SUPPLEMENTAL NISSAN NEWS
From: Corporate Communications Dept.
November 9, 1999
March Undergoes Minor Model Change
Tokyo - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the domestic release of the new March following the implementation of a minor model change. Joining the lineup this time is the new March Box. Models mounted with a 1.0-liter engine and the new HYPER CVT continuously variable transmission are scheduled to be released on December 1.
The March (Micra) has won high accolades from customers both at home and abroad for its refined design and convenient vehicle size that allows agile maneuverability in city driving.
Among the improvements made this time, the March now features Nissan's newly developed HYPER CVT for application to 1.0- to 1.3-liter class cars, and 4WD models have been added to the lineup for the first time. Another notable addition to the lineup is the new March Box that was displayed as a reference model at the 33rd Tokyo Motor Show this year and drew an enthusiastic response from show visitors. While continuing the March's outstanding agility and elegant design, the March Box has an enlarged luggage area with greatly improved storage capacity, making it ideal for a broad range of uses, from everyday driving needs to weekend and holiday leisure trips.
Both the March and the March Box are fitted with Nissan's new HYPER CVT developed for use on 1.0- to 1.3-liter class vehicles, thereby achieving improved start-off acceleration performance and enhanced driveability at very low vehicle speeds. This new CVT also delivers approximately 10% better fuel economy than the previous N-CVT. In addition, the 3-door G# and 5-door Autostrada models are available with the HYPER CVT-M6 unit that incorporates a 6-speed manual shift mode to let drivers enjoy sporty driving performance.
The 4WD models newly added to the lineup this time combine the HYPER CVT with the compact, lightweight Auto Control 4WD system that has been a popular feature on the Wingroad and the Serena. This remarkable combination of cutting-edge technologies achieves low fuel consumption while delivering smooth, powerful driving performance.
In addition, the engine selection generates greater power and torque, thanks mainly to the increased displacement of the 1.3-liter engine and higher compression ratio of the 1.0-liter engine. These and other improvements result in nimbler driving performance with snappier response.
All March models comply with Japan's 2000 exhaust emission regulations and also meet Japan's Transitional Low-Emission Vehicle (J-TLEV) exhaust gas levels, which require a further 25% reduction of hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from next year's standards. The J-TLEV levels are specified by the Environment Agency's technical guidelines on exhaust emissions of low-pollution vehicles.
Overview of March Box
Standard on all models are rear seats with a 60/40 split folding seatback and which can be flipped and folded effortlessly with one hand. The car's overall height has also been raised by 25 mm to allow more headroom for greater occupant comfort and to secure a larger luggage area.
2. Exterior and interior design
The rear hatch gate has been restyled to augment the stable look of the rear design while retaining the styling cues that have traditionally distinguished the March.
Body-colored half-wheel covers further highlight the attractive design.
The March Box offers a selection of four exclusive body colors: Terra-cotta Orange Metallic, Opal Silver Titanium Metallic, Opal Blue Titanium Metallic and Dark Blue.
The interior is handsomely trimmed with seat fabrics exclusive to the March Box.
Overview of New March
The 3-door G# and 5-door Autostrada models are available with the HYPER CVT-M6 featuring a 6-speed manual shift mode operated by steering wheel-mounted switches. This unit enables drivers to enjoy sporty driving performance with the pleasure of manual shifting.
2. 4WD March models available for the first time
3. Improved engine performance
The displacement of the 1.3-liter CGA3DE engine has been increased from 1.274 to 1.348 liters, boosting its power from 58 to 63 kW (79 to 85 PS)* and its torque from 106 to 120 Nm (10.8 to 12.2 kgm)*.
*The International System of Units (SI) has been adopted for indicating engine power and torque in line with the international standardization of measurement units. Accordingly, the previously used PS unit for engine power and kg-m unit for engine torque have been changed to kilowatts (kW) and newton-meters (Nm), respectively. Power and torque figures are converted according to 1 PS = 0.7355 kW and 1 kg-m = 9.80655 N-m and are expressed as whole numbers rounded off to the nearest integer.
4. Changes in appearance
5. Changes in interior trim and appointments
6. Safety and environmental friendliness
All March models are in compliance with Japan's 2000 exhaust emission regulations. Moreover, they also comply with the J-TLEV exhaust gas levels specified by the Environment Agency's technical guidelines on exhaust emissions of low-pollution vehicles which require a further 25% reduction of HC and NOx emissions from the 2000 standards. Additionally, all March models meet the standards of the designated low-pollution vehicle system adopted by seven prefectures and cities in the Kanto region and those of the designated low-NOx vehicle system adopted by six prefectures and cities in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region.
Under Japan's revised fiscal 1999 tax code, all March models qualify for a reduction of the automobile acquisition tax*1 as a preferential tax measure for low pollution vehicles. Moreover, 1.0-liter models fitted with the HYPER CVT or with the 5-speed manual transmission also qualify for a reduction of the automobile acquisition tax*2 as a preferential tax measure for low fuel consumption vehicles.
Price Range and Sales Target
SPECIFICATIONS OF MARCH
Grade BOX(1.0) (5 Door / Gasoline 1000, HYPER CVT,2WD)
New March Bolero, Rumba, Enchante and Driving Helper Models
In conjunction with the minor model change implemented for the March, Autech Japan, Inc., a Nissan affiliate, today released throughout Japan the March Bolero and March Rumba, both of which feature special specifications, and the March Enchante and March Driving Helper lifecare vehicles.* All of these models come with improved specifications and appointments.
*Nissan Group companies use the term lifecare vehicle (LV) to refer to vehicles that are specifically designed to assist persons with special mobility needs in their everyday lives.
Overview of New March Bolero and March Rumba
The March Rumba also adopts beige-colored instrumentation and exclusive seat fabrics imbued with a serene look, among other new features that update the interior design.
Overview of New March Enchante and March Driving Helper
The March Driving Helper comes with various driving assistance features that enable persons with leg disabilities to drive, including manual controls for operating the accelerator and brakes by hand. In this new March Driving Helper, the swivel driver's seat has been changed to a seat with a folding side extension to improve ease of ingress/egress for wheelchair users. This same seating system is already available on the Cube Driving Helper.
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