchi?) and in North America as the Nissan Versa (2nd generation), is a supermini produced by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 1982.


First generation (1982–1992)


Production October 1982–December 1992
Assembly Oppama, Japan
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Engine 0.9 L MA09ERT I4
1.0 L MA10S I4
1.2 L MA12S I4
Wheelbase 2,300 mm (91 in)
Length 3,745 mm (147.4 in)
Width 1,560 mm (61 in)
Height 1,394 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight 675 kg (1,490 lb)
Related Nissan Figaro
Nissan Be-1
Nissan Pao

Micra K10

The original Micra (chassis name K10) was introduced in October 1982 as a challenger to the highly successful Honda City.[citation needed] It was intended to replace the Nissan Cherry as the company's competitor in the supermini sector, as the Cherry model itself had progressively become larger with each successive generation. It was introduced in the European market in 1983, and in the Canadian market in 1984. Although Nissan was slowly phasing out the Datsun name, a small "Datsun" (ダットサン Dattosan?) appeared on the tailgate for the first two years, and in some European markets, the car was known as the "Datsun-Nissan Micra". The Datsun badges had disappeared completely by the end of 1984. The Micra was initially available with an extremely refined all-aluminium MA10S SOHC engine.

The model was revised in June 1985, identifiable by the slightly larger rear lamp clusters. The Japanese market saw the debut of the first Micra Turbo/MA10ET, where Nissan grafted a turbocharger to the small 1.0 L engine. Another facelift came in March 1989, which consisted of some minor upgrades such as deeper bumpers, a new front grille, minor interior details, and headlight changes. It also saw the introduction of an electronically controlled carburettor, the larger MA12 1.2 L engine with 60 PS (44 kW/59 hp) and a 5-door hatchback version.

In 1988, Nissan launched a limited 10,000 unit run of its homologated Nissan 1989 Micra Superturbo (EK10GFR/GAR). Both this and the 1988 Micra R (EK10FR) featured the same highly advanced sequential compound charged (supercharger plus turbocharger) engine in an all-aluminium straight-4 930 cc 8-valve 4-cylinder Nissan MA MA09ERT unit that produced 110 PS JIS (81 kW/108 hp) at 6400 rpm. This car came with either a 3-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox with viscous limited slip differential, as well as options such as air conditioning and electric mirrors. The Micra Superturbo still holds the crown for the fastest production Micra in Nissan's history, with factory performance figures of 7.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) and 15.5 seconds to run a quarter mile. It has a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).

The Micra's chassis spawned a number of variations. The Be-1 (BK10), launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1985 (but not sold until 1987), was a limited edition model with a more rounded bodyshape, and only 10,000 were sold. In 1987, the canvas-topped, retro looking hatchback Pao (パオ) (PK10) was launched (also at the Tokyo Motorshow) and sold to the public in 1989; 51,657 models were sold. The canvas-topped Figaro (フィガロ) (FK10) coupé was unveiled at the same show in 1989, but not released until 1991. Because demand for the Figaro exceeded the 20,000 vehicles built, Nissan sold the car by lottery: winners could place orders for the car. Despite being a JDM-only model, the Figaro is one of the most imported models of the K10 derivatives; its popularity among numerous celebrity owners helped it earn cult status. The K10 ceased production on 21 December 1992.

During its lifetime, the Micra gained a good reputation for reliability and economy. In 1995, it topped the small car class in a reliability survey of four to six-year-old cars undertaken by the German Automobile Association (ADAC), with 7.5 recorded breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles for four-year-old Micras and 11.5 for six-year-old cars: this compared with 8.0 breakdowns per 1,000 cars for four-year old Volkswagen Polos and 15.3 for six-year-old Polos.[1] (The class loser was the Fiat Uno with 20.7 breakdowns per 1,000 for four-year-old cars and 37.3 for six-year-old Unos.[1]

Second generation (1992–2003)

Nissan Micra (K11) front.jpg
Nissan Micra (K11) back.jpg
Production 1992–2003
Assembly Sunderland, England (NMUK)
Oppama, Japan
Body style 2-door cabriolet
3-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
5-door station wagon
Engine 1.0 L CG10DE I4
1.3 L CG13DE I4
1.4 L CGA3DE I4
2.0 L SR20DE I4
2.6 L RB26DETT I4
1.5 L TUD I4 diesel
Related Nissan Cube (Z10)

Micra K11 (1992–1997)

The second-generation K11 was built and launched in Japan in early 1992, and released in Europe in the fourth quarter of the year. It was powered by brand new all-aluminium 1.0 L (CG10DE) and 1.3 L (CG13DE) DOHC 16 valve engines, with 55 PS DIN (40 kW/54 hp) and 75 PS (55 kW/75 bhp) respectively (higher outputs in Japan), both with ECCS (Electronic Concentrated Control System) fuel injection. A diesel version was offered with the 1.5 L PSA TUD market in Europe as Micra 1.5D. Power steering was an option on some models, and the equipment list included security features not usually available in this market segment: a toughened safety-cage and side-impact door beams were standard and pre-tensioning seat-belts and a driver's air-bag were optional. However, the MK2 Micra scored only a modest two stars in Euro NCAP testing in 1997.[2] Airbags, antilock brakes, electric windows, central locking and air conditioning were available as options on some of the Micra range as it developed in its life cycle. The car soon won the European Car of the Year award for 1993 (the first Japanese car to do so) and the Good Design Award (a Trade and Industry Design award in Japan) along with the Car of the Year Japan award in 1993. This would spawn the V3 Award edition.

After minor changes in 1996, in 1998, six years after its launch, the Micra received a facelift which saw the whole range get power steering as standard.

There was a Cabriolet (FHK11) unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1995, but it was not sold until August 1997, with an electric top. These were produced in limited numbers for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) only. However, much like the Nissan Figaro, some have been imported into the UK unofficially. There was also an estate version called the Box (WK11), which was unveiled on November 1999, with a double folding rear seat, along with an automatic transmission four-wheel drive model.[citation needed]

Micra K11 trim levels and models


Micra S/SE

S/SE trim was available in 1999 - 2003, the interior/exterior was same (S) trim did not featured electronic windows & fog lights also was basic model, (SE) trim featured electronic windows & fog lights also was top of range, S/SE trim was available worldwide.


Micra Belero

Bolero trim was available in 1999 - 2003, Bolero trim was luxury, featured leather seats, luxury classic interior/exterior, Bolero trim end of production in 2003 was last Micra K11, Bolero trim its luxury edition, available in some parts of countries.


Micra SR

SR trim was available in 1993 - 1997, SR trim simler to Nissan Almera GTi (N15), which featured sport package, 1.3 Turbo engine with intercooler, comfortable sport seats package, SR trim was available worldwide.


Micra Impul

Impul/Calsonic trim was after market legendary racing company called Impul or Calsonic, featured high dentity performace, which perform on race track in japan, (Impul) trim was road version, (Calsonic) trim was race version, only available in Japan.

Tommy Kaira Edition

Tommy Kaira Edition

Tommy Kaira Edition trim was after market company called Tommy Kaira, it was simler to Daihatsu Storia, which featured chrome panel bumbers, Tommy Kaira Stripe featuring tommy kaira deacal, Tommy Kaira style Body Kits, also Twincam shaft was highly tuned, Tommy Kaira racing interior & seats, Tommy Kaira Edition only available in Japan.

Nismo S-Tuned

Nismo S-Tuned trim level was after market Nismo tuner company made by nissan, it also featured nissan almera turbo engine, micra displacement become 1997cc 2.0 litre, weight distribution 600 lbs, featured three speed dials top of dashboard simler to nissan 300zx speed dials, Nismo S-Tuned was limited edition only available in Japan.

Veilside Edition

Veilside Edition trim level after market ultra tuner company made by Veilside, features ulimate performance powered by 2.6 litre RB26DETT inline-6 engine layout set out horizontal, carbon fibre veilside body shell produced ulrta light performance, equal veilside body kits, carbon fibre bonet or coloured, also special various japanese colors, Veilside Edition (JDM) model after market only available in Japan.

Micra K11C (1997–2003)

In late 1997, a facelift version was introduced, and was built from late 1997 until early 2003.

The cumulative visual changes from the first models included a revised front grille and headlights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, oval instead of round side repeater indicators, minor changes to internal controls, slightly desaturated colours on the rear light lenses, a redesigned rear wiper which rested horizontally instead of vertically, the centre high level brake lamp being reduced in size and mounted at the top of the rear window, instead of on the parcel shelf, and a radio aerial repositioned from the top of the right-hand A-pillar to the middle of the roof, towards the front or rear depending on specification.

In late 2000, the original facelift was replaced by a second version, technically being quite similar. Changes included new lights on the bumper, an altered lower body, orange turn signals and a completely redesigned interior.

By late 2002, the new K12 was introduced (although the K11C models were still being built). The K11C models were fully replaced by K12 in early 2003.

Third generation (2002–2010)

Nissan Micra K12
Production 2002–2010
Assembly Sunderland, England (NMUK)[3]
Oppama, Japan
Body style 2-door coupé convertible (CK12)
3-door hatchback (AK12)
5-door hatchback (K12)
Platform Nissan B platform
Engine 1.0 L CR10DE I4
1.2 L CR12DE I4
1.4 L CR14DE I4
1.5 L HR15DE I4
1.6 L HR16DE I4
1.5 L K9K diesel I4
Related Nissan Tiida/Versa
Nissan Note
Nissan Cube
Nissan Juke
Nissan NV200
Renault Clio III
Renault Modus
Duesen Bayern Ritz[4]

Micra K12 (2002–2007)

The next version of the Micra, the K12, was unveiled in 2002 Paris Motor Show as the Nissan mm Concept. It was introduced to the Japanese market in early 2002 and to Europe in late 2002. The car was radically redesigned: it featured a new, 70 mm longer wheelbase (developed with Renault) and an even more curvy exterior that was taller and slightly wider. Its most distinctive feature was a pair of prominent headlamps that extended to the wing-tops. Other additions included a sliding rear seat and the option of keyless ignition on higher specification models.[5] The range of engines included improved 1.2 (CR12DE) and 1.4 (CR14DE) petrol models, and a Renault-sourced 1.5 diesel unit (K9K)[6]. The automatic CVT transmission of the previous model was replaced by a conventional automatic transmission.

Nissan Micra Rafeet

The K12 was well received by the motor industry and set a new standard for the superminis that followed it.[7][8]

In 2005, Nissan Europe released a performance model of the K12. Dubbed the 160 SR, it was released as a direct competitor to the Abarth Grande Punto, Opel Corsa OPC, Ford Fiesta Zetec-S and the Citroën C2 GT,[citation needed] with a 1.6 L HR16DE engine, giving 113 PS (83 kW/111 hp) and uprated sports suspension. In 2006, Nissan renamed the 160 SR to the Sport SR in line with name changes across the board for the K12. However, this rebranding was short-lived: the performance model reverted to the 160 SR name in late 2007.[9]

The launch of the 160 SR coincided with a revision of the K12. The radiator grilles were given a chrome strip through the centre and the original amber indicators were replaced with clear ones. The rear bumper was restyled and made more robust (apparently in response to French parking habits). The interior was also given a makeover, with more supportive seats, thicker glass and better soundproofing.[10]

There were originally six trim levels of the K12, but in 2006 they were simplified to just three: Initia, Spirita and Sport. In addition, the launch line-up of six engines was reduced to the most popular four.[11]

Autech, a Nissan-owned company, unveiled alternative models called the Bolero and the Rafeet. The Bolero, like Autech's versions of the K11, has the usual retro front end (which with the standard Micra headlights makes the car resemble the Lancia Ypsilon); the Rafeet has a more modern approach, resembling a BMW MINI, with either a black or white leather interior,[12] whereas the Bolero has partial wood panelling and exclusive seating.[13]

In 2003, Nissan UK, inspired by the Andros Trophy K11, unveiled the Micra-R, a one-off mid-engined K12. Shown at the Geneva Motor Show without running gear and engine, being only a display car, it was later given the go-ahead and Nissan commissioned Ray Mallock Ltd to insert a mid mounted BTCC-derived Primera QG20DE engine for show and press demonstration purposes.[14] In 2005, Nissan UK decided to replace the Primera engine with a VQ35DE from a 350Z with a modified Altima SE-R gearbox for user-friendliness on the road. This model was baptized 350SR, although it was not offered for sale. It was taken on to EVO magazine's "fast fleet" for a period of time where it became a favourite of many of the writers.[15] Other modifications to this car include a vented rear arch and a set of Rays Engineering wheels. To date, Nissan has no plans to put this model into production.

Micra C+C

Micra C+C

June 15, 2005, the K12 chassis spawned the coupé convertible model called the Nissan Micra C+C. It was designed at the new London-based Nissan Design Europe studio, developed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe at Cranfield, Bedfordshire and built, as with its predecessor, at the Washington plant. It is built as a modern interpretation of the 1991 Micra based Nissan Figaro with a convertible hardtop instead of the canvass top the Figaro had. The electric folding glass roof is made by Karmann coachworks and has a 2+2 seating layout. The car is powered by an 1.4 or 1.6 L gasoline engine, or a 1.5 L diesel available on European versions only.[16] It was originally available only in Europe but sales in Japan began Micra 2007 after the introduction at the Tokyo Auto Show. There were originally four trim levels: Urbis, Sport, Essenza and Active Luxury.[17]

Micra K12C (2007–2010)

Nissan Micra K12C
Nissan Micra K12C rear

In late 2007, the Nissan Micra was facelifted again.[18] It had several cosmetic tweaks: every model featured the standard racing grille taken from the K12 160 SR; the front headlights were tidied up (incorporating light blue-tinted sidelights) and the grilles housing the indicators were edged in chrome. In addition, the B-pillar trims were no longer colour-coded. Inside, there were new seat fabric designs, and the dashboard featured parts taken from other Nissans. New equipment included an audible speed warning, bluetooth connectivity with the vehicle and reversing sensors.[17][19] All models (save for entry-level) were fitted with sport bumpers and spoilers on the sides and rear.[20]

K12C models in Europe:

  • Visia: old K12 model with facelift
  • Acenta/Acenta +: luxury models
  • Tekna: sportive model
  • 160 SR: sportive/performance model
  • Active Luxury: luxury/sportive model

The 1.2 litre engine for the entry-level Visia was a 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) unit, as opposed to the 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) version on other grades. In addition, the Visia did not have the option of a 1.4 L engine. The 1.6 L engine was reserved for the 160 SR and as an option on the Active Luxury grade.[20]

In 2009, it was reported that a total of 31,600 units were sold in Japan and nearly 122,000 worldwide.[21]

Fourth generation (2010–present)

Nissan Micra 1.2 Acenta (K13) – Frontansicht, 17. September 2011, Düsseldorf.jpg
Also called Renault Pulse[22]
Production March 2010–present
Model years 2011-present
Assembly Chennai, India[23]
Samut Prakan, Thailand
Guangzhou, China[24]
Aguascalientes, Mexico[25]
Body style 5-door hatchback
Platform Nissan V platform
Engine 1.2 L HR12DE I3
1.2 L HR12DDR I3
1.5 L HR15DE I4
1.6 L HR16DE I4[26]
1.5 L K9K diesel I4[27]
Transmission 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 96.4 in (2,449 mm)
Length 148.8 in (3,780 mm)
Width 65.6 in (1,666 mm)
Height 59.6 in (1,514 mm)
Related Nissan Tiida/Versa
Nissan Sunny

Micra K13

The first sketches of the latest generation Nissan Micra were unveiled on 1 October 2009, referred to as W02A,[28] later referred to in Nissan press releases as K13.[29][30] Nissan has stated that the model will be built in five countries, but only four are confirmed so far: Thailand for the Japanese, Hong Kong, Macau, South-East Asian and Australian markets; India for the Indian, European, Middle Eastern and African markets; China for the Mainland China market; Mexico for Mexican, Central American, South American and Caribbean markets.[21][31][32] Nissan launched the new Nissan Micra globally on 2 March 2010 at the 80th Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. It will be sold in more than 160 countries, including Thailand in March 2010, India in July 2010, and Europe in November 2010.

Nissan Micra inside (Japan spec)

It is based on the new Type-V platform with a new 1.2 litre HR12DE[29][33] (XH5) 59 kW (79 hp) 108 N·m (80 ft·lbf), 3-cylinder engine. In the end of 2011 Nissan introduce the supercharged version of 1.2 (HR12DDR) called in Europe as Micra 1.2 DIG-S[34] and the other engine 1.5 (HR15DE) and 1.6 (HR16DE) for south american, asian and australian country. The car is expected to be fuel efficient, delivering 18 km to a litre of petrol. The new Idling Stop System is reported to improve fuel economy by 2.0 km/L. It features variable control of voltage for power generation with alternator (including regenerative charging function with braking energy). Micra's coefficient of drag is just 0.32 achieved in part by the sleek roofline, with a raised rear end, which optimally adjusts airflow to the rear sides and other elements of the body designed to reduce air resistance such as door mirrors, a large front spoiler and the underbody configuration. A lightweight roof panel helps to keep weight to 915 kg (2,020 lb). The car was designed to appeal to a unisex crowd, yet look stylish and elegant to face the tough competition. Micra's new-generation Xtronic CVT features a new structure combining a belt-operated CVT with an auxiliary two-speed transmission. The CVT raises the transmission ratio by more than 20% compared to other CVTs in its class, providing enhanced responsiveness on starting and acceleration and improved quietness during high-speed driving. With the auxiliary transmission, the size and weight of the CVT unit is significantly reduced. Friction is reduced by about 30% compared to other CVTs in its class, achieved by the increased transmission ratio, reduced pulley size and weight, and reduced oil agitating resistance — helping improve fuel economy. An electric oil pump is adopted in vehicles equipped with Idling Stop. Quicker oil pressure response improves startup performance and thus contributes to an improvement in fuel economy. While Idling Stop is in operation, pulley rotation is temporarily locked inside the CVT and is slowly unlocked when the engine starts again. This prevents reverse movement during a hill start and enables smooth startup. In India the Micra was offered with a diesel unit: the classic 1.5 dCI K9K produced by Renault with 65 hp.

On 10 February 2010, Nissan announced that the Nissan Juke will go into production following its appearance as the Quazana concept car at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show.[35][36]


The second generation Versa was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show. Instead of being based on the Tiida, it will now be a badge engineered version of the new Micra sedan and possibly the Micra hatchback. The US-spec model unveiled at the motorshow was the new March/Micra sedan previously shown in December 2010 in China, which is now known as the Nissan Sunny although it is very similar to the March/Micra hatchback. It continues to compete with the likes of other entry-level sedans such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, and Hyundai Accent in terms of price and features. However, its overall dimensions inside and out are now more competitive with the likes of the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. The second generation Versa is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol that delivers around 80 kW (109 hp) and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque. The new model weighs less and has gained more legroom compared to its predecessor. In the US prices start at $10,990, higher spec models include Bluetooth, navigation system with 5-inch touch-screen display, Satellite Radio and an iPod®/USB interface.[37] It is said to be the cheapest car in the U.S. The fuel economy is estimated to be 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with the CVT-equipped Versa sedan.[38] A hatchback version will debut one year later for the 2013 model year.


EuroNCAP tested this model of the Nissan Micra as a standard equipment LHD, 5-door hatchback, registered in 2010. They scored it accordingly:

  • Overall 4/5 stars
  • Adult Occupant 84%, 30 points.
  • Child Occupant 79%, 39 points.
  • Pedestrian 58%, 21 points.
  • Safety Assist 57%, 4 points.

The Micra scored well in the test and received 4 stars from a possible 5, although the car was penalised for "loading the dummy in an unrealistic way" and increasing chest damage to the driver and passenger. Despite this the results were decent for a hatchback and the car offers good protection for side and front end impacts.[39]

Nissan Micra/March by country


The UK-built Micra K11 was briefly exported to the Australian market beginning in 1995 with a three model line up, base 3-door LX, 5-door SLX and 3-door Super S (of which only 303 were ever sold in Australia and demand a hefty price premium over the other models). Class leading performance, a surprisingly dynamic chassis with well sorted suspension, roomy interior and above average build quality were the Micra's strengths in comparison to its Korean competitors like the Hyundai Excel, Daewoo Cielo and Ford Festiva. A poor exchange rate between the UK and Australia meant the Micra's pricing was rather steep and Australian buyers saw the cheaper Koreans and more established Japanese-sourced superminis, such as the Suzuki Swift and Daihatsu Charade, as offering better value for money. Also, the Micra received the lowest possible rating (one star) in Australian crash tests. The Micra was dropped from Nissan Australia's line-up in 1997.

Nissan re-introduced the Micra to Australia in 2007,[40] being sold only as a 5-door hatchback, and coming from Japan and not the UK.


Canadian version of the Micra K10

In Canada, the K10-J was sold and branded as the Nissan Micra. It came standard with the larger MA12S inline 4 cylinder OHC 1.2 L (1235 cc) engine. The Nissan Micra was finally discontinued in Canada in 1991, replaced by the Nissan Sentra Classic, but many K10s are still running on Canadian roads today.

Nissan ceased selling subcompact cars (less than 165 inches (4,191 mm) length) in Canada after 2007, when the substantially larger Versa was added to the lineup.


In China, Dongfeng Nissan released the Micra K13 on August 30, 2010.[41] Four trims with 1.5-liter engines (HR15DE) are available, priced between 69,900 and 92,900 yuan.[42]


One of the four factories which produce the Nissan Micra K13 is located in India.

Nissan Micra is available in India with four petrol and two diesel variants. The four petrol variants of Nissan Micra are: Nissan Micra XE, Nissan Micra XE Plus, Nissan Micra XL and Nissan Micra XV. All the four variants are powered by the 1.2 L, 1198 cc, petrol engine with five-speed manual transmission that delivers 76 PS (56 kW; 75 hp) of maximum power at 6000 rpmwith 104 N·m (77 lb·ft) of maximum torque at 4000 rpm. These variants are differed from each other by the interior comfort, luxury and safety features. Notable feature includes a standard air bag across the range although ABS is available only on the top variant.

The diesel variants of Nissan Micra are Nissan Micra Diesel XV and Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium. The Nissan Micra diesel is loaded with a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder, 8 valve, SOHC, 1461 cc, common rail powertrain that is capable of developing maximum power of 64 PS at 4000 rpmand 160 nm of highest torque at 2000 rpmwith the same 5 speed manual gearbox.

Nissan Micra models in India[43]

Nissan Micra XE This the base variant of the model that comes with standard fitments as roof antenna, drive computer, manual AC, black colour interior scheme, electric power with tilt adjustment steering, engine immobilizer and driver airbag.
Nissan Micra XE Plus This variant of Nissan Micra is fitted with most of the base variant's features and a few added features including OE audio system with 4 speakers, seat cover fabric in black and silver combination, steering wheel cover of pure leather in black and silver shade combination and full wheel covers.
Nissan Micra XL The XL is blessed with all standard features that the base model has along with some added things such as rear wiper and washer, tachometer, parcel shelf, integrated audio system with 4 speakers aux-in port, front and rear power windows with driver Anti-Pinch function, central door lock and remote keyless entry.
Nissan Micra XV This top-end variant of the Nissan Micra hosts most of the standard features and electric park and fold mirror, door mirror electric adjustment, auto AC, greige colour interior scheme, intelligent key with push button ignition, front passenger airbag, ABS, EBD, BA, front fog lamps and security alarm.
Nissan Micra Diesel XV This is the base diesel variant that is loaded with a 1.5 litre, SOHC, 4 cylinder, Common rail engine. It comes with body colour bumper, roof antenna, full wheel covers, body colour electric powered ORVMs & door handles, 14 inch steel wheels, drive computer, adjustable front head rests, audio system with 4 speakers, greige interior colour scheme, power and tilt steering, front and rear power windows, push button ignition, engine immobilizer, driver airbag, etc.
Nissan Micra Diesel XV Premium It is the top-end diesel variant that retains most of the XV variant features and some added features such as body colour rear spoiler, 15 inch alloy wheels, rear defogger, automatic AC, leather clad steering wheel and gear knob and front fog lamps. However, it does not sports security alarm, front passenger airbag, ABS, EBD and BA.


One of the four factories which produce the Nissan Micra K13 is located in Japan.


Like the K10, the K11 spawned numerous spin-offs, which were all sold only in Japan. In April 1994, the V3 Award edition was released to commemorate the three awards the car won in the first year of production, based on the C# with a coloured roof spoiler. It came with a special commemorative tachometer and sticker. There was a specially retro facelifted model called Tango in June 1996, based on the F and A# model, and the Collet was unveiled in October 1996 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Micra in Japan, with central locking. Initially sold for five months, this became a regular model soon after. In October 1997, another facelifted 5-door model called the Bolero made its appearance, with a round headlight and a large grille, resembling a classic British saloon of the 1960s. The Juke (December 1997), Rumba (November 1998) and Polka (December 2000) kept the retro theme alive, all of them with slight variations. In April 2001, there was a Muji 1000 edition, which was sold through the MUJI website. The car came with an exclusive one piece grille and unpainted bumpers and wing mirrors. Like the Box estate car, this version had a double folding seat. The car was only available in white and production was limited to 1000 units. At the same time, there was a Collet F, a 20th anniversary model. Most of these spin-offs were produced by Autech.

In Japan, several speciality companies modified the Micra K11, often catering to the vogue for "classic" styling:

  • Mitsuoka made a latterday interpretation of the 1960s Mark II Jaguar called the Viewt. Launched in 1995, this car is regarded as a luxury model compared with the other Micras: it was only made as a four-door saloon or two-door convertible, with wooden interior panelling, leather interior and chrome plating available.
  • Companies such as Copel, Mooku and Lotas produced Micras modified to resemble the Vanden Plas Princess 1100. The extent of the modifications ranged from circular headlamps and a chrome grille in the case of the Copel Ministar, to a remodelled bootlid and new rear lights on the Copel Bonito. Mooku also modified the Micra Box.


While Nissan Europe had the 160 SR, in Japan the 5-door only Micra K12 was available with the 12 SR and 15 SR-A versions, the first one with a tuned 1.2 L CR12DE engine giving 110 PS (81 kW/108 hp). It is equipped with an exclusive HKS exhaust and has a set of 15x6 wheels on a 185/55R15 81V Bridgestone RE-01R tyres.

From 2005 in Japan, 3-door models on the Micra K12 and the CR10DE were dropped from the range, the CR14DE was only used for 4WD models, and the HR15DE was introduced.[44]


The K13 Micra was Launched in Japan on 13 July 2010 with models 12S, 12X, 12G, 12X FOUR and 12G FOUR. Price range 999,600 yen to 1,644,300 yen, including consumption tax.[33] Nissan announced as of June 25, 2010, it received a total of 12,147 sales order of Micra in Japan in less than two weeks after initial sales.[45] Nissan is one of the first major Japanese automakers to shift production of a popular vehicle abroad and import the vehicle for sale in Japan, called gyaku yunyu or "reverse imports."[21]


One of the four factories which produce the Nissan Micra K13 is located in Mexico.

The Nissan Micra K13 is called the Nissan March in Mexico and went on sale in late March 2011, it began production at the Aguascalientes plant in early March. The Nissan March is sold in 4 trim levels: Drive, Sense, Advance and SR. The base Drive trim level does not have air conditioning and rear window wipers and has black mirrors; this trim level also lacks a radio and comes with 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. The Sense trim level adds air conditioning, Mp3 radio player, colour coded mirrors and a rear window wiper. This model also comes with 14-inch steel wheels with wheel covers. The Advance trim level adds 15-inch alloy wheels an optional CVT transmission and also adds 2 front airbags for the driver and passenger. The SR trim adds side skirts and a rear spoiler for a more sporty appearance and has the same alloy wheels only with a darker color. All trim levels come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission and with the 1.6-litre engine with 106 hp.


In Taiwan, where the car has been sold since February 1995, the K11 Micra is still sold with an entirely facelifted and improved version called the Super March. It has a digital instrument cluster, LED rear light clusters, indicators built-in to the side mirrors and a facelifted front end with modern crystal headlights. It also comes with a semi leather interior with rear headrests. The car still retains the original CG13DE engine.


One of the four factories which produce the Nissan Micra K13 is located in Thailand.

In Thailand, the Micra K13 was launched, as Nissan March, at the Bangkok motor show on 26 March 2010, priced from 375,000 baht ($11,600) to 537,000 baht.[46] By early July 2010, the company has received about 8,000 sales order and said new buyers would have to wait for five months. The company expects to produce 90,000 units in 2010.[47]

Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland, the Micra K11 was a popular car. The trim levels were aligned with mainland Europe rather than the United Kingdom. However, there was no diesel option.


From 1992 until July 2010 over two million Micras were built in the UK at the NMUK plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear.[48]


The Micra K10 first went on sale the UK over the summer of 1983, and it was an instant sales success. In its best year, 1990, it was the eleventh most popular new car in the UK with just under 50,000 sales. It was a popular choice with driving instructors and undemanding motorists thanks to its ease of driving, solid build and durable mechanical components. 343,411 were sold in nearly a decade. As recently as early 2007, almost 15 years after the last examples were sold, 96,421 examples were still reported to be in circulation,[49] and four years on, as the 20th anniversary of its demise approaches, the number remaining on Britain's roads is likely to be still well into five figures. It compares particularly well to many other popular small cars in Britain of its era, particularly the British-built Austin Metro and Italian Fiat Uno.


The second incarnation of the Micra, the K11, was launched in the UK at the end of 1992, with production taking place in Britain at the Sunderland plant rather than in Japan. Like its predecessor, it was a very popular car thanks to its quality, ease of driving and fuel economy. However, it was available with a limited range of engines: 1.0 and 1.3 petrol units. A facelift over the summer of 2000 saw the 1.3 shelved and replaced with a 1.4 unit. This upgrade, after a previous makeover in 1998, enhanced the Micra's appeal and it was still fairly popular on the launch of its successor in December 2002.

The Micra K11 (as it is known in Europe), was the second model after the Primera built in Nissan's NMUK plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

In 1998, the Washington, Tyne and Wear, plant produced its millionth Micra, becoming the first Japanese manufacturer in Europe to achieve the milestone.[50]


Like the previous version of the Micra, the third generation model, the K12, was made at the Sunderland plant. It had a wider range of engines, including Renault-sourced 1.2 petrol and 1.5 direct-injection diesel powerplants, and offered an improved driving experience. Its chassis would form the basis of the next Renault Clio, launched in 2005 but still built in France. This stylish, all-new Micra helped Nissan bolster its market share of the supermini sector, which had been declining in the final year or two of its predecessor's life. Although it has never featured in the SMMT's official top 10 best-selling cars in the UK, it has been among the best-selling 10 cars in Britain among private buyers for virtually all of its production life.

In 2003, the BBC's Top Gear programme featured a segment on cars that gave value for money, highlighting specification that could be purchased for £9,000. The Micra K12 was selected and tested by presenter Richard Hammond, who gave it a positive review. This was despite comparing its qualities to those of a Boeing 737, concluding that the Micra "had all the toys".[51] However, when Hammond tested the Micra C+C in 2006, he was less than enthusiastic. This was because his model was coloured pink and as a result, he spent most of the segment driving it with a paper bag over his head.[52]

The pink C+C was one of only five, made specifically for Nissan's sponsorship of the C+C TLC Tour in 2005–06, in support of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.[53] Such was the public's response that Nissan subsequently announced the launch of the Micra C+C Pink, limited to 100 models.[54] These quickly sold out and another production run was announced in August 2006, this time limited to 175 cars.[55]

In July 2004, Nissan announced that a Coral Blue K12 Micra had become NMUK's one millionth car for the UK market, and that its Washington, Tyne and Wear, plant had produced over 250,000 K12s since the model's launch, for sale in up to 45 markets.[56][dead link]

In August 2006, the K10 was still receiving credit for its impressive durability. An Auto Express survey revealed that of the 340,000 K10 Micras registered in the UK between 1983 and 1992, 96,000 were still on the road—nearly 30%, an impressive figure for a car which had been out of production for 14 years. This gave it a far higher rating than the Fiat Uno and the Austin Metro, both of which had dwindled away to less than 3%.

In 2007, with the Micra K12C, the model grades were brought into line with the rest of the Nissan UK range, namely Visia, Acenta, Tekna, 160 SR and Active Luxury.[9]

The Micra C+C convertible was available in Visia, Acenta, Tekna and Active Luxury grades.[57] However, the 1.6 litre engine is available for all models, save the Visia.[58]

End of production in UK

Micra production ceased at the Sunderland plant as of 16 July 2010, ending an 18-year run at the plant. 2,368,704 Micras were built.[48]

Reputation and popularity

A Micra model at Basel

The K10/K11 generations of Micra were known for reliability, excellent build quality, and user friendliness. The K12 model has received consistently good reviews, with the main criticisms being the lack of head room and luggage space in the rear.[8][59][60][61]

There are numerous tuning parts available for the car. Engine transplants are not new for the Micra, as many owners with mechanical skills have installed the SR20DE and more commonly, the GA16DE into their K11s. Turbocharger kits are a popular choice for the K11 and K12s.

The insurance company Folksam rated it as a dangerous car in case of crash for the years 1988–1995.[62] However, safety specification has improved with successive models. The Micra's Euro NCAP ratings are two stars for the K11[2] and four for the K12.[63]

The K12 Micra came top of its class in What Car? magazine's Security Supertest in 2003, passing both entry and driveaway tests and achieving a maximum score for its locking system and immobiliser.[64]

In 2005, the UK motor insurance research expert Thatcham introduced a standard for keyless go, requiring the device to be inoperable at a distance of more than 10 cm from the vehicle. In an independent test, the Micra was found to be the most secure, while certain BMW and Mercedes models failed, being theoretically capable of allowing cars to be driven away while their owners were refuelling.[65]

In What Car?'s Reliability Supertest in 2007, Nissan was ranked 6th out of 26 manufacturers overall, with the K11 Micra (1998–2002) being its most reliable model.[66]

Micra in motorsports

Nissan first entered the Micra in motorsports with the March Superturbo R. Introduced in 1987, this rare pre-facelift K10 weighed in at 740 kg (1630 lb) with half interior, roll cage and tool kit. It was built for the new sub-1600 cc Group A class, and shortly after in 1988 Nissan released the March Superturbo as a road car.

While the March was a favourite with the drivers in the Japanese Rally Championship, veteran Swedish rally driver Per Eklund finished the 1988 RAC Rally in 21st position and the 1989 Acropolis Rally Greece in 10th place.

A Micra K11C at the German Saxony Rally

During the K11's production life, there was a series of national rally championship trophies held all over Europe called the Micra Challenge. This was intended as a cheap introduction to rallying, as the cars all had identical 1.3 L race-prepared engines. The UK series ran between 1995 and 1999. This model is still used in club and national rallies. In France, the 1.3 L model was used as the basis for a circuit racing one-make cup for celebrity drivers, the Nissan Stars Cup. In Portugal, the Micra spawned a one-make trophy alongside the National Rally Championship for Beginners.

In the late 1990s, a K11 was adapted into a VQ30 mid-engined 4WD configuration to race in the Trophée Andros, the French ice racing series. Drivers who raced this car include Érik Comas, Philippe Gache, Stéphane Peterhansel and Emmanuel Collard.

Nissan sponsors a one-make series in Japan called the March Cup, which has been running since the introduction of the K10. Usually a JGTC support race, it is held in two separate five-round championships called West Japan Series and East Japan Series, and a ladies series running simultaneously. At the end of the season, the best performing cars from both sides meet up for the Champions Cup final at the end the season.

Scale models

Fujimi makes 1/24 scale plastic model kits of a 3-door K11 and 5-door K12, in several different versions. Kyosho also makes a 5-door K12, as a 1/43 scale diecast in both left- and right-hand drive versions. Bandai makes 1/24 or 1/43 etc. plastic model kits and diecast model kits Nissan Be-1, while Norev makes a 1:43-scale Micra C+C 1.6, complete with folding roof.

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