Nissan at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show


Nissan’s presence at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is mostly about concept cars.

They are bringing a new version of their future EV city car the PIVO. In its third version, the PIVO3 introduces new technologies such as in-wheel motors, very small turning circle, and an amazing new technology called Automated Valet Parking which automatically finds a space and parks itself, and even charges itself up is there’s a main! They will also bring along the ESFLOW and the TOWNPOD multipurpose vehicle.

Other programs include Smart House of the Future: Enables electricity supply from Nissan LEAF, solar panels and fuel cells, Next-generation light commercial van prototype: All-new NV350, delivering improved convenience and styling, and Special advanced technology exhibit displaying Nissan’s latest innovations in zero emission mobility and safety.

nissan tokyo 3 Nissan at 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan press release:

PIVO 3 – The smart urban commuter EV of the near future

* Automated Valet Parking (AVP) enables PIVO 3 to automatically drive, locate a parking space and park without driver assistance in the infrastructure equipped parking lots envisioned for the future. It can also charge itself and return to its driver at the AVP exit when called by smartphone.
* Compact 3-seater body under 3-meter long, narrow-tread rear tires and IWM (in-wheel motors) with wide steering angle allows PIVO 3 to make a U-turn on a road only four meters wide. The highly maneuverable PIVO 3 has zero turn gap, so if the front wheels can make the turn, the rear wheels will follow without scraping the body side.
* Refined exterior styling with bold surfaces and a new stance.
* Controls integrate seamlessly with high-grade interior.
* Central driving position provides a totally new driving experience.
* Realization of near future mobility that not only links car and driver but also connects the car to the community with sustainable energy.

ESFLOW – Dynamic driving in a zero emission future

* World debut made at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011.
* Pure EV sports car concept offers an exciting new dimension in sports car handling and performance, using technology pioneered in Nissan LEAF.
* Rear-wheel drive two-seater configuration.
* Two independently controlled midship-mounted electric motors, each driving a rear wheel, with active optimization of vehicle dynamics and driving feel suits individual preferences and road characteristics.
* Laminated lithium-ion batteries mounting position engineered for ideal front-to-rear balance.
* Dramatic styling with wrap-around windscreen for enhanced visibility over low hood made possible by EV package.
* 0-100km/h (0-62 mph) in under five seconds.
* Over 240 kilometer (150 mile) cruising range on one charge (US LA4 mode).

TOWNPOD – Cross-genre EV for the free-thinking enterpreneur

* Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in September 2010.
* Fashionable and functional vehicle flexibly adapts to user needs.
* Exterior melds stylish coupe and roomy van design elements.
* Engaging front seat styling. Rear cargo space is functionally designed for professional utility, including rear seat storage area in back of front seats.
* Three split doors and a split open sunroof ease access in tight spots while greatly improving loading/unloading convenience and ability to carry taller objects.
* Touch-screen display links to driver’s smartphone to provide convenient support for busy professionals.
* Zero emission mobility offers guilt-free driving enjoyment for the environmentally conscious user.

NV350 – Next-generation light commercial van delivers capacity, convenience and style

* Improved fuel economy.
* Contemporary exterior styling expresses solid presence.
* Functional interior styled to emphasize spacious feel.
* Keyless pushbutton ignition, a world’s first in a commercial vehicle. Nissan Intelligent Key™, dash-mounted shift lever and foot-operated parking brake also exceed expectations in the LCV category.
* Cargo area up to 3 meters in length, 50:50 split fold-forward rear seats, and embedded mounting nuts in interior side panels provide flexible cargo handling and adaptability to user needs.
* Japanese market launch scheduled for summer of 2012.

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