• Oct 7th 2009 at 1:39PM
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Nissan Land Glider Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan is pulling out all the zero emission stops at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. In addition to the expected Leaf electric vehicle, the Japanese automaker will also be showing off a new concept called the Land Glider. Intended to be an urban runabout, the two-seat Land Glider is fully electric and is extremely narrow to ease congestion in dense city centers and make it easier to find suitable parking spots.

Inside the cockpit, the Land Glider's pilot sits front and center behind a suitably futuristic instrument cluster and a steering wheel that looks like twin joysticks. According to Nissan, the steering operations are computer controlled through a drive-by-wire arrangement, so there doesn't seem to be a direct connection between the steering wheel and the car's four contact patches.

Perhaps the most interesting bit Nissan pioneered with the Land Glider is the ability to lean into turns like a motorcycle. While this isn't an entirely new concept, it's a first for Nissan and the technology seems to be very well implemented in the Land Glider, as you can see in the video after the jump.



YOKOHAMA (October 8, 2009) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, will present various show cars at the upcoming 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, including 'Leaf', an electric vehicle (EV) which is slated for global launch and volume production in late 2010, 'Land Glider', an EV concept car, and 'Qazana', which is an entirely new type of compact sport crossover, which made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2009. Nissan will also showcase the new mini MPV "Roox", to be launched later this year.

Nissan's ultimate goal in the environmental field is zero-emission. With its aim to be a leader in this field, the Nissan exhibits will focus on concept cars including 'Leaf' and on the development of related technologies and battery-charging infrastructure, in an effort to communicate the company's commitment to consumers.

Nissan is also continuing to work on the internal combustion engine (ICE) technology, for the development of environment-friendly technology to improve fuel economy and reduce gas emission. In addition to EV, the Nissan exhibit will feature a wide range of models and technologies such as hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), clean diesel technology and next-generation X-TRONIC CVT.

Overview of major concept cars and technologies to be exhibited are as follows.

The world's first EV designed for large-scale volume production

* High-performance, zero-emission power train and platform take the 'joy of driving' to another dimension.
* A design that evokes a clean and intelligent image and a body that achieves optimal aerodynamics and wind noise characteristics are packaged into this innovative and original five-passenger, five-door hatchback.
* Has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge, which is sufficient for most daily needs.
* Features an advanced IT system that is specially designed for zero-emission mobility. Navigation screen supports the driver by displaying range autonomy areas and battery-charging spots with a touch of a button.

Land Glider
A new proposal for urban mobility that can be enabled by zero-emission car

* The Land Glider has a potential to become a new means of transportation in urban areas; its linear acceleration and the narrow body, which only an ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight EV can achieve, will help reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking space.
* Shift of the centre of gravity by leaning provides a new, exciting sense of driving and a powerful, crisp ride.

A whole new five-door compact sport crossover with innovative design

* Exterior and interior design inspired by images of beach buggies and motorcycles.
* Distinctive exterior features a large wheel arch that emphasises power and stability, high belt lines and a sporty upper body.
* The interior features a centre console that looks just like a fuel tank and seat of a motorcycle and a design that exposes the body framework.
* Combines sporty driving and environmental performance.

A super-spacious mini-sized vehicle that features a large interior space and dynamic design

* A comfortable interior space (interior height: 1365mm, interior length: 2085mm), one the largest for mini-sized vehicles, allows flexible seat arrangement.
* The sporty and sophisticated 'Highway Star' design exudes a strong presence that changes the image of mini-sized vehicles.
* To maximise the ease of getting in and out, a slide door (opening width: 580mm, opening height: 1230mm), which can be remotely controlled, and a rear step with low ground height are featured on both sides of the car.

NV200 Vanette Universal Design Taxi
A next generation Universal Design Taxi that pursues comfortable mobility for all customers

* Exterior design is readily identifiable as a taxi and also stylish.
* Will be officially introduced as the Universal Design Taxi by the end of 2010.

Next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT)
The next-generation XTRONIC CVT is compact, lightweight and low-friction, and features an original structure

* Has achieved a world-best change gear ratio range of 7.3, which is more than 20% better compared to conventional CVT of the same class.
* Nissan's original, breakthrough design, which combines subtransmission, has succeeded in reducing total transmission length by 10% and weight by 13%.
* Unit efficiency has been improved by reducing friction by 30% through reduction of oil agitation resistance and others

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So cool! The more I see it, the more cool it is. I wonder if you need to mount motorcycle tires on it. maybe 4 front motorcycle tires?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it the future?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's what I don't get: If everyone starts driving these EVs in the city, where are they going to park them? Most people with downtown condos and apartments don't have a parking spot, and those that do already need it for their real car. Parking lots won't care if you are driving a Minior a BMW 740Li - they charge by the spot and that isn't going to change overnight.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are looking at this from an American perspective. For others this might very well be their only car. Commuting and longer distances will be covered by a very efficient mass transit/rail system.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What, no one else was hoping that this thing transformed into a fully armored combat suit?

      This can only be Japanese...so cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally need one of these. But please build it out of carbon fiber so I can bounce like a soccer ball when I get pummeled by a semi. Either way, beats the heck out of a motorcycle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a city car. For dense, congested cities. Like those in Japan or Europe, where no semis are doing 60mph.

        Context, buddy, context.

        Not the entire world looks like America, you know?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would buy this if it were manufactured. I don't like large cars, I rarely drive with more than 2 people, my commute into D.C. is the same every day. If I want a motorcycle I'll buy one, but what I want a really small car that leans, the carver is dead so this is music to my ears.. I would definitely use this. Win.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So many silly comments here, I don't know where to begin. Under 10k and you would be interested? Carbon fiber? Better then a motorcycle? Would give up motorcycles? And the always personal favorite "I would buy one" from people who have said they would buy numerous vehicles yet drive the same car for 5 years. No wonder car manufacturers are confused by what people want. Like the news said yesterday, people all hate their small vehicles for a reason. I own from Scooters to a Cadillac and don't see the appeal of this thing... ooooh it leans. Wow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live in a fairly congested city in winter and have a mini, scooter and primary vehicle. I would not use this. Your ASSuming context. Failed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing is DOA without an IC engine.

      No electric=no sale.

      Something is going on when everyone suddenly wants to shift to electric vehicles. Is it Obama's uncoming carbon tax which will double most households energy bills through taxes??? Is it control - easier to disable, less mobile,etc.???

      Someone put in a call to the puppet masters, the Bilderbergs.

      Something is up, because the U.S. will be over capacity in 2010, with nothing new starting up. No greenies will let us build a new plant.

      Your not going to conserve your way out of this, electrics are not the answer.

      Hear that sound? That was your bubble bursting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm interested in this four-point seat belt. Wasn't Ford thinking about switching to them at one point?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing looks scary. I like 4-wheel vehicles for a reason. If I want to swing from side to side I will get a bike.

      • 5 Years Ago
      wayyy nicer looking than the VentureOne... if the price was right i'd probably consider giving up riding bikes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's just a new take on the GM Lean Machine concept, except with four wheels:

        • 5 Years Ago
        ha! i was going to post the same thing with the same link. Wesley Snipes approves.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Carver has been in production for years and doing it better with 3 wheels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZAPVKyHO2A

      With three wheels the experience will be more motorcycle like with one wheel tilting under you in the front. While the carver was expensive, doing a 4 wheel tilter will be more complex and likely cost more.

      Bad news. Carver recently went bankrupt.

      Moderately good news: Venture/Pursu licensed the tech and might produce it someday for a much more affordable price than Carver. But who knows when/if.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Good news. The Robin Reliant three wheeler known hereabouts as the plastic pig has been out of production for some years now. This was the most lethal vehicle ever unleashed on the Del boys gang who never had the sense to take a test in a car with four wheels. A diabolical instrument if there ever was one was the plastic pig, even more lethal than a Ford Pinto. The Pinto had a rear-end problem: the Pig had a front font end problem. It only had one wheel and was made of fiberglass with a ' right to die ' sticker on the back,
        Invariably,centrifugal force would get the better of it on a bend at more than 30 mph and end up crushed like an egg shell as it swanned into a semi.
        Bad news. This new concept is another four-wheel plastic pig trying to defy the force of gravity and the might of a semi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Add possibility to dock on new rail platform even in 2 levels and we have completely new long and short distance concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they sell these for under $10k I would consider buying one.
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