Nissan has unveiled the Nissan Note, a new global compact car, at a world premiere held at the Osanbashi venue in Yokohama.
With a goal of becoming the most user-friendly car in its segment, the new Note will explore the full potential of compact cars when it goes on sale in Japan.
The Note achieves class-leading fuel efficiency and emission levels, combining advanced engine technology, a lightweight platform and improved aerodynamics, according to Nissan.
The new hatchback includes Nissan's advanced Around View Monitor (AVM), which is included for the first time in a compact car, helping to take the stress out of reversing and parallel parking in tight spaces.
The Note's eye-catching exterior features a striking character line, known as the "Squash Line", and an aerodynamic body shape, while its distinctive front grille, headlamps and rear combination lamps combine to create a sense of dynamism and sophistication.
The revamped body structure enabled the Note's designers to deliver a spacious interior. An expansive and inviting cabin includes a flowing line above the instrument panel, which inspired by ripples in sand, helps express the Note's practicality and modernity as well as contributing to its high-quality interior.
Two new engines will be available to customers in Japan, including the new supercharged HR12DDR (DIG-S) and the HR12DE.
Combining the compact, lightweight next-generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) for all grades with an Idling Stop System for 2WD, the newly-developed three-cylinder supercharged, direct injection DIG-S engine provides an enjoyable driving experience and excellent fuel efficiency.
A global success since its launch in 2005, Nissan has sold 940 000 units of the current Note.
The new Japanese-market Note will be manufactured at Nissan Motor Kyushu. Nissan's Sunderland plant in the UK will produce models for Europe, which are planned for release in 2013.