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2011-11-14 13:26

ELECTRIC STAR: The Pivo 3 will enjoy pride of place on Nissan's 2011 show stand.

Nissan will show off a fresh range of concept EVs at the upcoming Tokyo show, including a car that can drive and park itself, and can be controlled by its driver’s smartphone. We’ll take one, thanks.

The Pivo 3 is not just any offbeat, show concept. This three-seater electric commuter foretells Nissan’s urban commuter of the “near future”.

One of its stand-out features is the Automated Valet Parking (AVP) system that enables Pivo3 to automatically drive, locate a parking space (and actually use it), charge itself and return to its driver when summoned by smartphone. Very, very cool.

Nissan will also use its home show to debut its next commercial vehicle called NV350.

Nissan 2011 Tokyo show

EVs PLUS ONE: Nissan's 2011 Tokyo show stand will include, clockwise from top left, Pivo 3, Esflow, NV350 and Townpod.


The new van shows off some neat contemporary styling and is said to have a functional, spacious cabin. The cargo area takes goods up to three metres in length and rear seats split 50/50 and can be folded forward. A serious of mountings in the cargo area allow for a range of handling options that can be adapted to various users’ needs.

The company also boasts about a first in the commercial vehicle segment – keyless push-button ignition via Nissan’s Intelligent Key – along with a handy dash-mounted shift lever and foot-operated park brake.

The NV350 will be introduced in Japan by mid-2012.

Also on show in Tokyo will be the Esflow sports car concept first seen at the 2011 Geneva auto show and the Townpod light commercial vehicle introduced at the Paris auto show in 2010.

The Tokyo auto show opens to the media on November 16 and 17, 2011, before being open to the public from November 18 to 27.


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