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New Nissan Note Deliveries Begin

By raccars Published

The first customers will be receiving their new Nissan Notes this week. The highly anticipated compact MPV has been given some updates for its second generation which have seen pre-orders in the region of 14,000 units, far exceeding Nissan's expectations. The company has now revised its sales estimates upwards, to some 100,000 units annually in Europe.

This is good news not only for Nissan but also for the British manufacturing industry as a whole, with the Note one of a number of vehicles emanating from the company's massive NMUK Sunderland plant. Since the introduction of the super successful Qashqai, this factory has become one of the busiest in Europe, with around 5,000 employees.

The new Note is campaigning upon its modern technologies, such as the Nissan Safety Shield, featuring a plethora of functions to assist the driver, including distance control assist, moving object detection, blind spot warning, intelligent cruise control, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, ABS, vehicle dynamic control and intelligent brake assist. Also new with the Note is Nissan's Around View Monitor, a 360º camera system for easy parking. This degree of driver assistance is unique in a car of this size.

Along with the funky technology is some updated styling - the original compact MPV shape has given way to something more hatchback-esque, making its most likely rivals the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Renault Clio. There's also a much more efficient drivetrain producing 95g/km in CO2 emissions. Petrol and diesel engine options are available, all including start/stop technology. While the performance is very competent, it's not exactly exciting, but this could be rectified with some pluckier engine options.

Standard equipment is generous, with even the entry level model, dubbed the Visia, including electric windows to the front, cruise control and remote control central locking. The next model up is called the Acenta and gets 15 inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, a sliding rear bench seat and Bluetooth connectivity. The range topper is called the Tekna and it comes with the NissanConnect satellite navigation system, 16 inch alloys, part leather upholstery, leather trimmed steering wheel, automatic air conditioning, intelligent key system and the Safety Shield system as standard.

Given the above range of features, the new Note is surprisingly affordable, with prices ranging from £11,900-£17,750. However, what is most interesting about it is perhaps the effect its engineering innovations could have upon rivals in the smaller car sector, offering benefits usually only seen in larger cars.

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