2007 Nissan Pivo 2 ConceptEnlarge Photo
Two years after the debut of Nissan’s original Pivo concept — at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show — a second version has been unveiled.
The first Pivo was something of a cult hit. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries, it featured a unique rotating cabin — meaning no reverse gear was required.
The Pivo 2 is described by Carlos Ghosn, Renault/Nissan chairman, as the perfect car for your neighbor. It's quiet, emissions-free and can squeeze in and out of small parking spaces.
The new Nissan concept catches the eye of anyone entering the automaker's exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cute design for which Japanese concept cars have become famous. Nissan officials, however, insisted the cute design incorporates some serious advanced technology, such as a robotic agent on the dashboard that recognizes facial images and lets the driver start if they should climb behind the wheel. However, the system also can swing into action to combat road rage by providing soothing messages and friendly words of advice.
The Pivo 2 also is equipped with a drive-by-wire system and a new steering system, the Metamo, which controls the position of the tires, which can rotate to help pull the vehicle into a parallel parking space. The Metamo system, which is controlled by wire, will place the tires in the proper position for maximum speed and to help conserve energy. Nissan engineers compared the change in the tire stance to the "forward-leaning" stance used by runners. The ability to find the optimum position for the tires when the car is moving also enhances the vehicle's stability, according to Nissan's engineers.
The Pivo 2 is entered from a front door and can seat three, including the driver who is positioned in the center of the vehicle.
The heart of the Pivo 2, however, is the high-output electric motors, one at each wheel, that power the car. Both the motors and the lithium-ion batteries used in the Pivo 2 are at the center of Nissan's expanding research into electric vehicles. A significant portion of Nissan’s new advanced technical center in
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