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(from Nissan Press
Release) Youth-Oriented Compact Convertible Provides
Occupants Senses of Speed and exilleration
The Nissan Round Box, with its compact convertible design,
represents a new take on open-air motoring, providing exhilaration
for all passengers - not just the driver - through its uniquely
shared experience of fresh air stimulation, a sensation of speed and
easy-to-use high-spec features.
The Round Box features an environmentally friendly turbocharged
direct injection gasoline engine mated to Nissan's advanced Xtronic
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). It is also equipped with a
number of safety systems based on Nissan's Safety Shield* concept,
including Around View Monitor and Distance Control Assist System (DCAS).
The inspiration for Round Box's interior, which features the "right
sized" space to facilitate communication between the four occupants,
was not another vehicle, but a social environment. "The car was
inspired by the lively atmosphere of a sports bar," explains Tatsuya
Shiosaki of Nissan's Exploratory and Advanced Product Department.
"In a sports bar everyone is focused on the game for pure enjoyment.
They are totally free of the pressure and tension felt by the
players who are actually playing the game on the field. A sports bar
affords an enjoyable, stress-free space where friends can experience
a sense of togetherness. Simultaneously, they can enjoy thrilling
excitement like being on a roller-coaster yet without any risk
involved. That is the sort of emotive world the Round Box is
intended to provide."
A Social, High-Spec Interior
The most striking aspect
of the Round Box interior is the seating area - with front bucket
and rear bench seats designed to provide support with a sense of
relaxation. The design of the seating area is unique, with the
comfortable bench-style seat cushions creating a sense of oneness
with adjacent passengers, as well as front seatbacks that are
separated to facilitate easy communication between all occupants.
"The seats have a bench-style lower half and a bucket-style upper
half. Normally, such a combination would be impossible," said Kaoru
Sato, Associate Chief Designer in the Product Design Department.
"The seat design combines a casual bench seat, offering exceptional
ease of entry and lateral movement from either side, with a
supportive seatback that holds the body securely in place. We
believe this combination is perfect for young people who want to
satisfy their high-tech needs in a simple way. While the combination
may appear contradictory at first glance, when you actually combine
the elements, it produces a harmonious effect and represents a way
of creating new value. The Round Box is full of such
Round Box's relaxing ambience is enhanced by a mixture of flat and
round curved surfaces throughout the interior, a motif that includes
the instrument panel, steering wheel and other appointments. The
name "Round Box," in fact, was inspired by these unique curved
The Round Box interior also features an innovative, interactive
"Play Catch" system, which allows the driver and passengers -
including those in the rear seat - to share entertainment and
driving information. The system utilizes a large touchscreen display
positioned in the center of the vehicle and an additional monitor
located in the center of the instrument panel. The "Play Catch"
system encourages the driver and passengers to easily exchange
information with each other - just like "playing catch." For
example, passengers can search for shops or restaurants through the
Round Box's navigation system, then send the driving route and
instructions to the driver's monitor. It's a unique, enjoyable way
of involving all the occupants, while allowing the driver
concentrate on driving by carefully coordinating the two display
A Unique Exterior Combining a
Variety of Elements
The Round Box's youthful
design mixes a variety of design elements, from the open upper cabin
area to the rugged lower body - a combination that evokes a sporty
yet relaxed feeling, as well as a sense of substance.
Round Box features tires placed at each corner to maximize interior
room, enhance stability and to help create its unique "wide open"
look. The open-air feeling is enhanced by a three-section removable
roof panel, which can be stowed away in Round Box's ample truck.
Contributing to the shared sensation of speed are unique "road
surface windows," small glass panels placed close to the ground on
both sides of the Round Box. These windows provide passengers with a
view of the rapidly passing road surface, without the risks of road
contact associated with a motorcycle or other non-closed vehicles.
The new Round Box is a social, exhilarating vehicle design,
combining value, style and a sense of speed and open-air freedom - a
totally new and unprecedented approach to the concept of enjoyable