LONDON -- Nissan will unveil the Sway concept car at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The concept will preview the automaker's next Micra subcompact, reports said.
The concept shows “how a future generation of small Nissans could look” and uses the company’s current design language, Nissan said in a statement. The company did not comment on whether the concept previews the new Micra.
If the sportier look of the Sway makes it over to the new Micra, it will address one complaint about the current car that it looks too dull compared to rivals.
The next Micra will address the tougher demands of subcompact customers, Nissan’s head of product strategy, Etienne Henri, told Automotive News Europe last year. “A subcompact used to be a second car but that has evolved,” he said. “With our future subcompact we have to deliver what a compact car delivers today in terms of driving dynamics, perceived quality and practicality.”
Nissan has said it expects sales of the new Micra to increase. The company is moving production of Micras for the European market to Renault's plant in Flins, near Paris. Annual capacity will be increased to build 82,000 Micras. The plant also produces the Renault Clio subcompact and the Micra is expected to be built on the same platform.
Last year Nissan sold 60,317 Micras in Europe, up 25 percent, according to figures from JATO Dynamics, making it the automaker's No. 4 bestseller after the Qashqai, Juke and Note models.
Nissan said the increase in Micra sales last year was due to “a combination of good deals and renewed interest in the car.”