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A concept designed for and built in Brazil, on the Renault-Nissan V-platform
Ready for fun? Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car
World debut at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show

Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car concept: front-side view.

EXTREM concept: "no immediate plans"... yet? 

26 Oct. 2012, Elie Aoun: Underlining its active interest in the Brazilian car market, Nissan Motor Co. unveiled this week its EXTREM Urban Sports Car concept at the 27th Sao Paulo International Motor Show (24 October to 4 November).

 Dimensions

With its overall length (3850 mm/ 151.57 inches), wheelbase (2450 mm / 96.45 in.), width (1765 mm / 68.5 in.) and height (1530 mm / 62.23 in.), the subcompact, 2+2 niche model is aimed at the young and what car makers tend to present as the "young-at-heart", or those "mature with higher income and less or no dependents".

Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car concept: top-down view from the rear.

Wraparound glass and see-through A-pillar structure.

While Nissan hints to the potential affordability by qualifying the EXTREM concept as "exotic yet attainable", it also indicates that it is strictly a concept car with "no immediate plans for production."

The Japanese brand adds that only elements of the urban sports car concept styling do hint to future Nissan products, for Brazil and elsewhere. In any case, "no immediate plans" is quite different from "no plans" at all. Again, Nissan indicates that EXTREM's power would be provided by its direct injection and turbocharged (DIG-T) 1.6-litre gasoline engine.

 V platform

Based on Nissan's V-platform (new version of the B-platform), the EXTREM concept is taller, wider and longer than typical B-segment, subcompact city car models.

Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car concept: rear view.

Centrally mounted exhaust within the aluminium skid plate.

In any case, the V-platform (V for versatile) is already used by the Renault-Nissan alliance in other models such as the new Nissan March / Micra, the new American Nissan Versa and the Nissan Sunny in China, India and other markets, as well as the Indian Renault Pulse, which went on sale earlier this year (made at the Renault-Nissan Alliance Indian factory near Chennai).

Indeed, the V-platform is flexible enough to adapt to various body shapes, dimensions, front-wheel or all-wheel drive systems as well as featuring the Torque Vectoring technology to enhance both stability and dynamics (an example can be viewed with the ZF torque vectoring systems).

 T. vectoring

Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car concept: profile view.

Taller, wider and longer than typical B-segment city cars.

In a nutshell, torque vectoring distributes torque between wheels on the same axle and / or between the front and rear axles, sending more drive torque to the outer wheel (in curves) to give a crisper handling, or generating wheel differential torque independently from the drive torque (which comes from the engine), as can be the case while coasting with the driver's foot off the accelerator. This is made possible by controlling the torque via electromechanically actuated multi-disk brakes on the axle drive (see technical drawing).

 Brazilian flavour

Adding a genuine Brazilian flavour to the vibrant colours, Nissan says that the EXTREM Urban sports car concept is designed for and built in Brazil.

Nissan  in the Brazilian market

To realise its ambition of reaching five per cent of new car sales in Brazil by 2014, Nissan's investment there includes an all-new manufacturing facility in Resende in the state of Rio de Janeiro, which is scheduled to start production in the first half of 2014, with an annual production capacity of 200,000 units (when fully operational).

Last year, Nissan's car sales nearly doubled in Brazil, reaching 81,000 units (94.8% more than in 2010), out of a total 4,845,000 units sold by Nissan worldwide in the 2011 fiscal year (15.8% more than in FY 2010), with an overall worldwide market share of 6.4% (0.6 points up from FY 2010).

Comparatively, the total car and light vehicles sales (Figures reported by the AFP on 03/01/2012) in Brazil reached last year 3.4 million units (+2.9% over 2010), with Nissan having a 2.4% market share. Nissan's partner Renault had last year a 5.7% market share in Brazil, from 194,274 units sold there.

To reach these targets, Nissan bets on the introduction of eight new models in the country until 2016, after it launched last year the Versa compact hatch and March compact sedan, while increasing the number of Nissan do Brazil stores across the country from today's 153 to 239 stores by 2016.

Says Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer: "The more affordable locally produced vehicles (in Brazil)... tend to be conservative in design, colour and specification... EXTREM (has) a dynamic, high-character design, (and) is far from conservative. It was created to appeal to the country's growing band of city-based young professionals..."

In more precise terms, the Nissan EXTREM concept was designed at Nissan Design America (NDA) in San Diego, California, USA (hence the nuance of the designed "for" Brazil, not "in" Brazil), but still in collaboration with Brazilian designers and effectively produced "in" Brazil.

 Design

To finish with the exotic concept, a clearly defying stance can be easily seen through the contrast between the raised ground clearance, the sharply sloping, sporty roof line and the muscular fender volume with sharp creases, while the overlapping panels are meant to inspire more toughness... in case we didn't notice.

The wraparound glass, floating roof rails (with cleats for load carrying) and detached C pillars highlight the airy cabin ambiance, especially with the see-through A-pillar structure for enhanced outward visibility.

It is worth noting that Volvo presented a similar A-pillar in its SCC concept car at the Detroit motor show (NAIAS) in January 2001 (you can see the Volvo SCC A-pillar , 4-point seatbelt and SCC illustrations in our Arabic automotive service's website at arabpressnews.com).

Both the headlamps and tail lamps feature light-emitting diodes technology (LED), with high-tech layered fins at the rear. The centrally mounted exhaust stands vertically within the prominent aluminium skid plate.

Other design details include flush mounted door handles, integrated side marker lamps, lightweight fender-mounted mirrors and flush A- and B-pillars.

The rear luggage space is made of a two-tier system. Iitems can be hidden beneath a removable cargo bin which is accessed via the rear hatch, where a structural cross brace adds extra stiffness to the shell.

Finally, the deep metallic orange body integrates radiant highlights, such as the vivid accents on the gas cap, tow hook and the wheels. The roof pattern comes in a mix of gloss and matte textures, while the six-spoke, 19-inch alloy wheels are double layered (dark inside and brushed metal on the outside).

 

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