We already know Nissan is bringing its unusual-looking Juke crossover to the 2010 Geneva motor show, but the Japanese automaker has revealed it will also unveil the successor to its Micra subcompact at the Swiss show.
Although we don’t know if the car will still be called Micra when it launches, the new model, built off an all-new “V-car” platform, will truly be what Nissan calls a “global compact car.” While the car will initially launch in Thailand come April, it will then spread to Europe and, for the first time, North America. Expect both 3- and 5-door versions of the car to launch in the near future.
Nissan’s factory in Sunderland, England, has previously built Micras for the European market, but all Euro-spec V-cars will instead be assembled in India. The Sunderland facility will instead build Juke crossovers for Europe, along with the Qasqai and Qashqai +2 SUVs.
Jukes destined for other markets — including ours — will be built in Oppama, Japan. Nissan plans on launching the Juke in Japan this summer, and will begin selling the unusual vehicle in both Europe and North America in the fall of 2010. The automaker aims to sell roughly 140,000-150,000 Jukes annually, with the majority of those sales occurring in Europe.
Source: Automotive News