Press Release) The Nissan Sport
Concept, which makes its world debut at the 2005 New York
International Auto Show, is the latest in a series of dynamic
performance/youth concept vehicles from Nissan Design, following the
Nissan Actic and Nissan AZEAL concepts. The Nissan Sport Concept is
a dynamic two-door hatchback with a dramatic four-seat interior.
“The story behind the development of the Sport Concept, AZEAL and
Actic is that Nissan is thinking big about the small car segment,”
said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan
Division, 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 visual
The Nissan Sport Concept offers the look and feel of a grand touring
car, yet is conceived as an affordable, attainable vehicle for
buyers entering the new car marketplace for the first time.
The exterior 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
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 interior of the Nissan Sport Concept is designed to fit four
comfortably, yet with an emphasis on the front two seats – with
every element of the design existing to enhance the vehicle’s
engaging driving experience.
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 lid.
In the rear of the cabin, independent rear seat cushions, also
covered in a combination of leather and suede, offer true four-place
seating. Like in front, the 4-point seat belts are integrated into
the seat design. Other features include center console-mounted
support grips, large blue-cone speaker and woofer in the rear parcel
shelf and dark finisher trim.
“The Nissan Sport Concept is as close to performance art for the
street as you can get – modern, cool, ready to run,” said McNabb.
“When it comes to the next wave of small car design, a SHIFT_ is
about to be made. And Nissan is making it.”