Production of the all-new Nissan small car has started at the company’s Chennai, India plant, where the Micra has been shown with a face only a mother could love...Cars made in india will be exported to more than 100 countries around the world, including South Africa, and the first major consignment of 3 866 cars left for Europe on Tuesday. More than 110 000 units are expected to be exported from the Chennai plant in 2010 and 2011. Although made in India, this Micra was developed and tested in Japan. Nissan’s new global hatchback rides on a new and versatile V platform and the focus has been on keeping weight down as much as possible to benefit fuel consumption and emissions figures. The car has a new powertrain, including a new 1.2-litre, three-cylinder engine and a new CVT. Although the exact specification for cars destined for South Africa has yet to be decided, the new Micra is expected to launch here in the second quarter of 2011.