By BennettÂ Oghifo
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will show a number of exciting concept cars and production vehicles at this yearâ€™s Tokyo Motor Show, giving customers a glimpse of the companyâ€™s newest and future innovations.
A new concept model that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility will be among the highlights of the vehicles on display. The Nissan LEAF NISMO Concept car, the performance-oriented Serena NISMO and an updated Skyline will also debut at the show. In all, Nissan plans to display 13 vehicles, according to a statement by the auto company.
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show, held at Tokyo Big Sight, is open to the public fromÂ Oct. 27 to Nov. 5. Press days areÂ Oct. 25-26. The Nissan booth, in East Hall 5, will feature a â€œspiralâ€ design theme symbolizing the companyâ€™s past, present and future commitment to making exciting products. It will showcase the values Nissan strives to offer, including the companyâ€™s latest electric vehicles. A simulator will let visitors experience the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
The following is an overview of some of the main display models: LEAF NISMO Concept: Nissanâ€™s flagship electric car meets NISMOâ€™s driving excitement
Launched in September, the new Nissan LEAF comes with the latest iteration of Nissanâ€™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.Â
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, Nissanâ€™s motorsports and in-house tuning division. The application of NISMO racing technology to the carâ€™s body results in enhanced aerodynamic performance and less lift, without sacrificing the LEAFâ€™â€™s excellent drag coefficient. The black interior features NISMOâ€™â€™s signature red accents, creating an exciting, high-performance feel.
On the road, the LEAF NISMO Concept offers a truly exciting drive.Â
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 has always been a hallmark of the NISMO brand.
Serena NISMO: a minivan with spiced-up looks
The Serena NISMO offers NISMOâ€™â€™s sporting technology â€“ head-turning styling and exhilarating performance â€“ without sacrificing the base modelâ€™s family-friendly, utilitarian nature. The exterior design appropriately reflects NISMOâ€™â€™s performance-oriented nature, with custom aero parts that enhance the aggressiveness of its appearance. Inside, occupants will enjoy NISMOâ€™â€™s signature red accents.
The Serena NISMO features sharper handling, thanks to a custom sport-tuned suspension system. A new engine control module and exhaust system add extra excitement and flair to the overall driving experience. The Serena NISMO is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in November 2017.
The Skyline: a premium sports sedan with advanced technology
Nissanâ€™s premium sports sedan has always featured cutting-edge technology that stirs the driverâ€™s emotions. All Skyline models now come with Nissanâ€™s All-Around Safety Shield technology. This can be combined with the high-performance, environmentally friendly hybrid system and Direct Adaptive Steering, which provides intuitive handling for easier and safer driving.
Changes to the Skyline include a revamped exterior and new aluminum wheel designs that spice up what was already one of the most attractive vehicles in its class. Inside the cabin, the steering wheel and shift knob are new, as is the instrument panelâ€™s surface finish, giving the interior an even higher premium quality. The new Skyline is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in December 2017.
Livestreaming on social channels
Nissan will livestream its news conference at the Tokyo Motor Show via services including YouTube, Facebook and Periscope. Nissanâ€™â€™s global Twitter and Facebook accounts will also feature updates.