Well, hello there yourself, little guy! As with any car show, so too do the parking lots at the junkyard often present the most interesting finds. Once again, here’s a visitor from the Mexican state of Chihuahua to go along with the others I’ve found previously that we don’t get north of the border. Except, in this case, a look beyond our own northern border to Canada would find this Nissan sold there as well, just badged as the Micra, as it seems to be named in the 160 or so markets it’s sold in except for Mexico and Japan where it’s the March.
Presumably we didn’t get it due to Nissan figuring we’d be fine with the little Versa Note (the hatchback one) that was itself discontinued a few years back due to lack of demand. The March/Micra likely wouldn’t have sold particularly well since we as a society in general don’t seem to like/appreciate/understand smaller cars like this.
However, in Mexico they do. Well, did, since production was supposedly discontinued there last year. This generation March (K13) was introduced in 2011, facelifted in 2014, and then produced until 2019 in Nissan’s Aguascalientes factory that produces various different Nissans, an Infiniti or two, and even dabbles in Mercedes products. However, Europe and South Africa at least got a new Micra for 2016 that looks much more swoopy in the current Nissan idiom as opposed to the rounded look as seen here and is built in France.
Beyond it being at least a 2014 due to the revisions as of then (most obviously seen in the “V” grille), this could be anything from a ’14 to a ’19, the 14″ wheels with hubcaps (these are painted black, stock they are silver-gray plastic) seem to denote it as a “Sense” trim level, the second from the bottom.
Still, even as a lower-end version, it manages to look far from stripped, with body color mirrors and door handles, bright red paint, a jaunty antenna on the roof along with a very funky boomerang-looking indentation up there as well.
If I had the audacity (or the cojones) to somehow pop the hood, you’d see that these are powered by a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder producing 106hp and 105lb-ft of torque, and mostly seemed to come equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission which seems like the best way to have some fun with something this small. How small? Eh, it looked a bit smaller than the Versa Note, maybe a hair larger than the Fiat 500 but with four doors. Tangling with an F-250 likely wouldn’t end well, but it seems zippy enough to maneuver out of a danger zone as long as attention is paid.
Since it would seem to be particularly bad form to be too interested in someone’s ride in a junkyard parking lot, this poorly composed and hastily taken shot of the interior will have to suffice, the sun didn’t help matters any. Still, the seats look decently upholstered, and the dash seems usable enough, it has airbags, no worse than any other little car on sale here over the last few years. Of course most of those have been discontinued here as well recently.
Going to the AutoTokio Chihuahua website seems to show that the March is still available as a new car and in fact there is a PDF of the 2020 Nissan March brochure available, so maybe they didn’t stop production after all. Or they built a bunch for inventory. In any case, the brochure lists “10 reasons to consider Nissan March” so here’s the list (I speak enough Spanish to kind of figure it out) – 1. It has ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution (Emergency Braking?), and Brake Assist, 2. Backup camera, 3. 5speed manual or 4speed auto, 4. Halogen lights, 5. Intelligent Key (or keyless entry?) 6. Alarm (I think, it talks about anti-oppression), 7. Touchscreen, 8. 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 20km/L on the highway, 9. AndroidAuto and AppleCarplay, and 10. 15″ aluminum wheels.
Presumably some of that is standard and some is optional, but there are still four trim levels, and prices seem to start around 165,000 pesos which is around US$8,250. A 2020 model that more or less seems like the one seen here is priced around 10% more so just over US$9,000. I know prices don’t transfer directly like that to different markets but it would seem that there’d be some buyers up here that would snap these up, in no way does this look like a total penalty box. It’s just small, which of course to most Americans seems to be enough of a penalty in and of itself.
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