[TMS Preview] Nissan Presents 'Round Box' and Other Concept Cars

Oct 11, 2007
Motohiko Hamada, Nikkei Monozukuri
The Nissan Round Box
The Nissan Round Box
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Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. will display the Round Box (RD/BX), Intima and NV200 concept cars at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show.

The Round Box is a compact roadster geared for the young, which both the passengers and the driver can enjoy. This concept car combines generally impossible, alien elements such as an interior space that allows for optimum communication for all four occupants and seats that mix benches with a highly supportive backrest.

In contrast to today's general automobiles, which are quiet and safe (in other words, which provide little sense of speed to occupants) the Round Box daringly highlights the sense of speed. For this purpose, the roadster allows wind to blow in with the seats set relatively high and the upper edge of glass windows set relatively low, as well as providing passengers with a view of the rapidly passing road surface through glass panels placed at the bottom of the doors.

The Intima is a relatively large sedan. This sedan has further developed the "Modern Living Concept" that Nissan proposes. It features double doors, which is typical of show cars, purely to make it easy for visitors to view the interior, but normal doors are likely to be adopted when it is commercialized.

Locating rear view cameras at the high mount brake lamp and the license plate in addition to the door mirrors, the sedan ensures rear-side visibility. This capability was introduced based on the designer's sense of crisis over door mirrors that are getting larger reflecting stricter regulations, Nissan said.

The NV200's concept is "a tool that can be used for work." The van houses a compartment that can hold equipment, work clothing and so on in the rear, which can be pulled out when the van arrives at its destination. The cartridge pod is supported with the two sliders beneath it and comes out using a motor. Because its rear side sinks with the gravity center moving rearward when the pod is pulled out, an electric-powered outrigger comes out from the rear end of the cartridge and supports the pod.

Nissan assumes that photographers will use the vehicle and that they will use the space left after the compartment is pulled out as an editing room in which they can organize and edit the images that they have shot. Mat black, which is a rare color for automobiles, is employed for this van.

The Nissan Intima
The Nissan Intima
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The Nissan NV200
The Nissan NV200
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