Friday, October 7, 2022
News We Knew This Day Would Come: The Nissan Micra Leaves Us In...

We Knew This Day Would Come: The Nissan Micra Leaves Us In Only A Few Months

This is like losing a dog, a good friend… The Nissan Micra is on its way out and it makes us sad.

It’s been six years since we first met, six fun and emotionally-packed years but, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Yes, the Nissan Micra, which originally disappeared in the early 90s only to return in 2014, will be leaving the Canadian market once more by next spring.

I may have mentioned this a number of times in the last six years but the Micra and I have a long-standing relationship. We first met at a Nissan 360 event in 2013. The Nissan Micra in question was a 3-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol car with a 5-speed manual and I proceeded to drive it hard. Very hard. I immediately fell for the little car and made my way to the then President of Nissan Canada and strongly suggested that they bring the car to  our market.

While I can’t, or shouldn’t, take full credit for the return of the car to Canada, I’ve always thought it was great to drive and a wonderful value in the subcompact segment. As I write these lines however, the Nissan Micra’s days are numbered.

The new, or current generation, Micra sold in other world markets is a considerably different car from the basic mode of transportation we know today. Its price point would be too high for its competitive set, making it utterly uncompetitive. In fact, it would nudge the existing Nissan Kicks and upcoming all-new Nissan Sentra. To note, the 4th generation Micra was introduced for the 2010 model year.

Although the Nissan Micra’s tenure will come to an end this December, dealerships will be able to stock up on a few extra units in order to extend sales into the first quarter of 2020. According to Nissan Canada, the Micra fulfilled its duty which was to introduce new customers to the brand with a fun-to-drive, value-packed product that has turned out to be very reliable.

On the subject of dependability, the Nissan Micra has been and continues to be extensively put to test many weekends every summer as the star of the Nissan Micra Cup racing series. As far as it’s concerned, Nissan and JD Promotions have a contract that extends to the end of the 2020 racing season. I’ve driven and raced these cars over the years and they are fantastic.

If you’re in the market for a fun, economical and reliable small car, the Nissan Micra remains a great car. Just be quick about it!

Micra, my good friend, we had good times! Godspeed!

Source: RPM

2019 Nissan Micra S | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Nissan Micra Cup | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Nissan Micra 2019 Nissan Micra

Trending Now

The Cadillac Lyriq has Begun Making its Way to US Buyers

Cadillac has confirmed that 36 deliveries took place in the last quarter The Lyriq is the brand’s first electric vehicle and only the...

Maserati Unveils the GranTurismo… Now Available with an Electric Powertrain!

The Maserati GranTurismo coupe was the oldest model in the trident brand's lineup, but as of this morning, the Modena, Italy-based division has rectified...

Toyota BZ4X and Subaru Solterra: A Fix has been found for the Recall

Both EVs are recalled due to a problem with wheels falling off Engineers didn’t take into account the additional weight and torque of...

Mopar Lets You Make Any Dodge Challenger a Widebody

Factory parts let you make your Challenger Wider Upgrades offered include hood, Redeye nose Thanks to Mopar's Direct Connection parts catalogue, everyone can now...

The Project Arrow is set to be Previewed on October 19

This vehicle is made of entirely Canadian parts supplied by the Automotive Parts Manufacturer Association (APMA) The concept will not be finished at...
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

3 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.