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Nissan Reveals Tokyo-Bound Leaf Aero Style Concept

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On: Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 4:51PM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Reveals Tokyo-Bound Leaf Aero Style Concept

Nissan had a strong presence at the 2010 LA Auto Show, with debuts like the Murano CrossCabriolet. The Japanese automaker won't be attending the next big auto show—the 2011 North American International Auto Show (Detroit—but plans to make another big splash at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon in mid-January. It announced that it will show nine kitted-out models in Tokyo, including a restyled Leaf that it calls the Leaf Aero Style. The concepts will be presented in conjunction with AUTECH Japan and Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.

Now, the Nissan Leaf can be called a lot of things. With its EPA-certified 99 mpg-e, it's definitely one of the cleanest cars available. And with its electric-only powertrain and 73-mile range, it's also one of the least practical cars in terms of long-distance driving. One thing that the Leaf can't be called, though, is sleek or aerodynamic. Between its small, pudgy body and huge, bulbous headlamps, the Leaf is anything but sleek.

The Aero Style concept addresses this with an Aero body kit. The kit adds a new front bumper, side skirts, and redesigned rear-view mirrors to the Leaf, which, as Nissan describes, "accentuates Nissan LEAF's distinctive silhouette and character lines, this concept car expresses an image of futuristic sport EV driving." I'm not sure how "aero" the kit is what with the square shovel face created by the new bumper, but it's definitely a new look for Nissan's heralded all-electric commuter.

The Aero Style will be on display in Nissan's area at the show, and will be joined by the Juke Sporty Package.
Meanwhile, over at Autech's display, showgoers will be able to see models like the Elgrand Rider Premium Concept and March Bolero. Nismo will have several high-performance and race-inspired models on display including the Nissan NISMO GT-R RC, a race-ready version of the GT-R that features slick-tire compatible suspension, welded roll cage and lightweight components.
The Tokyo Auto Salon, an aftermarket tuner show, takes place from January 14 to January 16. Find more details on Nissan's nine cars in the press release below.

Nissan to Showcase Nine Exciting and Innovative Models at Tokyo Auto Salon

YOKOHAMA (Dec. 21, 2010) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., together with AUTECH Japan and Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd. (NISMO) will present nine exciting and innnovative models equipped with the latest custom and aftermarket parts at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2011 with NAPAC (Japan Car Parts and Aftermarket Promotion Association). It will be held January 14-16, 2011 at Makuhari Messe.

Nissan will recreate the exciting atmosphere of its participation in the SUPER GT domestic racing series with a display of a race vehicle, transporter and hospitality cars, along with "pit stop" tire changing demonstrations, Also on display will be the 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF Aero Style Concept and Nissan's range of standard road cars stylized with the latest genuine aero body kits that complement the vehicles' pure forms.

Autech will showcase its expertise in custom cars with three fun, relaxing models, including "Elgrand Rider" concept. NISMO will be presenting its new production race car, the Nissan NISMO GT-R RC, which will be officially announced at the Salon, and the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R racecar that competed in the 2010 SUPER GT series.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

• Nissan LEAF Aero Style Concept
Equipped with an aero body kit that accentuates Nissan LEAF's distinctive silhouette and character lines, this concept car expresses an image of futuristic sport EV driving.

• JUKE Sporty Package (Reference exhibit)
With its dealer-installed option enhancing JUKE's strong, dynamic feel, this custom car is equipped with exterior accessories designed for the European and North American markets. The car includes chrome parts and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

• Elgrand Rider Premium Concept (Reference exhibit)
Seeking the ultimate level of "mobility space,"' the engine, body and suspension are specifically tuned up for a higher level of driving performance. The genuine leather seats are configured in two rows, accommodating four people, and feature a quilted design. Based on the Elgrand Rider, the Premium Concept also features a cabinet with indirect lightning for the ground below and a cool/warm storage box. The custom exterior items such as a smoke-plated front mask, 19-inch wheels and tires and a front protector accentuate the uniqueness of this car.

• Serena Rider
Based on Serena, this custom car adopts punchy aeroform coating and an emblematic front grille design, which are features of the Rider Series of custom cars. Black-themed special seat materials and silver carbon-style instrument shift finisher enhance its sportiness.
With the front protector* installed in the display model, its unique styling is emphasized.

• March Bolero
This March-based model has an elegantly coordinated interior and exterior. For the exterior, the front grille, which has been characteristics of previous generation models, features a plated mesh design, while its interior is highlighted by wine-colored, horizontal-striped seat materials delivering a distinguished atmosphere.

* Special front protector for the Rider series, to be scheduled to go on sale in January, 2011, for Elgrand and Serena.

• Nissan NISMO GT-R RC**
Based on the iconic Nissan GT-R, which offers the world's highest level of performance as a road going car, the NISMO GT-R RC was specially developed for circuit driving. It features a slick tire-compatible suspension, lightweight components and special safety equipment and devices - including a welded roll cage that meets the FIA standard, a 120-liter safety fuel tank made by ATL and air jacks. It is able to compete in various production races held around the world. This car will be officially released at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
** RC=Racing Competition

This model builds on the Fairlady Z's high level of driving performance with added fun and sporty functionality. Along with engine output that is increased to 261kW(355PS), a higher level of sporty handling is realized through special body and suspension tuning and modification of the power steering characteristics. For the exterior, excellent aerodynamic performance is achieved through use of special body components providing greater downforce and reduced air resistance.

• Elgrand S-tune
This model is equipped with NISMO S-tune kit for exhilarating driving on the street, and genuine optional parts for enhanced comfort and sportiness.

This car, campaigned in the 2010 SUPER GT season took the pole position in Round 5 in Sugo and finished in second place in Round 4 in Sepang and Round 6 in Suzuka.

NISMO will also have a "Kids & Ladies Ride Event," where participants can experience what it's like to be inside a racing car, and the "Pitwork Simulation," where NISMO mechanics will be demonstrating racing tire changes and other techniques.

NISSAN/NISMO Collection Booth
Official Nissan merchandise, including Nissan LEAF, Nissan GT-R and NISMO motorsports products, will be available at the Nissan/NISMO booth.



Gay | 1:19PM (Tue, Jan 11, 2011)

Wow, the styles sure have changed since I attended the new car show in LA when Maxima was released back in the early 90's. This certainly is aerodynamic, hence the name I would venture to say. Great body lines and a handsome car. I wonder how the public is going to perceive this.

Nissan historically changes their body styles every five years, wonder how they will change this.

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