Nissan Townpod EV Heads to Paris Show
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Nissan Townpod EV Heads to Paris Show

2010 Paris Auto Show


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2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan will unveil its second electric car at the Paris auto show.
  • The Nissan Townpod is only a concept.
  • Nissan says it's more than just a car and a van, but only one teaser photo of a headlight has been released so far.

TOKYO — Nissan will buttress its new Leaf electric vehicle at the upcoming 2010 Paris Auto Show with a second EV — a concept called the Townpod, which the Japanese automaker says is "more than just a car [and] more than just a van."

While the teaser reveals little more than a single headlamp, Nissan says the Townpod "combines eye-catching design with a spacious and practical interior."

It's not clear exactly who is being targeted by the Townpod. At one point in its sparsely worded pre-show press release, Nissan claims the concept "heralds a new era of flexible, stylish vehicles that will bring electric-vehicle mobility to the masses." At another point, however, the automaker appears to narrow its focus a bit, claiming the Townpod "is designed to offer zero-emissions mobility to a future generation of home-based, innovative entrepreneurs who are creative and tech-savvy."

Production plans? Nissan hedges by saying only that the car "offers insight" into how the company "could expand its portfolio of zero-emission vehicles."

Edmunds.com says: If you crossed a Lincoln Town Car with an Apple iPod...you probably wouldn't get a Nissan Townpod. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent

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