Pul­sar, Mi­cra hopes high

A new baby Mi­cra joins Nis­san’s big sales of­fen­sive, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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.

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