Nissan plays new Note in mainstream B-segment


July 16, 2012

The new Nissan Note sports a new "Squash Line" exterior character line

The new Nissan Note sports a new "Squash Line" exterior character line

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Nissan has unveiled the second-generation of its Note Mini MPV. The original Note was launched in 2004 in Japan, with the European model going on sale in 2006. The redesigned hatchback sports a new “Squash Line” exterior character line and more aerodynamic body shape and also includes Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) system.

Previously reserved for Nissan’s premium Infiniti models and various concept cars, the AVM system combines images from front, side, and rear-mounted cameras to provide a virtual bird’s eye view that makes it easier to reverse or parallel park in tight spaces.

Under the bonnet, the Japanese model will offer a three-cylinder HR12DE engine or a new supercharged HR12DDR direct injection DIG-S variant that boasts fuel economy figures of 25.2 km/L (59.2 mpg). All versions will come with XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and an Idling Stop System for 2WD.

The Japanese version is slated to launch in September of this year, with a European version planned for a 2013 release.

A short Note promo video from Nissan can be viewed below.

Source: Nissan

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1 Comment

Will it come to the U.S.? U.S. often don't get the best small cars available in Japan & Europe. Is a awd available? Subaru needs some competition in the northern snow country.

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