Nissan introduced the fourth-generation of their Nissan Micra supermini at the Geneva Motor Show earlier today.  Called the "March" in the Japanese market, the car now features body-coloured mouldings, larger front bumper with one-piece radiator grille, and a flatter rear.

Of importance to Nissan was not just the recreation of a useful urban car, but also to give the car an appealing look for a wide customer base.  Nissan plans to sell the car in 160 different markets worldwide.  "The car has to charm a global audience," said Nissan designer Makoto Yamane.  "Its face had to look stylish and have an air of sophistication to it."

The same general shape was carried over from the last version of the car, a facelifted edition of the third generation Micra introduced in 2007.  Nissan chose to make more subtle changes, by making the car "slightly longer and marginally lower" which now makes room for an extended wheelbase.  Even still, the car maintains a very tight turning radius of 4.5-meters.

Engine choices will vary by market, with only two being offered in Europe.  These include the brand new 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine producing 80 PS (59 kW / 78 hp) and up to 108Nm (80 lb-ft) of torque.  Running on petrol, the engine gives off 115 grams of CO2 per kilometer.  A supercharged, direct-injection 1.2-liter engine will also be sold.  This unit includes start/stop, reducing emissions to 95g/km, while improving performance to 98 PS (72 kW / 96 hp) up to 142 Nm (105 lb-ft) of torque.  Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a new CVT.

Customers in some markets will be able to get the car with the Nissan Connect touch-screen infotainment unit, sat-nav, glass roof, and the Intelligent Key.  Also on offer will be reverse sensors, and a parking assist system with three settings to help amateur, normal, and expert drivers squeeze into tight parking spots.

Fourth-generation Nissan Micra sales will begin this month in Thailand.  The car hits European dealerships in November.

Gallery: All-New 2011 Nissan Micra Global Car Revealed in Geneva

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