TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. is rolling out an edgier, more "realistic" update of its compact Pivo electric car with four-wheel independent steering at this month's Tokyo Motor Show.
The Pivo3 looks much closer to market than either of its "bubble-on-wheels" predecessors, the first of which was shown at the 2005 Tokyo show. The Pivo2 appeared two years later.
But like its cousins, which take the name Pivo from "pivot," the Pivo3 is highly maneuverable with a tight 6.5-foot turning radius, thanks to in-wheel motors that allow its wheels to turn independently. The car can do a U-turn on 13-foot roads.