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2013-02-18 10:28

NISSAN'S SAFETY TECH FOR NEW NOTE: Nissan adds a host of new technologies and engines for its next-generation Note due to make its debut in Geneva.

GENEVA, Switzerland -  The new Note, signalling the start of a wave of bold new models from Nissan, will have its world debut at the 2013 Geneva International Auto Show on March 5.

Following the Qashqai and Juke, Nissan hopes to raise the bar in the B-segment with its new Note. The new model benefits from extensive European development, tailored for European buyers.

NEW ENGINES


Engineering was completed at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in the UK and Spain and production will commence at Nissan Manufacturing UK in Sunderland, north-east England.

The note is powered by new 1198cc three-cylinder engine or a 1.5 turbodiesel. The entry-level petrol produces 60kW at 6000rpm and 110Nm at 4000 rpm. Fuel consumption is rated at 3.9 litres/100km while CO2 emissions are 109g/km - well below the emissions tax threshhold.

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The 1.2 DIG-S is capable of 73kW at 5600rpm and 142Nm at 4400 rpm. The engine is mated to an electronic clutch system which can be disconnected from the engine while driving at low speeds to improve fuel economy.

Mated to a manual transmission, fuel consumption is claimed to be 3.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions 99g/km (119g/km with constantly variable transmission).

The 1.5 turbodiesel is capable of 68kW and emits 95g/km of CO2.

Performance figures for all engines will be announced closer to launch.

SAFETY SHIELD

The model sees the global B-segment debut of Nissan’s new 'Safety Shield' – a package of safety technologies including blind-spot and lane-departure warnings and an advanced moving-object detection system. Each of the three systems uses data from a wide-view camera.

The Note also offers Nissan’s all-round camera surveillance (Around View Monitor, in brochure-speak) to give a bird's-eye view of the vehicle while parking. Satnav is also available.

Chief marketing manager for Nissan in Europe, Geraldine Ingham, said: “The Note fulfils a really important role in our line-up, combining really smart design with technology that has never been offered in the B segment. We’ve used design and engineering innovation to make premium technologies accessible and affordable.”

Prices and specifications will be released closer to the Note’s European on-sale date in late 2013.

CAMERA WASH AND BLOW?

Nissan engineers added an interesting but of technology to clean the rear camera - a wash and blow-dry system. If sensors detect dirt on the rear camera, a small amount of water squirts at the lens along with a jet of compressed air to avoid any drips

Nissan vice-president for strategy and product planning in Europe, Etienne Henry, said: “Note was a fascinating engineering challenge in that we wanted to incorporate a huge amount of advanced technology but keep the costs reasonable.

“In developing the three Safety Shield pack elements to run from one camera we were able to keep manufacturing costs under tight control and make this technology package accessible to the B segment for the first time.”

THREE TRIM LEVELS

The Note will be launched in three trim grades – Visia, Acenta and Tekna, as on other Nissan products. Standard kit on all models will include stop/start, six airbags and cruise control/a speed limiter.

The mid-spec Acentas add aircon, Bluetooth and rear power windows and top-grade Tekna models add Nissan Connect, AVM, part-leather trim and keyless entry.

Senior vice-president for Nissan sales and marketing in Europe, Paul Willcox, said: “The Note isn’t just a direct replacement for the current Note, it’s a completely different car with a completely different place in the market. Sitting at the very heart of the B segment, it takes on high-volume competitors with great design and premium technology in an accessible package.

"We’re really excited to be expanding our small car range with such an attractive and advanced new hatchback,” he said.

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