working environment for scientists,
3rd February 2006.
chose the 76th Geneva Motor
Show (public days from 2 to
12 March) to display two quite different concept cars,
with six of its new vehicles.
The first concept, the Nissan
Terranaut, will have its world premiere at Geneva. Its is 4x4
vehicle which Nissan targets to "explorers and those
customers with a spirit of adventure who want to travel to
the extreme corners of the globe".
On the other side of this ambitious
program, comes the second concept car,
which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last October.
Behind its minimalist look, the Pivo
concept hides a very clever battery-powered city
car. As Nissan puts it, Pivo
has been designed to serve as customers who want freedom
and mobility in the busiest of urban environments.
In a certain way, the Pivo tackles
adventure from its own urban perspective, with so much
flexibility in turning around, seeing all-round. One thing
is certain: it just doesn't fly.
for a driver, a passenger and, a scientist
Terranaut - In its ambitiously
global program, the Terranaut was conceived to serve as a mobile
working environment for scientists, geologists,
archaeologists or other adventurers who travel to the most
challenging environments on the planet either for their
work - or pleasure.
Its cabin is designed to accommodate
three people – a driver, a passenger and, in the rear,
where a scientist or specialist is well served with a
computer console, as well as communication and analysis
equipment to support them in their work.
A creation of London-based Nissan
Design Europe, the overriding theme behind the concept is
one of function. Project leader Felipe Roo Clefas,
Assistant Chief Designer, NDE, says: “Terranaut has been
designed for observation and communication in all four
corners of the world.”
To accommodate the laboratory area
within the cabin, the co-pilot’s side of the car has
just one door, while the other side has a pair of swing
doors and no central B-pillar. By hinging the doors at the
front and rear respectively, ingress and egress is made
Nineteen-inch wheels are covered by
tyres specially constructed for Terranaut by Goodyear.
Puncture proof, they function as conventional road tyres
when the vehicle is being driven on metalled roads but, by
changing air pressure, transform themselves into chunky
Inside the vehicle, the spherical
science laboratory dominates the entire cabin area behind
the two front seats. A single revolving seat with an
integrated computer keyboard is situated beneath the glass
roof dome and gives the scientist complete 360-degree
access to the various workstations found in Terranaut.
Pivo - At the other end of the
scale, the Pivo examines the future potential of the
electric vehicle in a city environment. It is powered by a
Nissan-developed high performance Compact Lithium-ion
battery and Nissan’s own electric Super Motor.
Nissan’s design team in Japan has
been able to develop an extremely compact body to give
Pivo the perfect footprint for the city. Although just
2,700mm from bumper to bumper, Pivo will seat three in
comfort, with the driver placed centrally and ahead of the
two passengers in the rear of the cabin. Thanks to its
narrow width – just 1,600 mm – it can be squeezed down
busy streets and parked almost anywhere with ease.
no less adventurous than Terranaut, but in
its own urban way.
But Pivo’s pièce de résistance lies
in its cabin which, as its names implies, pivots through
360 degrees and means you’ll never have to reverse
again: Pivo can be driven straight into a parking slot
and, once the body has been swivelled around to face the
opposite direction, driven straight out again (read
more about the Pivo technologies).
The egg-shaped revolving body has other
benefits. The tall, electrically-powered sliding doors,
for example, make ingress and egress easy with little or
no chance for bumped heads while ‘see-through’ pillars
and Nissan’s Around View Monitor mean that blind spots
are all but eliminated.
Cameras mounted on the outside of each
A-pillar relay an accurate picture of the surroundings to
screens within the pillars turning them into virtual
windows. More cameras mounted at both ends and on both
sides of the car allows the Around
View Monitor to generate a 360-degree view of the car’s
surroundings on a dashboard monitor. An innovative image
processing technique converts these images into a single
Besides the two concept cars,
the Nissan stand will display all six vehicles which have
been launched in 2005: Murano, 350Z Roadster, Pathfinder
SUV, Navara King and Double
Cab pick ups and the Micra
C+C. In addition, the NOTE,
Nissan’s new compact
family car, will be on
display just as sales start across Europe.