Alliance means a new start for Micra in France
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.”