Revamp looking good

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 May, 2011, 12:00am


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Popular with housewives and driving instructors since its launch in 1982, the Nissan March has always been a practical ride for undemanding drivers.

The new, fourth-generation March has been redesigned to look good and use less fuel in town. Available at HK$145,800 with a five-year warranty, the new car is one of the most mum-friendly drives in town.

The Japanese marque has pushed the March's wheels to its far corners in an effort to improve stability and reduce parking overhangs. The bonnet and front bumpers are softer on pedestrians, the windscreen has been enlarged, and the side windows have been given arches and a lower waistline to offer a better view of the road.

The interior has been redrawn to offer occupants 'a secure feeling', along with a large speedometer, lots of cup holders and pockets, and a 251-litre boot, as in its third-generation predecessor.

Local Nissan dealer Honest Motors says the March offers 'best-in-class fuel economy' in its promise to make a litre of petrol last 24km.

You might be lucky to achieve such a sip all the time in Hong Kong, but the latest March is 'eligible for the Hong Kong government's environmentally friendly incentive scheme with a 30 per cent reduction in first registration tax', the dealer says. This is because the little Nissan has a new lightweight, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that achieves 'best-in-class fuel economy', yet promises 79Ps at 6,000rpm via a new Xtronic CVT gearbox, whose workings have been tweaked to reduce friction. Such poke might be enough for errands, but Mid-Levels school-run mums might first want to test the car's power with four passengers on routine turf.

Other mum-friendly touches include a tyre direction indicator, an intelligent key with push-engine start and retracting door mirrors.

The new March also offers more front and side-impact protection, active headrests, and a front and curtain airbag system. The car also has anti-lock braking and brake assist, the dealer says.