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New Micra with Snazzy Look

Surface material for the dashboard and the seats serve up a haptic treat in the Nissan supermini

March 2017 Nissan is aiming to win over more buyers again with the fifth generation of its Micra supermini. The exterior, which has been designed with the focus firmly on European tastes, ought to ensure that it is successful. The interior, featuring Xpreshn HD™ and Acella® Eco surface materials from Benecke-Kaliko, is also a surprise – in a good way.

Nissan is aiming to make the Micra more attractive again for customers with the fifth generation of its supermini, which it has been building since 1982. The exterior, which has been designed at its UK design center with the focus firmly on European tastes, ought to ensure that it is successful. The interior, featuring the high-quality Xpreshn HD™ surface material for the instrument panel and the especially environment-friendly Acella® Eco for the seat sides and backs, is also a surprise – in a good way.

“(...) a haptic treat,” was the verdict of German broadcaster n-tv on its website with reference to the Xpreshn HD™ soft expanded foam surface material which covers more than 75 percent of the dashboard on all the main elements. Autobild magazine adds: The driver sits facing a modern cockpit design which, like the exterior, can be styled using various colors and decors. Colorful fabrics and decent materials give the supermini a really snazzy finish.” Verdict: “The Micra has got its mojo back.”

The testers from the Online-Focus website are also convinced the new Micra will wow its generally female owners: “Not only because of the modern exterior, but also thanks to the interior to which significantly more styling effort has been devoted than before. The numerous customization options both internally and externally mean that Nissan is promising no fewer than 125 color combinations (…) the new color elements with their soft grain certainly enhance the atmosphere.”

Nissan’s new Micra gives full rein to the high grain stability and very homogeneous surface impression of Benecke-Kaliko's Xpreshn HD™ expanded foils. After all, they also permit an especially wide range of colors and grain designs and are even available in a two-tone design. Furthermore, they are up to 60 percent lighter than standard decorative materials, have a 31 percent better carbon footprint than PVC expanded foils and offer high resistance to aging. In addition, they are free from halogens and plasticizers, low-emission, one hundred percent recyclable and flexible when it comes to processing.

After the Infiniti Q30, the Nissan Micra is now the second japanese car to use Benecke-Kaliko’s innovative Xpreshn HD™ technology. Acella® Eco trim and upholstery material from the Spanish plant in Pamplona also won Nissan over with its excellent processing properties. Following its success in Europe, the manufacturer is now also reviewing the options using it on a global scale.