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Nissan Plans Twizy-style City Car

July 11, 2013
Renault Twizy (photo: Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr)

Nissan is planning its own narrow urban buggy along the lines of the quirky electric-powered Renault Twizy.

According to industry gazette Automotive News Europe, Nissan says the own-branded version will improve on the open-sided vehicle produced by its European partner by offering improved weather protection.

The idea harks back to the Nissan Land Glider, an urban mobility concept which the Japanese maker showed in Geneva in 2008. The Glider sought to combine the agility of a motorcycle by being able to lean into corners with a fully-enclosed, weatherproof cabin.

Toyota says Twizy-style vehicles could ease congestion in crowded cities. The Nissan would also be powered by an electric motor similar to the one in the Renault which is offered in two versions. The entry-level Twizy with a five horsepower e-motor can be driven in most European countries without a driving licence.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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