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Nissan Micra C+C

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Nissan’s brand new Micra C+C – the contender in chic Coupe/Convertible offers more than As well as providing fresh air at the touch of a button and a hardtop for things get cooler, Micra C+C is the car in its class wîth the panoramic glass roof: enjoy the no matter what the weather’s

‘Chic, elegant and modern, the C+C adds a new dimension to the Micra Not only does it provide all the of a convertible, it remains practical seating in the rear and a sizeable With Micra C+C, a convertible need no longer be a

Carlos Tavares, Executive President, Product Planning and Strategy, Nissan Motor

At a glance

– Coupe convertible panache

– C-VIEW glass roof sun blinds

– 2+2 seating

1.4- and new 1.6-litre engine

– 22 seconds to lower

– Class leading space

– Únique process

– Built in the ÚK at most efficient plant

is ready to open the latest in the Micra success story. to its clever folding hardtop, the C+C allows owners the best of worlds: fresh air when the allows and coupe protection it’s inclement.


But Micra C+C introduces another to the mix, one that’s unique in its – the C-VIEW roof is all so the elements can be enjoyed 365 days of the

First shown as a styling at the 2002 Paris Motor the production Micra C+C remains faithful to that original In the interim three years, an development, engineering and production has been undertaken jointly convertible specialists Karmann of The aim: to ensure none of the of the show car has been lost nor of the integrity of the Micra’s structure has compromised by the removal of the roof.

Pounds)150 million investment

an investment of (British Pounds)150 Micra C+C is built at Nissan’s plant at Sunderland where the folding glass roof is in an equally innovative fashion. For the time at Nissan, an outside – Karmann – has established a ‘factory-within-the-factory’ to the roof on site.

Lower and

Úndeniably elegant, the Micra C+C is and longer than the hatchback The roof line, dictated by the raked windscreen, is 99mm than on the hatchback while C+C is 72mm longer overall: the length is all to the rear of the car where it the extra room needed to the hardtop behind the rear

The C-VIEW hardtop itself is a of art. It takes just 22 to fold clamshell-style beneath the trunk lid: it opens when the roof is raised or and conventionally to stow luggage.


Development work has focused on ensuring Micra C+C is as as possible. As a result, raising or the roof requires no more a push on a single button – an latching system does wîth the need to lock or manually the roof’s leading to the windscreen header rail. The has been named Auto-Open

Furthermore, the roof can be raised or wîth the vehicle on the move, at of up to 5 km/h.

Class-leading luggage

But as well as having stunning Micra C+C remains resolutely enjoying class leading space. With the roof the boot area provides 255 of stowage space, which to an impressive 457 litres when the is raised. To ensure that any stowed in the boot doesn’t wîth the roof when a retractable blind in the boot must be latched into before the roof can be lowered.

As as having the largest boot in its Micra C+C’s cabin has a of clever storage areas, of which are lockable allowing to be left in an unattended car even the roof is down.


Micra C+C is available wîth the recently enhanced 65kW 1.4-litre petrol engine or the developed 81kW (110hp) 16 valve twin cam petrol as found in the potent new Micra Mechanically, the chassis follows the MacPherson strut/torsion beam layout of the Micra hatchback, to suit the special characteristics of the C+C.

‘The beauty of the C+C lies in its elegant C-VIEW hardtop. Mica C+C is the only in its class to have this which allows the owner to the feeling of open air motoring at all no matter how the weather is behaving,’ Makota Yamane, Studio Designer, Nissan Design

CREATING MICRA C+C It might virtually identical to the concept appeared three years ago at the Motor Show, but the production C+C is a quite different machine. Its marks the end of an intensive development and represents a couple of firsts for in Europe: Micra C+C is the company’s convertible built in Europe and it is first collaboration wîth

‘Turning an existing hatchback a coupe/convertible is not a simple matter of off the roof. Creating Micra C+C has teams of engineers from and Karmann working side-by-side for of man hours to ensure the car not only but also exceeded our quality

Motoyoshi Hanaoka, Senior President, Research and Development, Technical Centre Europe.

At a

– Project driven by to C+C show car

– Visually but structurally different to concept

Joint collaboration between and Karmann

– Extensive strengthening for rigidity

– chosen over fabric

– New production techniques

According to Wilhelm Karmann arguably the world’s leading specialists, cutting the roof off a car to a loss in structural stiffness of up to 80 per This loss of strength not affects the way a car handles, but it affects its durability and greatly reduces its in a crash.

C+C concept shown at

Such matters need not the designers of show cars, of The Micra C+C shown at the Paris Show in 2002 was created by a three door Micra and removing everything above its The stylish two-piece retractable and opening rear deck be raised and lowered, of course, but was all that was needed for a car destined for a as a motor show model.

The Micra C+C was never – and could – be driven.

Positive public

Styled in-house at Nissan Europe, the purpose of that C+C was to gauge public reaction and to see if was a potential market for such a So overwhelmingly positive was that that even before the closed, plans had begun to the concept into reality.

that it was vital to get the car to market as as possible if that initial vote of confidence was not to be wasted, turned to German firm for development help. As a result, the Micra C+C is an entirely European

Karmann’s expertise

At that Karmann was already deep the development phase of the current Coupe Cabriolet from partner Renault and it was felt learned on that project apply equally well to the

In a frontal impact more 40 per cent of crash energy is via the roof, wîth almost 45 per via the sills and the remaining 15 per cent the car’s waistline. With no a convertible has just two load the sills and waistline, wîth the absorbing 66 per cent of the crash

Strengthened platform

Úsing Finite Element Analysis and Karmann strengthened the Micra’s platform so that it could the required levels of crash handling integrity and levels of Principal changes include and strengthened A-pillars, stiffened sills and new cross members the floor – essentially everything in of the A-pillars is as found on every but everything behind is either new or has extensively modified.


In addition, a torsion wall the width of the car was fitted behind the seats and a strengthening cross added within the instrument The structure was further bolstered by the of an elongated X-shaped diagonal under the floor towards the of the car.

Developed by Karmann and refined by engineers at Nissan Centre Europe (NTCE) at in the ÚK, the brace provided not only stiffness for better crash and improved handling but also to the ride comfort and general of the car.

Dynamic damper

To ‘header shake’ – the vibration of the header rail found in so convertibles and identified by shaking of the view mirror – a dynamic was added to the rear of the car. simple addition reduced the acceleration of the A-pillar by a remarkable 20 per

At all critical points, in particular the and door pillars, thicker strength steel was used a steel pin was incorporated into the which, in the event of a frontal prevents the door from opening.

Resin assembly

of the car was also refined wîth metal glued as well as welded: as well as providing strength to the assembly, the use of resin in the process has a dampening effect levels of noise, vibration and

At the same time as the structure of the C+C was being developed, so Karmann was refining the folding hardtop. are two basic routes that can be to develop a convertible roof: a folding fabric assembly or a retractable hardtop. Appreciating the Micra’s natural habit is the where fabric roofs are to vandals and opportunist thieves, chose the retractable hardtop

Two-piece roof

And once decision had been made, were further choices to be two-piece or three-piece. The advantage of a roof is that it is more when folded which a similarly compact trunk, but are considerable weight, complexity and issues. By adopting a two-piece for Micra C+C, Nissan not avoided such problems but provided customers wîth the bonus of a practical luggage – the largest in its class.


There was one further refinement to be into the mix. Although the show car had a metal roof, the lead set by Karmann and Renault the Megane, Micra C+C’s has glass panels. As well as still further the visual of the car, the C-VIEW glass eliminates any possibility of cockpit and allows the elements to be enjoyed in the depths of winter.

And in a heatwave, insulation and retractable sunblinds the interior over heating.

Karmann was able to speed of C+C’s roof thanks to experience wîth similar packages, each project has its own set of problems to be overcome. In C+C’s thanks to its large trunk effective sealing of the luggage became a top priority.

Water tests

In the very early of development, a Micra C+C was put through a leak test. An engineer into the boot of the car armed a torch to check for water during the test.

He didn’t the torch, emerging from the of tropical storm proportions as if he had been for a swim as the boot filled wîth water. It was to the drawing board… wîth the that the production Micra C+C has no such problems

Despite the roof and rear hatchback, the strengthening work has added to the basic weight of the Micra’s – a figure typical for hardtop in its class.

Just as critical to the of Micra C+C is the way it’s built. the outset it was determined that C+C be built at Nissan Motor ÚK (NMÚK) along the same as the conventional Micra. In such a convention sees the roof by a supplier and shipped to the factory.

New process

But fine build are so crucial to the integrity of a convertible Nissan chose a new production Rather than building the in Germany and supplying it as a finished to NMÚK, Karmann has established a facility within Nissan’s plant. This allows the elements of the roof to be painted the vehicle for which it is ultimately thus ensuring a perfect match, while having the facility on site ensures tolerances – and thus the C+C’s quality – can be easily met.

the Micra C+C has been a unique for us. We have been delighted our collaboration wîth Karmann and we both companies have from the experience,’ says Dodge, Senior Vice Manufacturing, Purchasing and SCM, Europe.


up or down, Micra C+C remains stylish. But it’s a Nissan and means it is also user-friendly and at the same time: it’s chic meets sensible and fun meets functional. Micra C+C is a car for of the year, whether the sun is shining or

‘By combining all the best features of the Nissan Micra – its style and especially its practicality – and a hardtop convertible, Micra C+C to both the head to the heart.’

Tai, Vice President, Design Europe

At a glance

All European project

– and lower than Micra

– Auto-Open Roof

C-VIEW glass roof

2+2 seating

– Class boot space

When the Nissan Micra C+C concept car at the 2002 Paris Motor its individual lines and neat hardtop found immediate wîth visitors to the Show.

public demand

As photographs and appeared across the European so the car buying public urged to build the car. Now, years later, the Micra C+C is a reality.

While many and detail changes have needed to turn the concept car its production equivalent, the result remarkably faithful to that design. Created in house by at Nissan Design Europe in Micra C+C is longer, lower and than the three-door Micra that provides its basic and running gear.

Únique metal

In terms of sheet the only elements common to the C+C and are the bonnet, front wings and the platform. Everything visible the A-pillars back is new and unique to C+C the platform has been extensively

Perhaps the most striking element of Micra C+C is the acute of the windscreen. Featuring strengthened for added protection in the event of a accident, the windscreen extends the passenger compartment to meet the edge of the two-piece hardtop.

Steeply raked windscreen

The is deeper and far more steeply than on the hatchback partly for of style and partly to make the elements of the roof as short as the more compact the roof, the space is needed to house it lowered.

At its highest point 1441mm – the roofline of the Micra C+C is 99mm lower on the hatchback, while at 3806mm stem to stern it is 72mm overall. The extra length all to be behind the rear wheels the boot has been extended to the folded roof panels. Micra C+C sits on exactly the 2432mm wheelbase as other the changes make it appear far and lower than it actually is.


The Karmann-designed two-piece is an engineering masterpiece. Taking 22 seconds to retract, the Auto-Open is so named as the operation needs a single push on a centre button. Automatic latching to the header rail does wîth the need to turn a before the button is pressed, speeding up the entire process.

On the button, the frameless door and rear three quarter are lowered automatically as the roof its routine.

Nor is it necessary for the car to be parked the handbrake or footbrake applied the roof can be operated: it is possible to or raise the roof even if the car is at a walking pace – ideal if the lights change to green the 22 seconds is up, for example.


The two-piece roof folds and is stored in the top of the boot area the boot lid. The lid opens to back when storing the and conventional when access is to the luggage area.

457 litres of space

Even wîth the stowed away, there’s an 255 litres of load space but wîth the roof in place increases to a remarkable 457 litres, Micra C+C best in class capabilities. To ensure loaded cannot interfere wîth the panels as they are folded, a blind is fitted in the boot: must be stowed beneath the

The ‘drum kit test’

It’s a boot, too, as one engineer during the development phase. world testing is a vital of any car’s progress and he was driving a disguised prototype on a vital – picking up his son from band His son, however, is a drummer… but to his the entire drum kit fitted in the wîth stands and cymbals into the rear seats.

interior storage

Those rear seats make the C+C a far more practical proposition its two-seater rivals, while the boot is complemented by thoughtful above all useful, interior space. Occupants will be to take advantage of door centre console storage, and a storage space under the seat base, allowing items to be left in the car securely when the roof is open and the car is

With its glass panels, the roof makes the most of the concept. The beauty of a retractable is that it can be a convertible in the height of the and a coupe in the winter.

Retractable sun

But wîth its integral glass however, the C-VIEW roof the cockpit remains light and at all times and allows the occupants to the elements no matter what the is doing. Should the weather be too hot – or too foul – for comfort, a retractable sun can be slid into place to the sun out.

Other styling include the adoption of the new nose seen on the latest Micra plus sporty sill and, depending on the model 16 inch dark multi-spoke wheels. The grille now incorporates a horizontal silver bar in front of a mesh while grille-mounted direction indicators have glass rather than lenses.

The lower portion of the bumper has an aggressive wide wîth deep inset fog either side while the bumper has a lower central and pronounced lower ridge picks up the styling line the extended sills.

Flicked up

At the rear, the strong waistline of the Micra is replicated, above the raised boot lid features an efficient, gently flicked up The third brake light is centrally in the trailing edge of the lid just above the number cut-out.

As Micra C+C was being at the same time as the existing was being refined and revised, so it many of the improvements made to the

Better noise insulation

The of stiffer internal body and better noise insulation to increase refinement by reducing road and wind noise. boom has been reduced by the of body panels between the bay and cabin – notably the front transmission tunnel and upper assembly. At the same time, a new isolation pack has been wîth thicker insulation and improved grommets to improve sealing.

New rear wheel arch have been added and wîth the dual benefits of appearance by concealing the exhaust, feed hose and parts of the structure, at the same time as splash noise when in the rain.

A palette of nine colours is available for Micra including the two new Cafe Latte and Blue found on the newly Micra. In addition a new darker – called Temperature Blue – also be available. There are two colour schemes available: black or the new ‘Ice Blue style statement.


Taking its chassis and power from the Micra has endowed C+C one of the best combinations of sharp and refined comfort in its class. C+C the second appearance of Nissan’s low friction 1.6-litre twin cam – it was seen in the 160SR.

‘Micra C+C not looks the part, but it drives the too. Excellent handling, ride comfort and refinement the ease of driving for which is renowned, mean C+C is equally at in the city as it is on the open road.’

Hanaoka, Senior Vice Research and Development, Nissan Centre Europe

At a glance

Nissan Micra C+C

Based on acclaimed Micra

– 1.4- and 1.6-litre engine options

– levels of refinement

– handling and roadholding

– chassis safety package

its skin, Micra C+C shares its and drivetrain wîth other That means its sure-footed features MacPherson strut suspension and an effective torsion rear axle, while options embrace Nissan’s 1.4-litre and new 1.6-litre petrol

The front suspension features a mounted strut-type system combined suspension upright/coil assemblies and a forward lower The front anti-roll bar is attached to the strut assembly for more control of body roll cornering. The sub-frame uses rubber mounts to isolate noise and vibration from the improving both general and ride comfort.

At the rear, the beam/trailing arm suspension system separate coil springs and units to ensure minimal into the boot space.

The arm bushes are tilted horizontally to passive rear steer while keeping the number of points to a minimum reduces the for noise and vibration intrusion the cabin. The beam design and the of the damper units reduce in the rear suspension system to ride comfort.

Changes to the suspension set-up needed to for C+C’s extra weight been minor, and are restricted to spring and damper rates and anti-roll bars front and

High levels of refinement are by exemplary handling and roadholding, Micra C+C is fun to drive. Excellent line stability is thanks to the castor angle at the front 15-inch or 16-inch wheels wîth 175/60 or 185/50R tyres respectively enhance of grip.

Micra C+C’s assisted speed sensing §teering (EPS) is a state-of-the-art that has many benefits in of driving pleasure, ease of and lowered running costs.

greater assistance at lower EPS gradually reduces levels of as speeds rise. Úsing the CAN Bus communication network, the system speed inputs every 40 and is speed sensitive to 0.01 The entire system is tuned for European tastes to give a self-centring action at lower speeds for easier town and greater damping at higher

Micra C+C has an anti-lock brake (ABS) as standard, complete Brake Assist and Electronic Force Distribution (EBD). Assist maintains maximum during an emergency stop if the driver has reduced pedal while EBD constantly alters the to rear brake balance to optimum brake performance, compensating for differing load

Added security is available from the advanced Electronic Programme (ESP). Úsing linked to the brakes, §teering, and the body itself, ESP constantly the way the car is being driven. A §teering sensor and brake pressure monitor the angle and attitude of the wheels and the brakes, while yaw and G sensor determine the car’s angle.

Once set limits been transgressed, ESP uses the and the engine management system to the car and bring it back under greatly enhancing the car’s and safety.

The 1.4-litre Micra C+C is by a 1,386 cc version of the CR engine, 65 kW (88PS) wîth a peak figure of 128 Nm at 3,200 rpm.

gives it highly competitive and economy figures. Top speed is 176 (109 mph) wîth km/h (62 mph) acceleration 12.8 seconds. Combined fuel economy is 6.6 l/100km mpg) wîth 158 g/km of CO2

An all-aluminium, Euro IV compliant, twin cam unit, it features Variable Valve Timing system, and a ‘Drive-by-Wire’ electronic while extensive use of low friction parts and lightweight pistons not only the levels of noise, and harshness but also fuel

Variable Valve Timing has two gains. Torque is improved to in-gear acceleration and therefore pleasure, and emissions performance is

The use of a drive-by-wire throttle optimises control giving better smoothness and flexibility. The system permits full integration electronic aids such as the Stability Programme (ESP).

significant features include the use of a stage ‘super-silent’ timing system for improved NVH and greater and longer inlet manifolds for torque.

Powering the top of the range C+C 1.6 is new light-weight, low friction, 1.6-litre cam as first seen in the Micra Developing 81kW (110hp) and of torque, the all-aluminium design is lighter than similar units from rival and is some 25kg lighter Nissan’s existing QG 1.6 engine, as in the Primera.

Motor racing have been adopted to by mechanical friction by as much as 30 per compared to the QG unit. Of the total one third is attributable to a new machining that ensures truly bores: this procedure is practice in the machining of bores of engines but is seldom used in production engines.

A ‘dummy jig, which is shaped to a simulated head gasket, is onto the block exerting as-assembled’ axial torque on the bores are then machined in rigid state.

The result halving of piston ring greatly reducing sliding which, in turn, translates lower friction. Other that lead to this in mechanical friction include ‘mirror finished’ crankshaft big

In addition to low friction technology, the unit has continuously variable timing, multi-point injection and front intake/rear exhaust to provide best in class impressive fuel economy and running.

Strong performance

its top speed potential of 191 km/h mph) is a 0-100 km/h (62 time of just 10.6 The fuel economy story is as strong, the C+C 1.6 returning 6.7 l/100km mpg) on the combined cycle oil change services are needed every 30,000 kms (approximately miles).

‘Micra has earned a strong reputation as a fine car wîth good performance.’ Brian Carolin, Senior President, Sales and Marketing, Europe. ‘Micra C+C, has no better starting point it comes to the driving experience.’


From its one-touch Roof to its sophisticated Intelligent Micra C+C is crammed wîth features… but these are far from Before it appears in C+C, a feature or optional extra has to one criterion: does it make easier for the driver. If it does, it’s included.

‘Micra C+C is one of the highly equipped cars of class. It has standard features only as extras on cars far more… if they are available at

Brian Carolin, Senior President, Sales and Marketing, Europe

At a glance

– One Auto-Open roof

– Key

– Adaptive Audio

– Full safety

One of the stand-out elements of the Micra was the availability of clever, state-of-the-art more usually found in more expensive cars. such as Intelligent Key and Friendly introduced innovative, user-friendly designed to be both purposeful and to use.

Micra C+C makes use of features and adds some of its not least the Auto-Open roof. Its automatic operation raises and the C-VIEW roof simply by and holding a button on the centre Taking just 22 seconds to – and a few seconds more to – it couldn’t be easier.

no latch or handle on the windscreen rail to be manhandled, nor does the car to be fully stopped first.

to music on the move is often in a convertible wîth the roof Not in Micra C+C. A bespoke audio system is available. incorporates an adaptive speed volume control that can between the roof being or closed.

With the roof there’s a potential rise in volume of 8 dB, but wîth the roof the system compensates for the extra noise wîth a possible in volume of 12 dB.

The sound system, is linked to a dashboard-mounted six disc CD also incorporates a Dynamic Processor (DSP) which can the sound quality of the system to the music being played. The six set-up includes two bass designed to provide sub-woofer As wîth other Micras, for the hi-fi are duplicated on the §teering

And, naturally, Micra C+C the Intelligent Key system. Developed for the Micra, Intelligent Key replaces a key wîth a small wireless in the shape of a key fob. This can be permanently in a pocket, briefcase or

When it is within 80 cm of the car, its is detected and the door or tailgate can be simply by pushing a button on the To ease the opening of the tailgate further, the rear door has an opener. Once the button is the tailgate automatically unlatches and can be to open.

So long as the key is somewhere in the starting the engine is simply a of turning a switch on the §teering wîth the brake pedal – at no time does the driver to find the key to press a button on the key or insert a key into a lock.

The can be programmed in one of two modes: convenience and When in convenience mode, the of the Intelligent Key allows any door to be by pushing the button on the handle.

In mode, however, only the door can be opened to prevent entry to the car via one of the other doors. If the is satisfied that there is no of hijack, pressing the button unlocks all the doors.

To turn the off, the ignition switch on the column is turned anti and the §teering security lock is set by a button. Once the doors are all they are locked by pushing the on the handle: confirmation that the car is comes wîth a flash of the warning lights.

Should the battery fail, the key fob itself an emergency metal key which can be in the locks to open and close the and start the engine.

Another is Battery Save. If the interior are left on by mistake once the car is and the engine switched off, Save will monitor the If no passenger action is detected, the will be switched off after a set

As well as the type of air conditioning when the roof is lowered, C+C has a fully automatic climate system. Two easy-to-use push controls are housed in the middle of the below the audio system full automatic control manual over-ride.

As on revised C+C’s trip computer between the dials in the new look panel. Operation is possible via the wheel controls. The computer’s encompass clock, outside air A and B trip meters, journey average speed, fuel and range.

It also houses a interval indicator and, a new an oil level indicator.

All models are wîth twin driver and airbags plus thorax airbags mounted in the front offering extra protection for the passengers in a side impact. The passenger airbag can be deactivated to a rear facing child to be used. An audible driver’s reminder on all models is a further safety measure.

The Micra’s safety story is completed pre-tensioner equipped seatbelts to any slack in the seat belt at the of impact. The pre-tensioner uses a to determine the speed of deceleration – and the severity of the crash – to trigger a gas generator, which rewinds the belt retractor to tighten the Both rear seats three point harnesses.

As as standard anti-lock brakes brake assist and electronic force distribution, Electronic Programme (ESP) is also

Environmental concerns go beyond emissions and Micra C+C was developed the EÚ’s End of Vehicle Life in mind. As a result some

95 per of the car is recyclable and dismantling of the vehicle has made easier and quicker by, for reducing the number of fixing used in trim assembly.

are three versions of the Micra C+C Tekna 1.4, Tekna 1.6 and Plus 1.6. All have the roof, trip computer, instruments, leather wrapped wheel and side airbags as as well as new sports seats. The 1.6 adds 15-inch alloy and fog lamps to the mix.

ESP is standard on markets.

The range topping Plus features leather aluminum pedals and. Key is also standard as are 11-spoke 16′ alloy wheels, ESP is, once again, standard on markets.

‘Our research has that while some on rival products score in the showroom, they are seldom once the car is taken home. All the or optional features on Micra C+C be used, simply because are user friendly and have practical benefits,’ Pierre General Manager, Product and Strategy, Nissan Europe.


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