New engines added to Micra line-up
Nissan has added two new engines and a new automatic gearbox to its Micra range.
One of the new engines – a 1.0-litre 100hp petrol unit – replaces the firm’s 0.9-litre 90hp unit. As well as offering more power than the old engine, CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 15g/km.
It can be mated to either a manual transmission, or from February, a new CVT automatic gearbox.
The other new engine, meanwhile, is a more powerful 1.0-litre 117hp unit which is linked to a six-speed manual transmission. Nissan said the more powerful engine is not just a retuned version of the 110hp unit, but has been developed by Renault-Nissan and Daimler alongside a 1.3-litre unit which sits in the Qashqai SUV.
“With a greater focus on efficiency and performance, these new models further broaden the appeal of the Nissan Micra. We are now in a position to better meet the needs of Europe’s compact hatchback customers,” said Helen Perry, general manager, small cars at Nissan Europe.
Louise O’Sullivan promoted at Renault
Louise O’Sullivan has been promoted to the position of network operations director at Renault UK from her current role of Dacia brand manager, a position she has held since 2015.
Meanwhile, after two and a half years as sales director for brand, Nick Tame will be taking up a new “strategic management role” Renault said.
“I’m delighted to become network operations director at such an important time for our brands. Renault achieved a lot in 2017 and 2018, as part of our Drive The Future Mid-Term Plan, and we are now ready to build on these foundations and accelerate in 2019 and beyond,” said O’Sullivan.
New Mitsubishi concept car teased
Mitsubishi has teased its latest concept car ahead of its full reveal at the Geneva motor show in March.
Named after a Swiss skiing resort, Mitsubishi said the Engelberg Tourer Concept will bring “further developments in SUV styling and practicality along with a focus on next-generation technology and enhanced EV performance.”