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Nissan is following up its 2005 journey into weirdness, the Nissan PIVO concept, with an updated version that'll be on display in Tokyo. The innovatively-named, Isetta-doored PIVO 2 is a shaplier and more colorful take on its rotating-cabin predecessor, and this time around, the PIVO 2's driver gets some company in the form of the "Robotic Agent," a disembodied monkey head on the instrument panel that speaks English and Japanese and is able to help out with things like directions.

Compact Lithium Ion batteries power in-wheel motors, and the PIVO 2's wheels themselves rotate 90 degrees as well. Tight parking spot? Turn the passenger compartment sideways, turn the wheels, and slide right in or out. Then aim the cabin in the direction you want to go, straighten the wheels, and you're off, chatting with Robot Monkey Friend all the way. Welcome to Japan.

Our Tokyo team will attempt to befriend the Robotic Agent when they meet it in person next month. Hit the "Read" link for Nissan's public preview site.

UPDATE: Video after the jump!

[Source: NISSAN]

- Pivo 2 concept turns heads and itself in Tokyo -

TOKYO (Oct. 5, 2007)-Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today unveiled the Pivo 2, an advanced electric concept car that will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Pivo 2 builds on the popularity of the first Pivo, shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Powered by advanced Compact Lithium-ion Batteries and featuring a unique rotating cabin - meaning no reverse gear required - the first Pivo became a cult hit at shows from Beijing to Geneva.
Pivo 2 Concept Car

Reasons to love Pivo 2:

* Electric power from Nissan's advanced Lithium-ion batteries
* A robotic agent to share every trip
* 'Revolutionary' technology with 360 degree turning cabin and 90 degree turning wheels

Pivo 2 takes the idea of an environmentally friendly electric urban commuter vehicle and delivers fun, functionality and a unique relationship between the car and driver. Pivo 2 is powered by advanced Compact Lithium-ion Batteries and employs 'by-wire' technologies for braking and steering.

Where the first Pivo, with its fully rotating cabin design, made reversing obsolete, the Pivo 2 takes that easy mobility concept to a new level. Each of the four wheels are powered by Nissan's advanced electric In-wheel 3D Motor and can turn through 90 degrees to allow Pivo 2 to drive sideways as well as forward.

Thanks to the highly innovative Robotic Agent, you are never alone in the Pivo 2. With conversations possible in Japanese and English, the Robotic Agent has been created to work with Pivo 2 to make every journey less stressful. It provides a unique interface through which to communicate with Pivo 2 on everything from basic vehicle functions through to the nearest available parking.

Pivo 2 will be on display at the Nissan Ginza Gallery in Tokyo, for an exclusive public sneak preview ahead of the Motor Show.

Venue: The Nissan Ginza Gallery
5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Oct. 13, 2007 (Sat) to Oct. 14, 2007 (Sun)
Time: 10:00-20:00

Pivo 2 will then be exhibited - together with four other exciting production and concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, starting October 27.

PIVO 2 Website

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      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL, Nissan has copied the video game SuperMonkeyBall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Better not import it to the Czech Republic-as "Pivo" means "beer" in Czech.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This thing would be ticket proof on one-way streets.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that looks like cinderella's pumpkin carriage...
      • 7 Years Ago
      'Danger Will Robinson' only in a deeper fat man voice.

      can you imagine the thing gets a short and your left spinning in that ball while whizzing down the road.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, they are from another planet...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Hiiii! You're in a JOHNNYCAB(tm)! nyuck-nyuck!"
        • 7 Years Ago
        LMFAO!!! OMG I almost forgot about that on Total Recall.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Monkeyyyyy???? Bad Monkey, Bad!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm starting to get tired of Nissans unbelievably guly and futuristic models that they will never come out. Just what are they trying to prove?
        • 7 Years Ago
        nissanfreak87 @ Oct 5th 2007 10:42AM
        It's called a concept car. Essentially technologies and design themes used in this car will relate to other cars they produce in the future. Whether it be the nav system you can talk to, the rotating pod, or the electric motors, something useful will probably come from this. Either that, or the designers just got bored.

        Sometimes they like to do off-the-wall stuff, and seeing as this is more of a Japanese market vehicle, I think it's a pretty cool concept. Would I drive it, maybe, but I'd rather have the GT-R.

        change the monkey to a penguin and I'm in, haha

        agreed, and understood, but why did it have to be so ugly?
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