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Nissan Nuvu 2+1 and Pixo at Paris (2008): first official pictures

Mon, 08 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

08 September 2008 10:27

Nissan's Nuvu - a futuristic 2+1 urban concept car - and a new Suzuki Alto-based city car will make their debuts at the Paris motor show in October 2008.

The Nuvu name literally means ‘new view’, so the concept previews urban transportation for the next decade. Pictures won’t be released until Paris, but we know the Nuvu will feature similar electric technology to the EV-02 prototype and the production EV that Nissan will unveil at the 2009 Tokyo motor show.

It’s a mere three metres long, 1550mm wide and 1700mm tall, with a 1980mm wheelbase. (A Smart, by comparison, measures 2695/1559/1542/1867.) Inside the Nuvu you’ll find two regular seats, plus a third ‘occasional’ seat and, Nissan claims, decent luggage space. Sounds like Nissan's answer to theToyota iQ.

The Nuvu's all-glass roof features solar panels, shaped like leaves, while the interior features natural, organic and recycled materials.

‘Nuvu is a concept car, for sure, but it is an entirely credible vehicle,’ says Francois Bancon, manager of Nissan’s exploratory vehicles division. ‘It is light, clean and easy to drive. It is practical and a sensible size, yet it also embodies an element of fun: the future doesn’t look so bad, after all.’

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By Ben Pulman