...the car is expected to be a more sporting version of the company's current range of crossovers (i.e. Qashqai, Qashqai +2 and upcoming Murano) with the 2006 Urge Concept as the main design inspiration.

Nissan's Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom, which currently builds its highly successful Qashqai SUV and Micra compact car, will be building a brand new compact car for the Japanese marque by 2010, after the current K12C Nissan Micra facelift production ends. According to Car Online, the car is expected to be a more sporting version of the company's current range of crossovers (i.e. Qashqai, Qashqai +2 and upcoming Murano) with the 2006 Urge Concept as the main design inspiration.

“Today's announcement that a brand new car is to be designed and built in the UK is another important boost to our manufacturing industry, and builds upon Nissan's recent commitments to increase investment and jobs at its record breaking Sunderland plant.” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Carlos Ghosn said, “By delivering on tough commitments, our employees at Sunderland have demonstrated our plant can be a globally competitive centre for the production of high-value products.”

The Nissan Micra is built only at the UK plant and even exported to Japan. However, the new model will be an addition to the current Nissan range and replace the Micra's relatively small production at Sunderland. The next generation Nissan Micra will be produced in five Leading Competitive Countries (LCC) like India, China and Thailand on a brand new A platform which will be used on at least three vehicles. This plays well into the previously announced Renault-Nissan joint venture with Bajaj Auto to producing a new ultra-budget mini car.

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