Pulsar, Micra hopes high
A new baby Micra joins Nissan’s big sales offensive, writes Paul Gover
ANISSAN Pulsar should be back on the road in Australia in 2012. The Pulsar plate is part of the plan for the next update of Nissan’s compact frontrunner, which will drive in alongside the all-new baby Micra just unveiled for Australia.
The $12,990 Micra is a big change for the brand, as it is Nissan’s first global cost-down project and cars for Australia will be built in Thailand.
The starter car is also fitted with a three-cylinder 1.2-litre engine and the new Micra, codenamed K13, is only coming as a five-door hatch.
‘‘We are taking it right at the top of this group. Our objective is to take it right to the segment leaders,’’ says Dan Thompson, managing director of Nissan Australia.
But Thompson uses the preview of the Micra, the day before the opening of the Australian International Motor Show, to push the Pulsar during a comprehensive preview of the company’s showroom plan for the next five years.
‘‘Bringing back the Pulsar name is on the cards,’’ he says.
The Micra will be sold in a $13,990 drive-away deal from next month.
In Australia, there will be three equipment levels and a choice of engines, a conventional 1.5-litre four cylinder and the baby 1.2. Gearboxes are a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic for an extra $2000.
Standard equipment in the basic ST is six airbags, ABS brakes and ESP stability control, front electric windows, Bluetooth and a multi-function computer. The mid-level ST-L picks up bigger wheels, electric rear windows and automatic lamps at $14,990 and the fully loaded Ti at $16,990 gets alloy wheels.
But it’s the basics that do the job, from a basic engine with 5.9 litres/ 100km economy and CO emissions of 138g/km to the tightest turning circle in the class.
Nissan Australia has set a massive sales target for the new Micra, aiming for 18,000 deliveries a year.
Big target: Nissan aims at 18,000 Micra deliveries a year.