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Next-gen Nissan Micra to be produced in France, on CMF platform

Nissan has confirmed the next-generation Nissan Micra, to be built on Renault-Nissan’s CMF architecture like the Clio, will be built in Flins, France, alongside its stablemates. It’s set to borrow heavily from 2015 Sway Concept, exhibited at Geneva. This will lend it a more energetic and mature design than the current, frog-like specimen.

Nissan Sway concept

To be manufactured alongside Clio and electric Zoe platform-mates in France, the new model will benefit from the newer platform and economies of scale. A press release from the company stated:

“By the end of 2016, the Renault plant located in Flins, near Paris, will start the production of the new Nissan Micra. The cross-production of vehicles will continue to be a major driver of manufacturing synergies.”

Nissan Australia took the sword to the Micra earlier this year, citing the lack of a business case, but if the newer model is a leap ahead, no doubt it will be looking very closely at putting it back into the popular compact car arena.

Powertrains could include a 0.9-litre turbocharged triple and 1.5-litre diesel from the Clio , or potentially some all-new units.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.