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Nissan is really on a roll. They have recently posted their best market share in 10 years and their best Dealer Satisfaction Index in 7 years, with a big emphasis on the light commercial market. They have put an aggressive strategy in place to do the same in the passenger car market. Reuben van Niekerk reports
The first move in this strategy is the launch of the Micra Active. Essentially the previous generation model with a few enhancements, this model fills a gap where competitors like the VW Polo Vivo and Renault Sandero have had great success.
The upgrades endow the Micra Active with sporty exterior upgrades as well as higher levels of interior specification.
The Micra Active retains its reputation as a compact vehicle with a spacious and versatile interior, but it now benefits from a sportier aesthetic. The interior fabric has been improved with a new design, and the centre cluster and instrument cluster have also been refreshed.
Features include manual air-conditioning, front power windows, Bluetooth with audio streaming capability, a 12V power socket, steering wheel adjustment, and foldable rear seats.
On the safety side, customers are well and truly taken care of with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist; driver and passenger airbags; Isofix child seat anchorage in the second row; three rear headrests; rear fog lights; a high mounted stop light; remote central locking; speed sensitive auto door lock, and an immobiliser.
On the outside the grille has been redesigned to host the circular badge in a sexy, chrome-extended V-shaped motif.
The bonnet, front fenders, headlamps and front and rear bumpers also have a refreshed, modern look. The styling changes make the Micra Active appear more purposeful and better planted on the road. Its sporty personality is echoed in the dynamic new design.
The vehicle maintains its agile and exciting drive, which is endorsed by a tight 4,6m turning circle, which makes it perfect for the city and squeezing into tight parking spaces that few cars can manage.
The single model derivative, the Visia 1,2, retains the tried-and-trusted 1,2 litre petrol engine that develops 56kW and 104Nm combined with a manual transmission. This engine is known for its low running costs, and Nissan claims that it uses only 5,2 litres/100km.
This little car with a big heart can be ordered with high-end optional extras that include a reverse camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, and reverse parking sensors.
Nissan understands the need that exists with youthful customers to buy accessories that reflect their personalities. It has, therefore, ensured that customers will find what they need in a wide range of accessories that were specifically designed and manufactured by Nissan to ensure peace of mind.
The accessories offer quality, durability, and versatility, and are a perfect fit because they are covered by the Nissan Approved Accessory Warranty. The Trendsetter pack offers black alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust finish, a rear spoiler, and mud guards.
The first Micra Actives being sold in South Africa will also benefit from the addition of touch-screen navigation and an infotainment system, which has been fitted as an added accessory at no additional cost to the customer.
The Micra Active, which costs R159 900, comes with a class-leading 3-year/90 000km service plan and a 6-year/150 000km warranty.