September 18, 2012
NISSAN AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW 2012
- Innovative TeRRA concept takes Zero Emissions mobility to the next level and beyond with Nissan-developed hydrogen fuel-cell
- Juke Nismo production car launches exciting new performance brand
- Juke with Ministry of Sound limited edition
- New Qashqai 360 with added equipment and value
- European debut for PIVO 3 Zero Emissions concept car
- Micra Elle extends partnership with world-famous fashion title
- Revised 370Z Coupe and Roadster featuring detail enhancements
PARIS (18 September, 2012) Great design delivered through innovation – Nissan is showcasing its bold approach in spectacular style at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Showing the strength and depth of its highly successful range, Nissan is exhibiting an array of vehicles that offer an exciting glimpse at what the future holds for the brand.
Nissan's commitment to innovation and the desire to introduce new technology is a strategy that clearly appeals to buyers. Following its best ever sales year in 2011 – up 25 percent in 2010 – Nissan is on course for yet another highly successful year in 2012.
With continued growth in Europe in the face of very challenging trading conditions, Nissan's performance highlights the strength and appeal of its current product range. Sales to the end of July show an increase of 5% year-on-year with huge investment being made to expand its industrial footprint even further in the UK, Spain and Russia.
TeRRA concept car
Taking centre stage and making its global debut at Paris is the rugged TeRRA concept car. The dramatically-designed four-seater takes the philosophy of Zero Emissions mobility and extends it into an exciting new domain. Powered by hydrogen fuel-cell, TeRRA offers four-wheel-drive capability and proves that Zero Emissions vehicles aren't just for the urban environment. Nissan is already the market leader in the zero emissions field, with the all-electric Leaf continuing to lead the way thanks to its innovative design and engineering.
Through the use of in wheel motor technology, TeRRA is free of the packaging constraints that affect conventional SUVs. With no central transmission tunnel, the seating gives all four passengers a broad and unique view out of the vehicle. In addition, TeRRA introduces bold new surfacing materials and removable, portable technology for the driver display and infotainment systems.
An exciting new era in Nissan performance motoring starts at the Paris Motor Show with the official launch of the Nismo road car programme. Designed and developed by Nissan's Nismo division in Japan, the range of affordable yet highly advanced performance cars is spearheaded by the new Juke Nismo.
Powered by a modified version of the acclaimed 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged petrol engine that drives the DIG-T model, the Juke Nismo features a bespoke aerodynamics package and a revised chassis design to deliver an even more engaging driving experience.
Juke with Ministry of Sound
Celebrating its ongoing partnership with the London-based clubbing and electronic dance music authority Ministry of Sound, the Juke with Ministry of Sound is a limited edition model that features a number of premium design enhancements and special features.
Available with any engine and transmission in the current range, the Juke with Ministry of Sound is finished in either Metallic Black or Solid White, and comes with a bespoke design package and a Ministry of Sound Music Pack that comprises an Apple iPod touch* complete with Scratch Shield case, Ministry of Sound headphones and a VIP voucher for the Ministry of Sound music store.
Making an equally dramatic impact on the Nissan stand in Paris is the Juke Box – a specially commissioned Juke fitted with what has been dubbed the ‘world's ultimate mobile sound system'. Built by the same audio team that created the famous ‘Box room' at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London, it has become the main attraction at Nissan's high-profile Juke Box Sessions held throughout Europe.
Groundbreaking design and advanced technology are just two of the attributes which have made the Qashqai the sector-defining sales hit it is. The new Qashqai 360 demonstrates Nissan's commitment to bringing premium features to the mass crossover market.
Available across Qashqai and Qashqai+2 ranges, the 360 can be specified with all engine and drivetrain combinations – including the new 1.6-litre dCi with CO2 emissions from 119g/km.
Qashqai 360 includes a number of premium design features and is fitted with Nissan's innovative Around View Monitor (AVM) as standard.
Making its European debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, PIVO 3 showcases a range of new and exciting technologies that provide an exciting vision of what the future holds for urban mobility.
The innovative zero emissions concept builds on the strengths of its predecessors, and adds more real-world features, such as Automated Valet Parking (AVP) and Robotic Agent Interface (RAI) – a system that integrates the vehicle's key technologies into one interface.
PIVO 3 also has the facility to feed stored power back to the local electricity grid. This clever technology, when employed on a larger scale with other EVs, has the potential to balance electric power demand and supply.
Combining stylish design with intelligent technology and spirited attitude, the Micra ELLE has been developed with a well suited partner: world-famous fashion magazine, ELLE.
It showcases many of Nissan's innovations, including Intelligent Key for keyless entry, and offers a luxurious feel thanks to its panoramic glass roof and chrome details.
Micra ELLE also introduces two new colours to the Micra range and is available with two engine options: a 1.2-litre normally aspirated three-cylinder engine, and a sophisticated 1.2-litre supercharged DIG-S engine that develops 98PS.
NV200 London Taxi and NV200 New York City Taxi
Making their first appearance at a European motor show, the new NV200 London Taxi and NV200 New York City Taxis confirm Nissan's growing presence in the private hire sector. Launched in August, the NV200 London Taxi has been completely re-engineered to meet the strict requirements of London's licencing authorities. Proving the strength and adaptability of the NV200 platform, the London Taxi variant features a large five-seat passenger area, variable seating layout and twin sliding doors for easy access. In addition, the NV200 London Taxi also features a bespoke steering set-up that allows the vehicle to meet the required turning circle maximum of 7.6 metres.
The NV200 New York City Taxi further demonstrates the practicality of the NV200 design. Having won the right to be named New York's ‘Taxi of the future' after a two-year bid selection process, the distinctive yellow NV200s will be hitting New York streets at the end of 2013.
Revised 370Z Coupe and Roadster
With updated exterior and interior styling, new colour options and wheel design, the 2013-specification 370Z Coupe and Roadster makes its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Confirming its reputation as one of the most exciting and best value sports in the sector, the new 370Z features a host of detail improvements, including a new front bumper incorporating LED daytime running lights.
Nissan: European expansion continues
Nissan is continuing to buck the economic trend by expanding both its sales and manufacturing presence in Europe. Not only is the brand on course to record another great year in Europe, it is also poised to become the region's number one Asian brand.
And it isn't just Nissan's customer base that is expanding. The brand's manufacturing base is set to increase significantly with five all-new models confirmed for production in Europe. With over half a billion Euro of investment, this expansion will create over 4,000 new jobs and safeguard thousands more.
Nissan at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
Finally, the Nissan stand itself offers something new for visitors. It features a new layout, encouraging visitors into rather than onto the exhibition space. Featuring a more open feel, it encourages showgoers to engage and interact with the displays – allowing them to immerse themselves in the world of Nissan.
* iPod touch is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in US and other countries. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.