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Old 09-24-2014, 09:13 PM   #19 (permalink)
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The company says they offer the slushbox because it's cheaper, and this car is all about affordability: the base car starts at $9998 (5-speed), and even with auto & air, it's still supposedly the cheapest out there.

However, I think it may also be a marketing strategy to protect the Versa Note hatch, which does have the CVT. The Note CVT has a better MPG rating than the Micra 4AT, which is an upsell point to move people up from Micra to Note (which is definitely going on - Note sales have increased since the Micra came out, a little bird told me).
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