Nissan has always had this quirky streak to it, peppering its line-up of dreary and sensible cars with a few peculiar ones. While the Juke R and the Murano Cross Cabriolet are among the more recent examples, there was another such eccentric model that the Japanese carmaker sold even before these two. Called the Micra C+C, this convertible supermini was designed at Nissan’s London-based design studio, developed at their European technical centre and built at the Sunderland plant. It was based on the third generation K12 Micra, and was intended to be a modern interpretation of the 1991 Nissan Figaro.
While the latter was a limited edition model restricted to the Japanese market that went on to be an instant classic, the Micra C+C that came out in 2005 wasn’t able to achieve quite the same level of universal acceptance. Unlike the Figaro, which was blessed with fine proportions, the Micra C+C stood out with its awkward styling, stubby nose, and a stocky derriere.
It did find favour with a handful of drivers, mostly women, who found the idea of a cute little Japanese cabrio that was possibly more dependable than the likes of Peugeot 308CC appealing. However, they were far outnumbered by those who loathed it, especially with the hideous bright pink paint job. Add to these the lack of practical boot space with the roof folded down and the plasticky cabin, the Micra C+C was never seen as a worthy successor to the Figaro.
It trundled along until 2010, when the Sunderland factory stopped producing Micras and remained mostly forgotten since then, only to be revived by its inclusion in the occasional list of world’s worst cars.
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