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New Nissan Note Strikes The Right Chord

New Nissan Note Strikes The Right Chord

Now that’s a bit more like it. The car in the images is the new Nissan Note. It is available to order now for delivery around October time. It will set buyers back a minimum of £11,900. A few styling refreshments make all the difference and the new look Note now seems worthy of a serious challenge in the packed B-Sector, where it will be up against Ford’s mighty Fiesta and the like.

The current model has always been well made, easy to drive and with a roomy and versatile interior. It has been very popular within a certain portion of the car buying public who want good reliable transport above all else. Image means nothing, which, if we’re frank, is just as well because the present car is like a dutiful school swot – a bit dull and never any trouble.Nissan2 New Nissan Note Strikes The Right Chord

The new four door Note will be built at the all-conquering Sunderland plant right here in the UK. Safety first seems to be the watch-words. Under the heading ‘Safety Shield’ buyers will find a system that links three different safety devices under one comprehensive protection package.

This system is monitored by a unique self-cleaning camera which keeps the driver fully informed. Additionally, Nissan’s ‘Around View Monitor’ is making its first appearance in this sector and offers a full 360° birds-eye view for all round reversing security.

There’ll be a choice of three engines at launch. A 1.2L three cylinder job, a 1.2L supercharged DIG-S version (which also offers a CVT transmission) and the now ubiquitous 1.5L diesel. The DIG-S (Direct Injection) has a more sporting appearance as might be suggested by the supercharger; but this is a family car so don’t expect brutal performance or any of that nonsense. The ‘charger in this car is more about emissions than power with a tax-busting 99g/km on offer with the manual gearbox.

As ever, there will be various trim levels and a host of standard features and alternative options which will include all that we expect these days in any car. As a compact family car with the emphasis absolutely on economy and versatility the Nissan Note scores well. It even looks the part now too. Whether or not it succeeds against the more dynamic alternatives in the sector remains to be seen; but with Nissan’s terrific track record recently (as the number of Juke’s and Qashqai’s on the road attests) then this car is almost certain to strike the right Note.

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