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Nissan Shows Mixim At Frankfurt Motor Show 2007

 

 

9th September, 2007

Nissan Mixim Concept Car

Nissan will be showing an all new concept car, partly inspired by a futuristic crash helmet design, at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA).

The Mixim concept car is a compact vehicle for young drivers who often engage the world via their computer and 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 a Nissan electric motor/generator and using compact lithium-ion batteries, Mixim has unusually rapid performance combined with a usefully extended range. One motor powers the front axle and a second drives the rear axle, giving Mixim all-wheel drive.

Mixim takes the most up-to-date electric vehicle (EV) technology and clothes it in a svelte and distinctive coupe 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 storage area behind the three seats. An occasional fourth seat is also housed behind the front seat module.

Sitting on a 2,530 mm wheelbase, Mixim is 3,700 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,400 mm high, the Mixim is shorter and lower than the Nissan Micra. It weighs just 950 kgs.

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 Programme, the company's publicly stated desire to provide 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.



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