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Nissan Hints it May Build Off-the-Wall Pivo 3

Simplifying urban driving.

by on Dec.02, 2011

Nissan hints there's a future for Pivo 3.

In keeping with Tokyo Motor Show tradition, Nissan has, over the years, introduced an assortment of odd and unusual concept vehicles.  Yet, it has also had a history of putting some of the more promising ones into production, including a series of so-called “Pike Cars,” like the snail-shaped S-Cargo.

So, as the maker displays the third in a series of show cars dubbed Pivo perhaps it’s no wonder why folks are wondering whether the Nissan Pivo 3 just might also make the jump from concept to production.

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The latest to get the Pivo name since 2005, this year’s Nissan Pivo 3 concept targets the emerging market for so-called Urban Mobility Vehicles, micro-sized vehicles that can navigate the crowded streets of cities like Tokyo, Beijing, London, perhaps even New York, and leave an environmental footprint even smaller than the vehicle itself.

“This is not just a show car,” the maker suggested, adding that, “PIVO 3 is what Nissan envisions to be a more ‘realistic’ EV of the near future.”


car2go Makes It Official

Can the Smart car-based program transform urban mobility?

by on May.20, 2010

car2go hopes to revolutionize urban mobility, starting with a program in Austin, Texas.

Can a small car like he Smart fortwo make a big change in urban transportation?  That’s what the new Daimler AG venture, car2go, is betting on.

The project, which has been operating in pilot mode for several years, is ready to roll out in full business mode, on Friday, in Austin, Texas.  Company officials say they’re already looking at expansion opportunities in as many as 100 cities in North America and Europe. (See Car Sharing Meets Austin City Limits)

On the surface, car2go could be dismissed as just another way to rent a car – in this case the pint-sized Smart fortwo 2-seater.  But the idea behind the venture, which first went into testing in the German city of Ulm, in 2008, is to both supplement users of mass transit and provide the occasional set of wheels for urban dwellers who might not own a vehicle of their own, company officials explained during a news conference in Austin, on Thursday.

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The Texas capital has served as a test sight for the U.S. market, car2goNA partnering with the city government and signing on a small group of other residents to test the concept.