One of Nissan’s most fuel efficient_ICE equipped cars ever desgined and built goes on sale in Japan on September 3.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug 28, 2012
Debuting in 2005, the first-generation Note combined ok styling and practicality with a touch of sporty flair.
The second-generation model (E12) was revealed at a world premiere on July 16, 2012. It is now being produced for the Japan domestic market with plans for a European release in 2013. When it will reach North America is anyone’s guess but Nissan has put plans in place for exactly that.
The Note's eye-catching front end looks pretty hot whereas the rear is a “sort of”. The character line is being called 'Squash Line'.
Like the Versa, the revamped Note’s body structure enabled designers to deliver a spacious interior that is beyond expectations for a car in this small A/B (micro) segment.
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 supercharged, direct injection I-3 DIG-S engine provides excellent fuel efficiency achieving class-leading economy of 59.3 mpgUS on the JC08 mode. Maybe 40 mpgUS combined on our own EPA?
Nissan has sold 940,000 units of the current Note with this all-new generation expected to reach 10,000 units per month in Japan.
Nissan marked the start of Japanese production of the all-new Note at a ceremony in Kyushu earlier today.
The new Note is being manufacturers at Nissan’s state-of-the-art Kyushu plant helping the automaker maintain a pledge to build 1 million vehicles annually in its home market.
The new hatch features the downsized and supercharged 1.2L described above and achieved one of the highest fuel economy figures for a vehicle made by Nissan ever.
The car goes on sale in Japan on September 3 and is expected to become Nissan's best-selling model with a starting price of just under $15,800 USD.
European variants are already set for European release next spring. North American versions
are also in the pipeline although Nissan was hush hush about its configuration and timetable.