NISSAN AT GENEVA
Where passion and innovation combine
A dramatic electric concept, an advanced Micra 1.2 DIG-S for low emissions and strong performance plus revisions to the GT-R and 370Z to make them even more exciting... these are a few of the treats on Nissan's stand at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
"Nissan is continuing to forge a lead in low and zero emission vehicles. As deliveries of the 2011 Car of The Year - the Nissan LEAF - start across Europe, we are looking at a possible EV of the future at the same time as revealing the sub 100 g/km new Micra. But we've haven't forgotten excitement by giving the GT-R even more power."
Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Nissan International SA
At a glance
Geneva Motor Show 2011
No other car maker in the world has a range as broad or diverse as Nissan. From the awesome GT-R to the zero emission Nissan LEAF and from the Micra and Pixo city cars to the X-TRAIL and Pathfinder 4x4s, all via the all-conquering crossovers Juke, QASHQAI and Murano, Nissan's models set the standard for others to follow.
Nissan arrives at Geneva with the 2011 European Car of The Year trophy awarded to the Nissan LEAF, the first time in the history of the award that it has been won by an electric vehicle.
And as deliveries of this ground-breaking car start across the world, Nissan has chosen Geneva to showcase its forward thinking approach to zero emissions. Using the same electric motor and innovative Li-Ion battery packs as Nissan LEAF mounted in a front mid-ship position over the rear-wheel drive. ESFLOW concept shows how a sporting EV of the future could look.
Dramatic looks - set off by an obstruction-free wraparound front screen for excellent all-round visibility - create a real head turner. Performance is equally exciting, with 0-100km/h arriving in around 5 seconds. If this is the future, things are looking good.
The present's not looking too bad, either. Alongside Nissan LEAF, Nissan's ‘Pure Drive' low emission campaign to reduce tailpipe emissions continues with the latest version of the new Micra city car. It's powered by a newly developed supercharged three-cylinder petrol engine offering instant responses, excellent economy and very low emissions. Add Micra's agile handling and user-friendly technology and it's a tempting package.
For rather more power, Nissan's flagship supercar, the awesome GT-R, has been given a power and torque boost to 530PS and 612Nm. The headline 0-100km/h sprint has been reduced to a mere 3.046 seconds... and the engineering team's next target is to dip into the 2 second bracket. Watch this space.
The GT-R's little brother, the 370Z, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Z car in Europe with a special GT Edition version. The 370Z also benefits from subtle chassis changes to optimise the ride/handling balance.
There's a special edition version of the Pixo city car, too, while Note is another addition to the Nissan Pure Drive family, the 1.5 dCi version now producing a mere 115 g/km of CO2.
The stand is completed by Nissan's latest market sensation, the Juke compact crossover which looks like repeating the sales success of QASHQAI. The crossover range is completed by Murano while Nissan also underlines its strong 4x4 heritage with the recently revised Pathfinder and Navara along with the popular X-TRAIL.
"Whether you want a practical 4x4, a versatile crossover, a compact city car or and out and out sports car, the Nissan stand has it all." said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Nissan International SA.