Nissan Land Glider Concept 2009

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In creating the Nissan Land Glider concept, planners and designers of Nissan have conceived a totally new form of personal zero emission mobility that combines clever, new driving experiences, all in the one compact, 4-wheeled package.

With more than 50% of the world’s population living in big cities in the near future, designers latched onto motorcycles as a credible base to start the design process.

While the agility, thrills and freedom of bikes inspired the designers and engineers, an extra spice was added to the mix. Tandem architecture became the obvious choice. A unique two-seater, cocoon-like structure sitting on a zero emission powertrain. With four-wheel stability and a sense of safety that originates from a tilting cabin, the Nissan Land Glider Concept will appeal to both two- and four-wheel driving enthusiasts.

Targeted at city dwellers of all generations, the Nissan Land Glider Concept is a serious motoring statement of the new era of mobility that Nissan intends to lead.

Cocoon in the shell

“The exterior incorporates a soft, sleek-looking body that appears to be protected by a special armor,” explains Takashi Nakajima, Nissan’s Project Design Director. “And while it is very mechanical in its nature, the four-wheeler boasts a dynamic body design that almost seems alive. As part of Nissan’s expanding zero emission family, the Nissan Land Glider Concept exudes a clean, friendly attitude.”

The vehicle’s two-seater tandem layout is enveloped in what seems like the canopy of a glider, while its unique `tilt’ setup employs a special leaning function that holds occupants firmly in place even when the vehicle is cornering at angles. In developing the Land Glider, Nissan designers have created a two-seater that offers the sense of security of a cocoon, but delivers real driving pleasure.

Corner and lean

Described as a `personal city commuter,’ the Nissan Land Glider Concept features steering-by-wire and a lean capability when cornering ? like a motorcycle ? that enables the vehicle and its tires to lean by up to 17 degrees. Able to turn sharply at nearly any speed, the Nissan Land Glider employs sensors for vehicle speed, steering angle and yaw rate to instantly calculate the level of lean required to negotiate a corner. All the driver must do is turn and the cabin will lean accordingly. By enabling the car to lean, designers have succeeded in minimizing vehicle width and tire tread width, thus achieving a sleek, futuristic look.

Driven by rear electric motors

With drive coming from two electric motors in the rear powered by lithium-ion batteries mounted beneath the floor, the zero-emissions Nissan Land Glider Concept is quick off the mark. The car also features a non-contact charging system that can be charged whilst shopping at a supermarket or stopping at a motorway service station. This system enables vehicles to be charged cable-less at locations where the infrastructure exists.

Collision Avoidance

To ensure maximum safety whilst driving, engineers have fitted a car-robotics style crash avoidance system in which sensors mounted in the body detect other vehicles in the same way as fish swim in schools without colliding. This system directs the vehicle’s path away from any obstacles.

Whilst Nissan Land Glider is a concept car created for the Tokyo Motor Show, it should not be regarded as a mere design study. This leaning machine gives a clear direction to how a future small car from Nissan could look in congested cities…a clue of what Nissan means by new era of mobility.

Technical Specifications

  • Overall Length: 3,100 mm
  • Overall Width: 1,100 mm
  • Overall Height: 1,415 mm
  • Wheelbase: 2,180 mm
  • Seating Capacity: 2

Nissan LEAF (2011)

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Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era. The car is the embodiment of Nissan’s radical, transformative vision for the future and the culmination of decades of investment and research.

“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality – the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions. It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.”

Key characteristics of the Nissan LEAF include:

  • Zero-emission power train and platform
  • Affordable pricing
  • Distinctive design
  • Real-world range autonomy – 160km (100 miles)
  • Connected Mobility: Advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system

The “LEAF” name is a significant statement about the car itself. Just as leaves purify the air in nature, so Nissan LEAF purifies mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. Pricing details will be announced closer to start of sales in late 2010; however, the company expects the car to be competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle. Additionally, Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify for an array of significant local, regional and national tax breaks and incentives in markets around the world. As an added benefit, because the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than a traditional gasoline-powered car, Nissan LEAF is designed to be friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment.

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Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm. This ensures a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles.

Unlike internal-combustion engine (ICE) equipped vehicles, Nissan LEAF’s power train has no tail pipe, and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases. A combination of Nissan LEAF’s regenerative braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge.

Extensive consumer research demonstrates that this range satisfies the daily driving requirements of more than 70% of the world’s consumers who drive cars.

And, Nissan’s approach makes charging easy and convenient. Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger. Charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours – ample time to enable an overnight refresh for consumer and car alike.

REAL-WORLD CAR

The engineers and designers behind Nissan LEAF worked to create a competitively priced real-world car that would enable Nissan to lead mobility into the zero-emission era. To ensure comfort, spaciousness and cargo capacity, Nissan LEAF employs a completely new chassis and body layout.

“Our car had to be the world’s first, medium-size, practical EV that motorists could afford and would want to use every day. And that’s what we’ve created. The styling will identify not only Nissan LEAF but also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission mobility,” said Masato INOUE, Product Chief Designer.

DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

Even the smallest details can yield tremendous effect.

Nissan LEAF’s frontal styling is characterized by a sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting light-emitting diode (LED) headlights that employ a blue internal reflective design that announces, “This car is special.” But the headlights do more than make a statement. They are also designed to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag. And, the headlights provide yet one more benefit in that they consume just 10 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps, which helps Nissan LEAF to achieve its world-class range autonomy.

Through bright trim colors inside, Nissan LEAF creates a pleasing and stylish cabin environment. An environmentally friendly “blue earth” color theme originates from the Aqua Globe body color of Nissan LEAF’s introductory model. This theme is carried into the interior through blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.

CONNECTED MOBILITY IT SYSTEM

Nissan LEAF employs an exclusive advanced IT system. Connected to a global data center, the system can provide support, information, and entertainment for drivers 24 hours a day.

The dash-mounted monitor displays Nissan LEAF’s remaining power – or “reachable area” – in addition to showing a selection of nearby charging stations.

Another state-of-the-art feature is the ability to use mobile phones to turn on air-conditioning and set charging functions – even when Nissan LEAF is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer can also be pre-programmed to recharge batteries.

“The IT system is a critical advantage,” says Tooru ABE, Chief Product Specialist. “We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers. We also wanted this vehicle to help create a zero-emission community, and these IT features will help make that possible.”

HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ZERO-EMISSION MOBILITY AND ECO-FRIENDLY INNOVATION

Nissan LEAF is a critical first step in establishing the era of zero-emission mobility; however, Nissan recognizes that internal-combustion engine (ICE) technologies will play a vital role in global transportation for decades to come. Because of this, Nissan is implementing its zero-emission vision through a holistic approach, which provides consumers a comprehensive range of eco-friendly technologies from which to choose.

For some consumers, Nissan LEAF will be the perfect match, and the only car they will ever need. For others, Nissan LEAF will be a logical addition to the family fleet – the optimal choice for the daily commute, for example.

While zero-emission is the ultimate goal, the company is committed to ongoing innovation in eco-friendly technologies that increase efficiency and reduce emissions. As a result, Nissan offers a comprehensive suite of automotive technologies, including CVT, Idle Stop, HEV, Clean Diesel, and ongoing research and investment in FCV technology.

WORLDWIDE PARTNERS

Zero-emission mobility programs under the banner of the Renault-Nissan Alliance include partnerships with countries such as the UK and Portugal, local governments in the Japan and the USA, and other sectors, for a total of nearly 30 partnerships worldwide.

In these partnerships major efforts focus on three areas:

  • Development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure through public and private investment,
  • Incentives and subsidies from local, regional, and national governments, and
  • Public education on the individual and societal benefits of zero-emissions mobility.

ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLE PRODUCTION

Nissan LEAF is the first in the company’s forthcoming line of EVs and is a major milestone in the realization of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s vision for zero-emission mobility. The first of Nissan’s EV’s will be manufactured at Oppama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for Smyrna, Tennessee, USA. Meanwhile, lithium-ion batteries are being produced in Zama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for the USA, the UK and Portugal, and other sites for investment are under study around the world.

2010 Nissan Murano review

Nissan_muranoThe 2010 Murano, a 5-passenger V6 wagon is Nissan’s offering in the SUV “crossover” niche. Murano aims at the segment of the population looking for the features and comfort of a sedan coupled with the cargo capacity of an SUV. The all-new 2010 Nissan Murano carries people and cargo like an SUV with the handling and smooth ride of a sport sedan. Good looks and luxury interior tip the scales in our 2010 Nissan Murano review for top dog in a highly competitive class of vehicles.

Nissan outfits the Murano with a 3.5-liter V6 240 hp engine linked to a continuously variable automatic (Xtronic CVT), which, unlike standard automatic transmissions runs through a seamless transition of gear ratios. The Murano sports antilock 4-wheel disc brakes and front torso side airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags as standard equipment. While front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive are offered, the more accurate Nissan Murano picture is not that of an offroad vehicle. The 2010 Nissan Murano does not ship with low-range gearing in AWD. For extra traction up to 30 mph, its AWD can be locked into a 50-50 power split. Other Nissan Murano performance features include:

To insure predictable handling and a comfortable ride, Nissan utilizes 4-wheel independent suspension. Taking everything into account, the 2010 Nissan Murano MSRP price of $28,199 is not too hard to take considering what you get.

Nissan Murano comes in SL and SE trim levels. Both offer only two row seating. The more popular Nissan Murano SE comes with a firmer suspension and high-intensity xenon headlights as standard. Rear seats recline, and offer a remote flip-down function. When more cargo space is needed, Murano’s rear seats can fold flat. Dual-zone climate control and tilt steering wheel are standard on both. Options include antiskid/traction-control system, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and rear-DVD entertainment. The options and standard equipment complete the 2010 Nissan Murano picture, a vehicle that satisfies your needs to be ensconced in luxury while hauling people and cargo.

Safety systems in the 2010 Nissan Murano include: dual stage front air bags, front seat side impact air bags, curtain-type air bags for front and rear head protection and front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters. Summarizing our 2010 Nissan Murano review, we conclude Murano offers state-of-the-art safety, classy good looks, and SUV practicality at a Murano MSRP price that will allow you to continue paying the rent. We suggest that yoou check back occasionally for updates to our 2010 Nissan Murano review, get a free 2010 Nissan Murano price quote and see what all the excitement is about.

Nissan 370Z Yellow revealed

Nissan 370ZAn Ultimate Yellow edition of 370Z coupe has got released by Nissan and it is a bobble to its racing competitor which in the European GT4 series has its challenges.

Further in less numbers the Nissan 370Z Yellow is obtainable and facilitates special 370Z side graphics, 19inch RAYS forge alloy wheels and the striking yellow paint job as well.

With similar V6 petrol engine, which produces 326bhp and 270lb ft of torque, the 370Z Yellow is motorized. Adding, a six-speed manual ‘box is typical and a seven-speed auto’ is a choice and its 0-62mph time is a maintained 5.3secs.

A black leather and suede interior is available in the special edition and it prolongs. Moreover, it is featured with an eight-speaker BOSE sound system and integrated sat-nav and the remaining tools comes from the 370Z GT Pack.

In the month of September the Nissan 370Z Yellow move for the sales and the beginning price is £31,650 for the manual and for automatic the starting price is £33,050.

Nissan 370Z Yellow special edition for UK

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Nissan is set to challenge the 370Z’s toughest rival for the British market by introducing a new special edition ‘Yellow’ model.
Easily recognisable by the Porsche-like livery on either side, the 370Z Yellow features some extra, subtle, design cues that ape its European GT4 series counterpart.
As its name suggests, the special edition model is available exclusively in the Ultimate Yellow exterior finish with 19-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels and the special livery completing the look.
Already a worthy adversary to Porsche in the performance stakes, it is inside where this version of the 370Z plays catch-up with integrated satellite navigation system, illuminated entry plates, special mats and a BOSE audio with eight speakers and a six-CD audio unit.
The upholstery is a mix of black leather and suede and features additional equipment such as heated seats, cruise control, speed limiter and all the other features from the 370Z GT Pack as standard.
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Under the bonnet remains  unchanged with Nissan’s 3.7-litre V6 engine developing 243kW and peak torque of 366Nm.
The 370Z Yellow sprints from rest to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h when mated with the standard six-speed manual transmission.
Nissan is set to challenge the 370Z’s toughest rival for the British market by introducing a new special edition ‘Yellow’ model.
Easily recognisable by the Porsche-like livery on either side, the 370Z Yellow features some extra, subtle, design cues that ape its European GT4 series counterpart.
As its name suggests, the special edition model is available exclusively in the Ultimate Yellow exterior finish with 19-inch RAYS forged alloy wheels and the special livery completing the look.
Already a worthy adversary to Porsche in the performance stakes, it is inside where this version of the 370Z plays catch-up with integrated satellite navigation system, illuminated entry plates, special mats and a BOSE audio with eight speakers and a six-CD audio unit.
The upholstery is a mix of black leather and suede and features additional equipment such as heated seats, cruise control, speed limiter and all the other features from the 370Z GT Pack as standard.
Under the bonnet remains  unchanged with Nissan’s 3.7-litre V6 engine developing 243kW and peak torque of 366Nm.
The 370Z Yellow sprints from rest to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h when mated with the standard six-speed manual transmission.

2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster

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The all-new 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster offers everything the new Nissan Z Coupe does -an unmatched balance of dynamic performance, sculptured styling, innovative technology and exceptional value. And more. As in more classic open-air sports car excitement.

More sun, moon and stars. And more refinement than any Z convertible that has ever come before – including a standard automatic latching power top and Nissan Intelligent Key, as well as available heating and cooling ventilated net seats, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, satellite radio and advanced Nissan Navigation System.

The 2010 370Z Roadster is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan retailers nationwide in late summer 2009.

Based on the current generation 370Z Coupe (introduced in January 2009), the Z Roadster shares its engine, transmissions, suspension, platform and most major components with the popular and exceptionally well-reviewed Z Coupe.

The list of cutting edge technology includes the standard 332-horsepower 3.7-liter DOHC V6 engine with Variable Valve Event and Lift Control (VVEL), choice of 7-speed automatic transmission or close-ratio 6-speed manual with available SynchroRev Match (the world’s first synchronized downshift rev matching manual transmission), refined 4-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel vented disc brakes (with available Nissan Sport Brakes) and lightweight yet rigid body structure.

The Z Roadster departs from the Z Coupe with its exclusive high back net seats, added structural body reinforcements and convertible top. The 370Z Roadster’s roof was designed with an emphasis on three key areas: to provide a sleek silhouette matching the new Z’s stunning styling with the top up or down, to offer easy single-action open-close operation, and to provide an enjoyable top-down experience with reduced wind turbulence and all-climate driver/passenger comfort.

And, true to its sports car heritage, the Z Roadster’s interior is completely driver-centric, with its three-layer design grouping items by how a driver sees information, operates the controls and is held in place – so drivers feel completely connected and engaged whenever and wherever they drive, top up or down.

The new 370Z Roadster is offered in two models: 370Z Roadster and 370Z Touring Roadster.