Diesel-powered Nissan Micra launched in Mumbai

Friday 10 December 2010, 00:00 AM by Payal Pathak
  • Company’s authorized dealer, Ichibaan Nissan to commence sales for Micra Diesel from December 10, 2010
  • Diesel Powered Micra available in 2 variants; Priced at INR 5,85,617 (XV) & INR 6,33,849 (XV Premium) –ex showroom Mumbai
  • Best-in-Class Fuel Economy of 23.08 kmpl (tested and approved by ARAI)
  • Equipped with multiple ‘first-of-it’s-kind’ features in its segment likeIntelligent Key plus Immobilizer, a push-button engine start-stop system and electric foldable mirror.

Mumbai, December 10, 2010: Nissan Motor India Private Ltd(NMIPL), following the successful commercial launch of the petrol variant of its first ‘Made-in-India compact hatchback –Nissan Micra-today announced the launch of the diesel-powered Micra in the city. The car was launched atIchibaan Nissan –the company’s authorized dealership in Mumbai. Sales for Diesel-powered Micra will commence from the dealership starting today.Mr. Kiminobu Tokuyama,M.D. & CEO, NMIPL,Mr. Manoj Kumar–VP Operations,Hover Automotive India Pvt Ltd (HAI) –the strategic alliance partner for Nissan in India,accompanied by other senior officials of Nissan and HAI attended the launch event.

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Nissan Micra Dieselis born out of the need to simplify the city chaos and enrich the urban driving experience. It is areliable, stylish, safeandeco-friendly carfor people who enjoy everyday driving.Nissan Micra Diesel is a smart, global hatchback with an affable appearance and engineered for easy handling and sprightly performance, while realizing class-competitive fuel efficiency. The Diesel-powered Micra comes with fuel economy of 23.08 kmpl (as approved by ARAI), making it the best in its class.

The Diesel-powered Nissan Micra will be available intwovariantsofXVandXV (premium).Available with greige interiors, it will be introduced in a range ofsix colours;Sunlight Orange, Brick Red, Pacific Blue, Storm White, Blade Silver and Onyx Black.The ex-showroom Mumbai prices for Nissan Micra Diesel are INR 5,85,617 for XV and INR 6,33,849 for XV Premium respectively.

Positioned in the B+ car segment, the Micra Diesel is powered with the popular 1.5litre Common Rail Direct Injection K9K Diesel Engine, which is mounted for the very first time in India on Nissan’s versatile ‘V’ platform.The 8-valves, 4-cylinder Diesel-powered Micra generatesPowerrated at47Kw (64PS) @ 4000 rpm, whiletorque outputis160Nm @ 2000 rpm.The Nissan Micra Diesel comes with a5-speed manual gearbox. The wide gear coverage enables the 1.5-litre engine to achieve brisk acceleration in city driving conditions. The engine is refined and very silent, thus well adapted for Indian conditions.

Commenting on the launchMr. Kiminobu Tokuyama, M.D. & CEO, Nissan Motor Indiasaid,“The success of petrol powered Micra in the domestic market has given us huge confidence to introduce the Diesel powered Micra within six months from the petrol version. The Diesel Powered Micra with its best in class fuel efficiency and unique features has the potential to crave a niche for itself in the overcrowded compact hatchback segment in India. This is not just another variant. It is the right product at the right time that will offer the discerning Indian customers a good means of urban mobility with a complete package of performance, features, safety and comfort. We are aware this is a very important phase of our journey and we stand by our commitment to provide Indian customers with a full range of products and services”

SaysMr. Manoj Kumar, VP –Operations, Hover Automotive India,“Ever since we launched the petrol variant in July, we have been flooded with enquiries for Micra Diesel. I am confident that the Diesel-powered Micra, is a good value proposition and a desirable option to choose from, for the Indian customers during this season. We are elated with the initial response the pre-order bookings have generated so far through our dealerships prior to the launch. We keenly look forward to replicate the success of the petrol variant with the Diesel-powered Micra. The Nissan Micra Diesel will be launched nationwide with a comprehensive multi-media marketing campaign featuring our brand Ambassador Ranbir Kapoor. We will also be using some non-conventional forms of media to maximize the product visibility and increase sales.”

A comprehensive multimedia ad campaign (T.V., Radio, Print and Digital) has also been launched to support this activity.

In July this year, Nissan launched the petrol variant of its first made in India global compact car –Nissan Micra (Global compact hatchback), based on the Versatile ‘V’ platform at its factory in Oragadam, Chennai.Since the sales began on July 15, 2010, the company has till date sold over 6000 units of Micra.With the launch of Micra Diesel, Nissan will add another variant to its product kitty providing the customers with a good choice.

Unique Proposition

The Diesel-powered Nissan Micra is equipped with some key technological innovations, which are designed to simplify day-to-day life for its owners. The Micra Diesel offersfirst-in-its-class Intelligent Key plus Immobilizer, a push-button engine start-stop system and electric foldable mirror.

Another unique feature is theintelligent multi-display meter, which supplies drivers with real time fuel economy information and cruising range. In addition, thedriver power window is fitted with ‘one touch up/down’ feature along with a pinch guard.


A unique design feature of this car is thedouble-layer integrated grille,which provides a stylish and sophisticated look to the car, yet maintaining a classical shape. There is also a stylized version of the distinctive arched side window line, something that is central to the Micra’s heritage, identity and appeal.

Compact Exteriors

Retaining its compact dimensions, the Nissan Micra measures3780mm in length, 1665mm in widthand1525mm in height.Thelonger wheelbase (2450mm)enables a ‘wheels-at-each-corner’ stance – the main reason behind the Micra’s roomier interiors. The boomerang-shaped grooves on the roof have a clearly defined purpose too. The efforts of Nissan’s Global Production Engineering Centre also make it thelightest (XV – 992kgs, XV Premium – 1008kgs)yet sturdy hatchback in its segment. This has been achieved in numerous ways by reducing number of components and using newer manufacturing and material processing techniques. TheXV premium variant of Diesel-powered Micraalso comes with an added attraction of15-inch alloy wheelsandBody colored roof spoiler.

The Diesel-powered Nissan Micra with atop speed of 158kmphis also equipped with a class competitiveboot space of 251 litresthat can easily carry those extra bags of shopping during travel.

Roomy and Practical Interiors

Aiming to match the same sense of exterior style inside the car, Nissan has employed a‘connected cocoon’ designfeaturing a dashboard design, which takes on a ‘twin bubble’ theme. This refers to the circular instrumentation panel and the similarly shaped glove box compartment on the passenger side. Special attention has been paid to use of materials on the instrumental panel by using Micro-grain technology. This reduces the plasticky feeling and improves productivity by ensuring quality and finish for visual and tactile appeal.

Ride and Handling

Nissan engineers have taken meticulous effort to develop theride and handlingcharacteristics of the car that is a perfect mix of agility, refinement and poise. Mounted onto Nissan's new signature V-platform, the compact design of the suspension minimizes intrusion at the rear for maximum trunk space, but not at the expense of the car's on-road dynamics. The front MacPherson Strut and rear Torsion Beam provide excellent cushioning effect, reducing fatigue during long journeys. Particular attention has been paid to bump absorption, ensuring that the Micra will ride smoothly over challenging road surfaces, not suffer from wallow or float, and cruise effortlessly at highway speeds.

Comfort and Convenience

In contrast to its high-speed capability, the car also has superb visibility and aclass-topping turning radius of 4.65m.It is equipped withseveral new technologies that assist with minimizing C0 2 emissions and mileage while at the same time enabling easy maneuverability.


In the area of safety technology, Nissan pursues innovation as part of its “Safety Shield” concept, an advanced, proactive approach to safety issues based on the idea that cars should help protect people. The incorporation of the ‘V-platform’ is one major factor contributing to the car's improved impact safety. The car is designed to absorb the forces of a frontal impact, owing to the sophisticated crumple zones, while maintaining cabin integrity due to its highly reinforced body shell.The Diesel-powered Micra comes with fitted with a standard safety equipment of Driver Airbag across both its variants.

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