Nissan to Show Three Compacts at 2008 Paris Motor Show

Nissan will be showing three micro cars at the 2008 Paris motor show, ranging from a concept to a refresh of a production model.


The Nuvu concept car is meant to present Nissan’s vision of driving in the next decade (it’s pronounced ‘new view’ – get it?). Measuring three meters long – roughly four feet shorter than a Nissan Versa hatchback – it will preview some of the technologies to be used in the electric car set for sale in Japan and North America in 2010.

Further exemplifying Nissan’s commitment to both green technology and puns, the Nuvu has leaf-shaped solar panels on its roof connecting through a tree trunk-shaped conduit to the vehicle’s battery. It will also use organic and recycled materials throughout the interior.


The Pixo (left) is a more conventional small car set to go on sale overseas next spring. It will be built in collaboration with Suzuki in New Delhi, India and make use of a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine.

Nissan is positioning the vehicle, which measures a bit more than three-and-a-half meters long, as a practical alternative to micro cars. It has five doors and a four-speed transmission.


Rounding out the small car introductions will be the refreshed 2009 Nissan Note (top). The changes, which will begin appearing on the European market car this month, include revised front and rear fascias, improved emissions on the 1.5-liter diesel and 1.4-liter gasoline engines, and the introduction of Nissan Connect, the company’s new satellite navigation, audio entertainment and communication system.

Paris will also have on display the Nissan Murano and Qashqai+2, a larger version of its European crossover.