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October 27, 2013

Nissan 360 features diesel in addition to electric vehicles


All of this is accomplished with forward radar and a high-resolution camera, laser scanners on the sides, four around-view cameras and a dozen sonar sensors -- six in front and six in the rear.

Nissan says its semi-autonomous car, still in development, will be ready for public use by 2020. However, along with others of its kind from different manufacturers, it will have to be integrated into the existing vehicle population, which totals nearly 250 million cars and trucks in the United States. There are many unknowns about how it all will work.

Another amazing electric was the Infiniti Emerge-E, a concept sports car with all-wheel drive and two mid-mounted electric motors that together develop 402 horsepower. They enable the Emerg-E to hit 60 miles an hour in four seconds.

With its electric motors’ characteristic of immediate torque, or twisting force, the Emerg-E fairly leapt off the line and rapidly traversed an autocross course.

The low-slung coupe, which looks like one of those expensive exotic super cars, also carries a three-cylinder gasoline engine to recharge its onboard batteries -- a system similar to that of the Chevrolet Volt.

Another electric was the Leaf Nismo RC, a dedicated race car that weighs just 2,055 pounds and can accelerate to 60 miles an hour in six seconds. It is low-slung and handles like a slot car. In an all-out race, the 48 lithium ion batteries can keep the car running for about 23 minutes.

The super car machinations were not confined to electrics. Nissan also showed its all-wheel drive, 545-horsepower Juke-R and its GT-R GT3 race car, which features a 550-horsepower, 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers.

Although the high-performance vehicles garnered much of the attention, the Nissan 360 also featured more mundane vehicles that are part of the company’s world strategy.

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