“Do androids dream of electric sheep” was the 1968 book on which the movie Blade Runner was based. That title gives more than a hint of what is happening in the distant future.
We often write stories about future cars – a future like it is going to happen quite soon. Most of the time it is more a matter of combining one existing tech with another to find a solution to a problem that is not urgent but would be great to solve. An example is self-driving, which would be great to have, but whose absence will not stop you from getting to work.
Many of us can work from home now. Yaaai!! Great, except now people think ‘home’, so while you are there, can you paint the spare room and take out the garbage and make supper and . . . But working from work isn’t always great either. Imagine working while avoiding both the home and office.
Meet the Nissan NV350 Office Pod – so far only a concept, but with real-world possibilities. The Office Pod is basically a minibus body kitted out as a mobile office. We know the shape here as the Nissan NV350 LCV cargo van and the Nissan NV350 minibus taxi, but the Office Pod is the second cousin of these workhorses. It is rather more closely related to the Nissan Caravan – not sold here – a compact camper van/RV configured for holidays and leisure.
It is always interesting to compare a concept car with the production model based on it. In the past, it was not so much fun, because several years would pass between concept and production. So now we wrote about the Nissan Magnite Concept car in August and in December we are able to flesh out that story with some actual specs. The Nissan Magnite has just been launched in India, where it will be manufactured for that and international markets.
It’s official, the new Nissan 400Z Proto concept car will have a manual gearbox, traditional handbrake and brand new V6 engine along with many other additions across the board. The digital launch took place mid-September in America with Nissan boss, Alfonso Albaisa, revealing a sketch providing a modern take on previous Z models with a particular focus on the Nissan Z32 300ZX of the early 1990s.
Despite the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance facing challenging times recently, the tides may have turned with the new Nissan Magnite. The Japanese automaker has outdone themselves with a car that not only looks the part but also shows impressive performance and technology features.
It is no secret that Nissan is working hard to revitalise its range after a few years of evolving existing models. The global competition is fierce and competitors have broadened their ranges, especially in the fiercely-competitive SUV market. There was a glaring gap beneath the X-Trail and Qashqai models and now Nissan seems to have taken action on this.
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It’s the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, so obviously there will be cars, ice-cream trucks and a golf ball that finds the hole. With the Detroit Motor Show shifting to later in the year, the CES attracted the biggest and best of future auto technology. Nissan was there with stunning, future-looking offerings.
Whether it’s the new Z or something else, Nissan certainly stirred up a hornet’s nest at the Nürburgring recently. The matt black and orange shell were that of the 370Z, albeit with six holes added to the front and some differences in the facia.
The Nissan IMk a small, snazzy box on wheels, inspired by an ancient Japanese art form and driven by a new design philosophy.
Concept cars are created without the constraints of the market. They don’t have to be practical or competitively priced. They are the blank canvases that allow designers and engineers to create for the sake of creation. Art in other words.