The supermini car, the Nissan Micra, has been in production from the Japanese automaker since 1982. The small body style was initially intended for Fiat. However, the Italian company settled on a different shape for the 1983 Fiat Uno. First arriving in Canada in 1984, the Nissan Micra was a part of Nissan’s attempt to phase out the Datsun brand. Therefore, many of the first-year Nissan Micra for sale had the Datsun badge on the tailgate. Ultimately, the Nissan Micra was discontinued in Canada in 1991. However, the small car would return to Canadian markets in 2014.
Early Nissan Micra models
The arrival of the Nissan Micra was one of several new small cars to hit the market. However, the Nissan Micra was particularly celebrated for its low fuel consumption. A specially designed engine used only in the Nissan Micra and an unprecedented low weight made the vehicle especially easy on gas. However, the targeted low-weight did mean that the Nissan Micra was insulated minimally and quite loud. This problem was managed in later years along with the arrival of a five-door option above the standard 3-door hatchback style. By 1991, the Nissan Micra was replaced in Canada with a rebadged Nissan Sentra, the Nissan Sentra Classic.
Nissan Micra’s return to Canada
A new Canadian Nissan Micra model was introduced at the 2014 Montreal Car Show. The modern five-door hatchback offered a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and was available with 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. The low-price tag of below CAD$10,000 made the Nissan Micra a highly cost-effective vehicle choice at the time, becoming the least expensive new car on the market. The Nissan Micra was again discontinued in 2019 when the fifth-generation model became less “budget-friendly”.
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