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.
Nissan has published sketches of three concepts, each with five sets of double wheels but no engine, a high tech seat but no steering wheel, and allows you to race against the fastest without really moving much.
As of January 2019, Nissan has sold more than 360,000 Leaf models since debuting back in 2011. Considering the number of batteries they produce, the Japanese automaker has come up with a few ideas on how to recycle them. Their latest (and greatest) is a smart pop-up concept camper developed in partnership with off-road camping manufacturer Opus and powered by recycled Nissan Leaf battery cells.
Designing cars in the traditional sense typically starts with a person at a desk sketching a two-dimensional car design which is then brought to life using full-size clay models. While this has been the ‘go-to’ method for most manufacturers, Nissan wants to find a less labour intensive and a more high-tech solution. Now, Nissan designers are now trying their hand at using HaptX VR gloves to create 3D models without clay.
The Japanese automaker has announced the unveiling of the new Nissan IMQ concept electric SUV. So far, there hasn’t been too much information to go on but the teaser image clearly shows a futuristic crossover. Considering the smorgasbord of features and technologies, Nissan stated that the crossover “embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and gives a sneak peek as to what might be in your future driveway.”
Since launching the first modern-day Nissan GT-R production model in 2007, the Japanese automaker stamped their authority in style. Subsequent models included the Black Edition, Nissan GT-R Premium, SpecV, GT-R Nismo and the GT-R Nismo N-Attack. Now, celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary, they have launched the Nissan GT-R50.
While we don’t see snow in South Africa to the extent that requires a car with tank-like tracks, this Nissan Juke is too good not to write about. It appears to be a mix between a car, a snowmobile and the Mars rover but with epic styling. Based on looks alone, who wouldn’t want to give it a try?
The North American International Auto Show was host to the unveiling of the Nissan Xmotion concept SUV (pronounced “cross-motion”). Nissan, once again, walked away with the prestigious “Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials” award. It’s the second consecutive time they won this award following in the footsteps of the Vmotion 2.0 concept.