Nissan launches special version of the New Micra

1 / 2
2 / 2
Updated 09 February 2014
0

Nissan launches special version of the New Micra

NISSAN has launched a new special version of the New Micra — called the Limited Edition. Based on the mid-range Acenta model, the Limited Edition New Micra features a host of visual changes that add an extra layer of style to the recently revised and updated compact model. On the outside, the most obvious change is the contrasting roof. Matched to the door mirror caps, this is available in three color combinations: Pacific Blue with a White roof/mirror caps, Shiraz Red with a Black roof/mirror caps and Alabaster White with a Red roof/mirror caps. In addition, the Limited Edition New Micra has contrasting side sills and center caps, a ‘Limited Edition’ badge and a chrome exhaust finisher. On the inside, there’s plenty more detailing to catch the eye; the roof color is echoed on the air vents and lower part of the gearshift column together with colored mats. Based on the Acenta trim, the Limited Edition New Micra comes with 15-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, roof spoiler and many more features.

ALFA ROMEO had a good start to 2014: The Alfa Romeo 4C has claimed the “Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title at the 29th International Automobile Festival in France and has also scooped the top award in the “Importers” sports car category in the Auto Motor and Sport “Best Cars 2014” awards. In both cases, the awards were decided by a public vote. In the process of claiming the ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2013” title, the Alfa Romeo 4C claimed an astonishing 40.70 percent of the votes in a worldwide survey, significantly more than the BMW 4-Series, (25.55 percent), Mercedes CLA (22.15 percent) and Mazda 3 (11.60 percent). Created in 1986 in Chamonix and presided over by Remi Depoix, the International Automobile Festival recognizes creativity in automotive design and is now a key event on the world automotive calendar. The Most Beautiful Car of the Year title was first awarded in 1988, with the Alfa 164 winning the inaugural award. Alfa Romeo has also won in 2005 with the Alfa Brera and again in 2008 with the Alfa MiTo.

HONDA’s profits in the last quarter of 2013 more than doubled to 160.7 billion yen ($1.56 billion) back to pre-2008 levels, helped by strong sales of the redesigned Honda Fit subcompact model in Japan. CEO Takanobu Ito has set an aggressive goal of selling six million vehicles a year by end-March 2017, compared with a record 4.01 million in the year ended March 2013.

NISSAN is mulling a coupe-styled version of the Qashqai to compete in the segment started by the Range Rover Evoque crossover. Nissan started sales of its second-generation Qashqai last month and said that a Nismo high performance variant is being developed. The Evoque success in attracting buyers has inspired many rivals to offer their own versions.

Related

Caveat Emptor!: Do your homework before buying a new or used car.

0

Caveat Emptor!: Do your homework before buying a new or used car.

The notion that complaints about cars and dealers are more prevalent in Saudi Arabia than in other countries is not accurate.
In the US alone, consumers regained $98 million in compensation for shoddy cars or lousy services by car dealers last year.
The range of problems is staggering, from clocking mileage to conning buyers on part-exchanged cars.
A dealer in New Jersey advertised that he would take in any old car for $4,000, in part exchange for new cars worth $14,000 or more.
A customer saw a car worth $14,000 and went with his old car and $10,000 to make his purchase.
Yet, the dealer said the car in the advert has been sold and that he has a similar vehicle but its price is $46,000!
The customer complained and a consumer protection agency investigated and found out that the new car was in fact the one advertised and is worth only $20,000.
The agency forced the dealer to sell it for $14,000 as advertised.
In other cases, consumers complained about technical problems in new cars that some dealers refused to put right or refund customers.
Some bought high-mileage cars at inflated prices after dealers set back the meters by thousands of miles.
In the absence of stringent consumer protection agencies, the only useful advice for consumers in the region is the principle of “Buyer Beware” or caveat emptor.
Do your homework before buying a new or used car.
There are published ranking of the most reliable cars — choose one that suits your needs from top of the list.
If buying a used car, take an expert with you to examine the vehicle for condition and valuation.
Also, be aware that there are departments in the ministry of commerce that would be interested in hearing your complaints about your bad consumer experience with cars, or indeed any other goods and services below standards.
Sometimes the only way to get good service is to demand it.
If you have an experience, good or bad, with car buying or servicing, tell us your story and Arab News may feature it.
-------------------
*Adel Murad is a senior motoring and business journalist, based in London.
Email: [email protected]
Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Arab News' point-of-view

EU to respond to any US auto tariff move: report

Updated 23 June 2018
0

EU to respond to any US auto tariff move: report

  • Trump threatened to impose 20 percent tariff
  • Shares in carmakers slip on trade war fears

PARIS: The European Union will respond to any US move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row.
US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose a 20 percent tariff on all imports of EU-assembled cars, a month after his administration launched an investigation into whether auto imports posed a national security threat.
“If they decide to raise their import tariffs, we’ll have no choice, again, but to react,” EU Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told French newspaper Le Monde.
“We don’t want to fight (over trade) in public via Twitter. We should end the escalation,” he said in the comments published on Saturday.
The European Autos Stocks Index fell on Friday after Trump’s tariff threat. Shares US carmakers Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. also dropped.
“If these Tariffs and Barriers are not soon broken down and removed, we will be placing a 20% Tariff on all of their cars coming into the US Build them here!” Trump tweeted.
The US Commerce Department has a deadline of February 2019 to investigate whether imports of automobiles and auto parts pose a risk to US national security.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday the department aimed to wrap up the probe by late July or August. The Commerce Department plans to hold two days of public comments in July on its investigation of auto imports.
Trump has repeatedly singled out German auto imports to the United States for criticism.
Trump told carmakers at a meeting in the White House on May 11 that he was planning to impose tariffs of 20 or 25 percent on some imported vehicles and sharply criticized Germany’s automotive trade surplus with the United States.
The United States currently imposes a 2.5 percent tariff on imported passenger cars from the EU and a 25 percent tariff on imported pickup trucks. The EU imposes a 10 percent tariff on imported US cars.
The tariff proposal has drawn sharp condemnation from Republican lawmakers and business groups. A group representing major US and foreign automakers has said it is “confident that vehicle imports do not pose a national security risk.”
The US Chamber of Commerce said US auto production had doubled over the past decade, and said tariffs “would deal a staggering blow to the very industry it purports to protect and would threaten to ignite a global trade war.”
German automakers Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and BMW AG build vehicles at plants in the United States. BMW is one of South Carolina’s largest employers, with more than 9,000 workers in the state.
The United States in 2017 accounted for about 15 percent of worldwide Mercedes-Benz and BMW brand sales. It accounts for 5 percent of Volkswagen’s VW brand sales and 12 percent of its Audi brand sales.