The Tokyo motor show - Nissan Land Glider
The electric vehicle has rounded tyres like a motorbike, it leans through the corners like a motorbike and, at just over a metre wide, it's not much wider than a motorbike.
However, it can seat two people, has four wheels, a steering wheel and a hard cocoon that covers the driver and passenger. To us, that makes it a car.
The initial concept was to build an electric vehicle that is easily manoeuvrable in the city. With two electric motors that power the rear wheels, the Land Glider has a range of 120km (75 miles) and a top speed of 100kph (62mph).
The car also has a non-contact charging system – it charges when the car is parked over a special charging pad. This system enables vehicles to be charged wirelessly at locations where the infrastructure exists.
Will it ever be made?
Nissan says: 'While the Land Glider is a concept car created for the Tokyo motor show, it should not be regarded as a mere design study.
'This leaning machine gives a clear direction to how a future small car from Nissan could look in congested cities… a clue to what Nissan means by a new era of mobility.'
Which is business speak for 'no'.
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