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Nissan Round Box at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show
Tonic sports lounge in a youthful size

Nissan Round Box at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: open view from the side.

City car with space for four occupants, under the sunlight.

APN,
2 November 2007.

In its convertible body, the Nissan Round Box concept car brings to the 40th Tokyo Motor Show (27 October to 11 November) new ways of breathing fresh air, driving dynamically with user-friendly high-spec features, all compacted in a city car which is 3.65-metre long with a 2.43 metre wheelbase.

Dynamic driving comes from a turbocharged direct injection petrol (gasoline) engine mated to Nissan's Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

The Round Box is equipped with safety systems based on Nissan's Safety Shield concept, including (to be published next week in a special topic about Nissan's most recent technologies) Around View Monitor (AVM) and Distance Control Assist System (DCAS).

As Nissan put it, the interior aims to provide the "right sized" space for communication between four occupants, in a social environment.

Nissan Round Box at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: Play Catch system.

Play Catch system: allows the driver and passengers to share entertainment and driving information. It has a large touchscreen display in the centre of the vehicle and an additional monitor located in the centre of the instrument panel.

The car was inspired by the lively atmosphere of a sports bar, says Tatsuya Shiosaki of Nissan's Exploratory and Advanced Product Department. "In a sports bar everyone is focused on the game... 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..."

The seating area is designed to provide support with a sense of relaxation. The design of the seating area has bench-style seat cushions to create a sense of unity with adjacent passengers, as well as seatbacks that are separated to facilitate communication between occupants.

Nissan Round Box at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: seats.

The seating area has bench-style seat cushions to create a sense of unity with adjacent passengers, as well as seatbacks that are separated to facilitate communication between occupants.

"The seats have a bench-style lower half and a bucket-style upper half..." said Kaoru Sato, Associate Chief Designer in the Product Design Department. "(This) 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."

The interior is made of a mixture of flat and round curved surfaces, a motif that includes the instrument panel, steering wheel and other appointments. That's what inspired the name "Round Box".

Nissan Round Box
Length 3,650mm
Width 1,750mm
Height 1,530mm
Wheelbase 2,430mm
Seating 4

 

The interior also features an interactive "Play Catch" system, which allows the driver and passengers - including those in the rear seat - to share entertainment and driving information. The system utilises a large touch screen display positioned in the centre of the vehicle and an additional monitor located in the centre 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 meant to be a new way of involving all the occupants.

Nissan Round Box at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show: side-rear view with "Road Surface Windows".

"Road surface windows" are small glass panels (shown separately in the right photo insert) placed close to the ground on both sides. They provide passengers with a view of the rapidly passing road surface, without the risks of road contact associated with motorcycles or other non-closed vehicles.

The youthful design mixes a variety of elements, from the open upper cabin area to the rugged lower body. Tyres are placed at each corner to maximise interior room, enhance stability and to help create a "wide open" look. A three-section removable roof panel enhances the open-air feeling. It can be stowed away in the 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.

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