Nissan introduces its latest Micra

Japanese carmaker Nissan has introduced its new fourth generation Micra compact hatchback, promising improved use of space and better efficiency.

Unveiled by company chief Carlos Ghosn at the Geneva Motor Show, the car has been developed on an all-new V platform.

The supermini will eventually come with a three-cylinder, supercharged petrol engine and a sub-100g/km CO2 rating.

Described as "modern, simple and destined to be a serious competitor on the world stage", the latest Micra will be sold in 160 countries around the world.

Initially, a simple engine line-up of three-pot petrol engines will be made available for customers in Europe, while the supercharged motor will come later.

Together with a five-speed manual gearbox as the default transmission, buyers can choose an optional CVY auto box.

The car is expected to go on sale this autumn in the UK, with features including keyless ignition, parking aids and an affordable sat-nav system.

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