2011 Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Nissan Pivo3 Concept is now more realistic

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 9, 2011

At the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan Motor Co. is displaying an update to its compact Pivo electric that’s edgier and “more realistic” and that comes with four-wheel independent steering. The Pivo3 appears to a lot nearer to market than any of its "bubble-on-wheels" predecessors. It was at the 2005 Tokyo show that the first Pivo was introduced.

A couple of years later, the Pivo2 arrived. Pivo is derived from "pivot," and just like what its name suggests, the Pivo3 is highly maneuverable. It has a tight 6.5-foot turning radius due to its in-wheel motors that permit the wheels to independently turn.

The car is capable of doing a U-turn on 13-foot roads. Another major difference is that the Pivo3 comes with what Nissan refers to as "Automatic Valet Parking."

When equipped with the technology, the Pivo3 can park itself in parking lots that were specially fitted to accommodate this technology. When the driver is not in the vehicle, its battery gets recharged.

The driver simply has to summon the Pivo3 by mobile phone. The car would then drive itself to pick up its owner. Nissan said that the Pivo 3 is “very close” to the next step in urban mobility.

The Nissan NV350, a production van that will start selling in Japan next summer, will also make its global debut at the Tokyo show. This is a bigger follow-up to the NV200 van, which starts selling in the U.S. in 2013. This is the van that will be the next-generation New York City taxi.

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