In our day to day lives, it’s sometimes hard to remember that there are some cars that are mass-produced and still not available in the United States. For many of these cars, we imagine high-end sports cars or weird exotics that don’t meet the safety standards to become available in the United States. We don’t typically know what we are missing, but there is one adorable little Nissan car we did wish we would get: the Micra C+C.
The Micra C+C is a compact convertible that is widely hated by most consumers, but it’s a surprisingly cool little car. It’s got only two doors and is smaller than the Nissan Versa, which is somehow surprising. The convertible top works on automatic hydraulics that lift the top up and down with the press of a button, but takes almost 22 seconds to complete one cycle. The car’s convertible top is slow, just like the car itself.
Inside the Nissan Micra C+C
The interior of the car is as standard as that of Nissan Versa of similar years. This lower-model car wasn’t designed to be luxurious, and the interior reinforces that idea. The dashboard and seats are made from inexpensive materials that wouldn’t be expensive to replace should the need arise. The car lacks many amenities like a touch-screen infotainment system or Bluetooth music capabilities, but it is charmingly simplistic.
The Micra may not be as fancy or luxurious as a some other Nissan cars like the Nissan Sentra has come to be in newer years, but it does that makes it a great car for new drivers or owners who commute often and don’t want to stress about keeping their car in perfect condition. The Micra even has two back seats, which we aren’t surprised are pretty small considering the overall shrunken size of the whole car. The back seats are at least large enough for a small child or to use as extra cargo space when needed.
The Nissan Micra C+C isn’t a new car by any means, but it has never been available in the United States. In fact, this little convertible model of the Micra was released for production back in 2005, and Nissan never gave any indication at the time that they intended to extend sales outside of the European car market. In 2007, after the Tokyo Auto Show, the Nissan Micra began sales in Japan. If you consider the large following of Kawaii styling in Japan, especially in large cities, it makes sense that this adorable little car that you could purchase in a light shade of pink from the factory would inevitably be sold in Japan.
While most people probably wouldn’t be interested in driving a Nissan Micra, we are still pretty disappointed to not have the option to own one here in the United States. This awkward and adorable little convertible is another great option from Nissan that we won’t expect to see driving the streets of the States any time soon.