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Στην έκθεση του Τόκιο η Nissan θα παρουσιάσει το BladeGlider Concept. Το πρωτότυπο θα περάσει στη παραγωγή και επηρεάζεται αρκετά από το αγωνιστικό Deltawing. To ανοικτό Roadster υπόσχεται να προσφέρει μειωμένη αεροδυναμική, ευελιξία και επιδόσεις.

Το πρωτότυπο μπορεί να μεταφέρει 3 επιβάτες με τον οδηγό να κάθεται στο κέντρο. Ο πίνακας οργάνων έχει εμπνευστεί από αυτόν των αεροσκαφών, έχοντας αρκετά μεταλλικά διακοσμητικά.

Τι κινητήρα φορά δεν το ανακοίνωσε η Nissan εκτός του ότι διαθέτει δύο ηλεκτροκινητήρες στον πίσω άξονα που τροφοδοτούνται από μπαταρίες ιόντων λιθίου. Έχει αναλογία βάρους 30% μπροστά και 70% πίσω, με το σώμα να είναι κατασκευασμένο από CFRP.

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NISSAN BLADEGLIDER CONCEPT: LEADING EDGE EV TECHNOLOGY DRIVES THE FUTURE

From “driving” to “gliding” in a hyper-agile and ultimately efficient EV that shifts the engineering paradigm to reveal a new dimension of driving fun and excitement

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Nov. 8, 2013) – More than a concept, Nissan BladeGlider is both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle from the world’s leading EV manufacturer. BladeGlider was developed with form following function. Nissan crafted the vehicle’s unique architecture to give the driver and passengers “sustainable exhilaration” – a fresh electric vehicle driving experience based on peerless technology and exotic styling.

Targeting the visionary individual seeking visceral driving and sustainability, BladeGlider goes beyond sheer power and acceleration to send the heart soaring into new realms of smooth “gliding” pleasure. It is a physical demonstration of the innovation and excitement of the Nissan brand and Nissan’s Zero Emissions Mobility leadership. BladeGlider’s pioneering spirit distinguishes it from anything yet envisioned for EVs and destines it to rule the roads of the not-so-distant future.

Re-inventing the Performance Car – A Game Changer Designed from Scratch

A clean slate was the starting point for this project, led by Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan. “The goal was to revolutionise the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics,” said Bancon.

BladeGlider’s shape alone, with its narrow front track, challenges the orthodoxy that has dominated the roads since the earliest days of the internal combustion engine. The revolutionary nature of the car is more than skin deep. New possibilities for the designers and engineers were opened up by the unique characteristics of electric vehicles.

BladeGlider has its conceptual roots in two aerial images: the soaring, silent, panoramic freedom of a glider and the triangular shape of a high performance “swept wing” aircraft.

It is therefore fitting that, in terms of engineering, BladeGlider’s developmental focus was aerodynamics: achieving low drag (cdA) while generating road-hugging downforce.

Disruptive and challenging to the status quo, BladeGlider shares sustainable engineering values with both Nissan LEAF – the best-selling EV in history ─and the Nissan ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car), which will make its debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race.

A Provocative Shift in the Engineering Paradigm

With its narrow, 1.0 metre lightweight front track and wide, stable rear track, BladeGlider looks as if it could have sprung from a “skunk works” project. But the radical architecture all boils down to aerodynamics and balance. Having the front wheels close together reduces drag and enhances manoeuvrability for high-G cornering power, assisted by its 30/70 front/rear weight distribution ratio. Aerodynamic downforce is created by the highly rigid yet lightweight carbon-fibre underbody, hence the lack of drag-inducing wings.

When BladeGlider matures into a production car, it could be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors. The in-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management, while also contributing to freedom of upper body design and space-efficient packaging.

To power the electric motors, BladeGlider employs Nissan’s innovative lithium-ion battery technology, proven in Nissan LEAF. Battery modules are mounted low and towards the rear to enhance stability and handling.

Revolutionary Breakthrough in High-Performance Design

BladeGlider embodies a fearless vision of the EV future. Its tightly streamlined deltoid body comprises a tough and structurally optimised chassis wrapped in ultra-lightweight, yet strong and stiff, carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) finished in a pearlescent white colour that evokes the pristine freedom of a glider. The racing-inspired exterior features a sculpted contour that is both functional and breathtakingly beautiful. Starting from the low, flat and narrow nose, the body line rises gracefully to the cockpit canopy and then curves forcefully back over the large rear wheels, evoking a sense of dynamic movement even when the vehicle is standing still.

“BladeGlider was conceived around delivering a glider-like exhilaration that echoes its lightweight, downsized hyper-efficient aerodynamic form,” said Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer. “This design is more than revolutionary; it’s transformational, applying our most advanced electric drive-train technology and racetrack-inspired styling in the service of a new dimension of shared driving pleasure.”

Inside the canopy, the cockpit seats three in a triangular configuration with the driver centre-forward. Seating appointments feature special light and comfortable coverings with yellow fluorescent lines. Amid simple yet edgy interior styling cues, an aircraft-type steering wheel and state-of-the-art instrumentation technology complete the glider-like image. To support maximum EV cruising efficiency, the IT system can display relief maps and atmospheric conditions.

“Free Soaring” Experience to be Shared with Friends

This efficient, aerodynamic, simple, and lightweight vehicle provides a “gliding” feel that combines the feeling of gravity-defying freedom and near-360 degree view of a glider with the pulse-quickening exhilaration of a race car.

“I think that the excitement of the racing car should be mirrored in the excitement of driving the road car,” said Ben Bowlby, director of Nissan Motorsport Innovation, who has supported the BladeGlider’s development. “I think there are elements we can bring from the race track to make these future road cars more exciting, more fulfilling and give greater driving pleasure.”

As a rear-drive performance car, BladeGlider exhibits a coherent and linear handling that enables it to consistently hug road curves, providing feedback for intuitive and exhilarating steering control when cornering under threshold conditions.

Augmenting BladeGlider’s aerodynamically-engineered precise feedback and control, the canopy-like visibility of the driving position engenders a synchronised feeling of oneness with the machine and the road. The result is a free soaring experience which the driver can share with two passengers in the V-shaped seating configuration. Passengers sit at the longitudinal centre of gravity to maintain the car’s balance at all times. The centre-driving setting of the cabin space is designed to enhance the driver’s sensatory experience.

As a final touch, the driver’s seat automatically slides laterally when you open the door, enabling easy access to passenger seats.

New EV Values for the Next Generation

By thinking outside the box, Nissan has created an EV that truly symbolises the unlimited potential of electric propulsion – balancing zero emissions with innovative excitement like never before.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NISSAN EXHIBIT AT THE 2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

YOKOHAMA, Japan (November 8, 2013) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today released an overview of the company’s exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from November 23rd through December 1st.

At the show, Nissan will reveal several new concept cars. Nissan will also present the Nissan GT-R Nismo, and reveal the upcoming Nissan DAYZ ROOX and other models. In addition, Nissan will also be exhibiting its Autonomous Drive technology, safety technology and other innovations.

Highlights of the show include:

BladeGlider – From “driving” to “gliding” in a hyper-agile and highly efficient EV with radical swept-wing styling

The BladeGlider concept offers drivers and passengers a new sense of glider-like driving pleasure, evoking exhilaration through its nimble handling that stems from its swept-wing form and gliding roots.

Aerodynamically-focused, BladeGlider’s narrow front track and wide, stable rear track reduces drag while generating downforce to enhance maneuverability and road-hugging performance, with high G cornering and acceleration-yet the vehicle is thrifty in its power use. Unique center driver seat position delivers the ultimate in glider-like driving pleasure, and the triangular three-seat cabin configuration enables a shared experience of “free soaring” for all. The car’s in-wheel motors provide rear-wheel propulsion with independent motor management. Prototype of an upcoming production vehicle that demonstrates the innovation and excitement of the Nissan brand and Nissan’s leadership in Zero Emissions mobility.

Broadcast quality and embeddable video of the BladeGlider is available at:

Nissan DAYZ ROOX – Super-height wagon is second vehicle in Nissan’s popular Nissan DAYZ series of minicars

The second in the Nissan DAYZ series of minicars, Nissan DAYZ ROOX is a new super-height wagon model featuring dynamic exterior styling and a spacious-feeling, premium interior design.

Around View Monitor, one-touch automatic sliding doors and other convenient features support daily driving. Rear ceiling fan, roll-up sunshades and other amenities enhance rear-seat passenger comfort and convenience. Green windshield glass filters out 99% of UV rays. The solid-looking and distinctive exterior styling suggests a spacious interior. Spacious interior with high-grade trim and coverings. A surprising amount of interior space accommodates enough space to hold a 27-inch bicycle. Innovative new technology includes a cost-effective battery-assist system that relieves burden on engine. Slated for Japan market launch in early 2014.

New Teana – Premium sedan for the best times of our lives

The Nissan Teana is a global strategic model sold in more than 120 countries and regions worldwide. Building on the Teana DNA of “Modern Living” in the first generation model and “Hospitality” in the second generation, the third generation Teana features enhanced performance for even greater driving pleasure.

Design expresses sophistication and exhilaration, built on the concept of “Modern Living” DNA. Cabin supports comfort of all passengers, delivering hospitality in the Teana tradition. Driving performance that excites the driver with plenty of power. Japan market launch planned for fiscal 2013.

New Skyline: Slated for Japan release November 2013.

New X-TRAIL – Tough, all-purpose SUV with excellent driving performance, advanced technology and outstanding fuel efficiency

With rugged performance to handle a wide variety of driving conditions, the new X-TRAIL is the tough, all-purpose SUV with best-in-segment fuel efficiency in M-size SUV with state-of-the art functions in a package that offers luggage storage convenience and excellent utility. December 2013 Japan launch.

Serena -Enhanced safety equipment, including collision avoidance support system, adopted

Significant changes to Nissan’s best-selling minivan in Japan. The Serena 5-door minivan includes collision avoidance support systems including Emergency Brake and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) as standard equipment. Serena also features a restyled exterior, from front to rear. Japan launch slated for December 2013.

Note – Enhanced safety with Emergency Brake and Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication

Minor changes to Nissan’s global compact hatchback provide the 2014 model year Nissan Note with enhanced safety technology, including collision avoidance support systems including Emergency Brake, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication. Japan launch scheduled for December 2013.

Elgrand – Updates to the 2014 model make it the ultimate king of minivans

Significant changes to Nissan’s premier minivan include a restyled exterior featuring a dynamic front face, high-quality premium interior appointments, and expanded cargo capacity. Japan launch in January 2014.

Nissan LEAF Aero Style – Special concept offers 100% electric vehicle performance in a new stylish and sporty shape

Sporty makeover of the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular 100% EV. Slated for Japan release December 2013.

e-NV200 – Innovative 100% electric van set to disrupt LCV market with radically new offer for customers Nissan’s second global EV. The 100% electric version of NV200 multipurpose commercial van, which features a spacious cabin and versatile application potential, with LEAF EV powertrain for advanced performance. Slated for Japan launch in fiscal year 2014.

Autonomous Drive – Nissan’s breakthrough technology to be available in multiple vehicles by 2020

Nissan’s autonomous driving will be achieved at realistic prices for consumers. Nissan aiming for availability across the model range after 2020 within two vehicle generations. Benefits: Safety; personal mobility for aged and handicapped people; reduce driving fatigue, and more.

Live Streaming Press conference and other highlights of events at the Nissan stand will be available on social media, including live broadcast on the USTREAM web streaming service and updates on Twitter @NISSAN. Please refer to the URLs below.