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Nissan announces its Geneva Motor Show stars

New Micra, Juke crossover and Leaf EV to debut

Nissan Juke

Juke crossover will debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The Nissan stand at the Geneva Motor Show next month will be packed with exciting new machinery, including a trio of new cars.

The Japanese manufacturer has already announced full details of the British-built Juke (right), a supermini-sized crossover that gets its world debut at the show. It will be joined by the European debut of the Leaf electric car, and the world debut of an all-new Nissan Micra replacement.

New ‘global compact car’

Aside from confirming its appearance, Nissan really isn’t telling us very much about the new Micra ahead of time.

We don’t even know for certain that it will keep the Micra name, as Nissan is simply referring to a ‘new global compact car.’ It’s set to arrive first in Thailand this April, with European sales to follow in the autumn.

We do know it will feature Nissan’s all-new ‘V Platform’, which uses low weight for maximum efficiency.

However, chances are that in terms of grabbing the limelight, it will pale into insignificance compared to the radical new Juke, which was unveiled last week.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s Leaf will be the first all-electric car produced by a mainstream manufacturer

Nissan Leaf first mainstream electric car

The Nissan Leaf is a compact family car, designed to compete against vehicles such as the and the .

But rather than rely on internal combustion, or even hybrid power, the Leaf will be the first purpose-designed, mass-produced vehicle from a mainstream manufacturer to be powered solely by electricity.

Built on a bespoke ‘EV’ (Electric Vehicle) platform, the Leaf has a 80kw electric motor, providing 206lb ft of torque (pulling power) instantly, and runs off a 90kw battery pack that can be charged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes using a ‘quick’ charger.

The combination is potent enough to give the Leaf a top speed in excess of 90mph and a range of 99 miles with a full charge. A full charge using a standard outlet will take around eight hours – easy enough to do overnight.

The Nissan Leaf will be available to order in ‘selected European markets’ this summer, with first deliveries of left-hand drive cars before the end of the year. It should be coming to the UK in 2011.

Nissan 370Z roadster

Soft-top version of Nissan’s 370Z will take its European bow in Geneva

Elsewhere on the Nissan stand…

Nissan will also show updated versions of the Qashqai (complete with GT-R supercar-style facelift, improved aerodynamics and lower emissions), Pathfinder and Navara (new 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel).

The Roadster also gets its European debut.

The Geneva Motor Show takes place in March. Which? will be bringing you full details.





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