Not a lot of information exists on this car. I think it’s a 2007.
It is a Microcar MC-2 and appears to be a peculiar blend of the Renault Avantime and Audi A2. It’s one of three microcars I’ve spotted recently. More can be read here. One sees a lot of them in Germany and none in Ireland or Denmark.
UK deliveries of the MC-2 began in 2006. Microcars-Ligier have their plant in Nantes where design and engineering take place. The MC-2 is the longer wheelbase version of the standard MC-1. These vehicles’ main advantage is that they can be driven without a license. That desperate, captive audience means that the industrial design tends towards the less-refined end of things. One sees a similar slackness in assistive technology, another product category where purchase is less than discretionary.
If the company were to lure a seasoned designer from a mainstream manufacturer (they shed them constantly – it’s a cruel game) they could impose more discipline on the detail design of these cars. Small cars such as the Smart ForTwo show that small doesn’t have to mean mean.
I haven’t identified this one (above). It’s not much smaller than a Mk1 Twingo yet has none of the charm.
And for comparison…
… a Fiat 126 seen in Innsbruck recently.
The funny thing with microcars is that the market is left to marginal players like Ligier. These cars (or ones this size) are capable of doing maybe 75% of what more normal cars do: carry one or two people 10-20 km at about 80 kmph. By comparison even a Polo is wildly over-engineered.