Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Motoring Microcosm of global appeal

YOU know how it is: you arrive at an airport and head for the rental firm to pick up the car you have carefully selected.

But the hire car is not at all what you expected. It might look like the super mini you chose, and have the right badge. But the truth is no hire car ever looks or drives as you would hope.

You can’t quite put your finger on it but it is somehow different from the model you have seen a thousand times before on British roads (apart from the fact it is probably left-hand drive).The Japanese giant Nissan may have found the answer to this conundrum by producing what it believes to be a truly global car.

Of course the Nissan Micra is not a new model: it was first launched in Britain in 1982. But in its latest incarnation, this week’s drive, the fourth-generation Nissan Micra, its maker styles it a “global car”. To this end, the new Micra is sold in more than 55 countries. And it is built in four: Mexico, China, Thailand and India — the latter being where Micras for the British market are made.

So the chances are from now that if you love your Micra — and a lot of people have bought them — you just might find an identical model waiting for you at some far-flung airport when you arrive.

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