Nissan’s Tokyo Motor Show line-up: An electric Blade Runner, and more

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Toyota will show a futuristic FV2 Concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. It will read your mind and doesn’t have a steering wheel. Meanwhile, rival Nissan will unveil something that is closer to reality. Nissan’s BladeGlider is a Zero Emission jet-fighter on wheels – very strange wheels.

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Taking cues from Nissan’s Deltawing racer, the BladeGlider looks like a three-wheeler at first, but it isn’t. The front wheels are only three feet and change apart, the rear track measures 74.4 inches. The BladeGlider is powered by rear in-wheel electric engines with independent motor management.

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“When” (not if) “BladeGlider matures into a production car, it would be Nissan’s first use of in-wheel motors,” the company said when it showed the car to sworn-to-secrecy Tokyo journalists last month.

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Power comes from Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries. Other than the FV2, which is a single-seat solitary affair, the BladeGlider can be enjoyed in the company of two friends in the (wider) rear, while the pilot sits up front in the middle.

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The company calls the BladeGlider “more than a concept – it is an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle.”

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Also at the Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will show the Dayz Roox, a super-high variant of its successful Dayz kei car. The Roox is slated for a JDM market launch in early 2014.

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A new Teana, also shown at the TMS, will be introduced in Japan in “fiscal 2013” – which ends on March 31, 2014.

A new Skyline will be launched in Japan in November 2013.

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A new X-Trail will be launched in Japan in December 2013.

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The Daily Kanban will report from The Tokyo Motor Show on both press days, November 20 and 21.  For us, it’s just a quick subway ride away. Requests? Wishes? Talk to us!