Al­liance means a new start for Mi­cra in France

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

THE FIRST new Nis­san Mi­cras are rolling off the pro­duc­tion line in France af­ter pro­duc­tion was moved to Europe af­ter a break of seven years.

The fifth-gen­er­a­tion of the car is be­ing built in Flins near Paris and it will go on sale in this coun­try in March.

Nis­san say the new car has “ex­pres­sive de­sign, up­lift­ing in­te­rior and a con­fi­dent drive”.

The start of pro­duc­tion marks the be­gin­ning of a new chap­ter in a suc­cess story which stretches back more than three decades.

First launched in Europe in 1983, Mi­cra is one of the world’s most recog­nis­able model names with global sales of more than seven mil­lion cars. This all-new ver­sion sees it re­turn to the heart of the Euro­pean B-hatch­back seg­ment.

The Flins plant is owned by Re­nault, which has links with Nis­san un­der the Al­liance um­brella.

New Mi­cra is the first Nis­san pas­sen­ger car to be built in a Re­nault plant in Europe.

Flins, to the west of Paris, is a fac­tory with vast ex­pe­ri­ence in pro­duc­ing hatch­backs.

First opened in 1952, the site is the long­est-es­tab­lished carpro­duc­ing plant in the Re­nault Group. It is cur­rently home to the Re­nault Clio and Re­nault Zoe mod­els.

This ‘cross-pro­duc­tion’ of ve­hi­cles is a ma­jor driver of man­u­fac­tur­ing syn­er­gies for the Re­nault-Nis­san Al­liance.

Paul Will­cox, chair­man, Nis­san Europe, said: “The start of pro­duc­tion for the all-new Mi­cra is a mo­ment to be cel­e­brated, em­body­ing the spirit of co-op­er­a­tion which ex­ists through­out the Re­naultNis­san Al­liance.

“The all-new Nis­san

Mi­cra is an ex­cep­tional car, char­ac­terised by its ex­pres­sive de­sign, up­lift­ing in­te­rior and con­fi­dent drive.”

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