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Nissan Motor Co. on Tuesday took the wraps off an all-new Skyline Coupe featuring a “pop-up engine hood” that in the event of a collision lessens the impact to a pedestrian, especially the head.

The car has sensors on its front bumper to detect an impact with a pedestrian and helps its computer determine if the hood needs to be instantly raised, Nissan said.

The computer activates a “pyrotechnic actuator” that raises the rear edge of the hood, creating a larger protective “buffer space between the hood and hard engine components underneath,” helping cushion the impact to a pedestrian’s head if hit by the hood.

The coupe, introduced by Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga at a showroom in Tokyo’s Ginza area, features a 3.7-liter, 333-horsepower V-6 engine.

Nissan is looking to sell 200 a month. The car goes for ¥3.70 million to ¥4.47 million.

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