A concept designed for and built in Brazil,
the Renault-Nissan V-platform
Ready for fun? Nissan EXTREM Urban Sports Car
World debut at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show
EXTREM concept: "no immediate plans"...
Aoun: Underlining its active interest in the
Brazilian car market, Nissan
Motor Co. unveiled this week its EXTREM Urban Sports
at the 27th Sao Paulo International Motor Show
(24 October to 4 November).
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".
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.
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.
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
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
torque vectoring systems).
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
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.
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
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.
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
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).