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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan March 12S V Package

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 24th, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find is homage to Nissan’s new budget-friendly Micra Cup that they’re launching in Canada next year. Today we’re going to see just how affordable a Nissan Micra can be when you use the Integrity Exports car auction database.

Note that the Nissan Micra is known as the Nissan March in Japan and other markets. Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2012 Nissan March 12S V Pack:

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package

The Nissan March 12S V Package was a special trim manufactured to commemorate a two-year facelift of the fourth-generation March which launched in 2010. There aren’t any groundbreaking extra features though; just a regular March 12S with an electric remote to control the door mirror and power socket, as well as special UV-reducing green glass in the front of the car.

The current generation of the Nissan Micra/March is built on the newly developed Type-V platform, which is a big contributor to the hatchback’s smooth handling. Of course, you also have to thank the hatch’s 1.2L three-cylinder engine, which was the first of its kind in a Nissan at the time of its launch. The engine provides just enough power for the lightweight Micra at 79hp and 80 lb-ft of torque, while also offering incredible fuel economy of 18 km/L, or about 43 mpg.

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package rear

This particular March 12S V is clearly in great condition with an overall rating of 5. While the Micra may not be the coolest looking hatchback on the market, it still manages to bring a bit of flair to car that’s really meant for mass appeal.

A cool little fact about the fourth-generation March’s exterior is that Nissan was able to reduce the drag coefficient to just 0.32, which is near unheard of in this class of vehicles.

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package interior

Inside, you’ll find that this economical hatchback features all of the conventional amenities you’d look for in today’s entry-level vehicle: air-conditioning, power steering, power windows, plenty of little cubbies for phones and knick-knacks, and built-in navigation and infotainment. All of that in a clean A-rated interior with comfy cross-stitched fabric seating and a neutral black and grey color-scheme.

All in all, this Japanese car auction find has only gotten us more excited for next year’s Micra NISMO and the inaugural Micra Cup. This is a car that’s reliable and fun to drive even without sport tuning… We can’t wait to see what the geniuses over at NISMO can whip up for us. Until then, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full translation of today’s auction find:

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package auction sheet

Here is the translation:

“Interior A, first registered March 2012, DBA emissions code 12S-V Package model, AT, AC, service book, 9237 km, power steering, power windows, original navigation system and TV, airbag, reversing rearview camera, keyless entry, spare key, minor scratches, other marks as per map”

New Nissan Micra Cup Gets You Racing For Under $20K

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

2015 Nissan Micra Cup

Thanks to Nissan, there’ll be a new way for Canadian motorsport enthusiasts to get their first genuine racing experience in 2015. The opportunity comes thanks to the inaugural 2015 Nissan Micra Cup, which will start next May. As you may be able to guess from the circuit’s title, it’ll be a one-make racing series sanctioned by Auto Sport Quebec in which all the drivers pilot tuned up Nissan Micra hatchbacks.

At first glance, this idea may seem a little drab. But think about it… The regular commercial Micra may be an entry-level model, but it’s a sturdy little car and anything can be tuned up for track performance. See for yourself in the video below:

To make a car for the series, Nissan is partnering up with JD Motorsports to augment a batch of Micra 1.6 S hatchbacks (not available in the US) with a variety of performance upgrades. Those upgrades include NISMO’s S-Tune suspension kit, high-performance brake pads, a custom sports exhaust, a built-in safety cage, and custom Fastwheels with Pirelli’s low profile + high performance tires. Under the hood you’ll find the stock engine for the Nissan Micra 1.6 S, which is a 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder with duel fuel injection. The engine will be paired with Nissan’s Twin CVTC system and the Micra’s rugged stock five-speed manual transmission.

Of course, there’ll also be the standard motorsport safety features including a fire extinguisher, driver protection net and a five-point harness, along with front and rear towing hooks.

The best part about this is that Nissan will make all of this available under $20,000. In fact, at just $19,998 for the sport-tuned model, the Nissan Micra Cup is officially the cheapest motorsport entry point in Canada. And it’s fun to drive too! Jean-François Demoulin, a well-known Canadian racer, was invited to head-up the track-tuned Micra’s testing, and he was surprisingly pleased. “I really enjoyed every minute I spent testing the Nissan Micra… For a car which is still almost stock, it’s quite fast and so much fun to drive!”

2015 Nissan Micra Cup 2

Nissan tells us that they aim to have more than 25 Micras competing in each race weekend, and each driver will get a solid two hours of on-track racing time. That’ll come from a preliminary 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifier, and then two 30-minute races. Sounds like a ton of fun!

We have to say, this is a really smart marketing move on Nissan’s part to introduce the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada the same year that they’re launching the Nissan Micra NISMO. Every motorsport enthusiast should mark their calendar for next May when the series opens. And if you’re one of our Canadian readers with $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can learn more about the Micra Cup at Nissan Canada’s official site.