Trappes, France (ots/PRNewswire) -
- Mixim, an Electric-Powered Concept Car
- Micra Colour + Concept, a Showcase for "Liquid Metal" Paint
- Newly Revised Micra
At this year's 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan will be showing
an all new concept car, a one-off show car based on an existing model
and a heavily revised production car.
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Mixim Concept Car
The Mixim concept car is a compact vehicle for young drivers who
are mostly engaged by their computer and the world via the internet.
The driver sits centrally, with two seats either side, while the
steering wheel and controls are inspired by the interfaces so
familiar to computer gamers.
Powered by Nissan's 'Super Motor' electric motor/generator and
using compact lithium-ion batteries, Mixim has unusually rapid
performance combined with a usefully extended range. One Super Motor
powers the front axle and a second drives the rear axle, giving Mixim
Mixim takes the most up-to-date electric vehicle (EV) technology
and clothes it in a svelte and distinctive coupé shape. Its
wraparound windscreen, inspired by the visor of a crash helmet,
dominates the profile while the swept back windscreen, flowing
roofline and sharply truncated rear hints at sporting performance
unexpected from an electric vehicle.
Diamond-shaped styling cues feature inside and out, notably on the
twin air intakes to the rear of the doors and the front LED driving
lights, while an upper triangular side window links the gentle slope
of the roof with the dramatic angular slash that runs through the
centre of the doors. The rear hatch opens to reveal a large trunk
area behind the three seats. An occasional fourth seat is also housed
behind the front seat module.
Sitting on a 2530mm wheelbase, Mixim is 3700mm long, 1800mm wide
and 1400mm high, the Mixim is shorter and lower than Micra, though
slightly wider. It weighs just 950kgs.
Despite being a concept car with no guarantee of being turned into
a series production model, Mixim's development is in line with the
Nissan Green Program, the company's publicly stated desire to create
a more sustainable mobile society.
Throughout the show, the Mixim will be driving from a low
stage via a ramp to an elevated display platform on the Nissan stand.
Micra Colour + Concept show car
The Micra Colour + Concept show car has been designed and
conceived at Nissan Design Europe, the company's European design
headquarters in London, to showcase the latest colour and paint
technology and to highlight the changes that have been made to the
entire Micra range.
The biggest visual impact, however, is the paint effect. Micra
Colour + Concept has been given a two-tone treatment with a Liquid
Metal gold paint effect running over the top of the car and
contrasting with the three coat pearlescent white finish on the car's
The gold finish has an intense depth that makes it appear
liquid to the touch. The extreme metallic look is the result of a
special-effect pigment added to the paint.
Inside the Colour + Concept theme continues with a high contrast
between the upper and lower portions of the interior. Re-upholstered
in sumptuous white leather, the seats have accented detailing and
stitching. Carpets and lower internal panels are a darker acid yellow
to contrast with the pale upper portion of the dashboard.
A more mature Micra will be one of the stars of Nissan's stand at
the Frankfurt motor show. Micra celebrates its upcoming fifth
birthday with subtle changes to its external appearance, interior
trim, as well as the addition of new items of user-friendly
Thanks to clever use of visual features such as subtle chrome
touches, darkened headlamp surrounds and blackened 'B' pillars, Micra
enters a new phase of its life looking more sophisticated, more
modern and more mature.
Inside, new materials and revised colour treatments again provide
a more mature and sophisticated ambience. The model line up has been
simplified, now with four main grades: Visia, Acenta, Tekna and the
premium Active Luxury grade.
The philosophy of providing "Friendly Technology" on the Micra
continues. One example is the new double DIN radio/CD player.
Incorporating Bluetooth(R) technology, it enables calls from a
compatible mobile phone to be channelled through the audio system.
With a control switch neatly incorporated on the steering wheel,
calls can be placed and received hands-free.
An additional feature is an auxiliary input jack socket that
allows music from personal MP3 players to be heard through the car's
stereo system. Another new piece of equipment offering greater safety
and convenience in equal measure is a speed limit warning. Activated
by a switch on the leather-bound steering wheel, a warning chime
sounds when a pre-set speed limit is breached.
Nissan can be found in Hall 3.1, on Stand A01
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