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NEW NISSAN NOTE: DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY CONNECTED All-new British-built Note sets the standard for affordable technologyNew Sunderland-built Nissan Note attacks the B-segment with dynamic design and advanced premium technologyGlobal debut of innovative first-in-segment features offered in an accessible, affordable packageAround View Monitor system combines with Nissan Safety Shield to offer real-world driving benefits every dayLow CO2 emissions from only 95g/km with stop-start as standard across the rangeUnique design and engineering features for Europe, built in EuropePublic debut at 2013 Geneva Motor Show Signalling
the start of a wave of bold new models from Nissan, the all-new Note
for Europe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 2013. Nissan's
commitment to innovation, style and excitement has produced some of the
most talked-about cars in recent years. And now, following in the
tracks of the ground-breaking Qashqai and Juke, the new Note sets the
standard for advanced, relevant technology in an affordable small car
package. The Note is now a true B-segment contender that will redefine customer expectations. Fully
utilising Nissan's innovative approach to design and engineering, it
builds on the strengths and values of its predecessor New Note in brief The
new Note has benefited from extensive European development, tailored
for European buyers. With engineering work completed at the Nissan
Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in both the UK and Spain and production
gearing up at Nissan Manufacturing UK (NMUK) in Sunderland, the new Note
has been designed to perfectly meet the demands of today's small car
customer. New
Note also continues the Nissan tradition of bringing bold design and
exciting new technologies to a new area of the market. Customers will
benefit from a raft of innovative features relevant and useful in day to
day driving. New
Note sees the global B-segment debut of Nissan's new Safety Shield - a
package of technologies that would previously only have been available
on more costly premium sector models. A Blind Spot Warning system, Lane
Departure Warning and an advanced Moving Object Detection system combine
to deliver a new level of driver assistance in the class. All three
systems operate using data from the rear wide view camera, which
delivers a clear image no matter what the weather thanks to an in built
wash and blow dry function - a perfect example of the new Note's
in-built engineering innovation. The
benefits of Safety Shield are numerous. Not only does it reduce
accident exposure, it means drivers are better informed about their
surroundings - minimising the risk of accidental bumps or scrapes that
would require a visit to the body shop. It also allows drivers to feel
safer and more secure at all times. New
Note is also the first car in the B-segment to offer Around View
Monitor (AVM) - Nissan's acclaimed multi-camera helicopter view parking
aid giving clear visibility around the car. This sophisticated yet easy
to use system makes parking manoeuvres simpler, enhances urban driving
pleasure and helps owners reduce the risk of costly body damage when
parking. Additionally,
the new Note embeds the latest version of the Nissan Connect navigation
system, including all its connected services. Innovative
design and engineering has meant that all of these technologies have
been delivered in an affordable package, matched by a range of highly
efficient engines. The combination of a lightweight platform, low
aerodynamic drag exterior design and advanced engines and transmissions
mean that the new Note will appeal to all buyers. Running
costs will be equally appealing, with all new Note variants equipped
with an idle stop/start system as standard, delivering CO2
emissions as low as 95g/km. This efficiency is complimented by strong
performance from advanced petrol and diesel engines, along with secure
and engaging driving dynamics, specifically tailored for European roads. Geraldine
Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan in Europe explains: "New
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 before. We've used design and engineering innovation to make
premium technologies accessible and affordable." Prices and specifications will be unveiled closer to the new Note's European on-sale date in the autumn of 2013. New Note in detail TechnologyThe
new Note features advanced technology which has never been seen in its
sector before. Indeed, many of the technologies offered in the Note are
completely new to the B-segment, and set new standards for
affordability. Among
these headline technology features is Nissan's advanced Around View
Monitor (AVM) - an innovative system that takes the stress out of
reversing and parallel parking. Using
four separate cameras, the 5.8-inch dashboard mounted screen displays
an image of the new Note from above. This helps the driver to visually
confirm the car's position in relation to the surrounding area - making
manoeuvres significantly easier and safer. While
AVM is a familiar innovation to many Qashqai drivers, the new Note adds
to the technology as the first model to feature the Nissan Safety
Shield pack, comprising three advanced safety systems that work together
to provide genuine real-world driver benefits. Genuine engineering
innovation has allowed Nissan to bring these previously costly systems
together in one affordable package. While rival systems employ costly
front, rear and even radar systems to perform similar functions,
Nissan's program requires only the image captured by the rear wide view
AVM camera to operate Safety Shield. The Nissan Safety Shield pack comprises the following three technologies: Blind Spot WarningA
feature once reserved for cars in the premium sector, Nissan's system
uses the rear wide view AVM camera to detect vehicles in the hidden
blind spot areas on both sides of the Note. If a vehicle is detected in
either blind spot, a discreet warning light illuminates in the glass of
the Note's wing mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes and the
system detects a vehicle in the danger area, the light flashes and an
audible warning is given.Lane Departure WarningAnother
premium feature making its debut in the B-segment, Lane Departure
Warning detects if the car is starting to drift out of lane. While you
might expect a windscreen mounted camera or radar system to be required
for this function, the Note again uses only its rear wide view AVM
camera. Advanced computer programming detects even faint road markings
allowing the car to determine if it is drifting out of position without
indicating. If it does, a warning is given to the driver to correct
their road position. Cleverly, the system automatically adjusts its
sensitivity when on rural roads to allow for the different required
driving style. Moving Object DetectionBuilding
on the capabilities of Around View Monitor, this new function
effectively gives the driver a digital co-pilot to help them look at
what might be approaching the path of their reversing Note. While
conventional parking aids warn the driver of an object in their way,
Moving Object Detection gives an audible and visual alert if someone or
something is moving behind the car, for example if a child is walking
towards your reversing Note. Mounted on the tailgate and having a convex
lens, the rear wide view AVM camera has a sweep of vision in excess of
180 degrees, giving it an unparalleled field of vision at the back of
the car. Images from the camera are displayed on the 5.8-inch Nissan
Connect screen. With
all three Safety Shield technologies plus the rear wide view of Around
View Monitor relying on the tailgate mounted camera, maintaining a clear
view from this device is paramount. Nissan engineers have developed the
ultimate solution - a built in camera wash and blow dry system.
Sophisticated algorithms analyse the image and identify any dirt visible
on the rear camera. If required, a small amount of water squirts at the
lens along with a jet of compressed air to avoid any drips. As a result
all of the Safety Shield pack functions are on hand whatever the
weather and the rear view in AVM is always crystal clear. Both
AVM and Safety Shield are incorporated into the new Note's enhanced
Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and audio system. Now benefiting
from a larger 5.8-inch touch-screen display, the latest system includes
Google® 'Send to Car' navigation software allowing routes planned at
home to be transferred directly to the car. Additional connected
services include Google® Points of Interest (POI), nearest fuel prices,
plus flight and weather information. Etienne
Henry, Vice-President for Nissan Strategy & Product Planning in
Europe commented: "New Note presented 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." Exterior Design The
new Note brings design flair and excitement to a segment where style
has become an essential ingredient for success. To meet the increasingly
high demands of consumers in the B-segment, Nissan has created a car
that combines elegant, fluid lines with original and bold details. Inspired
by and remaining close to the style and shape of the Invitation concept
car revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the new Note has an
energetic design. The clean lines of the silhouette hint at the new
Note's dynamic potential and showcase the car's class-leading
aerodynamics. Unlike versions of the new Note sold in other markets, the
European model has a unique front end design as well as premium
sculpted wing mirrors incorporating the indicator repeaters. Built
on Nissan's lightweight V platform, the new Note combines a long
wheelbase and short overhangs to create a sporty, agile look. The side
of the car is distinguished by a dramatic 'Squash Line' that adds a
powerful dynamism to the profile, so called because the angles were
inspired by the flight of a fast moving squash ball travelling around a
court. The
front combines sculpted surfaces with an interlocking headlamp and
grille arrangement. Combined with flared wheel arches and a distinctive,
flowing window line, the new Note further reinforces Nissan's position
at the leading edge of vehicle design. Recognising
that many B-segment buyers demand a sporty, dynamic look, Nissan has
developed a new Dynamic Styling Pack that offers an even more powerful
appearance. The Dynamic pack features black detailing around the
headlights and grille and introduces larger, more sculpted air intakes
in the front and rear bumpers. Atsushi
Maeda, Product Chief Designer for new Note explains: "The Design
Concept of this car is summarised by two phrases: 'energetic clarity'
and 'spacious comfort'. We have designed a completely new
hatchback which is dynamic, energetic and sporty while also managing to
keep the previous generation Note's practicality and versatility. The
aerodynamic silhouette is also an unmistakable key feature of this
design." Interior design The
emphasis placed on strong design features continues inside the new
Note. The versatility valued by drivers of the previous model has not
been forgotten, and is now combined with premium quality materials,
advanced technology features and class leading practicality. The
most striking innovation is right in front of the driver on every trip.
The dashboard display has been designed with significant European input
to ensure maximum clarity at all times, delivering a clear view of all
standard driving data in addition to two advanced new eco meters. An eco
pedal gauge gives an efficiency rating to the driver's throttle input,
while an overall eco meter gives a strong visual guide to the overall
economy achieved on each drive in real time. The
Note's interior has been designed and built to offer occupants a
comfortable, practical and refined environment. The blue lights of the
eco meter gives the cabin a relaxed, premium feel while the intelligent
layout means that there is no compromise on space. Designed
with practicality in mind, the new Note's rear seats carry over the
class leading versatility of the previous generation model. A sliding
rear bench allows owners to alternate between maximum luggage space and
maximum passenger legroom. Add a dual-height boot floor and few
B-segment models can compete. Drivetrain As
befits a car that brings exciting new technologies to the sector, the
new Note's engine and gearbox range is packed with clever features that
enhance both efficiency and drivability. Three engine options will be offered, with CO2
outputs from as low as 95g/km. Nissan's intelligent stop-start ignition
system is fitted to all models, further boosting efficiency and
minimising CO2 emissions. Both
new Note petrol engines displace 1,198cc and are lightweight, compact
and highly efficient three-cylinder 12-valve units. The imbalances that
can often be highlighted in a three-cylinder engine have been overcome
with the introduction of a number of engineering innovations. These
include an offset counterweight on the crank pulley that cancels out the
vertical vibration caused by piston travel. As a result, this advanced
engine enjoys the same refinement levels of a four-cylinder unit. The
entry-level 1.2-litre produces power and torque figures of 80PS at
6,000 rpm and 110Nm at 4,000 rpm. This translates to combined fuel
economy of 60.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are 109g/km. Further
up the range is the innovative 1.2-litre DIG-S engine that generates
98PS at 5,600 rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm. This advanced engine
offers the economy of a traditional diesel, but delivers a driving
experience normally associated with a mid-size, four-cylinder petrol
engine. Among the many technical highlights of this engine is the
supercharger. Equipped with an electronic clutch system, it can be
disconnected from the engine while driving at low speeds - boosting
economy and reducing any unnecessary friction within the engine. To
further reduce inefficient power loss within the engine operating
system the Miller Cycle is incorporated. By allowing the inlet valve to
stay open longer, along with a higher compression ratio, the compression
stroke becomes more efficient. Combined,
these innovations make the 1.2-litre DIG-S one of the most efficient
and flexible engines in the sector. Despite its strong performance, CO2
emissions are just 99g/km with the manual gearbox (119g/km with CVT
transmission). Fuel consumption is 65.7mpg (with manual transmission) on
the combined cycle. Completing
the Note engine range is a newly engineered four-cylinder 1.5-litre
turbo diesel. This 90PS Renault-Nissan Alliance developed unit emits
just 95g/km of CO2 and offers a combined fuel economy figure of 78.5mpg. Performance figures for all engines will be announced closer to launch. Dynamics The
new Note has been extensively developed in Europe to offer the best
possible driving experience. With a distinct set-up from that of the
Japanese and US market new Note models, the European version has unique
steering, suspension and chassis settings to deliver the perfect blend
of comfort, traction and handling for European roads. Drivers
and passengers will experience high levels of ride quality and comfort,
while the new Note's cornering stability and dynamic agility have also
been significant areas of focus during the development process. What's
more, the 1.2-litre DIG-S model has further dynamic tweaks for an even
more engaging driving experience. Suspension, steering and body
stiffness are all adjusted to perfectly suit the character of the
advanced three-cylinder engine, putting it in the heart of the B-segment
in terms of driving performance. Range The
new Note will launch with three trim grades - Visia, Acenta and Tekna.
Equipment levels reflect Nissan's commitment to offering high levels of
technology to all customers. As a result, all models will feature
stop-start ignition systems, six airbags and cruise control with a speed
limiter. Mid-spec
Acenta models add air-conditioning, Bluetooth connection and rear
electric windows, while top grade Tekna models feature the Safety Shield
pack, Nissan Connect, Around View Monitor, part leather trim and
keyless entry with i-key. Paul
Willcox, Senior Vice President for Nissan Sales and Marketing in Europe
concludes: "The new Note isn't just a direct replacement for 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, the new Note
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." Production
of the new Note will start in the summer, with first deliveries
scheduled for autumn 2013 depending on specific markets. Note to editors: Nissan at the Geneva Motor Show Nissan will begin a new product offensive at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show:Resonance concept -
Nissan is ready to lead the next generation of crossover design with
the Resonance concept. Having already been awarded the EyesOn Design
Award for Best Concept Vehicle when it debuted at the Detroit Motor Show
in January 2013, Resonance makes its first European appearance in
Geneva.Note - The all-new Nissan Note will make its world debut in European specification.LEAF -
The model year 2013 Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in European built,
European specification at the Geneva Motor Show. Details of a host of
significant enhancements will be revealed, further enhancing the appeal
of the world's best selling electric vehicle.Juke n-tec
- Extra technology and added value join the Juke range with the n-tec.
With an enhanced Nissan Connect satellite navigation, Bluetooth and
audio system and distinctive alloy wheels fitted as standard the n-tec
adds further strength to the growing Juke line-up.Nismo -
Now introduced in Europe as Nissan's performance arm, Nismo will be
represented in Geneva by the Juke Nismo and the recently revealed 370Z
Nismo. The latter is making its public debut in Geneva, while both
models perfectly embody the spirit of Nismo: innovation and excitement
for everyone through accessible performance.GT-R
- The latest Nissan GT-R is the fastest of them all. With the ability
to launch from 0-62mph in only 2.7 seconds, the GT-R is one of the most
thrilling and most technologically advanced supercars in the world, yet
costs a fraction of the price of any similarly performing competitor.

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hmmm, i am unsure if I like it. Would like to see it in the metal...

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Much nicer than the current Note. Not sure about the electronic clutch disconnecting at low speeds - that means no engine braking, so you'll be switching between brake pedal and accelerator much more in slow traffic.

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>The latest Nissan GT-R is the fastest of them all. With the ability to launch from 0-62mph in only 2.7 seconds, f**k me - that's into or beyond superbike territory - that's a 10G acceleration!!

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Do not think my daughter will be buying another Note as her car is useless on motorways. I think she will change makes altogether. Does not like the Juke.

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bakertech wrote:....Does not like the Juke.
Disown her immediately

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She has always purchased her own new cars from the age of 18. My Kids are strong willed and have their own lives. I respect her views on the Juke; there not just the same as Dads.Can not disown her may need to be cared for in a few years!!!

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bakertech wrote:Can not disown her may need to be cared for in a few years!!!
Good point

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well said Bakertech, support them and they may well support you one day, trouble is my day is getting too bloody close
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