• Oct 19, 2009
Nissan Land Glider Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Concept cars tend to push the boundaries of what is and isn't possible with a four-wheeled vehicle. Such is the case with the Nissan Land Glider -- a 47-inch cross between a motorcycle and a car, with an enclosed cabin, a glass canopy and passenger compartment that leans into turns for added stability -- going on display this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. Usually, such far-out-there concepts make the auto show circuit before being abandoned somewhere in the corner of a dark, dingy warehouse, but perhaps not this one.

According to Automotive News, there are some inside the Japanese automaker that suggest the fully electric car could slot into the company's upmarket Infiniti lineup, possibly even making it to the United States. If that happens, the Land Glider may be a single-seater, as the concept's single rear passenger perch may not make it through safety testing.

We'd be pretty surprised to see a production Infiniti Land Glider that keeps the concept's unique layout, but it certainly wouldn't be the only strange-looking eco-friendly automobile to hit the market. We'll see...



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, this really fits in with Infiniti's brand image...
      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah the Automobile landscape will start looking strange sometime next year, IMO it's a good thing really..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do you guys even waste the time posting this crap? You KNOW they aren't bringing this thing here for any practical use for a LONG time if ever. Do you really have to post every single stupid rumor you guys come across?

      Post this: I heard that Honda is making a car with 60 wheels and it's shaped like a dinosaur. I think it'll also have an SI version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WAYY cooler then a smart car and i'm sure its a blast to drive. If its priced competitively I can see this selling fairly well considering the market share small cars currently have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a much better idea than badging the Toyota iQ as the Aston Martin Cygnet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tiny cabin area. This must be the worst car to escape from the smell of your own fart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I appreciate the fact that Infiniti/Nissan is taking chances, but the I don't understand why anyone would buy this vehicle. It is not as nimble as a motorbike, spacious as a mini/smart(unless they include a rear seat), and will probably cost a fair amount to produce. Plus I don't understand anyone would want this awkward looking EV, when they can have a Aptera which IMO is way cooler and doesn't look as dorky.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Easy to fathom. For Infiniti, this 75+ mpg "car" can offset the fleet average as the brand climbs the hp war and luxury hierarchy ladder. For customers, this car is a perfect second car for commute.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically, this is their way to justify adding a 5-10k premium. Wonderful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is awesome! We will have to see what comes to production.
      • 5 Years Ago
      give up with the truck scenarios already, that's what everybody says when a new small car comes out. If everybody worried all the time about the biggest possible vehicle on the road hitting them, fun cars wouldn't exist, let alone motorcycles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Right. The Smart proves that city vehicles are of limited appeal unless fuel prices spike.

      The Smart is expensive for what it is, and they've had to incentivize them since gas fell below $3/gallon in order to get them to move off the lots.

      I can just see Infiniti offering something like this that looks more radical than the Renault Avantime ever did, only less useful and just as expensive.

      How could it not work?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep that Battlestar Galatica steering wheel and I'll be first in line at the dealership!
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