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Nissan Announces All-New Clipper Rio One-Box Mini-Wagon

Clipper Rio One-Box Mini-WagonTOKYO (June 14, 2007) — Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release of the all-new Clipper Rio one-box mini-wagon, which goes on sale today at Nissan dealers across Japan. The Clipper Rio is available in a wide range of model variations to meet diverse customer preferences, including a new Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type lifecare vehicle.

The new “number five” body size Clipper Rio is Nissan’s first one-box mini-wagon and is the fifth mini-vehicle model in the Nissan lineup – along with the Moco, Clipper Truck/Van, Otti and Pino. As a “one-box” mini-wagon, the Clipper Rio is designed to meet an expanded range of usage possibilities, from everyday family driving trips to enjoyable weekend activities. It offers class-leading luggage space, an oversize rear door for easy cargo loading and unloading, flexible seating and the responsive performance of an advanced intercooled turbo engine. The Clipper Rio is supplied by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation under an original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement.

Stylish Design, Flexible Interior
  • The Clipper Rio’s stylish exterior is highlighted by wide doors and an exclusive, dark smoky chrome-plated Nissan signature grille. Front door openings measure a full 780 mm in length, while 735 mm long sliding side doors ensure smooth ingress/egress and easy loading/unloading of cargo. Assist grips and door steps are provided for easy entry/exit by smaller adults and children and the rear door features an assist strap for easy closing. The Clipper Rio is available in four attractive body colors: Black Pearl, Medium Blue Pearl, Cool Silver Metallic and White. A roof spoiler is offered as part of a special package.Inside, the Clipper Rio’s passenger seats can be arranged in a variety of positions and combinations, accommodating a wide range of work and leisure related activities. The luggage area offers class-leading cargo capacity, with exceptional flexibility in terms of accommodating cargo of various length, size and volume. For example, with the compact Clipper Rio’s rear seatbacks folded down, the large, flat luggage space can hold items up to 1,700 mm in length. In addition, the wide, square cargo door opening assists in the loading and unloading of bulky or oversize objects.The Clipper Rio’s audio system utilizes an electronically tuned AM/FM radio with an integrated CD player (1 DIN), two speakers and a digital clock. Available interior amenities include wood grain accents for the center cluster and air-conditioning duct trims.

Responsive Driving Performance
  • The Clipper Rio is offered with a choice of two responsive engines. An in-line 3-cylinder single-overhead-cam (SOHC) 12-valve 3G83 intercooled turbocharged engine delivers smooth, powerful performance for stress-free, all-around driving, including around town, expressways, and climbing hills – even when fully loaded with passengers or cargo.Also available is a naturally aspirated in-line 3-cylinder SOHC 12-valve 3G83 engine that provides optimum city driving ease and outstanding fuel economy. Clipper Rio 2WD models equipped with the naturally aspirated 3G83 engine are certified as ultra-low emission vehicles (U-LEVs), achieving emission levels 50% lower than Japan’s 2005 exhaust emission regulations.Enhanced ride quality, handling and stability are provided by the Clipper Rio’s front strut/three-link torque arm rear suspension design. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) is standard on all models.Four-wheel-drive models offer a choice of either a part-time 4WD system (E FOUR) or a full-time 4WD system (G FOUR).

  • Sales launch events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, 2007. Sales are targeted at 4,000 units per year, with pricing ranging from 1,254,750 yen to 1,682,100 yen.

Autech Releases Clipper Rio Personal Chair Cab Lifecare Vehicle

In conjunction with the introduction of the new Clipper Rio one-box mini-wagon, Autech Japan, Inc., a wholly-owned Nissan affiliate, today launched nationwide sales of the Clipper Rio Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type lifecare vehicle.**

Clipper Rio Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type Overview
The new, custom Clipper Rio Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type is equipped with a manual ramp and wheelchair tie-downs to enable wheelchair users to enter the vehicle and ride in their chairs. Major features include:

  • A 760-millimeter-wide ramp, allowing people in a variety of wheelchair sizes to enter and exit with complete peace of mind
  • A kneel-down system for lowering the vehicle’s rear-end height, giving the ramp a gentle slope for easier entry and exit
  • An extra-spacious interior provided by the Clipper Rio’s combination of class-leading luggage area length and high roof
  • Accommodations for four passengers, including a wheelchair user
  • A flat floor, which ensures a comfortable outward view for wheelchair passengers
  • Special standard assist grips for wheelchair users

Suggested nationwide retail prices (exempt from consumption tax)
Model Drive
Engine Transmission Seating
Price (yen)
Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type 2WD E 3G83 Full-range electronically
controlled 4-speed AT
4 1,949,000 *
4WD E FOUR 2,069,000
*Model in the photo
** Nissan Group companies use the term Lifecare Vehicle (LV) to refer to vehicles that are specifically designed to assist people with special mobility needs in their daily lives.

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