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Nissan unveils newest centerpieces of Intelligent Mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show

Arturo Samaniego Jr

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Taking charge in helping reduce carbon emissions, Nissan has unveiled the IMk, a fully electric and compact vehicle. Nissan calls it a city car, a vehicle that will make it easier to navigate through traffic and narrow streets.

Despite being compact, the Nissan IMk features a spacious interior with a minimalist design in order to make it cozy for passengers. Above all, the Nissan IMk can be considered a “smart car” with the ProPILOT advanced driver-assist technologies integrated to it, which includes hands-free highway driving.

Along with the IMk, Nissan’s next electric car is a compact crossover SUV—the Nissan Ariya. According to Nissan, the Ariya is the start of a new electric platform – the battery pack is positioned on the floor and there are two electric motors, one in front and one in the rear.

The Ariya is a step closer into science fiction as the dashboard is free of buttons and instead we get touch-sensitive controls. Like the Nissan IMk, the Ariya will include the ProPILOT that allows hand-free driving in highways.

The Nissan Ariya Concept and Nissan IMk concept are the latest centerpieces of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how vehicles are powered, driven and integrated into society.

The concepts signify Nissan’s direction for its upcoming vehicle lineup and the new possibilities for design and technology that a new EV platform allows.

“These are transformational times for the auto industry, and a new era is opening up for Nissan” said Kunio Nakaguro, Nissan’s executive vice president of global research and development. “We have been among the fastest to develop EVs and highly intelligent driving assistance technologies, and, as shown by our two new concept vehicles, we intend to continue our role as a global pioneer.”

The Nissan Ariya Concept: a realistic look at Nissan’s future vehicles

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The Ariya Concept showcases Nissan’s new design direction, called Timeless Japanese Futurism. The new design language combines new possibilities incorporating the company’s 100% EV platform with traditional Japanese minimalist themes.

“The Ariya Concept is born in a time of huge technological leaps from our engineers, making visible a blank canvas for design,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president of global design. “We were able to look forward and back simultaneously, uncovering a new language for the Nissan brand that fuses high technology and the Japanese spirit, combining electric, autonomous and connected functions.”

The Nissan IMk concept: the ultimate compact urban commuter

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The Nissan IMk concept offers advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology and a powerful EV drivetrain in a compact, agile body. The IMk concept’s sleek appearance represents Nissan’s future design language, developed for the coming automotive era.

An extensive display of Nissan Intelligent Mobility

Along with the Nissan Ariya Concept and IMk concept, Nissan’s display at the Tokyo Motor Show will feature:

  • The new Nissan Skyline, showcasing Nissan’s most advanced driver assistance technology on the road today, ProPILOT 2.0
  • The Nissan Serena, the company’s most popular minivan, equipped with the award-winning e-POWER system
  • The Nissan Dayz, the first commuter car equipped with ProPILOT
  • The latest LEAF NISMO RC, a twin-electric motor racing machine representing the excitement of Nissan Intelligent Power
  • The zero-emission Nissan LEAF e+, offering an enhanced EV driving and ownership experience

On public days, motor show guests can experience an additional lineup of cars including the 50th anniversary Nissan GT-R and the GT-R NISMO. Several examples of Nissan’s groundbreaking EV and electrified technologies will also be shown, including the Nissan Note e-POWER NISMO S Black Limited and the Serena e-POWER AUTECH edition.

The 46th Tokyo Motor Show is taking place at Tokyo Big Sight and is open to the public from Oct. 25 to Nov. 4. Nissan’s display is located at West Hall 2.

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