Nissan Note hatchback to be dropped in 2017

Nissan's Honda Jazz rival will be withdrawn from sale in March next year, to be replaced by the larger, more spacious Micra...

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7 Oct 2016 08:45 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

The Nissan Note hatchback will be dropped to make way for the new Nissan Micra in March 2017.

Production will not end immediately and the Note will be phased out gradually, as the fifth-generation Micra has been made larger to replace both its predecessor and the Note.

At the recent Paris motor show, Nissan GB’s Managing Director Jim Wright told us: "Even though the last Micra was priced more as a city car, it would be inefficient to continue with three models instead of two, so our supermini offer is now the Micra and Juke."

"That means we are more efficient in building them and marketing both models. This has obvious benefits for production but also our customers as we can deliver a far better car for the same amount of money."

The Note, a supermini rival for the likes of the Honda Jazz, Ford B-Max and Kia Venga, has been fairly well received in the UK. It's cheap to buy and run, and offers a spacious interior packed with equipment and useful technology. That said, we've not been impressed with its refinement and its diesel engine runs out of puff quickly. The current car is priced from £10,995, so it's keenly priced in this market.

Sales of the current Micra have slipped in the past 12 months to almost a third of what they were a decade ago. To counter this, the new Micra is one of the biggest cars in the supermini class and its design has been focused on enticing European buyers.

The Juke will continue as a small crossover contender with the Micra alongside it, and production of the next Juke - scheduled to arrive in around 2018 - has been confirmed for Nissan’s Sunderland plant. Nissan has also confirm the current Qashqai will be produced at Sunderland with its ProPILOT autonomous drive technology from the middle of 2017.

Watch our video review of the Nissan Note below.

Alisdair Suttie

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