Nissan, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are the only brands apart from the luxury car makers like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, which offer some of their products with Automatic Transmission systems and there are hardly any other brands which dare to offer Automatic variants.
The only notable reasons for the failure of Automatic Transmission vehicles in the market are the initial high prices and comparatively lower fuel efficiency. But now that the AT segment is growing rapidly with successful cars like the Hyundai i10, Hyundai i20 & Honda City, Nissan has firmly decided to introduce Nissan Micra Automatic variant.
In fact the diesel engine vehicles are also becoming the “In Thing” now a days and to be in race to reach the zenith one has to consider it. So Nissan has also planned of introducing a diesel variant of the same which will bring a lot of competition in the diesel category.
As speculated the Nissan Micra Diesel will borrow Renault’s 1.5 Litre CRDI diesel engine and will also come equipped with Nissan Sunny, a Micra based sedan. The same engine is already powering the Renault Logan and the new diesel variant of the above will compete against Maruti Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i20.