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Pininfarina Nido microcar brings safety, spunk to exhibition in Japan

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0700

The Pininfarina Nido, the quirky pedestrian-friendly microcar from the 2004 Paris auto show, is being dusted off for another showing. This time, it will appear as part of an exhibit to bring Italian culture and innovation to Japan. The event runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 17 in Tokyo.

The two-seat concept is an exercise in safety and is designed to protect the people inside and those outside the car. The idea is that a collision--say, at a crosswalk at low speeds--won’t be fatal.

The Nido has a chassis with a deformable front section and a rigid safety cell surrounding the occupants, a shell that can slide horizontally and two “absorbers” for collisions.

Sound a bit offbeat? It’s been a spunky conversation-starter for almost five years, winning awards along the way.

“Nido,” in case you’re wondering, means “nest” in Italian.




By Greg Migliore