Nissan Unveils the Weird Looking Pivo 2 Concept…The Car's Cabin Rotates!

We all now that Nissan is finally going to unveil the new GT-R at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month, but that doesn’t mean that the automaker isn’t going to bring anything else to the show. Nissan is going to unveil a very weird looking concept dubbed the Pivo 2.

The Pivo 2 is the second generation of the Pivo concept that originally debuted in 2005 and it features an electric powertrain powered by lithium ion batteries.

Interesting features of the car are that it features a rotating cabin, therefore reverse is not needed making the car more maneuverable. The wheels can also pivot 90 degrees and the car showcases new “by wire” technologies for the braking and steering.

A new “Robot Agent” is also included that has the ability to converse with the driver and additional occupants in either Japanese or English. This means that you can actually have company if you are driving alone on a long trip.

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– Pivo 2 concept turns heads and itself in Tokyo –

TOKYO (Oct. 5, 2007)-Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today unveiled the Pivo 2, an advanced electric concept car that will debut at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Pivo 2 builds on the popularity of the first Pivo, shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Powered by advanced Compact Lithium-ion Batteries and featuring a unique rotating cabin – meaning no reverse gear required – the first Pivo became a cult hit at shows from Beijing to Geneva.
Pivo 2 Concept Car

Reasons to love Pivo 2:

* Electric power from Nissan’s advanced Lithium-ion batteries
* A robotic agent to share every trip
* ‘Revolutionary’ technology with 360 degree turning cabin and 90 degree turning wheels

Pivo 2 takes the idea of an environmentally friendly electric urban commuter vehicle and delivers fun, functionality and a unique relationship between the car and driver. Pivo 2 is powered by advanced Compact Lithium-ion Batteries and employs ‘by-wire’ technologies for braking and steering.

Where the first Pivo, with its fully rotating cabin design, made reversing obsolete, the Pivo 2 takes that easy mobility concept to a new level. Each of the four wheels are powered by Nissan’s advanced electric In-wheel 3D Motor and can turn through 90 degrees to allow Pivo 2 to drive sideways as well as forward.

Thanks to the highly innovative Robotic Agent, you are never alone in the Pivo 2. With conversations possible in Japanese and English, the Robotic Agent has been created to work with Pivo 2 to make every journey less stressful. It provides a unique interface through which to communicate with Pivo 2 on everything from basic vehicle functions through to the nearest available parking.

Pivo 2 will be on display at the Nissan Ginza Gallery in Tokyo, for an exclusive public sneak preview ahead of the Motor Show.

Venue: The Nissan Ginza Gallery
5-8-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Oct. 13, 2007 (Sat) to Oct. 14, 2007 (Sun)
Time: 10:00-20:00

Pivo 2 will then be exhibited – together with four other exciting production and concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, starting October 27.

PIVO 2 Website