Nissan Sport Concept Brings Nissan Sports Thinking To
Small Car Segment in New York Auto Show Debut
The Nissan Sport Concept, which will make its public world debut at the 2005
New York International Auto Show, is the latest in a series of dynamic
performance/youth concept vehicles following the Nissan Actic and Nissan
The Sport Concept is a dynamic three-door hatchback with
a dramatic four-seat interior. It offers the look and feel of a sports tuner
car, yet is conceived as an affordable, attainable vehicle for buyers
entering the new car market for the first time.
"The story behind the development of the Sport Concept,
AZEAL and Actic is that Nissan is thinking big about the small car segment,"
said Jack Collins, vice president, product planning, Nissan North America,
Inc. "With these three design explorations, we're focusing on how we can
bring Nissan's heritage of innovation, sportiness and driving pleasure to a
category of vehicles that traditionally lack design excitement and strong
"The Nissan Sport Concept, like the AZEAL and Actic
before it, is first and foremost a showcase of future thinking, yet it is
also a car that would be right at home in Nissan showrooms in the
not-too-distant future," said Collins. "Nissan has a strong global lineup of
compact enthusiast vehicles, including the March, Cube, Tiida, Note and
Sentra SE-R, and, in the Nissan 350Z, one of the world's most desirable
sports cars. The new Nissan Sport Concept fuses the best of both worlds."
The exterior of the Nissan Sport Concept combines shapes
and forms that are both geometrical and mechanical in feel, creating a sense
of acceleration and kinetic energy. The dynamic fender forms give the
special Pearl White-painted body a look of pure, almost animal performance.
Its athletic roofline is marked by a large rear roof-mounted spoiler, while
its bold surface composition, robust fender character lines, deep front
spoiler and side sills, and large wheels and tires provide an animated,
video game-like stance.
The body construction utilizes both metal and
carbon-fiber composite components. The 20-inch six-spoke aluminum-alloy
wheels feature a machined and lustrous paint finish surface treatment. The
Sport Concept's headlights and rear combination lights utilize small lamps
with multi-layered reflectors.
"The Nissan Sport Concept may be small dimensionally but
it is large in its dynamic energy - aggressive, highly functional and
definitely street-wise," said Collins.
The interior of the Sport Concept is designed to fit four
adults comfortably, yet with an emphasis on the front two seats - with every
element of the cockpit existing to enhance the vehicle's engaging driving
The deep, body-wrapping front bucket seats are covered in Wolf Gray leather
with double-layered pearl suede inserts and feature formed head restraints
and integrated 4-point seat belts. The instrument panel includes integrated
tachometer and gauges and a distinctive center cluster. The Sport Concept
interior also offers a three-spoke steering wheel and solid-appearance
center console with the emergency brake lever integrated into the console
Independent rear seats, also covered in a combination of
leather and suede, offer true four-place seating with integrated 4-point
seat belts. Other rear passenger features include center console-mounted
support grips and a large blue-cone speaker and woofer located in the rear
"The Nissan Sport Concept is as close to performance art
for the street as you can get - modern, cool, ready to run," said Collins.
"When it comes to the next wave of small car design, a SHIFT_ is about to be
made. And Nissan is making it."
About the Nissan AZEAL and Nissan Actic
The Nissan AZEAL Coupe Concept, which debuted at the 2005
North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2005, is a
fresh interpretation of the classic compact sports coupe - an affordable,
performance-oriented entry-level coupe with the style and personality to
match the lifestyles of its young, active target buyers. The AZEAL design
exercise is the first concept car created by Nissan Design America's (NDA)
new studio in Farmington Hills, Mich.
AZEAL features an aggressive body design with wide fender
flares, short overhangs and a sharply sloped rear roofline with integrated
active airfoil. The interior combines a dark, industrial metallic instrument
panel appearance contrasted by Wasabi Chartreuse fabric seats and an open
greenhouse with glass-panel roof. It rides on 19-inch wheels and tires.
The Nissan Actic, shown for the first time at the 2004
North American International Auto Show, is a "content rich" design exercise
created by the original NDA studio in La Jolla, Calif. It combines a simple,
confident exterior form with flexible, modular seating and a unique "digital
Actic makes a visionary statement from Nissan about how
vehicle owners will approach technology in the future. In place of
traditional content-heavy vehicle control systems that become outdated
immediately, Actic's handheld "key fob"-based Information Technology (IT)
system allows the user to "grow" the interface with infinite flexibility and
Other Actic innovations include dual sliding side doors,
a "cross trainer"-style wheel and tire design (patent pending) with
tread-wrapped 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a versatile matching
trailer with inflatable walls that converts to a comfortable sleeping space