The 109-hp hatch starts at just $ 9,25 in Canada
Last week we asked you if you’;d be interested in purchasing an Alfa Romeo Giulietta if it was offered in the U.S. No matter whether Alfa Romeo chooses to carry the Giulietta to our shores or not right after its relaunch in America in June, we already have the Dodge Dart which employs the Giulietta platform. Granted, the Dart does not fairly resemble the Giulietta on the outside. Truth be told, the Italian-market Fiat and Lancia selection now resembles automobiles from the Chrysler lineup more than our Dodge cars resemble their Italian siblings — you need to see what the Lancia lineup now appears like.
An extraordinary 82 % of our readers mentioned that they’;d be interested in the Giulietta, perhaps due to its substantial-quality interior coupled with a svelte exterior. And with rates beginning in the lower $ 20,000, the mid-size Giulietta would definitely make sense at a time when vehicles like the Audi A3 start off in the mid $ thirty,000 assortment.
This week we’;re raiding the bargain drawers of foreign automakers again, even though we’;re not straying far from property.
If you have been to Canada, you have probably noticed that they have some cars that we do not. There are not a good deal of automobiles like that up north, but they are there. The Mercedes-Benz B-class has been on sale for a few many years in Canada, and so has Toyota Echo hatchback. But even prior to individuals automobiles created landfall at our neighbor to the north, Canada offered autos not offered in the U.S. 1 of individuals vehicles was the Nissan Micra, which appears exactly how it sounds. The Micra has been on sale in Canada off and on because the 1980s, and the most latest iteration of this compact hatch is available there now.
Nissan’;s smallest giving in the U.S. could be the Versa Note, but the 4th-generation Micra will be the automaker’;s most cost-effective supplying in Canada when it hits stores there this spring. Developed in Aguascalientes, Mexico for the North American and South American market place, the 2015 Micra hatch will be available with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder fuel engine producing 109-hp. The Micra created its debut at the 2014 Montreal Auto Display in January of this yr, and is set to go on sale in a matter of weeks.
“As the only substantial-volume vehicle to be supplied in Canada and not the United States, Micra is right here to give Canadian drivers an reasonably priced, high-value entry level into the Nissan brand,” stated Christian Meunier, President of Nissan Canada at the time of the car’;s introduction. “At Nissan, we understand the need in Canada for tiny, urban-pleasant autos that are entertaining to drive and express their driver’;s personality. With Micra, we’;re delivering a established worldwide automobile at a really desirable value – it really is going to make a huge effect on the industry.”
Nissan plainly knows which side of their bread is buttered, and the model is set to take on the likes of the Toyota Echo, Hyundai Accent, and Volkswagen City Golf. The Micra will be accessible with a choice of a 5-pace manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic, and it will have a variety of features common for the Canadian market. Yes, they are cold climate connected, and incorporate heated outside mirrors and rear heater ducts for the benefit of rear seat passengers. The rear seats will also be capable to fold down, and the Micra will be supplied with sensible things such as cargo organizers, winter mats, and trunk protectors as optional objects. Consumers will also be in a position to include a minor personalization to their automobiles with optional trim items this kind of as mirror covers, door manage finishers, and interior trim finishers in 5 diverse colours, which includes chrome.
The price tag? The Micra will start off at just the equivalent of $ 9,25 in U.S. currency. Just before you run out the door and make a dash for the border, the vehicle can not be bought in Canada and registered in the U.S., as it has not gone by way of the battery of NHTSA and EPA certification tests. And speaking of the EPA, Nissan has not released fuel economy figures for the Canadian industry model, although the firm tried to curb everyone’;s expectations a bit in saying that it will not be the most fuel productive automobile out there. So we might count on to see figures in the identical neighborhood as the Nissan Versa, which boasts a respectable thirty mpg combined.
The Micra’;s trump card, if it has one, is the car’;s price tag which undercuts the Versa Note by a not-insubstantial $ 5,680. The Versa Note begins at $ 14,780 for the S model, including destination. And it characteristics the same engine as Micra, producing the exact same amount of horsepower. By now you’;re almost certainly pondering: why is Nissan charging U.S. consumers an extra $ 5,680? As basic as the Versa Note is, the Micra is even smaller sized, and Canadian-industry goodies like heated mirrors aside, it’;s just a bit smaller sized all over the place.
Would you be interested in getting 1 if one was offered in the U.S.? Vote right here and we’;ll publish the outcomes in up coming week’;s installment.
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