Nissan Plotting Upscale Renault Twizy Rival?

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 10

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Nissan New Mobility Concept

Will it be New Mobility Concept-based? Land Glider Concept-based?  Or something never before seen?

Nissan Land Glider Concept Circa 2008

Nissan Land Glider Concept Circa 2008

We’re not sure yet, but we do know that Nissan is reportedly working on an upscale version of the urban electric Renault Twizy.

The hot-selling Twizy is a hit in Europe and it seems unlikely Nissan would compete against it there, so perhaps this upscale urban electric is US-bound.  Probably not, but we can still dream, right?

The most likely course of action is that Nissan will market this unknown Twizy rival in Japan.

Etienne Henry, Nissan’s head of product strategy and planning, told Automotive News Europe that Nissan’s Twizy rival will improve upon the originator.

Quoting Automotive News:

“…the new car will combine the compactness and agility of a motorcycle with the weather protection and protective shell of a conventional car.”

Weather protection is one area in which the Twizy struggles for obvious reasons (windows being optional is certainly one reason).

So, what’ll it be?  The New Mobility Concept seems the obvious choice, especially since it’s almost a carbon-copy of the Twizy.  A few tweaks here and there would make the New Mobility Concept ready for primetime.

On the other hand, the Land Glider Concept is far more unique and certainly fits the “agility of a motorcycle with the weather protection and protective shell of a conventional car” mentioned above.

For the record, Henry declined to comment on the actual vehicle Nissan is working on.  Instead, Henry had this to say of the Land Glider:

“That was a very interesting concept with very challenging and meaningful technology.”

If Nissan does indeed move forward with plans to build an upscale Twizy rival, would it be wise for the automaker to put it on sale in the US?  Would you buy one?

Source: Automotive News

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10 responses to "Nissan Plotting Upscale Renault Twizy Rival?"

  1. Anon says:

    Several Auto Makers have been trying to create a new class of lower cost, Urban EVs, that have external wheels. Here’s Audi’s ideas (closed and open cabin):

  2. offib says:

    Doesn’t this remind anyone of how GM competes with itself? This is what’s happening with the electric segment of the Renault – Nissan partnership.

  3. Warren says:

    Yes! Someone please do this before I die. 🙂 It will be a game changer.

  4. Warren says:

    Don’t forget the VW Nils

    and the uber sexy Opel Rak-e

    These are the future of personal transportation!!

    1. Rick Danger says:

      If only the future were the present! I’d take either of these two in a NY minute, and you can add the Land Glider to the list!

  5. Albert says:

    Better than Renault’s Twizy. But not as good – by far – as what has become known as the New Isetta. Why better? Well, it is inherently safer, more comfortable, better looking and can carry three persons. It is still supposed to be under development.
    Here’s a picture:

    1. Suprise Cat says:

      Looks way too expensive. A city vehicle makes only sense, if it is significant cheaper than a normal small car.

  6. Josh says:

    If it has the performance of a motorcycle and the protection of a car, I will be first in line to buy it.

  7. Dan Frederiksen says:

    And my concept that preceded all the outboard wheelers 🙂
    http://zev.dk/images/montage.jpg

    I doubt it will be a tilter. It’s complicated and it has some fatal flaws, like a motorcycle, namely emergency maneuvers. When you are down in a tilt and want sudden reverse steering it will either refuse or fall.
    The Twizy config is a pretty good compromise, just ffs give it a closed cabin. you only need one door, the other side can be closed. And the better aerodynamics you give it the easier it will do freeway speeds.

  8. luca says:

    Avoid Twizy flaws!
    Add a back window!
    Add internal shelves for cellphone, tablet and small packages!
    Add more space for 2nd passenger!
    And…
    Design removable batteries for future lightweight batteries.
    And as we (eventually) have windows, provide a solar-powered fan to extract hot air from cockpit while parked.