NISSAN has whetted showgoers’ appetites by revealing the vehicles it will be taking to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.
The Japanese firm will present a selection of new production vehicles, prototypes and three concept cars at the show. Highlights include:
- Three concept EVs: PIVO 3, ESFLOW and TOWNPOD.
- Smart House of the Future.
- All-new NV350 LCV
- Special advanced technology exhibit
The PIVO 3 makes its world show debut at Tokyo and is a compact three-seater car, under three metres long, and is a smart solution to the urban EV.
It features an ‘automated valet parking’ (AVP) system which allows it to automatically drive, locate a parking space and park without driver assistance. Cleverly, the PIVO 3 can also charge itself and return to its driver at the AVP exit when called by a smartphone.
ESFLOW made its debut in Geneva earlier this year and takes the Nissan LEAF’s technology one step further. It’s a rear wheel drive, two-seater sports car that can get from 0-60mph in under five seconds, and has a cruising range of 150 miles on one charge. Two electric motors drive each rear wheel.
The TOWNPOD was first unveiled in September 2010 at the Paris Motor Show and is a cross-genre EV for business or leisure. The body features coupe looks but inside, the rear cargo space is van-like in its design, and there’s also a split open sunroof to allow easier loading and unloading of objects.
The NV350 Caravan shows off a new and stylish design at the Tokyo show and features a cargo area of three metres in length. It has keyless push-button ignition – a world first in a commercial vehicle. It’ll go on sale in Japan next year.
ZERO EMISSION MOBILITY
Nissan will also display new technology designed to progress the concept of zero emission mobility. The show will exhibit ‘NSH-2012’ – an implementaton of the ‘LEAF to Home’ concept which uses power stored in the LEAF’s batteries, solar panels and fuel cells to power a house.
A Pure Drive exhibition will feature cutaway models and videos to introduce Pure Drive technologies, and Nissan Safety Shield.
The latter is part of Nissan’s goal of drastically reducing the number of accident fatalities or serious injuries involving its vehicles. Nissan will introduce nine technologies by the end of 2011 to create a virtual ‘Safety Shield’ for customers. Video presentations and interactive displays will illustrate these innovations.