Geneva 2012: Nissan

  • INVITATION concept car points to new hatchback
  • Low fuel consumption and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions
  • Concept features bird's eye view camera system

The INVITATION Concept proved the major attraction at Nissan's stand but the impressive Juke NISMO played best supporting role on a stand full of future technologies.

There was also a concept named 'Highcross' and an electric concept called e-NV200.

Parkers Pick - INVITATION

  • What is it? It's a compact hatchback concept that will form the basis of a new production model due to be launched in the UK in 2013.
  • Vital stats and facts: Like all concepts it showcases a modern and spacious interior, but in a compact hatch. It's of lightweight construction and features an advanced engine that reputedly offers excellent fuel economy and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. State-of-the-art gizmos include Around View Monitor (AVM) which gives a bird’s eye view of car for easy parking, and the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies that uses cameras and proximity sensors to alert the driver to potential dangers.
  • Why would you buy it? When it eventually comes out at as a production model it'll be frugal, spacious and economical.
  • Why wouldn’t you? There are other compact hatchbacks that are perfectly competent and offer sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. 
  • Prices and launch date: Not sure about prices, but it should come to the UK in the second half of 2013.

What else is on the stand?

Furthermore, Nissan showed the 'Highcross' concept, another modern crossover design that'll influence the design of the next X-Trail when it arrives in 2013..

There's also the Juke NISMO concept - click here for sister title Car Magazine's full story - and the e-NV200 zero emissions concept.

Elsewhere on the stand production cars showed off minor revisions, and there was a smattering of special edition models too.

For more news from the Geneva Motor Show 2012, click here.