Nissan Land Glider Concept Car Dominates the Passion of Flying While Driving

The new Nissan “Land Glider” still a concept car stole the imagination of the Tokyo Auto Show recently, as well it should. It’s really hard to say if this concept car is actually a car or a motorcycle. It does have four wheels, but the driver and passengers sit in tandem, and it is said to feel more like a glider or flying an airplane then it is driving a car.

As the driver sits in the cockpit, they have excellent visibility. When making a turn the car banks just as if it was an airplane making a turn. Although, it drives like a motorcycle, it cannot be considered a motorcycle because it has four wheels. Best of all, the vehicle is electrically powered using ion lithium batteries, which are located at the lowest point on the center of gravity.

Nissan claims that this vehicle will be excellent for “urban mobility” and anyone that sees one immediately would love to have it. Despite how small the car is, it is also very strong, and almost bulletproof as the project design coordinator claimed at the Tokyo auto show. Nissan’s name of this new vehicle “The Land Glider” fits in every essence of the word.

If this vehicle is ever sold in the United States, it will be the hot ticket. And as the oil prices go but up due to the Chinese buying more and more oil, US consumers will have no choice but to buy smaller vehicles, or go electric. As more people drive small vehicles, everyone will feel safer, and having an electric car will be the hot item. As far as I’m concerned the “Nissan Land Glider Concept Car” is the perfect innovation for future transportation. Please consider all this.

Car Show February – 2009 International Auto Show

Did you notice that the number of auto shows is on the rise every year? Starting from January, you will find car shows, regional or international, take place almost every month in a year. Those who missed the car show of January need not bother as car show February 2009 is still to come.

Why:

Some people may wonder what the big deal about cars is. It is only a vehicle to take you from one place to the other. After all, a new model today will become old tomorrow. But that is not the case with car enthusiasts and car dealers. They just eagerly wait for this event. To them it is an opportunity to see next new model and get all the details. For engineering students the car show will be an excellent learning opportunity. As for auto makers and dealers car shows serve as a platform to promote their business.

Where:

Chicago is getting ready for 2009 Chicago Auto Show. Enjoy the auto exhibition in a relaxing atmosphere with complimentary food and beverages available. With a rich tradition of auto exhibitions Chicago is a center for automobile pioneers to showcase their latest vehicles.

Car shows February also include 2009 Philadelphia Auto Show at Pennsylvania Convention Center and 2009 Motor Trend International Auto Show at Baltimore Convention Center.

As in other auto shows in February car manufacturers from all over the world is going to bring their finest travelling innovations to display at the 2009 Michigan International Auto Show. Range of vehicles includes sedans, coupes, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids and sports cars.

Canadian International Auto Show is another big hit in the list of international Auto shows. The car show is held every February in Toronto. Its Classic Car Collection and Leisure World sections are popular attractions among car enthusiasts. With all major auto makers taking part in Montreal Auto Show the debut list is quite long.

What:

2009 February car shows are important as many of the renowned auto brands still have cards up their sleeves. Audi is present with a host of brand new models and concept cars. 2010 Audi A3 2.0 TDI with ‘clean diesel’ technology is a strong contender for future cars. Along with its signatur5e LED head and back lights and enhanced interior and exterior design it can be a good choice for urban drivers. Audi A7 Concept, popular as Sportback, already has its debut at Detroit Auto Show. Sportback conceptualizes Audi’s upcoming A7 4-door coupe.Volvo S60 Concept and Kia Soulster Concept are among other concept cars that you can take note of. They can give you a good idea about progress of automobile technology in Europe and Asia respectively.

You will also get to see a series of production cars this February including 2010 Cadillac SRX and 2010 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. Those who prefer luxury cars to muscle cars must hold their breath. 2009 McLaren SLR Stirling Moss is coming to sweep you off your feet. This million dollar ultimate luxury car is any car lover’s fantasy. In addition, pioneers in American automobiles, Ford will be present with its 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe & Convertible and 2010 Ford Taurus super cars. So, car lovers have good reasons for celebration this February.

Cool Concept Cars

Automotive companies generally release concept cars every year at numerous car show events. These autos are not for sale but only for display; many are futuristic and utilize outrageous design and incredible technology. Even though many may appear unrealistic; they give us a small peek into the future. Some companies even have contests where university students can submit their ideas and sketches. Building a concept vehicle is a great opportunity for a designer to really let loose and get extremely creative.

Many cars throughout automotive history were actually inspired by concept cars. For example, the General Motors Le Sabre is a concept vehicle that was also designed by Harley Earl in the nineteen fifties. It was used to introduce 12 volt electrics and an eight cylinder engine for General Motors. Concept cars are generally outrageous but some of their more usable features are generally incorporated in autos that are made available to the public.

Did you know that the Corvette was actually inspired by a concept car? The idea came from a concept auto called the Chevrolet Corvair Monza back in the 60′s. This may seem a bit crazy nowadays, but Ford actually had a concept vehicle that was based on nuclear power; the Nucleon. We all became familiar with the Pontiac Bonneville as a family car, but the name first appeared on Pontiac’s first two-seater concept showcased in 1954 called the Pontiac Bonneville Special. Mini vans are now everywhere but they used to be unheard of back in the seventies; the first mini van was also prototype back in the 70′s; it was called the Lancia Megagamma.

Currently the trend appears to be vehicles that can serve more than one purpose. This can be seen in the Bugatti Altess Concept car. What’s different about this auto is that it’s not only a tourer but also a racer; it combines the best of both worlds. It’s almost like a real-life Transformers car; just a few quick fixes and it turns from a tourer to a hot rod!

Many designers are also focusing on cars produced for the city. Many futuristic city cars are made to be super small and efficient. Citroen is showcasing its E-3Pod Antistatic concept, another three-wheel electric car created by a student designer. It seats only the driver who is situated in the third wheel and features two smaller wheels at the front. As you can see, many current cars were actually inspired by concept cars. If you want a glimpse into the future, all you need to do is attend one of the big international auto shows. Who knows, perhaps one of the cars you’ll see there might end up becoming a common sight on the roads twenty years from now. You’ll never know!