2015 Nissan Micra $10K Minicar For CanadaPaid For By Smart?…

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2015 Nissan Micra: Minicar For Canada—Paid For By Smart?

A five-door hatchback a little than a subcompact—for less $10,000?

That sounds a pretty good deal.

Micra now available in Canada

it’s a deal only to Canadian buyers—because the 2015 Micra is being offered in that country, not in the United

Last week, Nissan at the Toronto Auto Showthat the Micra would carry a price of C$9,998, the lowest price of any car sold in Canada.

That’s $2,000 less the entry price of a Chevrolet or Mitsubishi Mirage in Canada.

Mitsubishi Mirage, Quebec Sep 2013

Customized for Canada

The closest rival is probably recently-released Mirage. which is released in the U.S.

Both a size smaller than like the Nissan Versa and new Honda Fit, but larger the Chevy Spark—are targeted at markets in developing countries, they are usually fitted engines of 1.0 to 1.3 liters.

For Canada, Nissan is fitting a 1.6-liter engine with a standard manual gearbox and an optional automatic transmission.

2013 Nissan Micra model)

That positions the closer to cars like Fiesta and Chevrolet Sonic, as as the Versa, Fit, and Toyota


Equipment levels on the 2015 are meant to suit Canadian with  heated outside rear heater ducts. split rear seats and a of 15- or 16 inch wheels—for which tires are widely available.

will also be a wide of personalization options available a la . intended to appeal to younger on a budget who are eager to customize car in unique ways.

Nissan has apparently concluded the appeal of the Micra—which in the European we drove was slow and considerably than U.S. buyers be quite limited in the U.S.

Without a continuously variable (CVT), in fact, the Micra’s ratings—which haven’t yet been be no better than those of the Versa.

Smart four-door car to in 2011, based on Nissan

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Paid for by Smart

We suspect Nissan was able to offer the in Canada only because company had already largely for the engineering work to Federalize the car for America.

In October 2010, the U.S. arm of announced that it would add a car to its lineup during 2011, to be in Mexico by Nissan and clearly on the Micra.

Sketches released by showed what was clearly a with different lights, and trim—and that work was underway by the time of the announcement, to Nissan executives we spoke at the time.

But when Mercedes-Benz distribution rights to the Smart back from Penske in February 2011, the parent quickly canceled the Nissan-derived

Dusting off the plans?

With the of the Chevy Spark and Mitsubishi in the price-sensitive Canadian market, we that Nissan simply the plans for the Federalized Micra from its shelves, dusted off, and launched the car—largely at company’s expense.

The 2015 Micra goes on sale in this spring in three levels: base S, mid-level SV, or SR.

When it announced the Canadian Nissan reiterated that it has no to sell the car in the United States.

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