Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., usually shortened to Nissan, is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama.

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    Nissan Design Europe celebrates 20 years with a multi-generational concept

    2023-09-26T10:17:00+01:00By Mark Smyth

    The Nissan Concept 20-23 showcases the work of the team at the Nissan Design Europe studio as it celebrates its 20th year in London

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    Nissan shows ‘daring’ two-seater concept

    2023-02-07T11:38:00+00:00By Freddie Holmes

    The Max-Out concept contrasts classic sports car styling with bleeding-edge futuristic tech

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    Nissan and Mitsubishi team up for Kei car duo

    2022-05-30T11:25:00+01:00By Freddie Holmes

    Electric powertrains are revamping one of Japan’s most popular vehicle segments. Car Design News spoke with Nissan designers to find out more

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    Car Design Dialogues North America: Fireside Chat with David Woodhouse


    A veteran of Ford and Lincoln, David Woodhouse has been VP of design at Nissan Design America since 2019. Woodhouse joins Car Design News’ Laura Burstein to discuss working in California and offers insight into the workings of the studio

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    Nissan unveils four concepts, promises to go green


    Nissan has launched four concepts  based on the company’s CMF-EV platform that was first used by the Ariya, but they are very different in approach, shape and desired applications

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    Nissan showcases new production-ready Z


    Now in its seventh generation, Nissan’s much-loved Z is ready for another round with design links to its heritage 

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    Designer interview: Shiro Nakamura


    A giant of car design, Shiro Nakamura, through his work with Nissan, helped forge a Japanese design identity with models like the Cube and the GTR. Car Design News spoke to him about his new studios, his early successes and how form is distilled through concepts

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    Studio Visit: Nissan Design America


    With an eclectic spirit fostered by the late Jerry Hirshberg, the California satellite studio in La Jolla is a designer’s sanctuary with a storied history

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    Shinichiro Irie outlines the Nissan Z Proto’s design details


    Shinichiro Irie unpicks Nissan’s sports car heritage, ‘Z-ness’, and provides detail on the Z Proto

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    Nissan Z Proto debuts


    Many people have been waiting a long time for the new Z car, and last night’s online reveal of the Z Proto (a near production concept) gives a good idea of what the new Z will be. Nissan hasn’t strayed too far from Z’s heritage, which will delight a lot of people, and the updates blend old and new neatly in a startling yellow package.

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    Nissan enters new design era with the Ariya


    The new Ariya marks an important step for Nissan in its design direction for electric production models

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    The Nissan ItalDesign GT-R50 has been launched (remotely)

    2020-05-20T13:17:00+01:00By Car Design News

    It missed its Geneva 2020 launch because of the cancellation, but Nissan and ItalDesign have now done a virtual launch. The prototype we saw at Goodwood last year is now being built for customers. ItalDesign and Nissan seem to have had a lot of fun on this project

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    Matthew Weaver promoted to Nissan Design Europe vice president


    Matthew Weaver, already the design director of Nissan Design Europe, is being promoted to the role of vice president within the Japanese OEM’s London-based studio, in step with Nissan lifer Mamoru Aoki stepping down to retire after 39 years with the company

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    Interior Motives: Nissan IMk

    2020-03-26T17:32:00+00:00By ,

    A deep dive into the design of Nissan’s IMk concept, exploring concepts like ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism’ and minimalism

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    HMI walk through: Nissan Leaf Zero

    2020-03-04T10:52:00+00:00Sponsored by

    Watch a review of the Nissan Leaf Zero’s UI and UX in Screens’ lateset video, covering all HMI elements such as key fob, steering wheel controls, touch screen and instrument cluster

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    HMI walk through: Nissan e Leaf

    2019-12-04T09:49:00+00:00Sponsored by

    This week’s video from Screens reviews the Nissan e Leaf’s navigation software, which includes helpful features such as letting you know your destination is out of range and showing you nearby charging stations on the map

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    Tokyo 2019: Nissan’s bag-toting concepts


    Nissan’s stand at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show contained a known quantity, but several surprises too. Satoru Tai told us about the IMk, Ariya concept, and the digital tree…

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    Designer Interview: Satoru Tai, Nissan

    2019-10-21T15:43:00+01:00By Car Design News

    From the Car Design Review 6 yearbook: Satoru Tai, Nissan executive design director and VP of Creative Box, talks Car Design News through his inspirations, the state of play with Nissan design, and the advantage of more diverse employee backgrounds

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    Clever compacts coming to Tokyo from Nissan, Suzuki


    Nissan and Suzuki have repeased initial images of their Tokyo motor show debutants in the compact car space. The Nissan IMk is a subcompact electric car with a stress-relieving interior, while Suzuki will display five different concept cars: an autonomous cottage, a retro kei two-seater, a pair of crossover kei vans and a baby-friendly kei minivan

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    First Sight: Nissan Juke mk2 calms it down (a bit)


    Nissan’s long-awaited second-generation Juke was previewed across five European cities yesterday (Monday Sept 2) so Car Design News popped along to the London event – where the car’s design was born – to chat to Nissan Design Europe’s design director Matt Weaver about the evolution of this B-segment small crossover

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    Why Nissan relocated its China studio from Beijing to Shanghai


    Nissan’s new Shanghai studio demonstrates scale of ambition in China

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    David Woodhouse Moves to Nissan Design America


    Former Lincoln design director will head up San Diego studio under Alfonso Albaisa

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    New Nissan studio in Shanghai


    Alfonso Albaisa explains the decision to open a new Nissan design studio in the heart of Shanghai, the studio opens officially next week

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    Geneva 2019: Nissan IMQ performance crossover concept


    Nissan’s IMQ concept previews the future of crossovers in Europe

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    Alfonso Albaisa on the future of the Nissan brands


    Alfonso Albaisa spoke to CDN at Geneva 2019 about portfolio renewal at Nissan

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    Detroit 2019: Video view of the Nissan IMs

    2019-01-21T13:17:00+00:00By Car Design News

    A full walkaround of an intriguing concept, with its design explained in depth

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    Detroit 2019: Nissan’s ‘sinister’ IMs electric sedan concept

    2019-01-15T16:34:00+00:00By Lem Bingley

    The IMs’s lead designer tells us the thinking behind this high-riding electric sedan

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    Design Detail: Nissan [Skyline] GT-R Taillights (1973-present)


    ‘Godzilla’ may be better known for its giant-slaying performance, but one design feature has stood the test of time

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    Nissan’s new man in Brazil

    2018-07-24T10:49:00+01:00By Chris Maillard

    John Sahs takes over in Latin America

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    Nissan GT-R 50 by ItalDesign celebrates two golden anniversaries


    “How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R.”

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    The Car Design Review Interviews: Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan


    In a piece from our latest yearbook, we hear from Nissan Motor’s global vice president of design

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    NY 2018: Nissan Altima sharpens up

    2018-03-28T16:32:00+01:00By Chris Maillard

    Mid-sized mid-market mainstay gets an edgier update

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    Nissan Design Europe celebrates 15 years in London


    Mamoru Aoki names his top 15 designs from the London studio

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    Detroit 2018: Interview - Alfonso Albaisa, senior VP for global design, Nissan

    2018-01-17T17:45:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    We catch up on the Nissan and Infiniti design identities, Japanese heritage, and global ways of working

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    Detroit 2018: Nissan Xmotion [UPDATED]

    2018-01-15T19:14:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    USA-designed, with Japanese themes

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    CES 2018: Thoughts on Nissan’s brain interface

    2018-01-11T05:20:00+00:00By Joe Simpson

    Getting our brains analysed while driving

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    LA 2017: Nissan Kicks


    Farewell quirky Juke, meet capable Kicks

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    LA 2017: Nissan’s Star Wars cars


    Nissan Returns to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

  • LA 2017: Nissan Leaf test drive


    A quick spin in the next-gen electric car

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    Tokyo 2017: Alfonso Albaisa on the Nissan IMx


    Design chief explains what’s behind (and inside) the EV crossover concept

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    2018 Nissan Leaf revealed


    The world’s best-selling electric car gets a tidy redesign

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    CDR4 Highlights: Mamoru Aoki, Nissan

    2017-08-11T08:45:46+01:00By Car Design News

    From the yearbook: we chat to Nissan's executive design director about where they go next. Electric GT-R, anyone?

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    Driven: Nissan Micra (K14)

    2017-08-02T10:44:00+01:00By Lem Bingley

    It’s bigger and much better looking than the outgoing car, but is the fifth-generation Nissan Micra a hit or a miss inside?

  • Nissan Vmotion2.0: Animated 360

    2017-04-03T07:50:50+01:00By Chris Maillard

    A quick video view of the concept inside and out

  • Nissan: Nakamura retires, Albaisa steps up, Habib to Infiniti

    2017-03-14T09:47:14+00:00By Chris Maillard

    Industry legend to step down in March, ex-BMW man joins

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    Geneva 2017: Shiro Nakamura on Nissan’s direction

    2017-03-10T09:21:51+00:00By Lem Bingley

    CDN talks to Shiro Nakamura about Nissan design and why European design can look a little too serious

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    Nissan S-Cargo (1988)


    Remembering the Pike Factory cars that started the retro design trend

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    Detroit 2017: Nissan Vmotion interior

    2017-01-16T11:05:14+00:00By Bill Barranco

    A striking concept from Nissan's US design team

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    LA 2016: Nissan uses the Force

    2016-11-17T01:36:02+00:00By Joe Simpson

    How to draw show-goers to your stand when you've got no new product

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    Nissan Bevel (2007)


    A workmate on wheels

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    Paris 2016: Citroën C3 and Nissan Micra are the soft and sharp of superminis

    2016-09-30T11:24:22+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Different takes on the small-car format, with varying degrees of success

  • Who’s Where: Randy Rodriguez leaves Nissan for exterior design role at Tesla

    2016-09-07T17:21:06+01:00By Tom Phillips

    370Z and Titan truck designer joins EV carmaker

  • New Car: Nissan BladeGlider

    2016-08-04T17:18:16+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi

    The DeltaWing-inspired sports car progresses towards production

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    Design Development: Nissan IDS concept


    The story behind Nissan's vision for its autonomous, electric future

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    Concept Car of the Week: Nissan Chappo (2001)


    The issue of the automobile in the megacity of tomorrow has been on automakers’ agenda for the last decade now. Plenty of questions are still being debated – What will power this car? Will it be autonomous? What will its architecture need to be? And what will an urban design language look like?

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    New Car: Nissan Kicks

    2016-05-04T11:31:41+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Conservative crossover hopefully hints at a suitably controversial Juke sidekick

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    Nissan and Foster+Partners miss an opportunity to rethink the fuel station


    Architects propose that the fuel station of the future is no station at all

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    Geneva 2016: Nissan makes us ask 'what is premium?'

    2016-03-01T13:58:11+00:00By Tom Phillips

    Nissan's 'premium' concept has us reaching for the dictionary

  • Detroit 2016: Nissan Titan XD suits its Warrior warpaint

    2016-01-11T19:54:33+00:00By Tom Phillips

    XD's Raptor-style makeover helps balance out the standard truck

  • Tokyo 2015: Nissan pilots the way with IDS concept

    2015-10-29T06:58:10+00:00By Alex Orwin

    Driverless vision shows Mercedes how it’s done

  • Tokyo 2015: Nissan Teatro for Dayz projects the future

    2015-10-28T05:54:45+00:00By Owen Ready

    Creative Box explores new forms of interaction, hints at in-house Kei car design

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    New Car: Nissan Teatro by Dayz

    2015-10-06T12:34:58+01:00By Tom Phillips

    Tokyo debut for concept designed for drivers born in the 21st century

  • Frankfurt 2015: Nissan Gripz colourway arrives in Germany via Africa and Monte Carlo

    2015-09-16T17:39:08+01:00By Tom Phillips

    History repeats itself on this intriguing concept

  • Nissan Forum concept


    Nissan's Forum concept is a new take on the family hauler. Laden with innovative details, the show car pushes forward with a new design aesthetic and luxurious appointments not typically found on MPVs.

  • Nissan Amenio concept


    The Amenio gives an idea of what the next generation Nissan Elegrand (a large MPV sold only in Japan) will be like, which is interesting to compare to the similarly sized Toyota Estima production preview concept also showing at Tokyo.

  • Nissan Note Adidas concept


    Nissan seems to be serious about the potential of co-branding opportunities; two years ago they showed the Conran Cube and this year they are showing the Note Adidas concept car.

  • Nissan Pivo concept


    The Pivo is classic Tokyo Motor Show: conceptually and aesthetically extreme; clever and yet fun; packed full of technical innovations.

  • Nissan Foria concept


    The Foria is an elegant coupe that showcases Nissan's forthcoming small front-mid engine rear wheel drive platform that enables the car to have a long hood and upright screen.

  • Nissan GT-R Proto


    Four years ago at Tokyo the GT-R concept car was shown, and this year the remarkably similar GT-R Proto debuts.

  • Nissan Maxima


    The seventh generation of Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan revives the four-door sports car (4DSC) moniker coined by the company nearly two decades ago.

  • Nissan Qashqai


    This is probably the most significant production debut here at Paris Show.

  • Nissan Urge concept


    The Nissan Urge is a small three-seat sports car based on a truncated 350Z. Inspired by motorcycles, it uses materials in new ways for youth appeal and a fun driving experience.

  • Nissan Geniss


    As part of developing a new family of global cars over the next two years, Nissan have showcased the Geniss, the first Nissan car ever to have its world release in China. The Geniss concept is a 'luxurious, yet practical' vehicle, and was developed at the Nissan Technical Center in ...

  • Nissan and Foster+Partners to reinvent the fuel station

    2015-08-25T11:45:00+01:00By Tom Phillips

    'Fuel Station of the Future' concept to explore how zero-emissions infrastructure will influence design

  • Nissan Ultima Coupe


    This is the first car presented by Laurens van den Acker, since he took over from Moray Callum in May this year as General Manager of the Design Division at Mazda.

  • Nissan Rogue


    The Rogue is a lightly-disguised version of the new Qashqai that has recently gone on sale in European markets.

  • Nissan Bevel


    This is an interesting counterpoint to the Ford Airstream concept, also shown at Detroit this week. The two cars have a lot of similarities in that they both explore asymmetry, they reference 1970's avant-garde, both use deeply recessed side windows and have open-plan interiors. Other Ford links continue: the front ...

  • Nissan X-Trail


    According to Nissan, the original X-Trail has been something of a surprise hit. When it was launched six years ago, the company expected sales across Europe to average 23,000 units a year.

  • Nissan Nuvu concept


    At first glance the Nuvu seems to be a Tokyo show car that got on the wrong boat: it is a small whimsical concept that looks set to go on to have no impact in any production design Nissan.

  • Nissan 370Z


    The 370Z is the most exciting new production design to debut at the LA Auto Show, although it actually debuted on October 29 in the latest Need for Speed driving game - a world first for a production car design.

  • Nissan Mixim


    The Mixim has compact electric motors powering both axles which helps it adopt the unconventional package of central driving position flanked by two passengers set slightly rearward - similar to the BMW Z13 of 1994 and McLaren F1 except for there also being a small rear seat behind the driver.

  • Nissan NV200


    The NV200 concept shows a possible design direction for a future global Nissan van.

  • Nissan GTR


    The GT-R has long been an iconic car in Japan and its appeal has spread, largely as a result of starring in Sony's Playstation 'Gran Turismo' games and movies such as '2 Fast 2 Furious'.

  • Nissan Round Box


    The exterior of the Round Box concept follows the current Japanese trend for concept cars featuring a predominantly square base section, with wheels pushed to the extreme corners and a more rounded upper body and cabin.

  • Nissan Pivo 2


    By far the most provocative and advanced of the four concepts shown here by Nissan, the Pivo 2 is a more globular version of the Pivo shown here two years ago.

  • Nissan Qazana concept


    Nissan's Qazana concept is a design study that showcases ideas for a future small crossover from the Japanese firm.

  • Nissan Murano


    This is the second-generation Murano, one of the most important show debuts at LA.

  • Nissan Fuga


    The Tokyo show wouldn't normally be pertinent to the Infiniti brand - as it doesn't sell in Japan - but the new Nissan Fuga did inadvertently become the first full-car preview of the next Infiniti M due next year, as it is a straight re-badge of its upmarket sister model.

  • Nissan Roox


    Another boxcar launch at Tokyo - this time a production model - was the skinny, tall and spacious four-seater Nissan Roox.

  • Nissan Leaf


    The Nissan Leaf is probably the most significant car of the Tokyo Motor Show.

  • Nissan Land Glider


    The Nissan Land Glider is the latest in a recent flurry of tandem-style concept cars that propose a one-plus-one seating arrangement - think Renault Twizy and VW L1 - where a single passenger sits behind the driver in a narrow-bodied and low-slung vehicle.

  • Nissan Juke


    Radically styled it may be, but plans for Nissan's new Juke small crossover are far from niche-only: the Japanese brand plans to sell about 20,000 Jukes in a full year with 80 percent conquest sales.

  • Nissan Townpod concept


    The German brands are the godfathers of the micro-niche.

  • Nissan Quest


    The Japanese triumvirate of minivans (Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest) shown in LA all follow a similar format — seven or eight full seats and sliding rear doors — but the consensus of opinion is that the Nissan is the weakest of the three.

  • Nissan Ellure concept


    The Nissan Ellure is arguably the most significant car unveiled at this year's LA auto show. A D-segment sedan, the project has seen input from Nissan's studios in both Japan and North America, where the concept was completed.

  • Nissan Dunehawk to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

    2015-07-07T09:40:34+01:00By Jon Winding-Sorensen

    Jul 29, 2003 – Some companies have shown the first photos of cars to be presented at the upcoming Frankfurt motor Show, like Opel with the Astra or Volkswagen, with the coming Golf.

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    Nissan opens European Design Centre in London


    January 25, 2002 - Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan Motor Company and Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Head of Design, this week officially opened the new Nissan design studio in London.

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    Nissan Design Competition 2002 - Compact for 2010


    July 2, 2002 - The winners of the 2002 Nissan Vehicle Design Competition were announced by Shiro Nakamura, Head of Design at Nissan Motor Company, at a presentation at the Royal College of Art in London on 1 March 2002.

  • Nissan Beeline concept

    2015-07-01T13:29:09+01:00By Sam Livingstone

    October 16, 2002 - The dictionary definition of Beeline is: "the most direct route between two places".

  • Nissan announces new Design Centre in London


    Mar 3, 2002 - Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Head of Design at Nissan Motor Company, has announced plans to establish a new design centre in London, at a press conference held at the Royal College of Art in London.

  • Nissan to unveil 5 door Primera and two concept vehicles at Frankfurt Motor Show

    2015-06-20T17:09:02+01:00By Giancarlo Perini

    Aug 8, 2001 - Nissan has big plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show, and even bigger plans for the subsequent motor show in Tokyo.

  • Nissan Primera takes Fusion concept into production


    The new-generation Primera Sedan and Wagon were released recently in Japan.

  • Nissan Fusion concept for Paris Motor Show


    Sep 15, 2000 - The first all-new Nissan design concept this century, the Nissan Fusion concept car will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.

  • Nissan-Conran


    Nissan and British design group Conran have unveiled 'Plus Conran' limited versions of the Cube, March (Micra) and Lafesta minivan for the Japanese market. The series follows Nissan's 'Modern Living Concept', which stresses advanced design values in cabins, first introduced with the Teana in 2003, and seen in the the ...

  • Nissan Livina Geniss


    Nissan has announced it will release a new family of global cars over the next two years with sales of the first variant to start in China in 2006. The Livina Geniss, the name of the Chinese variant, will be the first Nissan car to be released in China ahead ...

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    Concept Car of the Week: Nissan Jikoo (2003)

    2015-05-09T11:50:00+01:00By Owen Ready

    The curvy two-seater Nissan Jikoo was shown at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show

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    Nissan Cube to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show


    Nissan Motor Co. has announced the domestic Japanese launch of the new generation Cube, which will be displayed at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show (Commercial Vehicles).

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    Nissan Chappo concept to be unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show


    Feb 25, 2001 - According to Nissan, the Chappo concept isn’t designed from the outside in, but rather from the inside out.