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Note perfect? The British-built Note has proven to be one of Nissan's biggest hits. ANDY ENRIGHT gives an insight into the North East's most popular car.

NISSAN'S second-generation Note concentrates on the things that really matter to the end customer. That means better fuel economy, an interior that feels better built, more space, increased efficiency and classier exterior styling.

Nissan is a company renowned for its engineering innovation, but sometimes that high-tech approach fails to filter down to its more everyday models. Not this time. Take the petrol engines in this Note. The entry-level is a three-cylinder 1.2-litre 80PS unit. So far so unexciting.

But you can also buy a version of this engine, the 1.2-litre DIG-S, with a supercharger that boosts power to 98PS. Ah, but aren't superchargers notoriously fuel-hungry things, running all the time whether you need them or not? Most are, but not this one which uses a clutch pack to disengage the supercharger when running at low speeds. This engine also uses the Miller Cycle, a system which keeps the inlet valves open longer to help efficiency.

Should you prefer, you can also get a 90PS 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Visually, you'll spot the chrome grille that seems to take a bite out of each headlight, the nicely chamfered wheel arches and the detail lines in the flanks that help avoid a slab-sided look.

Nissan has taken a small gamble here, but one that looks worthwhile. This is a company on a strong run of form and the Note doesn't look like putting a blip in that form line any time soon.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2015
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