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Nissan Micra: 30 years in pictures

The Nissan Micra, so long considered a mainstay of British street car furniture, celebrates its 30th birthday this year. It initially supplemented the Nissan Cherry on the UK market, slotting in below that car striking at the heart of the supermini market.

Within three years, the Micra was Nissan's sole representative in the supermini market - and it proved extremely popular, especially with young drivers. Here's a gallery of the most interesting Micras and their fascinating derivatives. You'll be surprised at just how many Micras have come and gone over the past three decades.

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For its European launch in 1983, the Nissan March was renamed the Datsun Micra. It would retain the Datsun name for another year before adopting Nissan - a time when the entire range was renamed. When it went on sale in the UK, it repeated its Japanese success, picking up young buyers from the outset. Although smaller and more cramped than the principal opposition, the Micra stood out for its mechanical refinement, light controls and eager acceleration.


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