Nissan has dropped a teaser image of the headlight for a new electric vehicle concept that will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this month. Based on the statement that the Townpod, "is more than just a car and it's more than just a van," we're assuming that this is not a new variant of the Land Glider that debuted at last fall's Tokyo Motor Show but rather some new sort of electric MPV. This could be a tall wagon – something like the Ford C-Max – based on the Leaf platform or it could also be a passenger version of the NV200 which is getting an electric variant. The extended headlights would be at home in this sketch, wouldn't they?
NISSAN AT THE 2010 PARIS MOTOR SHOW
- World debut of a new electric-vehicle concept
- Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle on display as order books open in Europe
- Public exhibition of Nissan Juke to coincide with first customer deliveries
- Public Premiere of refreshed Nissan X-TRAIL
It is designed to offer zero-emissions mobility to a future generation of home-based, innovative entrepreneurs who are creative and tech-savvy. It is more than just a car and it's more than just a van - it heralds a new-era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses.
And, continuing the zero-emissions theme, shortly before the first European customer deliveries begin early next year, Nissan LEAF will be making its Paris Motor Show debut.
Nissan LEAF is a 100% electric vehicle (EV), promising zero tailpipe emissions and low running costs. It is the first purpose-designed, mass-produced affordable EV from any major motor manufacturer and is just the first in a range of EVs due from the company.
Power comes from a Nissan-developed compact electric motor positioned at the front of the car to drive the front wheels. The AC motor develops 80kW of power and 280Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of more than 140km/h (90 mph).
A full battery charge delivers a range of approximately 160m, which will meet the daily needs of 80 per cent of European customers.
The electric motor is 'fuelled' by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90kW. The 48-module battery is mounted under the seats and floor of Nissan LEAF. Regenerative energy reclaimed under braking and coasting is fed directly to the battery to ensure minimum waste of energy.
New Nissan Micra
The new Nissan Micra stays true to the spirit of previous generations. It has resisted the increase in dimension of its peers, but thanks to smart engineering has a spacious interior. Like its predecessors, the new Nissan Micra is endowed with agile and fun-to-drive handling thanks to its new platform.
A new three-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol engine is available, combining emissions of just 115g/km and consumption on the combined cycle of 5l/100km. This will be followed next spring by the introduction of a direct injection, supercharged version of the same engine, which will offer even lower emissions and consumption, but higher performance. The supercharged version will produce just 95g/km, one of the lowest figures on the market, but at a price that will mean customers no longer have to pay a premium to be eco-efficient.
And like its predecessor, new Nissan Micra will feature genuinely useful, innovative technology that will reduce the stress of driving in the city.
Paris Motor Show coincides with the start of customer deliveries for the Nissan Juke, the company's all new small-sports Crossover.
The British-built Nissan Juke will arrive in Paris with more than 22,500 pre-orders, suggesting that European car buyers are eager to drive a compact Crossover. Nissan Juke brings a breath of fresh air to the small car segment, which has been characterised by a lack of design originality. As the third Crossover in Nissan's range, it reinforces the brand's pioneering leadership in bringing models to market that meet the unmet needs of European customers. Eighty per cent of Nissan Juke sales will be to first-time Nissan buyers, a similar figure to that achieved by the award winning Nissan Qashqai.
Updated Nissan X-TRAIL
Significant visual updates have been made to the company's classic compact SUV, the Nissan X-TRAIL. A refreshed front grille, rear lights and larger wheels all combine to give it a more sophisticated look.
Inside, higher-quality materials and updated colour coordination mean the interior ambience is improved, while the driver will appreciate the improved visibility and legibility of the new main combimeter, which also includes a new drive computer screen.
Updates to the diesel engine, gearbox ratios and aerodynamics have resulted in lower emissions and consumption.
The Nissan press conference starts at 11:30 on Thursday 30th September.
Further details can be found on Nissan Europe's new media website: http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com
Nissan in the UK
* Nissan Sunderland Plant has a workforce of 4,900
* Juke, Note, Qashqai and Qashqai+2 are all produced at Sunderland Plant
* UK is Nissan's biggest market in Europe
* Over 80 per cent of production is exported to 45 markets worldwide
* NMUK has been named as the biggest UK car plant for the past 12 years
* Sunderland Plant won a Queen's Award for Export, the fourth received since the plant opened in 1986
* The plant built its 5 millionth car in June 2008
* Sunderland Plant's 2009 calendar year volume totalled 338,150 units
* Nissan's European design centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 50 people
* Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 750 people