Nissan is expected to unveil the new Micra model at the 2010 Genevea Motor Show this March. The first generation of the Micra dates all the way back to the early 1980’s. The new vehicle is expected to be available in  showrooms by this next fall. The Micra may not only inherit a new look, but a new name as well. Nissan refers to the new model as the ‘new global compact car’. The new vehicle is to be introduced at the motor show alongside the Nissan Leaf and Juke Crossover. It’s expected for two of these vehicles to be available for purchase in the United States at lower prices starting around $10,000.

2011 Nissan Leaf

The new Nissan Leaf has been designed to compete with other popular earth-friendly vehicles such as the Toyota Prius and Ford Focus. With a slight advantage, or disadvantage depending on how you view it, the Leaf is to be the first mass-produced completely electric vehicle sold by a mainstream manufacturer. It is not to be mistaken for a weak vehicle providing 206lb ft of torque it is expected to reach a top speed of over 90 mph. It will run off a 90kw battery pack that can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes using a ‘quick’ charger or fully charged with a standard outlet in about 8 hours, long enough for an overnight charge. The Leaf has been designed for the short commuter and a great second or third vehicle for families.