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Video: A closer look at the Nissan iV Design Concept

01 iv 630 450x252 Video: A closer look at the Nissan iV Design Concept

For us, one of the most interesting parts of the LA Auto Show is the Design Challenge, in which automakers are invited to rack their brains, sharpen their pencils and crank out a concept that best matches a set of predetermined parameters. This year, manufacturers were challenged to come up with a concept that was stylish, engaging to drive, and easy on the environment, all wrapped in a 1,000-lb. package. Automakers fromHonda to Maybach rolled out their ideas of what said vehicle should look like, and while the judges crowned both Cadillac and Smart as this year’s winners, we were intrigued by the Nissan iV.

Fortunately, Nissan has been kind enough to give us a closer look at the vehicle. The spec sheet for the iV reads like a who’s who of concept fantasy, with building materials sourced from fast-growing ivy and spider silk, plus a propulsion and steering system that makes use of clever electromagnets. While a bio-battery stores energy for your commute, the iV also makes use of a supercapacitor to recover energy that would otherwise be lost during braking. Hit the jump to take a look at a video of the concept.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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Nissan Leaf owners have rapid response system lying in wait

nissan leaf 630 1290530738 450x298 Nissan Leaf owners have rapid response system lying in wait

The very first 2011 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (Leaves?) are set to find their way into American hands next month, and Nissan is ready for whatever issues may arise from the vehicle’s launch. According to Automotive News, the Japanese manufacturer has assembled a rapid-reaction task force to pin down customer complaints before they get out of hand. The Los Angeles-based team is led by a group of 10 engineers that have been thoroughly trained on the vehicle’s drivetrain, and each engineer will have a squad of around 30 technicians at their beck and call. Nissan is currently looking to install similar outfits in both Europe and Japan.

The move is part of an effort to assuage any worries that buyers may have about being among the first to sign on the dotted line for their very own electric vehicle. In Japan, Nissan has even gone so far as to roll a program with free towing, unlimited free charging at dealerships and a 24-hour hotline for owner questions. So far, there’s no indication that Nissan USA will do the same.

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by dailycar - November 24, 2010 at 10:21 pm

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