Nissan Forum, a concept for family transport, more attractive, for driver and for passengers, with a wide area of new ideas, will be presented to public in world premiere at Auto Salon from Detroit, in January 2008.
Nissan Forum, a design study developed by Nissan Design America, represents next step in evolution of family transport. Answering the challenge to create a more attractive family vehicle, for the driver and for passengers, Forum offers a gamut new ideas â€“ starting with lateral doors and elimination of type B pylons, and continuing with a modern interior, with 3 rows of seats that can have multiple positioning and the last generation of communication and entertaining system.
Two independent areas in one cabin
As the name suggests, Forum was designed as a â€œmeeting placeâ€, bringing together adults and children in two independent â€œareasâ€, but interconnected, with 7 seats. Having as main target families with big children, that not only canâ€™t entertain themselves, but they can ask for this, Forum respecting their needs and wishes, no matter what they are parents or children
In frontal part can be found adults area, with advanced controls of information technology and seats with special design for driving pleasure. Back area is dedicated for children, where they can feel comfortable and have fun. Advanced technology of Nissan Forum concept ties the two areas, creating an unique familiar space.
â€Starting from concept, Forum is more closely to a family limousine than minivan Gen Xers. But the difference from a real limousine, or traditional minivans, the driver has the same importance like itâ€™s passengersâ€, said Rachel Nguyen, department director of Advanced Planning and Strategy from Nissan North America, Inc.: â€œOffers a sophisticated space for adults and dedicated space for children, allowing both groups enjoy each one in itâ€™s way, being same time connected in a single vehicle. As any Nissan, dramatic concept Forum combines passionate driving, emotional design and abundance of advanced friendly technologies.â€
Exterior design taken to maximum
Design innovation of Nissan Forum concept, include doors with wide opening, without type B pylons â€“ creating an exceptional access area for 2,3 rows of seat. Front doors open at 90 degrees and combined with lateral ones that coulisse create a wide opening for the back passengers. Glass roof Sky View, made from more panes, offers light for inside. At exterior can be remarked too the headlights and stops with LED technology, the design of hood is accentuated, alloy rims with 6 spokes and tires with low profile as the double exhaust.
High â€“ tech interior
Inside the car, Forum concept gets life. Tapestry is made from leather with aluminum and wood decorations, offering the front cabin comfort and full control. â€œFloatingâ€ instruments combine perfectly with latest technologies for communication with simple and intuitive controls. Main board includes dual climatize, Bluetooth technologies and a microwave for making popcorn.
Seats can rotate completely, at 180 degrees, creating a familial style for 5 passengers. Second row of seats is controlled by a usage of monitor mounted on floor. When whirl moment comes, main board rises and the 2 seats close each other. In same time front seats coulisse forward to make place for the spin.
Together with technology
Inside of Nissan Forum concept is the place where the new technologies in communications and entertainment meet. Surveillance of kids from back of cabin is assured by a video monitoring system, â€œKids Camâ€ which utilizes video cameras placed in back of seats from 2,3 rows, images being transmitted to the display in main board. â€œTime Outâ€ system, controlled by driver with just a simple steering wheel button press, can stop the sound from all audio sources in vehicle, allowing a better communication with all occupants.
Nissan Forum offers too a multimedia system Bose, that combines entertaining with clever design. System includes radio link through satellite, space for stocking multimedia materials on hard disk, DVD, iPod interface, Bluetooth, hands â€“ free and navigation. Audio system Bose is formed from stereo speakers which volume can adjust individually for each of 3 rows of seats.
Respect for environment
Efficacy and intelligent facilities of the concept Nissan Forum design extend over the engine. Through design and itâ€™s functionality, you think that engine will be a clean one, diesel, or will have the necessary technologies with environment.
â€œNissan announced previously that will offer a diesel engine in United States, for new Nissan Maxima generation, so a similar propeller will be taken in consideration for a vehicle as Forumâ€, said Campbell.
Nissan Forum concept will be presented to public, worldwide, at Auto Salon from Detroit (NAIAS), between 13-27 january 2008.