Article By Michelle Cowley & Michael Coghlan

Nissan Set to Lead Electric Vehicle Autonomous Evolution at 45th Tokyo Motor Show!

Time to indulge in a pure concept car automotive update! Today saw the opening of the 45th Tokyo Motor Show, being held at Big Sight – Japan’s foremost International Exhibition Centre. Why are we so excited here at Windsor? Because our core brand marque Nissan is set to be the Electric Vehicle (EV) star of the show!

Nissan - the world’s leading pioneer of the world’s first mass market electric car, the Nissan LEAF, is to showcase its vision of a 'drive electric' future showcasing two new concept vehicles – including its first electric crossover. By offering unprecedented driving enjoyment and the ability to control the vehicle’s drive mode, the first electric concept car, the Nissan IMx, is set to transform the everyday life of drivers. Moreover, Nissan’s flagship electric car, the Nissan LEAF, has now merged with NISMO design to endow this second concept car with a distinctive sporty edge. Both models are set to facilitate critical juncture market opportunity in segments core to Nissan’s market growth worldwide.

The Nissan Philosophy for the Autonomous Era

Critical to both new concept models’ unveiling is the introduction of Nissan’s philosophy of preparing the consumer for the future, namely, for an era of autonomous driving. By engendering ever closer design to mimic the driving of the future, Nissan has produced two concept cars that simultaneously embody stillness and motion, and connectedness yet containment from the elements. With interiors that resemble a customary Japanese house design, furnishing broad and curved pearl-white and wooden finishing, with seated headrests resembling a Kumiki (a Japanese interlocking wood puzzle); the complete absence of engine sound in both concept vehicles will enhance spacious reflection to transport passengers in distance and time. In short, the Nissan Philosophy for the autonomous era can be summed up as follows:

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The Nissan Philosophy for the Autonomous Era

o Nissan Intelligent Driving: Making travel more enjoyable

o Nissan Intelligent Power: Promoting the convenience and pleasure of electric driving

o Nissan Intelligent Integration: Becoming a part of the social infrastructure

So, let us now examine each new concept car in turn, how they add to the evolving Nissan electric vehicle portfolio, and how they promote brand marketing propositions of intelligent mobility and a drive that excites…


Nissan IMx zero-emission Crossover*

This concept vehicle is the first in the Nissan electric portfolio to combine an electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers. This concept utilizes Nissan’s all new and dedicated electric vehicle platform married to twin motor power units that deliver 320kWh capacity and an incredible 700nm of torque. The platform allows the floor to be completely flat, resulting in a cavernous cabin and enhanced driving dynamics. With a low center of gravity, the chassis delivers sharp handling that promises to redefine the crossover segment.

This innovation continues through the high capacity battery that can serve as a virtual power plant sharing electricity through its vehicle to grid capability with both wireless and conventional charging possible.

“The Nissan IMx zero-emission crossover concept vehicle embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales, EV business, and chairman of Nissan’s management committee for Japan, Asia and Oceania… It will be a critical juncture access point for Nissan to develop the Intelligent Mobility brand marketing promise and influence how cars will interact with society, in the near future and beyond.

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LEAF NISMO Concept: Nissan’s flagship electric car meets NISMO’s driving excitement*

Launched in September, the new Nissan LEAF comes with the latest iteration of Nissan’s ProPILOT single-lane autonomous driving technology. It also includes ProPILOT Park, the first technology in a Japanese-made vehicle to help drivers park by automatically controlling the accelerator, brakes, steering, shift changing and parking brake. Another feature of the new LEAF is e-Pedal, which lets the driver start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using only the accelerator pedal.

The NISMO Concept version of the new LEAF has a sporty new exterior designed by NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division. The application of NISMO racing technology to the car’s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without sacrificing the LEAF’s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMO’s signature red accents, creating an exciting, high-performance feel.

On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept offers a truly exciting drive. This is thanks to a sport-tuned suspension and high-performance tires, not to mention a custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds. The LEAF NISMO Concept combines the environmentally friendly character of an electric car with the exciting driving experience that’s always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand.


So, two amazing concept cars have made their debuts... and more awaits us yet, however, at the Tokyo Motor Show... Next week we will take a close look at what Mazda has to offer our automotive senses - Be sure to follow Windsor LinkedIn company page or visit us here at our new Windsor News section!

*Nissan Motor Corporation – Press Release, Yokohama, Japan (Oct. 25, 2017).