January 17, 2014
NV200 Taxi, Juke NISMO RS arrive for Canadian debuts
Nissan took the wraps off their newest A-segment subcompact yesterday in Montreal to gathered media. The Micra, which will be available in Canada and not the United States, begins sale in the 2015 model year.
“Micra will change the automotive landscape and provide Canadians with the value and fun they deserve in an entry-level car,” said Christian Meunier, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “With great visibility, impressive agility and excellent turning radius, Micra is designed for Canadian drivers. It will offer a small and fuel efficient, yet spacious and fun choice – at a great price.”
It’s no surprise Micra is first being shown in Montreal as uptake of smaller cars in Quebec outpaces that of other parts of Canada.
Micra will initially be available in three separate trims – S, SV, and SR – and feature a 1.6-litre engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. A continuously variable transmission will not be offered.
No pricing information has been announced but expect it to be at least one to two thousand less than the Nissan Versa Note.
Also in the Nissan booth, NV200 Taxi and Juke NISMO RS made appearances.
After a botched introduction as New York City’s defacto taxi, Nissan has been parading the NV200 Taxi around to other cities in hopes they can reclaim sales lost from the expected NYC deal. It features the same drivetrain as the NV200 Cargo currently on sale in Canada but adds rear seating and amenities for passengers.
Juke NISMO RS hopes to continue the momentum first set by Juke and Juke NISMO. A stellar success, Juke has seen high uptake in Canada. The initial allocation of Juke NISMO models sold out within a couple of months. Juke NISMO RS gets a bump in output to 215 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque, a stiffer chassis, larger brakes, and RS-specific interior. It will go on sale in Canada in the spring with pricing yet to be announced.