April 23, 2012

Nissan's Re-imagined New Global Sedan World Previewed at Beijing

Beijing (April 23, 2012) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today revealed an all-new global sedan along with three zero-emission concepts at the 2012 Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, joining the selection of production models.


Highlights of the Nissan show:

  • All-new global sedan featuring elegant modern design and one-class-above cabin comfort smartly balanced with Nissan's advanced technology. The new model will premiere in China as the next-generation Nissan Sylphy.
  • Three zero-emission concept vehicles: PIVO 3, a smart urban EV of the near future; ESFLOW, a pure EV sports car; and e-NV200, a versatile EV small van.
  • Advanced technology exhibit showcasing Nissan's leadership in zero-emission mobility and safety.

Re-imagined Sedan
Nissan developed a one-class-above solution that exceeds customers' expectations - retaining the popular features of the current model while upgrading design, perceived quality, roominess and performance. In fact, Nissan has virtually re-imagined the category, delivering high quality styling outside and spacious, quiet comfort inside with the latest "smart" amenities, plus remarkable fuel efficiency.

Design with Excitement and Confidence
Just looking at the all-new global sedan inspires excitement and confidence. The lowered stance and well-proportioned aerodynamic body create a strong presence, while the elegantly upswept character line expresses dynamic yet refined performance. The front grille and LED-bordered headlamps contribute to the premium image and help create a modern look. LED taillights, a sharply angled trunk lid and eye-catching chrome trim add to the tastefully-styled one-class-above appearance.

Roomy, High Quality Interior
The modern design language of the exterior is carried over to the spacious interior with high quality materials and cabin details crafted to please the senses. Within the roomy cabin, passengers enjoy generous shoulder room and legroom one would expect in more expensive vehicles. The trunk's capacity is among the best in its class. Thorough noise isolation, vibration absorption, and an advanced suspension with optimized high-stiffness body assure a peacefully smooth ride. Amenities for comfort and convenience include dual-zone air conditioning, Intelligent Key and keyless pushbutton ignition.

Impressive Fuel Economy
With its new 1.8 liter engine and next-generation XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the all-new global sedan delivers impressive fuel efficiency. A long piston stroke and Twin Continuously variable valve timing control (C-VTC) optimize combustion, while hydrogen-free Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating on valve lifters halves friction of previous coatings and beehive valve springs reduce friction and inertial loss. The next-generation XTRONIC CVT is lighter and more compact than previous designs, yet achieves greater efficiency and a wider gear ratio range, thanks to an auxiliary transmission with sub planetary gears and smaller pulleys. This environmentally-friendly performance reflects Nissan's global PURE DRIVE commitment to reducing CO2 emissions through developing fuel efficient internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies and introducing them into the market.

This new model, to be produced at the Dongfeng Nissan Huadu Plant facilities in Guangzhou, will be released in mid 2012. Following its introduction in China, the car will be launched in most major markets worldwide during the course of 2012 and approximately 120 countries by 2014.

Other highlights in the Nissan booth include:

Smart urban commuter EV of the near future features Automated Valet Parking (AVP) and the ability to make a U-turn on a road only four meters wide.

Pure EV rear-wheel drive two-seater sports car concept presents an exciting new dimension in sports car handling and performance, using technology pioneered in Nissan LEAF.

Multi-usage zero emissions small van is designed to provide businesses or families with flexible, roomy interior space, while achieving outstanding environmental performance as a zero-emission vehicle with no tailpipe emissions, including CO2.

Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. (DFL)
Dongfeng Nissan is a business unit of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd., Nissan's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. Dongfeng Nissan is engaged in research and development operations, manufacturing and distribution of passenger vehicles.

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its business in China
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., the second-largest Japanese automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Nissan provided customers with more than 4.67 million vehicles globally in 2011. China is the largest single market for Nissan, representing more than a quarter of its total global sales. Nissan started its full-scale operation in the Chinese market in 2003 with the establishment of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan launched its luxury brand, Infiniti, in China in 2007. Nissan's sales volume, including both passenger and light commercial vehicles, has risen from 94,000 units in 2003 to approximately 1.25 million units in 2011. For 2012, Nissan is targeting sales of 1.35 million vehicles in China.

About Nissan Global Company Limited (NGL)
Nissan Global Company Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company. NGL was established in April 2012 in Hong Kong as the new Global Headquarter of the Infiniti brand. NGL also plays an important role in market research, product planning, and marketing and communications for the Nissan brand for Asia. Taking into account the geographical benefits of Hong Kong, the establishment of NGL is a key strategic milestone to realize the goals of Nissan Power 88, Nissan's corporate mid-term business plan.

<Related Link>
Nissan Global Website: Beijing International Automobile Exhibition 2012


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