January 20, 2005
Nissan Releases Note Compact Car
Tokyo -- Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced the domestic launch of the all-new Note compact car. As its "SHIFT_compact flexibility" tagline implies, the Note offers top-level driving performance and flexibility for a car of its size.
Highlights of the new Note include:
1. Advanced powertrain
The Note adopts a strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam suspension at the rear. In addition, the Note is fitted with rebound springs, ripple-control shock absorbers and other suspension features usually found on upscale models that provide excellent handling and stability combined with superb ride comfort and quietness.
2. A fresh exterior design and a stylish, comfortable interior
The interior design blends enjoyment with stylishness, with meticulous care taken in the execution of fine details. Interior color choices include bright Bossa Beige trim and modern-looking Jet Black trim.
The Note lineup includes the 15RX model, which exudes a sporty yet premium-quality look. The model features 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels with a bright finish, a Euro-tuned suspension and a roof spoiler. The interior comes with silver-colored finishers on the steering wheel and shift knob, among other places, as well as Jet Black trim and other exclusive appointments.
3. A roomy, open interior within a compact body
The rear seat offers added width thanks to the absence of wheelhouse intrusions. The added roominess is possible because the long wheelbase allows the rear wheels to be positioned behind the seat. In addition, the thick rear seat cushion enables passengers to ride in relaxing comfort.
The slightly high hip point of the Note's seats and the low waistline ensure excellent outward visibility.
Despite the model's long wheelbase, the Note still achieves a minimum turning radius of 4.7 meters for nimble agility.
4. A double-decker multiconfigurable trunk
5. Safety and environmental performance
The Note adopts a crash-compatible Zone Body construction that both improves self-protection and reduces damage to the other vehicle in a collision.
All Note models are certified as super ultra-low emission vehicles (SU-LEVs)* because they emit 75% fewer emissions than the levels mandated by Japan's 2005 exhaust emission regulations. All models also qualify for tax reductions under the Green Tax program in Japan, with the 2WD models achieving Japan's 2010 fuel economy standards plus an additional 5%.
As a result of design improvements made to enhance recyclability, the Note is more than 95% recyclable by weight.
*The low-emission vehicle certification system of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was inaugurated in April 2000 to encourage the penetration of low-emission vehicles through their selection by ordinary consumers. Following the adoption of the 2005 new long-term exhaust emission regulations in September 2003, the system was revised in October of that year to establish two certification categories. U-LEV certification requires an additional 50% reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC) emissions from the levels mandated by the 2005 exhaust emission regulations and SU-LEV certification requires an additional 75% reduction of these exhaust gas constituents.
Origin of the model name
Sales target: 8,000 units/month
Price range: 1,260,000 yen to 1,585,500 yen
*The photo in this news release can be downloaded from Nissan's press site (http://press.nissan-global.com/JP/).
Autech Releases Note Rider, Note Enchante and Note Driving Helper
Autech Japan, Inc., a wholly-owned Nissan affiliate, today announced the domestic release of the Note Rider, featuring special specifications, and the Note Enchante and Note Driving Helper lifecare vehicles (LVs)*. Autech has newly customized these models in conjunction with the launch of the Note.
*Nissan group companies use the term lifecare vehicle (LV) to refer to vehicles that are specifically designed to assist persons with special mobility needs in their everyday lives.
Note Rider Overview
The exterior features bright-finish trim parts to project an image of a stylish, unified design, while the interior is fitted with exclusive finishers and seats for a sporty look.
Overview of Note Lifecare Vehicles
The front passenger's seat can be swiveled to the outside of the vehicle and lowered/raised by motor power via a wireless remote control for effortless ingress and egress. The seat also features armrests and motor-powered mechanisms for sliding the seat fore/aft and reclining it inside the vehicle. The control switches for these operations are conveniently provided on both the right and left sides of the seat for easy operation by an accompanying person or by the seat occupant personally.
The front passenger's seat can be swiveled and slid outside the vehicle in a simple operation to enable easy entry and exit. Because the Note's standard front passenger's seat is used, high quality is combined with added convenience and comfort.
The Driving Helper is fitted with a package of controls to enable users with leg disabilities to operate the accelerator and brakes with their hands. An electronic control system is adopted for the lever that operates the accelerator to ensure a feeling of smooth operation. The compact design of the control lever unit allows greater legroom, and a palm rest is provided so that the lever can be easily operated.