Nissan has said it will present various show cars at the upcoming 2009 Tokyo motor show, including Leaf, an electric vehicle (EV) which is slated for global launch and volume production in late 2010, Land Glider, an EV concept car, and Qazana, which is described as an entirely new type of compact sport crossover, which made its world debut at the Geneva show last March.

Nissan will also showcase the new Fuga, Nissan's top-of-the-line sedan and the new mini MPV Roox, both to be launched later this year.

Nissan will focus on EV concept cars including Leaf and on the development of related technologies and battery-charging infrastructure, in an effort to communicate the company's commitment to consumers.

Nissan said it is also continuing to work on internal combustion engine (ICE) technology for the development of environment-friendly technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions. In addition to EV, the Nissan exhibit will feature a wide range of models and technologies such as hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), clean diesel technology and next-generation 'X-tronic CVT'.

Nissan describes the Leaf as the world's first EV designed for large-scale volume production. The five-passenger, five-door hatchback has a claimed range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge. It also features an advanced IT system that is specially designed for zero-emission mobility.

The Land Glider concept is described as a new proposal for urban mobility that has potential to become a new means of transportation in urban areas; its linear acceleration and the narrow body, which only an ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight EV can achieve, will help reduce traffic congestion and promote effective use of parking space, Nissan says.

Inspired by motorbikes and glider aircraft, the four-wheel two-seater car has tilting wheels and moving bumpers that enable it to lean by up to 17 degrees when cornering. Special sensors calculate the best tilt for negotiating a corner. The driving experience is said to be like flying.

Nissan will also show a new Fuga, a top-of-the-line sedan to be launched this autumn. A new hybrid version which pursues both the 'fun of manoeuvring at will' and fuel economy of a compact car, will also be exhibited 'for reference only'.

There will also be a Qazana, described as 'a whole new five-door compact sport crossover with innovative design'. The car has been inspired by images of beach buggies and motorcycles. The distinctive exterior features a large wheel arch that emphasises power and stability, high belt lines and a sporty upper body.

The Roox is a 'super-spacious mini-sized vehicle that features a large interior space and dynamic design' and is launched later this year.

The NV200 Vanette Universal Design Taxi pursues "comfortable mobility for all customers" and will be officially introduced by the end of 2010.

Nissan's next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT) - Xtronic is described as compact, lightweight and low-friction, with a 'world-best change gear ratio range of 7.3, which is more than 20% better compared to conventional CVT of the same class'. Unit efficiency has been improved by reducing friction by 30% through measures that include the reduction of oil agitation resistance.