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February 15, 2011

Nissan Releases All-New Moco

YOKOHAMA (Feb. 15, 2011) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of the all-new Moco minicar, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide.

Moco X

Moco X <2WD>

The new, third-generation Moco builds on the strong reputation of previous models. Both the first-generation Moco, launched in April 2002, and the second-generation model that followed in February 2006, have been praised by customers for their stylish, elegant exterior and interior qualities. The latest Moco carries on the tradition with an added sense of style and interior openness.

The more refined exterior styling features distinctively shaped headlights that are unique to Moco, with the bold front bumper design providing a feeling of soundness and solidity. The interior, created under the concept of a "high-quality, comfortable new space for myself," delivers a high-quality feel with its glossy, piano-black center cluster finisher and an advanced-design AM/FM radio and CD player with touch-panel display.

With a renewed engine, CVT and platform, the Moco 2WD model, equipped with a R06A engine, achieves best-in-class fuel economy of 25.5 km/l*1. Furthermore, including models equipped with a turbocharged engine, the new Moco achieves both a 25% improvement in fuel economy over 2010 standards (20% improvement for the 4WD model with a turbocharged engine) and SU-LEV certification, emitting 75% fewer exhaust emissions than 2005 standards. This qualifies all grades of the Moco for the tax exemption for environmentally friendly vehicles*2, providing reductions in both new vehicle acquisition and weight taxes.

Moco is supplied to Nissan by Suzuki Motor Corporation on an OEM basis.

Key features of the new Moco are:
1) Refined interior design
2) Comfortable interior space with increased openness
3) Best-in-class fuel economy

Overview of the New Moco
1. Design
The new Moco's exterior maintains the key features of its previous generations, while enhancing interior openness and visibility. The front end includes sharp and stylish headlights, and a new solid-looking wide grille and front bumper. The large windshield and front door windows offer improved openness to the interior, while in the rear, the iconic dark line accented combination lights add a high-quality feel. Four of the Moco's six exterior colors are new for this generation, including Moco Berry pearl metallic, which expresses elegance and gorgeousness.

The interior offers an uplifting design with a high-quality feel. A bright piano-black finisher is applied to a wide area of the instrumental panel, offering a refined appearance. The Fine Vision Meter adds to the high quality feel with a colorful and luminous light, with its meter and pointer illuminated to improve visibility. The AM/FM radio/CD player with a 4.3-inch color display is designed in accordance with the instrumental panel. Operated by a touch panel, it is compatible with portable audio players including iPod®*3. Moco is also equipped with RearView Monitor (optional on X/X FOUR and G/G FOUR models). Chic, brown houndstooth-check seat material, coordinated with the modern interior space, completes the sense of style and openness.

2. Packaging
Another strong element of the new Moco design is its packaging, which offers a comfortable interior space with enhanced openness. Moco's new platform, with a wheelbase longer than the previous generations, increases interior length by up to 180mm*4. With significantly increased head clearance and rear knee room, a spacious and comfortable interior space is realized. The comfortable front bench seat and rear seat with sliding function*4 provide more room for passengers. A total of six seating configurations are possible, enabling passengers to make the most of the spacious interior cabin.

3. Mechanism
For the S/S FOUR and X/X FOUR models, the newly-developed R06A engine achieves excellent fuel economy and improved torque at low and medium speed ranges through both the utilization of Continuous Valve Timing Control on both exhaust and intake sides and a longer engine stroke. The turbo version of the new R06A turbo engine, adopted on the G/G FOUR model, delivers both powerful acceleration and strong environmental performance, realized by use of Continuous Valve Timing Control on the intake side.

In addition, the new Moco is equipped with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with a sub-transmission that increases gear ratios and achieves both strength at low speeds and fuel efficiency at high speeds.

A lightweight body with an effective use of high-tension steel has also been adopted for the new Moco. Vehicle weight is reduced by 30 kilograms*5 compared to the previous model, helping contribute to fuel efficiency.

Finally, Moco's eco-drive support function includes instant and average fuel efficiency readings displayed on the Fine Vision meter. A special ECO Indicator also turns on during eco-driving.

Other Key Safety and Environmental Technologies

  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights (manual control) with optimum light distribution
  • Electric retractable remote control body-colored door mirrors with integrated LED side turn lamps (Standard on X/X FOUR, G/G FOUR)
  • LED High-Mount Stop Lamp
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and Brake Assist
  • SRS air bag system for driver and front passenger
  • 2-stage load limiter equipped double pretensioner seat belt for driver
  • 2-stage load limiter equipped pretensioner seat belt for front passenger
  • Body construction for pedestrian protection
  • Car alarm
  • Tire Pressure Warning Light (Standard on G/G FOUR)

Sales target: 4,000 units/month
Price range: 1,079,400yen to 1,510,950yen, including consumption tax
Sales launch events: February 19 (Sat.) - 20 (Sun.), 26 (Sat.) - 27 (Sun.), 2011

  1. *1: Fuel consumption rate on 10-15 mode driving (Judged by MLIT)
  2. *2: By achieving both SU-LEV certification by emitting 75% fewer exhaust emissions than 2005 standards and 25% improvement in fuel economy over 2010 standards, automobile acquisition tax for new vehicles registered until March 31st 2012 will receive a 75% reduction.
    Automobile weight tax for new vehicles registered until April 30th 2012 will receive a 75% reduction.
    By achieving both SU-LEV certification by emitting 75% fewer exhaust emissions than 2005 standards and 15% improvement in fuel economy over 2010 standards, automobile acquisition tax for new vehicles registered until March 31st 2012 will receive a 50% reduction.
    Automobile weight tax for new vehicles registered until April 30th 2012 will receive a 50% reduction.
    Nissan promotes environmentally friendly vehicles that meet government tax incentives under its Nissan ECO (NECO) series. Currently there are 24 models as of February 15, 2011. Models are : Moco, Otti, Roox, March, Note, Cube, Tiida, Tiida Latio, Wingroad, Serena, Elgrand, Juke, Dualis, X-TRAIL, Lafesta, Teana, Skyline Sedan, Fuga, Fuga Hybrid, AD/AD Expert, Caravan, NV200 Vanette, Atlas F24 and Atlas H43.
  3. *3: iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc in the United States and in other countries.
    iPod is allowed to use for individuals for the purpose of copying or playing materials without copyright or materials which are legally permitted to be copied or played, on a private basis. Copyright infringement is legally prohibited.
  4. *4: Excluding S/S FOUR models
  5. *5: Comparison to the previous generation model, S (2WD/4-speed AT).
  6. *6: Car alarm can be disabled.

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